How do they do that? – Duralee on hand-printed textiles for the home

Bailey & Griffin Charmetie Jewel

Have you ever wondered why the most beautiful printed textiles are often the most costly? One of Joona’s favorite textile houses, Duralee, just released a video detailing the effort and artistry required to create their newly revived Bailey & Griffin line of hand-screened goods. Watch it and let us know what you think! They also produced [...]

We’ve extended our Happy New Year Sale on Upholstery Classes!

intro to upholstery set up

10% off all classes! Sale ends at 11:59 pm on February 15th! Join us in class soon!

Upholstery Inquisition! (upholstery nerds only)

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While vacationing in Venice recently, I had the opportunity to take the Secret Itineraries tour at the Doge’s Palace.  Our guide kept up a rather break-neck speed, but I managed to snap a few interesting photos of some of the chairs furnishing these back hallways and chambers. This post will feature a type of chair [...]

Joona got a make-over for 2014!

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We are very pleased to present Joona’s new logo and brand identity, Joona Design Playground! I want to send out huge THANK YOUs to my graphic designer, Jeni Olsen of Jeni Olsen Design for the amazing visual interpretation of my vision; and my friend and supporter, Lisa Davis of Lisa Davis PR for encouraging me to [...]

New Product line: Serena Battery-Powered cellular shades

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Yesterday I installed some new battery-powered honeycomb shades from Serena Shades in my dining room windows – must vet the products before I sell them, you know! I love the push button automation and having a favorite preset on the Radio Frequency (RF) remote. This could get addictive!  Even my five year old is getting in [...]

Making fabric work for you!

Heimtextil 2012

Deb Barrett of makes another great post about manipulated textiles here! My favorite is the smocked wool felt, what’s yours?? Explore her blog further for more cutting edge reports from the interior design world!

Dare to Be Different Design: How to Make Your Home YOU-Nique

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Google Doodles do it again!


I love the Google Doodle today! (It’s Peter Carl Fabergé’s 166th birthday!)

Foam and flame retardants – why your furniture might make you sick.

About a month ago, I was fortunate to meet Dr Arlene Blum, founder of the Green Science Policy Institute, a leading watchdog organization advocating policy changes to reduce the use of the currently available synthetic flame retardants in consumer products. You can read even more about the dangers of flame retardants and WHY they [...]

DIY Design Project: Bulletin Board for the Birds!

Birdie Bulletin Board by Joona

Design project: Bulletin boards for the birds! I dropped off donations at my favorite thrift yesterday, and was making a quick jaunt through the store for personal entertainment, when I was drawn to a rather dreadful pink and white gingham check bulletin board with satin ribbons to hold photos and ephemera. Heaven only knows what [...]