Spring Pillow Favorites

Something about the Spring makes me want stow all my winter pillows away and indulge in major retail therapy.  While my orange crush continues, I also find myself drawn to blush and aqua plus my standby of black, white and gold.  I’m craving texture in my pillows.  Whether it be the glisten of metallic, or the woven hand of a vintage rug-pillow, I just want something that pops off my sofa.

Here are a few of my current crushes…


abstract lumbar  /  black blush ikat lumbar  /  velvet multi lumbar

gold raindrops pillow /    guns and roses pillow /  blush and gold triangle pillow

Magenta Vintage Rug Pillow / Moroccan Multi-Color Pillow / Black and White Striped Rug Pillow

Also, I wanted to announce that next week kicks off the next round of the One Room Challenge.

I’m very thrilled to be participating, yet again.

I can’t share what I’m doing until next week, but I can reveal that I have not started yet and I am SUPER stressed out about it.

You, know, just the usual. 😉

Happy Spring!

Welcome to our Shop! Design Manifest’s Favorite Textiles

Today is an exciting day because I have finally opened our Design Manifest Etsy Shop!!

This has been a side, back burner, forgotten projects for many months.  After my amazing shopping experience in Morocco, I knew it was time to finally list some of our favorite textiles.  We have wedding blankets, we have tribal rugs, we have pillows, glorious pillows.

If all goes well, I intend to continue adding pillows and rugs to the shop.  Naomi has lots of goods and she needs to unload.

Below are a few of my favorite items.  I hope you’ll check out the shop.  You can find it HERE.

tribal rug against wall

tribal rug detail

Stunning Tribal Rug $1850

silk ikat pillow

These silk pink/ blue / raspberry ikat lumbar pillows $140/ea

colorful stripe detail 2

This Moroccan Wedding blanket with colorful embroidery stripes.  $425

(Goes great with Pink! 😉

leather trimmed white mudcloth pillow

These 24″ white/ivory mudcloth pillows trimmed with black leather cording.

diamond mororccan wedding blanket

This Moroccan Wedding blanket featuring a diamond sequin pattern.  $525

black floral pillow

This black floral pillow.  (Possibly my favorite ever.)

Happy Wednesday & Happy Shopping!


Favorite Finds of the Month- Soft, Sweet and a little Exotic

I tend to vacillate between a few design moods- loving bold,dark and exotic, favoring neutral, layered, and textural, etc.  This month I’m really feeling color, but in a very soft way.  I want pale pink, coral, soft blues, grays, maybe just a touch of yellow.  I like the sweetness of pastels balanced by touch of global influence: a bench that looks like it belongs in Morocco, a gilt mirror with an Italian flair, a chandelier with an exotic shape.  Pastels can get so girly and that’s just not my thing.  You need to throw in something rough, patina, something not so perfect.  Finish off with a few modern and masculine elements and you have yourself a winner.

Here are a few pieces that I am totally crushing on this month.  They all fall into this soft, sweet spot I’m loving with interiors.

DM faves soft and sweet

pillow / chandelier / painting

rug / bench / mirror

And a few rooms I’m feelin’…

colorful melbourne home

{Miranda Skoczek’s home}

nuevo estilo space pastels

{Nuevo Estilo}

soft pink boho room skona hem

{Skona Hem}

ellen pompeo trailer

{Ellen Pompeo’s trailer}

Goes so well with my fave vintage flatweave rug we have for sale on our instagram (@designmanifest)

armenian vintage flatweave rug design manfiest

striped multi-color vintage flatweave rug- design manifest

38″ x 102″

$400 with free shipping to US

email naomi@designmanifest.com if you would like to purchase!

see more details – http://instagram.com/p/yX1hRPmHS2/?modal=true


How many times can you change up your bedroom before you are deemed certifiably crazy?

At least a dozen, right?  After all, you have to crack a few eggs to…

design manifest black block print bed ikat suzani gold pillow

{I originally bought these ikat pillows for a client but then couldn’t give them away}

{Gold pillow was moved from living room}


The NEXT post I do will be on this Darn DIY bed, promise.

That means it may be awhile… hehe.


With travel plans falling through last minute, I found myself home this weekend with no plans on the books and a huge feeling of relief.  Life has been so hectic recently so I luxuriated in some quiet time.  I puttered, I ran errands, I vacuumed and I began to decorate.  Inspiration was flowing and I was roaming the house “tweaking” and moving things around.  I’m weirdly ADD when I decorate.  I tend to get inspiration in bursts and follow it wherever it leads me.  I’ll be working in the living room, run upstairs to grab a pillow, end up getting distracted and start messing with my bedroom, only to grab a water downstairs and be lured again to my living room arranging.  It’s a miracle I get anything done.

But I did!  Furniture got moved all around.  Art arrangements were hung.  Art walls are a challenge . For me it is always a big experiment in balance.  Still tweaking, but I’m glad I’ve at least made a few holes.

Also, Pillows were styled.  I had myself a grand experiment, grabbing every pillow in the house and piling them on the living room rug.  I mixed and matched and cocked my head and analyzed how each arrangement brought a different personality to the room.  Pretty much every pillow I own looks good in my living room.  I guess that’s the joy of a neutral backdrop.   While each of the rooms in my house are distinct, I am able to intermix pillows between them to switch up the look of the space.  I felt the urge to mix it up and now my bedroom, guest room and living room have their summer makeovers.  Shopping in ones own home can be quite fun.

I’m still tweaking the final arrangement, but in the meanwhile, here are a few pairings that I thought were cute.


mint and coral pillows on a neutral sofa with black accents- design manifest