Stripe Happy

Besides the change in weather, I love the fall because there are so many lines and collections making their debuts. I went to High Point Market in April and saw tons o' new and upcoming things and I'm ready for another dose of freshness, especially in the home accessories realm. I couldn't be more tired of the patterns and motifs that have been repeatedly recycled over the past four years (think ikat, quatrefoil, chevron, etc.) and I'm hoping that there will be some new ideas this season. I haven't seen anything too groundbreaking yet, however, I do find myself pinning lots of fun striped tidbits. I'm a lifelong superfan of stripes so this isn't unusual behavior, but it does seem like there are plenty of stripe-adorned goodies out there right now...
Striped Trinket Boxes, C. Wonder - Diagonal Stripes Picture Frame, Zara Home - Ish #00 Blanket, Leif - Cirque Curved Decorative Vase design by F. DeLuca for Tozai - Bolivian Frazada Rug/Blanket, Leif - Stripe Tin Boxes, Ferm Living -  Edward Nightstand, Made Goods - Indigo Inlay Picture Frame - Zinc Door

And this book actually came out last fall, but I thought it was worth mentioning given the subject matter...

Are you stripe-crazy too? And favorite things from the roundup above?

And do any of you have the aforementioned Stripes book? I'm intrigued. The one review on Amazon is good, but I haven't had the chance to flip through the book in person and I'm always leery to buy a design book without a preview.


Goods from the Alpha Workshops

I really love the charitable concept of giving people the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills so they can be responsible for their own success and self-worth. As it's said, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." I also love a charitable cause that sells beautiful, handmade items created by artisans that will benefit from sales. With those two tenants in action, it's no surprise that I think the Alpha Workshops is a wonderful organization.

The Alpha Workshops is a New York-based non-profit organization that provides HIV-positive individuals with industry-specific training and employment in the decorative arts.  Its mission is “to provide a new model of economic development for people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities.”

The org is comprised of a vocational school, the Alpha Workshops Studio School (AWSS), and Alpha Workshops Studios, an AWSS-grad-staffed professional art and design atelier. Interior designers and architects can count the Alpha Workshops’ Studios as a resource for decorative arts services like gilding, special finishes and art installations in addition to design goods like hand-painted wallpapers, custom casegoods, lighting, and accessories. You can purchase items through a designer or at Alpha Workshops' Dering Hall storefront.

I'm especially excited by their wallpapers and the possibilities of creating custom designs! I just adore these two patterns, Caper and Oh So Faux...

These little stools are awesome...the finishes are the jam.

And last but not least, behold Alpha Workshops' gorgeous lamps!
The Surface Lamp in the faux Malachite finish is my favorite.

Almost as much as I love their creations, I love the Alpha Workshops ethos and how the org brings education, art, and business together. I haven't purchased anything from them yet, but I definitely plan to!