Most of you have heard me brag about the creativity of my brothers. Wyatt’s incredible metal work at Wyatt Studio and Buck of the famed Deck Towel, the original linen beach towel. I have one more talented brother to introduce, Bob Ellison. Wood is his medium and he sculpts decorative bowls and planters, builds wood panels and frames and makes table tops and benches from reclaimed wood.
Drew received this hand carved bowl for a Christmas gift and I was delighted to find this plant box under the tree with my name on it. So impressed by our gifts we set up a family workshop between Christmas brunch and Hanukkah dinner to launch Bob’s career. Mom styled the shots, Buck photographed the pieces and Drew built Bob a website.
Now you can follow his career over at BobEllisonWoodwork.com. If you live in the Bay Area and are looking for custom wood or metal pieces for your home or garden then contact Bob or Wyatt. They also collaborate, like on this blond walnut table top and metal base they made for my mom.
My mom has generously offered to make me a shift dress as I have been coveting a custom one for many years. I can’t seem to find a vintage one that fits me just right.
When we were chatting about this over the phone I said “I want one like what Jackie wore on her trip to India with her sister.”
Luckily my mom knows exactly what I was talking about and later that day sent me a link to this Habitually Chic blog post!!
Perfect inspirations images, right?
So now I need to pick out a fabric and I’m totally lost. Linen or Silk? Neutral color or bright pastel? I have about 4 vintage black dresses in similar shapes so black is out. Help friends, I want this dress to last a lifetime.
Did you ever come home from elementary school and spend the afternoon rearranging the sofas around the living room? Did your family have a huge hall closet filled with silk throw pillows in a rainbow of colors for “seasonal refreshments?” My brothers and I certainly grew up thinking this was the norm due to our interior designer mother, Jane Ellison.
This week HGTV.com is featuring some of my mom’s interior design work! Two of her rooms are starring in the slide show of Asian-Inspired Design Ideas.
An elegant sitting room-office with shockingly chic blue walls.
A bright and airy breakfast nook.
To see more of my mom’s designs on HGTV you can check out her designers’ portfolio.
This living room (my childhood home) is one of my favorites.
Follow her simple design tips on Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/#!/jane.ellison4
She has ideas for even the smallest apartment!