Textile queen Kathryn M. Ireland
opens new store in West Hollywood
Almont Yard, that charming collection of design studios lining a cobblestone courtyard in West Hollywood, just welcomed its newest resident, Brit designer Kathryn M. Ireland. On the heels of her latest book, "Creating a Home," and the launch of her online store, the maven of unfussy elegance has set up a two-room shop upstairs from Lucas Design Studio.
In addition to Ireland's own line of ethnic-inspired fabrics and warm farmhouse furniture, bold textiles from Hugh Sinclair and Lula fabrics, the shop showcases luxury linens from Volga. Then there are pillows covered in antique fabrics, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, and when you're ready to graduate from IKEA chairs, slipcovers in funky patterns that create a high-design look without scheduling a bulk trash pickup.
"I want it to be like my atelier sitting room," says Ireland, who fills out the fanciful mix with glass bead necklaces, hand-stitched leather bags from Argentina and customizable maps by Baby De Selliers. "I want people to come in with an old throw, or a picture of an old room, and let us help them turn it into something beautiful."
Kathryn M. Ireland at Almont Yard, 636 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood; (310) 246-1906 or www.kathrynireland.com. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment.
For a peek at those IKEA chair slipcovers, click to the jump ...
Ireland's slipcovers for IKEA's Harry chair, shown in the Tangier pattern, left, and Marrakech pattern, right. Both are available in a range of colors. Price: $370.
Above: The Marrakech slipcover color options.
-- Audrey Davidow
Credits: Store photos by Jon Hugstad; chair swatches courtesy of Kathryn M. Ireland.