I will say up front and immediately that this next installment of "Eye Candy: A Splendid Way To Waste Your Not-so-valuable Time" is not a museum collection or picture archive. It is, in fact, an actual store. Yes. A store. Which means, among other things, that not only do I feel compelled to warn you about this as potential advertisement but also that you can buy this stuff and have it for your very own.
The mind boggles. Yes it does. Boggles.
This company used to be called "Charles Rupert Designs", they're now called "Historic Style" and they're based in Victoria, B.C.. I have personally purchased items from them (albeit about 5 years ago under their old name) and so I feel I can say with some confidence that the quality of their products is lovely.
Still, even if you have absolutely no intention of wallpapering your home in a William Morris print or covering your couch with a C.F.A Voysey linen (and if not, what the heck is wrong with you, anyway? Oh wait, it costs how much?), you can still enjoy the beautiful images. And now they have fabulous tiles, hardware and other cool stuff. They also have a very small selection of Charles Rennie Mackintosh fabrics, which are harder to come by than William Morris prints. Unfortunately for us, their fabrics are intended for interiors so they have a somewhat limited use for garment construction. They make for some interesting options in the coat-designing department, though. And there are a few lighter-weight linens and some voiles that maybe have some potential for clothes. You can order samples for a fee. And yes, their yardage is crazy expensive.
Mostly I just like looking at them.
Do you ever get the feeling that you were born in the completely wrong time? I’m pretty sure I was supposed to be born in 1864. In England. And very wealthy.
But then, who wasn’t?