A Stone’s Throw From the Garden

January 13, 2011 by


Ronel Jordaan’s felt rocks.

When in Paris last year, I posted about similar felt rocks I saw at Maison et Objet that blurred the boundaries between exterior and interior. I love influencing a room’s design with elements from the garden as much as I like bringing outdoors the softness of the interior.


Inspirations from Maison et Object 2010. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton.

The stone and pebble throw cushions, pillows, and throw rugs from South African textile artist, Ronel Jordaan offer some “natural” whimsy. Available at VivaTerra.

Jordaan’s felted stone mat flows in natural curves as though she laid the stones on the floor.

Inspired by river stones, a manufacturer of eco-friendly children’s furniture, IglooPlay‘s Throwing Stones (below) stacked cushions are slip-covered in 100% wool over bamboo/poly fill and encased in an all-cotton liner.

Softer on the feet that actual stone, there are some stone-like rugs and floor mats:


The wool felt pebble rug, above,  from VivaTerra offers the illusion of stones…


…as does this color-fast faux river stone floor mat from Fo Flor (above) that’s machine-washable and dryable, can be cut-to-fit with scissors to fit your space, and the rubber backing makes it skid resistant. Put it outdoors and you can hose it down. They come in a variety of faux stones, woods, and other textures. (We had one from barnboard collection in our Creative Garden Retreat installation.)


Fo Flor’s stones set in grass…

Stepping outdoors, I wrote a while back about Tuffits pillow stepping stones after reading about them on Sarah Kinbar’s cool blog, Good Garden Ideas. They look like they’re soft on your feet but are actually made of durable concrete:

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