Amy Estrin, Author at Whole 9 Yards

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A personal letter from Amy

A more personal greeting from Amy… Happy New Year to one and all. It is impossible for me not to reflect this time of year, and especially as we are going into our 25th year in business. Truly, it is hard to believe. My gratitude is big, and for someone who tends to wear her […]

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Mixing Patterns!

Ah, this is where the fun begins! The key to mixing patterns is to change scale while also considering color.  Colors don’t have to match perfectly, but they do need to “speak” to each other.  Lighter and darker values of the same color, complimentary colors, and change of texture all work towards successful pattern mixing. […]

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Stripes and Plaids

I may need a stripe intervention!  I love ’em! Stripes and plaids are perfect to pair with organic patterns. Think florals, paisleys, really any pattern that has a soft flowing line.  A few of our favorite combos below: Lainey paired with Emperor Alora paired with Rupert Alvar paired with Roberta Topiary paired with Barnegat  Floral Flourish […]

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Welcome to Our New Website!

If you have ever looked up The Whole 9 Yards online before, then you’ll notice that this is a new look for us! We hope that our new website is informative, fun, and it gives you a good vibe about who we are and the work we do. We put our heart and soul into […]

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Kantha Blankets – Handmade and One-of-a-Kind!

We just love Kantha Blankets! They are wonderful for bedding, throws for sofas, wall hangings, and even upholstery. They definitely tell a story.  There are random patches (my favorite element), spots from their history, and that marvelous Kantha stitching. From Wikipedia: “Kantha is a type of embroidery popular in eastern South Asia, especially Bangladesh and […]

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The Sunny Side of the Street…

So last post had me “coming out” behind the retail curtain.  Some truth telling is a good thing.  I had several business people call to share their experience.  I think we are all part of the human condition and have hard days, no matter what business/job you are in.   It helps to share this from time to time. […]

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The Duck and Cover of Retail

It’s Spring and perhaps my spring cleaning is coming from the inside-out today.  Trying to wipe out the cobwebs of doubt and second-guessing that occasionally plague us all. Retail is a funny business. Not speaking “ha ha” funny.  The nature of this beast is that you never know who will walk in the door or […]

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