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Textile Love – Christopher Farr “Carnival”

I could post about my favorite textiles all day long, I love them so much.  My love of Christopher Farr’s “Carnival” has been documented here on the blog, but the focus has always been on the green and blue colorway.  I stumbled on this colorway on Pinterest and about fell off my seat.  How I want this pillow as a fall addition somewhere around here…..

Christopher Farr Carnival

This has been pinned to my new “mountain house” file.  While we recently decided to table our new mudroom due to some major cost/benefit discussions around here…..I had no idea how expensive this little project would wind up….we are now dreaming of a little place up in the mountains of NC instead.    Who knows if it will ever happen…..but I am going to gather inspiration and dream as if it will!

Hope you have a great Thursday!

I Heart….

Absolutely Beautiful Things

I pinned the photo above because of the pillows (not that the babe isn’t the cutest).  I love the Lee Jofa / Lilly Pulitzer Heritage Floral  and am thinking that my shop will need some when it opens.  I also love the heart pillow which led me to an Australian textile company called Umbrella Prints.

Amy Prior, Umbrella Prints

Highlighter Pink Umbrella Prints

 Perfect Circles by Umbrella Fabrics

I am loving many of their prints.  You should check them out.  They also have an etsy store….

And P.S.–Speaking of stores, particularly mine, it is still in the works.  After way too brain drain than I care to share,  I now have a new web designer who has changed my platform and is working on my shop.  ETA for launch is mid to late December……fingers crossed.  I am really excited about the direction we’ve taken and cannot wait to share it with you!

Vanderhurd Textiles

Have you heard of them?  I was just looking for a photo in my phone and came across these images I snapped a while back at a showroom here in Dallas. 

This fabric is exquisite…..the photos do the embroidery no justice!  Seeing it in person vs. on their website makes such a difference!

I loved this red and navy colorway, how great would it be in a lake-house with a big navy striped rug, dark wood and crisp white bed linens?   I wish…  By the way, I know I will get this question so I’ll get it out of the way…..they are going to run over $100 a yard.  Not way over….but over.

And let’s not even start on their bespoke carpets.  I have a client I know would go crazy over this one…..

But don’t take my word for it.  Grab an iced tea or diet coke and take a little break and go explore their site.  You’re gonna love it.

See you tomorrow.

Fabric Love, Christopher Farr Cloth

I am not usually one to use green in my own decorating…..but wow, I love this print from Christopher Farr Cloth.


Here are a couple of spots I was able to find of the fabric in use.

Jeffrey Allen Marks via Elle Decor

Haymarket Hotel, via

Darryl Gordon Design

I used another fabric from Christopher Farr Cloth in Harry’s nursery.  I love their fabrics…..but I’ve got to say…..this one has me completely smitten (despite no apparent place to use it)!

What about you.

Like it?

Suzanne Kasler for Lee Jofa….

I have been spending A LOT of time at the design center lately.  Like, way too much time….my car could probably drive itself there.  Before the holidays I was in Lee Jofa the day they were putting out the new sample wings for Suzanne Kasler’s new line.  I wanted to blog about it right away but I ran out of time.  It does not disappoint.

I have chosen all of my window treatments for our house……no turning back….they’ve been ordered…..but if I hadn’t…..this beauty would need to find its way in.  Don’t you think it would work equally well in a sophisticated nursery as it would in a cozy guest room?

I also love the colors in the “Montmartre” pattern.  And it is available in a total of 5 colorways.

There are also a lot of basics in this collection, great solids, stripes and upholstery options.  If you go to Lee Jofa, you can search on her collection.  Almost all of them have been photographed at this point.

It is hard to go wrong with someone like Suzanne Kasler in the driver’s seat.

Do you agree?

Fun in NYC….

Last week my husband had business in NYC.  So we headed to the DC area, dropped off the kids, and then took the train up to NY for a few days.  We then came back to DC in time for my husband and my Dad to attend the US open (their Father’s Day gift).  We didn’t do much except eat well and window shop.  But, while he was in meetings I kept myself busy.

I made it to a few places to look at fabrics and thought I would show you a few that caught my eye.

I thought the above Waverly fabric was cute.  I could see using the pink and green in a nursery or one of the other colorways in a playroom.  I loved the texture of this next one….it would be perfect on an oversized ottoman!

I am a huge sucker for houndstooth and was in heaven when I saw this selection.

And finally, at this particular shop, I really fell in love with this fabric and think it would look great in Maddie’s room.  Unfortunately, I need 25 yards for her drapery panels and the fabric was not a bargain (this shop claimed to be discount but I think they were still pricey).  Anyone recognize the manufacturer?  They wouldn’t share, of course.

I’ll share a few more fun finds later this week.   Although, the weather was so nice while we were up there that I really just took time to walk around, window shop and decompress!

Lilly Pulitzer fabrics will soon be available again….

In 6th or 7th grade my friends and I were obsessed with the Preppy Handbook….  We would secretly study it while in the library for study time.  Of course, we also thought then that wearing exposed long johns under our skirts (no pants allowed at this all girls school) was quite rebellious.  (And, my mom wouldn’t let me wear them…..how mad I was at her!)

In any case, while my style has definitely changed (for the better I hope) in the years that have ensued….I’ve got to say I still love the vibrant and preppy vibe of Lilly Pulitzer designs.  I’ve got a handful of the more subdued pieces in my wardrobe and they usually come out for events like Gold Cup horse races or trips to tropical destinations.

I do love to dress my toddler up in their little dresses…..

Last year I was on a kick of creating cute burp cloths and bibs for Maddie.  I searched high and low for Lilly fabrics and just couldn’t find what I was looking for.  I ended up buying clothes on eBay and salvaging the fabric from them for my little project.

So, how excited was I to read on the Kravet/Lee Jofa blog earlier this week that Lilly Pulitzer and Lee Jofa are partnering to create a new Lilly Pulitzer fabric line.

image via inspired.talk

The product development team is currently putting the final touches on the new print line, which is expected to be available to the trade in Spring 2011.  I cannot wait to see what this line has to offer.  I’ll keep you posted as I hear more.  What about you, are you a Lilly fan?

Incredible Textile Find!!!!

Unfortunately, I can take no credit for this find.  If you read Pigtown Design, you have heard of Meg’s great fabric source, Debois Textiles.  Debois operates a large warehouse/storefront in Baltimore that specializes in textile remnants, piece goods and second hand clothing.  The store is set up into three sections, fabric, vintage clothing (they have an etsy shop for the vintage goods) and thrift items.

My mom, sister and I headed up to Baltimore on Friday to see what all of the buzz was about.  Wow, what a find.  No fabric is much more than $10 per yard.  Most is less.  Upholstery fabric is $6.50 per yard and drapery fabrics, around $4.59 per yard.  A few items that hit the upper limit of $10 per yard are located on larger rolls, where they have a ton of toile and designer prints.  They also have a large selection of Ralph Lauren fabrics.

Designer Fabric at incredible prices

From talking to one of the  owners, it seems like there is something new in this place nearly every day.  Meg ‘s blog really put the word out there and she, the owner, said people are now emailing her from all over the country asking for particular fabrics.  She did mention that she doesn’t have the time to search for fabric and ship off a yard here and there.  To see this place, you would understand why!  Here is a view into the back warehouse.  According to the staff, they had even more fabric down in containers in the basement!

So, what do they have?  They have a TON of Duralee and Thibaut.  They also have a large selection of Ralph Lauren.  But, upon digging, I found Lee Jofa (including Kelly Wearstler Groundworks Collection), Kravet(including Barbara Barry and Barclay Butera), Schumacher and Quadrille China Seas.  My mom bought enough of a Cowtan and Tout print to do drapes on a double window and then some…..for less than $65!

Designer Fabrics

Discount Designer Fabric

I will admit I was a bit overwhelmed, as I went up there without really “needing” anything.  I walked away with a couple of yards of a bright green discontinued Duralee print (made me feel like spring could be on the way).  I also bought a couple of yards of a Trina Turk for Schumacher indoor outdoor fabric.  Here is a hastily pulled together shot of them together (sorry, no time to iron yet!).

Discount Designer Textiles Fabric

Meg at Pigtown Design conducts an insider tour of Baltimore and is doing one in March.  If I can make it, I think I will try.  If for nothing else than to thank her in person for sharing this great find!  Thanks again, Meg!

Thomas Paul 2 for Duralee

Following the success of his first print collection for Duralee, Duralee announces that Thomas Paul is expanding his offerings of iconic patterns with “Thomas Paul 2.”  This collection moves beyond his popular modern two-toned designs and refines more traditional themes with updated colors for a more transitional feel.

The line uses a giclée effect to merge the detailed styling of antique engravings with a pop of color.  The colorways are called persimmon, chartreuse, chocolate, lavender, charcoal, kiwi and aqua.

I absolutely love these elegant perched birds, nestled amongst intricate botanicals.

Thomas Paul 2 for Duralee

 And how fun are these whimsical sea creatures?

Thomas Paul 2 Prints for Duralee Sea Creatures

 Modern take on traditional Asian pagoda….

Thomas Paul 2 for Duralee

Has a dragonfly every looked so exquisite?

Thomas Paul 2 for Duralee

I am picturing these as part of a bedding ensemble or perhaps a simple pleated drape….

Thomas Paul 2 for Duralee

These colorful prints are sure to be an instant success with both designers and crafters….

Thomas Paul 2 for Duralee

More color and pattern….

Thomas Paul 2 for Duralee

Love these, the aqua is so calming….

Thomas Paul 2 for Duralee

All of the new patterns are printed on either cotton or cotton/linen blend cloths, making them well suited for any application. 

For pricing or to order samples, please contact us.

Traditional Chair “Before & After”

Emily emailed me looking for a fabric similar to one she had on a hand-me-down chair from her mother.  It had been purchased through an interior designer in the 1980s, and she loved the large damask pattern on the chair.  However, as you can see from the before pictures below, the upholstery had seen better days.

Back of Chair- Before


Front of Chair- Before

Emily loved the fabric and was not looking for a major transformation.  My goal was to find a similar color, pattern and scale.  But, I also wanted to find a fabric that was a slight update on this traditional pattern.  I searched around and quickly found the perfect fabric from Gastón Y Daniela via my Brunschwig and Fils showroom at the DC Design Center. 


The fabric is from Spain and is a silk (57%) and polyester blend (43%).  The medallion is 13″ wide and 14″ tall.  We worked with the showroom and Emily’s upholsterer to ensure we had adequate yardage (and specific cut) to center the medallion on the front, back and seat of this chair.  We ended up ordering 3.5 yards of the fabric to be safe.   Below are “after” pictures of the finished product that Emily sent to me.  I like the slightly modern update on the traditional damask pattern.  What do you think?