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Stripe Love….

I love everything about this room.

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The fabric on the dust ruffle is China Sea’s Carnival Stripe.  I recently ordered a sample of this fabric in the Dark Turquoise/Dark Pink for a client.  If I were working on a nursery for a little girl….rest assured this fabric would find its way in.

So simple, yet the colors really elevate it.

I love it.

Do you?

Home Office Color Inspiration….

Currently, my home office is just off the family room. I’ve got a french door leading to the office….which is not ideal when you are are trying to work with a 2 year old in the house. Despite the sitter’s best efforts it is often too tempting to see mommy on the other side of the door. So, I’ve been known to take up residence in the basement or even in the sitting room of our master bedroom when trying to get work done with the little one at home.

Plus, an open main floor office semi-requires that the aesthetic flows with the rest of the home. So, when configuring the space,  I did not want to stray too far from our decor, which includes various of shades of blue and gray.  Not to mention, I spent a lot less time in that office when I was working full time in private equity….where I was usually at the office!  Now, I want a place where I can feel more creative and organized!  My needs are completely different.

One of the benefits of moving to Dallas is that it seems like nearly every place we look at has separate quarters over the garage. This is perfect for working from home, and to have a separate space to meet with clients and industry reps. It will also give me the opportunity to decorate in a way that may not be entirely in keeping with the rest of our home decor.

This image is in my current inspiration file for the new office.  Specifically, I am loving the bright and cheerful colors. This room feels inspiring and feminine to me.  Perhaps the girly vibe will keep my husband from coming in and taking over!

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Are you interested in the sources here? I always am when I am trying to organize my inspiration files. The sofa fabric is Dedar – #1037/16, Allure. The chair fabric is China Seas #6310-03, Macao II, Jungle Green Multi. The tables are from Bungalow 5. The Roman Shade fabric is from Cowtan & Tout (#J322F-11, Mina Yellow)

And, doing double duty here, the roman shades are going in my nursery inspiration file as well. We learned last week that we are having a boy….so of course, I’ve already started planning the nursery in my head. I’ve got an awesome wallpaper I’ve found for the ceiling.  More on this to come later…..

Update on Quadrille / China Seas Outdoor Fabric Post….

My post on Tuesday generated a lot of attention, comments and confusion (both on the blog and via email traffic behind the scenes).  So, I thought I would try to clear up any confusion–based on a conversation I’ve had with the showroom I use who carries this line.  Although, I must admit it is fairly simple/straight forward.

The China Seas, Quadrille, and Alan Campbell outdoor fabric collection is printed with acrylic paint on white Sunbrella ground.  Period.  Quadrille does not imply or warrant that Sunbrella warranties are valid on their fabrics.  The sun and water are powerful elements, so covering the furniture while not in use (and bringing them in during off seasons) would seem to be a logical plan of attack.  Truthfully, I already do this with my Sunbrella  outdoor furniture  cushions regardless of what the official claims/warranties are.

If you are looking for marine or awning durability with explicit warranties, this may not be your product (and at the price point, I doubt it would be anyways).  If you want to clean with bleach or harsh agents, do so at your own risk (I wouldn’t–but I don’t with my current Sunbrella cushions either).

However, this is a great stylish option for an outdoor deck or patio, or even for use indoors where extra durability is sought (e.g. a heavily used family room, etc.)

So, there you have it.  And, if you are ever in doubt, I’d suggest ordering a sample and testing the product for yourself.  As for me, I am still dreaming of how to use these fabulous fabrics in my new outdoor space.  (Once we find a house and relocate, of course).  Any questions, feel free to email me or comment on this post.

Have a great weekend.

Quadrille partners with Sunbrella on outdoor fabrics….

Do you love Quadrille fabric (including Alan Campbell and China Seas)?  Did you know that many of the Quadrille, Alan Campbell and China Seas prints can be printed on Sunbrella fabric suitable for outdoor use?

Imagine this China Seas Birds II print in use in an outdoor setting….

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Or what about this China Seas Pattern, New Batik–Cloud New Brown on Tint…..

China Seas New Batik Fabric

You do not have to use your imagination to visualize China Seas Pattern, Aga, in an outdoor setting….

China Seas Aga Fabricimage from here

How indulgent would it be to use Quadrille prints, Paradise Garden or Paradise Background, respectively, in an outdoor setting?

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To view the full line of Quadrille, China Seas and Alan Campbell fabrics visit here.  For pricing and samples, please contact me.  My prices are generally lower than the discount fabric stores available through the web.