Fabrics

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

color my world — mary mcdonald

mary mcdonald for schumacher
advert fea­tur­ing mary mcdon­ald fab­rics for schumacher

How would you describe this space? Neu­tral room? Orange room? Mod­ern? Tra­di­tional? In a word: exquis­ite. The drap­ery panel fab­ric, Chi­nois Palais from Schu­macher, have a ver­ti­cal repeat of 131.5" ! You need 11 foot ceil­ings to accom­mo­date the full pat­tern. If only…

Equally beau­ti­ful in all col­or­ways, espe­cially Letttuce:

 

schumacher chinois palais

schu­macher chi­nois palais in lettuce

Visit Schu­macher to see the entire col­lec­tion from Mary McDon­ald — absolutely delicious!

 

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

before & after: Barbara Barry to the rescue

Newly-married cou­ples often must work toward blend­ing their worldly goods. There are always a few pieces embraced by one spouse that the other spouse sim­ply can­not stand to look at. Maybe it's a reminder of a for­mer life, or maybe it's just plain or ugly or both! Case in point, the sofa seen in this picture.

curved sofa before barbara barry

curved sofa before

Try not to be dis­tracted by the ghastly pink car­pet! The sofa is cur­va­ceous and fem­i­nine, but a pre­vi­ous dec­o­ra­tor chose to swad­dle it in what appears to be a bathrobe. Blah, bland, bor­ing! My client's first incli­na­tion was to replace it. In exam­in­ing the cush­ions, I noticed the high-end man­u­fac­tur­ers' label and decided to rethink the "pitch-it" plan. (But seri­ously, how is it pos­si­ble to make a VERY expen­sive sofa look so damn ugly? Same designer doubt­less chose the pink car­pet. Enough said.)

As we were work­ing through the meld­ing of house­holds, my clients pur­chased a new home. The own­ers of the home had a very def­i­nite "look" — one that involved the exten­sive use of faux flo­rals with feath­ers — six feather flo­rals in the liv­ing room alone! Yikes. Here's the before (fea­tur­ing four of those florals):

living room by the prior owners

liv­ing room by the prior owners

Frankly, I can't imag­ine any­one sit­ting in this room with­out falling over fast asleep. A snooze-fest of muddy col­ors. It looks like it came from the Bom­bay Com­pany cat­a­log. But notice the room has good bones and great light. It just needs an injec­tion of life and beauty, in other words — my client's personality!

So back to our poor, under-appreciated sofa and my glam­orous, viva­cious client. She favors blues and sil­ver with a lit­tle touch of mod­ernism. Cool, crisp, graphic but not cold. And Bar­bara Barry rides in to save the day — a match made in design heaven.

This is Bar­bara Barry's Inlay, in Delft from Kravet — a con­fec­tion of blue, cream and sil­very gray.

Inlay in Delft, from Kravet

Inlay in Delft, from Kravet

And herein our frumpy sofa sheds her ugly-duckling bathrobe, shows a lit­tle leg and cel­e­brates her curves:

glastonbury glamour living room barbara barry sofa

liv­ing room with a seri­ous dose of Bar­bara Barry glam­our! photo credit: Michael Partenio

Improved, yes? The unchanged Baker chairs and the inher­ited art­work are won­der­ful sup­port­ing play­ers, but the sofa leads this liv­ing room sym­phony! Thanks Bar­bara Barry for unmask­ing the swan!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

lovely things: vignettes from merchandise mart

Mer­chan­dise Mart in Chicago is a great place for design ideas. Show­room vignettes often fea­ture cutting-edge looks, but on this trip I found many that appeared delight­fully livable.

pink and plush from Scalamandre - at merchandise mart chicagopink and plush from Scala­man­dre — at mer­chan­dise mart chicago
warm and sophisticated from John Rosselli at merchandise mart chicagowarm and sophis­ti­cated from John Rosselli at mer­chan­dise mart chicago
shoreline chic from Lee Jofa at merchandise mart chicagoshore­line chic from Lee Jofa at mer­chan­dise mart chicago
traditional elegance from Lee Jofa at merchandise mart chicagotra­di­tional ele­gance from Lee Jofa at mer­chan­dise mart chicago
ethnic pop from Kravet at merchandise mart chicagoeth­nic pop from Kravet at mer­chan­dise mart chicago
lovely lines from Century at merchandise mart chicagolovely lines from Cen­tury at mer­chan­dise mart chicago
fresh citrus from Schumacher at merchandise mart chicagofresh cit­rus from Schu­macher at mer­chan­dise mart chicago

Notice how some­thing as sim­ple as pil­lows can ele­vate a space.

modern colors from Kravet at merchandise mart chicagomod­ern col­ors from Kravet at mer­chan­dise mart chicago
fresh and fun from Kravet at merchandise mart chicagofresh and fun from Kravet at mer­chan­dise mart chicago

Do these vignettes spark some­thing with you?

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Friday, August 26, 2011

fabric friday: eco-friendly parlor textiles

If you've been look­ing for tra­di­tional fab­rics with a slightly mod­ern sen­si­bil­ity, some­thing that fits effort­lessly into your tra­di­tional home, then Par­lor Tex­tiles is a ter­rific option! And amaz­ingly, they are eco-friendly too! Intrigued yet? This com­pany wraps social respon­si­bil­ity in a beau­ti­ful pack­age. The fab­ric itself is a blend of eco-friendly hemp and organic cot­ton. Made in the United States, their process uses water-based inks, heat and pres­sure rather than chem­i­cals to print the pat­terns onto the cloth.

Take a peek at a few of their pat­terns. Any one would seam­lessly work on a wing chair or drap­ery, with Ori­en­tal car­pets, in a trad home. Equally lovely in a mod­ern set­ting, the pat­terns have an East­ern fla­vor. Very ver­sa­tile from a design standpoint!

parlor ailey in indigo

par­lor ailey in indigo

parlor blockstripe in indigo

par­lor block­stripe in indigo

parlor dixie in red

par­lor dixie in red

parlor indian deco floral in red

par­lor indian deco flo­ral in red

parlor simple ikat in indigo

par­lor sim­ple ikat in indigo

parlor pinwheel in leaf

par­lor pin­wheel in leaf

I'm lov­ing the Indian Deco Flo­ral — so stun­ning in it's sim­plic­ity! Do you have a fave? Visit their site for more options.

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