I love it when we get to use bright, fun fabrics- usually in a beach home or kid’s space. And one of my all time favorites is Quadrille’s Henriot Floral (which we are getting to use right now in a kid’s room AT a beach house!) I’ve noticed in a lot of rooms using this pattern designers have done multiple items in it in the same room- kind of an old school throwback to Southern preppy/ Granny chic decorating (or like my childhood bedroom that had matching Laura Ashley everything).
All the colorways are lovely.
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As a designer you have to learn how to compromise with clients in order to create a space that reflects both your concept and your client’s taste beautifully. This means you often don’t get to use ALL the fabrics, colors and items that you initially pull for a room. So I often have fun just coming up with pretend concepts on my own when I feel inspired. It’s like sketching but in 3D. :)
Yesterday I was looking through one of our fabric bins and came across this GORGEOUS Schumacher Indian Arbre that I have looooooooved since I pulled it but have not gotten to use yet for anyone. So I started pulling things to go with it and came up with this scheme in blues, violets and creamy whites. This is basically how we pull together schemes for our clients on our office floor!
Last week I zipped down to NYC for a night and got to do some cool stuff.
Like get a tour of the Duralee design studio where they come up with the prints and wovens that we use in our work all the time! I can’t show you a lot of what I saw (sneak previews of some fun new lines) but it was so interesting!
I love that a lot of the creative work isn’t on the computer- concepts for new collections begin as inspiration boards on the walls of the studio- from pictures of fashion to scraps of historical prints…
I’ve noticed that this year’s hot textile trend seems to be African mud cloth. I saw it here and there last year on Etsy as pillows and didn’t know much about it. Now I’ve seen it quite a bit more and really love the natural meets geometric sensibility it has. Real mud cloth is handmade in Africa using thick woven cotton fabric with the patterns painted on using mud, clay and tea dyes. Each symbol means something different and tells a story of the maker or a specific village. No piece of mud cloth is the same if it’s authentic.
We had a blast last night in Raleigh at Furbish Studio, but had to wake up at 4 a.m. to make out 6:30 a.m. flight to Dallas so we would be there in time for my 11 a.m.-2 p.m. signing at Wisteria (please come, y’all)- which I am currently on! I am bleary eyed and hopped up on caffeine, and not in my most creative mindset- however, I couldn’t leave you hanging without a post. So here are some colorful snaps from last night as well as my outfit, which I actually LOVED- this top is heaven- it’s long in the back to cover your bum and loose but not so loose it’s looks maternity. And check out that perfect leopard print. Also, my niece Kate who happens to be the cutest thing ever.
Top: Elizabeth & James “Everly” (on sale today!!!!) // Pants- Helmut Lang // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Curling Iron (a staple on this tour) // All those awesome pillows: Furbish Studio :)