Running Wild

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Nov 08, 2010 | 9 Comments | Category: Decorating, Fabric, Fashion, Trends

{LaRok Luxe, Wild Thing Moto Jacket, $468 Shopbop}

Animal prints are all over the place right now!  I myself am considering investing in a faux leopard print fur jacket (too out there? I think I might have to go for it!)  I stumbled upon this feature on Elle Decor about animal print in interiors, and I must say I am a huge fan.  Bringing the outside in, I like!  Adds a little spice and whimsy to any room, especially a traditional space.  Don’t be afraid to add a touch of “wild” to your space.  Whether it be in a big (armchair, headboard) or small way (throw pillow, accent fabrics) let your wild side out!





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Print Happy

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Oct 26, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration, Fabric, Fashion

{Diane Von Furstenberg at Claridge’s Hotel, London}

Diane Von Furstenberg’s name has become synonymous with the printed wrap dress.  Her latest venture is the print, minus the wrap, plus a bolt of fabric.  The designer has snagged 87 of her own prints and rather than put them on the body has gracefully created upholstery  for the couch, chair, pillow and more.  The prints are super chic, fun and innovative.  Such a great idea, as just about every DVF print is fabulously eye catching.  Want to see the fabrics in use?  Check out these photos from her decorating collaboration with Claridge’s Hotel in London.  What are your thoughts….would you rather wear them or lounge on them?

Photos courtesy of Elle Decor and Claridge’s

{Dress from fall 2008 collection…see a resemblance?}

{Claridges Room with China Vine pattern}

{Room at Claridge’s}

{Claridge’s}

{Claridge’s}





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Fabric Lust

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Oct 08, 2010 | 2 Comments | Category: Designers, Fabric, Magazines

I am in the midst of organizing the endless sea of home, travel and fashion magazines that are scattered throughout my office, showroom and home.  Some are my daughers’, some my assistants’ and some my own, and each contain a treasure trove of material and inspiration I can’t bear to part with.  I guess you could say that I am a bit of a design hoarder.

I came across the back cover of this month’s House Beautiful which features a beautiful fabric from the Thom Filicia collection for Kravet, which is a glorious take on the so right now Ikat craze.  I love the pairing with the geometric prints, contemporary nicknacks and especially the fabric ottoman in lieu of a traditional coffee table.  Such a cool space!  How do you feel about it? Here are some more great fabrics from this cool collection. So glad to be back in the blogging business after our malware snafu! I missed posting and reading my fellow Material Girl’s posts :)





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Sexy Interiors?

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Aug 10, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Decorating, Fabric, Movie/TV Sets

{Carrie Bradshaw in her new apartment}

I personally did not get a chance to see “Sex and the City 2”  in theaters (not so many positive reviews, as I’m sure you know…).  I am waiting until it is available on HBO on Demand to watch this flick for free from the comfort of my own home.  Per usual though, everything design related, from the clothes to the sets, was thoroughly decorated.  I caught a glimpse of several images from a feature on the set design from Elle Decor.  Like the girls themselves, the interiors are diverse in style and personality.  Many were left underwhelmed by the highly anticipated sequel, and I must say I felt the same way about the interiors themselves.  Although her place does have some quirky, unexpected and chic pieces like the main gal herself, I honestly was expecting a bit more pizzaz from Carrie’s new apartment; I thought her redecorated old apartment was much more captivating.  And Samantha’s office in Times Square seems a little bland (at least from the Elle Decor shot).  Were you excited at all by Charlotte’s all white kitchen?  What do you think?  Love em, hate em?

{Carrie and Big’s living room}

{Carrie and Big’s dining room, with kitchen in the background}

{Hallway in Carrie and Big’s apartment…love the Lindsey Adelman light fixture}

{Carrie and Big’s master bedroom}

{Carrie and Big’s closet…how do you feel about the differing his and her’s sides?}

{Carrie’s iconic closet in her old apartment}

{Carrie’s apartment post renovation in the fist “Sex and the City” movie}

{Charlotte’s kitchen…how adorable are the coordinated outfits, cupcakes and drapes?}

{Samantha in her Times Square office}

{Kitchen in Miranda’s Brooklyn home…loved what I saw from the first movie}

{Author Candace Bushnell’s own apartment…definitely my favorite SATC related interior!  Painting look familiar? Reminds me so much of the “Love” piece (actually a needlepoint rug) from Carrie’s renovated former apartment}

{“Love Too” by Paul Smith}





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Deja Vu

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jul 28, 2010 | 4 Comments | Category: Decorating, Fabric, Material Girls Projects

{Donghia Casino in Barney’s Co-Op in New York}

My former intern Colette spotted these ottomans in the Barney’s Co-Op shoe department in New York and immediately sent me a picture with the caption…”seen this before?!”  Indeed I have…many times!  The fabric is Donghia Casino, and I have in fact used it in projects from traditional to modern in design.  Coming in an astonishing 9 color ways, this fabric has long been a go-to of mine for its versatility and ability to be paired with a variety of other fabrics, textures and patterns.  However, no matter which color you choose, Casino adds that retro-chic flair that brings that special twist to any space. In the past I have used it on pillows and an ottoman myself.  I am creating my first chair beauty in the “Stardust” colorway as we speak.  It is going to be gorgeous!

{Donghia Casino}

{Spot the Donghia Casino on the throw pillow on the bed?  Used this fabric in my own daughter’s room}

I often forget that department store fabrics are not necessarily mass produced, industrial strength textiles, especially in the high end variety.  Any fabrics you’ve spotted that you either know or specifically like?

Here are the Casino color ways: (notice all their Vegas inspired names?)

{Caesar}

{Desert Inn}

{Luxor}

{Sahara}

{Flamingo}

{Tropicana}

{Mirage}

{Sands}

{Stardust}





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You Say Indoor, I Say Outdoor

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Apr 19, 2010 | 7 Comments | Category: Fabric

{Donghia}

It’s all the same to me!  Indoor/outdoor fabrics are a great solution to any upholstery question.  Need a fabric to withstand the elements of the outdoors?  Check.  Looking for a print that will hold its own against your dogs, kids and everything in between?  Got it.  I am a big fan of indoor/outdoor fabrics, and actually just used a great Holly Hunt fabric from Jim Thompson that screamed  ”Salon Blonde“  in a lifestyle salon in  Chicago.  A salon is the perfect example of an environment that really needs a fabric that can withstand daily wear and tear.  Whether you are looking for a chic print for your kitchen, patio, playroom or virtually any space, indoor/outdoor fabrics are the perfect practical solution!

{Holly Hunt in Salon Blonde}

{Holly Hunt in Salon Blonde}

{Holly Hunt in Salon Blonde}

{Donghia}

{Donghia}

{Donghia}

{Trina Turk for Schumacher}

{Trina Turk for Schumacher}

{Trina Turk for Schumacher}

{Trina Turk for Schumacher}

{Trina Turk for Schumacher}

{Trina Turk for Schumacher}

{Trina Turk for Schumacher}

{Trina Turk for Schumacher}

{Holly Hunt}

{Holly Hunt}

{Holly Hunt}

{Holly Hunt}

{Lee Jofa}

{Lee Jofa}

{Lee Jofa}

{Lee Jofa}

{Lee Jofa}





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Ahh…the difficult task of pairing fabrics for a room.  There are just so many I love (and hate) that picking just the right combination can be extremely tricky.  The sheer volume of textiles on the market can make this essential task seem very daunting…fabrics can really make or break a room!  This month, Chicago Home + Garden gave its readers some takes on this ordeal with designer Annika Christensen sharing some of her favorite pairings. Above and below-  check out a couple of her favorite combinations.

And here’s a look at  fabric selection that I recently proposed for the salon- style study and office of a city client.  It is a fun albeit difficult process, but finally seeing your hard work come to life in a room is so exciting!

The knack of matching neutral “now” grey colored fabrics with a three dimensional quality using texture along with a “pop” of vibrant scarlet red makes this lounge and home office feel utterly elegant- and functional.  I mentioned to my client that she will want to work from home more now than ever when we finish this room!

The unusual sheen, texture and unexpected colors of the leather accents mix this classically inspired space with a dollop of whimsy.  I am all about mixing it up in an uncluttered way.

Sofa; Fabric by Donghia – ” Cashmere Velvet Herringbone”- Light Grey

Side Chairs; Fabric by Mokum- ” Etoile”- Twilight

Desk Chair; Leather by Edelman- ” Rattlesnake”- White

Ottoman; Leather by Edelman- ” Demi Cow”- Solid Silver

Throw Pillows; Fabric by Holland & Sherry – ” Chamonix”- Scarlet

Drapery; Fabric by Brochier – ” Indochine”- Siam

Available at Holly Hunt





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Local Prints

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Sep 03, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Fabric

{Blue/Green Fireworks}

I love finding local Chicago designers and artisans who showcase their designs and perfect their craft right in my hometown.  My latest obsession is the textiles of Evanston based Jessica Jones.  Jones is a blogging (check out her blog: www.howaboutorange.blogspot.com) graphic designer whose bold, lively prints are just fantastic.  They are sold locally at Bucktown’s The Needle Shop (2054 W. Charleston St., 773-489-4230) and online at J. Caroline Creative.  Check out Jessica’s cool, mod prints!  I am definitely envisioning some of these textiles in my future projects….and did I mention they are very well priced?

{Brown/Tan Calliope}

 

{Orange Boardwalk}

 

{Pink/Red Beads}

 

{Brown Sunflower}

 

{Blue Leaflet}

 

{Green Sprig}

 

{Green Herb}





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Clodagh

The other day I had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous Clodagh, the Irish-born designer and now author!  Not only does Clodagh have a new book out, “Your Home, Your Sanctuary,” but she also has an amazing new line of indoor-outdoor fabrics for Perennials.  With Clodagh’s unmistakable look that blends the exotic with the familiar and Perennials’ technology and functionality, the fabric line is a celebration of harmony, pleasure and indulgence.  I will  definitely  be  suggesting some of these fabrics for the  homes of  my clients!  Here are some of my favorites.

Clodagh

Amazed in Cape Cod

Clodagh

Katanga in Seagull

Clodagh

Raffia in Chestnut

Clodagh

Kuba in Vellum

So beautiful on their own, AND so great when paired together!  These fabrics really would help you turn your home, both indoor and out, into a sanctuary. Clodaghs fabrics are represented by the David Sutherland Showroom at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago,  Ask for Bryce, the Showroom Manager :)  Tell him that we sent you!

Clodagh





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Divine Fabrics That Make Me Swoon

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Jan 06, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Fabric

With studios in London, Belgium, and the South of France one would imagine artist, Carolyn Quartermaine, to experience many daily inspirations for her textile line.  Ahhh, I am sure that I could too.

The names alone make you sense and feel the patterns…The Fresh Collection..The Flowers Collection…The Script Collection, and the Modern Lace Collection.

Her four amazing collections encompass all that one could desire in the world of hand printed fabric designs created on a wide variety of grounds ranging from silk taffeta’s, rich crushed velvets, and clean crisp cottons.

Oh…. the opulent and exquisite textiles of Carolyn Quartermaine!!  Is it possible to envision yourself in a home constructed entirely of fabric?  Sorta like some never-ending tent or cabana?  If this multi layered home could be constructed using the designs created by this 2008 “Maison Et Objet” designer of the year, I might just sign up.

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