I Dream of Fabrics!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | Category: Fabric, Shops and Showrooms

Today’s mission was to find an inexpensive solid green fabric to coordinate with this Pindler and Pindler print.

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This vivid, multi-colored fabric is going to be made into a duvet cover for a child’s bedroom.  The client didn’t want to go too matchy matchy and do shams out of the same print, so my mission was to find a coordinating green solid print that we could use for the shams.  I was hoping to find something retail and readily available so that I could get the shams produced relatively quickly and inexpensively.

First stop of the day- Childress!

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If you live anywhere near its three locations (Dallas, Addison, or Frisco) you must visit Childress when in need for  economical and readily available fabrics.  I am partial to the Addison location as it is newer and has more up-to-date fabrics than the downtown store.

Most of their fabrics range from $5-30/yard and they have a huge selection.  So needless to say, I always have good luck here.  And not to mention, if you are into trim, they have a huge department of anything from tassels to tape.

Come and take a virtual peek!

The Greek key is everywhere at Childress- on tape trim, on fabrics, on furniture pieces- you name it!

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But why spend hundreds of dollars on a greek key fabric from the design district that could be obsolete in a couple of years?  This hot trend of the moment is everywhere and I’d rather spend $12/yard on tape trim or $15/yard on greek key fabric than breaking the bank for something that I might want to sell on Craig’s List in a few years.  Just my opinion!

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They also have a bunch of graphic geometrics.  Black and white as well as brown and white- lots of contrast here!

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My favorite Childress print of the moment has to be this brown and cream, brown and green, or brown and blue (comes in lots of colorways!) soft geometric.  I can see this on a chair, as drapes, or as an accent pillow.  Don’t even get me started. I am going to have dreams about this fabric tonight!

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I thought this fabric below was nice and different- you don’t seem magenta, orange, green, and brown together a lot.  It’s so refreshing to see something wild and different than the run of the mill overdone blue and brown combo.

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Oh gray, how I love thee.  Is it just me or has gray not made it to the retail stores just yet?  I mostly see it down at the decorative center.  A few weeks ago I had to find a really inexpensive gray sofa fabric for a client and it was near to impossible!  I was very surprised Childress had this gray and white fabric in such an updated print.

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Childress wouldn’t be Childress without a faux Imperial Trellis fabric!  Kelly W. would be so proud! They are really on top of things there.  Too bad this wasn’t there about a year ago.

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They even have ready-made drapes in 96″ and 120″ lengths.  I love how they have the really long panels- you often don’t see that in retail.  You mainly see the 84″ and the 96″ lengths- but not here!  I actually have some of these panels in my own bedroom.  All you need to do is add blackout liner to them, perhaps some inverted pleats and sew a little tape trim to the edges to add interest and voila! Drapery panels that start at $49 each- what a bargain!

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I purchased this fabric to make drapes for my sister’s dining room at a store (that will remain nameless) and it was twice the price there.  Childress had it for half that.  They also have this fabric currently at Ballard Designs.  Small world!

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Can you tell that I love houndstooth?  Wouldn’t this bright pink one be adorable in a little girl’s room?

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I can imagine these colorful zebra prints in a child’s room also.

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Bolts and bolts and rows and rows of fabric.  You need to plan for at least an hour here! Don’t worry, I came back twice today.

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Below is my second favorite print at Childress (that I have actually seen at the design district before).  It’s so nice that you can just take this fabric home with you the very same day you see it- instead of having to wait for it to ship to you from a warehouse halfway across the US.

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Whimsical circles print…

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My third favorite print from Childress. (I know, I certainly do have a lot of favorites here!) This suzani inspired red, brown, cream and grayed out turquoise is such a steal! $12/yard!

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Another colorway and its coordinates…I think I like the red version (above) better.

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They even have furniture that they can upholster in any fabric.  This chair on display reminded me a lot of Designer’s Guild.  (However, I think it would look sharper stained an espresso!)

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Ok, back to work.  Wait, what am I even here for again?  Oh yes, mission: green fabric to go with the Pindler print.  This green proved difficult to find- I did find one candidate but it was a little more muted than I would have liked so I held off on it.  But for $14/yard, who can complain!

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15201 Midway

Addison, TX 75001

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9 Comments to 'I Dream of Fabrics!'

tamstyles 21 Oct 09 at 5:24 am

thanks for showing this. i dont recall seeing the alot of those at my last visit..i had my sofa done at berkleys down the street from them, another great place…

in other news…emily, have you seen a gold/brass coffee table anywhere?

Tammy@InStitches 21 Oct 09 at 9:52 am

Wait, what did I come here for ? lol
It is easy to get distracted around all those gorgeous fabrics. I dream of fabric too……

Sarah's Fab Day 21 Oct 09 at 11:21 am

I want to go here! They have lots of great stuff.

Irene 21 Oct 09 at 12:43 pm

That brown and cream fabric you said you’ll be having dreams about – I have that same pattern on these lamps I recently purchased at Home Goods. I love that pattern. My lamps are cream and a light bluish green color.

Jan Jessup 21 Oct 09 at 1:36 pm

You might consider one or two of the ANNIE SELKE HOME fabrics sold at the Calico Corners stores: Tala in Citrus or Esha in Citrus/Ivy. Although not solids, they would complement the P & P print fabric and are viewable on their website. Here’s a link to Tala to copy and paste: http://www.calicocorners.com/product/designer+fabrics+for+the+home/shop+by+pattern/abstract+and+geometric/tala+citrus.do

There are also solid linens and cottons and faux suedes that might work with the print pattern. Happy decorating!

MaterialGirls 21 Oct 09 at 2:28 pm

Hey Tam- are you wanting all over brass or a combination of brass and mirrored glass? I know they have an all over brass end table at Arteriors, but not sure if they have a matching coffee table to it.

Irene- what a small world! I bet your lamps are gorgeous. Don’t you just love that pattern? I fell in love with it right when I saw it.

Thanks for the link Jan! I ran into Calico the other day and didn’t happen to find any solids that matched. I ended up just buying a solid from Pindler today. But those Annie Selk fabrics are great. I am loving all of your new fabrics! You need to go to my EJ Interiors website- (ejinteriors.net) I have photo of a playroom I did- I used Calico fabric for the valance as well as the matching pillows! It turned out really cute!

Down Comforter 22 Oct 09 at 1:26 pm

Looks like such a great store – I think I could spend hours there 😉

tamstyles 11 Nov 09 at 1:38 am

thanks I bought one…i posted it on my blog if you care to see.

kari 21 Feb 12 at 12:20 pm

Do you know who makes the “suzani inspired red, brown, cream and grayed out turquoise” fabric?

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