As we bid adieu to 2010, I can’t help but reflect on the past year. I’m so grateful and blessed to have been given the opportunity to work on some amazing projects with such wonderful clients. And through these projects, I have gotten to specify the things that makes me most happy in design: FABRICS!
I usually start out each client’s project by initially selecting one patterned fabric that catapults the entire room’s design scheme into motion. These fabrics are far from muted or subtle. They are usually dramatic, graphic, or full of color. These fabrics are statement makers and can take a room from drab to fab pretty quickly.
I thought I’d share my top ten patterned fabrics that I used in 2010 on client projects and why I loved them!
#10- Duralee- Metropolitan Contemporary Prints- Kelly
You get a lot of bang for your buck with this one! This fabric is at an amazing pricepoint, so when you’re having to purchase eight yards of fabric per chair, it’s a lot easier to swallow with this inexpensive cotton duck print. The best part is- it comes in a few different colourways. I used the blue version for my own desk chair and the bold geometric print makes a nice graphic statement in the room.
#9- Kravet- Pelagos- Archipelagos- Lime (Windsor Smith collection)
Windsor Smith currently has a bunch of great linen fabrics at Kravet, that it’s really hard to choose just one to spotlight here! I have probably written down “Pelagos” on my sample form at Kravet, more times than I can count. I think I just need to keep a sample around in every colourway. When I think of her fabrics, “light and airy” come to mind- which is probably why they make such great slipcovers and drapes. Windsor offers this fabric in a few different colors. I particularly love Clove (not pictured) because it’s really hard to find a more grayed out brown fabric and she seems to merges the two wonderfully!
#8- Lee Jofa- Groundworks- Hexagon Tile- Gray
Can you tell that I love geometric prints yet? This 100% linen fabric was the perfect solution for a client’s wine room. She had a lot of existing elements that we had to take into account when planning out her new paint, fabrics, furniture and artwork. Her flooring, backsplash and fireplace weren’t going anywhere (and they included a lot of natural stone) so when the client told me she wanted to incorporate grays into her new scheme, I had to find something to tie it all in together. Enter: Groundworks- Hexagon Tile. What a perfect answer to our warm/cool predicament. (and it didn’t hurt that there was a pop of black in the fabric either- it ended up tying in nicely to the black tile in her existing backsplash.) I love this fabric because it’s a really interesting neutral fabric (one that you won’t tire of) and it will go with just about any accent color.
#7- Schumacher- Peacock Print- Punch (Trina Turk collection)
Trina Turk’s outdoor fabric collection had me at hello. I knew that I wanted to use one of these textiles SOMEWHERE. A sunroom turned out to be the perfect place to experiment with Trina’s ikat-inspired print. Made of 100% acrylic twill, this fabric can withstand all sorts of outdoor elements (but don’t be afraid to use this fabric indoors too!)
#6- Schumacher- Hot House- Flowers (Celerie Kimble collection)
This linen, tree of life pattern from Celerie Kimble was the jumping off point for the color scheme of four rooms- (living, dining, breakfast, and kitchen) in an open floor plan at a client’s house that I recently worked on. The beauty of this fabric is that it is a modern take on a traditional floral print. It took a little bit of convincing to get my client to agree to this fabric (as I promised her that it would not look overly-traditional or cottagey), but once her chairs arrived, surprisingly enough, it ended up being her favorite print in the whole house!
#5- Highland Court- Marakesh Collection- Tangerine
This fabric was absolutely perfect for a young, stylish girl living in Dallas’ Uptown area. There were many reasons why I was totally and utterly attracted to this fabric. Not only were the citrus colors in it fresh and exciting, but the little bit of shimmer in the fabric was something that I noticed immediately. This touch of glam coupled with the chartreuse, lipstick pink, tangerine and cream colors made me want to buy a few yards of it for myself!
#4- Kravet- Old World- Seaglass (Barbara Barry collection)
This 100% silk fabric is incredibly gorgeous in person. The pattern really captivated me as it felt like a cross between a modern floral and modern damask. Of course, we all know that Barbara never disappoints with her textile designs so how could we expect any less? I based a guest bedroom around this fabric and cannot wait to see the final results and how this luxurious, soothing colored fabric transforms the room!
#3- Lee Jofa- Bengal Bazaar- Magenta (Kelly Wearstler collection)
Now this has been a fun fabric to plan a room around! With an icy blue background and a magenta foreground, this unique color combination is not one that you would normally see. But when is Kelly ever designing “the norm”? This amazing fabric is composed of 100% linen and looks great made into a pair of accent pillows for a sofa or a queen bed.
#2- Lee Jofa- Chevron Ribbon- Navy-Slate (Oscar de la Renta collection)
You might remember my blog post a few months ago, where I was raving about the newest Oscar de la Renta fabric collection at Lee Jofa. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this fabric for a client’s roman shade. It’s been on backorder for a few months (which doesn’t surprise me- as I’m sure it’s a sought-after fabric). Mr. de la Renta did a fantastic job with his fabric collection and the fabrics remind me of one of Oscar’s beautifully-made gowns.
#1- Schumacher- Blades- Lush Summer Lawn (Jamie Drake collection)
I have never gotten so many compliments on a fabric when I’m out and about. I have taken this fabric to other showrooms to match with coordinating fabrics and I get stopped mid-search by other designers asking “where in the world did you get that fabric?” Unfortunately, I can’t take all the credit and have to direct them to Schumacher. This fabric is one of those that you must see in person in order to completely understand its greatness. It’s made of Viscose and Cotton, and is one of the most dramatic fabrics that I’ve used to date. The colors and scale of the Blades fabric are pretty incredible and explains why it’s #1 on my list of favorite textiles I’ve used in 2010.
Here’s to more new and exciting fabric collections in 2011!