LuLu DK for the kiddos

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 13, 2012 | No Comments | Category: Decorating, Fabric, Uncategorized

It’s here!  The new LuLu DK line for your child has arrived at F. Schumacher and it will be flying out of stock.  From adorable animal prints to simple stars and sailboats she’s created a colorful and smashing collection that will brighten any kids room.  I’m already showing them to clients and can’t wait to see the rooms once they’re finished.  Check out the complete collection here and see below for my top picks.  Warning: the images are very small so you’ll have to visit F. Schumacher to get a good look!


Ode to Matisse

Jelly Bean






There are always new designers that have a few tricks up their sleeve and Christen Maxwell is one of them.  She and her team have been busy creating fun new fabric designs that are sold by the yard as well as used to make laminated linen trays, throw pillows, lampshades, ottomans and more.  Christen was a first timer at the NYIGF this winter where her product was flying off her booth!  I had the priviledge of speaking to Christen herself and when asked what we have to look forward to she said this: ” As far as right now, we’re focusing on expanding our availability to customers nationwide, working on developing some new prints,  plus have a possible letterpress stationary collaboration line in the works.  We’re also continuing to grow our laminated linen accessories line (it’s been SUCH a hit) and work on new product development – holiday oriented (perhaps stockings and gift-y items).  Sounds like we have a lot to look forward to!  Keep your eye on the rising designer and her products by visiting her website.  You won’t be disappointed.

luxurious patterns and colors that will brighten up any room

 laminated accessories for your bath, desk or bedroom

 have a designated spot for keys?  you do now..

 this laminated bowl is great for jewelry or even nuts at your next cocktail party!

 I’ll be sure to keep you posted as Christen develops more fabrics and product in general.  Until then, shop away at her online store and take home something snazzy!

What’s Hot

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jul 27, 2010 | 4 Comments | Category: Decorating, Fabric, Furniture, Trends

Outside of the weather being HOT in NYC these days there are other things on the hot list for home furnishings that might be exactly what you’re looking for to change things up.  ELLE DECOR has featured their ‘What’s Hot! July/August’ list and I’d like to add to it!  Below you’ll find my favorite “hot list” items from ED as well as my own “hot list” for the summer.  Take a moment to look around your house to see if something’s missing.  It very well could be something new and trendy!

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams tuxedo sofa

Diptyque’s Mediterranean votive collection

Dwell Studio bedding

D. Porthault’s linen coasters

Starlata mirror from World’s Away

Lotus Wallpaper by Farrow & Ball

Chevron rug from West Elm

Bamboo barcart from Zodax

White Lacquer mirror from World’s Away

Piccadilly chair from Serena & Lily

Kelly Wearstler’s Imperial Trellis II fabric at F. Schumacher

Horn cube table lamp from The Accessory Store

Dakota Glass table from Julian Chichester

Woven decorative lights from Pottery Barn

Waylande Gregory Leopard Green Tray by Elements

Ebony Anglo Coffee Table by BeeLine Home

Green inlay tray from Treillage

Antelope from Pieces Inc.

I was desperately trying to find a replacement fabric the other day for a solid cotton chintz that was originally going to cost me $8.95 per yard – a deal that’s hard to beat.  I placed the order thinking this was too good to be true and then received the dreaded call..”The fabric came in and there are multiple flaws..and this is the last of it b/c it has been discontinued.”  Low and behold, it was too good to be true.  So my search for a substitute began and the best i could come up with was three times the price.  This was not going to fly with my client.  Just as I was about to throw in the towel and break the bad news to my client, it hit me.  Mood!  You’ve seen it thousands of times on Project Runway and I’ve always thought of it as a fabric source for fashion but they’ve got a huge selection of home decor fabrics as well.  And it doesn’t stop can find trims and pillow forms with just about any fill (down, polyester and environmentally friendly).   My search for the perfect substitute was over and Mood Fabrics  is now a go to source for just about anything.

People are often asking me how to update their look and bring in a modern edge without going overboard.  There are plenty of ways to do this, but the best and most affordable is by having fun with accessories, trim and artwork.  Take these fun, bold and trendy fabrics from Calico Corners and make an assortment of throw pillows.  You could even trim existing pillows, the bottom of a skirt on a sofa/chair or your curtains that are just dying to be jazzed up.   If you’re feeling brave, I highly recommend re-upholstering a traditional chair with a fun ikat or geometric pattern.  Your chair will thank you later.  There are no limits, so do your room a favor and give it some life!

Take a look at some great fabrics at great prices from Calico Corners that will help you get your project underway!

khandar cinibar – $16.14

magnificat – $21.24

corazon seaglass – $50.14

soiree leaf – $18.69

damon – $45.89

ada adobe – $33.99

precision – $59.49

key west – $12.74

baldwin brown – $18.69

cats cradle – $22.09

It’s always disappointing to browse through a decorating magazine,  fall in love with a room or a specific look and then realize that everything you love isn’t in your budget.  The idea here is to find the look and find it for less.  If you spend enough time browsing the internet and looking for a bargain, you’re bound to come across a good deal.  All it takes is a little patience and time- which, i know, most people don’t have.  Here are a few examples of finding the look for less:

Jonathan Adler X Bench – $495

Ballard Designs X Bench – $179

Antique Louis XVI Chairs – $1,000+

Wisteria Louis XVI Chair – $279

TK Collections French Bistro Chairs – $700+

Beaufurn French Bistro Chair – $395

Kravet Tilbury Lapis Fabric – $59.80 per yard

Schindler’s Tilbury Fabric Lapis – $14.95 per yard

Geometric Fabric – $80+

Calico Corners Diamante Flax Fabric – $17.84 per yard

If you can’t find what you’re looking for but just have to have it (for less) – don’t be afraid to ask the experts!

Get Lost!

Posted By MaterialGirls | Feb 04, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Events, Fabric, Shops and Showrooms

If you haven’t ever heard of Lost City Products, you must check them out!  They are a New York fabric power house that is known for modernizing hand-embroidery.

We have featured their breathtaking fabrics in our Weekender newsletter before, but of course we had to share them on the blog too!

Not only are their fabrics readily available to the trade and to retail stores, but their exhibition, Lost City: The Art of Embroidery will soon be accessible as well!  Be sure to stop by its opening, hosted by Magasin Totale, on February 4th (from 6-9pm).  The exhibition runs from February 4th through March 1st in Brooklyn, NY. (Wed-Sat 12-6 pm)

Oh, forgot to mention one thing- it’s FREE!  So go soak up as much information as you can from Afshan Durrani, the founder of Lost City, on this beautiful art form.

10 Jay Street, Suite 724

Brooklyn, NY 11201

The technique of Ikat weaving is centuries old.  It is not certain exactly where it originated, but it has roots in India and South East Asia and is still produced today in countries all over the world.  Ikat weaving is a process of  resist dyeing the threads used in order to create a pattern once the threads are woven together.  Different cultures are known for their different techniques and the intricate patterns are passed down through the families of the weavers. Today I am going to show you how some designers in NYC and all over the country are using the amazing fabrics and where you can get them for a fraction of what those designer’s would charge you (Ebay!)

2682418905_e7a9e334a8 by jen west

I love furniture upholstered in Ikat fabrics like this French Louis chair by Jen West that I found on flickr! It is a very simple DIY project!

Madeline Weinrib started this trend and carries an entire collection of French furniture upholstered in Ikat fabrics  available at ABC Carpet and Home in NYC shown here…



Plum_WingChair, madeline weinrib


I pretty much adore all of these chairs and am thinking about doing something similar as the head chairs in my dining room, but I am going to do it the budget-friendly way…Ebay (with some help from my other pal, Craigslist)!

So here is what you do…

Go onto craigslist and put in “french furniture” or “french chair” and this is an example of what you’ll find…


$250 for the pair!   I found an UNBELIEVABLE upholstered French wing back armchair for $100 two weeks ago on craigslist and didn’t end up getting it and am now kicking myself, but my husband would have killed me if I brought home another chair with nowhere to put it!

Anyway… this style is very good for this project because it is easily reupholstered. I did a pair myself and they came out amazing! I am not so good at sewing and these chairs require NO SEWING which is perfect. All you need is a staple gun ($15 at Home Depot) and some nailheads which you can order online or buy at an upholstery shop, and a can or two of spray paint. (FYI,  the primer is the MOST important thing when refinishing furniture and I only use B.I.N’s Shellac based primer because it will stick to anything previously applied to the chair and your new paint job won’t chip off afterwards!)

I love the gold painted frames that Weinrib does on the chairs and you can get that look with a can of gold metallic spray paint also available at HD! Only use the metallic paint with the can tops that look like gold foil (super shiny gold…can’t think of the brand, but you’ll see it)- don’t use a matte gold, it doesn’t turn out so great looking!

Next Step: Take a little virtual trip to Ebay! Type in “Ikat fabric” and you will have a plethora of options to choose from. Make sure that the width of the Ikat will work with the furniture you choose because Ikats are made in shorter widths 16″-24″, but sometimes come larger. You MAY have to sew two pieces together which is what Madeline Weinrib does on hers, so I apologize for saying NO SEWING was involved!

Here are some of the fabrics you will find…






You can purchase these for around $8-$18/yd. Another great budget-friendly place to find Ikats is at this online store Uzbeck Craft where they also have pre-made pillows in all of their gorgeous Ikat and Suzani fabrics…




Here are how some of the big wigs are using Ikats in today’s interiors…

jeffrey bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber, a designer in New York City, used a beautiful ikat pillow on the sofa in this room to pull together the color palette in this understated space.  The ethnic pattern adds an eclectic aesthetic to the room.

house beautiful, 2009 march

In the March 2009 issue House Beautiful featured this room with the Ikat fabric roman shades and accent pillows.

ny apt of robert burke, by todd romano

This would have been a great room for my Masculine Decor blog! Todd Romano designed this apartment in NYC for client Robert Burke. Ikats are totally Man-Chic!

Hilary White Interior Design