decorative fabric parasols
hammock rubyellen on tumbler
via the decorista.com
doilie window treatment via Free People blog
rosehip’s crocheted pillow cases
Manuel Canovas Kazan fabric on sofa
from my Bohemian Aesthetic- clever
I don’t post often and I usually have a topic from which I don’t deviate. However, I have some randomly clever and pretty home textile products that I would like to share that are light and Springspirational. Although it is Spring, it has not yet sprung in in New England.
Peacock chair vis The Family Love Tree
- Peacock chair vis The Family Love Tree
The Peacock headboard via The Family Love Tree
I was reading the most recent version of the digital home decor mag AdoreHome.com, which I love, and saw these great peacock chairs and headboards. I flipped for them. They come in an assortment of happy, spring colors. The web-based store from which they came is The Family Love Tree, https://thefamilylovetree.com.au/_chairs/peacock-chairs . Unfortunately, it is in Melbourne Australia! So, where the heck in the U.S. can we find these lacquered versions of rattan chairs that were ubiquitous in the 1980′s? They would sell like hotcakes!
Classic peacock chair via The Family Love Tree
Whose flloral trellis fabric is on that ottoman???
The loveseat fabric is “Les Touches” by Brunschwig & Fils.
Sofa fabric by Manuel Canovas for Cowtan & Tout. Curtains are Rose Cumming’s “Lace”.
Something is happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. For years now, most floral fabrics have been in the form of abstract monochromatic one dimensional renderings. In 2010, I started to see the return of funkier larger scale florals. Svenskt Tenn, Florence Broadhurst and Josef Franc floral fabrics experienced a rennaisance on traditional upholstery frames. In 2011, exotic florals, faunas and insect motifs began appearing on everything from wallpaper to melamine plates. Dorothy Draper projects and her floral fabrics received lots of coverage in the press in 2012 as did the Martinique palm leaf wallpaper that is known widely as the wallpaper throughout The Beverly Hills Hotel. In fact, I am convinced that the coverage of this leafy pattern helped to catapult the emerald color trend (also Pantone’s choice for 2013 in home furnishings).
I developed an appreciation for chintz fabrics in the 1990′s when working for Robert Allen Fabrics. I was given resposibility for a stepchild division that the company somehow acquired. The company was based in a suburb of London and produced printed cotton chintz fabrics that were derived from documents. The company sold fabrics under its own brand as well as produced fabrics that became exclusives for many of the reknowned traditional textile companies. I initialy struggled with the designs because they seemed stuffy and oddly colored. Over the next few years, I realized that I had become completely smitten with them. I have actually been missing them and awaiting their re-emergence. Apparently, the time is now.
I believe that chintz has legs , but that it has to be used is small doses for the average person to enjoy it. Chintz everywhere in a room is a bit too overwheling for 2013. Sure, Mario Buatta and Ann Pyne can pull it off for their clients, but they are the exception.
Martinique wallpaper used in The Beverly Hills Hotel
Lily Pulitzer chintz fabric on chair through One King’s Lane
Made in Italy by Kartell, the Mademoiselle upholstered armchair
It is Sunday and, aside from grocery shopping and a load of laundry, I have gone completely berserk looking at beautiful images of crocheted and felted wool upcycled bedding accessories. It all started with one quick pin onto Pinterest. I don’t know what happened next, but I stumbled upon someone’s pin of a printed floral pillow case with a sweet scalloped crocheted edge. The image was from Rosehip.typepad. So, I went to this blog and FELL IN LOVE with it. It was full of all of the beautiful home goods that I imagine having all over my home that bring peace of mind and a coziness that is hard to feel during winter in New England. I realize that I posted a few years ago about felted wool and crocheted goods, but I think it is time to revisit the topics because the slow, homespun movement is much more embraced today than when I posted about the trends a few years ago. (Patchwork With A Punch: April 2009 and Felted Wool: A Party Waiting To Happen: April 2009, crochet Anyone?: June 2009
wool scrap patchwork bedcover via Rosehip.typepad.2
) Check out these wonderful specimens.
Sweet felt goods blanket
Vintage reversible poncho/cape on ebay. (Don’t bother looking for it. I bought it.)
Hudson’s Bay Company Point Blanket Designer Collaborations via FFFFOUND
Poncho by SHELLEY via Oakliesfashions.com
Bavarain reversible poncho/ cape on ebay
sweetandblue upcycled teen sweatercoat on etsy
sweetandblue upcycled clothing on etsy
enlightened platypus upcycled sweatercoat on etsy
Mermsid mushroom upcycled sweatercoat on etsy
I am a sucker for all of these in the winter. I love to layer, but I love feeling unencumbered, too. Here are some terrific images.
Both of these Marimejjo dresses are from 1966!!
These caftans were created by Marimekko designer Liisa Suvanto in 1974.
Another gorgeous creation by Annika Rimala for Marimekko in 1954. Do you recall what most women wore in the States in 1954?
All three of these simple shift dresses are from 1965 and were designed by the very talented Marimekko designer Annika Rimala.
I picked up and started flipping through a Marimekko book that was given to me in 2005 by the U.S. distributor of Marimekko at that time. The book is “MARIMEKKO Fabrics Fashion Architecture”. It recounts the history of the Finnish textile company. The pictures are gorgeous. What really strikes me as impressive is how timeless both the textile patterns and the apparel that they produced are. I looked at the images of models in Marimekko garb and felt as though the models’ haircuts and clothing could beasily be worn today and still look fresh and timely.