Jul 5, 2018

A New Softer Orange Hue for Fabrics

A softer orange fabric choice with a golden touch!

This new orange hue plays well with soft greens, aquas, navy and an array of neutrals. Modern and vibrant "Butternut" can bring summery warmth and bright radiance to any room. Find all of these fabrics at Robert Allen Design.

May 21, 2018

How To Use Wall Brackets

Wall brackets have been around for many years even though we haven't seen much of them lately. It is a great way to display a collection at an affordable cost. Below are some new rooms with brackets shown by Schumacher.

A trio of brackets against a dramatic wallpaper. Designed by Mark D Sikes; photo by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence.

Notice the wall brackets between the windows. Kips Bay Showhouse; Designed by Brian Del Toro, Inc.; photo by Nickolas Sargent.

A dramatic display on a wall bracket next to the door. Designed by Alessandra Branca; photo by Francesco Laginese.

Chinese porcelain displayed on wall brackets makes this collection special. Designed by Axel Vervoordt; photo by Toma Haines.

Apr 27, 2018

Schumacher Fabric by Hand

Hand Block Prints
Wood blocks are carved with a pattern and then coated with one color of ink at a time. The block is then pressed onto the cloth or paper one after another to create the full pattern. It is very labor intensive but the pattern is captured with the art of the hand creating a special design.

Pattern: Jane in Blues, #177501 from Schumacher. Also comes in Pink Green, #177500. An exclusive design for a limited time. Contact your designer.

Apr 24, 2018

Nautical Modern Rope Mirror

Beach Style Rope Mirror

This is a beautiful smaller sized square mirror in a natural abaca rope that covers the entire surface. The rope is hand placed in a running pattern with the addition of rope circles bordering the mirrored glass. This mirror is perfect for beach houses, mountain cabins or modern settings. Square size: 20" square.  A bestseller by The Designer Insider!

Apr 20, 2018

Modern Velvet Pillows

Modern meets traditional!

Do the unexpected! This beautiful traditional sofa is covered in a taupe mini check fabric that is brought to the present day with a unique and exciting fabric for the pillows. The embroidered applique velvet consists of a geometric pattern in plum, turquoise and chartreuse. The tile shaped motif is named Tegola which is the Italian word for roof tile. We love these gorgeous colors and the unique pattern. To the trade through Osborne & Little.

Apr 17, 2018

Modern Chinoiserie Patterns

A traditional wallpaper that works in a modern space! Schumacher wows again with many new patterns for today's homes.
Yangtze River is a soft yet colorful pattern that comes in two colorways: Ivory or Aqua. It is based on a pattern from the 1950s and rendered in sublime color combinations that makes this traditional chinoiserie a true showstopper. Also available in fabric, to the trade.

Apr 9, 2018

Faux Wood?

Horizontal stripes add a rustic texture on this dining wall.

Is this a wood wall? No, this is a striped wallpaper hung horizontally for a wow factor! This pattern, Linea by Maxwell, can be hung vertically or horizontally. This colorway is Denim Wash with layers of blue and metallic taupe with added grit for a coarse textured feel. There are a total of six colorways that will match any decor. To the trade, contact a design professional.
Maxwell Fabrics

Jan 4, 2018

Modern Gold Leaf Round Mirror

A gold leaf sunburst style mirror with a leaf motif for a softer look!

Gold Leaf Sunburst Mirror
This beautiful round mirror will make a statement in any room. The round glass of this mirror is framed with an all iron frame of slim leaves that fan out gracefully all along the edging as if they are blowing in the wind. This calls to mind a sunflower or exploding star. The iron petals are finished with a bright gold leaf that makes this mirror radiate and shine. The mirror glass has a slight antiquing also and is encased in an iron narrow border that holds the leaves. Perfect for over a chest or just about anywhere. Size: 31" across the round frame x 1.25" deep from wall. Find this mirror at The Designer Insider!

Jun 22, 2017

Schumacher Summer Fabrics

Lansdale Bouquet

 Go bold and bright with Lansdale Bouquet, part of the Schumacher Summer Classics Collection. This print is reproduced from an antique rendering that captures the 19th century passion for romance and drama. A richly colored linen/cotton blend with a large repeat horizontally and vertically. Perfect for drapes and light upholstery. Colors of fuschia, green and orange all on a white ground.

Pattern: Lansdale Bouquet #173072
Colorway: Summer

Bright Drapery Floral Fabrics

Oct 27, 2016

Simple Silver Iron Room Chandelier

Silver Iron Room Size Chandelier

Our best selling black chandelier C09267 now comes in SILVER, item C09000-0055!

The appeal in this chandelier can be found in its spare beauty. The slender slightly curved arms sprawl across this six candle light fixture with a new distressed silver finish. All wrought iron with 6 lights at 60w each for plenty of light. Size: 63" wide across x 29" high, comes with a 6 foot matching chain. Perfect chandelier for the center of your great room! Click this link to see this chandelier at The Designer Insider.

Oct 21, 2016


Gold Iron Custom Bench

This best selling bench is all iron with a distressed aged gold and a COM muslin cushioned top. It features a Greek key design under the cushion and X designed legs with a stretcher bar. You can easily cover this bench with your own fabric or we will cover it for you. Use this bench in pairs or as a single design element. Overall size: 23" wide x 23" deep x 21" high. Modern or traditional! Contact us about using your COM fabric or order with a choice of available fabrics. Also comes with upholstered off white muslin fabric. Approx. 6 to 8 weeks delivery. You will find it here, at The Designer Insider!

Sep 9, 2016

New Fabric Color for Fall! MOSS!

Pattern: Olive Branch in Moss
Also comes in Twilight, Blush and Blue Pine.

A modern new green for the upcoming season! We call it MOSS! A richer complex green that has a classic appeal. Many fabrics in this collection are mixed with cocoa brown and slate gray for a moody tonal vibe. Fabrics by Robert Allen.

Pattern: Everton Row in Moss
Also comes in Twilight, Blush and Blue Pine.

Sep 1, 2016

Design 101: Adding a Feature Wall!

Wallpaper Only One Wall!

How do you make a room unique? ADD A PATTERNED WALL!
Farrow and Ball has introduced more new patterns to their wallpaper line and here is one of our new favorites! The scallop design dances across the length of the paper for a sophisticated feel on the classic curved motif. This pattern, Arcade, can be traditional or modern depending on the room. NEW from Farrow and Ball!

Pattern: Arcade
Colorways: Seven in all. Shown is paper and colorway BP 5307.

Aug 29, 2016



Architectural and polished, this adjustable floor lamp is so appealing it is just as brilliant in an office as a living room. An antique brass finish and a beige shantung shade complements each other and the delicate framework of this piece. Move the arm of the lamp up and down to get the amount of light you need. One bulb behind the shade at 100w maximum. Size: 66" high. See it at The Designer Insider!

Aug 25, 2016

Antiqued Mirrored Bar Cart

Mirrored Bar Cart

This sleek bar cart is modern with a traditional covering of antiqued mirrors. The wood framed cart has been covered from top to bottom with antiqued mirrors including the sides, top and legs. The mirrors are bordered with trim that has been painted an antiqued silver to blend in with the cart. The top and bottom shelf sits below the side rails for ease in serving with the addition of heavy casters with a brake. Use this cart in any dining situation as it will be the talk of the town. Size: 30" long x 17.5" wide x 31" high. See more mirrored items at The Designer Insider!

Jul 15, 2016



 Trends come and go but this classic motif has staying power. Here are a few fun facts:

1- Ikat patterns have been around for approximately 1100 years!

2- In the 19th century, these exotic textiles spread to the West via the Silk Road.

3- Blue Ikat fabrics are the top sellers.

4- If none of these patterns work for you, Schumacher has 110 more!


Half pillow on right side: Kashgar Ikat in Indigo/Slate. Also comes in Carbon/Teak and Ruby/Plum.

Top pillow right side: Bukhara Ikat in Indigo. Also comes in Linen, Citrine/Smoke, Emerald/Peacock and Fuchsia.

Top pillow left side: Samarkand Ikat II in Porcelain. Also comes in Ruby, Watermelon and Charcoal.

Middle pillow: Asaka Ikat in Indigo. Also comes in Red, Violet, Espresso, Charcoal and Raisin.

Left of middle pillow: Kiva Embroidered Ikat in Lapis. Also comes in Sky, Raven and Grass.

Right bottom roll pillow: Asaka Ikat in Indigo. Also comes in Red, Violet, Espresso, Charcoal and Raisin.

Three pillows shown along edges: Izmir Stripe in Indigo. No other colors.

All information and photo courtesy of F Schumacher!

Jul 8, 2016

Lattice Inspired Embroidered Fabrics

This summer, lattice-inspired designs are showing up everywhere. Highlighted below are great patterns from Robert Allen Designs. All of these modern patterns are embroidered for an extra punch on these fabrics. Great for drapes, pillows and bedding.

Embroidered Fabrics by Robert Allen

Lyford - A viscose and linen blend embroidery that has a traditional criss-cross motif. Comes in Navy or Hyacinth.

Big Stream - A breezy linen and cotton textile with embroidery in a curvy riff on a classic pattern. Comes in Fountain or Zinc.

Trellis Twist - A beautiful intertwined design on a cotton ground. Comes in Ink, Dandelion, Midnight or Peacock.

Anasco - A cotton poly blend embroidered pattern with a softer curvy design. Comes in Sandstone, Sterling or Glacier.

Vangali - A modern unique design with petite embroidered squares that makes up the pattern. Comes in Calypso Blue or Driftwood.

Corbuckle - A simple criss-cross design that is made of petite embroidered circles for the lines. Comes in Sterling, Smoke, Pale Cream, Zinc or Chambray.

Jun 20, 2016

Animal Motif Modern Fabric

Animal Motif - "High Run"

This statement making pattern is timeless and versatile. You can layer this woven fabric with other modern or traditional styles. Use it as a frisky accent for throw pillows or cushions. From Robert Allen Design.

Pattern: High Run - Shown above in Water
Contents: Rayon/Polyester Blend
Repeat: H 6.75" x V 10"
Comes in 10 luscious colors: Lacquer Red; Billiard Green; Classic Crimson; Calypso Blue; Sunray; Batik Blue; Water; Beet; Henna; Mussel Shell

May 11, 2016

A Modern Animal Print!

Beacon Hill Equus Fabric
This is an updated animal print from Beacon Hill! The fabric features a pattern in silver/gold on a neutral ground. The mix of silk and linen gives this beautiful new fabric a gorgeous patina with a larger repeat print. Perfect pattern for upholstery or drapes.

Beacon Hill
Pattern: Equus
Colorway: Silver Gold
Repeat: 28" h x 29" v
Performance: 9,000 double rubs

Apr 14, 2016

Brass Convex Mirror! Bestseller!

Slim Brass Convex Mirror
This beautiful mirror is already a bestseller! The double convex design is a return to nostalgia with the use of vintage materials and imagery. The frame of the double mirrors is all a softer antique brass including the ball detail on top. The inner trim is black for a beautiful contrast with the brass. The two mirrors are convex glass which means they protrude outward. Size: 42" high x 18" wide x 4.5" deep from wall. Item C01104 at The Designer Insider.

Side view of convex brass mirror

Apr 12, 2016

New Yellow Fabrics for Spring!

Fabrics: Sofa in Northview; Wall in Greek Stripe; Drapes in Tiny Trinket.

The "new" yellow for Spring is Sunray! Mix white and this newest yellow collection for a sunny and modern room! See the eight newest patterns below all from Robert Allen Design. To the trade.

Top left: Northview in Sunray.
Top right: Greek Stripe in Sunray.
Lower left: High Run in Sunray.
Lower right: Belle Bloom in Sunray.

Top left: Nesting Zigzag in Sunray.
Top right: Happy Beauty in Sunray.
Lower left: Endless Paths in Sunray.
Lower right: Tiny Trinket in Lemon.

Apr 11, 2016

Seashell Pendant Lighting

Shell Ceramic Pendant Light

This unique pendant features a shell like motif for the shade all in ceramic. The shell pieces are made of terracotta and attached together to form a floral like designed shade. It is fired and finished in a rustic white with rust distressing for an aged feel and design. The rust finish is continued on the chain and canopy to complete the look. This pendant has one light and uses a regular sized bulb at 60w maximum. Use this light in multiples in a kitchen or down a hallway. Size: 10" wide across the round shade x 16" high up to where the chain meets.  Beautiful!

May 19, 2015

Modern Gold Pendants Lights

gold modern chandelier
Gold Pendant Chandelier

Distressed Gold Cube Pendant Chandelier
Nothing but human hands could account for the incredible construction and detail that goes into this cube pendant, a fine example of industrial chic design. Wrought iron strips, each finished in hand-rubbed gold leaf, are painstakingly arranged by a skilled blacksmith to form a nest-like body. A cube is formed for a most unique light fixture for just about anywhere. The gold leaf is heavily distressed including on the chain. One light at 150w maximum for plenty of illumnation. Size: 12" across the square x 17" high up to the chain. Item C09168 at The Designer Insider shop.

The Pasadena Showcase House of Design
Guest Bedroom Suite in Carriage House - GH Wood Design
Photo: Carolyn Reyes

Vern Yip Fabrics by Trend

Vern Yip has a modern and bright collection of fabrics and trim sold by Trend Fabrics through Fabricut. Great price point! Vern Yip Fabrics is sold by Trend through Fabricut to the trade.
Vern yip fabrics
Vern Yip Fabrics
Background fabric: 03373 in Exotic Sky

Left side stack:
Top: 03350 in Capri
Middle: 03351 in Poppy
Bottom: 03353 in Orange

Right side:
Top: 03186 in Grey
Middle: 03358 in Spice
Bottom: 03359 in Poppy

Left top: 03319 in Mist
Left bottom: 03320 in Orange
Right top: 03317 in Elephant
Cord on right: 03315 in Poppy

May 18, 2015

Best Seller! Bamboo Chandelier Lantern

Use this great bamboo lantern in a foyer or for dining. Already a best seller!

bamboo dining lantern
Bamboo Hanging Foyer Lantern

Best Seller!
This hanging bamboo wood lantern features an all natural look and tone for casual spaces in modern or traditional homes. The typical traditional lantern shape has an iron frame to form the design of this hanging lantern. Then it is hand covered in natural bamboo sticks to form a cage look on the sides with a tiki hut top. The bamboo is light and natural as you see here. It has three lights that are suspended chandelier style in the middle that are finished in a khaki color. Use this lantern for dining, over an island or for smaller foyers. Size: 19" wide across x 35" high up to where the chain meets. Item C09262 at The Designer Insider shop. See the showroom view below!

May 15, 2015

Small Prints for Modern Homes

We are featuring small prints for fabrics and wallcoverings! We have always loved the way small prints can add to room or wall without taking over the space. See some favorites below from Stroheim!

small print modern wallpaper
Modern Small Print Fabrics and Wallpaper

Wallpaper: Edie (75003W) in Cashew
Pillows from left: Edie in Mango; Leaf in Bark; Vega in Berry; Vega in Evergreen.
Sofa cushion: Edie in Cashew.

Edie paper colors: Blue, Cashew, Espresso, Jade, Mango, Platinum Grey, Plum, Robin, Spice or Straw.

Edie fabric (100% linen) colors: Blue, Cashew, Espresso, Jade, Mango, Plum, Platinum Grey, Robin, Spice or Straw.

Leaf fabric (100% linen) colors: Bark, Golden Straw, Grass, Greysand, Harvest Moon, Sage or Stone. Leaf also comes in wallpaper.

Vega fabric (100% cotton) colors: Berry, Evergreen, Brown, Grey, Heather, Peacock, Amber, Toast or Viridian.

May 11, 2015

Modernize Your Bath!

modern bath wall sconce

Bath design: The Pasadena Showcase House of Design. By G H Wood Design. Photo by Carolyn Reyes.

Modernize your bath like this one:

1- Add new tile with unique pattern

2- Add modern vanity with mirror

3- Add modern sink

4- Change light fixture

Soft Brass Modern Wall Sconce with Black Shade
Inspired by mid-twentieth century design, this wall sconce has unique desgin elements and a softer antique brass finish. The black silk shade is also trimmed with the brass and is an oval shape. One light at 60w maximum behind the shade. Size: 19" high x 8" wide. Item C05021 at The Designer Insider shop.

May 6, 2015

New Best Selling Buffet Lamp!

silver leaf industrial slim tall lamp
Tall 36" lamp in silver chain links

Silver Chain Link Buffet Lamp - Item C06673
The all metal lamp is designed in a stiff chain link column with more chain as the base. It is then finished in an antiqued silver leaf including the finial. The smaller shade is an off white linen drum style that is 10" wide x 10" high. Use this taller 36" high lamp on smaller and narrower tables. BEST SELLER silver buffet lamp! 

May 5, 2015

Modern Small Print Fabrics by Stroheim

Stroheim linen fabrics
Stroheim Small Print Fabrics

Modern Print Fabrics by Stroheim
Drapery: Amiry in Aspen Wood. Also comes in Cornsilk, Greystone, Harvest or Ultramarine. This is a 100% linen print with an abstract design. Perfect for draperies and pillows.

Pillows top to bottom:

Pebble Creek in Spa. This is a linen/cotton modern print for a multipurpose use. Also comes in Grey, Pistachio or Wheat.

Josepha in Skylark. This is a very contemporary print on a linen/cotton blend. Also comes in Charcoal, Grass Green, Greystone, Pompeii or Navy.

Vega in Peacock. This is a 100% cotton mini print that comes in an array of colors for any room style. Other colors are Amber, Berry, Brown, Evergreen, Grey, Heather, Toast or Viridian. Use for pillows or draperies.

Delilah in Loganberry. This is a more ethnic pattern on 100% linen. Colorful and unique in a medium repeat. Also comes in Greystone, Loden< Mahogany or Peacock.

Vega in Brown. See colors and description above.

May 4, 2015

Industrial Iron and Concrete Tables

Three great tables - one great look!

Industrial Iron Side Table
Item C04182 - Industrial Side Table - Size: 18.5" across square top x 24.5" high.

Each of these three industrial tables features an iron base with a concrete top. The iron base is a dark aged steel finish with plenty of distressing. The legs are square with tapered feet and are connected by a stretcher bar on each side. The iron continues around the top to allow the concrete to sit down within the iron edging. Notice the industrial look with rivets attaching each part of the iron to form the frame. The top is a beveled edged natural concrete with dark and light pigments and with a polished finish that is smooth to the touch. Rustic and industrial for casual homes.

Industrial Iron Console Table
 Item C04183 - Industrial Console Table - Size: 46.5" long x 18.5" wide x 34.5" high.

Industrial Iron Cocktail Table
Item C04184 - Industrial Cocktail Table - Size: 42.5" long x 24.5" wide x 18.5" high.