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.

May 1, 2015

Dining Pendant with Linen Shade

iron and linen pendant
Bronze Iron and Linen Shaded Pendant

This modern or taditional round iron and linen pendant light is perfect for dining or over an island. The all iron frame forms a circle of iron with a crosshatch outer design all around the shade. The iron is finished in a dark bronze with some gold distressing. Iron rods connect the pendant to the matching bronze canopy. The shade is an off white linen and is open on the bottom and top. Size: 19" across the round pendant. Item C09224 at The Designer Insider shop.

Apr 30, 2015

World Globe Black Pendant Chandelier

black orb chandelier
Globe Pendant Chandelier

World Globe Black Chandelier
The world has come to you in the shape of a pendant chandelier. The round globe is all metal with a cage like design. Then solid metal shapes of land masses are added to resemble the world. A center rod suspends down through the middle and holds four candelabra bulbs with distressed beige sleeves. All of the world and iron is finished in a black that is rough to the touch. Four smaller chains connect at the top to then connect up to the canopy. Size: 23" across the round globe. Item C09208 at The Designer Insider shop.

Apr 29, 2015

Bunching Table in Gold and Black

black and gold cocktail table
Gold Iron and Black Concrete Table

Bunch this table!
This is a smaller iron side table that can be used alone or purchase several to use as a coffee table in front of a sofa. This modern table is all iron with curved legs and a square base for support. The finish is a distressed gold leaf with a top in black concrete. The combination of black and gold is stunning and will add a pop to any room. Size: 19" high x 12.5" square top. Item C04185 at The Designer Insider shop.

Apr 28, 2015

Modern Chair with Traditional Fabric

Ming Dragon fabric

The famous fabric "Ming Dragon" is a traditional 100% cotton print featuring an Asian print of flowers and the popular dragon motif. This fabric is a best seller by DwellStudio.
But place it on a modern chair, and it goes to a whole new level! Shown here on a mid-century designed chrome chair, the Ming Dragon fabric becomes modern with its colorful design.
Ming Dragon also comes in Aquatint (turquoise and green), Midnight (gray and gold) or Admiral (navy and lighter blues).

Apr 27, 2015

White Seaglass Silver Pendant

white seaglass pendants
White Seaglass and Silver Pendant

This beautiful pendant chandelier features seaglass and silver iron for a beautiful combination. Strings of tumbled white seaglass are held between the silver iron rings to form this beautiful round pendant. The bottom is open for better light illumination. Use this smaller pendant over an island, in small foyers or in powder rooms. Size: 13" across x 15" high. Item C09223 at The Designer Insider shop. ALL NEW!

Apr 23, 2015

Showhouse Lighting: Silver Modern Pendant for Dining

showhouse lighting
Pasadena Showhouse
This room is from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Notice the modern silver wire chandelier from The Designer Insider shop. Designer of this room: GH Wood Design. Photo: Carolyn Reyes.

modern silver ceiling lights
Silver Leaf Wire Cage Ceiling Pendant

This wide modern silver leaf pendant can be hung with the included 6 foot chain or it can be a flush mount close to the ceiling. It has been used in this dining room as a regular hanging pendant with the matching chain. Clean and simple this cylindrical cage of wrought iron spokes makes a bold statment in any modern interior. A luminous silver leaf finish on this pendant makes it eye catching. One light at 100w maximum hangs in the middle. Size: 22" across the round pendant x 12" high up to where the chain meets. Item C09303 at The Designer Insider shop.

Apr 22, 2015

Mixing Turquoise and Green Modern Fabrics

Get this look! Mixing turquoise and green can be tricky unless you have the right fabrics. This is a great example of mixing the two colors in this bedroom by Brunschwig.

green and turquoise rooms
Turquoise and Green Bedroom

Maisonnette Collection from Brunschwig
Wallcovering: Treillage Sidewall in Leaf.
Duvet and Shams: Festival of Lanterns in Green.
Bed Pillows: Fawkes Cotton Print in Turquoise; Lightning Bolt in Turquoise.
Lounge: Yasmeen in Aqua/Green; Coeur Band in Leaf.
Pillow on lounge: Kila Velvet in Turquoise.
All fabrics and wallcovering from Brunschwig to the trade.

Apr 20, 2015

Longer Iron Benches with Cushion Top

Two iron benches: One gold and one bronze!

custom cushion for iron bench
Gold Leaf Iron Bench - COM Top
The iron bench is all hand forged with curved legs and a circle detail on each end. A stretcher bar goes across the middle for extra strength. Then a gold leaf finish is added in a distressed look to complete the bench. The cushioned top is soft and comfortable with poly and dacron fill. The top is muslin and can be used as is or we will be glad to cover the top for you with your own COM fabric. Item C07079 at The Designer Insider shop.

iron bench with cushion top
Rustic Bronze Iron Bench - COM Top
This beautiful bench is all iron with a symmetrical semi-oval design that is hand forged. Note that the iron on this bench is rustic and uneven with a distressed bronze finish and with a knob detail on the stretcher bar. Feet have been added to the bottom for ease of sitting. The top is muslin and can be used as is or we will be glad to cover the top for you with your own COM fabric. Item C07080 at The Designer Insider shop.

Apr 17, 2015

Best Selling Side Table!

rustic gray wood side table
Graphite Gray Side Table with Metal Top

Distressed Gray and Metal Round Side Table
This is our best selling side table. The distressed graphite wood base is wrapped at the top in sheet metal with rivet details. This sleek and stylish table makes an excellent addition to any room with a rustic touch. Size: 26" high x 24" wide across. Item C03165 at The Designer Insider shop. Also comes in smaller size, C03166.

Apr 16, 2015

The Stylish Dining Room by Schumacher

modern dining rooms
White and Yellow Dining Room
Decorating with Schumacher

Wallcovering: Zanzibar Trellis in Canary (Best Seller)
Chairs: Theodore Armchair - 28 custom finishes
Blue Chair Fabric: Mandeville Field in Midnight
Red Chair Fabric: Gwenenth Linen in Claret
Gold Chair Fabric: Gainsborough Velvet in Yellow

Apr 14, 2015

Exotic Modern Room Fabrics: Dark Blues and Vivid Pinks

Go Exotic with Fabricut!

Modern Fabrics and Trim by Fabricut.
Drapery: Gabon in Cream
Drapery trim: Diagonal Stripe in Mulberry
Chairs against the Wall: Haveli in Berry
Left Chair Pillow: Entangle in Indigo; Trim: Lighterman in Brushed Gold
Right Chair Pillow: Pareto in Jade; Trim: Bobbin in Merlot
Wallcovering: 50025W Diamante in Indigo
Sofa: Highlight Velvet in Navy
Sofa pillows: Entangle in Indigo; Vitasphere in Wine; Cool Arrow in Navy
Ottoman: Monterey in Indigo
Metal Chair Cushions: Allegiance in Indigo
All fabrics and trim by Fabricut.

Apr 9, 2015

Turquoise Chandelier in a Modern Home

Turquoise Lighting

Turquoise Orb Chandelier

This beautiful orb chandelier makes a statement with its swags of turquoise marble and antiqued mirrored band to hold the shape. The round globe is perfect for larger dining, the center of a room or for a foyer. Five candelabra lights are suspended in the lower half of the orb and are 60w maximum each. Finish: All wrought iron in a distressed gold with marble beads and mirror. Size: 28" wide across. Item C09763 at The Designer Insider.

Photo courtesy of Houzz.
Design and photo: Fox Design Studio.

Apr 8, 2015

Bestselling Modern Crystal Chandelier

modern crystal chandeliers
Best Seller in Crystal Chandeliers

We love this crystal chandelier in a more modern design with a slimmer profile for smaller spaces. Dazzling strands of beaded crystals lines the wrought iron frame that has been finished in a silver leaf. Shapely crystal drops and crystal swags completes the look. Four lights sit horizontally within the frame where they are mostly hidden from view. A slimmer profile at just 14" wide makes it perfect for smaller spaces such as hallways, small foyers, smaller dining, bathrooms and dressing rooms. Item C09634 at The Designer Insider shop.

Apr 7, 2015

Design 101: How to Mix Fabrics in a Room

Fabricut fabrics
Aqua and Coral Fabrics for Your Room

Get This Look!

Problem: You want to mix two colors in a room that are unrelated.

Example: The drapery is a beautiful aqua color and the trim is a complete opposite in a coral. Trimming drapes in a non related color adds a pop to the room. Then add a print fabric with the coral as the main color like you see on this chair. Add other solids and mini prints related to the two colors to finish the room.

Drapery: Rohu Lattice in Aqua - A viscose/poly blend that is perfect for draperies with the medium repeat. Comes in four colorways.
Trim: Winnowing in Coral - A 1.5" border tape that comes in 27 colorways.
Cushion: Fetra in Coral - A cotton/poly woven floral with medium repeat. Comes in three colorways.
All fabrics by Fabricut, to the trade.

Outdoor Concrete Faux Bois Bench

outdoor furniture
Outdoor Concrete Woodland Bench

This concrete outdoor bench is a faux bois design in a heavier branch look. Notice the back, arms and legs resembles branches with a natural faux bois technique over metal tubing. The natural curvature of the arms and legs with knots and grooved concrete creates a natural wood look. The surface is smooth to the touch with a finish that has a mix of dark and light in a grey/taupe natural concrete. Use indoors or outdoors. Weight is a heavy 175 pounds. Size: 49" long x 21" deep x 37.5" high. Item C02705 at The Designer Insider shop.

Apr 6, 2015

Southwest Modern Chenille Upholstery Fabric

upholstery chenille in mini pattern
Tucson by Pindler

Chenille Upholstery in a Classic Southwest Design
This beautiful new fabric is an exclusive from Pindler. The classic Southwest design is a tonal pattern that can be used like a solid. It is woven with a cotton chenille in the ground and a flat woven figure for a dimensional effect. Heavy duty fabric in a cotton/poly in 6 colorways.
Pattern: Tucson, #4956.
Colors: Oyster; Sandstone; Seaglass; Sterling; Travertine; Driftwood.
By Pindler, to the Trade.

Apr 2, 2015

Rustic Beige and Black Fabrics

black and tan linen fabrics
Mary McDonald Fabrics

Modern rustic beiege and black fabrics from Mary McDonald. Sold by Schumacher.

From right:
1) Puka Diamond in Lava Black. Also comes in Marine, Black Sand or Sea Oyster. A 100% linen fabric.
2) Moorea in Lava Black. Also comes in Sea Oyster. A rustic fabric in a jute/cotton/poly blend.
3) Bora Bora in Lava Black. Also comes in Marine or Sea Oyster. Made of 100% linen.
4) Wall fabric: Mrs. Howell Natural in Palm. No other colors.