May 31, 2011

All New Shell Lamps!

Three great new choices in shell lamps:

Capiz Shell Table Lamp
This new lamp is already a best seller! It is covered with natural Capiz shells in a fish scale pattern. How unique! The shells are all applied by hand and range from cream to taupe in colors that may vary. This is a larger scaled lamp at 34" high with a larger shade. BUY NOW at The Designer Insider, item #C06380.

Stacked Shell Table Lamp
This new lamp is already a best seller! The square base is made of natural shells that have been stacked for a unique effect. The shells are encased in concrete for strength and sit on a black wood base. These shells vary in color from gray to taupe to off white. Size: 30" high with rectangular boxed shade. BUY NOW at The Designer Insider, item #C06862.

Stacked Shell Orb Lamp
The base of this lamp is made of natural shells that have been stacked for a unique effect. The shells are encased in concrete for strength and sit on a black wood base. The shells vary in color from gray to taupe to off white. This lamp is perfect for a taller chest due to its 26" height, but has a wider shade. Size: 26" high with round shade. BUY NOW at The Designer Insider, item #C06863.

All of these new lamps and more can be purchased at The Designer Insider shop.

May 27, 2011

Fabrics and Paint Choices for Your Home

Robert Allen is introducing another great group of fabrics with paint colors to match. Beautiful colors are mixed with soothing whites for a bright and unique palette. Your room is done!

Fabrics from the top:

Yarn Burst - Colorway is Leek. This small pattern is 100% cotton and is a multi-purpose fabric.

Go Go - Colorway is Zest. This fabric has heavy duty performance with a polyurethane/cotton/poly blend. Also it has a high sheen.

Go Go - Colorway is Marshmallow. See above.

Soft Stripes - Colorway is Tulip. This is a beautiful fabric with a raised soft stripe. It is an acrylic/poly blend and is great for upholstery.

Circle Grove - Colorway is Tulip. This is our main fabric that is perfect for upholstery with a rayon/poly blend.

Topsfield Fair - Colorway is Ivory. This is a beautiful 100% polyester sheer perfect to add lightness and brightness to the room.

Paint from Sherwin Williams:

Use one of these colors for the main walls and coordinate throughout your home with the others. All photos courtesy of Robert Allen and Sherwin Williams.

May 25, 2011

Ikat Neutral Fabrics from Schumacher

This exotic designed ikat print drapery has its origins from Southeast Asia. The print has a modern look with the diamond motif all in natural palettes on 100% cotton. Three distinct colorways with the Ash shown here. See the Greige and Indigo below! Pattern: Maya Ikat Print.



Another great pattern below!

We love this exotic designed print from Schumacher! The stylized motif has been designed from an antique block printed textile and is loosely based on a vase of flowers. The linen ground is a combination of bleached and unbleached yarns adding to the natural look and feel. This colorway is Greige, see the other two great colorways below. Pattern: Jakarta Linen Print.



All of the fabrics and photos courtesy of Schumacher. To the Trade.

May 24, 2011

Neutral Trim and Fabrics from Schumacher!

Marcel Tieback - This unique designed trim only comes in one colorway: Blanc/Linen. It has a long length of 33" and is 2.5" wide with a loop of faux leather for a modern appearance. Perfect decorative accent for using with natural draperies as seen here.

Andre Linen Tieback - This tieback has a lacy appearance with an open pattern that has been woven in linen and cotton. The accent of faux leather completes the design. It comes in just this one colorway: Oat. Size: 35" long x 3.125" wide.

The beautiful fabric on the pillow in the first photo is Roussillon Embroidery. A unique blend of linen/viscose/silk with a classic damask design. The shimmering threads are finely stitched in viscose and contrasts nicely with the linen and silk background. This colorway is Greige: the colorway on the pillow shown above is Chalk.

All of the photos and information is courtesy of Schumacher. To the Trade.

May 23, 2011

Lee Jofa and Suzanne Rheinstein Fabrics

Lee Jofa is introducing Suzanne Rheinstein's latest collection: Hollyhock II. Many fabrics in this collection are inspired by antique textiles that are available in wovens, patterns, textured plains, cotton checks and damask linens. One of our favorites is Indian Zag, a linen/cotton blend that is great for medium duty at 15,000 double rubs. This fabric has a large repeat of 27" vertical and horizontal. Made in the UK.  Colorways from the top: Paprika, Honey, Bark and Lake. Not shown: Indigo. To the Trade.
Photos courtesy of Lee Jofa.

May 20, 2011

New Wing Chairs from Schumacher

Schumacher is introducing three new wing chair designs to their furnishings collection. Each chair has been refined and fits beautifully in contemporary or traditional settings. Which is your favorite?

Madison Wing Chair - Size 31" wide x 35" deep x 43" high. Tight back with boxed edge seat and nail heads.

Wilshire Wing Chair - Size: 34" wide x 31" deep x 43" high. Tight seat and back with nail heads.

Weston Wing Chair - Size: 22" wide x 28" deep x 40" high. Perfect for dining! Tight seat and back with nail heads.

All of the chairs are covered in linen fabrics from Schumacher. To the Trade.

May 19, 2011

Schumacher's New Wallcovering Contest Winners!

Top Winner:
Touch Interiors - Mosman, Australia

Schumacher Wallcovering:  Imperial Trellis in Trelliage
Also shown is Trina Turk's Indoor/Outdoor fabric: Tangier Frame Print in Sea Grass.

Honorable Mention:
RLH Studio - Minneapolis, Minn.

Schumacher Wallcovering:  Albero Floreale in Aqua.

Honorable Mention:
Christopher Kennedy, Inc. - Palm Springs, California

Schumacher Wallcovering:  Chiang Mai Dragon in Aquamarine.

Honorable Mention:
Leland Interiors, Inc. - Nashville, Tenn.

Schumacher Wallcovering:  Ming Cherry Blossom in Aqua. I think this is my favorite!

All of these papers can be purchased through Schumacher. To the Trade.

May 18, 2011

New Wood Flooring Trends

Do you think this will become popular? New wood flooring trends from Designer Pages!


Bolefloor - The first industrial irregular edged wood flooring that is not only rustic but organic too. Their motto: Life is not a straight line.

Durapalm - Beautiful wood floors made from palmwood with an exotic grain. Coconut palms are in abundance and can take place of the endangered trees from the same regions.

Mafi Vulcano Collection - This wood flooring achieves consistent coloring and has a tongue and groove design. Three different designs made of beech wood and other wood combinations with a 3-d effect.

All photos and information courtesy of Designer Pages. Designer Pages is a great site where you can explore all the latest trends.

May 16, 2011

Cowtan and Tout's Outdoor Fabric Collection

Cowtan and Tout is introducing a collection of great performance fabrics for indoor/outdoor use!

Outdoor Fabric Ottomans
Four unique small ottomans featuring these fabrics: Palio, Soleil, Terry and Brighton. The pillow is in Brighton.

Outdoor Fabrics for Chairs
Mix your fabrics on your chairs or sofas like you see here! Fabrics: Palio and Brighton on chair cushions. Pillows are Coronado and Terry.

Performance Fabrics for Pillows
Pillows: Soleil, Cheetah and Terry. Awning Stripe on ottoman.

Striped Fabric for Outdoor Furniture
Awning Stripe on table, Umbrella Stripe on pillows and Tiger Chenille on McGuire chair.
All photos and fabrics courtesy of Cowtan and Tout. To the Trade.

May 11, 2011

Natural Draperies Featuring Schumacher Fabrics

The Au Naturel collection from Schumacher features natural color palettes that surprisingly are a dramatic use for draperies. Below are some great designs from Schumacher, get this look!

Monceau Linen Embroidery - This pattern features graceful vines and foliage embroidered in a neutral shade against an all linen background. A large scaled pattern in two colorways: Zinc and Greige.

Bordered Fabric - This beautiful fabric comes with the border already part of the fabric. The classic Greek key design is embroidered in a border on either side of this linen/cotton blend. This fabric comes in Truffle, Zinc or Oyster.

Roussillon Embroidery - A classic damask design with a more modern approach! The shimmering threads are contrasted by a linen/silk background. A large scaled pattern in two colorways: Greige and Chalk.

Ambala Paisley - This beautiful pattern is a print that really makes a statement! The fabric has a large vertical repeat that is perfect for drapes. It is a linen/cotton fabric and comes in four subtle colorways: Greige, Ash, Fog and Oyster. Love it!

This look is easy! Use any linen or cotton fabric and trim with the same color using a rickrack trim. Punch up your room with other unique fabrics like the pillow cushion shown here. This is a great ikat print on 100% linen that was derived from an antique textile. Shown here in Indigo, also comes in Ash with a subtle lilac tone and Greige with a subtle aqua tone.

All photos and fabrics are courtesy of F. Schumacher. Visit their website for more inspiration! To the Trade.

May 9, 2011

Highland Court Fabrics by Duralee

Highland Court fabrics never disappoint! Always beautiful, all the time. Above are three great fabrics from the Marrakesh Collection/Turquoise. The ottoman is from Duralee Fine Furniture and is the Felix Boxed Cocktail Ottoman 1026 shown here with large nickel nail heads. The unique geometric fabric shown on the ottoman is made of an acrylic/cotton/polyester in a raised textured pattern. Shown here in Peacock but also comes in Dark Brown, Orange and Raspberry. Pattern # 180934. Ottoman welt is #180978. See the other great fabrics below!

This beautiful embroidery is hanging on the left side in the photo. This smaller repeat is perfect for draperies and pillows in this beautiful linen/silk blend. Shown in the photo in Turquoise, all colorways are shown here: Orchid, Turquoise, Tangerine and Lapis. Pattern #800227.

The background fabric in the photo is a larger repeat in a modern botanical pattern in a linen/silk blend. Shown in the photo in Turquoise. Other colorways shown above are: Lake Blue, Orchid, Dark Brown and Tangerine. Pattern #800233.

All photos courtesy of Duralee and Highland Court. To the trade.

May 5, 2011

Schumacher's Favorite Wallpaper!

Spring is here! Celebrate with one of the most beloved Schumacher wallcoverings that is now available as fabric too! The colorful creatures take wing amid a black and white background drawing of twining foliage. This pattern, Birds and Butterflies, adds a touch of spring to a range of interior spaces.

This beautiful pattern has been available in wallpaper and is now available in fabric too. The pattern is derived from a hand printed wallcovering that originated in the Decorator's Walk collection during the 1960's. See the specs below.

Fabric: Pattern 174760 - Multi on White
Match - Half drop
Width - 54"
Vertical repeat - 32"
Fabric - 100% cotton

Wallpaper: Pattern 2704420 - Multi on White
Width - 27"
Vertical repeat - 31.75"
Not strippable

 All photos and information courtesy of Schumacher. To the trade.

May 4, 2011

Design 101: Building A Color Palette For A Room

Start with a great basic fabric:

Cowtan and Tout
Pattern: Hurlingham
Colorway: Aqua
Repeat: Large at 31"v x 54"h
Linen/Cotton Blend

Add a coordinating second fabric:

Cowtan and Tout
Pattern: Rialto Stripe
Colorway: Teak-Straw
Repeat: 3.5"h
Cotton/Viscose Woven
Width: 62"w
Comes in three other colorways.

Add a solid patterned fabric:

Cowtan and Tout
Pattern: Essex
Colorway: Aqua
Repeat: 2.25"h
Viscose/Cotton Blend
Comes in four other colorways.

Next add other solids or very small patterns that coordinate. Such as woven browns or even the red/pink that is highlighted in the main fabric. And then finally choose paint colors. Don't use the main background color in the print for the walls, but choose one of the more subtle tones from this fabric. Do the unexpected!
All fabrics from Cowtan and Tout, photos by me! To the trade.

Valtekz Faux Leathers!

I have showcased several articles on Valtekz, a company of some of the most unique faux leathers available. Below is the newest "Neutrals" chart from Valtekz that includes Shagreen, Ostrich, Steer, Tonga, Torello, Glassed, Stria and Aged. These neutrals are only a small sample of their many colors available, search our blog for more great articles on this company!

These composite fabrics are made from polyurethane, pvc and backings that may consist of cotton, nylon or polyester.

Valtekz composite fabrics are hand crafted to achieve the variations in colors and designs that makes this collection so special. Use these fabrics for furniture, boats and autos. To the trade.

May 2, 2011

Century Furniture's Newest Collection!

This new collection from Century, Tribeca, is the epitome of modern sophistication. Subtleties in detail, clipped corners, slight reveals and carved framing are all unique details to this newest collection.

Dining Table - Shown here in Tribeca finish. Size: 60" round. #339-306
Chairs - Upholstered with nail head trim. #339-562

Chest - Medium sheen finish in Tribeca finish with cream fronts. Silver hardware. #33C-204

Credenza - Tribeca finish, two center doors, adjustable shelves and silver tray liner. Size: 72" long. #33H-404

Dining Chair - This chair is shown in a silver leaf finish. #339-521

Hand crafted in North Carolina, Tribeca is made of maple solids and quarter cut American walnut straight grain veneers. Other finishes available. Tribeca is available through any Century Furniture dealer.