Category Archives: Fabric

Books: Rooms To Inspire in the City by Annie Kelly

The cover of this book is perfection- the striped blue and white dhurrie, embroidered ikat on the ottoman, blue and white lamp, glass chandelier, and all those books. This is an apartment I would find truly comfortable and is very similar to my old apartment- lots of blue and red with relaxed furniture where friends can drink a glass ( or 3) of wine and put their feet up. I have just purchased this from Amazon and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival.

Buy at amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rooms-Inspire-City-Stylish-Interiors/dp/0847834301

xo,

S

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Yellow Fever

As the sunlight changes in New York and the daffodils are some of the first flowers to pop up I have begun to crave yellow. Most of my clients have rather strong feelings towards yellow. Love or hate. As with any other color, the shade of yellow is important and while you may hate strong lemon yellows a soft buttery yellow can work as a neutral and you may be surprised to find you love it.

Soft buttery yellow walls:

This is the most pleasing to me. Suggesting happiness without forcing it. In a western facing room a soft buttery yellow will come to life in the late afternoon when the sunsets. The below shades are both warm and sophisticated.

The above shade of yellow is gorgeous and works well with the faded fabrics and warm woods in the room. The perfect country house sitting room.

Though the above room is quote formal the soft yellow walls make it warm, approachable, and relaxing.

In the above image we are treading into apricot territory but this has a very similar feel to a soft yellow/ cantaloupe wall. I love it paired with neutrals and a dash of plum.

Yellow paired with black:

Quite an arresting combination. It takes the sweet softness out of the yellow and gives it an edgy personality.

Soft yellow walls paired with citrus colors below evoke a beachy and energizing vibe.

Full on lemon yellow:

You cannot deny that both rooms have a totally different energy than the rooms above.

Above: Nancy Lancaster’s drawing room by John Fowler, painted a vivid shade of buttercup yellow had a reputation as one of the most extraordinary rooms in London.

Pops of yellow:

Just a bit of yellow lifts a room.

The above yellow and white silk zebra is one of my favorite fabrics and we just used it in a beach house.

I love the yellow leather dining chairs- unexpected, practical, and fun.

xo,

S

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1st Dibs – Wednesday’s Picks

In the midst of moving I am taking a break to bring you my picks. Happy Shopping!

Morocco Early 20th Century. Brass Moroccan Lantern with Colored Glass. All Original

This is stunning! We created a moroccan home theater for a client and spent hours and hours pouring over websites to find the perfect chandelier- this one fits the bill!

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=389192

Italy
1960’s
An austere pair of end tables in the Directoire style, comprising a Carrara marble top and lower shelf resting within a brass X-framed base. By Maison Jansen. Italian, circa 1960.

These would look fabulous next to a deep teal linen velvet tufted back sofa.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=385216

Italy, 1950’s.

Italian Sciolari chandelier with individual “jewel” like crystals surrounded by individual bras circles. Multiple tiers and sizes of crystals. Great large scale.

I would love to see this jewel like chandelier above a master craft dining table. I would give the walls a high gloss lacquer so light bounced off of every surface. A dining room fit for Madonna.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=389586

France 1950’s. Pair of Maison Jansen X Base Benches.

I would reupholster the seats in a textural fabric and place in front of the fireplace in a client’s master bedroom.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=376885

England circa 1940. Ebonized two-drawer campaign desk with nickel plated fittings on sawhorse legs with leather top and greek key inlay.

Sentimento, oh I how I love you. This piece is perfect and works with any design.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=365234

China
Late 19th / Early 20th Century
Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Vases, Late 19th / Early 20th Century. Newly Wired as Lamps to U.S. Electrical Code with Double Swivel Light Cluster and Adjustable Finials; Mounted on Giltwood Bases.

These are stunning. I love the bright pops of orange with hot pink.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=385356

A really fun wing chair. Restored in a Van Dyke finish on the legs and upholstered in an off white tussah silk.

A tribute to Tim Burton at the MOMA and “Alice in Wonderland” which comes out this weekend. The perfect chair for the Queen!

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=385698

India
20th century
Exceptional pair of inlaid shell armchairs with beautifully upholstered seats.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=389725

England
Circa 1810
A graceful English regency ebonized and parcel-gilt armchair with caned seat and back; conforming loose cushion

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=385316

Belgium 20th century.
Brand new but made with vintage leather for that broken in softness. Vintage nail tacks add the finishing touch. This club chair works with a variety of other pieces. Beautiful!

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=389082

France
C. 1890
Beautifully gilded Louis Philippe mirror with original mercury glass. The glass has wonderful foxing through out and the glass sparkles with the mercury. Beautiful patina on the gilding and an original old wood back.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=387830

xo,

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F. Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon fabric for sale!

Aquamarine

  • Fabric SKU – 173270
  • Match – Half Drop
  • Width – 54″
  • Horizontal Repeat – 27″
  • Vertical Repeat – 49″
  • Fabric Content – 100% Linen
  • On sale for $143.00 per yard rather than $203.00 per yard

Also Available in:

Lacquer

$143/ yard

and China Blue:

$143/ yard

$143.00/ yard – For sale through April 1st. As opposed to $203.00 retail price.
Email me to place an order

xo,
S

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West Village- Elizabeth Bauer Design

I was flipping through Vogue and saw much to my delight that they wrote an article about Elizabeth Bauer and her fabulous store. A girl after my own heart, Elizabeth loves the vintage find, french artists, and color, color, color! I stop in her store regularly to find that last minute, “must-have” for my clients. I snapped a few photos of some of her more irresistible finds while shopping a few days ago.

A pair of night stands with interlocking brass rings

Console table wrapped in navy leather and nail head trim

Ceramic Buddha Lamp

Black lacquered chest of drawers with large brass rings

A beautiful painting of a street in Paris- This reminds me of an illustration from Madeline

An original Charles Cobelle painting hung behind beautiful glass bottles with large stoppers

Another beautiful bottle perched on a Dorothy Draperesque swag wall mount

A pair of vintage ikat pouf from the estate of David Barrett

A collection of vintage prints by French artist SEM- these are always fun hung in a power room

1960’s Etagere with tassel motif and light

A pair of black and gold side tables with x bases- Dorothy Draper for Henredon

Red Lacquer chinoiserie style plug in sconces

Shagreen and brass cocktail table- sleek and stylish

Gorgeous pair of faux malachite side tables- low in height but beautiful!

Shop Elizabeth’s Store: http://elizabethbauerdesign.com/shop/

xo,

S

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Net-A-Porter Wednesday’s Picks

Miu Miu – Raffia Cross Body Bag: What a great looking carry all. The shoulder sling is a great addition. I love the classic black and white chevron print.

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/61408#

Isabel Marant- Turquoise multi-strand drop earrings:

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/66936#

Stella McCartney- White raw silk blazer: Perfect to throw on over a spring/summer dress:

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/79628#

Isabel Marant: Lapis lazuli chandelier earrings: I love these

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/66923#

Alice By Temperly- Striped jersey dress

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/62695#

Happy Shopping!

xo,

S

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Eric Cohler’s New Collection at Lee Jofa

Eric Kohler’s new line of fabrics is out and on display at Lee Jofa in the D and D building in NYC. Lee Jofa always sets up an amazing room displaying their latest collaborations. This feels like the perfect bachelor’s pad to me. The neutral linen fabric used as wall upholstery, the handsome chandelier and long dining table make this a multi-purpose room.

I love his modern take on zebra print. They grey is the perfect shade. I plan on using this for a new client!

Please email me with inquiries on any fabrics.

xo,

S

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John Robshaw Textiles

One of my favorite fabric designers, John Robshaw, has come out with his new collection of blockprinted linens and cotton voiles. His fabrics are totally inspiring and the color combinations are fresh. I have used his fabrics, duvets, bed linens, bathrobes, napkins, and throw pillows in many projects and in many different ways.

John’s forays in Asia have taken him to the villages of Gujarat and Rajasthan to work alongside artisans and study their traditional printing methods; he has made court batiks in Yogakarta, Indonesia; block printed sarongs alongside a family who has been printing for four generations; he has vegetable-dyed ikats in Thailand. In India, John found that he could apply a painterly aesthetic to the traditional method of block-printing by mixing up patterns and overlapping them in a more formally artistic way. There, his signature dynamic look was crafted: an updated spin on the exotic, handmade object; a vibrant mix of sophistication and romantic allure. “I want all the colors, processes and designs from each culture to blend. I redesign them and mix up the processes in ways no one has ever done before. I try to edit them, learn from them, make them my own but retain their essence. In piggybacking these designs and techniques with each other or with my own ideas, what emerges is new and fresh, and yet retains that sense of tradition, of the handmade. When I need to hire someone to help, I pick the old printers. Their hands are shaky and their eyesight is poor, so the pattern comes out slightly off. I want to feel that human touch,” says John.

“By producing my textiles abroad, I get to become a minor character in the lives of the people I work with, and I can take inspiration from what I see and do there. I go to their weddings, celebrate their festivals, I get sick with them, I develop relationships with the people who are teaching me. When you look at my textiles, its like you’ve been on the world tour along with me.”

Algiers Lotus

JRL 77-58

Alhambre Coral

JRL 75-61

Vintage Stripe Coral- I would love to use this as wall upholstery in a library or bedroom.

JRL 21-61

Petra Cobalt- This would look beautiful as drapes or on a sofa.

JRL 39-21

Anar Charcoal – for you black and white lovers. This can go anywhere but would be fun on an upholstered headboard.

JRCV 11-22

I used the above pattern in red and white for two twin headboards in a client’s beach house:

Another client’s beach house- John Robshaw euro squares, sheets and quilt.

A showhouse up in Rhode Island- John Robshaw crane pillow on the bed

Two rope chairs upholstered in John Robshaw’s blue on blue stripe.

More of John Robshaw: http://www.johnrobshaw.com/shop.htm

xo,

S

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