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Ten new fabrics for Spring

Spring is toying with Charleston this week, running hot one day and setting in a frost the next.   Get inspired to tackle your Spring design project with these gorgeous Spring fabrics, culled from the newest fabric collections.

Drawn from within the extensive F. Schumacher archives, the “Fashion Forward” print collection celebrates the exuberance of the early 20th Century master couturier, Paul Poiret.   The brightly colored “Juin” floral print captures the joie de vivre that was Poiret’s signature style.

F. Schumacher

Little Carlotta printed sheer from Osborne & Little casts an array of dahlias, poppies and berries on a washable wide-width sheer.

Osborne & Little

Reminiscent of the plumage of an exotic bird, Beacon Hill’s “Plumassier” is a bright creation on luxurious silk.

Beacon Hill

From the Giardino Segreto collection by Designer’s Guild, the “Papillons” fabric features delicately drawn butterflies with watercolor hued accents. Printed on cotton this is a versatile home design print.

Designers Guild

Kate Spade New York: the name is eponymous with crisp, bright colors and bold patterns.  The new Kravet collections embrace the brand’s signature style and it’s motto: live colorfully.

Kate Spade New York for Kravet

F. Schumacher believes you can have it all when designing your outdoor spaces.  Beautiful prints in a performance fabric.  Charming and whimsical, Josef Frank’s beloved 1947 print is a colorful, cheery addition to alfresco decor.

F. Schumacher

Famous for its hand screen printing of fabrics, Clarence House, is considered a style-setter in the decorative fabric industry.  The “Pagode Enchante” print embodies the spirit of this iconic fabric house.

Clarence House

Scalamandre’s “Jardin de Chin” is an intricate Chinoiserie print on a luscious green background that is both soothing and electrifying.

Scalamandre

A floral and leaf pattern, printed on a flowing cotton, transforms into a printed wild garden.  The fuchsia color way from Zimmer + Rohde feels like Spring.

Zimmer + Rohde

Always exotic, the Gastón y Daniela fabric house presents their 2018 Librería Collection, featuring the Print Collection.  The “Ikat Azul” is a vibrant take on the well loved global pattern.

Mr. H says: The fabric of existence weaves itself whole-Enjoy!

Sunbrella Performance Fabrics

Since the 1960s, the Sunbrella brand has been the go to source for outdoor fabrics including awning and marine grade fabrics.   Now with innovative technological advances in the finishing process, Sunbrella has moved indoors and is considered the leader in the performance fabric industry.

Beginning in 1908, Sunbrella’s parent company, Glen Raven, Inc., began manufacturing cotton duck awning fabric.   It developed the first panythose, parachute materials and was the company that wove the fabric used to make the make the first American flag that was planted on the moon at their weaving facility in Burnsville, NC.

Not all acrylic fabrics are equal.   In traditional dyeing processes, color is only left on the surface of fiber, allowing it to easily fade.  Sunbrella fibers are saturated to the core with UV-stable pigments, making their fabrics resistant to fading and the degrading effects of sunlight.

Pottery Barn

Since the color goes to the core of the Sunbrella fibers, their fabrics can be cleaned with solvents such as bleach without ever discoloring.  The company challenged two kids to making a stain stick.  Check out the video for this wonder fabric:

Sunbrella Indoor Durability Challenge from Sunbrella on Vimeo.

It makes sense, to use a performance fabrics indoors since homes and lifestyles have become more casual.  Choosing fabrics that can withstand the demands of entertaining, kids and pets seems obvious and now the choices ad styles from Sunbrella are endless.

Not all Sunbrella fabrics impart a casual feel, as many of their products match the look and feel of fine interior fabrics.

Thibaut

Sunbrella

The Sunbrella sheer collection is a line of luxurious fabrics comparable to cotton or linen sheers.  Perfect for interior windows with strong sunlight since Sunbrella brand fabrics won’t fade or disintegrate over time.

Sunbrella

Mr. H says: Success is when performance overlaps ambition-Enjoy!

Big Cat Fabrics

Inspired by this surprising photo of adorable bobcat cubs, captured on a Kiawah Island home security camera, I felt compelled to explore the Big Cat fabric trend in interior fabrics.

Kiawah Island Bobcats kitties at play

Humans have been covering their bodies and floors with animal fur since we began walking upright.   Around the 18th Century, fabrics with patterns and colors emulating animal fur were made fashionable in home furnishings.

Touted as the worlds first interior decorator, Elsie De Wolfe crafted trend setting rooms during her entire career.  In the sunroom of the Villa Trianon, her French country house near Versailles, she opted for a double dose of leopard print applying the pattern on both the loveseat and the rug.

Elsie De Wolfe Villa Trianon

21st Century interior designers, continue to use the classic leopard spot in their room schemes.  Designer Tobi Fairly, covered the Elle Chair from her CR Laine furniture line in the iconic fabric.

CR Lane Tobi Fairley chairs

A John Richard bench upholstered in a leopard print.

John Richard

While often confused and misnamed leopard, cheetah spots actually resemble polka dots on the animal’s fur.

Kravet’s “Baby Cheetah” velvet fabric

Kravet Baby Cheetah velvet fabric

If it’s color you prefer, cat fabrics need not be neutral or natural, as this Robert Allen velvet in lacquer red proves.

Robert Allen Soft Cheetah in Lacquer Red

Thibaut “Panthera” fabric in Navy

Thibaut Panthera fabric in Navy

While leopard fabrics dominate the market, majestic tiger stripes have their appeal in home decor.

Milo Baugham’s Mid-Century teak recliner with tiger velvet upholstery

Midcentury Teak Recliner with Tiger Velvet Upholstery by Milo Baughman

Don’t forget that dogs like big cat prints too!

Mr. H says: Cats follow the principle that it never hurts to ask for what you want-Enjoy!

Summer Fabrics

As temperatures soar in the Charleston area we are looking for ways to both celebrate and avoid summer’s heat.

Shimmering metallic wallpaper and ethereal white sheer curtains simulate a desert mirage.  JF Fabric’s “Magique” wallpaper collection offers a myriad of dazzling pattern choices.

JF Fabrics

Designer Elizabeth Lamont crafted this living space for Curated Kravet.  Reminiscent of the California coastline, it is calm, cool and collected with neutrals and soft blues that create a peaceful oasis.

Kravet Elizabeth Lamont California Cool curated room

Robert Allen Fabrics newest collection: Madcap Cottage “Into the Garden” is a sophisticated yet carefree take on patterns we all have tucked into our collected summer memories.

Robert Allen @ Home Madcap Cottage Into the Garden Collection

Crisp blue and white from Thibaut’s Calypso Sunbrella Collection would be refreshing after a hot day on the beach.

Thibaut Calypso Sunbrella Collection

The Pavilion Collection from Duralee feature brights like lime and turquoise that hit the right notes for an alfresco summer party.

Duralee Pavillion outdoor fabric collection

Mr. H says: The tans will fade but the memories will linger forever-Enjoy!

Tilton Fenwick for Duralee

This joyous new Spring collection, from the house of Duralee, is sure to chase away the winter blues.  Created by the New York design duo of Tilton Fenwick, this collection is making a splash for its fresh take on the new traditional.

Tilton Fenwick for Duralee

With a quirky take on traditional patterns these designs conjure up a familiar nostalgic feel

Duralee Tilton Fenwick

Coordinating colors and textures, along with a bit of whimsy,  has been lovingly described as “granny chic”.

Duralee Paboreal print

Duralee Tilton Fenwick Barlow

A modern recoloring of patterns steeped in our collective memories delights the eye

Duralee Cecilia Print

Tilton Fenwick Soskin fabric

Duralee Tilton Fenwick Zula

Mr. H says:  It takes a lot of history to make just a little tradition-Enjoy!

Thibaut Spring Launch

Established in 1886, Thibaut is the nation’s oldest continuously operating wallpaper firm and through out the year this celebrated company offers up the latest trends in wallpaper and fabric design.  2014 is no different with these high style, signature collections.

Thibaut’s newest wallpaper collection, Graphic Resource, offers bold upbeat patterns and quirky novelties in subtle color combinations.

Thibaut Russel Square Wallpaper

Thibaut Bahia Wallpaper

The Resort collection celebrates bright days in a bold, sophisticated style

Thibaut Madeira Chain Wallpaper

Thibaut Resort Frogs

The fabrics in the Anna French Rue de Seine collection were inspired by the first signs of spring in Paris.

Anna French French Suzani

Anna French Zippity

Mr. H says:  We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making-Enjoy!

The Industrious Ikat

Ikat, the ancient, universal weaving style found in many cultures, is the hot interior design trend that has dominated the Spring lines this year.  Pronounced ‘ee-kaht’ it is likely the world’s oldest form of textile decorations and has recently been embraced by all the major fabric houses as a major design theme.

Kravet Pink and Green Ikat

Kravet

A stylish Ikat interpretation by Thom Filicia for Kravet Fabric

Kravet Thom Filicia

Kravet

The tribal patterns vary but all share the distinctive blurred appearance and are colored in every imaginable hue

Clarke and Clarke Lombok Ikat

Clarke & Clarke

Kravet Homage Ikat Fabric

Kravet

Kravet Kass Ikat fabric

Kravet

Batavia Ikat Home Decor Fabric angle

Robert Allen creates a vibrant color scheme for their Pigment collection

Robert Allen Ikat Fabric

Shades of blue in classic Ikat patterns

Duralee Ikat 72066 206

Duralee

Eastern Accents Ceylon Bedding Collection

Eastern Accents

Clarke and Clarke Lombok collection

Clarke & Clarke

Mr. H says: When the fabric of the universe becomes unknown, it is our duty to create weavers-Enjoy!

Fall Fabrics for 2012

The Fall 2012 fabrics selections are on our shelves and color is the recurring theme in all the major collections.

Kravet teamed up with the ever optimistic designer Jonathan Adler to create a brightly colored collection of modern fabrics.

The ethnically inspired Milika collection from Lee Jofa features exotic patterns with a spicy color palette.

Confident, sumptuous and colorful are just a few words to describe Highland Courts fashion forward line by designer Laura Kirar.

Luxe glamour reigns within Maxwell Fabrics’ Studio Collections featuring a streamlined modern look with a blast of color

The Studio-Paris collection is effortlessly stylish with contemporary chenille patterns in lemon, fuchsia, lilac and orange mixed with neutrals

Maxwell Fabrics Studio Paris

Developed for a retro feel, Studio-New York fabrics are saturated in deep shades of teal, magenta, plum and chocolate.

Of course, Mr. H is wild for this new look from Clarke & Clarke: cozy chenille labs!

Mr H. says: Fiction and invention are the fabric of life-Enjoy!

Schumacher’s Spring Look

This just in-F. Schumacher & Co. features fresh new looks in their Spring collection.

These are a sampling of my favorites

Sophisticated children’s fabrics are comprised in LULU DK Child

Named after coastal Southern cities this breezy collection feels like summer

      The exotic Byzantium wall covering collection makes one dream of Istanbul and Marrakesh

Mr. H says: Love is a fabric which never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the water of adversity and grief-Enjoy!

Fresh new fabrics

releases from all the major fabric houses, inspiring many an interior designer to get creative.

From Duralee’s hip new collection Modern Prints & Wovens Collection; fun and fabulous collide.

Duralee Fabric Flame Duralee Modern Prints & Wovens Collection

Duralee Modern Prints & Wovens Collection Duralee Modern Prints & Wovens Collection

Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s fabric collection with Schumacher contains prints and wovens influenced by the designer’s exotic travel.

Schumacher Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Tradition reigns in the Robert Allen house with their Williamsburg Classics collection

Robert Allen Fabrics Shadow Vines Robert Allen

Barbara Barry introduces her Indochine collection for Kravet Fabrics featuring Asian inspired silks, prints and wovens.

Barbara Barry introduces her Indochine 

“Good design is forever.”-Zelina Brunschwig, 1942.  Need I say more about Brunschwig & Fils new offerings

Brunschwig & Fils Fabric

Mr. H says: Whatever your design philosophy; be brave-Enjoy!