Category Archives: fabric

Get the Look: Art Nouveau

Flowing curves, organic forms, and plant-inspired motifs characterize the Art Nouveau style. Look for items with highly stylized designs in lighting, furniture and many other home interior products.

Hubbardton Forge Lighting’s hand crafted organic shapes are made in Vermont.

Hubbardton Forge Antasia Lamp

The legs and antiqued mirror inlays on this Uttermost console table offers deference to the Art Nouveau style.

Uttermost Almont console table

Stylized motifs are found in these on trend Schumacher fabrics and wallpaper

chumacher Fontenay Vase fabric

Schumacher Rampura wallpaper

Paint colors were fairly somber with mustard yellow, sage green and brown predominated with pops of peacock-blue and purple for interest.

Art Nouveau Color Palette

Beautiful Art Nouveau tiles can be incorporated in a kitchen tile back splash or a fireplace surround.

DuQuella Tile Daisy Motif

DuQuella Tile Tulip

Still a vibrant design style, Art Nouveau organic, nature inspired details fits perfectly into today’s modern interiors as seen in this Karastan rug.Art Nouveau style rug

Mr. H says: The thing most long for is a beautiful house-Enjoy!

Made in the USA

When strolling through Walmart you’ll be hard pressed find products made entirely in the United States.  However, America is still a manufacturing country and these are some companies that proudly craft home furnishings in the USA.


Harden Furniture in McConnellsville, New YorkHarden Furniture

Swaim-High Point, North Carolina

Swaim Furniture High Point NC

Wesley Allen Iron Beds-Los Angeles, California

Wesley Allen Wellington Bed


While many US mills have sadly closed, there still American made fabrics to be had out there.  These great designs our sold by Robert Allen Fabric:

Robert Allen Fabrics Robert Allen Fabrics

Robert Allen Fabrics Robert Allen Fabrics


Hubbardton Forge-Castleton, Vermont

Hubbarton Forge

China and Crystal

Pickard-Antioch, Illinois

Pickard China Charlotte Moss

Pickard Crystal

Mr. H says: Buy American and Enjoy!

Dark Days are Over

Take one look at the new collections from some of the most famous fabric houses and you’ll know that the dark days are indeed over.  Super bright, playful and contemporary designs prevail in interior design trends.

Check out these bold indoor/outdoor fabrics from Trina Turk for Schumacher

Trina Turk for Schumacher

Hot of the loom: Duralee just released this hip collection designed by Eileen Kathryn Boyd

Eileen Kathryn Boyd fabrics

Robert Allen Fabric teamed up with DwellStudio to design their Eclectic Modern collection

Dwell Studio Robert Allen

Pink and green make a bold appearance in some of Kravet’s newest Echo Home fabrics

Kravet Echo fabricMr. H says: With every dark night there is a brighter day-Enjoy!

Window treatments: Drapery

Draperies, or curtains, are the most popular window treatments of all.  Ready made panels can be found in variety of fabrics, colors, widths and lengths.  They are the most easily altered and I must admit that I have my own drapery panels that are in their third incarnation.

Magazines are loaded with photos of beautiful rooms with gorgeous curtains so today we are going to focus on the details.  Unique heading styles (the top part of a curtain or drapery) and cool hardware can make the most ordinary fabric come alive.

Robert Allen ( is one of my go to lines for drapery hardware.  A broad selection of wood and metal with a myriad of finials to choose from. Check out the heading styles in their photography, tie tops and the simple inverted pleats.

Robert Allen Bedpost drapery hardware

obert Allen drapery hardware

Other header styles: flat pleated top and a cuffed flat panel.

Flat panel pleated drapery header Flat panel pleated drapery header

Tap top and grommet top

 Grommet top drapery panels

Tab top drapery panels

When choosing drapery hardware you don’t want to skimp on the rod.  You never want the hardware to look as though it can’t support the weight of the curtains.  Proportion is critical!

Some other examples of designer hardware from Brimar (

Brimar Cordial Finial 

Other hot tips:

-hang draperies from the ceiling or just below the crown molding to lift the eye and make the windows appear tall

-extend hardware out beyond the window trim and fill in with the curtain panels to give the illusion of a wider window

-draperies should break at the floor, anything shorter is going to look like high water pants.

Mr. H says: Nothing is in good taste unless it suits the way you live-Enjoy!

Window treatments: Shades

In our continuing Design School series we are studying window treatments this week and today’s topic is all about shades.  Humans have been covering their windows for privacy, light control, insulation and decoration since man moved out of the cave.  Window shades provide a simple unobtrusive solution to all these issues.

Roman shades, which can be made with most any type of fabric, have a tailored look.  This kitchen gets a dose of color and pattern from its window treatment.

Blue and white roman shade

Smith & Noble

Glamorous sheer, grey roman shade

Robert Allen Sheer Roman Shade

Robert Allen

We used traditional roller shades, under a soft valance, in this Kiawah Island master bath.   The translucent fabric allowed light in while giving sufficient privacy.

Roller shades in master bath

J. Rhodes Interior Design

Hunter Douglas has a vast product line including Duette and roller shades, along with my favorite product the Silhouette shade.  With adjustable blades suspended between sheer fabric, it is a cross between a blind and a shade.

Hunter Douglas Silhouette shade

Hunter Douglas

Another favorite, is Hunter Douglas’ Provenance Woven Wood Shades.  Combining wood, grass and bamboo in several natural colors, these shades have a wonderful organic quality.

Hunter Douglas Provenence Woven Wood

Hunter Douglas

Hunter Douglas Provenence Woven Woods

Hunter Douglas

Get your notebooks ready since we’ll be studying drapery in tomorrow’s class.  Speaking of windows I loved seeing Gabby, over at Furniture Works Upholstery, enjoying her view of the world!

Furniture Works-J. Rhodes Interior Design

Furniture Works J. Rhodes Interior Design

Mr. H says: Who ever said that something attractive couldn’t be functional-Enjoy!

St. Louis Style

I was excited to get these photos from my friend and client on her recent living room installation that we assisted with.  Not professional photographs but some nice snaps of our finished work.

J. Rhodes Interior Design St. Louis

J. Rhodes Interior Design St. Louis

It all started with the Kravet botanical print with the pale green background and the cozy chenille damask from Duralee

Kravet "Wynmoor" Fabric

Duralee Damask fabric

We chose the Masland carpet as a bound area rug for its budget friendliness.

Masland Tangier Carpet

Lamps were selected from Uttermost and the occasional pieces are from Stanley Furniture We particularly loved the name of this table from the City Club collection-Five O’clock Oval Cocktail Table.  Happy Hour anyone?

Stanley cocktail table

We embrace all our out-of-town projects and are thrilled when the clients want us involved.  Great design can happen all over the country!

Mr. H says: The combination of a client with definite ideas of living and a good designer make for the best projects-Enjoy!

Glamorous Gray

Gray is THE hot new color in interior design.  When all the world is on overload-gray creates a calming effect in a room.  A neutral palette allows you to recharge and relax.

We’ve been doing gray rooms for quite some time.  We installed this gray bedroom in a Kiawah Island home in 1997.  The palette was chosen for its restfulness-perfect in a master retreat.

J. Rhodes Interior Design gray bedroom

In this Daniel Island Living Room we used a gray color scheme to craft an elegant space for entertaining.J. Rhodes Interior Design gray living room

Gray fabrics from Robert Allen (

Robert Allen Snake Chain-DoveRobert Allen Vintage Blossom-Dove

Sherwin Williams ( has many shades of gray to choose from

Sherwin Williams shades of gray

Mr. H says: Color is not just color; it represents mood, spirit and sense of style-Enjoy!

Fabulous Florals

The general consensus on Facebook last week indicated that many do not enjoy floral fabrics in their home.  It’s too bad since there are so many divine florals out there-and I am not talking about grandma’s chintz.  I’m talking about up to the minute in style beauties that make me smile.

Check out these fresh looks from Duralee ( in the Thomas Paul collection:

Duralee Botany Fabric

Duralee Perch Lilac

Or something a little more abstract

Duralee Hedge Autumn

These new offerings Kravet ( by Thom Filicia (you know him from The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy show) are certainly nothing grandma would have ever had!

Thibaut ( has been designing some of the best floral fabrics since 1886.  They definitely have led the way in modernizing the humble floral motif!

Thibaut Baron Crewel

Thibaut Hampton Ponds Fabric

Thibaut Sonora Fabric and Wallpaper

Mr. H says: You should have nothing in your home that you do not consider useful or think to be beautiful-Enjoy!

I’m a traveling man…

Well not me-but my friend Dan from Daniel Osborne & Company certainly is.  He represents multiple fabric, wallpaper, trim and furniture lines that he shows to designers across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.Charleston interior design Drapery hardware and trim

His Charleston hotel room was literally stacked to the ceiling this week with all the pretty new things that will be transforming someone’s home soon.

Charleston interior design fabrics

Talk about taking your work home with you!  One of my favorite lines that Dan handles is Maxwell Fabrics and the Telefina collection ( Beautiful couture fabrics that epitomize comfort and luxury.

Telafina designer fabrics in Charleston

Telefina Fabrics "Farrah"

So beautiful yet so affordable.  Don’t forget that there is still time to update for the holidays.

Mr. H says: Good design is not about the “look”, it’s about the point of view-Enjoy!

Strolling along East Bay Street from a great dinner at Blossom we came upon the US Custom House bathed in pink light to honor this years Komen Race for the Cure.

Charleston SC custom house

The Race is this Saturday on Daniel Island. Please join us.