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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!

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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!

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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!

design trends trim

Tantalizing Trims

Like earrings on a woman in a beautiful dress, trimmings or Passamentrie is the must have finishing touch to custom items like pillows and drapery.

Founded in 1928, French house Houles, specializes in creating elegant trimmings collections and is an international leader in innovative designs.

Houles trim

Houles Twiggy trim

Another leader in the industry, Robert Allen Design offers an array of beautifully crafted and luxurious articles in various scales and in any color imaginable.

Robert Allen spectrum trim

Over the years, Kravet has partnered with some of the design industry’s most influential tastemakers to create collections that reflect their personal style.  Their trimmings collections include famed interior designers, lifestyle and fashion brands, and inspired historic places.

Kravet Urban Loft trim Collection

Kravet Thom Filicia trim collect

Not all trim need be tassels and silk.  Duralee offers a casual cotton collection in vibrant colors.

Duralee trim

Duralee purple trim

Mr. H says: Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury-Enjoy!


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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

A stylish Ikat interpretation by Thom Filicia for Kravet Fabric

Kravet Thom Filicia

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 Kass Ikat fabric

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
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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!