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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.


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!

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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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Interior Design Trends for 2016

Happy New Year!  January is the perfect time to implement those home updates you’ve been wanting to pursue.  Read on for interior design trends that you may want to incorporate into your next interior design project.

Black And Gray Appliances:  While colored appliances have been trending for some time.  For those that are terrified of a cobalt blue refrigerator, there are some new alternatives to the polished stainless steel that has dominated the appliance industry.  Dark gray and blackened steel are showing up in product lines giving consumers neutral, matte choices that don’t show fingerprints and work seamlessly into most kitchen concepts.

GE slate gray appliance color

Simplicity Of Design: The architect, Mies van der Rohe’s mantra of  ‘less is more’ will dominate interiors in 2016.  Elegant spaces with luxurious finishes, upscale furniture pieces and minimal embellishments are the on trend style.

Photo by Amy Kartheiser Design

Formal Dining: Regardless of whether you have a separate dining room or not, enjoying a meal at a fully appointed table is in fashion again.

Williams Sonoma

Furniture With Curves: We are instinctual drawn to organic curves and soft edges, while angles and straight lines often create a subconscious discomfort.  Look for sinuous furniture forms to be in abundance at this year’s furnishings markets.

Swaim furniture F315 dining chair

Brownstone Furniture Palmer Cocktail Table
Brownstone Furniture

Global Influence:  The ethnic trend will continue well into 2016 with exotic patterns and vibrant colors energizing textiles and furnishings in the interior design industry.

Kravet Jaipur Fabric Collection

Tech Free Living Rooms:  Bring back the art conversation by going tech free in living room by banning TV, computers and wireless.  Have guests check their phones at the door for an unplugged evening of personal re-connection.

Candice Olson-Curated Kravet

Mr. H says: In the New Year celebrate what you want to see more of-Enjoy!

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Design School: Mid-Century Modern

Though its been a design style I’ve always admired it took living in a Mid-century modern home to gain a real appreciation for this significant design movement.

Influencing architecture, interior design and product design, the term generally describes modern design from 1933 to 1965.  Taking the organic architectural principles of Frank Loyd Wright further by creating structures with ample windows, open interiors floor plans and bringing the outdoors in.  Innovative materials and technology provided architects and designers new medians to inspire their designs.

Glass walls, asymmetry, and deep overhangs are indicative to Mid-century modern architecture.

Mid-century modern home

 Clean lines, an open floor plan and the integration of nature characterize Mid-century modern interiors.

Design School: Mid-Century Modern

Mid Century Modern Interior

Earth tones mixed with pops of brighter color accents was the norm for interiors.

Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern Colors

Furniture designers took advantage of new materials to design pieces that were both functional and beautiful.

Designers Charles and Ray Eames used molded plywood in the design of their iconic chair

Eames lounge chair and ottoman

Innovative and comfortable the Eames molded plastic arm chair became instantly famous when it debut in 1948.

Eames molded plastic arm chair

Created by sculptor Isamu Noguchi in the 1940s, the Noguchi table’s organic base and freeform glass top combines art and function.

Herman Miller Noguchi Table

Sleek, streamlined shapes dominated the lighting scene.

Mid-century modern chandelier     

Innovative fabrics like naugahyde, nylon and bark cloth were widely used due to their durability and easy care.  Whimsical freeform patterns and tight geometries were the most common designs.

Sanderson mobiles fabric Sanderson Seaweed fabric

Duralee Mid Century Modern

Mr. H says: People ignore design that ignores people-Enjoy!