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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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Wonderful Wing Chairs

Developed in the 1600s as a means of protecting those sitting fireside of drafts or flying embers, the English born wing chair remains a beloved chair style and is a stylish addition to any interior.

Early wing chair designs were constructed entirely from wood with flat, broad arms.

Antique wood wing chair

During the late 17th Century, demand for an extra level of comfort in seating pieces led to the upholstering of the wood frames.  By the 19th Century, chairs were generously padded, mostly with a very firm horsehair stuffing, and upholstered in luxurious velvet or damask fabrics.

Antique upholstered wing chair

The familiar, Queen Anne style wing back, with its rounded and scrolled lines, crossed the Atlantic to the American Colonies and remains the major influence in traditional wing chair design today.

Queen Anne wingback chair

Antique and vintage wing chairs have an enjoyed a resurgence of sorts thanks to companies like Chairloom’s who repurpose old chairs into a fresh work of art.

Chairloom before and after wing chair

Bold, colorful textiles breathe new life into a common chair form

Duralee fabric wing chair    Print fabric wing chair

Don’t despair if granny didn’t leave you her antique wing chair as reproductions abound such as the Baron’s Court Wing Chair from Baker Furniture

Baker Furniture Barons Court Wing Chair

If your aesthetic leans more modern, many manufactures craft their own contemporary spin on the classic wing chairs lines.   Swaim Narly Wing Chair

Swaim Narly modern wing chair

Kravet Navarre Tall Chair

Kravet Navarre wingback chair

Mr. H says: A house without at least one comfy chair is soulless-Enjoy!

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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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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!

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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!