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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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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!

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Special Spring Blooms

I love this time of year, not quite spring, but hints of it all over town.  Late winter and early spring flowers are a sure sign of the season and here are some lovely ways to bring a little bit of their charm into your home.

The work horse of the Southern winter garden, pansies sweet blossoms should be arranged in short vases for a splash of color.  Derived from the French word pensée, meaning “thought”, the pansy was so named since the flower resembles a face.Pansy in vase

Stems of forsythia in a tall metal vase make for a dramatic display.  Budding Dogwood and cherry branches can work as well.

Forysthia in tin pitcher
Dreamy Whites

Camellias, the winter flower queen, can be arranged in shallow bowls and small pitchers to display their big blooms.  Camellias were introduced to the Charleston area in 1741 by André Michaux, botanist to King Louis XVI.  We are so lucky today that Henry Middleton, of Middleton Place, was the one to receive the plants where one of these original bushes stills survives!

Camellia bowl Croghans
Croghans Jewel Box

Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, the daffodil is virtually synonymous with spring.  One of the easiest of spring bulbs to grow, a profusion of cut flowers in a clear vase, heralds in the spring season.

Daffodils in vase
James DeMers

Mr. H says: The earth laughs in flowers-Enjoy!