Spring seems to be here at last, I have to say I’m definitely a summer girl and eagerly look forward to longer days and warmer temperatures. With summer on the horizon there is a subconscious shift in our decision making when it comes to Interiors.
While the Eurpoean fabric houses focus on their Winter collections we are ready to take on their tested Summer collections.
If you have been following my blog for a while you will know I love to use colour and that Designers Guild has been a reliable source of inspiration for many years.
The Jaipur Rose collection will not disappoint, printed on linen, cotton and lustrous velvet the collection is based on the work of 19th century explorers and naturalist. Boasting elegant timeless prints of exotic new lands vibrant colour sits along side peaceful soothing tones.
Traditional Japanese Art was the inspiration for Palace Flower Grande. Digitally printed on tumbled linen the soft pastel shades are super user friendly with the dove grey base cloth.
Above left the exotic Kashmiri fabric is also a digital print on linen, muted watercolour floral softens the sharp geometric hexagons. Vibrant Kashmiri Magenta or for a softer scheme Kashmiri Orchre with the textural hexagonal velvet Manipur Orchre below is an elegant option.
Its always exciting to discover a new resource, my first few hours wandering around the super user friendly Patternsnap site has been like opening Pandora’s box! To share all of the new discoveries at once would risk sensory overload so you will need to stay tuned as I drip feed the goodies.
First up my favorite discovery is Timorous Beasties the multi award winning studio of Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons based in Glasgow offers a stunning collection of fabric, wallcoverings, furniture, lampshades and ceramics.
The collections are diverse, ranging from designs based on traditional copperplate engraving techniques to designs that playfully combine time honored motifs of plants and animals with a modern spin …. and a scrumptious colour pallet.
From the intricate repeat pattern of White Moth Allover Fabric.
To the pure colour explosion of Chic Blotch fabric
Kaleido Bee Custom Velvet Fabric on this foot stool is incrediable
Superwide Iguana Wallpaper is a crazy combination of birds, thistles, iguanas, and bugs
I love the tiny details that stop you in your tracks and force you to take another look.
Designers Guild have released their Spring 2014 collection, yea!! Tricia Guild is one of my favourite designers I love her feminine colourful designs and of course her magical touch of combining multiple colours and textures.
The new collection is a slightly subdued take on their usual trade mark flamboyance, inspired by free-flowing floral images of vintage kimono fabric, recreated as clean botanical prints that repeat themselves beautiful in both colour and monochromatic combinations.
Stripe and leaf motif upholstery velvets compliment the collection
Textiles are my favourite part of any Interior project. I can quite happily while away hours searching through fabric houses for the perfect upholstery or drapery fabric.
The right combination of fabric is such an easy way to add personality, drama and of course comfort and warmth….its the icing on the cake of any project.
Unfortunately fabric is often overlooked in budgets, with the thought of “I’ll just put up something cheap and cheerful for the time being” Aaahhh don’t do it!!! The cheap and cheerful never get around to being replaced, invariably they aren’t a great fit, and don’t wear well. Do it once do it right. Money spent on a quick fix is better invested in something that will last and that you LOVE. With a little thought and lots of imagination you don’t have to blow the budget.
Try these Window treatment tips; A simple single pleat to the front of drapes (Mono Pleat) will use less fabric, use a combination of Roman Blinds and Drapes in the same room – blinds take less fabric and make furniture placement easier, Install curtains 100mm down from the scotia … instant elegance. Block out roller blinds behind a sheer drape/roman blind for softness. Don’t forget colour, colour, colour, COLOUR!!!
Check out Mr Fox from UK base fabric house Scion…he’s long, low and cool!! The image above is also from the Scion collection.