From Sample to Swatch to Style: Fabric

I received an email last week inquiring about two fabric samples featured in a recent blog post.

 In the endless world of inbox inspiration, these are the kind of emails that rate open immediately status.

It’s great to connect my readers with lovely things, so keep them coming.

Fabric, a self-admitted passion, remained on my mind for the rest of the day.

I thought it may be time for an all fabric post.

poolsideArchitectural Digest

Outdoor living spaces is a hot and trending topic, so I’ll go with it and offer up my current favorite outdoor fabrics selections.

The durability of outdoor fabrics is reason enough to consider bringing the outdoor chic indoors.

banquetteBetter Homes & Gardens

Why fabric?

Texture rules, patterns reflect classic designs and seasonal themes, the resistant twins- stain (pet owners, are you listening?) and fade upholstery options for chairs, sofas, banquette cushions and accent pillows.

A collection of examples to further prove the point follow.

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Dinner and drinks on the veranda anyone?


Color, texture and pattern are essential to a home decor portfolio.

One of the quickest ways to take indoor or outdoor drapes, accent pillows, furniture, ottomans, cushions, vintage revivals, ceilings and walls from bland to brilliant is with fabric.

Fabric has got fabulous covered!

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Check It Out: Check Patterned Fabric

Check patterned fabric is visually synonymous with the flair and finery of French decor.

Synonymous, but not exclusive to it and it alone.

check fabric dining chairsThe Swedish Furniture

Bring on the gingham style, houndstooth, buffalo and tiny squares of horizontal and vertical line beauty.

check patterned fabricTraditional Home

Checks and valances~

pink checks fabricHGTV

One of my very favorite interior design, decorating, entertaining, garden- all things house that make a home magazines is Traditional Home.

Elegant examples of traditional as well as new traditional style inspire the eye each and every issue.

Tim Gunn checks

Traditional Home

These dining chairs in Tim Gunn’s New York apartment are upholstered in small check toffee fabric from Ballard Designs.

ballard designs check material

check fabric curtains

Window treatments, textiles and upholstered pieces prove to be favored choices for showcasing check patterns.

pendant light with shadeTraditional Home

Size, stripe, line and color set the check pattern apart from its designer fabric first cousin, plaid.

Neutrals and whites tend to dominate color preference.

check-fabricTraditional Home

Pattern blocks of uniform squares, wavy lines, and at least two contrasting color choices designate the main difference between the multiple strong, bold colors and criss-crossed lines characteristic of plaid.


check-dressing-tableTraditional Home

check fabric

check upholsteryTraditional Home

A true home decor fabric chameleon, this pattern is as stunning in a formal dining room as it is charming in a country French kitchen.

upholstered dining chairsPinterest

check-french-chairAt Home in Arkansas

check fabric

Check patterns mix, match, and master the art of versatility.

The check pattern stands up and stands out as the little or big square that can and does impress.

When A Classic Becomes The Trend: Houndstooth Home Decor

Houndstooth home decor is poised to be a classic choice of pattern.

Fashion and home decor are so closely associated, and the two are keeping close company with the current houndstooth home decor trend.

houndstooth-chairs-Stéphanie Coutas - SC Edition

Stéphanie Coutas – SC Edition

Houndstooth is a classic textile originally made from Scottish woven wool.

The most recognizable duotone example of  the houndstooth pattern is the traditional black and white.

Beautiful and traditional are two of my favorite words in the world of decor however, color ranks at the top of the descriptive heap.

The Lee W. Robinson Company houndstooth-chairs

The Lee W. Robinson Company

Several gorgeous combinations of color currently abound in the world of houndstooth broadening the color choices.

It has proven to be a formidable pattern and a timeless classic.

The Robert Allen houndstooth fabric lines the statement wall of this Tobi Fairley designed bedroom featured in At Home in Arkansas.

At Home Arkansas


Tailored to suit with a stunning houndstooth rug anchoring the space is this residential office designed by the  Jeffers Design Group.

Christopher Slipper Chair

Christopher Slipper Chair

Better Homes & Gardens

A classic design knows no bounds.


Alexander McQueen Houndstooth Dress

Double the look, double the houndstooth style for a touch of trend and function.

 Jo Shore Ltd

 Jo Shore Ltd

The hostess skirt is classic holiday attire, and although not everyone’s style choice, I like the idea of it.

This example from a past Talbots holiday catalog continues to capture the essence of  two classic beauties, the hostess skirt and Julianne Moore.  

Cocktails anyone?

Trends come and go, but a classic remains a classic.

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