Can Formal Decor Still be Family Friendly? Yes!

Thibaut Fabrics Reverie-Quinlan Crypton Fabric Formal Family Friendly

The question on deck is this: can formal decorating still be family friendly? It’s a comment/lament I hear from families so often – that they can’t have anything nice because their kids (or pets) will destroy things. Okay, so first – and not to be too obnoxious about it – but kids don’t need to … Read more

Interview: Celerie Kemble visits the Boston Design Center

Alexis Contant (left) and Celerie Kemble chat at the Boston Design Center, September 24, 2008. Each year, the Boston Design Center hosts Design Boston for area professional designers. There are talks and seminars, product launches and some pretty tasty treats. Noted interior designer Celerie Kemble shared some of her ideas and philosophies on creating long … Read more

Madeline Weinrib Ikats

Madeline Weinrib fabrics – Black Mu (upper left), Luce Blue, (upper right), Daphne Blue (lower left) and Rasberry Mu (lower right) I was pricing out these Madeline Weinrib Ikat fabrics today for a client. When I grouped the images together, I was thinking how well they complimented each other. Handmade in Uzbekistan on traditional 14″ … Read more


I received this eye catching postcard in the mail recently from Palacepapers, owned by Massachusetts native Casey Gunschel. “Dedicated to traditional craft, Palacepapers patterns are hand silk screened by skilled artisans on a variety of natural fibers and papers. Inspired by a collective fascination with the natural environment, fable illustrations and antique maps, each Palacepapers … Read more

Hable Construction Sample Sale! May 21-23

NYC-based textiles company, Hable Construction is hosting their annual spring sample sale from Wednesday May 21 to Friday, May 23, from 11am-7pmeach day in the building that houses their design studio at 195 Chrystie St. New York, NY 10002, between Stanton and Rivington St. Nearby subway stopsare the F/V to 2nd Ave or the J/M … Read more

Marie Antoinette at the Met

This month’s Architectural Digest has a fascinating piece about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly renovated Wrightsman Galleries. The piece focuses on their recreation of an embroidered fabric – embroidery by Marie Antoinette herself – that once graced a suite of furniture by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené for use by the Queen at the Chateau de Saint-Cloud, … Read more

Green Day: Hable Construction

photo by Rinne Allen Hable Construction has teamed up with Bella-Dura to create a line of vibrant, fashionable, and eco-savvy fabrics suitable for in-doors and out-. Bella-Dura is a by-product of post-industrial waste comprised of synthetic fibers with amazing performance qualities that require no additional chemical treatments. Starring qualities of the fabrics include anti-microbial properties, … Read more

Ikat Ottoman

How fantastic is this Ikat Ottoman available at Chapman Radcliff on 1st Dibs? This is an American 19th century lacquered pouf ottoman, newly reupholstered in Madeline Weinrib Ikat fabric. I love how the pattern looks on this tufted ottoman. Fresh, yet timeless. Madeline Weinrib fabrics are available to the trade only.

Antique French Textiles

I came across French-Treasures today, which deals in antique French textiles, and I must say it – ooh, la la! Here are a few of my favorites: – selected items from current inventory – archive photos, all the fabrics above are sold. If I could afford it, I’d fill my home with nothing … Read more

Just Scandinavian

I just received a newsletter from The Color Association and they have a link to Ann Ljunberg’s website and store Just Scandinavian. Originally from Stockholm, Ann now runs her boutique on Hudson Street in New York City. She carries items from several well know Scandinavian designers such as Josef Frank and Birger Kaipiainen. There just … Read more

Maison et Objet – three week countdown!

As I’ve written about before, I’ll be heading off to Paris this month to attend Maison et Objet! So, in preparing for my trip, I’ve been clicking around their site to see what companies will be there showing their latest wares. I started with the textiles group – which includes bedding, table top, window treatments, … Read more

Pattern Play: Proud as a..

Peacock! A long popular design motif, the exotic peacock has graced furniture, fabric and walls for time immemorial. Three Panel folding screen, available at Peacock Chair by Hans J. Wegner Amenity – Peacock stretched fabric print at 2Modern “Luminescence” Peacock Teapot by Franz Porcelain and Kathy Ireland Home. Lingerie Chest from Dover Studio Feather … Read more