Sunday, December 9, 2012

Fabrics for All Seasons

I've been thinking about how fabrics can be used for the holidays, whether you incorporate a new pillow, table runner, napkin, tree skirt, etc. But then I started to think about how fabrics can be chosen and can work for all seasons, multi-seasonal if you will.

Here are a few of my favorite fabrics that you can incorporate into your home for everyday use, but would also be perfect as a holiday accent as well.

Here's the scoop on the fabrics I chose:

If you've been contemplating bringing in an animal print but are a bit shy to commit this Kravet/Candice Olson fabric is a really nice option. It's durable and has a nice texture to it, but it's subtle - and a neutral that you can incorporate into your home a variety of ways. Imagine how pretty it would be as a pillow nestled atop a red or creamy white throw on a sofa.

The check is a classic. Even a contemporary interior could incorporate a check in the right color

The Madder fabric by John Robshaw for Duralee is the one that I used on the cafe curtains in my kitchen. I love it and very happy with this choice. If time permits, I'd love to use some of my extra fabric to make some placemats or napkins.

I've included this small print John Robshaw/Duralee fabric a number of times on the blog. It's as versatile as the animal print, and small enough to read as an animal print.

The peacock/botanical fabric is a bit of a departure for me but I thought it was beautiful. This fabric could establish a color palette for a space, or it could be that one accent to incorporate into a neutral setting for some interest.

I came across the Lighten Up fabric by Robert Allen  recently while working on a client project. The green is the most versatile and it may not come across as such in this image but it is quite vibrant. It would be a pretty option for a simple cafe curtain or shade.

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We were supposed to go get our tree today but it's raining, so I think we are postponing for now. Anyone else still treeless?

Also, our sweet little Sheila just decided not to nap today, open the door to her room, and take her pants and diaper off.  Uh-oh. Wish us luck :)

13 comments:

  1. love john robshaw!

    hope you'll find a moment to stop by (if you haven't already!) and enter a giveaway i am hosting: http://www.hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/12/personalized-lovely-giveaway.html

    smiles and happy weekend to you.

    michele

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  2. That's a very cool (and safe) animal print. We're still treeless as well. Glad I'm in good company :)

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  3. Such pretty fabrics...loving the John Robshaw and Robert Allen options. Happily have my tree up already, but still working on other parts of the house!

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  4. That RA fabric is awesome and new to me! And of course I love the John Robshaw patterns. I am thinki8ng about using the Madder in the opther colorway for some pillows in my FR. Hope you got Sheila back in her diaper and down for her nap,
    he he!

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    1. I hope you end up going with the Madder fabric on your pillows Cathy - they would be so pretty in your family room.

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  5. John Robshaw is one of my favorites, and that small print does not disappoint! I'm sure some would say we're treeless! :) Good luck with your cute girl!

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  6. The Robshaw ones are my favorites, of course! But I'm digging that peacock one too. It rained here on Saturday, which was when we wanted to get our tree, we just waited until it stopped for a few minutes and went quick, mud and all! Just put the lights on tonight. Maura is loving decorating it (we put a small on in her room and she put like 100 ornaments on that thing!).

    PS. Made that broccoli spaghetti dish last night. It was really good! And best of all, she actually ate some! Yes!!! Thanks again for the recipe:)

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    1. I'm so glad the broccoli pasta was a hit! It makes broccoli tasty, doesn't it? I've always like broccoli but I know it's a tough one for little ones to get into.

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  7. You always have such nice fabric ideas! The John Robshaw is my favorite of the ones you've shown. The red is nice too--a not-too-overpowering way to incorporate that color. Do you have designer fabric books of your own, or do you visit fabric showrooms to get your inspiration? Hope your week has started well!

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    1. Hi Kristen! Thanks so much for the feedback. I do have some books on hand but most of what I do is requesting memos a la carte per project. I've had success with ordering the samples and having a pretty good hit rate of getting what I'm envisioning. Some fabric company websites are more user friendly than others as far as saving favorites, etc.

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  8. I love all these fabrics, Holly and I would want them in my home all year round! For the holidays (next year), I'm thinking about a buffalo check tree skirt! You could easily make that with you a check fabric like you've picked out!!

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    1. OOohhh...the check fabric would be really pretty as a tree skirt. I think you've set yourself a goal!

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  9. Just sourced the buffalo check for a clients master bedroom. I'm starting to see it more and more. Thinking it's beginning to be a come back trend! Love your picks! M.

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