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Tuesday’s Top Ten: Summer Floral Fabric

Florals aren’t for everyone but I have always had a love for them, particularly flowing, large scale prints. I have used these types of prints previously as an accent on my couch and currently in my bedroom and children’s bathroom. From subtle and serene to bright and bold these prints all speak to me of summer days.

A style note: floral patterns can fit with modern, country or traditional decor, it all depends on colour and scale. A small to medium scale floral with soft colours is suited to a country setting; a medium to large scale print with a variety of colours (though jewel tones are common) works well in traditional; large to very large scale florals, in either high contrast colours or subtle tones, fits nicely into modern settings. But of course, we don’t always play by the rules and some of these prints can fit into one or two of these categories. Where I was able I showed the fabric in use (as a pillow, curtain, etc.) so that you can get an idea of scale. Enjoy!

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1. Tulipani in Linen by Designers Guild

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2. Rolling Meadow Chambray by Waverly (This one seems very country to me but is rather large in scale. C’est la vie, rules are meant to be broken).

 

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3. Morisette Amalfi by Kravet

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4. Sakura Blossom by Baremore

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5. Roseto Indigo by Designers Guild (A large scale traditional print with saturated blues. With a matching wallpaper too!).

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6. Owlish Multi by Kate Spade New York

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7. Fleur, Summer by P/Kaufman (Here is an example of that subtle, large scale modern floral.)

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8. Katia Fiesta by Waverly

 

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9. Bermuda Bay Palm by Robert Allen (A high contrast, very large modern botanical.)

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10. Craft Stitch Summertime by Kravet

 

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Introducing Free Pillow Friday

(Okay, I realize it is Thursday night, not Friday, but I’m going to be busy all day tomorrow)

So I’m starting this new thing that I’m kind of excited about….giving away free pillow covers. If you are not into fabric or interior decor this will be distinctly unexciting, but if you happen to run a blog called “Fabrictherapy”…very exciting.

Last winter I stocked up on gorgeous (mostly designer) fabric and made dozens of pillows to sell at an artisan market. It turns out that pillow covers are not a big seller at these kinds of venues, so I have oodles of lovely pillows sitting lonely in a bag. Since it is a sunk cost, I’d much rather give these beauties away than have them gather dust.

I’m starting off with one of my faves, Ming Dragon, created by Robert Allen for Dwell Studio. I love, love this pattern and the variety of colours it comes in. It looks good in so many different applications:

Mid century mod chair upholstered in Ming Dragon in Persimmon.

Mid-century mod chair upholstered in Ming Dragon Persimmon.

Drapery in Ming Dragon aquatint.

Drapery in Ming Dragon aquatint.

For this give away I will be mailing the winner two 20 by 20 inch pillow covers (inserts not included) in Ming Dragon Admiral, a total value of over $70. All you have to do is post a comment on what you would like to see more of on Fabrictherapy.ca.

Ming Dragon Admiral (indigo blue background).

Ming Dragon Admiral (ie. indigo blue background).

Click here to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you happen to win or just love the look of the fabric, Dwell Studio has gorgeous coordinates and there are lots of stores on Etsy where you can have coordinating pillows custom made:

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Dwell Studio Coordinates by Robert Allen.

I have a great variety of fabric, so if Ming dragon ain’t your thing, come back next Friday!

PS. I’ve never set up a give away on my blog before so please let me know if it doesn’t work for you! Contest begins at midnight and runs for a week. Check next Friday to see if you are a winner!

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Summer Florals That Sing

The calender may tell me that it is still Spring but my kid’s and I are singing a summer song. The trees are lush, flowers are in bloom, the sun is out, and the local water park is our destination. To me, nothing in decor says summer like floral fabric. I spent some time ogling floral fabrics on some of my favourite online fabric stores and here are some of the winners I picked out among the hundreds.

This lovely from hgtv's fabric collection reminds me of summer walks along the river.

This lovely from hgtv’s fabric collection reminds me of summer walks along the river. Sold at fabric.com for $15/yard.

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Very on trend with its variety of deep blues, this large scale floral sells for $14 at fabric.com

Paul Kauffman creates some of my favorite large scale florals. I made a shower curtain for my kid's bathroom with this bright, fun floral.

Paul Kaufman creates some of my favourite large scale florals. I made a shower curtain for my kid’s bathroom with a similar bright, fun floral of his. Sells for $20 at fabric.com

This fabric has pretty written all over it. It would be a perfect addition to a girl's bedroom whether she be 3 or 13.

This fabric has pretty written all over it. It would be a perfect addition to a girl’s bedroom whether she be 3 or 13. Sold at tonic living for $23.

The black background adds elegance to this beauty. Sold for $15 at fabric.com

The black background adds elegance to this beauty. Sold for $15 at fabric.com

A different kind of floral pattern. Very art nuevo in style.

A different kind of floral pattern. Very art nuevo in style.

Bold colours are not for everyone, even in summer. Here are some lovely summer prints with softer hues.

Another Paul Kaufman to love. I made my headboard with this fabric and the colours are very soothing.

Another Paul Kaufman to love. I made my headboard with this fabric and the colours are very soothing. Sold at tonic living for $24.

Robert Allen is another of my favorite designers of floral fabric. He has similar floral to this one in a variety of colours. Sold at

Robert Allen is another of my favorite designers of floral fabric. He has similar floral to this one in a variety of colours. Sold at robertallendesign.com.

A beautiful floral reminiscent of a water colour painting by Robert Allen. Sold at robertallendesign.com

A beautiful abstract floral reminiscent of a water colour painting. Sold at robertallendesign.com

Subtle and feminine, if you are willing to commit, this fabric would make lovely drapes.

Subtle and feminine, if you are willing to commit, this fabric would make lovely drapes. Sold by tonic living for $30.

If you are wanting to infuse your home with some summer charm, pretty new throw pillows are an impactful and inexpensive way to do it. All the links above will take you directly to where these fabrics are sold. If you don’t happen to sew, you can find the information for the fabric at the above links and have custom pillows made by various shops on Etsy (including mine! Shebajoux).  Tonic Living, one of the stores mentioned above, is a wonderful Canadian business which not only sells fabrics but will custom make your pillows for you.

Hope you enjoyed the eye candy!

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If Fabric Could Heal

Sometimes when I am sick I feel like my body is betraying me. I mean really, back to back colds when both kids are sick? Or perhaps it is just my body’s way of saying, “slow down!!!”.

I mentioned recently that I have been on a DIY blitz but do I really need to take care of the kids, sew a pillow, re-finish two chairs, paint the hallway, go to yoga, do my course work and reupholster a stool this week?

Right. Prioritize. Change the poopy diaper before a rash develops, re-finish the chair before the upholsterer needs it, get the homework done before class. The rest can wait…at least until the kids and I are fully recovered.

I struggle with slowing down when there is so much I want to get done, which is why I was at the fabric store, kids in tow, three times last week even though we were (are) all sick. But I tell you! If fabric could heal, I would be dancing a jig right now because what a selection! It blew my mind how much new fabric is out and I am in love with several new patterns that I want to share.

It is no wonder, given that emerald green is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2013, that there are some stunning new fabrics featuring this colour:

A faux bois print might not be for everyone but I think this pattern, in this colour, is straight up fun times.

A faux bois print might not be for everyone but I think this pattern, in this colour, is straight up fun times. I think it would be a great twist to put it on an antique chair. Malakos emerald print

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I love this funky print. I am planning on buying a green chaise for our play area, and some throw pillows in this fabric will be perfect! Landsmeer linen in emerald

I am always a sucker for florals. In fact, I have them in every room of my home save Charlie’s nursery.

This pattern is simple and fun. I think it could work great in a nursery or on some trow pillows in the living room. Great colours to select from for the rest of your decor. Delft print tracy

This pattern is simple and fun. I think it could work great in a nursery or on some throw pillows in the living room. Great colours to select from for the rest of your decor. Delft print tracy

Robert Allen is a consistent favorite of mine. I love how he designs florals with birds in them, and this time dragons! It's so whimsical.

Robert Allen is a consistent favorite of mine. I love how he designs florals with birds in them, and this time dragons! It’s so whimsical. Ming dragon, Robert Allen for Dwell Studio

I love the following fabric but it in no way fits into my home’s decor: too bad!  I almost bought some to make pillows out of to sell on etsy just so I could handle it and enjoy the pattern.

Wouldn't this be fantastic on a upholstered ottoman in a white room with only accents of colour! Orchid print aurora mutli-colour

Wouldn’t this be fantastic on an upholstered ottoman in a white room with only accents of colour! Orchid print aurora mutli-colour

My sister recently did a post on her blog about designer Philip Lim’s funky and fuzzy new sweaters and skirts. This fabric was another reminder to me that fashion and interior design trends walk side by side.

This fabric is so fun to handle with it's "fuzzy wuzzy" detailing. Honestly, I don't know where I would use it besides on a pillow but it is pretty awesome. Modern ikat pool

This fabric is so fun to handle with it’s “fuzzy wuzzy” detailing. Honestly, I don’t know where I would use it besides on a pillow but it is pretty awesome. Modern ikat pool

Ah, I would like to say that reviewing these beauties for you has been thoroughly therapeutic, but while lying in my bed and typing is lovely, my pillow beckons my aching head. Adieu my friends. Hope that these lovelies have inspired you to head to the fabric store and check out what is new and fantastic.

(FYI, if you are planning on buying fabric consider checking Fabricana rather than places like Chintz and Arlenes. I find the price of fabric per yard is often $5-$10 cheaper there and it is the exact same thing.)

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