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Outdoor Fabric {and garden} Resources

Right. So you want to get your act together on the patio and design a pretty space to relax and entertain. Tired of your local garden store cushions, you head over to Target and other retailers but walk away feeling less than inspired. What to do?

Outdoor patio image from Frontgate.

First of all, you always have the option of working with a designer or decorator who has showroom access and can get you in front of some of the most gorgeous bolts of to the trade fabric in the world. If your budget doesn’t allow you to take this route, I’ve compiled a list of some of the places I suggest for finding fabric for your patio. If you’re in the market for other important details, like lawn furniture and outdoor rugs, you’ll want to click on all the links below as most of these places carry a bit of everything. But first, let us drool over this porch, complete with curtains and floor pillows. This is so very southern, makes me really miss living in South Carolina because there’s nothing like a big front porch used as a room.

Photo by Deborah Jaffe for Domino magazine.

My first pick for all weather textiles is a place called Outdoor Fabrics. Yeah I know, totally obvious what they sell with a name like that. They have a vast selection so I encourage you to check them out. Also try Outdoor Textiles.

Fabrics from Arthur Lauer.

I can’t mention Arthur Lauer without plugging the modern Adirondack chair from the The Cole Collection designed by the great Sheila Bridges. They’re coastal Maine meets Marrakesh and they’re guaranteed to rock your cashbah. The Bridges Collection is another favorite of mine because I love all the custom upholstery options.

Furniture by Sheila Bridges exclusively sold at Arthur Lauer.

Pillows from Ballard Designs.


Ballard Designs
is another great resource that I mention frequently here on decor8 for finding fabric, though it’s not sold by the yard, they specialize more in outdoor cushions.

Also try Tropitone for all-weather fabric. Bookmark Grandin Road because they have it all, especially lots of colorful choices in solids. Lane Venture also stocks fabric galore, many solids and patterns. Kingsley-Bate, too.

Some of my favorite textiles are over at Lane Venture.

You can’t mention outdoor fabric without Sunbrella coming to mind. The Sunbrella Store has everything from awnings to umbrellas. I like their stripes collection the most, when I think of Sunbrella I think of stripes.

Chaise cushion from Frontgate.

Frontgate is another great source that I’ve mentioned here before. I especially like their interactive cushion design tool, you can dress your chaise before you decide on the perfect cushion.

Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Domino magazine.
Designer Fabrics is a great find – look at these patterns!

Misc. clicks: Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, House of Fabric, Oxford Garden, Smith & Hawken, Hancock’s of Paducah, Crate + Barrel, and Calico Corners. Also try Country Casual for cushions and umbrellas, you can also order swatches.

Happy shopping for outdoor fabric and stay tuned because I’ll be putting together a list of my favorite patio finds for Spring and the annual doormat round up scheduled to appear on decor8 next week.

(images all credited and linked directly below each photo.)

Posted in outdoors, textiles on March 11, 2008

Reader Question: Outdoor Fabrics?

This time of year, I get asked a lot about outdoor fabric and where to find it. Lisa is a decor8 reader who just wrote in, “Hi Holly, I’m a huge fan of your blog. I too love fabric! I was just curious if you have ever come across any great outdoor fabric. I’m on the hunt for something really great in yellow…any thoughts would be greatly
appreciated. Thanks!”

Since more emails are starting to roll in asking for outdoor fabric, I’ve decided to pull together an outdoor fabric round-up today on decor8 to help Lisa and anyone else reading today who is looking for it.

If you have a favorite place to shop online for outdoor cushions, fabric, umbrellas, garden stuff, etc. please feel free to comment below and I’ll consider including it. Thank you!

Posted in reader questions, textiles on March 11, 2008

Rapture and Wright {fabric + wallpaper}

I’m always looking for new fabric and wallpaper so the second I came across this photo in the March issue of Livingetc magazine, I had to learn more about the headboard. The fabric is called Birds and Butterflies and is hand printed by Rapture and Wright, a company based in the UK that I’d not heard of before.


The headboard itself is custom made by The Dormy House, but I can’t stop thinking about how easy it would be to DIY this idea with plywood (or an old door), cotton batting, your favorite fabric, a staple gun, and some mounting hardware for the wall (easy video here on You Tube). It’s also amazing to me just how great this particular print looks in person as I don’t think I would have given it a second glance if only seen on their website. Livingetc really grabbed my attention with birds and butterflies – I love the serene neutral space with a pop of black and yellow. Heaven!

(most images from Rapture and Rright, photograph taken of the March 08 issue of Livingetc by Holly Becker for decor8. Photographer: Penny Wincer. Room styled by Melanie Molesworth.)

Posted in diy, textiles, walls on March 10, 2008

Ferm Living {New for Spring}

Danish company Ferm Living just updated their website for Spring ’08 to include not only their wallpaper and vinyl decals, but some fantastic table linens, throw pillows, tea towels, paper goods, and bedding.

Remember seeing their beautiful wallpaper in Elle Decor last year?

What a stunning collection for Spring, great job Ferm! If you’d like to see their wallpaper in action, tour a beautiful San Francisco apartment belonging to their U.S. rep Christiana Coop right here on Apartment Therapy.

Psst: Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise LA will host a very special event with Ferm Living… You can meet and mingle with them out in L.A. I’ll post complete details soon.

(images from ferm living)

Posted in kitchen, stationery, textiles, walls on March 04, 2008

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