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India Rose Textiles

I’m always on the look out for beautiful shower curtains since so many of you write in asking me where to find them. Of course, we have the usual suspects like Bed Bath + Beyond, Macy’s, Target, and Anthropologie, but I’m noticing a few smaller companies starting to design beautiful ones which delights me because more options need to exist out there outside of the major retailers.

Usually when I need a new shower curtain, I make it out of fabric or a queen-sized flat sheet (just add gromets) but I’ve also shopped Anthropologie because I think their curtains are so feminine and there’s little at that store that I don’t usually fall for. Today Grace blogged about India Rose Textiles so I clicked over to check them out and discovered some very pretty shower curtains.

I’ve been thinking about small city apartment design a lot lately because our photos came in over the weekend showing our completed apartment in Germany. Yay! It’s so cute. We took on a vacation property last September but it needed a lot of work so that’s been a constant project over the winter but now that it’s finished my husband and I can breathe a big sigh of relief and start working on filling it with everything we need. I’m about to begin a long distance design project, something I’ve not done before, from the kitchen cabinetry and all the appliances to wallpaper and how I’m going to pull it all together using websites in German and the metric system as my guide – well wish me luck! Designing property in another country when I’m not there to manage things in person will be a brand new challenge but I’m up for it!

I’ll soon be looking for a shower curtain, but definitely not in Germany because they’re not that common over there, no one that I know has one, not even my mother-in-law. So I’ll be bringing one with me in my luggage or sewing it myself because I have a feeling that I may not find something long enough since the dimensions are slightly different than standard U.S. I’ll be the weird American girl with a strange curtain in the bath. I can hear my German family/friends now. But I love shower curtains and to me, a bath without one is a bit boring unless it’s one of those spa baths with those amazing spoon tubs. But for a standard bathroom, a pretty curtain is a must!

So if you’re looking for a shower curtain, table linens, bedding, or anything else with an air of faraway places along with intricate details, exceptional quality, and subtle pattern and texture, visit India Rose. Lovely things!

(images from india rose)

Posted in bathroom, kitchen, textiles on March 25, 2008

JCaroline Creative {fabrics}

With Spring here, I can’t help but think of fresh prints and splashy hues. I found a terrific giraffe pink and white print over at JCaroline Creative for $6 a yard and the best part, it’s canvas so it’s quite durable.

I love the modern twist on animal prints lately, seeing a giraffe in pink and white isn’t something you’d find in the wild but for the home is really works. I also like the Sundrop Collection by Dena Fishbein for Free Spirit, also available at JCaroline Creative. They’re a terrific fabric resource in case you’re looking for fresh prints for Spring.

And don’t miss How About Orange blogger Jessica Jones’ fabrics currently available in bright blues and greens. She covered her chair with blue/green peapod. Nice work, Jessica!

And JCaroline, owner of the store, shows us some pillows made by her mother out of Jessica’s fabrics. Also very nice for freshing up the home for Spring!

(images from JCaroline Creative and Jessica Jones)

Posted in textiles on March 20, 2008

Auto – What’s New?

Auto just received a fantastic selection of Missoni bedding, towels, and tableware for Spring ’08. I think their zig zag pattern will always be my favorite, but of course it’s nice to see spots and butterflies throw in for good measure. :) Missoni has such an energetic palette, I especially like the Jessie and the Jessica bedding.

And if you take a step beyond the fabulous Missoni goods, you’ll find other treasures at Auto. Pillows, Nesting Dolls, and handmade books – oh my! I recently purchased nesting dolls in the buff, nothing painting on them and ready to be dolled up however I choose. Seeing these dolls below have inspired me to do something with my little dollies-in-the-raw.

Shown above: Etro Aralia green pillow ($185), John Robshaw Pichwai hand-printed bolster ($150), euro pillow ($115), and misc. pillows shown on chairs ($70-110). Also shown, Trisha Krauss nesting dolls. I’m not even going to bother to list their price. And not shown is the SO Book made by Tall Ladies ($40) which sounds very interesting when you read the description online… I’m intrigued. Does anyone know much about the Tall Ladies and the SO book?

(images from auto)

Posted in bedroom, textiles on March 14, 2008

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


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