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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

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

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