Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Hot House Floral
Choosing fabrics is a part of the design process that people look forward to most.  It's a chance to express yourself through a room filled with colors and textures of your choosing.  Certainly, there are days when the fabric choices for a room comes together with relative ease, but more often than not, it takes a certain amount of patience, fortitude and luck to find the right mix of colors, textures and styles.

I'm currently working on a project for a young Manhattan family with three children under the age of seven. They wanted a living room that read young and modern but didn't want to sacrifice style for comfort. Plans were drawn for two separate seating areas with two sofas and several upholstered chairs. My client fell in love with Celerie Kemble's Hot House Flowers, a modern, large scale floral that is smart and contemporary with a soothing palette of silver blues, beiges, browns and blacks. We decided to use the fabric on two club chairs and using the colors in the print as an anchor, we chose a palette rich in neutrals and texture.

 This smart Kravet love seat will be upholstered in a handsome chevron print with a double row of polished brass nailheads running up the sofas arms.

The room's large windows will look fantastic surrounded by Kravet Couture's Velvet Gate linen and velvet fabric.

The Schumacher chocolate velvet was both a luxurious and practical choice for the modern Robert sofa from Hickory Chair.  The dark velvet will keep little fingerprints and errant dog hair nearly invisible.

My favorite piece is the sophisticated Oly Benjamin chair covered in cobblestone leather. The smaller scale is perfect for apartment living.

The room was coming together nicely.  All that was left was the ottoman, which would be positioned between the club chairs and chevron print loveseat and used as a coffee table. But the two yards of fabric needed proved to be elusive-we wanted a print that would compliment the floral and not overtake the sporty chevron print.

We came very close with:

 Manuel Canovas Tate in Noir

Kelly Wearstler Katana by Groundworks

But everything was just a little off.  A little bleary eyed but still optimistic, we found our needle in the haystack on the second floor of Clarence House with the beautiful linen print in ink and beige with a free flowing, natural design-perfect for the room.

Alfonso in Ink


ashlina said...

yes. fabric shopping is fun isnt it? i love that tate de noir....beautiful choices.

rosiecampbell said...

I love fabric shopping too. You did a beautiful job. Your choices are sophisticated yet fun.

The Zhush said...

WOW! I love every single element, fabric and choice made here! You and your clients have amazing taste...even the double row of nailheads! Please post this when its done.

Mary Ann said...

it would be very hard for me to decide cause i would love all of it...thanks for professionals like you. i can't wait to see the after look! verbena cottage

M.A.the2nd said...

I love Celerie Kemble's work and also Manuel Canovas. Beautiful work I think it will be gorgeous!

The Buzz said...

What a soothing and lovely palette! Love Celery's Hot House Flowers (in all color variations!) and the other textiles are perfect for a family with young ones! Can't wait to see the final result!


Thank you for all your wonderful comments. I can't wait to finish the project to show you all how it turned out. I agree with many of you-the Canovas Tate fabric is fantastic. It's new to the line, comes in lots of delicious colors and is reversible! I hope to be able to use it soon-maybe my next project.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

this post is right up my alley! I got some great ideas from it. We are desperately seeking a new couch for the den that will stand up to 2 kids and a dog, (and a husband!), and still be stylish. And I don't want anything dark, but I do need a forgiving fabric. Decisions ... I think you have some wonderful finds here though! Can't wait to see it when it is done.