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March 28, 2011

TO TOILE OR NOT TO TOILE!

Filed under: Bedroom,drapery,FABRICS,interiors,Uncategorized,window coverings — Tags: , , — jherzlinger @ 7:02 pm

Happy Monday! the weather is so stunning that it is so exiting to think summer is around the corner! Today’s post is on one of my favorite fabrics!

I LOVE TOILE!!

To Toile or not to Toile? Can you ever have too much toile?

ANSWER! NO!

Toile, oh my, I have loved this pattern and in fact have written about it before!

But it is having a comeback and can totally be considered part of my love affair with BOHO CHIC!

Toiles when used in black and white are super sophisticated, fun and even cutting edge.  I would not suggest a black and white toile for a Childs room, not even of teen years.  But toile is definitely a grown up pattern!

Toile in black and white can be paired with zebra rugs for a very hot looking guest bedroom!

Toiles in fact are not just for bedrooms! Start to think out of the box! They are great breakfast room fabrics and make super smart home offices and great study and playrooms for girls!

Have a wonderful start to the week! thanks for all the great emails I appreciate the feedback!

Love,

Jamie

March 9, 2011

DAMASK IS NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S FABRIC ANYMORE!!!

Filed under: BERGAMO,drapery,FABRICS,materials and finishes,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — jherzlinger @ 3:17 pm

DAMASK Is NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’s fabric ANY MORE!

Ahh Damask! One of my all time favorite fabrics.  You know, there are some people that think that using damask means only to be working in a traditional style.

Not true anymore!

The scale of using a traditional pattern is what you want to consider when crossing a traditional fabric over into a modern application!

Boho chic is a great fan of high styled silk damasks in very muted tones of lavenders and interesting blues and sea foam greens! Think John Saladino and how stunning his approach to such a traditional fabric is! And his is certainly not your grandmother’s house!  But at the same time, call me forward, but i am in love with bright damasks for great shots of color.  Sometimes when you have a very definitive color pallette, say white moldings and grasscloth walls, you need a shot of color to control the emotion of the person looking and living with it, otherwise such a neutral palette can become exceedingly tiresome.

So, i am including examples that i love of a couple of projects as well as some ideas!

I love to use damask and have done so recently with wallpaper from Studio Printworks!

They have a black and white damask, so thinking traditional right? Nope! They so enlarged the scale of the pattern that it became very hip and chic!

Damask is named for the city of Damascus, which was a major textile center during the 12th century.   Damask originated in Asia, traders took the fabric to Europe where it began to become very popular.  Damasks were scarce after the ninth century outside of Islamic Spain, but were revived in some places in the thirteenth century. You  see, it was always then, made of gorgeous silk and incredibly expensive.  Now of course, damask comes in cotton and wools as well.

Most damask weaves are commonly produced today in a monochromatic weave in silk for instance where the long floats of satin-woven warp and weft threads cause soft highlights on the fabric which reflect light differently according to the position of the observer.

If you are looking for an eclectic look, a touch of damask in pillows or on a cross legged stool or a touch on a pull up chair will get you much further then a zebra rug these days! Damask is a hot commodity again so don’t be afraid to jump in!

Have a great day!

Jamie

January 3, 2011

Canopy Comeback

Filed under: Bedroom,children's rooms,drapery — Tags: , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 10:08 pm

I remember being a kid and thinking that canopy beds were the coolest things ever, fit for a princess. What is interesting now is that canopy beds are making there way back into the bedroom, and not just the kids’ rooms. Drapery on bedding has been around for a long time. In the medieval period, textiles were a form of the status, and the bedroom was the ultimate place to show it off. Not only was an adorned bed something to show off, it functioned as a way to create a micro climate of warmth when the drapery was closed, since the understanding of the fireplace technology was not well understood. Canopy usage carried all the way through the Baroque and Rococo. Some of the most elaborate canopies can be seen on the royal beds at the Palace of Versailles.

Even though our culture has change, the trend of covering the bed with fabric has latest. It has recently made a more prominent comeback in both contemporary and traditional settings. I think there will always be something romantic and comfortable about being enclosed when a person sleeps. Think of the movies that show a tropical get away and the bed is flowing with white sheer fabric all around it.

Although a four poster canopy is difficult, canopies are do it yourself friendly. If you take the circular wooden frame that is used for embroidery, you can take a piece of lightweight fabric and fit it in the center. Then hang from the ceiling with some clear wire or ribbon and let the fabric fall to either side or tie them to either poster using ribbon. Canopies definitely add a softness to space and can create a great dynamic when playing with scale in a space. AND it will make you feel like royalty in your own home.

 

An interesting modification of the original canopy. Simply and gorgeous.

I love these nontraditional posts!

Super modern interpretation of the canopy. Not exactly diy friendly…

Thanks to Patricia Gray for all her wonderful canopy photos!

Beautiful!

Another great modern example!

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