December 30, 2010

Inspiration + Find

Sources/Links: 1) Inspiration room photo via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles; 2) Shiraz wool rug from Heritage Unlimited, $117; 3) Balouch wool rug from Heritage Unlimited, $174

December 26, 2010

Inspiration + Find

Sources/Links: 1) Inspiration photo from Habitually Chic; 2) Caucasian Moldovan Floral Rug (top right) from oz_melek seller on ebay; 3) Caucasian Moldovan Floral Rug (bottom right) from oz-melek seller on ebay.

Sources/Links: 1) Photo at top left: via The Bubb Report (originally published in Domino); 2) Photo at top right: via The Designer's Attic; 3) Ezeula 300 fabric from Designer Fabrics Online; 4) Gujarat 300 fabric from Designer Fabrics Online.

December 22, 2010

Inspiration + Find

Today is the first of a new type of post I'll be doing - called "Inspiration + Find": An inspirational room plus a currently-on-the-market (and usually affordable) patterned find to help you recreate the look.

Sources/Links: 1) Photo of Chloe Sevigny's bedroom via Stylecourt; 2) Villandry Damask Print fabric in Pomegranate from F. Schumacher; 3)  Premier Prints' Isle fabric in Lipstick from Warehouse Fabrics Inc.; 4) photo of kids bedroom via Material Girls (originally published in Domino).

Sources/Links: 1) Photo at left via Decorpad; 2) Photo at right via Decorpad (originally published in House Beautiful); 3 & 4) Blue zebra rug and pillow from Crewel Fabric World (you'll have to call them to order the pillow in blue - and they can do other custom colors, too).

December 19, 2010

Sari Roundup

For the next two weeks over the holidays I'll be doing more posts, but they'll be of a different type.

Today, a roundup from a source for affordable accent fabrics: sari shops.

A few tips when searching: 1) Make sure you’re not in the polyester section - stick with cottons or silks; 2) In general, avoid ones with too much metallic embroidery so the overall effect is subtler (unless you're looking for that one metallic accent in a room); 3) Use sparingly - again so the effect is subtle; 4) Make sure the sari isn’t too sheer for your purposes (or, be prepared to back it with another fabric); 5) Remember you can always modify it significantly (e.g., if it’s only the border you like, cut that out and have it sewn side-by-side for “stripes” on small items like throw pillows and chair cushions).

Some inspiration:
Orange saris were added to the foot of the bed; image via The Adventures of Tartanscot (originally published in House Beautiful)
Room by Amelia Handegan, via Stylecourt
A bedroom in John Derian's Provincetown house, with a kantha quilt - a running stitch quilt made from recycled saris; image via Apartment Therapy (originally published in Martha Stewart Living)
Some affordable finds:
Each of the above saris is $62 or less, and the fair trade kantha throw (bottom left) is only $80.
Sources/Links (clockwise from top right):
1) Mango Mood Yellow Cotton Sari from Utsav Sarees
2) Clear Sky Grey Cotton Sari from Utsav Sarees
3) Mundu Tangerine Ochre from
4) Dabu Block Print Sari from
5) Pochampalli Magenta Grey Maroon Sari from
6) Kanchi Cotton Yellow Navy Sari from
7) Sari Blanket from Sari Bari
8) Albicant Cream Sari from Utsav Sarees
9) Brook View Deep Grey Sari from Utsav Sarees
10) Silent Grey Sari from Utsav Sarees
11) Fairy Grey Sari from Utsav Sarees

December 12, 2010

Two quick rooms: An entryway and a guest bath

This week I’m showing just a few pieces - enough to get each room started.

1) 4x5.5 Kazak rug from Heritage Unlimited
2) Tortoiseshell Finish Parsons Table by Henredon from Era Vintage Modern on 1stdibs
3) Grasscloth wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries
4) Carmen Table Lamp in Midnight Blue from Circa Lighting
5) Small Stacked Pot Form Lamp from Circa Lighting
6) Vintage English Umbrella Stand from Mecox Gardens
7) Umbrella Stand from Mecox Gardens

1) Nye Homestead Wallpaper from Waterhouse Wallhangings
2) Photo of Tom Scheerer-designed bathroom with trellis wallpaper from Elle Decor
3) Photo of David Cafiero-designed bathroom from June/July 2010 issue of Lonny
4) Photo of wallpapered bathroom from Domino, via The Inspired Room
5) Black writing desk from 1stdibs (I no longer have this link, so I think this particular item has sold)
6) Instructions for how to turn a piece of furniture into a sink base can be found here and here
7) Cloud Motif Garden Stool from Pagoda Red on 1stdibs
8) Reflections Rug in Natural from Rugs USA
9) Reflections Rug in Terracotta from Colonial Mills
10) Brown braided rug from Rugs USA. Just as I was posting this I realized that this rug now seems available only as a stair tread. Similar rugs, though, can be found, here and here; or, having a custom, cotton rag or braided rug made is another affordable option that gives you the exact pattern and colors you want (for example, here or here).

December 05, 2010

Leontine Linens bedroom

In advance of the usual post this week, some pale pink-walled goodness...

via House Beautiful and Martha Stewart
via Shelter
via Wealden Times
via The Wall Street Journal
via House Beautiful
via House Beautiful and Flickr

1) Photo of Melissa Rufty-designed bedroom from
2) Detail shot of gray Grace bedding from Leontine Linens
3) Photo of Todd Richesin-designed bedroom from Splendid Sass
4) Photo of Deborah Buck-designed bedroom from
5) 19th century French Headboard from Dearing Antiques on 1stdibs
6) 9x12 red Tabriz rug from Heritage Unlimited
7) Framed Nude Female Drawings from Mecox Gardens
8) Pinky-red and gold pillow from Karina Gentinetta on 1stdibs
9) Brass Tyrol Horn Cup from Jayson Home & Garden
10) Tom Dixon Base Floor Lamp from ABC Carpet & Home
11) Ultra Premium wool Greek Flokati rug from Rugs USA
12) Rajmata fabric from Peter Dunham Textiles

November 28, 2010

Furniture on the Cheap(er): Stuff Made from Metal

Instead of the usual post this week (given the holiday), here's an inspirational round-up of metal furniture. As I mentioned in this August post, local welders can make cool pieces for much, much cheaper than you'd pay for in a store - and to your exact specs. For example, I had a coffee table frame like the one in the photo of the ticking stripe sofa (below) made for just $75; I just had to add a $30 stain-ready top from Lowe's, cut to size. A few tips:
  • Call around, and I don't mean just two places, because prices can vary widely. I've been quoted anywhere from $75-250 for the exact same project, and was completely happy with the work done at the least expensive price.
  • The cheapest metal option is iron, which works well if you're going to paint it (remember, metal can be powder coated so it can be sprayed virtually any color if you want a change in the future). For a finish like antique brass, some welders will use actual brass (much more expensive) while some can create the look of antique brass on iron. Whichever finish you select, make sure you see samples first.
  • Be specific: Even if you're showing the welder a photo, s/he might not realize that it's important to you for the legs to be, say, ultra-thin. So give them exact dimensions when you can so there's no room for error.
  • Keep it simple: Contemporary pieces without curves will be more affordable for the welder to make, and there's less room for error. (Some of the items below, like the chairs, would require  more work on your part in terms of making sure your specs are exactly right, but they'd be so worth it.)
  • Table tops: Wood is your easiest/cheapest option (unless you want the welder to make the top surface out of metal, too). You can buy stain-grade pieces of wood for coffee or end tables at hardware stores for about $30 or less (Ikea sells these, too). If you want a professional, high-gloss finish on the wood, call an auto body shop: they can spray a piece, usually for less than you'd pay a furniture refinisher for the same job.  Another option is to call your local natural stone supplier to get a piece of, say, marble cut to size. Finally, glass: In my experience it will cost about $100 for a thick enough piece of glass for a desk or coffee table top (even at that price, the entire table/desk would end up costing only about $200-250).

All of the above photos are from 1stdibs, except for:
1) 2-tier Curvy Side Table from Worlds Away
2) Photo of gold leaf étagère from Sketch 42
3) Photo of dining table with two red chairs from Abbey Goes Design Scouting
4) Photo of coffee table in front of ticking stripe sofa from Domino magazine

November 21, 2010

Dark mustard velvet

1) Three dark mustard velvet fabrics (left to right): Performance Velvet in Wheat from Williams-Sonoma Home; Mustard Velvet from Greenhouse Design; Soft Textures Velvet in Cashew from Robert Allen Design
2) Tournai wool/sisal rug in Camel from Merida
3) Linear Wood Base Office Cabinet in Solid White Oak from Room and Board
4) Small Italian Burl Wood Parsons Table from Sputnik Modern on
5) Large Rail Vellum Side Table from Mecox Gardens
6) Bench with Leopard Print fabric from Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques on
7) Parsons Desk in Solid White Oak from Room and Board
8) Harrison Three-drawer Writing Table from Hickory Chair
9) Louis XVI Gilt Bois Theatre Chair from Jerry Pair Antiques on
10) 1970s Tear Drop Table Lamp in Chrome from V&M
11) Thomas O’Brien Terri Crystal Accent Lamp from Circa Lighting
12) Kashmiri Temple Hanging from Sarajo on; (this one is WAY too big, but you could look for something similar in a much smaller size)
13) Blueprint Drawing of Ship Boiler Room, Circa 1920 from V&M
14) “Adventure on the Horizon” 16x16 painting from amolczak seller on Etsy
15) Picture of yellow books from

November 15, 2010

Recreating Favorite Rooms on the Cheap: An Apricot Couch

1) Photo of inspiration room from Style Chronicle
2) Morrison sofa from Robin Bruce; Depends on fabric, but pricing starts at under $1100
3) 2 Ethan Allen chairs from Chicago Craigslist; $350
4) 2 upholstered taupe chairs from Chicago Craigslist; $350 (offer $250 or less)
5) 2 antique chairs from Chicago Craigslist; $125
6) Jute Boucle rug in Flax from West Elm; $220 for 8x10 size
7) Torkaman 5x9 wool rug from Heritage Unlimited (it recently sold, but keep checking the site to find something similar); $445
8) Gold Toile Embroidered pillow from Bellacor; $61
9) John Robshaw gold king-size bed skirt from b.doe seller on ebay; $110
10) Gold metallic linen from NY Fashion Center; $30/yard
11) Pair of vintage French brass wall sconces from barondemontignac seller on ebay ; $57
12) Gold Leaf 2-light sconce from Interior Homescapes; $215 for a pair
13) Henredon Chinese Chippendale coffee table from seller highendusedfurniture on ebay; $390
14) “Child Pulling his Toy Truck at High Speed” from; $100 for 40x30
15) Judy Ross Tracks pillow from ; $88 (until 11/18)
16) Thomas O'Brien for Visual Comfort hand-rubbed antique brass sconces from Neena's Lighting; $380 for two

November 08, 2010

Recreating Favorite Rooms on the Cheap: A Bedroom from Domino

1) Photo of Kym Canter’s bedroom by Ditte Isager; via Sit. Relax. Gossip.; originally published in Domino, October 2006.
2) Torkaman 5’6”x9’7” wool rug from Heritage Unlimited; $265
3) Mazlaghan 4’9”x8’3” wool rug from Heritage Unlimited; $263
4) Coyote Faux Fur throw from Restoration Hardware; now on sale for $99
5) Hotel Collection 300 Thread Count Sateen Duvet Cover Set in black from Overstock; $50
6) Morgan full/queen duvet cover and two shams in Espresso from Pottery Barn; $280
7) Mongolian Lamb pillow covers from West Elm (for $60-130) and la*style seller on ebay ($78)
8) Louis XVI End Chair in Natural from Wisteria; $380
9) Louis XVI Oval Back armchair from Ballard Designs; about $500
10) Hand Painted Regency black side table from Simply Furniture; on sale for $137
11) Jizo side table from Urban Home; $100
12) ORE side table with two drawers from CSN Stores; $114
13) Weston Arc Sconces in Antique Brass from Pottery Barn; on sale now: 2 for $150
14) Globe pendant from West Elm; on sale now for $80
15) Light Source Swinger II Swing-arm Wall Lamp in Polished Brass from; $113 each
16) Medium Storage Basket from Urban Home; $380
17) Diamond Marble Charm from West Elm; $19
18) “The Detailed Mesh Pattern on a Military Tank Painted Beige with a Black and White Cross” print from; $50 for 32x24 print (other sizes available)
19) 7 ½-inch Black Fluted Pot from; $13

November 01, 2010

Affordable Room: Subtle Blue Curtains in a Dining Room

Sorry: It's a shorter-than-usual post this week.

1) Venetian Ottoman linen/cotton fabric in Celestia from Designer Fabrics Online: $33/yard
2) Parsons dining table in Walnut Veneer from West Elm; $400
3) Louis XVI Oval Back Side chair from Ballard Designs; $330 for COM option
4) Antique Vanilla table from JC Penney: $279
5) Spindle-back Windsor chair from Wisteria; $250
6) Vintage Art Deco chandelier from seller toynmn on ebay; $80
7) Ceylon chandelier in size large from Ballard Designs; $370
8) Mariestad 6-light chandelier from Ballard Designs; $200
9) Inked Flowers sketches from SephirothsHeart on DeviantArt; will have to “request as print”, but prints cost about $42 for a 20x30.
10) Water photo (“Meenikunno IV”) from Mithgariel on DeviantArt; will have to “request as print”, but prints cost about $42 for a 20x30.

October 25, 2010

Adrian animal print fabric

Room One:
1) Adrian linen fabric in blue from Hazelton House
2) Bradshaw Kirchofer Nantucket twin bed from Layla Grace
3) Oeuf Robin Crib in white/birch from Dimples Baby
4) Cumulus Cloud paint by Martha Stewart Living from Home Depot
5) Camel Versa cotton flatweave rug from Madeline Weinrib
6) Bergamot decorative pillow from John Robshaw
7) Designview bamboo Providence roman shades from Home Depot
8) Medallion Blissful Blue chain-stitched crewel wool rug from Crewel Fabric World
9) Squirrel King print by Poor Dog Farm seller on Etsy

Room Two:
1) Adrian linen fabric in multi from Hazelton House
2) Photo of Betsy Burnham-designed room from Décor Demon
3) Photo of kids room from Blue Hydrangea; originally published in Domino
4) Konya Kilim Turkish rug from
5) DishDash stripe fabric by Malabar
6) Volpi linen fabric in Camel on Tint by Malabar
7) Coral-pink fabric: unknown source
8) Linen in Maize fabric by Duralee from

October 17, 2010

Affordable Fabric Week

Room One:
1) Camel/ivory upholstery fabric purchased from Discount Fabrics Unlimited in Wilmington, NC. As mentioned in the post, I don’t have manufacturer information on this fabric, but I’ve seen it several places recently (in two colorways, too) so it must be available at other discount fabric stores. Or, you can always call the store that I purchased it from to see if they take phone orders.
2) Photo of an India Hicks Caribbean bedroom from Habitually Chic; originally published in Domino.
3) Stevenson Nailhead headboard from Ballard Designs
4) Prairie Cotton rug from Rugs Direct; $80
5) Martha Stewart Living Larsson cabinet from Home Decorators Collection; $249
6) Cane-back side chair from local used furniture store; $40
7) Vintage turquoise accent lamp from Accessory Addiction’s store on Etsy; $15
8) Vintage red leather travel clock from VintageObscura’s store on Etsy; $13
9) Turquoise 4” clock from ClockworkUniverse on Etsy; $35
10) Marcy Paisley scarf in beige/tan from; $8.46
11) Print of blue Indian scarf from New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery; $25-90 (depending on size ordered)
12) 14x20 gilded vintage mirror from AMradio seller on Etsy; $29
13) “White Moth” 26x15 print from Zatista; $125
Room Two:
1) Colefax armchair from Ballard Designs; approximately $850, including shipping
2) Vintage green metal table lamp from LovelyVintageEtc’s store on Etsy; would need new shade, but reasonably priced at $55.
3) “Nomad in Rajasthan” 16x20 photograph from Zatista; $150
4) Kilim pillow cover from Breeze of Anatolia seller on ebay; $19
5) Momeni Gramercy wool rug in sand from Rugs Direct; $189 for 3’6”x5’6”

October 11, 2010

Berry pink antique rug

1) 10.5x7’ Hamedan antique rug from Heritage Unlimited
2) Photo of room with two Louis beds from House to Home
3) Louis XV style daybed from Bush Antiques via 1stdibs
4) Cotton Ikat pillow in Pomegranate from John Robshaw
5) Design #13 (Crosses) woven indigo fabric from Les Indiennes
6) Vilas fabric from Penny Morrison
7) Anastasia Resin Ball Table Lamp from Mecox Gardens

(Please excuse the shorter than usual post this week - such a busy week!)

October 04, 2010

Florals in a dining nook and kid's room

1) Roselle Spice cotton fabric from Ballard Designs
2) Pavilion side chair by Palacek from Tonic Home
3) Oak X-Back chair from Wisteria
4) Photo of Kelly Wearstler kitchen from The Paris Apartment
5) Round Sycamore Dining Table in the Manner of Andre Arbus from Flair at
6) Ziggurat fabric in Sand from Schumacher
7) Antique Gilt Metal Italian Chandelier from Mecox Gardens

1) Alagposh Chain Stitch crewel wool rug from Crewel Fabric World
2) Low Profile Louis bed in White from Ballard Designs
3) Garnock fabric (color 930) from Kravet
4) Paisley Stripe in Blue hemp/linen fabric from Kathryn Ireland
5) Samode Pink sheets and cases from John Robshaw
6) Trellis sheets and cases from John Robshaw

September 27, 2010

A blue and chocolate Turkish rug

1) 7x10 semi-antique Turkish rug from Heritage Unlimited
2) Samarkand fabric in blue/blue from Peter Dunham Textiles
3) Photo of Michael Bastian’s office from Domino, September 2008
4) Fig Leaf fabric in Original on Natural by Peter Dunham Textiles
5) Ashley Cream Campaign Desk from Mecox Gardens
6) Tall Back Abby Dining Chair from Mecox Gardens
7) Blue Murano and Gilt Lamp from Flessas Design via 1stdibs
8) Keith Desk from Hickory Chair
9) Frances Elkins Chair from Downtown. Another source for a reproduction Loop chair is Mecox Gardens
10) Abernathy Hammered Nickel Table Lamp from Tonic Home
11) Patmos Stripe fabric in Taupe from Carolina Irving
12) Photos of Peter Dunham-designed dining room via Girl Meets Glamour and Katiedid
13) Isle Flower in Blue/Coral by Michael Smith for Jasper
14) Fig Leaf in Original on Natural (shown) or Faded on Hemp by Peter Dunham Textiles

September 20, 2010

A whimsical Khotan rug

1) 6x9 East Turkistan vintage Khotan rug from Cyber Rug Center
2) Grasscloth wallpaper: An excellent resource is Phillip Jeffries
3) Argington Bam nursery to toddler crib set from Simply Baby Furniture
4) Colorado Slipcovered chair from Layla Grace
5) Photo of grosgrain-trim curtains from Little Green Notebook (originally published in House Beautiful)
6) Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams VanDyke 3-drawer chest from Ruby Living
7) Jala Khaki sheets by John Robshaw
8) Antique kilim rug pillow from breeze_of_anatolia seller on ebay (for even more pillows like this, search for kilim rug pillow on ebay)
9) Albertina floral linen in off-white by Hazelton House
10) Albertina floral linen in off-white by Hazelton House
11) Accent fabrics in Option 2 (left to right, top row first):
Gaudi silk in red/green by Jane Churchill
Lulu cotton fabric in green by Thibaut Design
Saya Gata in Pink Lines on Tint by Quadrille Fabrics
Nitik II in Sage Green Brown on Tint by Quadrille Fabrics
Ziggurat in Ruby by F. Schumacher
Nitik II in apricot brown on tint by Quadrille Fabrics
Sunan silk fabric in Old Gold by Vervain

September 13, 2010

Botanical crewel fabric


Room 1
1) Leaves crewel fabric by Crewel Fabric World
2) Chrome bed from The Sleep Room
3) Ultra Premium wool Greek Flokati rug from Rugs USA
4) Single Hemstitch embroidered shams from Deborah Sharpe Linens
5) Pair of white nightstands from Pieces Inc.
6) Lovely linen sheer fabric in Herbal from Robert Allen Design

Room 2
1) Leaves crewel fabric by Crewel Fabric World
2) Pink guest room by Scott Currie; photo via
3) Classic Sheraton bed from The Country Bed Shop
4) Regello hemp fabric in Moss on Bay Leaf from Le Gracieux
5) Striped wallpaper. Cole & Son and Farrow & Ball have nice wide-stripe options.
6) Seagrass rug from Merida
7) Angelet fabric in Reed by Robert Allen Design
8) Flower Cut Out linen in Gold/Natural by Vanderhurd

September 06, 2010

Two feminine bedrooms from one silk floral fabric

1) Shadow Bud silk fabric in Shell by Barbara Barry for Kravet
2) Photo of curtains from
3) Chariot crewel fabric in Brown Linen from
4) Italian Campaign Canopy bed from Anthropologie
5) Solid Sisal rug in Tweed from Pottery Barn
6) String-of-Pearls lamp from Anthropologie
7) Vintage Lucite lamp from Wooster Gallery via
8) Antique Persian rug from ABC Carpet
9) Chocolate Scallop sheet set by Serena & Lily
10) Peyton linen/cotton drapes in Chestnut from Pottery Barn
11) Tilbury fabric in Jasper by Laura Ashley for Kravet

August 30, 2010

Two charming bedrooms

1) Indian Deco Floral fabric in Red by Parlor Textiles
2) Desmond fabric by Sister Parish Design
3) Elise fabric in Olive by Les Indiennes
4) Striped Sheer fabric in Red by Kathryn Ireland
5) Photo of room with red chair from David Netto Design
6) Bowles fabric in Olive by Donghia
7) Indian Deco Floral fringe pillow in Red by Parlor Textiles
8) Vintage peachy-pink chenille bedspread: My own, but similar ones are often for sale on ebay
9) Wheat-colored linen fabric: Aro in Driftwood by Robert Allen
10) Stevenson Basic Headboard from Ballard Designs
11) DishDash stripe fabric by Malabar
12) Tree of Life Crewel fabric by Calico Corners

August 23, 2010

One large-scale floral, two ways

1) Peonies fabric in Smoke from Christopher Farr Cloth
2) Gabbeh wool rug from Heritage Unlimited
3) Patmos Stripe fabric in Taupe by Carolina Irving Textiles
4) Lamp shade: unknown (photo from Better Homes & Gardens via Little Green Notebook
5) White end table from Pieces Inc.
6) Peach #3 and Pearl Grey #5 fabrics from Muriel Brandolini
7) Turkish silk embroidery pillow from (site no longer active)
8) Sisal rug from
9) Balouch Persian rug from Heritage Unlimited
10) Uzbek pillow in Jute by John Robshaw
11)photo of black bookcases via My Pear Tree House

August 17, 2010

A cozy, papered guest room

1) Pomegranate wallpaper by Waterhouse Wallhangings
2) Winter Blanket from Swans Island Blankets
3) Mid-century modern aluminum bench from The Antique and Artisan Center via
4) Jute Bouclé rug from West Elm
5) Coco bed from The Sleep Room
6) Artwork: Vicenza blueprint from Novecento Antiques via
7) Antique table from Jayson Home & Garden
8) Khaki Jacqueline cotton rug from Madeline Weinrib
9) Brocade pillow in Copper from Madeline Weinrib

August 16, 2010


Hello and welcome to my new blog!

Yes, it's another design blog...but, I hope I can offer something different by focusing on just a single aspect of decorating: creating a room from favorite patterns. As a textile designer, I obviously love pattern, but I'm not a trained interior designer — these posts simply represent how I might like to mix different prints and furnishings to create the beginnings of an eclectic room. I hope you enjoy!

Before  posting the first room, take a look at just a few of my favorite spaces:

room by Joe Nye via

room by Peter Dunham, via Style Court

photo by Mel Yates, via Hall Ready

photo by James Merrell, via The Estate of Things

Kristen Buckingham

 Better Homes & Gardens, via Little Green Notebook

Lonny magazine, April/May 2010

Cottage Living, viaDecorno

room by Hamish Bowles, via Habitually Chic

 room by Zach Motl, via The New York Times

room by Ruthie Sommers via Style Court, originally published in LA Confidential magazine