3/28/2012

Galbraith & Paul's Tantalizing Textiles

There are lots of things that I get excited about and fabric most certainly falls on that list, which is why I'm talking about it two posts in a row! Today, I wanted to share another outstanding American textile source, Galbraith & Paul. They create hand block-printed textiles, handmade rugs, studio printed wallpaper, and lighting (which is sold at Room & Board along with their pillows).  Founders Liz Galbraith and Ephraim Paul have built a business based on craftsmanship, quality, and creativity and I love that they've seen 26 years of success as a result of that culture.

G&P has recently released new sets of fabric and wallpaper patterns and they are insanely beautiful. I'll be stopping by David Sutherland (the Dallas showroom that reps the line) ASAP to check out the new goodies in person. Until then, I was happy to plow through images on the Galbraith & Paul site. Here is a sampling of what you'll find there:


Midnight Pomegranate on White Linen, Midnight Ribbon on White Linen, Denim Monarch on White Linen, Denim Lotus on White Linen

Lotus fabric - Light Flax on Cream Linen, Light Cadet on Upholstery Linen, Rhubarb on Cream Linen, Sprout on White Linen, Denim on White Linen, Mineral on Cream Linen

Light Cadet Lotus, Light Indigo Pomegranate, Cadet Ribbon on Upholstery Linen

Sprout Monarch on White Linen, Icicle Ribbon on White Linen, Sprout Lotus on White Linen, Willow Pomegranate on White Linen, Mineral Monarch on Cream Linen

Pomegranate in Currant

Monarch

And now onto the glorious wallpaper offering...

Aqua Lotus wallpaper


Smokebush wallpaper in Stone

Tile wallpaper in Kiwi. Also shown: Midnight Diamonds on Upholstery Linen

Tulip wallpaper in Frost

And to show off at least one of the G&P prints that aren't in the new collection, here is Small Star which looks fantastic on these vintage chairs. These were done by Stella Dallas, one of the best shops in Big D...

Navy Small Star


As a small-scale print, Small Star complements lots of patterns with larger repeats as shown here...


Finally, I wanted to offer a glimpse of the printing process. Lots of people balk at the high cost of quality fabric and hopefully this will help explain the price point. Here is a shot of the gorgeous Lotus fabric in production...

What are your thoughts on Galbraith & Paul's creations? To me, their style is really versatile and could be used in a casual or formal setting. Besides loving their patterns and colors, I also appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship behind all of their products. That's pretty hard to come by these days!

3/26/2012

Fab Fabrics - textiles bycasey

I am completely infatuated with textiles bycasey, a new line of fabric created by artist Casey Dalene. I stumbled upon them thanks to the top-notch fabric pin boards created by the lovely ladies of Co-Lab.

Casey's five amazing hand-painted designs are printed in seven colors on either ivory or white 100% Belgian linen. The patterns are fresh and a bit playful, though they are quite transitional in style especially because of the neutral colorways.


To me, Basket Weave Sketch and Herringbone Sketch are PERFECT for hardworking sofas because the understated patterns are stylish and provide just enough variation to mask stains.

Top fabric: Herringbone Sketch Ivory Linen 40.04 Cobblestone

I honestly love all of the designs, but I think that the Dry Brush Circles is my favorite because it's graphic, bold, and painterly all at the same time. I want it in Pure Black and Cobblestone...
Dry Brush Circles Ivory Linen 10.07 Pure Black


The Dry Brush Stripe is a really cool look too. It would make gorgeous curtains and I could also see it used on the bias to make diagonal stripe pillows...
Dry Brush StripeIvory Linen 30.01 Sand

And speaking of pillows, in the Homegoods section of the site, Casey offers custom pillows in all of the fabric options for those of you who want some instant gratification!

Here's an 18x18" pillow in the Dry Brush Squares...

And in Dry Brush Circles...

Are you loving Casey's designs as much as I am? Any favorite patterns or colors?

I have lots of ideas on how and where to put these prints to work and I'm pretty pumped to place an order! I'm thinking about using some in my own house so I'll keep you posted on that.

3/22/2012

Cabana-tastic

At the Knight house, the pool project is coming to a close. There are a few odds and ends that need to be taken care of but from a timing standpoint, it's landscaping and patio decorating time. I'll talk more about the landscaping plan later, so for now I'll focus on one aspect of my decorating plan. The new pool area will have a cabana and I'm pretty pumped about it! Here is a rough digital mock-up I did using Z Gallerie's Portofino Pavillion...


The cabana will be on the north end of the pool and it will be pivotal in terms of form and function. From the function standpoint, it will provide shade and protection from the elements for the outdoor sofa/cushions. Located near the new built-in gas firepit (which is at the top of the waterfall structure in the photo), the structure will anchor a fireside seating area, that will basically replace the covered patio that is going away because of the bathroom remodel.

As far as the form aspect goes, I'm trying to nail down the style. I do love the bold black and white cabana stripes as shown above. Unfortunately we can't use the $700 ready-made ZG option because the size isn't right and I'm pretty sure that the construction wouldn't be up to snuff. So even if I go with a stripe, the cabana will have to be custom and thus the options are endless! 

Since cabanas don't fall into the realm of things that I regularly design, I've been doing reconnaissance on different styles. Here are some examples I've found and reasons why they made the inspiration file:

I'm pretty obsessed with striped chaise cushions but wasn't sure if doing the cabana and the seating in stripes would be overkill. This setup eases my qualms...
The Pool House in Palm Springs - image via grey likes weddings, photo by Trever Hoehne

The Pool House in Palm Springs - image via grey likes weddings, photo by Trever Hoehne


The super wide stripes on this one are AMAZING. It was featured a while back in Lonny Magazine...
Image via Lonny Magazine, designed by Lulu Powers, photo by Patrick Cline

The detailed edge on this one is whimsical and charming...
Photo by Deborah Jaffe, via Domino Magazine, 

Ours will be a bit wider than the typical cabana, like this one here...
Image via Lonny Magazine, designed by Jennifer Dyer, photo by Patrick Cline

The Viceroy hotels have become known for their poolside cabanas. I love the classic dentil trim on the top of this one...

Viceroy Palm Springs


The tailored, regency trim details on the top are cool although the look isn't right for our space. I do, however, love the bordered curtains and black tiebacks.
Viceroy Santa Monica - Dining Cabana
Viceroy Santa Monica

On the interior furniture arrangement, I like the idea of doing horseshoe seating around the perimeter of the cabana like in this one...
The Chamberlain

Although this one isn't styled all pretty like the others, I like the subtle notched bordered corner details. That treatment would work well with striped fabric.

 This one has a fun, Dr. Seuss-esque metal-tipped top (like the umbrella below from Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin). I also like the solid top with the striped sides...
Via Beach by the Sea blog



Boutique Tents specializes in unique tents and cabana-like structures and they offer a range of different styles and edge profiles. Their portfolio showcases lots of unique details like the interior fabric on this funky Chinois tent that was used for a wedding. I'd die to do contrasting fabric on the interior of the top, but we shall see how expensive that element is!
Event design by Blue Moon Events, photo by A. Bryan Photography

Whew...too many ideas flying around! Enough with the brainstorming. I've got to make decisions and get a drawing to the fabricator. Besides the general dimensions and structure materials, elements to spec include:
  • Fabric
  • Shape and style of the top, including edge profile and trim detail
  • Interior fabric for the top
  • Side panel construction
  • Tiebacks
  • Electrical (for overhead light)
Wish me luck :) And let me know what your thoughts are on all of this. Are there any particular cabanas from above that you love? And are there other examples from the interwebs that you think I need to see before I place my order? I'm sure there are some amazing ones from hotels that I've missed!

3/20/2012

Best of the Web: High Street Market

If you haven't shopped High Street Market yet, you probably should get on that. They sell fantastic new and vintage merch and the thing I like best about it is that you can find unique pieces at very reasonable prices. The assortment isn't huge, but there is tons of variety. You'll find furniture, textiles, lightinghardware, and everything in between. It's also an excellent source for well-priced lampshades, especially black linen drum and rectangular shapes. Here are some selections from their current lineup...



Blue Willow Porcelain Tray - Higgins Faceted Table Lamp - Vintage Owl Door Knocker

Herringbone Sisal Runner - Brass Palm Candlesticks - Greek Key Throw Blanket - Vintage Black Chest of Drawers

I'm dying over this 1960s Paul McCobb Credenza...

And to keep you coming back to their site, High Street Market offers a tempting Daily Deal. For example, Monday's deal was a 50% price slash on these super cool Silver Leaf Agate Bookends, which made them only $49.50!


Too many fun goodies, don't you think? I'm obviously a bit fixated on all things brass at the moment! What are your faves?

If you plan on spending lots 'o money at High Street Market, then I advise you to follow proprietress Kelly Robson on Twitter and Facebook because she posts flash promos like free shipping and you won't want to miss out on those!

3/19/2012

Sharon Montrose's Animal Print Shop

One of the most challenging tasks is finding artwork for nurseries and kids rooms that is affordable and sophisticated enough to not read cheesy/tacky. Well, thanks to pro photog Sharon Montrose, there is a resource for art that is perfect in spaces for the young (and old). The Animal Print Shop sells Montrose's gorgeous photographs of animals, many of which are tiny babies, and I'll just tell you to be prepared to smile and say, "awwwww" over and over. Here are some of the Little Darlings above a crib...

Image via The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The series of portraits is simple and sophisticated, but still exuberant and playful. Montrose captures the personalities of dozens of live animals and if you're an animal lover like I am, you'll want them all (except I wasn't so into the reptiles). You can order prints in a variety of sizes and the 8.5 x 11" size open edition starts at just $25 (plus it can be framed in ready made frames from retailers like IKEA and West Elm). 

A set of the small sizes would be great for the kiddos but if you're buying for the more mature rooms in your house, up the ante and buy the larger sizes because they are more dramatic. I want to get my hands on a 30" x 40" - the thought of picking one stresses me out. I'd have to have a menagerie! 

Here are a few of my favorites...

Photos available for purchase via The Animal Print Shop, taken by Sharon Montrose

Photos available for purchase via The Animal Print Shop, taken by Sharon Montrose

Photos available for purchase via The Animal Print Shop, taken by Sharon Montrose

There are some fabulous flamingo shots like this one which is called Flying Flamingo...
Flying Flamingo by Sharon Montrose

In the One the Wall section of the site, you'll find lots of inspiring rooms that showcase Montrose's stunning photos. Here is a sampling...
Photos via The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Photos via The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Photos via The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

So, what are your thoughts on the photographs from The Animal Print Shop? I just love them but I'm also a little bit obsessed with animals. Do you have a favorite subject from the bunch?

And in case you're like me and found yourself wondering about the welfare and lifestyle of the animals in the photos, rest assured that they are a-ok and are cared for by experienced keepers and handlers. Montrose notes that the series helps support several organizations devoted to animal rescue, educational programs, and nurturing wildlife...so yay for them :)