The Look for Less: Otomi Fabric

There are some patterns that I shall never tire of: Suzani, ikat and Otomi prints.  However, the price for actual handmade versions of any of these fabrics is typically VERY high. Take Otomi for example, a small throw can set you back almost $300. And if you want to make a headboard or upholster in it you’ll need multiples of them!

What I found on Spoonflower is a print exactly like the Otomi by textile designer Samarra Khaja and it’s way cheaper (you can pick the kind of fabric it’s printed on too!) So great for duvet covers, upholstering chairs and my favorite idea- custom nursery bedding!

The smaller scale…

Mad for Plaid.

There is something just so comfy, cozy and comforting about plaid.  It’s been embraced by preppies, hipster and country folk alike- I can’t think of another pattern that appeals to so many! Of course, in the fall plaid is particularly charming and embracing- it’s wooly warmth making you think of picking apples and cuddling by a fire.  In rooms it can be used in so many ways (big and small)- here’s an homage to plaid….

This old school room makes me want to curl up with a good book and some tea…


mixing a masculine plaid and feminine toile keeps things interesting…

Fierce plaid.

Modern plaid!

Country vs. city plaid

A monochromatic and light plaid looks ethereal not heavy!

Will ALWAYS love boys in plaid. Always.

Traditional luxury…

His and hers … the “his” is particularly lovely, no? :)

All images via Pinterest.

Project Sneak Peek

I don’t want to give much away on this one (as it’s a favorite) but a few closeup vignettes to whet your appetite after stopping by today for a check in…

Leopard, trellis and foo dogs…

Emerald velvet cuffed drapes and pillows on a chocolate Chesterfield…

Chocolate grasscloth on the ceiling with a statement fixture…

In another area, aqua grasscloth in some built ins and a nice nook for reading…

Can;t wait to show you the final product!!!

Tilton Fenwick @ Hamptons Showhouse

I met the Tilton Fenwick girls at this years Blogfest in NYC and they are such sweet people!  I was excited to see that they were doing a room for the Hamptons Designer Showhouse this summer and LOVE the results, thanks to a sneak peek on Nest blog. Such inventive pairings of fabrics and use of textures in this space- plus a adore all the artwork! I’ll be out in the Hamptons for a couple days in August with a client and I think we might have to go see this in person!

Love the ostrich textured table!

The chairs upholstered in the stripe with the floral fabric running down the center is GENIUS- not to mention the banding on those drapes!

Love this Phillip Jeffries grasscloth with the raised rivets- i pulled it a couple weeks ago at our local showroom because I thought it was so cool- seeing it installed makes it all the better!

Love the tortoise coffee table- such a summery, natural pattern.

The two designers

Images by Tamara Matthews Stephenson and Michael Rodenbush