In the past couple of weeks, both our Rosemary Beach and Birmingham design studios have been visited by representatives from the J Nelson showroom in Atlanta. At least one of our tries to make it to the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) every few months to visit the numerous trade only showrooms and to see the latest in furniture, fabric, tile and lighting. This summer seems to have flown by however and we haven’t been able to make it to ADAC for a while. Luckily for us, when the guys from J Nelson came calling on us they brought plenty of new things to show and we thought we’d take a moment to share some of our favorite things we saw with you.
Hand blocked and stenciled fabric is one of our favorite looks — the subtle irregularity of the process creates a surface that’s’ full of character and beautiful detail. We were introduced to two lines that both feature fabrics rendered in this technique — and on a variety of background surfaces ranging from smooth silk to nubby linen.
We love how this technique can produce pieces that range from formal to casual, but all with a hand-crafted touch. All of the fabrics highlighted above are by Pintura Studio of New York and are based on historic designs.
In other fabric news, we’re using the fabric pictured below to create some drapery panels in a Mountain Brook, Alabama home we designed a couple of years ago. Though there are already drapery panels in the room (which we reused from the owners’ previous home) we’ve all decided it’s time to do something a little more special.
The front face of the drapery panels will be from another hand blocked and painted fabric, this time by the Sabina Fay Braxton company of Paris. The gilded accents in the fabric are going to sparkle in the pecky cypress paneled room we’re having these panels made for! On the reverse side of the panels we’re using a contrasting fabric–a dark brownish green linen. When the panels are pulled back the back of the fabric will show in places, creating a subtle “extra’ detail to the drapery. We were inspired by an image we saw in a John Saladino book to try this two sided drapery panel trick and we’ll be sure to post images of the finished product so you can see how it turns out!