The brilliance of our signature fabrics and wallcoverings is captured in this exquisite personalized paper collection exclusively for Dempsey & Carroll. The beauty of Schumacher patterns such as Chiang Mai Dragon, Birds & Butterflies and Imperial Trellis are married with Dempsey & Carroll’s love of elegance in stationery, creating a stunning collection that is truly unique.
1. Christine Conte: When you have a blank canvas of a room, where do you get your inspiration from? Do you consider nearby rooms, a clients particular like or request or is it instinct?
Generally it is all three. First and foremost and contrary to popular belief, we actually do have to listen to some sort of client request even if it is as simple as “I love pastels.” Rarely do we get 100% “Just surprise me.” Even Carte Blanche has some parameters. In the case where I am lucky enough to do whatever I want, I usually look at the architecture and surroundings first. If I have to match an already complete nearby room, I don’t really want the job unless someone like Nancy Lancaster or Jaques Garcia had a hand in it. I like to look at the overall picture of architecture, surroundings, geographic location and client’s preferences. Once I have mulled that over, I usually just get a vibe for the house. It kind of speaks to me, and I usually see a color palette in one or two specific areas which start to set a tone. For me being inspired is never a problem. Inspiration is about 10% of the work. It is the execution that demands your all and the refining and editing after you have been inspired. Just because you are inspired to do a lavender rough hewn organic beach house does not mean that all of that exists visually or technically. So to recap the answer to your question, it would be client first, architecture and surroundings second (including existing- yet only fab rooms) and thirdly every little thing on the planet can inspire me after I have considered the first two. A button on a shirt, a strip of wood or a fanciful ice cream scoop can be the start of an entire room for me.
2. @InteriorCanvas1: Which is one of your design “golden rules”?
Don’t turn back after you have committed to your style plan. Commit Commit Commit. If you are going for 70’s chic don’t turn back when you go to your friend’s cottage and bring home a pine table.. There are VERY talented collected and curated interiors of that nature but you had better have been touched by the design Gods to do it… as for the average person, just commit. If you don’t, you end up with the equivalent of a Marchesa dress with gladiator sandals.
3. Leslie Devito: What is your favorite thing to do (at home) when you are NOT working?
I like to cook. I also like to sit and read fancy cookbooks “pretending” I am going to cook all of these 20 part recipes. By the time I finish reading it all I’m exhausted and feel like I did it. The French cookbooks really get you in the (see recipe) department.
4. Krista Nye Schwartz: What is your favorite room in a house to decorate and why?
I actually like the challenge of any room I can make dramatic and layer. Having said that I love over the top vestibules, really formal living rooms and as it might be apparent the “come hither bedroom”. I can really sink my teeth into fashion-y feminine layering and no room allows you to do that like a bedroom.
Let’s just say bedroom, if I had to boil it down.
5. Emily Nickell Vanderputten: In your opinion, in terms of execution, how much of design is ‘learned’ and much of it is instinct (having an eye for scale, composition, color, and layering patterns etc)?
There are many successful talentless people out there that have gone to school. Their talent is in business and networking and being efficient but not necessarily in anything more visual than the next person. That is actually a talent too, which is why many artistically talented people never really make it but are filled with natural talent. You cannot teach someone style. One can learn to mimic styles and be a good executor becoming successful but they never really had intrinsic style and still don’t. They are copying in a paint by numbers way and have made an effort to learn why scales technically work together and how the business of design works. There are truly stylish talented designers and one can never teach that intrinsic gift. Everyone can learn how pieces fit in a room but not necessarily with cohesion unless you are a tented copier. In both cases, one always learns and trains their eye and grows as whichever type of designer one is and obviously the truly talented will grow 10 fold.
6. @Kenpasadena: Which is your absolute favorite accessory: ( A ) ginger pot ( B ) pagoda( C) Foo Dogs?
For me personally a pagoda by far, but for the client in general the most easily used and versatile is definitely a ginger pot.
7. Juliana Posess: What is the most seemingly-random early job/internship experience you had that actually proves to be extremely useful in your life as a designer now?
I was such a terrible assistant intern type that I really can’t remember anything except feeling sorry for the people that hired me. So I guess to answer your question, I can see my teen type coming now and know they won’t work out if I hired them.
8. Jenn Gallagher Maher: What is your best strategy for handling clients with poor taste?
I validate what they like and possibly what type of home that it could work in and then explain that is not what we are trying to do in theirs. Sometimes people’s bad taste is just a lack of editing and discernment as to what works together. Those people tend to like absolutely everything which never works together but might have a significance separately.
9. Lisa Mende Design: Loved this interview! Bravo! I would like to ask her who her all time favorite client was? Thanks!
I kind of have so many that I can’t honestly choose one (or tell who a few are), but I loved working with Glee creator Ryan Murphy because his mind is really as quick and sharp and completely bizarre as the work he creates. He is somewhat genius in so many ways.
10. Andrew Skipper: Do you set goals and then go after them or do you do your own thing and let opportunities come to you?
I am more of the latter. Goals too huge or too far away get me confused. I try to look at the year ahead and then some. Besides so many things come your way when you think they are going to go another way that you have to be willing to see the opportunities that suddenly present themselves. I admire those big goal people, but it freaks me out. My advice is to set your goals and be willing to shift them as different opportunities present themselves along the way.
For Mary McDonald, it’s all in the details. On the constant search for beautiful embroideries, Mary often found herself custom creating the perfect accessories for her interiors. The new appliqués from our Mary McDonald Collection give the look of a gorgeous custom detail that can be sewn on for easy application.
Mary’s love of fashion is seen in these chic passementerie appliqués, perfect for pillows, chair backs and other unexpected places like sofa skirts and upholstery table skirt closures.
The Madame Wu appliqué is a bold, modern graphic adapted from a Chinese meander pattern.
The Brighton appliqué is a nod to a more traditional notion of classicism and Chinoiserie.
The Shanghai Appliqué is derived from a Chinese knot and interwoven with silky threads to make it feel truly special.
The possibilities with our Mary McDonald appliqués are endless – adding a beautiful, custom detail to your interior has never been so simple and chic.
Browse the appliqués from The Mary McDonald Collection…
For this year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design we had the pleasure of partnering with the talented Maya Williams. Maya created a living room that exudes full-bodied glamour while maintaining her own brand of West Coast chic.
Maya took inspiration from the home’s midcentury California Monterey style and the room’s existing 1959 Gracie wallcovering. “The owners had an emotional attachment to it and wanted it to stay. It’s gorgeous paper, but how to make 50+ year old wall-covering look new again really drove the vision,” she says. “I wanted the room to pay homage to a classic and traditional feel with a slight throw back to the 40’s and 50’s but updated for today’s taste, which was also the challenge of the project.”
Maya’s careful and deliberate fabric selections bring the room to life. Gainsborough Velvet in Peacock provides a frame for the room with stunning drapes that provide an electric pop of color. The neutral floral pattern of Kashida Weave is a soft but vivid choice for an armchair’s upholstery while a stunning pillow in the luxurious Silk Tracery is a visceral contrast to the velvet sofa it rests on.
Furniture highlights include our Watteau Mirror, an ornate nod to the elaborate grandeur of the home, and the elegant Revello Chaise. The resultant space is an ode to 40’s glamour with a modern touch. Maya constructed the expansive space with four distinct seating areas delineated by the back-to-back sofas at the room’s center, which kept the room open while also maximizing seating. “I wanted there to be intimate areas within the larger room and the fireplace on one side of the room and the large bay window facing the lush property on the other, were the perfect places to achieve that goal,” Maya explains.
“The fabric options at Schumacher are endless and you can find anything from the richest silks and velvets to classic and contemporary prints with everything in-between,” Maya says. “Every room needs a little touch of the unexpected, so I used Schumacher’s appropriately named Shock Wave in jet black to add a little vintage interest. The timeless flame stitch pattern has just the right amount of contemporary edge to it. It’s my new favorite fabric I can’t get enough of!”
The Pasadena Showcase House will be open through May 19th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.pasadenashowcase.org/. Proceeds benefit the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and will go towards providing music education and therapies.
We are thrilled to have partnered with designer Melanie Turner of Melanie Turner Interiors for this year’s Atlanta Decorators Show House and Gardens benefiting Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Education & Community. Melanie transformed the master bedroom of Buckhead’s Tuffeau Estate using a range of our fabrics, including stand outs from our Mary McDonald Collection.
This year’s selected home, called the Taffeau for it’s use of French limestone was built by architect William T. Baker to resemble the great chateaus of France. Melanie played to the architecture of the 18,000 square foot home with a bedroom that has a peaceful, romantic airy feel and French and Asian influences.
Our Chinois Palais fabric, inspired by an antique Chinese mural and featuring a painterly rendering of exotic birds among a flowering tree, was a perfect fit for Melanie’s elegantly feminine aesthetic. Adapted for the room’s drapes, it is the linchpin that set the space’s tone. “For color, I was inspired by Hollywood’s starlets wearing a lot of blush and nude gowns for the Academy Awards. When I first laid my eyes on Mary McDonald’s beautiful blush Chinois Palais, I knew it combined all inspiration for the room,” Melanie explains.
Melanie was drawn to Vanderbilt Velvet in Dove for the upholstery of a traditional French settee that acts as the focal point. She chose the Italian cut fabric because its geometric art deco pattern in a graphic counterpoint to the romantic chinoserie of the drapes, but shares with it a soft color palette.
Melanie’s carefully made selections played to what she saw as the perfect combination of old and new that Schumacher has built its name on. “The fabrics have a fresh approach to traditional patterns. The colors are soft and fashion forward,” she says. “It is a pretty approach to a neutral. An example was the flame stitch Bargello, used on the custom hammered gold chair.”
The home will be open through May 12th and tickets can be purchased for $25 at www.decoratorsshowhouse.org/tickets
Building off the success of our first Au Naturel collection, Au Naturel 2 brings a wealth of texture and richness while revealing a combination of dramatic and luxurious neutrals.
The color palette consists of traditional neutrals like jute, flax, oat, and linen, as well as fashion forward denims and indigos which emerge as an exciting focus in design motifs such as Cordoba Embroidery and Mojave Ikat Stripe. Another stand out is the Great Barrier Reef print – through the layering of metallic ink, this design has a sophisticated and glamorous approach to a coral motif.
Elements in nature serve as the core inspiration, capturing both natural textures and movement. Prints such as Alamere and Rain Dance build off the movement of water, while Grand Cascade hints at beautifully soft lines drawn in sand. Wovens such as Wildflower Embroidery and Travertine Linen Weave evoke a graceful climb of flowering vines and woven grass.
Texture and visual interest is brought to this collection through embroidery. The Savannah Jute Embroidery has a refined damask motif which contrasts nicely with the rough and natural look of the jute background. Angkor Embroidery evokes glamour in its grand scale and simplified graphic motif. Ideal for drapery, these fabrics add versatility to both modern and classic interiors.
Au Naturel 2 is a naturally-inspired and quietly elegant collection. Whether urban or island, suburban or rural, the Au Naturel 2 collection is perfect for creating a harmonious balance with the bright colors and bold prints of spring.
We sat down with designer Mary McDonald for the ‘411′ on everything Mary, from design inspirations to who her style icons are!
- Looking back, what is your biggest fashion faux pas?
- If you weren’t an interior designer, what do you think you would be doing?That’s loaded for me since I would love to be those Marchesa girls designing beautiful frocks or a shoe designer, jewelry designer, eccentric cake designer (a la Silivia Weinstock), heck…FLORIST?! I love flowers and am quite good at it. Last but not least, rock star (but I can’t sing).
- Who is your “style icon”?Toss up between Diana Vreeland and the Duchess of Winsdor.
- What is your favorite place you have traveled to? How has it influenced your design aesthetic?That’s hard because there are so many great places for different reasons. If I had to choose I would say India through to Rajastan region. There are so many visual decorative arts from textiles to architecture to wall murals that it is a treasure trove of design, expanding the reference library in my head. I can take the seed of something very Indian and somewhat exotic and make it the cornerstone of a very waspy floor pattern.
- What is your favorite era of design?18th Century followed by Greco Roman.
- You’re known for your jewelry, where do you find all of your fabulous pieces?Honestly everywhere. I have everything from Yves Saint Laurent to roadside beads from Istanbul and Morocco. I honestly even have fabulous vintage pieces from garage sales. I am always shopping with an eye towards collecting in the back of my mind.
- What is your secret junk food vice?
- If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live and why?Rome. I love Italians across the board and the sense of history there.
- Do you have a nickname/what does it mean?Reamundo, Greymundo, Mundra, Mundo, Rea and Mundi. My real first name is Mary Rea, like Mary Beth or Mary Sue and when I was a teenager my friends would take the Rea part and make new names. To this day my oldest friends will call me Mary-Rea or launch into a barrage of Rea derivatives. Rea became Grey became Greymundo became mundo, mundi etc…
- If you had a ‘theme song’, what would it be?Bohemian Rhapsody… it’s just weird enough.
- Who would be your dream client to design for and why?Prince William and Kate Middleton. I think I could appreciate their need for something classic, being part of the royal family and at the same time something youthful because they are young and modern. It would be the best of both worlds for me and I think the best use of my range of talents. My father was born in England after all so I am half Brit!
- What are your dog’s names?Jack, Lulu, Bons and Eva.
Sub question: If you were designing a room for your dogs, which fabrics would you use?
- What is your favorite film?“The English Patient”
- Any design rituals? (i.e. what gets you thinking creatively?)Googling a topic, then hitting ‘Images,’ then I am off all over the world surfing the net letting it take me to odd places…
- What is your best piece of design advice for young designers?Now it’s your turn! Comment or tweet with #askmary and the top five questions will be posted to our blog and answered by Mary herself!
Q&A with Designer Madeline Stuart: Inside The Design Process For This Year’s Architectural Digest Greenroom at the Oscars® Part Two
1. The Oscars are this weekend, how excited are you to unveil the AD Green Room to honored celebrity guests?
I’m thrilled, of course! No doubt the folks coming into the Green Room will be a bit distracted–after all the celebrities who have access to the space are either presenters or nominees, with the associated jitters and anxiety those roles afford. They may not be focused on the architectural and decorative details, but I know they’ll appreciate the fact that we’ve created a beautiful, comfortable refuge from the storm that is the prevailing atmosphere backstage during the Academy Awards.
2. What was your inspiration when designing the room?
I was inspired by the work of the legendary set designer, Cedric Gibbons. I’ve long been a fan of his work–he created the look of some of my favorite films, including The Wizard of Oz, The Thin Man, Singin’ in the Rain and The Philadelphia Story. He’s credited with designing 1500 films and won the Oscar 11 times out of 38 nominations. How gratifying it must have been for him to carry home the statuette he created! I’m incredibly fortunate to be currently working for the clients who bought the iconic house he designed in 1930–a streamline moderne masterpiece in Santa Monica. I wanted to pay homage to his unique ability to combine understated elegance and quiet glamour.
3. What was your goal for the finished room?
The Green Room has to be comfortable and without question, I wanted it to be chic, polished and refined. I can’t even imagine the anxiety level that reigns backstage on awards night. I wanted the space to project an aura of calm imbued with a dapper 1930’s streamline moderne style.
4. Why was Schumacher the right fit for this project?
Schumacher creates stunningly beautiful and classic fabrics that exude sophisticated glamour and style. I incorporated exquisite silk velvets, rich patterned textures and fabulous woven silk lampas to give the room the look of a 1930’s supper club. Not many fabric companies offer such a wealth of options along these lines–Schumacher was the perfect choice.
5. What was your favorite part about designing the AD Oscar Green Room?
The opportunity to create the architectural and decorative elements that pay homage to the legacy of Cedric Gibbons was incredibly rewarding. And working with the teams of creative people who’ve made the results possible has been a wonderful experience. It may sound corny, but I love the magic of Hollywood! I’m a show-biz kid and for me, this is still the biggest night of the year. And this year, I’m a part of it!
7. What’s your advice to young designers who aspire to conduct high-profile projects such as this?
Oh my… While of course my work reflects my taste, I always aim for a timeless look and an effortless sense of style. I never follow trends or the dictates of others. My work incorporates an appreciation of many periods and many decorative influences, but it’s always filtered through my sensibilities. Of course Shakespeare said it best…To thine own self be true. I think if you want to attract the attention of others, you need to create a look that’s distinctly your own. And without question, work hard!
If the winter blues have you wishing for cheerier days, a little Trina Turk for Schumacher can help brighten up your day. Fashion icon and designer Trina Turk blends her love of sunny California with a modern sensibility in her indoor/outdoor collection exclusively for Schumacher. Her collection highlights her perpetual inspiration from the California-cool poolside lifestyle while infusing modern outdoor performance technology – creating a vibrant and striking collection for the gypset, jet set, and suburban set alike.
Encompassing the full color spectrum including neutrals, the collection is an obvious choice whether you are designing a lively outdoor space or the interior of a beachfront property. Prints such as the Soleil L.A., Peacock Print, and Zebra complement each other seamlessly in a variety of colors, such as Bamboo, Aqua, and Punch. The brilliance of these fun prints is a tribute to not only Trina’s design aesthetic but also her vibrant personality.
The prints are also a great addition to a contemporary indoor space. Used sparingly in an urban loft setting, prints such as Amazing Maze in Ocean or Santorini Print in Fog can add a visual effect equivalent to a quick jaunt to a tropical locale. In a more suburban space, prints such as Trellis in Dune or even the instantly recognizable Arches in Orange can bring a splash of pattern and color to a family room or bedroom.
Whether used for an indoor or outdoor space, Trina’s prints will make your interiors sing and you smile – the most important element in design!
Q&A with Designer Madeline Stuart: Inside The Design Process For This Year’s Architectural Digest Greenroom at the Oscars®
We sat down with Madeline Stuart for all the scoop on what it is like to design the Architectural Digest Greenroom at the Oscars® and her thoughts on the big night. Here is part one of our question and answer series!
1. What was your first thought when you got the news that you would design the Architectural Digest Oscar Green Room?
Can I give you my first 3 thoughts?? I was exhilarated of course–to be selected by Architectural Digest to design the Green Room is a tremendous honor. But I was a bit melancholy as well–the first person I wanted to share the news with was my father, the film and television director Mel Stuart. His best-known picture is Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory. He passed away a few months ago and would have been incredibly thrilled and proud about this news. After that I was literally thinking, I have no idea how I’m going to do all this in the next two months!! It seemed at the time like an almost insurmountable task. And now, here we are…about to install on Tuesday and it’s all done!
2. Do you know what you’ll be wearing?
I’m still a bit undecided…most likely cashmere leggings and my favorite Mr. Roger’s grey cardigan that I’ve had for over 28 years! I’ll be watching the awards from home, where I’ll be recuperating with my husband and Beatrice, our Jack Russell terrier. A bottle of fabulous vintage champagne and a seat right in front of the TV–those are my plans for Sunday. Thank goodness I don’t have to worry about my wardrobe that night!
3. Who is your favorite celebrity that you cannot wait to see the space or meet?
We’ll be hosting an event in the Green Room on Saturday night, and I’ll get to see a bit of the dress rehearsal. I would adore meeting Tina Fey–she’s one of my heroes and a fellow nerd. And if George Clooney wanted to congratulate me on how the room turned out I would be happy to shake his hand!
4. Who do you think will be named this year’s “best dressed male and female?”
I know this is going to sound so grouchy, but I’m usually pretty disappointed by the spectacle of all these celebrities who’ve been gussied up by stylists. It seems almost pitiful that they can’t dress themselves, or be burdened by the onerous task of having to buy their own clothes. It’s all a game of product placement and there’s nothing chic or elegant about that.
5. Who do you think will when best actor / actress?
Daniel Day-Lewis and Emmanuelle Riva
Check back for part two later this week!
We are thrilled to introduce our latest Show House collaboration with Bill Stubbs, of William W. Stubbs and Associates of Houston, Texas. The Villa de Luxe Show House is in collaboration with Luxe Interiors + Design magazine, the nation’s largest network of luxury design publications, and Preservation Houston, a Houston-based non-profit dedicated to protecting the city’s architectural and cultural historic resources.
Bill Stubbs, a co-sponsor of the event, has transformed the solarium in the Show House with stunning Schumacher fabrics such as Chatelaine Paisley in Tuscan on the benches and Khotan Weave in Sable on the wing chairs. Accents around the room include sofa pillows in Deco Velvet in Blue Haze and Temara Embroidery Print in Spice for a contrast against the main sofas in Trianon Velvet Check in Terracotta. These selected fabrics highlight the finely detailed woodwork that are hallmarks of the architect, William Ward Watkin. Bill brings his usual bounce and individuality to the room in the playful use of fabrics against a traditional Southern backdrop of impeccable home design.
“I wanted the room to look as if it had been lovingly used for a hundred years, with new generations making small additions, but at the same time appreciating the history and spirit of the room” says Bill Stubbs.
The Show House, positioned in the Shadyside neighborhood of Houston, is located at One Longfellow Lane and will be open to the public on weekends only from February 2nd to February 17th. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at http://www.villadeluxedesignershowhouse2013.org or by calling 713.803.4999. 100% of the proceeds go towards Preservation Houston.
We are thrilled to be collaborating with Lisa Erdmann on her beautiful study in the Palm Beach Red Cross Show House sponsored by Traditional Home. The show house is themed “Island Living,” and includes the best of Palm Beach designers.
Combining her signature glamour with a casual island style, the study is striking yet relaxed, the perfect environment for family entertaining. Paired perfectly with Schumacher’s rich tradition of complex color, pattern, and texture, the room captures an aura simple of elegance.
Our Feather Bloom wallcovering from the Celerie Kemble Wallcovering Collection served as a textural foundation for the room. Adding another layer of visual interest to the space, Lisa covered the ceiling in a grasscloth wallcovering and placed braided trim and nail heads around the molding. “The ceiling is one of the most under-designed aspects of a room and we love to add pattern and texture” says Lisa.
To create a bold and vibrant statement, Lisa used one of our stand-out signature prints Chiang Mai Dragon for floor-length draperies and throw pillows. The flooring, by Patterson, Flynn & Martin, Rosecore, is a subtle seagrass enveloping the entire room in soft, understated texture.
The hidden gem in this space is a swank martini bar area converted from a closet and covered with the evocative animal skin pattern Ripple, transforming a quiet study into a visual party meant for entertaining.
The Palm Beach Red Cross Show House will be open January 23rd through February 23rd, and will benefit the Red Cross of the Greater Palm Beach Area. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. If you are in the area, please stop by to see this spectacular home!
The Mary McDonald Collection of exquisite fabrics, trimmings and appliques exclusively for Schumacher is here!
Blending her love of Chinoiserie, color, and bold patterns Mary reinterprets traditional textile designs in a clean and graphic style. Enhanced through dramatic scale this collection brings a strong sense of glamour and sophistication to any space.
Mary showcases her mastery of color, adding softness as she seamlessly incorporates gentle, yet statement-making shades of orange, jade green, aquamarine and blush pink. Dramatic shades of ruby red, jet black and chic camel infused with bold patterns brings an intensity that embodies rock and roll glamour.
The show stopper of this collection is the Chinois Palais. Capturing Mary’s glamour, eclecticism, and appreciation for both French classical interiors as well as Far East modernism the grand scale of this panel adds drama to a room.
Mary taps into her strong sense of fashion with enlarged scaled patterns such as Firenze and Garden of Persia. Inspired by a Florentine marble paper, Firenze provides a new twist on the classic chevron pattern, while the dramatically scaled Garden of Persia brings a modern edge drawn from the silhouette of an antique Persian rug.
Park Avenue refinement meets Rock chic in Park Avenue Python. This modern snakeskin print is unexpected and a striking complement to the statement prints and wovens within this collection.
Mary’s high spirit and vivacious personality is beautifully woven throughout her collection. When brought together these design treasures balance sophistication with comfort to create a cohesive space where one can truly live.
The 2012 Fall Chroma Collection is composed of wovens in saturated hues with handcrafted elements. Patterns distinguished by modern geometric designs and plush textures are perfect to be used alone or for layering with a statement fabric.
Vibrant Raspberry and Coral pop in stand-alone solids such as our Avery Cotton Plain. Woven by hand in a subtly textured faille weave, this fabric is ideal for upholstery or beautifully tailored window treatments. However, these hues take on a striking new persona when combined in Chelsea Chevron in Magenta or Downtown Velvet in Byzantine. Graphic patterns such as Sarana Linen Embroidery in Raspberry and Darjeeling Cotton Ikat in Persimmon add a modern burst of color and complement a variety of prints.
Lapis and Capri make for an exciting pairing while conjuring up imagery of the Far East and the sea. The tranquil colors are juxtaposed with the bold patterns of textiles such as Sarana Linen Embroidery in Aquamarine and Darjeeling Cotton Ikat in Denim. Likewise, an understated elegance can be found in lush velvets such as Paley Quilted Velvet in Peacock and simple wovens like the Abington Square in Capri.
Stone and Zinc are the grounding forces in this collection, providing neutrality as well as unexpected glamour. Gorgeous neutrals such as Broadway in Flax speak to an opulence usually reserved for brighter colors. Sophisticated fabrics such as Nolita Embroidery in Zinc and Adari Cotton Ikat in Stone are smaller in scale, and layer easily to provide a foundation for a variety of different interior schemes.
From classic to modern, lush to spare, Chroma offers a vast library of beautiful textiles in coordinating and fashionable shades to satisfy even the most discerning interior designer.
Our 2012 fall introductions of classic statement prints and wovens is a luxurious reinterpretation of tradition which transforms old-world textile design. Classic and exotic motifs are made modern by combining contemporary colorways with grand scale and surface texture, resulting in sophisticated embroidered linens and shimmering damasks. The sheer range and variety of these reinvigorated antique designs is sure to please any discerning décor palate.
New for fall is the beautiful and memorable Shanghai Peacock print. Adapted from a 1920’s French textile painting, this design has been recreated in saturated hues of Cerise, Brass and Cinnabar. This print could stand alone as a bold statement in a neo-traditional room, or be used as a pop of whimsy in a minimalist space.
The modern sensibility of the Shanghai Peacock can be beautifully paired with another classic, the Kamalia Ikat Print. The lush colorways of Aegean, Cinnabar and Smoke perfectly complement the bold colors of Shanghai Peacock, creating a unified and dramatic pop of color. By combining these two, perhaps in contrast on a great dining chair or window treatment, a subtle balance is created in an unexpected way.
Another favorite is our rustic-inspired Temara Embroidered Print, which evokes an intricate Turkish rug in both style and technique. The ground is hand-woven, the design is hand-printed, and the textile is then embroidered. The resulting rich and complex textile is a gorgeous addition to any traditional or eclectic interior.
The elevated classics of our 2012 fall statement prints and wovens are a signature of refinement and fantasy. These fabrics become the focal point of any room and are the crowned jewel of our collection.