Today I want to introduce you to Antoinette Poisson, a beautiful French company making beautiful products. Antoinette Poisson was founded in 2012 by three people who are paper conservators and met in school, today Julie Stordiau, Vincent Farelly, and Jean-Baptiste Martin create beautiful wallpapers and fabrics based on the 18th-century decorative papers called dominos, the company gets its name from the first name and maiden name of Madame de Pompadour. Dominos were papers used by the design-savvy french to line their closets, cupboards, boxes, and served as the end papers of books. Many times the dominos had the appearance of marble and other times they were florals or other designs. Today, the founders of Antoinette Poisson carve their own blocks to print the designs from as well as color them themselves. The trio says they could see the art of creating dominos was dying and they wanted to revive it so they started Antoinette Poisson. You can order from their website and find some of their products in stores like John Derian in NYC, I want to share a look with you today at some of their beautiful works. Welcome to the world of Antoinette Poisson, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
January 16, 2017
January 3, 2017
Let’s start off the new year with some color, Greenery to be exact. Greenery is the name given to the green color chosen by Pantone as the Color of the Year for 2017, every year Pantone names a color of the year according to what they see taking place in the world as well as moods and attitudes. Greenery is a bright shade of yellow-green that will definitely help you bring the outdoors in if that’s your goal. Greenery is meant to mimic the first days of Spring and a new beginning. Green is one of my favorite colors, it pairs so well with other colors and as I’ve said before it’s almost like a neutral color. Join me for a look at Greenery and see if it inspires you, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 6, 2016
We’ve talked about Damask patterns on the blog before but the new ones from Cole & Son in their latest wallpaper collection, Mariinsky Damask, are stunning. I think it’s wonderful when companies take something old like a Damask pattern and breathe new life into it and bring it into the 21st century with bright colors and metallics. Cole & Son also have a wonderful tile pattern in this collection as well as some stripes. I can totally see these patterns being used in a dramatic space, whether it’s a powder bath, a dining room or even a bedroom. I also love to use old patterns like Damask and pair them with contemporary furniture and art, the juxtaposition of an old pattern in a bold color with current furniture and accessories creates beautiful tension and beautiful rooms. Here’s a sampling of the new patterns available from Cole & Son, to see all their beautiful papers visit their website. Enjoy!!!
August 24, 2016
Yesterday I shared some bedside wall sconces that I’m thinking about doing in our Master Bedroom and I mentioned doing some wallpaper as well. I’ve always had a soft spot for wallpaper, even though it seems to come and go as far as being in style I always like that you can get a whole new look with color and sometimes texture from installing wallpaper. I think I’ve decided on a wallpaper from York Wallcoverings that has the look of cork and the feel of suede, thus Sueded Cork Wallpaper. The paper has the colors I’m using in the room of mostly gray with accents of brown and some metallics and will look great with our tall brown leather headboard in front of it and gray and brown bedding, I also like the natural look of cork. I’ve gathered a few pics of cork wallpaper as well as an example of what I’ve picked out. I’m looking forward to sharing the completed project with you, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
July 6, 2016
I have always liked Gingham plaid, I like the pattern it creates, I like the traditional red, blue and green colors it has come in, I like the newer versions in black, gray and more muted tones and the larger patterns referred to as Buffalo Check. Gingham kind of gets a bum rap since most people view it as a “country” fabric and only think of it for picnic blankets and square dance costumes. Gingham plaid is one of those fabric patterns that mixes well with other patterns and can definitely be made more glamorous, there’s nothing more chic than a mixture of gingham plaid and French toile fabrics as well as gingham and florals, polka dots and complementary solids. Nowadays you can find gingham patterned flooring in exaggerated sizes, wallpaper in a wide array of colors, bedding and accessories. Join me for a look at Gingham and how to mix and match it to add a simple classic to your home. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
June 27, 2016
I have to admit that I’m somewhat of a magazine fiend, I’ve always loved magazines and still do today. Of course being in the business I’m in I subscribe to a lot of design and home decor magazines and I find a lot of inspiration and ideas for the blog from magazines, especially about companies and the products they offer. One of the most recent companies is Kerry Joyce Textiles, Kerry Joyce is one of America’s most celebrated Interior Designers as well as product designer. Joyce is the head of Kerry Joyce Associates design firm with offices on both coasts in Los Angeles and Connecticut. A contemporary touch is definitely a phrase to use to describe Joyce and his work, today we are going to take a look at the products he’s designed and offers through Kerry Joyce Textiles, from fabrics and wallpapers to lighting and furniture. Here’s a sampling of his beautiful products and we’ll visit again soon to look at the work of Kerry Joyce the designer. Enjoy!!!
February 23, 2016
What’s the first thing you think of when I say paisley, men’s neckties, grandma’s chairs, a tablecloth? Whatever you think of it’s probably been done in the paisley pattern at one time or another, paisley is a very old pattern and very ubiquitous. Paisley is a centuries-old pattern that first originated in Persia and is meant to resemble a droplet shape. It became popular in the west in the 18th and 19th centuries and started in Europe as a patterned fabric that lady’s shawls were made of.
A few fun facts about paisley, while it started in Persia the name Paisley actually comes from a town in Scotland, some people refer to the pattern as “Persian Pickles” and Welsh textile creators refer to it as “Welsh Pears”. Today you can find paisley everywhere, it’s available in fabrics for both the home and fashion, wallpaper, rugs, carpeting and so much more. Here’s a look at the different colors and sizes of paisley patterns and it’s many incarnations. Enjoy!!!
February 9, 2016
I love looking at fabric for design jobs and a while back I saw a picture of a chair someone had reupholstered using men’s suiting fabric and that made me very curious, as much as I love clothes and the beautiful fabrics that men’s suits, jackets, slacks and shirts are made out of could I really buy that fabric and use it in my home to update furniture? I went to the website for Mood Fabrics (made famous by Project Runway) and began looking at their men’s suiting fabrics and there’s a lot to choose from.
Mood has a sample program where you can order samples of fabric for a dollar and the prices of fashion fabrics are a lot less than many upholstery grade fabrics and they’re just as durable considering they’re made to last for years as we wear them, wash and dry clean them. I was also happy to find out that that the width of fashion fabrics are many times wider than the standard 54-inch wide upholstery fabrics, the bolt of fabric I bought is 62 inches wide. I bought some gray and brown wool suiting fabric to use in the bedroom to drape a wall and make window treatments but I’m definitely looking at other fabrics to use in upholstering a couple of chairs and a bench in the house. Today we’re going to take a look at what can be accomplished using fashion fabrics and more specifically menswear fabrics, be inspired and Enjoy!!!
January 25, 2016
Many times when remodeling or decorating we want a WOW something, whether it’s a piece of furniture, art or a rug but you can also get the wow factor from your walls and more specifically in the form of an accent wall. An accent wall is when you pick one wall in a room and do a treatment to that wall that is extra special and really makes it appealing to the eye when you enter a room.
Accent walls can be done in several different ways, whether it’s with a paint treatment, wood, tile or wallpaper, so this week we are going to look specifically at different types of accent walls every day, and we begin today with an overview of the different things you can do. Do you have an accent wall in your home, and if so what treatment did you do to get the look you want. Here’s a peek at what this week holds for us, Enjoy!!!
September 30, 2015
Today we are going to start taking a look at different patterns used in the world of design, more specifically interior design, and we begin with Damask. Damask gets its name from the city of Damascus, in the Middle Ages when Damasks first became popular many of them were made in Damascus. In the 14th Century Damasks began to take on the look we are used to today, with a glossy satin faced pattern on a duller background, both being the same color, with two color Damasks coming around later.
Today you find the Damask pattern on much more than just fabric, you can find Damask wallpaper, wall decals, lampshades, toilet paper and stencils that enable you to apply a Damask pattern anywhere you want. Personally, I like Damask, while it definitely has a formal feel to it, it’s also fun to mix in with more casual fabrics. Let’s take a peek at the many looks of Damask and find some pattern inspiration, Enjoy!!!