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Fall Fabric and Pattern Trends

flowing fabric creates a luxurious bed ~ photo from

flowing fabric creates a luxurious bed ~ photo from

When it comes to this season’s design trends, fabric is huge!  And I dare say that wallpaper is making a comeback.  This means that we will continue to see a variety of fabulous fabrics and pretty patterns on the home decorating front.

Leopard print and geometric patterns remain ever-so-popular…

…And chevron patterns are still very fashionable and fun.

chevron chair

Global and cultural fabrics are also increasing in popularity.  These unique patterns always add a really cool vibe to a room — not to mention their striking colors and energy.  For cultural inspiration, look to London-based designer Eva Sonaike.

ethnic styling

decohome magazine

Eva does a masterful job putting a modern twist on traditional African textiles.  I just love her collection of luxury pouffes and pillows.  Some are shown in the above magazine page, and here are a few more:

What’s great about using patterns is that you can get super creative by mixing and matching.  If you’re a little nervous about this, start with just two different patterns and work another one in later.  Go for patterns of varying sizes and colors.  Pretty soon, you’ll become a ‘pattern mixologist’ with a style of your own!

Add Velvet Furniture to your Color Scheme

I’m really loving velvet furniture right now.


Velvet’s rich texture looks great in any setting — glam, traditional or modern.  And when it comes to color, velvet just seems to bring out the best in any hue.  Colored velvet looks so delicious, and I love that is has an iridescent quality to it.

{the lennoxx}

If you’re not sure about using this fabric, rest assured.  Today’s velvet is not your grandparent’s velvet.  Wait!  In some cases, it is!  Retro velvet pieces are in demand because they create such a chic eclectic feel when paired with current pieces (and remember…everything old is new again).  Still skeptical?  Check out these velvety photos.  You may be surprised:


{apartment therapy}



{cornerstone interiors via houzz}


Bohemian Hues and Global Textiles

Be sure to read my Living Style column this month over at Sherwin-Williams’ STIR.


My latest story explores global-ethnic influences on the Bohemian design style, and I had the pleasure of interviewing two colorful and inspiring entrepreneurs:


Cristi Ambroson, owns Houston-based Tessera. Cristi regularly travels to Central Asia {and Peru} to hand-pick items for her business which includes textiles, such as suzanis and ikats, from Uzbekistan.


Based in London, Eva Sonaike owns a home furnishings label that bears her name.  Eva sells luxury cushions and other unique items made with textiles from her native country of Nigeria.

{eva sonaike}

{eva sonaike}

Global-ethnic textiles are becoming very popular.  They’re more widely available these days, and that’s having a huge impact on interior and fashion design.  More people are becoming familiar with and inspired by the colors, patterns and history of these amazing fabrics.

{eva sonaike}

{j. crew}

{design in color}

{design in color}

{eddie ross}


Read more about Cristi, Eva and this sizzling trend at STIR.

UP NEXT:  It’s Christmas in July…and I’m giving away something!

Fabric. Color. Love.


I’m really loving the colors and patterns in these gorgeous fabrics by Amy Butler. Tons of color inspiration in these bohemian, retro, happy fabrics…



…and notice all of the mixing and matching going on here.  Of course, I love that too!



{Very pretty Amy Butler prints}


There is definitely a place in my home for these fabrics!  I’ve lived in my home for 10 years now, and this year I’ll be making some fun changes.  I plan on blending in really cool bohemian-style touches through fabric, layering, funky accessories and new lighting fixtures {or at least new lamp shades}.  I look forward to sharing it all with you and passing on my new love for Boho-inspired interiors.

All photos from