Category: Linens

A good deed

So I read in the press the other day that the British fabric geniuses Osborne & Little are in pretty big trouble with declining profit margins and downright big fat losses for the fourth consecutive quarter (or something like that).  I also discovered that it’s the family business of our embattled Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Now I think I’m probably partly responsible for these bad financials as over the last year or so I’ve swiped about 3 million fabric samples from them for le course and not actually bought anything yet.  Just kidding, I don’t think I could have made much of a dent, but anyway I figured the company really needs all the help they can get and thought I’d have a lookie at their simply stunning fabric collections today.  Whether you’re a fan of the simple and sleek animal prints or the quirky designs of Nina Campbell, there should be something here that tickles your fancy – let me know which is your fave!

Hellllllo leopard wallpaper, miaow!

(all credits: Osborne & Little)

Indigos galore

Something pretty fortuitous happened to me yesterday.  So for our wedding I originally planned to design my own ikat fabric and get it printed by Spoonflower, and then make all the table runners and napkins for le reception.  However a couple of months ago I decided that I was biting off a couple of full mouthfuls more than I could chew – my sewing skills leave a little to be desired (read: this was just never ever going to happen).

But…with the new big decision made to not have any fleurs at the reception (see last Friday’s post!) I’ve decided that we do really need some more colour on the tables and have revisited the sewing idea.  Unfortunately I’ve now left it too late to get my own ikat, but we’re heading to Washington DC this weekend to visit one of my future sisters-in-law Karen (and I’m SO excited to see her!) and I figured I’d have a look to see if there are any fabric shops there that could come up with the goods.

SO, to cut a long and slightly dull story short, it turns out that frigging Calico Corners, the amazing online fabric shop that have graced these pages probably 100 times, are located just outside Washington! AMAZING.  So I have an appointment to go see all their lovely wares first thing on Saturday morning, and I’m currently jumping around on my chair in excitement about it.

I think I’m going to go with an indigo ethnic-type fabric, like one of these beauts:

What do you reckon?

Autumn décor – part 3

Alright alright, I couldn’t resist…  I wasn’t going to do any more fall furnishings but then I remembered The White Company and the fact that I love them more than power vinyasa (that’s a lot).

Layer up and keep cosy with The White Company’s insane range of bedding – the greys, whites and taupes would look incredible set against warm orange walls:

Le Souk has a new crocheted rug which I happen to have my eye on…

And Cococozy stocks some seriously swoonworthy candle goodies:

Now you just need a cosy fireplace or two and you’re all set for winter!

Autumn décor – part 2

Morning morning all!  It is a BEAUTIFUL day here and I’m feeling on top of the world today – just sent off my latest magazine article to Blighty and have a busy busy day ahead of me, but that’s the way I like it!

So anyhoo, let’s jump straight back into my autumn décor round up.  First up are some gorgeous shades of orange – whether you fancy the full on fruity brights or the more subtle subdued shades, there should be one here for you.

Autumn oranges

Autumn oranges by caribbeanliving

Benjamin Moore, Sundance

Benjamin Moore, Soft Pumpkin

California Paints – Pumpkin 16

Ace Paint – Yuma

Benjamin Moore, Citrus Blast

Farrow & Ball – Orangery



Next up are some BANANAS fabrics and wallpapers in these shades.

A contemporary toile from Manuel Canovas:

Katie Ridder has these peachy pachyderms:

A striking imperial trellis courtesy of Schumacher:

And an I-just-stopped-dead-in-my-tracks-and-my-chin’s-on-the-floor hand painted Chinoiserie from Gracie Studio:

Some cute pillows and throws in contrasting hues…

J.A.‘s finest:

Or try Cococozy for a more subtle effect!

And lastly, yep this is more than a smidge random but for a tongue in cheek take on the stag bust, head to Etsy – these made me smile!

It’s all in the styling…

A while ago I was sent a press release about the crazy amazing new Kallianthi collection by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin, but was so busy I didn’t have a chance to admire it properly.  However I’ve just been told that one of the designs, Demeter Stripe, has won the ‘Best Wallpaper over £40.00/roll’ at the Homes & Gardens Fabric Awards, so thought I’d take a little looksee.

Check out this styling.  It. Is. Exquisite!  Seriously, any combination of gorgeous bright fabrics is guaranteed to make me freak my beans, but add in a touch of exotic Indian design  and my brain is likely to actually explode…

I DIE!!!!!!!!

And here are my picks of the fabrics and wallcoverings – love this nod to the current painterly trend in fabric numero uno:

And the award-winning Demeter wallpaper:

Love love love!

Alrighty, am off to the airport, New Orleans bound, seeya next week!

Flowers Friday – Designers Guild goes floral

I always get so excited this time of year, with the new Autumn/Winter fabrics and furnishings collections being showcased by everyone under the sun.  It has been insanely hot and humid here for the last few months, and every time I see a new range full of snuggly cashmeres and luxurious warm colours my craving for cool Autumn weather racks up a notch… 

Anyway, the latest culprit is the beautiful Amrapali fabric/wallpaper collection from Designers Guild.  I am LOVING LOVING LOVING the hot colours and Indian-influenced design:

It come in three colourways: peony, indigo and charcoal – no prizes for guessing which one’s my fave…

Have a happy weekend, seeya Monday!

Affordable ikat?

So one thing I’ve found out during all this wedding planning is that it is not necessary to spend $3 million/yard to acquire some luuurvely ikat fabric (I’m looking at you Madeline!).  I thought I’d share these sources with you folks – think they’re all based in the States but a few do ship over the pond.

So first up is the fantaaaastic Calico Corners (ergh, when are WordPress going to sort out the link function already!) – an enormous range of fabrics at really reasonable prices gets a thumbs up from me!

Ok, this one’s not an ikat but look how AMOOZING it is!

Next up is Harts Fabric, with a couple of indigo/aqua beauts:

And a slightly more sober offering from

Oooh, but these are fun!

Spoonflower have a bunch of bright contemporary prints:

And you can also design your own, which is what I’m hopefully doing for le wedding – just waiting for the sample swatch to be delivered, am really excited to see it!

Next up, the Chipper collection by Premier Fabrics is an interesting take on the classic circular ikat design:

Oooh, I lied, Textile Techniques is situated in the UK, and have some gorgeous looking more muted ikats:

And last but not least, I’ve also recently stumbled across John Robshaw textiles which, although I suspect are not cheap as chips (and are also not strictly ikats, so therefore completely irrelevant to this post…), happen to be totally blow-your-mind beautiful:

Lilly P strikes again!

I don’t know about you guys but I was very excited to hear about the new Lilly Pulitzer range of fabrics and trimmings available (to the trade only) at Lee Jofa

The punchy trademark pinks and greens have been combined with an array of rainbow hues that bring to mind sunshine, beach and all things smiley – perfect for Cayman!

I am a total trimmings geek – if there’s an interesting trimmings ribbon, bauble or jewel in the whole of the UK it’s a fair bet that I have a sample of it sat on my desk.  I neeeeed to somehow get my mittos on these ones..