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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fabric Obsession!

My favorite part of my job as an interior designer to to hunt out great, unexpected fabrics. I love fabric -- the feel, the texture, the color, the design -- LOVE IT! A few days ago I was rummaging the showrooms at International Market Square in Minneapolis and found this fantastic Vervain fabric at the Ambiante Showroom. This fabric is a silk tafetta and it has a printed, colorful design. The fabric does have a lot of slubbing which is completely natural to silk but anyone purchasing the fabric should be aware and expect the slubbing.
The most impactful part of this fabric is the beautiful array of colors used in the large-scale, printed design. The design is youthful, playful, yet feminine. The drape of this fabric is gorgeous and it would be the perfect drapery fabric. It could also be used on an occasional chair but a backing would be very necessary.
I have included a scan of the fabric. It doesn't quite do it justice but you get the point of what this fabric looks like!

Old School Shabby Chic

During my first year of college I was lucky and cursed to have the one single dorm room in the entire dorm building. I loved that I had my OWN space. Growing up with my own bedroom I was certainly accustomed to the privacy and freedom of having one's own space.

This first year of undergrad schooling I was obsessed with Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic books. I loved anything vintage, French, or even remotely antiqued. I couldn't get enough of the bold floral chintz fabrics I would find at thrift stores or flea markets.

One of my most memorable moments was while I was sitting in an interview with admission's counselors in the hopes of becoming an Admission's Ambassador. One of my duties, if hired, would be to host prospective students for over night visits in my dorm room. One of the counselors said "describe your dorm room for us" and my response was "it's very Shabby Chic". I got the job!

I love to look back at old photos of my past bedrooms, apartments, and really early projects. It's amazing to see how my style has changed as I've experienced new things, learned lessons, and grew as a designer. Some things, like this shabby chic dorm room, are better left in the past!