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October’s Fabric of the Month

October 29, 2012

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October's Fabric of the Month

The inspiration for this abstract pattern came from an antique kimono textile of chrysanthemum flowers.   Would never have guessed that, but once you know this, you can see it! This fabric is part of Schumacher’s Modern Glamour wovens.  The combination of the silk velvet  floral weave on a satin cotton ground produces a luxuriously tactile […]

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September’s Fabric of the Month

September 30, 2012

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Kravet's 'Teablossom' fabric in the 'Yangtze' color

This month’s fabric is from Kravet’s Couture line.   It’s unusual in that it’s a novelty pattern that’s both beautiful and whimsical.   The scale is also less commonly seen — the repeat is the entire 58″ width by a 47″ vertical repeat height. If used for a roman shade or comforter, the scale will […]

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August’s Fabric of the Month

August 31, 2012

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A transitional floral print from Duralee Fabrics in the blue & white 'Porcelain' color

Can’t believe August is almost over and I’ve only now just put up the post for this month’s fabric.  The summer has really flown by! This month’s pick offers four quite different colorways.  They create effects ranging from sedate to dramatic, all depending upon which of the four you choose. The first option features the […]

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July’s Fabric of the Month

July 31, 2012

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Fabricut's fanciful take on a Suzani look in the 'Tropical' colorway

  Fabrics that are influenced by the Suzani look generally command attention.   This pattern is no different — but it also has one colorway with different hues than what you usually see with this pattern style. The ‘Tropical’ colorway shown above is the most unusual of the 7 colorways available.  I love the happy playfulness […]

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June’s Fabric of the Month

June 27, 2012

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Trina Turk's Sonriza pattern indoor/outdoor fabric in the 'Marine/Pool' color

Summer weather is finally here!   So I’m featuring an indoor/outdoor fabric by Trina Turk this month.   This fabric is rather hypnotic, due to the spiral effect in the pattern. One of the more unusual features of this pattern is the horizontal repeat, which is 52″ — or one full width!  The spiral effect […]

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Open Garden Days in June and July

May 31, 2012

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Circlular drive portion of the garden in an Atherton home on the 2011 'Open Garden Days' Tour

The Garden Conservancy’s annual ‘open garden days’ program is almost here!  This is your opportunity to see many wonderful private gardens throughout the San Francisco Bay Area during June and July. The pictures included here are from 2011, when I toured gardens in Atherton and Menlo Park. It is a self-guided tour, with a fee […]

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May’s Fabric of the Month

May 30, 2012

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Schumacher's Matisse-inspired print fabric in the 'Ocean' color

◊  Schumacher’s Matisse-inspired print fabric in the ‘Ocean’ color  ◊ This  Matisse-inspired print is fresh and fun — the perfect herald for spring and summer.   It’s available in two colors: ‘Ocean’  (above)  in calming blues and greens with a ‘pop’ of bright green ‘Punch’ (below) a warm mix of  colors with a dash of  […]

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Spring is here!

March 20, 2012

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The 7th Annual Tulip Exhibition -- at the entry of the Tower Chapel

For all of you that are more than ready for spring flowers, it’s almost here! The 7th Annual Tulip Exhibition in Piedmont is this Friday through Sunday (3/23 – 3/25) from 10am to 4pm, at the Mtn. View Cemetary’s Tower Chapel. This exhibit always has something new in floral arrangements, as well as a wide […]

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March’s Fabric of the Month

March 20, 2012

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March's Fabric of the Month

This woven fabric from Lee Jofa, In a Twist, utilizes a satin-stitch to create the  basket weave pattern.  It seems rather twig-like to me, which results in an organic and casual, almost playful effect. This close-up will give you a better sense of  its texture: It would be at home in many rooms and settings, […]

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February’s Fabric of the Month

February 24, 2012


Fabric of the Month - Feb 2012 - Detail of woven fabric with emboridery & appliqued embellishment

This ogee-patterned fabric  has an unusual and very pleasing design combining embroidery with satin-stitched appliqued embellishment. Although Schumacher classifies it as a modern woven, this pattern would be at home in a transitional setting, as well. It’s available in a color palette of yellow-green &  soft, warm blue with a mid-tone green  — shown here […]

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