Home Sense : The hype and a whole lot more.

Lovely Liberty of London.  Those delicate, girly flowers are a recipe for unbridled happiness.  They signal summersaults, and cartwheels,  a run through tall grass, and laughter that’s so contagious all the troubles of the world are carried away with the gentle breeze.

I’ve worked hard to make a case for the girly in a masculine setting, but I have to say in this instance – I think the girls own it.  I have ideas about how to give it a rocker edge – that I’m not quite ready to share, but I think I could convince a city girl or two to wear it out for a night on the town, or decorate their home with it.  You’ll are gonna have to wait for that.

LL Bed

Feather Fan Edlyn Bed $2498. – $2798.

After my trip to Paris, I started seeing these iconic prints pop up all over the place.  The brand, which has a long history, began in 1875 when Arthur Lazenby Liberty borrowed 2000 pounds from his Father-in-Law to open his first store.  “I was determined not to follow existing fashion but to create new ones.”  Arthur said.  His concept had a momentum that would make any new business owner swoon.  From fabrics to fashion, home furnishings, accessories, and more, the store and its wares exploded.

J. Crew has been carrying Liberty frocks for several years now.  Calypso had them a few years back and now Anthropologie debuted their collaborative furniture line on 14 August, bringing upholstered furnishings to the states.  The collection includes 40 pieces, in addition to furniture it include bed and bath, and china plates.  There are 40 pieces in all, 18 of which hail from the Heritage archives.

A combination of traditional pieces and a more modern aesthetic allow you to be English Countryside or urban chic.  The palette is bold hues for the furnishings, which will bring a little garden to your indoor party.

LL sheets

Nina Taylor Sheet Set. $158. – $198.

There’s a reason these prints have stood the test of time.  We crave nature.  It grounds us, and reminds us that beauty and inspiration is all around.

Happy Saturday.

Swatch Watch: finding fabric in the City of Lights

Paris Fabric 2

4 bis rue d’Orsel
75018 Paris

The 8th is home to some amazing fabric stores.  Whether it’s upholstery fabric or fashion you’re on the look-out for, start here.  Marche Saint Pierre, Sacre Coupons, and L’Atelier D’origins are just a few of the dozen that sit at the base of Sacre Coeur.  A bustling neighborhood full of tourists and Parisians alike, somehow on my last visit I participated in a food tour that cut right through the heart of this neighborhood, my eyes apparently remained fixed on the chocolates, cheeses, wines, and pastries, because I don’t remember seeing all the pretty prints that share storefront space with the gastronomique delights that I sampled.

My mother must have visited this neighborhood because she arrived home from a trip to Paris with a suitcase full of fabric.  This fabric she carted around for years – literally years!  This was normal for Pat Falla.  She had trouble making decisions.  Perhaps that’s why I make so many of them, with little thought to the sheer number of ill conceived avenues I have pursued as a result.  I guess I believe that forward momentum is more important than perfection. At any rate, the fabric did in fact get used but not by Pat.  My sister Mary Beth found it, had it made into curtains and hung them in one of her homes.  They looked pretty good.

Paris Fabric 5

Nicole folding my beautiful fabric!

I too will be leaving Paris with a suitcase full of fabric.  I really had no intention of buying any, and then there it was – shimmering and winking at me.  I fell for it. It will be right at home in home No. 4.  Now if only one of those French Bergers would fit in my suitcase, I’d have something to drape the fabric on.  A good problem to have.

Paris Fabric 3

2 rue Charles Nodier
75018 Paris

Heureusement Samedi!