I always like it when I can include a little bit of history into our home. I was browsing through a book on French textile design and I spied the pattern that I have just included in our laundry. It seems that 'La Draperie' was originally copperplate printed on cotton by a firm called Petitpierre and Cie in Nantes between 1786 and 1795. This example printed in pink is from the Warner Fabrics archives and appeared in a book, published in 1991 by Laurence King Ltd, written by Mary Schoeser and Kathleen Dejardin, 'French Textiles 1760 to the present' . I am glad to see that the Warner fabric archive is still going and has a website http://www.warnertextilearchive.co.uk. It just goes to show you have no idea where those historic fabrics will turn up I bet they never thought they would star in a laundry in country Australia, more than two hundred years later.
Hi I am Elizabeth an interior designer who lives in Melbourne, Australia in a little Californian Bungalow cottage with my partner, Max, who is also an Interior Designer, and our beloved furry children, Doris & Ernest. I believe that design can make our lives more rewarding and productive. I love, architecture and design theory but my everyday passion is fabrics and decoration, as I don't think we should get too serious but have fun with our homes and enjoy the process of creating our own environments. I am interested in classic cars, and collect Georgian and Mid Century furniture.