I have been reorganising my rather large stash of fabrics and I have been doing a little reminiscing about past projects. One fabric I came across I have always loved. I can't remember where we used it but I am sure it was used for fabulous curtains with strong graphic borders and possibly a bonded blind with the border applied to the base. This is my favourite colour way, brown,black and it is very classic. The design was by Warner Fabrics and was called Oakleaf Trellis and was printed onto a lovely crisp cotton chintz. I think this one is due for a revival it is very today.
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.