Editor’s Miscellany: Festive Fabrics

May 24, 2012

By Kyle Hoepner

As we head into Memorial Day, it’s impossible not to be thinking about light summer style. And what could be more summery than cotton or linen prints in bright, clear hues, or soft sheers, or translucent appliqué, or netting…or even a bit of matelassé for those chilly evenings at the shore?

If your vacation plans include a safari–real or of the armchair variety–you might find inspiration in this sheer from Scalamandré (Available at the Boston Design Center and through DesignSourceCT in Hartford.)

Savannah, in off white. Photo courtesy of Scalamandré.

Designer Mally Skok will also take you to Africa, although considerably further south. (Available through Studio 534 at the Boston Design Center.)

Fynbos Sprig, in berry. Photo courtesy of Mally Skok.

Something about Lindsay Alker‘s “Cliff End†makes me imagine a sunroom full of mid-century wicker furniture. (Available through Charles Spada at the Boston Design Center.)

Cliff End. Photo courtesy of Lindsay Alker

How about curtains in this trellis pattern from former Vermonter Laura Lienhard? They might have you wishing for an indoor clematis or climbing wisteria. (Available through Webster & Company at the Boston Design Center.)

Trellis, in blue. Photo courtesy of Laura Lienhard.

Newly launched Gary McBournie Home has come out with an inaugural textile line that is bright as bright can be. Called the Antilles Designs Collection, these eye-popping adaptations of 1960s designs by Amos Morrill are available to the New England trade at Studio 534 in the Boston Design Center and to the general public via Dering Hall.

Banana Bird, in royal blue. Photo courtesy of Dering Hall.

This Fadini Borghi sheer from Pierre Frey also feels very summery to me–we’re definitely talking summer in the city, however, perhaps overlooking Central Park. (Available through The Martin Group at the Boston Design Center and DesignSourceCT in Hartford.)

Maria, in quarzo. Photo courtesy of Pierre Frey.

And of course, how can you celebrate the hot season without a bold outdoor stripe for your poolside cabana? Here’s one from Lee Jofa‘s Groundworks line. (Available at Lee Jofa showrooms in Boston and Stamford, Conn., and through DesignSourceCT in Hartford.)

Moremi, in ivory and coal. Photo courtesy of Lee Jofa.

Hmm. I think I’ve spent long enough dreaming now; time to get out there and enjoy. All the best for the holiday weekend–and may your festivities be as light and carefree as these frolicsome fabrics!

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