Notes from The Field: Vintage Inspiration

March 24, 2014

By Karin Lidbeck Brent 

I am thrilled that the current issue of Country Gardens by Better Homes and Gardens magazine features floral arrangements I created and styled. This was a dream project that evolved from my love for flower arranging and my passion for collecting vintage fabrics.

Styling by Karin Lidbeck; photo by Joe Keller

I have been collecting fabrics for over thirty years, and I often mimic the patterns within the fabric to create wonderful floral designs and styling. I also use the flowers in these patterns to influence my own flower and container choices.

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Styling by Karin Lidbeck; photo by Joe Keller

Textiles can inspire me in a myriad of ways. When I see a fabric that I love, I purchase several yards, which will eventually find their way into a future projects.

Looking for a unique way to showcase fabrics? A fabulous print can make an impressive statement when framed on a wall. After all, fabric is art!

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Interior design by Incorporated Architecture & Design; photo by Annie Schlechter

Some outstanding yardage will come in handy when you want to create a one-of-a-kind accent chair.

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If you are looking for a source for vintage textiles, I would recommend Full Swing Textiles in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Suzanne Boucher, the shop’s owner, is a proponent of integrating modern design with vintage style—which is evident in their large collection of both vintage and new fabric pillows.

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Photo courtesy of Full Swing Fabrics

I’m crazy about some of these vintage textiles on the Full Swing Textiles website.

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If you’re looking to create your own unique style in your home, look to the past, as well as the present, for inspiration. You never know, the colors found in a vintage floral fabric may translate into a beautiful modern interior.

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