I’ve been in love with the above image for a couple of years, but only recently learned the background of the gorgeous chintz fabric used on the sofa and in the various images I’ve been hoarding that are now posted below. The original fabric is a 19th century print which was discovered by John Fowler of storied British textile company Colefax & Fowler at historic Bowood House in the mid twentieth century, and Fowler’s reinterpretation of the print (appropriately called ‘Bowood’) has been a staple of the company ever since.
The print is available as both a fabric and a wallpaper and is available in two color ways, but my favorite is definitely the grey and green. I just think there’s something so timeless and easy about the print – I think it’s that it’s not done in particularly feminine colors like a lot of florals are, and also the large scale nature of the print that makes it feel more modern.
The above photo is actually part of a seriously amazing home tour that you should check out; designer Justine Cushing used the fabric in virtually every room in her Hamptons home and the effect is so beautiful. It definitely takes guts to go all out like that, don’t you think? Below are a few more examples of the print in use. My dream is to one day have a client that wants a whole room done in the print – if you know of anyone in LA who would be interested, send them my way 😉
isn’t that bedroom above on the right just the prettiest room you’ve ever seen? Love. If you feel like you need a little Bowood in your life then check out this shop on Etsy, she sells Bowood print pillows in all different sizes.
You know how there are some stores where you just know you’ll find something you want/need each and every time you visit? That’s how I feel about Serena & Lily. I love popping into their showroom here in LA for a little inspiration whenever I’m in the area; I always find something that’s perfect for a client, and I also pretty much always find something for my own home as well. Justin and I recently bought this bar cart for our new dining room, and I’ve been perusing their cute nursery section for items (like this crib bumper – so cute right?!) for the baby when I have her in April.
They have a ton of great new items in for Spring as well and are having a fun event on February 28th in the LA shop to celebrate; there will be free floral bouquets (whether or not you buy something) snacks, and styling of their new product by a local designer. If you’re in the area you should definitely check it out, I’m planning to stop by in the afternoon. In the meantime, here are a few pictures I snapped of the shop the other day and a few of my favorites from their new arrivals are below.
I’m a big Mark D Sikes fan, and after having just spent a couple of hours poring over his latest book, I’ve become even more obsessed with his work. Mark is an LA based designer with a seriously chic aesthetic; whether he’s doing full blown print, pattern and color like this NYC apartment or keeping a room neutral and calming, the results are equally beautiful.
He has done so many gorgeous homes that it is hard to play favorites, but I think that if I had to, I would choose his own home which was featured in House Beautiful a few years ago. The bones of the house are pretty great to begin with but Mark’s design of the home is so thoughtful, from the custom wrought iron banister they installed upstairs to the upholstered family room walls (in my favorite fabric, Samarkand) to the multitude of built in bookshelves. I also appreciate how everything is styled in his house; you can tell that he’s a ‘more is more’ kind of person when it comes to accessories and collected items, but everything has its place and looks like it was meant to be there. I want to move right in, or at least spend some time relaxing in that backyard with a good book.
Scroll on for more pictures, I bet you’ll love the house as much as I do…