Monday, September 25, 2006

print + pattern


I really love Marimekko's new Fall 2006 designs -- the colors are deep and saturated, and both classic and modern at the same time. The Kookos design (above) has beautiful orange, tan and yellow ornamental shapes in vertical rows that would look great incorporated into a room or framed on its own. The Fandango (next) appears more formal with its ornate floral pattern in berry red on brown, while the Pihapuu (bottom) has a serene, zen-like quality with its brown tree branches and green leaves on a sky blue background.



For smaller projects, designer fabrics are a great choice because they make such a large statement on their own -- they're perfect for stretched canvas art, framing and covering pillows. But if you have a bigger project in mind, like reupholstering furniture or making draperies, the cost of posh fabric can definitely add up. (You'll need several yards just to upholster a few dining chair seats.) Luckily, the designer aesthetic has gone mainstream and now it's easy to find fabrics with trendy modern patterns at almost every price level.


Pink Flower ($9)


Lumimarja Pink ($38)


Floral Jubilee ($8.50)


Moss Etsuko Flower ($17)


Powder Etsuko Dots ($4.50)


Flea Market Red Leaves ($9)


Ladybug Etsuko Rust ($17)

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