Lions, Tigers and Bears – oh my!

Linda Horn tiger giltwood stools

Linda Horn giltwood stools w/ tiger velvet on 1stDibs

As we settle into autumn and the winter season is but a northerly wind away.  Our ancient ancestors lived more intimately with the earth’s inhabitants then we do today but the psychological warmth offered by animal fur is coded in our DNA.  With central heating and insulated buildings we no longer need fur for warmth, but oh how we love adding touches of realistic looking, but ethically conscious, faux fur to our rooms.

MarioBuatta animal print

Mario Buatta room with giltwood stool in leopard print velvet from The Skirted Table blog

Pierre Frey

Found on dragonflytahoe.com

While poking around on 1stDibs and The Skirted Table recently we discovered some beautiful examples to inspire your use of our luxurious animal print fabrics. Antique dealer Linda Horn’s fabulous giltwood stools covered in Scalamandre’s Le Tigre immediately caught our attention, as did Mario Buatta’s use of leopard print on the over-sized stool in front of the fireplace.

The faux animal skin throws of Pierre Frey are a perennial favorite and one of the more casual ways to combine the look of animal prints and faux fur is for your cabin in the woods decor.  Whether your interiors are entirely neutral or lush with pattern and color the addition of a Pierre Frey faux fur (at HUGE savings!) throw or an occasional chair or gilt stools in animal print always looks right. Why not wrap someone you love up in one for holiday gifting? – you know they will love it!

 At iLuvFabrix we always have a wide selection of exquisite designer animal prints and luxurious faux fur to add color and texture to your interiors.

Feature image of Charles Lapicque The Tiger, 1961 lithographie available from Galerie Roussard on 1st Dibs.

Animals

Left to Right, Scalamandre 100% silk velvet Le Tigre, Pierre Frey brand new black and white Peacock faux fur throw, Scalamandre 100% silk velvet Leopardo – all from iLuvFabrix

 

 

ONE SUMPTUOUS COLOUR!

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From Sweden’s 1880’s built Breidablick Wooden Palace, image from Adorable Home. Please visit them on: http://adorable-home.com.

iluvfabrix blog post Oct 2015

Teal velvet settee, image from Panda’s House. Please visit them on: http://pandashouse.com/living-room/.

A friend having recently applied for a position there, we have been thinking about Scandinavian design and how Danish Modern and Gustavian periods always feel so fresh. Scandinavian design is about beating the mere five hours of sunlight during the winter. Their design aesthetic permeates our sub-consciousness, even when it’s only the pillows, lap rug or sofa colour that we ‘notice’. We are drawn to sink into creamy white rooms with bits of colour, or pastel rooms of blue, pink, yellow and greens with lots of white – the eye candy, the royal frosting flowers, the nonpareils, the sprinkles on top. Everything ‘goes with’ white, right? And to the interior designer or DIY home decorator nothing makes the room more livable than sumptuously thick velvet dressing a chaise, a favourite chair, the perfect tufted ottoman or an oversized Aiken style sofa.

So much of living well is about creating a refuge from the world for ourselves and our guests. However different the images of these rooms might be, each speaks a whispered invitation to be comfortable and to swoon just a little over the mere idea of occupying such a piece of furniture in such a room. A book, a mug of fine loose leaf tea, the gloaming coming on and soft lights making the colours all the more jewel-like iLuvFabrix makes sourcing these gorgeous fabrics not only easy but infinitely affordable.

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Image from 1 Kind Design. Please visit them on: http://onekindesign.com/2013/04/22/41-warm-and-stylish-scandinavian-living-rooms/.

Right now we have over 700 velvet fabrics in stock to choose from. From Donghia we have more than 40 incredible examples including a deep amethyst purple and a Ceylon sapphire mohair velvets.

Let iLuvFabrix bring one (or more) sumptuous Donghia colors into your home this winter at prices that will make you swoon with delight!

*Featured image on this blog post: Bolia – Scandinavian Design

 

Designer Fabric & Designer Fabrics

Fortuny Style  Mauve & Gold Venetian Fabric

If I were asked to pick one or two terms that we are routinely asked more than others to define for our customers, the terms would unquestionably be Designer Fabric and/or Designer Fabrics.

What is meant by these two terms?

Designer Fabric and/or Designer Fabrics are terms used routinely to imply that the fabrics are of a high end nature and that they are deigned by either an individual or a company that has a well known name in the upholstery business.

Designer Fabric and/or Designer Fabrics do not imply any particular type of fabric, such as tapestry fabric, velvet fabrics, silk fabrics, printed fabrics or the like, but rather they describe the fact that the fabrics in question are not off-market no-name, no-frills fabric which can be purchased for a very small amount of money, but rather they are meant to imply that the fabrics carry with them the name of a famous designer or the fabric itself is famous, and well known in the decorator/designer community.

One good example of a designer fabric is made by a group of individuals who have gotten together and put the skills they learned at the Fortuny Factory together to create a similar but different enough type of fabric than actual Fortuny Fabric. In this case, the fabric is made of hand dyed velvet (which Fortuny does not do), and is printed utilizing the same or very similar formulation of gold metallic paint that was formulated by Mariano Fortuny himself, applied to the fabric with wooden blocks, by hand, the wooden blocks hand carved by each individual who is creating his/her own style of fabric.

Thus when you look at our supplies of Fortuny Style Fabrics, you will see that the pattern for each one of these Designer Fabrics is somewhat different than the pattern used in another Designer Fabric, with a different Base cloth color, and a different hand carved block pattern and even slightly different gold paint formulations, thus giving the finished Designer Fabric a different but beautiful look.

Have a look at some of these fabrics. Dont be surprised if, in some cases, some of these Designer Fabrics are more expensive than actual Fortuny Fabrics, because the work that goes into the making of these Designer Fabrics exceeds the work that goes into the making of genuine Fortuny Fabric by several quanta.

Also, many of these Venetian Designer Fabrics are much more beautiful than the fabric coming out of the actual Fortuny Fabric factory.

Grand Fabric, Le Tigre from Scalamandre

As most of you know by now, iluvfabrix.com specializes in selling the “Best of the Best” fabric for upholstery, drapery, bedding, slipcovers and many other projects to beautify your home.  

Our niche is that we are able to acquire upholstery fabric which sells from $20.00 per yard to upholstery fabric that costs $2,000.00 per yard, but we are able to get everything at prices way below wholesale.  In fact our upholstery fabric is always cheaper for a decorator to buy from us than to buy from their own fabric mill representative.

We sell a lot of upholstery fabric and drapery fabric to designer/decorators as well as educated end users who know what a great, below wholesale price is when they see it.

One of the fabrics which we have sold quite a lot of over the past five years is Scalamandre Le Tigre Silk Velvet, which is one of the MOST gorgeous fabrics you have ever laid eyes on or touched, woven in a Tiger pattern and has been used in some of the most prestigious homes, High End Museums, Palaces and such around the world.  It is a VERY expensive fabric to purchase even through the best connected designer/decorator, but our price for this wonderful upholstery fabric is cheaper than the best price one can get from the above mentioned individuals no matter how good your negotiating skills.

We have sold hundreds of yards of this magnificent upholstery fabric over the past five years, as well as a few other upholstery fabrics the same category as Le Tigre.

For your reference, we have included a picture of the magnificent Le Tigre used to cover a chair in a high end home.  Enjoy the picture, below.

LE TIGRE CHAIR

( Picture courtesy of Cote De Texas )

 

 

Pantone Color of the Year 2015

Pantone color of the year

Image source: https://www.pantone.com/images/COY/2015/pages-Main/Pantone_Introducing_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_banner.jpg

The international authority on color and provider of color systems, Pantone, has recently announced the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015. Marsala, or Pantone 18-1438, is a red characterized by its earthy wine and naturally robust appearance.

If you’re looking for a color that’s classy, stylish and timeless – this is one that will definitely catch your eye. With nearly unlimited possibilities, you can let your imagination run wild with how you can put Marsala to use in your home or business.

We also recommend checking out the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 if you missed it.

Let’s take a look at the characteristics of this charming color. Below we have summarized the qualities that make this color truly one-of-a-kind. Continue reading

The Difference Between Designers & Decorators

The owners of iluvfabrix have been in the fabric business for well over 30 years and in that time, we have probably seen and heard it all.

But I have to tell you I have never seen so many “decorators’ , i.e., people calling themselves decorators, as I have now.

Not a day goes by that we don’t get four or five calls from people identifying themselves as “decorators” and shop for fabrics.   Now we are in business of selling fabrics, and if someone calls themselves a decorator, designer or Grand High Poohbah, we will sell them fabric if they want to buy.

But I think a little education is apropos of this situation.  ANYONE can call themselves a “Decorator” and not really be lying.  That is because the term “Decorator” just means that they are posturing themselves as someone who has a flair for interior design and charges you for their time and their taste.     Remember, $10.00 gets anyone 300 business cards that will say anything you want.

If you want design help from someone who REALLY knows Interior Design, then ask them what design school they went to…..ask to see their membership card in one of the Interior Design fraternities……in other words, you want to know if they actually graduated from a course in Interior Design (2-4 year course, depending on the school) which gives them a well rounded education in the art of Interior Design, ie., putting a room or a home together, choosing colors, matching colors and so on.

What am I saying?    If you need an experienced Interior Designer, then make sure that is  in fact exactly what you are getting.

Although the term “decoratef” has become a catch-all phrase taken to mean anyone with good taste who can match Fabric A with Fabric B,  only a graduated “Interior Designer” is the real deal who can do the whole job, and worth the per hour fee they charge.

Forewarned is forearmed.

PS.  iluvfabrix.com has a great sale on now and most fabrics end up selling for over 90% off.  Hop over to http://www.iluvfabrix.com/products,php to see all the great buys.

iluvfabrix.com also has just listed over 30 new silks, and they are all On Sale.

Sale ends February 20, 2014…..Have a great day.