It seems like hating on certain fabrics has become as clichéd as liking them (wouldn't "Chrysler Imperial Trellis" be the best Before and After EVER on Wheel of Fortune?), but if I see any more bad ripoffs of KelKel's or David Hicks' or Alan Campbell's bold patterns I might have to lose a turn.
I know, I know: I just told you to like this one. Because even though it's an old (and probably discontinued) fabric, interlocking rings haven't been beaten as dead-horse dead as, say, interlocking squares. Looks fresher, at least to me. For five more minutes.
Anyway, when everyone's still doing colorful, Sino-groovy-preppy geometry on white backgrounds my inner contrarian asks "why can't kooky novelty toiles and architectural pastiche prints catch on?!?" Here's my best attempt at making them a meme ... pray on it and then tweet about it:
Gaston y Daniela colonial print from Design Diva, currently on sale for $7.50 per yard. Not the prettiest blue in the world but it's so darn cheap, could we see filling in some of those arches with primary yellow or red fabric paint? Could we acrylic-back it to hang on the walls of a powder room? We could.
Palace Walk by Beacon Hill, $28.81/yard from Discount Fabrics USA. Selling point is the giant 37" vertical repeat but its Sleeping Beauty quality is begging for a thorny hedge or two. In the form of splatter paint. Now for the spendy, trade-only options:
Cité Antique by Pierre Frey. Fauvist doodles of Ionic colimns ... possibly my fave.
Palazzo from PF's current collection. Again, how chic would this be on the walls of a small space? Like the butler's pantry of my classic six on 72nd and Neverland Avenue.
If you haven't already noticed, M. Frey (Amanda will vouch for his existence) also wants this look to catch on. Above is his Hong Kong print, available in a couple colors and in a positive/negative with the background. Meanwhile Schumacher ranks a close second in the archi-novelty department (photos via StyleBeat):
The two greatest cities in the world New York, New York (top) and Views of Paris. Sweet and cartoony but I want more color. 'Tis a bit sad because Shumacher acquired the late, great Decorators Walk and seems to have dropped their more eccentric patterns:
Including the discontinued kelly green Colonnades above. This is just a measly corner of the entire design but enough to make me think fabric houses, like record companies and movie studios, aren't taking enough risks these days.
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