She’s here, she’s here!

Remember earlier in the year I alluded to the fact that Florence Broadhurst patterns would soon be available in a number of home accessories?

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Well I’m pleased to tell you, they are here. I was fortunate enough to attend the launch in April and had a sneak peek at the beautiful cushions (for both inside and out) and placemats.


They are all so colourful and I’m sure Florence would be very impressed with Rapee‘s application of her patterns.


At the launch, I was given a Kitchen in a Bag which is a cotton bag printed with one of Florence’s patterns and contains an apron and oven mitts in the same pattern. They would make a fabulous gift for anyone who loves cooking.


David Jones and Domayne are stocking this range or we can order them for you.

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If you would like assistance adding accessories to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation. Don’t forget, most items you see in magazines or online can be sourced through us at our trade prices.

Florence is coming to a store near you

I’m a HUGE fan of the fabrics and wallpapers of Florence Broadhurst.

I read the book on this amazing woman about 8 years ago and was fascinated by her life. She was a Queenslander and had the ability to turn her hand at whatever career she chose while travelling the world. One year she was a singer and dancer in China and the next she was a French clothier in London. And all this was back in the ’30’s and 40’s when women didn’t do things like that. She was so ahead of her time! And then she met an untimely death when she was murdered in her studio at Paddington in Sydney. The murder remains unsolved.

Japanese Floral

When she returned to Australia she set up shop and created hand printed wallpapers. These wallpapers and their patterns are still popular today. Her artworks have been recreated as rugs, clothing, homewares and fabrics.

Dinner Set

And in June this year, you will be able to add those very same patterns to your home in soft furnishings. Australian home textile label, Rapee will release The Broadhurst Collection which will be available in five stories and a number of colourways.
These exceptional designs will be printed on premium fabrics using various techniques including: 100% silk jacquards, embroideries on 100% cottons, foil prints on 100% linens and prints on cotton linen blends. The palette extends to bolts of blue; tranquil sea foam, denim and periwinkle; as well as punchy coral and flamingo fuchsia. The collection also welcomes shades of yellow and high-wattage metallic which will help to create richness and playful elegance while putting a fresh spin on timeless designs.

The Florence Broadhurst collection will be sold initially through department stores and boutique homeware retailers, and will arrive in store from June 2013. Prices start from $99 for embroideries, through to $120 for 100% silk scatter cushions.

I can’t wait!


If you would like assistance adding a touch of Florence to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Latest Range of Fabrics from Sanderson

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the new fabric collections from Sanderson. Chris Warren from the UK was visiting Sydney to show off the new fabrics and wallpapers which were recently launched at Decorex.

The Domestic Textiles Showroom at Paddington was set with a beautiful tablecloth of the new Kew fabric with matching napkins (which we were able to take home!) and a gorgeous bunch of pink calla lillies.

The first collection was from Zoffany and was called Town and Country.

It was an interesting mix of sharp colours from the city blended with rustic textures of the country which can be used in both casual and formal rooms.

There were aged marbled woolens and velvets, printed silks and linens and textured wallpapers with subtle sheen giving the hint of glamour.

The second collection was the Sanderson Richmond Hill. With the Sanderson brand’s history spanning over 150 years, there are plenty of archives from which to draw.

Cottons and linens were mainly used as base cloths with Jacobean and French designs giving a painted look. Naturally flowers and nature abound but with a fresh take on the colouring.

Wallpaper mixes and matches to create a completely co-ordinated space.

Would you like new fabrics and wallpapers for your home? Contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Not the Rough End

Pineapple cushions at Sentosa Designs

Last week I visited one of my suppliers, Sentosa Designs.

Sentosa Designs furniture featuring pineapples

They specialise in colonial style furniture as well as a range of campaign furniture.

Campaign style drinks cabinet

I noticed the profusion of pineapples in their styling so started to hunt around and see what else I could find.

Pineapple Lamp

The pineapple is associated with welcoming and in my mind also says SUMMER!

Wooden Pineapples

I went in search of other pineapple inspired home decor and found cushions, lamps and even ice cube trays.

Pineapple Ice Trays

What do you think? Could you add some pineapple decor to your home?

Pineapple Wall Hooks

If you would like assistance choosing accessories for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

New Showroom

The brand new showroom for Domestic Textile Corporation was opened in Sydney on Tuesday night.

New Sydney Showroom of Domestic Textile Corporation

DTC as it is affectionately known houses Sanderson, Morris & Co, Harlequin, Zoffany, Scion and Gaston Y Daniela fabrics and wallpapers.

Window display of fun and colourful Scion fabric

The new Showroom is brighter and lighter than its last incarnation and situated closer to the other fabric showrooms at Rushcutter’s Bay.

Colourful goody bags for all the guests

The red carpet was laid out for the guests and the Bellinis and Champagne were flowing.

The gorgeous team from DTC

The beautiful fabrics were on display too.

Beautiful fabrics

It was a lovely evening and a great way to start the life of the new showroom.

Inside the new showroom

If you would like assistance finding beautiful fabrics for your home, contact us for assistance.


At last week’s Reed Gift Fair, soft furnishing company, Bandhini released their Spring Collection. I didn’t make it to the fair so jumped at the opportunity to check out the new range at their Sydney showing at Boyd Blue.

Tai Shaffler, designer of Bandhini showed me around her new collection which was beautifully displayed in Boyd Blue’s Sydney showroom. Boyd Blue is an agent to a number of suppliers and their “Trade Only” showroom is always a delight to visit.

I couldn’t believe how well the new Bandhini collection complements the Designer Boys‘ artwork. Or is that the Designer Boys’ artwork complements the Bandhini range? Either way, they looked fabulous together and I had to ask if they had collaborated.

Tai said no and she remembered watching the boys on The Block thinking that they would love her stuff. She explained that when the did finally meet at a trade fair, the boys pretty much took everything on display. Definitely on the same wave length, still now!

Bandhini’s products are all made from natural fibres and vat dyes. Embellishments are attached by hand in the traditional style and inspiration comes from culture and nature.

You can see the exquisite detail in the Mother of Pearl Lumber cushion.

Shells, buttons, pearls, tufts, coins, sequins, felt flowers, tassels and even a horse bit are all sewn on to the covers to give a textural look and feel to any bed or sofa. With so many colours and patterns there’s something for everyone.

You can purchase Bandhini cushions and other soft furnishings through Inside Out Colour and Design. Contact us with your preferences.

Ikat Pattern – Trend or Tradition

It would seem everywhere I turn lately one design keeps on popping up. It’s the Ikat design that has been around for centuries.

Ikat Rug

Ikat is a resist dyeing technique a bit like tie-dyeing which was so huge in the 70’s. The difference is that Ikat threads are dyed prior to weaving whereas tie-dyeing fabric is woven then dyed.

Tina Shoes from Sambag

I bought an Ikat when we were holidaying in Bali back in 2001 and it has been hanging on my bedroom wall ever since. Albeit, three different bedrooms in that time, as we’ve moved house.

My Balinese Ikat

I was pondering the other day as to whether the Ikat was a passing fad as I do like the pattern. In researching this post, I noticed that these chairs were commented on in 2009 when Ikat’s were considered a trend that started in 2008.

Ikat Covered Chairs

Design*Sponge also wrote a post on the prominence of the Ikat pattern back in 2008.

Ikat fabric by Kravet

Here we are in 2012 and it’s still around! This leads me to answer my own question. No, it’s not a trend. Yes, it will be around for a long time.

Ikat fabric by Westbury

So I’m going to use the pattern in my new home office

Would you like to add some Ikat pattern to your home? Contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Towels, Sheets and Cushions

It’s that time of the year again when KAS Australia hold their Warehouse Sale.

I love KAS for their fun and colourful designs at great prices. And when they are on Sale, I love them even more. It’s the perfect time to find some new soft furnishings for Spring.

Sale time at KAS Australia

If you can’t get to the warehouse in Sydney, then you can shop online and still take advantage of the sale.

Have a great weekend shopping up a storm.

If you would like assistance finding soft furnishings and other decor for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.



Yesterday I went to the Mokum Showroom here in Sydney for the launch of Hemptech. Hemptech is a New Zealand company which has been around for about 10 years or so. They have a passion for natural fibres and have developed their own range of fabrics and designs.

Hemptech Fabrics on display at Mokum

One of the main reasons consumers are wary of natural fibres is their propensity to stretch and fade. Hemptech have addressed these problems by developing a stabilised finish for the stretching and using high quality dyes which won’t fade easily.

Footprints by Hemptech

One of the ways to test a fabric for dropping is to gently pull the fabric on the warp (long) thread to see if it ripples. If it doesn’t ripple then the fabric won’t stretch or drop.

Hemptech printed and plain fabrics

The other initiative that Hemptech are applying to their fabrics is to disclose the Sunlight data on the individual ranges. A high score out of 7 indicates that the fabric will be resilient to sun fading, something worth considering in Australia and New Zealand.

Hemptech quirky Cows and Couches

Apart from the gorgeous range of plain linens and cottons for upholstery and drapery, there is also a great selection of printed fabrics with a quirky bent. I love the Southern Toile with the shearers, caravans and cars and the Cows and Couches.

Hemptech Fitzroy Toile

If you would like assistance sourcing the perfect fabric for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.


Oscar Fabric Collection by Elliott Clarke

Fabric House, Elliott Clarke recently released a range of affordable upholstery and drapery fabrics suitable for the family home. I caught up with Sebastian Nash from Elliott Clarke who had designed the collection.

Sebastian is the State Manager for New South Wales at Elliott Clarke and his role covers sales, management and design. He loves the mix finding it fun, exciting and challenging all at the same time.

Sebastian was asked to design a range of fabrics that was classic yet contemporary. The collection includes a flame stitch, large scale ikat, a usable doby weave, 3 different stripes and modern, plain fabrics. These fabrics were made in high quality mills in Europe yet Elliott Clarke have managed to provide them at an affordable price point. Elliott Clarke make it their mission to provide fabrics which suit their customers’ lifestyle.

I asked Sebastian if he was seeing any trends in interior fabrics right now? I must agree with him that these days everything goes depending on the individual and their lifestyle which makes life far more interesting.

Do you like the new collection? If you would like assistance with fabrics for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

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