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Fabulous fabricsJanuary 11, 2012
I did some fabric shopping last week in Amsterdam. After I had finished the yellow curtains for the Dining room (which may now not be a D...
I did some fabric shopping last week in Amsterdam. After I had finished the yellow curtains for the Dining room (which may now not be a Dining room after all, but more on that another time...), I thought it would be nice to use the same fabric in a different colour for the connecting Salon.
The fabric I used is by Den Haan & Wagenmakers, a Dutch company specialising in reproduction 17th and 18th century Dutch chinzes. The fabric I used is from the 'Ton sur ton' series, and has many colours to choose from. For the Salon I picked a beautiful blue fabric (photo two).
I also visited one of my favourite silk shops, McLennan's Pure Silk where I bought gorgeous silk fabrics.
Green silk changeant and the most luscious raspberry silk velvet. The colours are a perfect combination with a soft green rose fabric and wallpaper I had earmarked for a bedroom.
Earlier this year I had commissioned this painting (and the one in the photo below) from Leslie Smith. The original is by Christiaen van Pol. They were intended to go into the Salon, but the paintings look very nice with the bedroom fabrics as well!
The colours in this photo did not come out so well, as in reality they are coordinating much better. I want to use the soft blue silk for upholstery (even though I don't have any of the furniture yet), and maybe even do some embroidery on it. The silk velvet has the most beautiful colour called sea mist. The photo really doesn't do these beautiful colours justice.
These last fabrics are also intended for a bedroom. I bought a few yards of cotton with a typical 18th century feel, like this one with the wavy yellow pattern. The yellow and white fabric are very thin silks, which will be perfect for lining curtains.