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Decorating with Gingham

Finally, I managed to write a new blog post. I’m sorry it’s taken so long but hopefully staying at home means I can spend more time blogging and researching. I have a never-ending list of posts I’ve been wanting to do and I’ll try to tick them off little by little.

The first one is dedicated to gingham. The word gingham entered the English language in the seventeenth century; originally it was a striped fabric imported from India. However, in the mid-eighteenth century, when Manchester mills started producing the material, it was woven into checked or plaid patterns. A plain-woven cotton cloth the colour is on the warp yarns and always along the grain (weft). Inexpensive, it has been used for home items, but also for toiles, which are a test version of a finished garment made in a cheap fabric. The history of the fabric is vast and has been used endless times in homes all over the world. Below I’m sharing some of my favourite gingham interiors. I hope they inspire you to use it more often!

Hugh Henry Marbella buffalo check chairA home in Marbella by Hugh Henry (co-founder of design firm Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi)

The Philadelphia home by Judie and Bennet Weinstock. Bill Cunnigham photography. AD

manfuctures a rouen fabrics

Document from Manufactures of Rouen in 1737 with some of their checked fabrcs. Bliblioteque Nacionale de France

robert kime gingham bedRobert Kime

Studio Peregalli bedroom
Gingham, stripes and florals (Mortefontaine  by Le Manach) a la Studio Peregalli

Hotel Peter and Paul in New Orleans – a paradise for any gingham lover!

Pequena Inglaterra store in Madrid, gingham tableclothGingham tablecloths available at Pequena Inglaterra, one of my favourite stores in Madrid

Sig Bergamin Gingham SofaSig Bergamin

Brownlow interior designBrownlow interior design

brownrigg antiques gingham chairBrownrigg Antiques

get the gusto gingham pierre frey scalamandre

get the gusto gingham

Get the Gusto 

bellamont forest john coote

Bellamont Forest, the late Australian designer John Cote 18th-century Palladian mansion in Ireland’s County Cavan. 

Cathy Kincaid

north farm durham rita konigRita Konig’s North Farm Durham

Furlow Gatewood

jeffrey bilbhuber home decorated with gingham jeffrey bilbhuber home decorated with gingham jeffrey bilbhuber home decorated with gingham

jeffrey bilhuber gingham green and blue corner sofa Jeffrey Bilhuber

Georgia Mac Millan Faraglioni Blue Check Georgia Mac Millan Faraglioni Blue CheckGeorgia Mac Millan’s Faraglioni Blue Check

The Old Vicarage, where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth. The Old Vicarage where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth. The Old Vicarage where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth.

The Old Vicarage where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth.

The Old Vicarage where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth.The Old Vicarage where Deborah (Mitford) the Duchess of Devonshire retired after Chatsworth. You can read the blog post I dedicated to this house here

mard d sikes interior design gingham and florals Mark D Sikes

Gloria Gonzalez tablesetting bonadea napkinA table I did a while ago. The hydrangea napkins can be found at Bonadea

veere grenney tangier kitchen blue and white gingham

Veere Grenney Tangier home.Simon Upton photography

Gingham at Svindersvik, a beautiful Rococo mansion in Sweden Gingham at Svindersvik, a beautiful Rococo mansion in Sweden Svindersvik, a beautiful Rococo mansion in Sweden. Miguel Flores-Vianna photography

Musée de la Vie Romantique Paris Gingham walls
Musée de la Vie Romantique, Paris Valentino new york apartment gingham vogue

Valentino’s Central Park Apartment with Le Manach red gingham walls. Photographed by Michael Mundy, Vogue, March 1989

renzo mongiardino ginghamRenzo Mongiardino via WSJ

gloria vandervilt home gingham

Gloria Vanderbilt with her sons Anderson Cooper (left) and Carter Vanderbilt Cooper on a bed in their home on March 30, 1972 in Southampton, Long Island, New York.Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images gloria vandervilt home ginghamDetail of the master bedroom in the Long Island home of Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Cooper, decorated by Vanderbilt; the brick fireplace as been covered with a Friendship quilt, each white block of the quilt stencilled with the name of one of the quiltmaker’s friends; the room is covered with purple and white gingham wallpaper; Photo by Horst P. Horst. Condé Nast / Getty Images. gloria vandervilt home ginghamGloria Vanderbilt with her husband, Wyatt Cooper, and sons Anderson and Carter, in their Southampton living room, 1972.Photo by Jack Robinson. Condé Nast / Getty Images.

Introducing The Winthrop, Blithfield’s new collection

A few weeks ago I received a sneak peek of Blithfield’s new collection, the Winthrop. Minutes later I found myself trying the swatches around my house: cushions, walls, perhaps an upholstered headboard? That could only mean one thing: I loved it.

Following the style of previous collections, Blithfield keeps the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. I find all the patterns and colours so versatile and easy to use in many different styles and schemes.

The Winthrop collection is comprised of eight exciting new designs. Aylesbury and Chauvet are elegant jacquards in sumptuous colours based on antique embroideries. Anoushka, a jewel tone paisley, and Simsbury, a classic floral, are complemented by colourfully textured geometrics, Amesbury, Colby, Compton and Windsor Stripe. The new designs expand on Blithfield’s tradition of beautifully printed and woven fabrics in a distinctive colour palette, inspired by documents from around the world.

Below you can find some of my favourites. I like them all but if I have to choose one, that has to be the pink/blue Anouschka ( which I’m trying to figure out where I can use it!)

Anoushka Fabric. Blithfield
Anoushka – pink/blue

 

Chauvet fabric by Blithfield. Winthrop Collection
Chauvet – Raspberry/Pale Blue/ Gold

 

Amesbury fabric - Blithfield
Amesbury – Green

 

Colby fabric by Blithfield
Colby – Red

 

 

 

 

Blithfield fabrics

For more nformation visit http://www.blithfield.co.uk

Images: Blithfield

Claire de Quénetain – Hortense Collection

In a short period of time, Claire de Quénetain has achieved something that for many can take a lifetime: a signature and unmistakable style.

French-born Claire de Quénetain graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Art before setting up her own printmaking studio. Working across prints and textiles, her patterns mix light watercolour shades with bold dashes of colour to add a painterly feel to any space.

Inspired by flowers such as hortensias and lupines, her latest collection ‘Hortense’ showcases a range of fabrics and paintings that transform any room into a utopian garden.

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Annabelle Fabric
The Annabelle Fabric

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Gardening Painting
The Gardening Painting

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Hydrangea Painting 2
The Hydrangea Painting 2

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Flore Fabric
The Flore Fabric

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Rainbow Fabric
The Rainbow Fabric

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Lupine Painting 3
The Lupine Painting 3

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Hydrangea Fabric
The Hydrangea Fabric

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - Sculptural Drawing 1 and 2
Sculptural Drawing 1 and 2

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Lupine Painting
The Lupine Painting

For more information visit https://clairedequenetain.com/collections/hortense-collection

Images: Claire de Quénetain