Textiles Shmextiles

My textile line is finally coming together and it's been a crazy past couple of weeks.  I've been meeting with various artists to go over the designs for screenprinting.  They're insanely talented and I feel so lucky to be able to work with them.  We're starting with 10 or so designs and will hopefully expand the line from there.  The designs are all over the map and the connecting thread is that they're all somehow personal to me.  (as fabrics tend to be.)

It's been an interesting process.  In my head, I know exactly what I want but I have to communicate that to the artists through my seriously rough sketches and various photos.  I can't imagine how awesome it would feel to be able to draw what's in your brain on paper.  I'm jealous. :)  

Since fabric's on the brain, I've been drawn to it even more than usual.  I just found & bought this beautiful robe on etsy from Pretty Plumb Sugar whose things I loooooove:

I also picked up this antique thistle print (hint! hint! ;) from Bananastrudel:

...Like I've mentioned before, I have a little obsession with weeds & wildflowers so they will definitely be making appearances in the line. 

The one design I actually drew myself is this overscale wild chicory blockprint-esque print:

It will be available in several colorways, one of them being a "true" colorway with the flowers in periwinkle blue. 

I'll keep you posted on our progress but as of right now the line is set to come out this Spring around the same time as my furniture line.  Then of course I'll have to photograph the textiles in use so that'll take a little longer.  I'm definitely going to be lining my closet in one of them (They'll be sold as fabric or wallcoverings) and I can't wait to not mind when our closet door is open.

Nothing is set in stone right now so I'd love any thoughts and/or ideas you have to share.  Anything you're dying to see? 

xoxo, Lauren

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MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I just can't get OVER how exciting this whole process must be for you - a true and challenging design brainfest!
I love where you're going as far as organic patterns.

A.S. said...

Omg. How lucky are you! Your own fabric *and* furniture lines? Everyone in everywhere is jealous. Congrats!

Acquired Objects said...

How hugely exciting for you! As an antique textile dealer I know the draw that fabrics has on you, I can't get enough. Your chicory drawing is wonderful and I can't wait to see it printed. I have fabrics from the 15 and 16th centuries with plant forms on them and they're amazing. If you ever want to see any let me know. Congratulations!

Cathy Wall said...

Fantastic! I love fabrics too and am quite impressed with the chicory image and can't wait to see it executed. You go girl!

Laura Trevey said...

Gorgeous thistle print :)

Have a wonderful week Lauren!

elisabeth (bovagoods) said...

so exciting for you....we had a thistle on our wedding invitations-love them. and i have so many fond memories of walking down the lane with my grandma collecting queen anne's lace. we would put food coloring in the water and watch the white flowers turn different colors. one of my favorite flowers! can't wait to see the new lines!

Simply Brookes said...

Just discovered your website. Wonderful. Thanks for your creativity and your streamline taste. Still figuring out this whole blog world but taking it all in, for sure.

Keep up the great work and I'll be back!

wendy at

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

This is all sooo exciting- your own furniture/textile line...hello fabulous! I would love to feature your line as part of my Friday Fabrics series when it comes out- would be thrilled to showcase it! I love that flower print and can't wait to see the rest- gorgeous!

Megan said...

I was thinking about buying that robe for my sister to wear before she changes into her gown on her wedding day but it is hard to tell what the material is like in the pictures. Is it see through? Or would she feel comfortable wearing it with people around? Is the material soft and silky or thick and cottony? Any help would be great. Thanks!

Megan said...

I was thinking about buying that robe for my sister to wear before she changes into her gown on her wedding day but it is hard to tell what the material is like in the pictures. Is it see through? Or would she feel comfortable wearing it with people around? Is the material soft and silky or thick and cottony? Any help would be great. Thanks!

designchic said...

You must be thrilled...can't wait to see it all!!

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Lauren- Get excited? I'm excited! Wallpaper? I just cannot wait to see your beautiful designs in wallpaper. I have a feeling you will be making a lot of vertical surfaces very happy in 2011. My closet needs a makeover, too!

Have you thought of the chemicals applied to your fabrics? Chalk it up to me being a Mom, but my guard goes up when the tag on a fabric mentions the stain-resistant treatments. Do you know if the treatments are safe for children?

I would be interested to hear your thoughts on non-treated fabrics vs. treated fabrics. Or fabrics (like wool blends and polyesters) that seem to repel dirt naturally. (I think I heard most outdoor polyester fabrics have no treatments on them.)

Would you have Pure Style Home indoor/outdoor fabrics? (I'm looking for a bright-yellow-hinging-on-orange and white print. That would be heaven.)


KellyMellyBoBellyBananaFanna said...

I'm so interested to see what you come up with! Would love to see something with rich texture, but a simplistic print.


Jennifer said...

cannot wait to see the line!!

Karen said...

The drawing will be amazing as fabric or wallpaper---it even looks great in black and white!
Can't wait to see it all.
Karen at Garden Home and Party

pk @ Room Remix said...

What an amazing experience to be able to design the furniture and fabric lines! I think you did a great job with the one that you drew, so I'm not sure why you don't think you're good at that? :-) If I had a print like that I would love to mix a fun geometric with it - will you have anything like that?

kayce hughes said...

I wish that it was ready right now. I am working on things for my new store. I am doing the store like my office so I have pink on the brain.

Jessica Turnbow said...

Love the botanical theme, so elegant and sweet!
I am doing a giveaway on my blog right now and would love to have you enter!

Danielle said...

I am dyeing to see it all! I love your drawing, so simple yet gorgeous! Also, I have always had a fondness for thistle, so much so that I had to buy a duvet cover with a stylistic thistle all over it and I adore it! Can't wait for your online store...it's going to be fabulous I am sure!!! Hope you all are stayin' warm! xx Danielle

Jen said...

That robe is gorgeous!! I can picture it on me, or even my mother! Oh what a great Mother's Day Gift that would be ;-)

Happy Monday Darling! xo

Oh, and pop by my blog and enter my GIVEAWAY!

JennyCB said...

Wonderful, wonderful! So exciting. Good for you. (I would love to see a wallpaper that looks like a really worn out kilim rug. I think it would look beautiful in a room with stark white crown molding and rough, wide plank wooden floors...)
Good luck with all of this!

lisaroyhandbags said...

how exciting!! I can't even imagine how you must be feeling to have a furniture line and textile line in the works! I love the weed/wildflower theme and can't wait to see it!

traci zeller designs said...

I'm excited for the whole line ... but I second the call for indoor/outdoor fabrics!!

Amy R. said...

Congrats! Will you have your own trellis design?

Amy R.

I Dream Of said...

How fabulous! I'm so impressed and can't wait to see the end result-fun to learn about the process, too!

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Hellooo, dying to see it all! I am living vicariously, Lauren, I'm excited for you. What an adventure.

Liz Bradley said...

How exciting! Best of luck! (as if you even need it!)

Karen said...

I really like the design you drew and think it's going to be gorgeous in periwinkle blue!

Karen T.

pretty pink tulips said...

That botanical print would look amazing in my living room. I live on....Thistle Lane! So, I will be waiting anxiously to see if I can incorporate your new textile into my home.

So happy for you, as you follow your passion and your dreams!

xo Elizabeth

Lucy said...

Beautiful! Can't wait for the official launch.

Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie said...

Thank you so much for thinking of Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie :)

The robes are a cotton voile... light and airy but not see-through.

Thank you, thank you a whole ton!



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