Happikat by LL Textiles

{'Happikat' by Lauren Liess Textiles-- eeeek}

I definitely squeeled when I received our very first fabric strike-off in the mail today.  I'm sooooo excited and it's amazing to see the designs we've been working on for so long on a beautiful linen.  I can't wait to get my hot mitts on the others.  I named this overscaled ikat "Happikat" because it really is one of those fun, fearless fabrics that just makes me happy. (And -only half-kidding here- it helps me remember how to pronounce "ikat"  ;)    My good college friend & artist, who helped me create this design {with her magical skills}  is also named Kat!   rarrrr  {Kat Wright technically}

This design was basically a serious doodle for me.  As you might remember, I can't draw, so I just sort of let go and had fun with it.  I incorporated a little bit of a Grecian vase shape into it (which isn't in this section so you can't really see it) and just kind of added curls & little paisley shapes & dots where it felt like it needed it.  I knew I wanted a bold overscaled ikat with a linear feel and just sort of kept at it until I was happy with the way it all intertwined.  Kat then took the drawing I made and evened it out/ made it perfectly symmetrical and made it look as pretty as it was in my head.  (because mine was scaaaaaary in actuality)  It's been amazing to work with the artists on these designs because they are talented enough to create what you have in your head & are trying to communicate.  It's a totally different form of design thatn I do and I'm in complete awe.

I'm using the new fabric in the bedroom/ sitting room I'm designing for the DC Design House, so I'll be sure to keep you posted on our progress.  It'll be available in several colorways on linen.  (The background of this black & white print is a bit creamier than it's reading in the photos and we still have a few tweaks to make here & there.) 

I've got a busy day heading over to the Design House tomorrow to meet with the other designers & our contractors, so gingers crossed all is smooth!  For the past couple of weeks we've been working on securing donations from companies in the industry, shops, artisans & contractors, and I'm really amazed at everyone's generosity.  {Like I mentioned before, all proceeds from the DC Design House go to Children's Hospital.}   I can't wait to share everyone's info with you because so much of their stuff is to-die-for and you will looooove it like I do.

**update:  oops I almost forgot:  I'm hoping to have the fabrics ready to rock by April.  :)  ...working on  on pricing & on finalizing some of the designs.  {And just to fill you in/ warn you, high-quality linen textiles are not cheap, especially when they are not mass-produced.  I am working on getting the price down as low as I can to make the textiles as affordable as possible, but our fabrics will in no way be at the low-end of the spectrum both price & quality-wise.-  hope that made sense! ;)   


xoxo, Lauren

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48 comments:

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Lauren- Amazing! I can't wait to see what it looks like in other colorways. It looks like this gorgeous fabric will be really dynamic and animated in masse. Beautiful. When can we order it?

Loretta

...hope you can come by my blog for a jewelry giveaway! Valentine's Day is coming up...

sara@augustfields said...

gorgeous. gorgeous. gorgeous. i love that you designed it! i cannot wait to see your full line in april! :) congratulations....very exciting for you!

Kathysue said...

Oh Lauren this is just lovely and fun!!! All in one fabric. just like YOU!! How exciting a real Lauren Leiss design!! Oh my I like the ring of that!! Congrats, sweetie, Kathysue

Leah Moss said...

are you kidding me???? Lauren! It's gorgeous!!!!!! How are you even sleeping these days? I can barely fall asleep myself thinking about exciting projects I'm working on, but you must just be excited out of your mind. You have so many wonderful things going for you right now.

I can't wait to see the other colorways and designs you've come up with. AND I love the happikat--I can never remember how to pronounce ikat, so I'm stealing your trick :)

mommy23kids said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! Congrats! Can't wait to see the rest of your line! SO happy for you!

alison said...

It's beautiful! I'm so excited for you and all the wonderful ways your business is expanding.

I saw the ideabook about you on houzz.com, which has been a haunt of mine during the planning for the rebuild.

We're wrapping up insurance; I'm working on the flow of the kitchen and then I CAN'T WAIT to get you started on the living room. It's all I can do to keep myself from rubbing my hands together at the thought.

It's going to be literal beauty for ashes.

Windlost said...

Thrilling LL. Love the name and the pattern. LOVE!


xo Terri

Jessica Wrasman said...

Congrats! Love the name & love the fabric! How fun is that?!

Rebecca Gibbs @ gibbgabb said...

love the happikat! Can't wait to see what other colorways you'll do with it!

courtney said...

Congrats- it's beautiful!

Carey said...

Well done. Congrats.

traci zeller designs said...

Squeeeeeeel! Congrats, Lauren! I can't imagine how excited you were. And the name is PERFECT for you!

Jeannine 520 said...

I love it! Congratulations Lauren. I can't wait to see the rest of the line! :-)

pve design said...

I need some right away! Love it.
pve

Single Stone Studios said...

Congrats!! That is so cool and it looks amazing!

Catherine said...

Ha, as soon as I saw the name, I thought, "How smart! Maybe people will pronounce ikat correctly now!" Actually, my initial reaction was more like, "oooooooo, preeeeeeetttttttttttyyyyyyy." But, yeah, I like the name too. :)

So excited to see the rest of your fabrics. And the design house. Basically excited to see anything that comes from your direction.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

love it!! can't wait to see more!

Haven and Home said...

Lauren look at you! I am just so proud! I LOVE this!!!! And one of my best friends is named HappyCat so I think the name FANTASTIC!

Brandy Lewis {Gush and Swoon} said...

Looking Good Lauren! It must feel so good to make your dream tangible.

I cannot wait to see more! I love following your success, very inspiration~

Mary said...

That fabric would look great as a shower curtain in my black & white bathroom.
I just hope I'll be able to afford it.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Looks fabulous! Congratulations. Mona

Gretchen O. said...

I am sure you did a "Happikat" dance!!!! I sure would have. And to be able to use your own fabric in a Design House must be so thrilling. Good luck on your walk through tomorrow!

simply seleta said...

You, my dear, are TRULY talented!!! And it's just so wonderful to see someone doing well in the industry who remains genuinely kind and humble. You're one of the few!

I'm so excited for your fabric and furniture line!!!

LiveLikeYou said...

Beautiful, modern, graphic and fun!! Can't wait to use it on some designs some where! And what an appropriate name it makes you happy to look at!

mccartney said...

That truly is 'happy'! I love it and cannot wait to see all of the colors in April! Thanks for posting!

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Lauren, great quality is worth paying for. I wouldnt expect anything less from you :). Cant wait to see all of it and see how I can use it!

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Oh, Lauren, it's beautiful! I am so excited for you and this awesome adventure you've embarked on!

And calling it "Happikat?" Genius. And fun.

SisterBatik said...

Fabulous textile! Good luck with your venture - we adore fabrics!

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Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

It is beautiful! Congrats on what must be a labor of love. You are very talented. Where will we be able to purchase once you launch?

Red River Interiors said...

Love the black and white Happykai!
How creative... Congrats on your venture...I'm doing a space now in black and white. This would look great on a chair in need to redo... Fay

Marianne (Style For Living) said...

Lauren, I am so thrilled for you! Cannot wait to see more of your line. Looks beautiful!

Joanna said...

Congratulations! I'm crazy excited for you.

Baylor Love said...

WONDERFUL!! Cannot cannot wait to see the rest! You have to be so excited.

Natalie said...

How exciting!!! I love the white and black ikat I'm a sucker for both :) Can't wait to see the rest!

Renée Finberg said...

fabulous.
i love it!!
congratz

Whitney said...

Fabulous! Love the pattern and color! I have been selling fabrics for over 15 years and it's always fun to see what's new! Congratulations and cheers to yards and yards of fun in the design business!

Joyce@canadianoriginals.net said...

Such an ambitious project. Beautiful work Lauren.

Laura Trevey said...

Love the designs... and how VERY exciting for you Lauren!!!

xoxo Laura

Julie B. said...

I adore that creative name! And it is truly gorgeous!!

Catherine Nolin said...

Great design. Love it. From a textile addict.

Mahala said...

I so want to buy some of this! Please give all details when it is available. Absolutely smashing!

Velvet and Linen said...

Beautiful, Lauren! And I love the name. So fitting.
Most people don't understand that fabrics like this can't be produced cheaply. But they will be forever pieces in a home.
Looking forward to using your fabrics!
xo
Brooke

Tracy F. said...

Love it!

Linda in AZ * said...

* Lauren, I almost FAINTED!!!! I MISREAD what you wrote and thought THIS was the room you had DONE!!!~~~ and I kept thinking "It can't BE! It just can't BE! THOIS isn't LAUREN!!! No WAY she "DID" this!!! OMG, the STRESS has GOTTEN to her & she's taking DRUGS!!!!" ETC., ETC.!!!

I SAT HERE staring at the screen in SUCH disbelief, IT'S ACTUALLY FUNNY... like a sitcome or a bad joke!!! THEN I knewwwww i needed to RE-READ, & sure enough, I DID and am breathing just FINE now, "thank you very much!"...(Insert BIIIIG smile here!)...

Sooo looking forward to Y*O*U*R "presentation", Sweets!!!
Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Veronica El-Showk said...

Lauren, this is sooooooo exciting! It looked amazing on the preliminary sketches but seeing the actual fabric is out of this world. Congrats Love! : )

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

ooooh cant wait to see it. Its perfect! I always see black on white..this is a nice change!!:)))

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The Zhush said...

Amazing! Just finished listening to your Skirted Round Table interview...clicked over and CAN NOT believe I haven't been following you already! Adore you and your blog and interior designs!!!

pretty pink tulips said...

Luv the fabric....luv the name!!! We'll all spread the word as soon as you're ready!!!! Go, Lauren!!!

xo Elizabeth