Queen Anne's Bouquet

I've got more pictures of my new fabrics/ curtains!  (I'm sorry if you're sick of them by now, but I am so insanely excited that I can't stop.)  In my bedroom at the cottage (my dad's) I decided to hang my newest design Queen Anne's Bouquet on either side of the doors to the balcony: 

I had them lined in blackout lining although I typically prefer unlined linen or a light lining for an airy feel, but the sun streams straight through the doors in the morning & we wake up around 5:30 or so every morning because of it, so function over form won out here. 

Here's a close-up of the fabric, which is a "bouquet" I drew of one of my favorite wildflowers:

The room is very much unfinished.  Although I do have a pretty white quilt I and a pair of lamps I love.  I had the ceiling paneled in pine and I haven't yet decided what I want to do with it.  My original thoughts a few years ago were to try out some type of limewash, but now I'm really undecided and have lots of thoughts floating around about it.  I do think I want to keep the walls white (a new white though) as for my own personal bedrooms, I really prefer white.  (It goes best with all of my colorful clothes strewn about! ;) ;)   

{Yeah, I know the recessed light kind of kills it, but like I said, I didn't win every battle here.}

As we make more progress here I'll be sure to share.

And many of you have asked about when the fabrics will be available for sale & how to buy them (thank you!)...  I am truly working as fast as I can to get these babies available.  There will be about fifteen different designs in the first collection with 2-7 colorways per design. (For a total of 60 or so different fabrics.)   I am still working on the final designs and we're photographing the entire collection at the end of the month so I plan to have them online soon after.  Like I mentioned before, I was a little surprised when I first started looking into the cost for the fabrics.  I've learned that high quality linens are much more expensive to make when they aren't mass-produced and we've priced the fabrics accordingly.  (Approx $120/ yard) In my own home I have my fabrics on pillows only right now ;)

When I first started designing textiles, I really had no idea where I wanted to take it.  I began more on a whim just because it excited me.  I have to say that I am now head over heels for it and am gaining more confidence with it.  I originally thought I'd have artists do the designs but now I've started doing them myself and it's really satisfyling.  I'm not an artist by any means and drawing & painting doesn't come naturally to me AT ALL, but I have actually been able to create some things that I really love and that speak to me.  I haven't quite decided yet how I want to sell these fabrics or where I want to take it, which I know sounds like an odd way to start a business.  (And I agree.)  I normally set very concrete goals for my self & my business and follow planned out steps to get there, but not this time.  The textile industry is very new to me & until I can figure out how I want to navigate the waters, I'm taking it slow.  There are those who design patterns and sell them to fabric companies for money (which is sooo not where I'm going... these designs are really personal to me and I am so not disattaching myself from them)  there are those who do books for other companies (for example Windsor Smith's collection for Kravet) and then there are those who sell fabric under their own company  and have their collections sold in showrooms (Kathryn Ireland for example also sells her fabrics at John Rosselli Showrooms) and then there are a tons of small companies who sell on their own.  I really haven't decided where I want to go with this or which way is best for me/ my family.   

The fabrics are currently only being shown & sold in one showroom in Virginia.  (And if you're a designer in Virginia, you can contact the Design Center of Northern Virginia for trade pricing.)  Like I mentioned, thery're being photographed at the end of August, so until then, I have no way to sell them without any pictures.  I will be sure to post as soon as they're online.

xoxo, Lauren

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Maria Killam said...

I recently re-covered a small ottoman in my Living room in an Eileen Kathryn Boyd fabric, she recently designed a line for Duralee. So eventually, I will have to do something in a Lauren Leiss Linen.
Love your designs Lauren, can't wait to see them all when they are up!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Can't wait! I would love to buy some, at least for pillows! Any plans on selling online for us who aren't in Virginia? {Used to live in Herndon too!}

Ruthie's Renewed Treasures said...

You are inspiriing us all!

The Glamorous Housewife said...

Lovely! I've really been enjoying watching you decorate this house.

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

kayce hughes said...

So beautiful!

Karena said...

Lauren I adore the curtains and the design. I am very excited to see your complete fabric line, how exciting!


Art by Karena

Sue O'Connell said...

Your fabrics look gorgeous, Lauren. I look forward to seeing more!
Also about your contemplating a new white paint - have you checked out Ellen Kennon's line of paints?She has fabulous colors, and some beautiful whites (JV White is great!)

Acquired Objects said...

I am so excited about your line since we're getting ready to renovate our bedroom and completely redecorate the upstairs....bring it into the 21st century! I want something fresh but not over the top, something that will live in the country and 18th century home and your line does it! I think your line is reasonably priced and don't sell your designs off! I've done that, sold to a designer who took the credit since they now owned the designs.

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Lauren- the Queen Anne's Lace looks just divine on the curtains. There's a lot of visual interest and diagonal patterns going on, there are so many ways to "look" at the fabric - very sophisticated!

Have a Happy Summer Day!


Lauren@BaylorSays... said...

Really, really pretty!! I actually prefer beautiful printed curtains to be blackout lined so that you can see the fabric. I love them and cannot wait to see more of your textiles...wonderful, natural vibe.

Baylor Says...

JNoPie said...

What a gorgeous fabric! It's been fun following this journey of yours! Thanks for keeping us posted!

under spanish moss said...

Lauren, we are so excited for you. We can't wait to see the entire line.
Angela and Renee

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Lauren, I am so in love with this fabric!! I am constantly amazed by you and your talent. Above all, your down to earth honesty. There's no doubt that your line will be very successful. It just can't not!!

author said...

Dear Lauren's Dad,

Please listen to your daughter regarding decorating your lake house. She is so talented and has perfect taste. Just let her do her thing!

A Fan

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

This looks like quite the "cottage"! Your new fabric design is beautiful, and if you'll take some advice from someone old enough to be your mother, stop saying you're not an artist, because you most certainly are. No need to be humble! You've got it girl!

alison said...


Any chance you might come up for adoption? I am willing to share custody with your dad and would not fight you a whit!

All the fabrics you've shown are beautiful and the Queen Anne's Bouquet is something special with the flowers individually and the pattern they create.

Oh how I wish your fabrics were available in cotton.

Christy Spearman said...

Any chance you will be offering them to designers that do not live in Virginia? We love you in Alabama!! :-)

Linda Merrill said...

Can't wait to see your whole collection. I would think that the Virginia showroom could sell out of state to designers? I've bought from showrooms in other states. Good luck!!

LindsB said...

I'm obsessed with that design, the queen anns lace is so you and so perfect- love love love it!