“Color is fundamental, it’s beautiful.
It enriches our lives.” - Carolyn Quartermaine
I have been head-over-heels in love with French Script fabrics for ages - ever since I saw this type of fabric on a French chair in a design magazine many years ago. It was Carolyn Quartermaine's fabric - love at first sight. It's not just the French aspect - it's her use of color and pattern with the script that is so engaging. Her clear, beautiful hues make whatever they are covering the star of the room. The script also lends a textural quality to the fabrics.
I was probably drawn to her fabrics because I see "artist" written all over her work (pardon the pun). In fact, she is an artist and she started out using 17th century French calligraphy, that she found and was attracted to, in her artwork that she exhibited in galleries. You can read a great interview with her on Haute Home
Above you'll see her "Flowers" collection. It's feminine, colorful and romantic - it makes me want to start on my Master Bedroom right away. We can all use a little extra romance in our lives, right?
How can you bring this feeling into your home - without the large pricetag?
While there's nothing like the real thing, you can bring the feeling of her fabrics into your home without spending an arm and a leg. I've purchased several pillows and chairs with some lovely French Script fabric at HomeGoods and other discount stores. So, be on the lookout. You can score some beautiful finds without breaking the bank.
I used these French Script chairs I found in Home Goods recently in a home in Belle Terre NY
I've seen some great pillows with French Script in the Ballard catalogue - and they also sell the fabric there as well. It's a bit pricey - but I did find a less expensive version (I think it's $19.98 per yard) at Lewis & Sheron fabrics. A big Thank You to Joni Webb of Cote de Texas for introducing me to this store.
Put this beautiful, but more budget-friendly fabric, on a painted chair or splash it on your dining room table - with a vase of red roses, antique candlesticks and set the table with gold chargers and colorful dinnerware - and you'll have the recipe for a colorful room...for less.
Let me know if you have used any French Script fabrics in your home. Would love to see your photos. If you would like some help in getting this look, call me at 631 793-1315.
Live your best "Colorful Life!"