The Organization of a Fabric Library

January 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

A while back I reorganized the fabric library, stepping up the efficiency at the office by quite a few notches. Now that it has been a while, I can safely say that this method works rather wonderfully.

We dig through these drawers constantly, so excuse the mess.

Fabric Library

Fabrics are stored in labeled, pull out drawers and are broken down by color: blue, blue green, green, yellow, orange, neutrals, metallic, and so on. Fabrics with multiple colors are broken down by type, such as florals, geometric, ikat/abstract, stripes, embroidery, and probably a few others. Then there are outdoor fabrics, leathers and sheers. There was one client whose design was very brown and blue oriented, so the brown blue combinations have their own drawers.

Folding Fabrics Savannah Bleue

Fabrics are folded so that the fold is facing up. If possible, tags are on the outside, rather than folded in so that the vendor and pattern numbers are visible without unfolding. If the fabric is a stripe, the fabric is folded with the stripes vertical so you can see right away that it is a stripe. Fabric cards have there own drawer. If space allowed it, fabric cards would be broken into color as well.

yellow fabrics

For me, this method is perfect. If I am working with a specific color scheme, and looking for say, something purple, I can go to the purple drawer, pull it out and set it on the work table to sort through and find what I’m looking for.

Lastly, there is a ‘go-backs’ box. Its actually an ottoman that has a top that lifts off. All of the fabrics that have been pulled out and are no longer in use go into the ottoman and later, our lovely assistant sorts through it and puts the fabrics back in their drawers. Voila, perfect system.


And this is my sweet Wheaten Terrier keeping me company at the office.

Lovely Herringbone Floors

January 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

I have a design crush on wood herringbone floors, really herringbone anything. I’m especially fond of wide planked, slightly worn herringbone floors that make you think of beautiful French apartments, or more traditionally, European chateaus. I find herringbone patterns very elegant, yet masculine, which strikes a nice balance.

Todd Romano

Todd Romano

Herringbone and chevron patterns are often used interchangeably but they are not the same, although I do love both.  The herringbone pattern has staggered planks where as the chevron’s planks meet at a center line. Chevrons are cut on the diagonal while herringbone is not.

Chevron vs. Herringbone

Chevron vs. Herringbone


Levenson McDavid Architects

french herringbone


herringbone hallway

Chevron 3

Chevron entry

herringbone and star

whited painted chevron floors

herringbone wood grey floors

Trije Architeki


Beautiful chevron floors


Alberto Pinto

January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

A designer born in Argentina and based in Paris was a recipe for one unique and beautiful style. Alberto Pinto’s designs were luxurious with rich, bold color schemes, over scaled patterns and a Middle Eastern flair. He had an eye for mixing different patterns and styles of various eras, making for a interesting, layered design that I find so appealing. I am especially inspired by his comfort with color and his details. I love the details, in any design, and Alberto Pinto does a beautiful job, especially in the details of doors, cabinets, windows, molding and so on.

I love the detail of the windows and the bold green sofa.

I love the detail of the windows and the bold green sofa.

Architectural details

Architectural details

Mixing patterns

Mixing patterns

Eastern meets victorian meets english

Eastern meets Victorian meets English

Pinks and purples nicely done

Pinks and purples nicely done

Door and cabinet details

Door and cabinet details

Bold stripes

Bold stripes and molding details

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