Design Crush: Furniture with Fabric Texture

May 15th, 2013

A few years ago I toured some local model homes and spied a beautiful media cabinet in a townhome with inset grasscloth panels – yum!  Since then I’ve been a fan of pieces of furniture that incorporate fabric or organic texture into the design, be it linen or grasscloth or burlap, and even animal skin.

grasscloth panels on furniture


I’m inspired by anyone who can pull off a great DIY version too, check out this dresser covered in grasscloth and nailhead trim! Find the this detailed tutorial at Elsee blog – she transformed a simple Hemnes dresser into a chic changing table, wow!

elsee blog ikea hemnes with grasscloth


I see a lot of high end furniture with fabric texture out in the marketplace and my mind is always clicking into the “bet you could DIY for less” mode. I absolutely love this Bretton Console from Jayson Home by at $950 it’s pricey. To create the look for less, combine this $69 Parsons console with burlap and upholstery tacks and you could end up with a fabulous knock off.

linen console look for less


… or apply a similar (but more detailed) treatment to a $299 Birkeland dresser from IKEA to achieve the look of the $2,400 Magdalena dresser from Horchow. Patience required! magdalena inspired ikea hack

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Takeaway Tuesday: Southampton Living Room

May 14th, 2013

Hello all, how’s it going? Yesterday was Matt’s birthday so we went out to dinner and a movie, and how cute is the chocolate cake my girl made for her daddy? So sweet! We saw Gatsby last night and I was left feeling ‘meh’ about it – loved all the clothing and cars and all the swoon worthy art deco settings but the story felt a little empty. What did you think?

Today I wanted to share a beautiful room decorated by designer Steven Gambrel, I’m such a huge fan of his work – his spaces are flawless. This living room appeals to me for its ocean hues but also for these five takeaways.

southampton cottage sr gambrel

To see more of this gorgeous room and tour the beautiful Southampton home, visit Steven’s portfolio.

southampton cottage chairs and table sr gambrel


Interior design & images courtesy of S.R. Gambrel

What do you love about this room?