Pomp And Circumstance

Sir Mix A Lot

Posted in Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Circumstance on January 19, 2011

Miss Pomp and I were trying to pick fabrics for a tons-o throw pillows and furniture re-upholstering that we’re working on. And friends can I just say mixing patterns and fabrics is tricky. We had about 15 bolts of fabric spread out on some table, that I am sure the intention was for an actual working person to help customers, not for us two freaky freaks to stand and stare at fabrics for 30 minutes whilst trying to decide what the Jimmy Fallon works together and what doesn’t. On the Nate Berkus show the other day he did a segment on whites, and how you can do an entire room in various shades of white and ivory, but you gotta mix up textures for it to works. Leathers, nubby linens, wools, faux fur, all that stuff. Mix it all together. So that’s helpful.

Jonathan Adler’s Happy Chic book has some cool pictures in it that show you examples of mixing fabrics and patterns together-

I literally carried this book into the fabric store and carried it around so I could look at it and see what he put together. Like a little instruction sheet.


This lady knows how to bust out some crazy mixing. She’s a Ma’m-Mix-A-Lot. I’d be scared to put together what she did, but I love it. It’s super fresh and unique, and somehow not chaotic. It’s really cohesive.

Here’s some other images to get your brains stretched to venture out of the world of the expected and into the unknown territory of mixing things that don’t seem to actually go together!

By the way, all those fabrics above are from LS Fabrics. I wasn’t familiar with this company by name, but was poking around their site and recognized several of their fabrics from local fabric stores. But……..they have way better ones on this site than I’ve ever seen in any store. What’s up with that?!


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  1. Ky said, on January 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Fabric companies will often market several different lines. Usually they reserve the best product for sale to the trade only. (Read: EXPENSIVE!) Sometimes fabric mills will manufacture under a few different names as well. Trick is to know who’s-who. It can get confusing, even to those in the business. If you’re interested, I can direct you to a few stores who might be able to source for you. Each store’s specific stock is chosen by their buyer.

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