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DIY to Try: How To Make Your Own Mudcloth — Apartment Therapy Tutorial

My love affair with mudcloth is well documented. If you are unfamiliar with the stuff, mudcloth is a somewhat heavy fabric, sewn in strips, and dyed naturally with mud. It usually has a graphic pattern of geometric lines and dots, in high contrast black and white. Given the process of making it, it’s no surprise that the real deal is also somewhat expensive. But, since it’s handmade, it’s also a good DIY project, without worry about screwing up too much or making it “perfect.”

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Posted on Oct 11, 2017

These Pattern Trends That May Have Overstayed Their Welcome

Before getting down to business, I would like to say no disrespect to any of the prints featured in this article. They are all wonderful motifs in their own right, but for reasons ranging from over saturation to too many knock-off versions, 2017 may be the year to put down the palms. What do you think?

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Posted on Oct 3, 2017

It’s Officially Fall: The 15 Best Wool Blankets to Cozy Up With — Annual Guides 2017

There’s just something about fall that makes us want to snuggle up with a good book, a great cup of tea, and the best wool blanket money can buy. But because we don’t all have limitless budgets, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorites at a range of prices, even including a couple under $100. Why is wool worth the price, you ask? Prepare to meet the warmest, most durable, longest-lasting blanket you’ll ever own.

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Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Easy Ways to Hang a Tapestry In 20 Minutes or Less

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Let’s talk tapestries. They’re the perfect solution for that big empty wall, for helping sound proof thin walls, for replacing headboards when headboards aren’t an option, and they’re typically pretty renter-friendly art. Most can be hung with a simple dowel rod and a nail or two. Maybe you just inherited a piece from your grandmother, or stumbled upon a brilliantly patterned textile at the flea market, or maybe you made your own wall hanging. Either way, you’ll probably need to hang it. Here are a few easy ways to get that beautiful masterpiece up on the wall for all the world (or at least your houseguests) to see.

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Posted on Sep 16, 2017

Have We Reached Peak Moroccan?

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment everyone became obsessed with all things Moroccan—poufs, lanterns, tagines, tea tables. But when it comes to textiles, the picture is a little bit clearer. A few years ago, interiors with Beni Ourain rugs started popping up in shelter magazines (and on websites like this one!). Then in a watershed design moment, if you will, West Elm released the Souk Rug back in 2012 or so, and it was on.

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Posted on Sep 8, 2017

How To Dye Textiles With Coffee & Tea

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Staining or dying textiles with natural products such as coffee and tea is an inexpensive, non-toxic method for altering cloth. It’s an easy way to create a vintage look, or to disguise those badly stained kitchen towels—not to mention, the process smells a whole lot better than using commercial dyes!

Re-edited from a post originally published 1.2.2016 – AL


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Posted on Aug 13, 2017

The Unstoppable 2017 Textile Trends…and What’s Next

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Textiles can really make a room, but they can also be pretty polarizing once you’re talking patterns beyond a simple stripe or classic dot. Right now, there seems to be room for a little bit of everything in the world of fabric: old world toiles sit alongside bold geometrics at showrooms, and you can’t go far down the Pinterest rabbit hole without stumbling upon a global-inspired ikat or an African mudcloth.

Pillows and throws are easy enough to switch out a couple times a year, but when you’re talking upholstery, curtains and wall coverings, those are investments that need to last longer than a season or two. So we tapped three tastemakers with expertise in fabric—Wendy Estes, owner of online home decor boutiques Layla Grayce and Zinc Door , Kate Reynolds, co-owner of textile showroom Studio Four NYC , and Christina Bryant, founder and CEO of St. Frank —for intel on what’s going gangbusters now, what’s coming down the pipeline and what just won’t quit (but in a good way).

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Posted on Aug 10, 2017

8 Rooms That Masterfully Mix Patterns (& What You Can Learn From Them)

Are you a maximalist? Are you tired of all-white interiors? Are you the sort of person who would never mix two patterns together when you could mix three or four? If so, then this post is for you.

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Posted on Jul 31, 2017

Where to Buy: 15 Great Online Sources For On-Trend Fabric

Have a chair that’s been sitting around waiting for you to reupholster it (::cough : not guilty)? Want to cook up some new pillows for your sofa or bed? In need of some new draperies but looking for something just a little different? Well, we’ve got just the source guide for you. We’ve rounded up 15 fantastic online stores where you can find fabulous fabric selections (most of which have budget-friendly prices…with a few special sellers in the mix). And once you’ve gone through our list, please feel free to add some of your own secret sources in the comments below!

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Posted on Jul 27, 2017

8 Times Vintage Textiles Completely Made the Room

Vintage (and vintage looking) textiles are all the rage right now. Used as upholstery, on walls, floors, windows or accessories, they can add that much-needed dose of color, texture and pattern to a space. But what if your style veers more modern and crisp than global and eclectic? Fear not, you can still rock this trend—here are examples of spaces that rock vintage right.

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Posted on Jul 27, 2017

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