If Fabric Could Heal

Sometimes when I am sick I feel like my body is betraying me. I mean really, back to back colds when both kids are sick? Or perhaps it is just my body’s way of saying, “slow down!!!”.

I mentioned recently that I have been on a DIY blitz but do I really need to take care of the kids, sew a pillow, re-finish two chairs, paint the hallway, go to yoga, do my course work and reupholster a stool this week?

Right. Prioritize. Change the poopy diaper before a rash develops, re-finish the chair before the upholsterer needs it, get the homework done before class. The rest can wait…at least until the kids and I are fully recovered.

I struggle with slowing down when there is so much I want to get done, which is why I was at the fabric store, kids in tow, three times last week even though we were (are) all sick. But I tell you! If fabric could heal, I would be dancing a jig right now because what a selection! It blew my mind how much new fabric is out and I am in love with several new patterns that I want to share.

It is no wonder, given that emerald green is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2013, that there are some stunning new fabrics featuring this colour:

A faux bois print might not be for everyone but I think this pattern, in this colour, is straight up fun times.

A faux bois print might not be for everyone but I think this pattern, in this colour, is straight up fun times. I think it would be a great twist to put it on an antique chair. Malakos emerald print

landsmeer linen

I love this funky print. I am planning on buying a green chaise for our play area, and some throw pillows in this fabric will be perfect! Landsmeer linen in emerald

I am always a sucker for florals. In fact, I have them in every room of my home save Charlie’s nursery.

This pattern is simple and fun. I think it could work great in a nursery or on some trow pillows in the living room. Great colours to select from for the rest of your decor. Delft print tracy

This pattern is simple and fun. I think it could work great in a nursery or on some throw pillows in the living room. Great colours to select from for the rest of your decor. Delft print tracy

Robert Allen is a consistent favorite of mine. I love how he designs florals with birds in them, and this time dragons! It's so whimsical.

Robert Allen is a consistent favorite of mine. I love how he designs florals with birds in them, and this time dragons! It’s so whimsical. Ming dragon, Robert Allen for Dwell Studio

I love the following fabric but it in no way fits into my home’s decor: too bad!  I almost bought some to make pillows out of to sell on etsy just so I could handle it and enjoy the pattern.

Wouldn't this be fantastic on a upholstered ottoman in a white room with only accents of colour! Orchid print aurora mutli-colour

Wouldn’t this be fantastic on an upholstered ottoman in a white room with only accents of colour! Orchid print aurora mutli-colour

My sister recently did a post on her blog about designer Philip Lim’s funky and fuzzy new sweaters and skirts. This fabric was another reminder to me that fashion and interior design trends walk side by side.

This fabric is so fun to handle with it's "fuzzy wuzzy" detailing. Honestly, I don't know where I would use it besides on a pillow but it is pretty awesome. Modern ikat pool

This fabric is so fun to handle with it’s “fuzzy wuzzy” detailing. Honestly, I don’t know where I would use it besides on a pillow but it is pretty awesome. Modern ikat pool

Ah, I would like to say that reviewing these beauties for you has been thoroughly therapeutic, but while lying in my bed and typing is lovely, my pillow beckons my aching head. Adieu my friends. Hope that these lovelies have inspired you to head to the fabric store and check out what is new and fantastic.

(FYI, if you are planning on buying fabric consider checking Fabricana rather than places like Chintz and Arlenes. I find the price of fabric per yard is often $5-$10 cheaper there and it is the exact same thing.)

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