This past week I re-decorated the back porch.
I took down the black and white curtains and replaced the black and white rugs and recovered the black and white patterned pillows.
It was a labor of love.
And when I was finished and all that neutral and natural fibers and monograms and textures and calm and serenity and joy stared back at me….
….and I hugged myself.
Not just because the crickets were chirping.
Not just because drop cloths and monograms go perfectly with white chippy wood.
Not just because the ceiling fan was finally clean.
I hugged myself and the pillows on that back porch because I finally get to tell you what I’ve been waiting six long months to share.
Wait a minute.
I need a sip of coffee first for an announcement like this.
I feel like I need a drum roll.
Or a megaphone.
Or a flag-covered podium for the announcement.
Because guess what?
It’s an amazing, wonderful, incredible, pinch-myself-because-do-they-realize-I’m-just-a-girl-with-a-farmhouse-in-Kentucky thing.
This porch is decorated with fabrics from my NEW FABRIC LINE!!!!!!!!!
It won’t be available until Spring of 2016 when you will be able to buy it at a retailer near you.
But for now….here’s a sneak peek.
There are florals and stripes and geometrics and swirls and it’s an eclectic mix of pattern and color and design.
It’s called Simply Eclectic by Thistlewood Farms and I designed it in partnership with Hoffman Fabrics. You can read all about the partnership on their website here.
Here’s some design boards that I put together for an overall view of the line.
Here are the khaki patterns.
There are six patterns in three neutral color ways.
There’s a geometric, an overall pattern, a stripe, a smaller scale design, a swirl and a floral.
Here’s the same patterns in the gray.
And here’s the same patterns in a deep, rich indigo.
For a neutral girl, this one ended up being my favorite.
I love pairing the navy with the gray and the khaki.
And just in case you need a little color, we also added a few colors, like cranberry and orange and lime green, to the line in a few of the different patterns.
Months and months and months ago, Hoffman approached me and asked if I would be interested in partnering with them on a new fabric line.
They are known for their quilting fabrics and they were interested in branching into the home decor market and needed a partner to help bridge the gap.
It has been an amazing experience.
And when we were planning the line, I remembered an old quilt I inherited from my grandmother that her grandmother made for her from old clothes and fabrics. Her mother tucked it around her under it for her family’s trip out west.
And the quilt is covered in…..wait for it…..
….swirls and florals and stripes and patterns all cut into tiny triangles bursting with color.
My grandmother was a storyteller and oh…..the stories she and that quilt could tell.
Now, here’s to a new quilts and new home decor and new fabrics and new stories.
And I can’t wait to write each and every chapter.
I love you Miss Ione. 🙂
PS We are making the fabric into home decor kits as well that will be for sale at a local retailer near you.
PPS If you are going to be in the Houston area in a couple of weeks for quilt and fabric market, I’ll be in the Hoffman row at the end of the aisle.
The booth looks just like a farmhouse.
There are giant oversize windows with curtains and a farmhouse bed full of pillows and a dining room table decorated with the fabric.
Stop by for a story or two. 🙂
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