How To Select Fabrics: Four Important Tips

I love fabrics!  It's my favorite part of the job.   I've used this linen in green before…but look how fresh it is in pink, too.

 I was just in the Lee Jofa showroom checking out the beautiful new Suzanne Kasler fabrics…giving me ideas for my own home.

When YOU are considering fabrics for throw pillows, curtains, bedding, etc. consider:

1.  What are your favorite colors?  What makes you happy or relaxed?  What colors are in your closet?
These are from Beacon Hill…pretty!  And I love that Echo Design Trim From Kravet.

2.  Do you like pattern?  No pattern is nice too.  But if you like it normally mix: 
 a small, 
a medium and 
a large pattern...
and you can replace one of those with a solid. 

 My talented friend, Debbie did that here.
So did Phoebe Howard below.
Patterns can be traditional or modern.  I like a little of both. 
This is a project that Liana is working on... so pretty.

3.  Think about it!  Can you live with it?  When I am showing a client fabrics and she/he says "It may grow on me."  I immediately toss it in the reject pile.  You should like it almost right away! 
There are too many good ones from which to choose.  I leave the "Yes" pile with the client to think about for a few days.  You can't return custom pillows, curtains, wallpaper, etc.
This is going to be a lumbar pillow on a green chair.

But you can usually return retail pillows, bedding, etc.   I suggest leaving the the tags on and saving the receipt to make sure you like it.
WS Home  They are having a sale right now.
4.  Make sure the fabric "has a good hand."  Basically meaning it feels good.  I like natural fabrics like linen, cotton, velvets...but if it has synthetic properties (good for durability and/or stain resistance) and feels good ...it's a keeper.

Here is an example: The soft Perennials cloth is going on Carolyn's new kitchen window seat.  Normally, I would be afraid of white in the kitchen--but this is stain resistant.   The other fabrics will be pillows (which you will see it eventually).

Last week, I met two friends for Afternoon Tea at the Palace Hotel. I think the tea is more elaborate on the weekends but look and the edible flowers on the sandwiches... 
 What is it about having a tea party that makes you feel like a grown-up?

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That's a tongue twister!  Lisa, Kris, Jennifer and Pam invited me to be a guest for their monthly link party: Best of The Nest.  It's where they share their inspirational projects. 

 I look forward to it every month, so it's fun for me to be here now.  We want to see YOUR favorite project from April with the link party at the end of the post.

My favorite April project that (pleasantly) surprised my husband was our dining room refreshHe didn't know I was doing it and I should have done it sooner!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light
Lisa is making over her client's living room by giving new life to old pieces like this mirror.  Nice on the budget and the environment. Check it out.  She has a fun chalkboard idea, too!

Kris @ Driven by Décor 
I love the acrylic drapery rod with brass hardware that Kris installed in her home office!  Super stylish (I pinned it)…find out how she did it.

Pam @ Simple Details 
Pam's living room refresh is a mix of fresh, traditional and eclectic …cool and collected!  And she is The Master at Craigslist. I learn from Pam all the time.

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
You can see most of Jennifer's colorful home with her spring home tour! She has lots of great advice to help you create a home you will love. 

Now it's your turn!!
Share and inspire with your ONE BEST 
art/craft project, tablescape, room design, home improvement or recipe from April.

Not a blogger? Join us on Instagram by using the hashtag #bestofthenestparty 
and tagging at least one of the link party hosts:
Lisa (@lisashineyourlight)
Kris (@drivenbydecor)
Pam (@pamsimpledetails)
Jennifer (@jenniferdimplesandtangles)
Mary Ann (@classiccasualhome)

LINK TO YOUR POST URL, not your blog home page.
the best of your nest! (additional links will automatically get deleted :( )

Thanks, Lisa, Kris, Pam and Jennifer for inviting me to your party!