Staff Pick: Duralee’s Leopard Velvet Fabric

As part of a new blog series, we’re featuring fabric and wallpaper hand-picked by the DecoratorsBest staff. Read on for the first selection!

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If you spend even half the amount of time reading design blogs and shelter magazines as I do, I’m fairly certain you’ve seen this fabric before.

Duralee Leopard Print Velvet Fabric DV61206-600 Black Camel

This leopard print cotton velvet is an internet superstar, making frequent appearances in the homes of some the most fabulous and popular design bloggers and designers across the globe. I’m certainly not immune to its feline charms, so I rounded up my favorite photos featuring Duralee’s DV61206-600 fabric.

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Moody Lustre: Dark Shades with Metallic Accents

Now that autumn is in full effect, we start to gravitate towards deeper colors and plush materials. To pull off a moody yet livable vibe, use fabric or wallpaper with a subtle sheen to reflect the light and brighten the room, while still maintaining a sultry appeal.

Fabricut Velvet Lounge Collection
Fabricut Velvet Lounge Collection
Once exclusively reserved for royalty, velvet is now a fabric that adds luxury in any application. Fabricut’s Velvet Lounge collection features distressed and lustrous textures atop jewel tones. The dialog of light and shade within each of these velvets has us speechless!


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New Collections Inspired by Southern Charm

This fall, we’re exploring new collections from Lee Jofa, Schumacher, and York that embody the relaxed, refined aesthetic of the American South: traditional yet casual patterns that are comfortable to live with, have an understated sense of grandeur, and sometimes even a touch of romance.

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Lee Jofa Bunny Williams Living Room

Renowned tastemaker, Bunny Williams, pulled inspiration for her first fabric line with Lee Jofa from her personal collection of cherished textiles, her appreciation for gracious Southern living, and her love of unexpected combinations. “I thought of this collection in the same way I think about putting together a scheme for a room,” Bunny said. “I like to mix traditional prints with modern designs to keep a room fresh and timeless.”

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Southern Hospitality: Entertain in Style

DecoratorsBest is based in New York City, but we have a genuine appreciation for the welcoming, gracious atmosphere of a southern home. From the front door to the back porch, every corner is designed with guests in mind. Whether you’re based in San Diego or Savannah, read on: we’re sharing advice and ideas from some of the best designers and hostesses in the South, and they can be applied anywhere!

Jan Showers

Dallas sun room designed by Jan Showers - photo by Eric Piasecki

Dallas-based designer Jan Showers shared decorating tips with Traditional Home and suggested that readers encourage their guests to linger with functional seating areas.

“Every chair deserves a table! Make sure you include a table next to your sofa and chairs to hold a glass, coffee cup, or book. There is nothing worse to me than seeing a chair that is nowhere near a table.”

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Decorating with Trends: Olive Green

One of this fall’s trends is inspired by one of our favorite garnishes: the green olive. The shade is surprisingly versatile, pairing well with blues, pinks, peaches and yellows. Check out some of our favorite combinations below!

Olive and Animal Print

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Many animal print aficionados consider zebra to be a neutral, so it’s no surprise that it combines so effortlessly with gold accents, leaf-print pillows and several shads of green. The deep olive on the walls of this dining room add some gravitas alongside the exotic rug.

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Into the Woods: Enchanted Fairy Tale Decor

Who doesn’t want to live in a fairy tale? Beyond the charming princes and the guaranteed happy endings, the interior decor is always gorgeous. Palatial estates, lush forests, cozy cottages and mysterious and mystical turrets? Sign us up.

Cole Son Whimsical Woods and Stars

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Behind the Set: The Decor of Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time returned to ABC on Sunday, and after a shocking premiere, we can’t wait to see what the fifth season has in store – not only for our favorite fairy tale characters, but for the always-creative interiors of Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest. Today, we’re looking back at some of the sets from Season 4.

Elsa and Anna Castle

Season 4 opened up with a visit to Arendelle, where Elsa and Anna were visiting an old dressing room in the castle.

Elsa from Frozen in Once Upon a Time

One of the highlights? We got a peek at Anna trying on her mother’s beautiful wedding gown in preparation for her marriage to Kristoff. That stunning sheer drapery isn’t too shabby, either.

Anna from Frozen in wedding dress on Once Upon a Time

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Shape Up with Geometric Patterns

Whether they’re inspired by Art Deco, M.C. Escher or a garden trellis, geometrics are some of the most versatile patterns to use in your home. And with brand new collections chock full of shapes, there’s no time like the present!

Schumacher Miles Redd Collection

Schumacher Miles Redd Collection

In designer Miles Redd’s new collection for Schumacher, he mixed a sophisticated chinoiserie print with art-deco-inspired patterns like tumbling blocks. Who says geometrics can only be used in modern decor? Try combining them with florals and other feminine designs for a chic, effortless blend.

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