The history of Fortuny is rich with romance, intrigue, pigment and pattern. Mariano Fortuny, originally from Spain, first created fabrics for the fashion industry, with the help of his Parisian model and muse Henriette Negrin who later became his wife. New York interior designer Elsie McNeill Lee saw Fortuny’s fabrics hanging in the Carnavalet Museum in Paris and fell in love with [Read more…] about Fortuny
Working on a project with a master bedroom that promises to be heavenly and peaceful. It will be a symphony of blues, whites, textures and patterns. Here is a sneak peek of color and pattern:
The great thing about this fabric is that it is completely customizable color wise. The paint will be Farrow and Ball, because they create unparalleled range and depth of color.
Anyway, thought I would share. So far so good, it is going to be gorgeous!
Last week the owner of Fortuny was in Dallas to present the latest colorways of the legendary fabric line, the Colourismo Collection. The pigments are as glorious as ever- think Hermes tie kind of purity of color. No surprise, because the namesake Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) was an artist of the genius level, who even made his own dyes, paints and brushes. All bright and fresh, the Colourismo fabrics will definitely inspire. I have chosen a few to share:
I chose this one because it is a classic Fortuny design in what appears to be the color of the year!
I love the fresh happy colors in this leaf design. All colorways are great of this.
This happy design is just so charming and whimsical. Fortuny, always a classic, seems to be updating and staying with the times beautifully. If you would like more information on patterns, colors or pricing, please contact us.
What are your thoughts on these fabrics? Do they inspire you? Do you feel that they would work in contemporary settings as well as traditional? Share your thoughts…
With April Fools day right around the corner,
How funny is this Louis XV style armchair in “marble” digitally printed fabric?!
Panels…or wallpaper….? I love this! See more here.
If you have any examples of CLEVER INTERIOR DESIGN, please share! Send photos to Courtney Price Design and we will do another post. Have a great, humor filled day!
Thread Count is the number of threads per square inch in the woven fabric of your Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton Bedding.
Manufacturers from many countries such as Egypt, China, Portugal, India and others are standardly using 2-ply or multiple-ply threads up to 4-ply, claiming the Thread Count (TC) of their Egyptian Cotton Sheets and Duvets to be double to quadruple what we consider to be the true value in the U.S. While this may seem trivial on the surface level, the impact is substantial in the quality of product you’re receiving. Rather than using one single-ply, Long Yarn Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton fiber of excellence, the cheapest fibers are instead twisted together to create a longer “thread.”
So what does this mean to you as a consumer? For starters, it means that your new set you thought was, say, “1000” TC is most likely truly only 250TC to 500TC. Worse yet, it will most likely feel and wear like lesser quality than a domestic 180TC set.
An excellent set is designed to last years, while cheaper sets are usually worn through in less than 365.
Fiber length is crucial in determining the quality and longevity of your new sheets, but a difficult factor to decipher as a consumer. These short fibers cause roughness, pilling or have surface balling, and result in extremely poor wear.
A good start point of ruling out short fiber sets is to review the package for information about ply. Any reference to the product containing a multiple ply, such as 2-ply or 4-ply, is your immediate tip-off that the item you are reviewing is usually comprised of shorter fibers. Because ply involves twisting threads together in order to create a long fiber, you’ll logically know that the necessity of fibers being twisted together to create length means that the fibers used are fairly short.
The bottom line is that you get what you pay for…. So if it seems too good to be true, it likely is. Good sheets are more expensive, worth it, and get better as the years go by.
Tips for finding good sheets:
If you prefer a crisp sheet, choose a percale weave, which is typically just a 200 thread count to 300 thread count.
For a soft, silky sheet, choose a sateen weave, which is usually 500 to 600 in thread count.
Price counts: Price is a good indicator of whether a sheet really is the thread count you want. Remember, cheap sheets are susceptible to shrinking.
While on the topic of price, you might want to take advantage of the D. Porthault sale (bedding pictured above), which ends February 4… up to 80% off.
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