Friday, June 22, 2007

Old Fashioned Prints




For a few years now, certain prints have held our attention; graphic prints, prints with that 1960s/70s vibe, and exotic prints have reigned supreme. This is certainly not a criticism because I too have used many of these. That said, wouldn't it be nice if some of the "old fashioned" prints made a comeback? There are beautiful floral prints that were designed many, many years ago that are still just as charming today. Or what about document prints, which are reproductions of historical prints and patterns? Here are a few designs that truly are vintage (such as those from Secondhand Rose), some that were inspired by old prints, and others that are new but look old.


"Barley Twist" fabric by Robert Kime


"Sunburst" wallpaper by Robert Kime


"Marblehead" wallpaper by Tyler Hall. This print was inspired by an early 19th c. American document print.


"Nosegay" wallpaper by Tyler Hall, inspired by an 1850 English document.



Vintage sea creature wallpaper from Secondhand Rose


Vintage bird wallpaper from Secondhand Rose

Photo at top:
"Shannongrove Blue" fabric from Carleton Varney

15 comments:

  1. Love the bird wallpaper!

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  2. Style Court- I do too, rather like a novelty print!

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  3. Surely these will come back around - the "Shannongrove Blue" is terrific - I'm a sucker for floral chinz. Gambrel used a vintage nautical paper from Secondhand Rose in the closets in his Hamptons house and it is just the right thing.

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  4. KC- Those SG closets sound great! Bergdorf sold pillows last year in honor of the Dorothy Draper exhibit; the pillows were made from DD and Varney fabric designs and I believe they used Shannongrove.

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  5. Great post POC! Just love the bird wallpaper too.

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  6. We just love, love, love what you are doing!

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  7. Thanks House of B&C! I really appreciate the kind words!

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  8. I still just adore the old wallpaper I found this spring. It's got the silverleaf stripes on it.

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  9. Fairfax- I forgot about that! I loved the photo of it that you showed us.

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  10. ladyjicky6:35 PM

    Love the "nosegay" wallpaper. Just one wall in the bedroom - that would be enough. Pretty, Pretty.

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  11. I can imagine using these in a contemporary way on one wall too. Sort of like what Anna did in her daughter's bedroom. Very pretty!

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  12. I love the vintage bird wallpaper from Secondhand Rose!!
    XO
    Anna

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  13. I think you will be very happy about a certain spread in the August Domino :)

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  14. Courtney- I'm reading that now! Maybe these prints will make a comeback!

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