Flora & Fauna

Houston-based Tribute Goods' silk cashmere throw

Buds, Bugs, Bulbs    I like to think of myself as a minimalist and a modernist, but I'm having a bit of an identity crisis. Fabrics, wallpapers, and decorative elements with flowers, foliage, bugs, and animals have always charmed me. Rooms can be lavishly layered with these elements, or simply styled to showcase one or two, and still feel modern. This post is an homage to some of my recent favorites — and they're all available in Texas. 

Azuma Makoto does crazy things with flowers, including encasing 
them in Lucite. At Grange Hall.

 Christian Lacroix fabrics and wallpapers reinvent historical botanicals of centuries past with gardens that look as if grown on steroids — or acid. 
At ID Collection in Dallas and Houston.

Porcelain dinnerware by Jeffrey Bilhuber for De Gournay is conceived 
by the famed interior designer, then created entirely by hand by artisans 
at legendary Jingdezhen studios. At Culp Associates in Dallas and Houston.

Alex Mason's beguiling Flora painting is sold at Blue Print Gallery in Dallas.

Nothing says Southern like wisteria. The vine with its wispy tendrils 
of lavender tends to run wild wherever it's planted. 
For your bed, at Codarus in Dallas and that bastion of the South, Atlanta. 

Houston artist Liz Marsh's Eden collection of lamps, which have been featured in Architectural Digest, are like nothing else out there. Snake charmers for sure.

You can't pigeonhole Matthew Williamson, who has done everything from fabrics to furniture, to sunglasses. He recently did the bridal suite at one of England's most remarkable places, Aynhoe Park. His beautiful fabrics are available at ID Collection in Dallas and Houston.

Matthew Williams fabrics

One of the most famous foliage wallpaper designs of all time, Brazilliance, by Dorothy Draper. Carlton Varney, her longtime business partner, is continuing her legacy by producing her wallpapers and fabrics. They're carried at Ken Kehoe in Houston.

Schuyler Samperton pictured with her fabric designs. She's based in Los Angeles, 
but her suzani-and botanical-inspired textiles are very much in line with 
what we love in Texas. Her line is sold through James in Dallas.

Schuyler Samperton fabric

Alexander McQueen's Chiaroscuro rug for The Rug Company is like a having a Dutch painting underfoot. I can see this as the focal point of a minimal loft, can't you? 
Follow the link to see a beautiful video on it.