Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Williamsburg Brand New Fabrics - Sneak Peak

Last week I received the most incredible box of fabric samples.  Now mind you, I am a total fabric lover and receive boxes of fabrics all the time, but this particular collection blew my socks off.   WILLIAMSBURG and licensee PK Lifestyles are launching a new collection of dramatic multicultural chinoiserie- and vintage Asian-inspired textiles, that fit in with the chinoiserie-chic trend that is so popular.  

The new collection is called WILLIAMSBURG Classics IV Collection.  

If you were at Showtime this past June you may have already seen this beautiful line.  If you weren't lucky enough to attend Showtime, hopefully you will enjoy my little preview.  The collection features printed linens and sophisticated wovens that draw on Chinese, Indian and British decorative motifs taken from the archives of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Fresh colors and on-trend designs translate the old-world inspiration for the modern home.

The collections prints were inspired by antique Chinese wallpaper and include
 vivid Chinese foo dogs and chinoiserie toiles. The ‘Dunmore Dragons’ linen takes its print from a delft bowl in the Colonial Williamsburg collection, and is characterized by dragon-like tigers in arresting colors like cinnabar and rich turquoise. The geometric ‘Lamerie Lattice’ echoes a 1740s English silver ‘wickerwork’ fruit basket with an interwoven fretwork pattern.

Woven fabrics include Kashmiri-inspired matelassé, Georgian geometric patterns, classic moiré, and bold baroque embroidery. ‘Goa Garden’ is a subtle neutral matelassé woven in patterns of 17th-century Indian textiles and mixes effortlessly with a variety of décor styles. ‘Hampton Scroll,’ a herringbone twill linen with a bold embroidered pattern, is reminiscent of the wrought iron gates at the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City.

I have always been in love with Colonial Williamsburg.   Bracken House Blue and Biscuit,  both of which are Williamsburg historical colors, graced the walls of my first home.  I have attended the "Groaning Board Feast" at Christmas.  I mastered the art of fresh florals wreaths and centerpieces with fruit.  I even own an apple cone!   One might say:  I grew up studying Colonial Williamsburg colors, fabrics, decorations, and architecture.  I have a photo album from 1980, filled with pictures of the historical homes when I visited there.  As my design style has evolved, Colonial Williamsburg Brand's style has evolved as well.  I like to think of myself as neoclassical which when translated into design talk means classic bones presented in an updated way.  That description is exactly what I think the Williamsburg brand is all about.   The Williamsburg brand draws its inspiration from history, but creates fabrics and furnishings that are updated for today's interiors.  I like to think I do the same in my projects, so my design philosophy is perfectly aligned with the Williamsburg Brand. 
You may remember I recently posted about the new Williamsburg Paint Collection with Benjamin Moore here.  

Shhhh.... I'll let you in on a little secret.... 

(I am using some of the fabrics(and a few other Williamsburg Brand items as well)
 in an upcoming project in my home).  Can't wait for you to see!!!!

 Get Ready to Feast your eyes on the beauty of WILLIAMSBURG Brand's newest collection!

Left to right clockwise:  Asian Arcadia, Dunmore Dragons, Bray Flamestitch
 and Lamerie Lattice in Sapphire colorway.

Asian Arcadia, Lamerie Lattice, Bray Flamestitch in Cinnabar colorway

Asian Arcadia, Lamerie Lattice, Dunmore Dragons and Scroll in Lagoon and Citron colorway

Asian Arcadia, Lamerie Lattice, Bray Flamestitch, Dunmore Dragon and Lancashire in 
Black Orchid and white colorway

Lamerie Lattice in Sepia, Asian Arcadia and Bray Flamestitch in Persimmon

Lamerie Lattice in Sepia, Asian Arcadia in Porcelain, Dunmore Dragons in Sepia and Bray Flamestitch in Silverbirch.

I must admit I took a shine to the Dunmore Dragons' fabric....



Black Orchid



 Lamerie Lattice geometric pattern echoes a 1740s English silver ‘wickerwork’ fruit basket with an interwoven fretwork pattern.

Sapphire Colorway

Cinnabar colorway

Persimmon colorway

Citron Colorway

Sepia Colorway

 Hampton Scroll fabric was inspired by @Colonial Williamsburg Governor's Palace gates and is available in six color ways

Georgia Geometric is available in six colorways.

Lancashire is available in five color ways.

Palace Moire is available in twelve color ways.

What are your favorite patterns and colors? Can you guess what I'm going to pick?

Do you love these fabrics as much as I do?  What about Colonial Williamsburg?
Are you entranced with the history of Colonial Williamsburg?  If you haven't looked lately, make sure to check out Colonial Williamsburgs new licensed products with Capel Rugs, Global Views, and Robert Abbey  to name a few. All available through Lisa Mende Design.


“The inspiration drawn from Colonial Williamsburg is like a treasure chest of exotic jewels,” Pam Maffei-Toolan, P/K Lifestyles’ Vice President of Design, said. “Each pattern is unique in design, color, and fabrication.”

“P/K Lifestyles’ extraordinary design team channels exciting inspiration from around the world when they develop textiles inspired by Colonial Williamsburg’s amazing design archive,” WILLIAMSBURG Licensing Manager Liza Gusler said.

The collection will be available through Robert Allen and specialty retailers across the country. The printed fabrics are 100% linen and retail for $30-$35 per yard. Woven and embroidered textiles retail for $60-$75 per yard.

Williamsburg Brand Products are inspired by the global chic characteristics of 18th century decorative arts, but updated for today's lifestyle. As the preeminent leader of American style, The Williamsburg brand includes over 40 licensees which produce over 7,000 products under the Williamsburg and Williamsburg Reserve brands.  It operates 20 retail stores and website, Sales of WILLIAMSBURG products support the preservation, research and educational programs of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit center for history and citizenship that oversees the restored colonial capital in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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  1. Those fabrics are just fantastic!!!! I can't wait to see what you do with them!

    1. Can't wait to show you in person! We definitely will be using these in the studio!

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    1. Holly, the are even better in person. My photos don't show how good the colors are! oxox

  3. What a gorgeous new line! They are refreshing and brilliant. I need to get my hands on those! xo Nancy

    1. Nancy, even better in person! Will soon be out and available!!! You will die!! They are fab!!

  4. You will definitely bring the wow to that space. Love the photograph. Can't wait to see this one finished.
    Interior Design

  5. Already specifying the paint colors. Hadn't seen the fabrics. Love them!

    1. Love the paints and are using them in the project too Debbie, aren't they great?


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