Saturday, March 22, 2014

Chintz is Back in Bloom!

The April issue of Southern Living contains a charming feature on chintz, including four fabulous designers and their take on this timeless pattern. Chintz, "the proverbial well-bred Southern lady of the decorating world," lends an air of traditional nostalgia to today's surroundings - whether contemporary, hip, chic, or glamorous.

Love these fabrics? Find their names and more here.  

Barrie Benson selected Carleton Varney's Fazenda Lilly, an iconic Greenbrier Resort chintz, to soften the lines on these masculine mid-century chairs by adding a feminine touch. The use of black injects a bit of whimsical edge. 

Lauren Leiss selected Pyne Hollyhock Print in Tobacco by Schumacher, showing how chintz can add a lively touch even when used in soothing tones. 

Ruthie Sommers loves chintz because it combines two of her favorite subjects: color and nature. "And it is such a happy fabric," she said.  The use of chintz makes this library less serious. The bamboo-edged, red upholstered walls and yellow lacquered ceiling are in keeping with chintz's lighthearted personality. 

Celerie Kemble uses chintz to pull together a room's color pallet. "It will give you a complete range of harmonious hues," she said.  She also loves mixing multiple chintz patterns.  "The more chintz there is in a room, the less any one fabric will dominate."

Bring a little chintz into your life this spring with these lovely, ladylike items! 

Do you have a favorite chintz pattern? I love them all, but at the top of my list are several by Carleton Varney... I just love Barrie's Dorothy Draper-esque room above!  Click here to read the entire feature from Southern Living, also available on newsstands. 


  1. I JUST finished reading the article in this month's magazine and it made my heart smile! I love Chintz and LOVED the examples in the article. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend! xoxo

  2. Yes it is, I told a friend a few years back that the younger ladies will find a way to mix it with modern and make it chic again!!

  3. So glad chintz is back! I have always been a fan!! It's like having a year round garden in bloom :) xo

  4. What beautiful fabrics...perfect for spring.

  5. I need a good dose of this for sure! love it Andrea!

  6. I've been hearing this now for a few years and it's nice to SEE it! I love the new ways to mix it and bring new life to a room.

  7. Finally!!! I think the return of chintz is long overdue! I've been collected a few favorites over on ebay. You can find good ones there!

  8. Yeah it is! And for some of us (*nudge, nudge*), it never went out! ;-) LOVE chintz and LOVE this post!

  9. Andrea,
    read this on my blog
    a history of my exposure to chintzes


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