A few years ago, Southern Living declared chintz is back in bloom and slowly but surely, I have seen it blossom back with grand flourish. As a child of the 80s, the nostalgia of chintz makes me very happy, and I could not be more thrilled to see it return in a fresh new way.
One of my all time favorite prints is the iconic Bowood by Colefax and Fowler. Bowood is named after a 19th century fabric the legendary decorator John Fowler found at England’s famous Bowood estate, which he then had manufactured. It has been in production since *1938 and is considered one of Colefax and Fowler’s most enduring classic prints. Fowler adored chintz because he wanted “the garden to spill into his rooms,” and I could not agree more. One day, I plan to ensconce our guest bedroom in this delightful floral print, and for inspiration I have pulled some of my favorite Bowood bedrooms…
“Enough with the plain. I think people want pretty, and I predict a surge in demand for classic fabrics like Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood.” — Leta Austin Foster
“My favorite chintz… is Bowood in grey/green by Colefax and Fowler (cowtan.com). It reminds me of a fabric that could have been in a ladies’ locker room at a country club.” — Ruthie Sommers