February 19, 2013

EWI Project Preview, fabrics

Beautiful, isn’t it? Such that I almost went nuts trying to find it. I’m one of those people that take pride in recognizing fabrics, paint colors, furniture styles, etc. I’m pretty good at hunting them down, too but this one had me beat.

It all started when my client purchased a chair upholstered in this print. It was love at first sight and could only be described as watercolor art on linen. So that’s what I searched for online, “WATERCOLOR ART ON LINEN.”

Found nothing.

“I have to find this fabric,” I told her.

I tweeted a photo to some of my designer friends hoping they’d know. Came up short again.

I hopped in the truck and headed to my local fabric stores, furniture retailers, you name it. I then took my search to the design center carrying around a photo like a missing person’s report. Have you seen this fabric? Do you know who makes it? Nothing.

It wasn’t until the following day that Jennifer emailed me a lead. She probably felt sorry for me during our lunch the day before. I was still clutching the photo while eating my sandwich. Between bites, I kept saying that it’s impossible that no one had ever seen this fabric. She’s was probably thinking to herself, “This lady is crazy.”

So much for first impressions.

Now that the fabric is in my possession (thank goodness) and I’ve taken you with me on this wild ride, I should at least show you where it’s going…
Can you see why it was so crucial to my design? I NEEDED to have a watercolor pillow against this gorgeous sofa. Midnight blue velvet, with nailhead trim. Say hello to Carrie from Mitchell Gold Bob Williams:

Here are a few more fabrics that will make an appearance in this space. It’s unapologetically feminine and I’m loving it! We’re just waiting for a few more pieces to come in and the navy linen drapery to be completed.

The one thing I’m still searching for is a rug. Hopefully that will be a whole lot less daunting than the fabric ordeal. Stay tuned.

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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, HGTV.com and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. cindy espinoza Says:

    hi Erika
    sooooo where did you end up finding it and what is it called?? I saw something very similar at fabric world in stone mountain, but it was a very small remnant. do you ever go out there? i always find great fabrics there and talk about inexpensive!!
    the design board looks beautiful, that couch is fabulous!


  2. Carissa Says:

    I’ve been scouring the internet for this fabric! Do you have a name.? Designer? Store?



  3. Auburn Says:

    Oh my goodness! I’ve been on a hunt like a MAD woman for it! Any clues as to where you got it? I found one similar from Home Accents, but have no clue where to actually get it!This will look fab on my cane back chair seat.

    Please and thank you!


    • Erika Ward Says:

      Hello Auburn,
      I first purchases this print from Cynthia East fabrics in Arkansas. Soon after it became available locally at Forsyth Fabrics here in Atlanta. I believe Kravet also carries it now too. Good Luck!


  4. Kylie Says:

    Aurora ikat multi .



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