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He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Inspired by the famous Yeats poem. I'm starting a new section of blogs. Here you can join me as I flick through the fabric & wallpaper samples in my library looking back at previous projects and looking forward for new inspiration - Hope you get some too!

Camengo Fabric books

I'm kicking off to-day, with a flick through The French Label Camengo's range. The sister of French Label Casamance, Camengo has been for me the more affordable and funkier label! I have used both in many projects, but I really feel Camengo although relatively new to the Australian market will really come into it's own here. It has a good range of fun vibrant fabrics, and great variety in texture, which I love.

After all, it's not all about the look, it's how it feels - Interior Design is so touch and feel!

Todays' book is French fabric Label Camengo book "Bastide"

camengo bastide book

Before we open and have a look ... I must relate the title!

Indulge me as a share with you one of my favourite poems by one of my favourite Poets


He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven 

by William Butler Yeats

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The Blue and the dim and the dark cloths,

Of night and light and the half-light

I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Camengo Bastide Collage

The Bastide Fabric Book from top left to right - Orsan Lime & Pink (Linen Cotton with Viscose Embroidery) & Remusat Stripe (Linen Union); Uzes - Stone & White (linen), Arles - Stone & Remusat Stripe in Browns;
Below from Right, Arles in Mauve with Chamaret (luxury Velvet); Orsan - Cream with Duck Egg & Grey Embroidery below Chamaret

Pricing - Chamaret $160 per meter, Orsan & Remusat $ 136 pr meter , Arles $144 per meter

All usual widths 145cm except Remusat, which comes 280cm wide - excellent value!

How to bring a bit of French Luxury into your home, remember small amounts can go a long way! Below One meter of Arles Fabric was used to build texture and diversity in Scatter Cushions! These were then mixed with other fabrics to build up a scheme that diversifies in texture and tone but keeps simple harmony in colour.


Cushions large grey yellow

Bastide Arias Fabric used on front Cushion

Charcoal Velvet Scatter Cushion

 Above:  Charcoal Velvet Scatter Cushion $50 - perfect for a French bedroom! 

Buy cushion online now here!


Keep watching for Camengo used in Children’s rooms with their fabulous "Lollipops" & "Little Friends" range!


Ian Mankin leading the way in Organic Furnishing Fabrics

Ian Mankin has long been a favourite boutique fabric house of mine. They have an extensive array of classic contemporary furnishing fabrics & wallpaper in their collection. All their fabrics are made from 100% natural fibers and over 90% are woven in their traditional Lancashire Mill in the UK. The same family has run Ian Mankin for six generations and this shows in their dedication to design, quality & service.

I have used their fabrics in several residential design projects over the years, and will continue to showcase these in future blogs! All fabrics from the range are available to order via Green Envy Living. To day I wanted to focus on their Organic Ticking range.

At $65 a meter, this Linen Union mix (60% Cotton & 40% Linen giving it extra strength). It is of exceptional quality & value!


Organic-Ticking Linen Union

Ian Mankin is leading the way in weaving delightful designer Organic furnishing fabrics. Reasonably prices, high quality and certified by the Organic Soil Association - what more could you ask for? Perhaps a finalist in the 2009 Natural & Organic Awards Best Organic Textile Product!

Organic Ticking - The colour Range

Organic Cotton Samples

There are 11 colourways to choose from, with a really simple stripe.


Organic Ticking Cushions Cranberry

Organic Ticking Cushions in Cranberry, Available to Order in various Sizes


Organic Ticking Cranberry used in a Roman blind


Ian Mankin, Organic Ticking $65 per meter Shop here or order a sample


With love from Sweden

I came across Bantie nearly two years ago at Maison Objet, Paris. I immediately fell in love with their Kokeshi print, by Ulrika Gyllstad. A modern interpretation of a classic "Toile De Jouy" Pattern, with an Asian twist! An Interesting footnote I discovered on a tour of Carlton House, Co. Kildare, Ireland a few years ago was that the technique for "Toile de Jouy" was in fact used in Dublin before it was invented in France! I simply adore this lovely adaption that Bantie have used!

To quote the people from Banite "We believe that inspired design can make a positive difference to the way people feel (and maybe even the way they behave!) and I concur!

There are lots of other lovely treats from Bantie, including a pattern called "Sydney"... I wonder where this inspiration for that one came from! Below are some of my favourites!

Bantie KorrallBantie paradise yellowBantie Sydney

Bantie Korral, Paradise Yellow and Sydney

Bantie Totem


(Images via Bantie)


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