It’s no secret that chintz is making a comeback. The headline of The Wall Street Journal’s article on interior trends reads “Designers Say: More Chintz, Less ‘Cool’.” Our very own Tammy Connor (see the exclusive TSG tour of her house here! ) was quoted in the piece saying,
“I’m not a huge floral person, but chintz is making a comeback, reinterpreted and tweaked—printed on linen not glazed cotton, with fewer colors, say, three instead of 10.”
(Above, TSG favorite Charlotte Moss’s former sitting room, done in a Bennison chintz on the walls and chair. The multiple layers of leaning framed artwork, stacked books, pretty china plates, and family photographs including one in the tortoise shell frame of her husband mingle together in a cozy, chintz aesthetic that is oh-so-inviting.)
In fact, Architectural Digest just announced that a number of fabric houses are expecting a revival of the traditional floral chintz following the release of Rizolli’s Mario Buatta: 50 Years of American Interior Decoration, set to hit shelves in October. But florals are really popping up everywhere, especially in fashion. The colors are bright and the patterns are whimsical. We haven’t gone full on retro ’80s prep. Instead, the chintz and florals being used now are done so sparingly, to create dimension. Long gone are the days when an entire room was done in head-to-toe chintz. But it’s certainly fun to look back at some of those fabulous rooms.
“Have you noticed chintz is back? The cotton floral fabric that is very English, Southern, uptown and preppy is cool again. Actually I’ve always thought it was cool, not something I want to live with everyday, but I do love it, and I’m especially loving it now!” – Mark D. Sikes from his post CHINTZ IS COOL.
Jay Jeffers and Kelly Hohla are San Francisco-based designers dedicated to creating livable, well-edited decor. Above, Jeffers Design Group takes a sophisticated, toned down use of a floral fabric printed on linen, instead of glazed chintz. There is still an old-fashioned and feminine feel to this bedroom.
Jeffers Design Group // 415.921.8880
“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
Above, pictured right are two interiors from Mark Simmons Interiors. Mark is a Nashville-based interior designer who has worked for the past 26 years, which means he started his career during the height of the chintz craze. His spaces are warm and quite English, with the charm that comes with not trying too hard to be edgy.
Mark Simmons Interiors // 615.269.6360 // mark[at]marksimmonsinteriors.com
Pictured above left, two paintings by TSG artist Lauren Bruce Wodicka. Her work is in oil, working in thick, painterly strokes. Her blooms are particularly gestural and evoke the work of Matisse or Pissarro.
Lauren Bruce Wodika // 703.772.0929 // LAUREN[at]LAURENBRUCESTUDIO.COM
(Above is an interior from Mario Buatta, the “Prince of Chintz” himself who chose some almost-black-egglplant laquered paint for the walls. Talk about drama, and, in this case, the chintz almost feels edgy.)
Natori “Porcelain” series. Available via Sol Lingerie in Denver, CO.
Sol Lingerie // 800.466.1356
Absolutely gorgeous blooms from New Orleans-based Dunn & Sonnier.
Dunn & Sonnier // 504.524.3235 // ssonnier[at]bellsouth.net
(Above right is Charlotte Moss’s current sitting room, which seems to make it’s way in many a post, including this one on Utterly British Decor. The blue and white chintz used was was custom printed by Braquenie and the wallpaper is Brunswig and Fils. The black and white (possibly Avedon) photographs feel particularly fresh within this setting; just the right mix. For more of the classic Moss mix, check out her blog Tete-a-Tete)
The girls at Capitol in Charlotte, NC are nicknamed the “floral brigade,” showing off Oscar de la Renta’s current collection. We are addicted to their blog, it’s what keeps us in the know about fashion. How great is that Christopher Kane skirt and Nina Ricci dress?
Capitol // 704.366.0388 // inquiries[at]capitolcharlotte.com
Such a darling Herend vase and plate.
The Registry // 615.595.2323 // gifts[at]theregistryfranklin.com
Old fashioned and old school, in the very best sense, Mark Phelps has always used chintz in his designs.
Mark Phelps Interiors // 704.333.5010 // mark[at]markphelpsinteriors.com
The Perfect Petal in Denver does not shy away from color, something that is really refreshing in the age of succulents, ferns and gardeners who only take green blooms seriously!
The Perfect Petal // 303.480.0966 // weddings[at]theperfectpetal.com
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