Florals That Tickle My Fancy

Black walls in my office are now set in stone.  I’m going for it.  I was sure…absolutely certain…that I would have at least one person question my judgment with the use of black walls, but I didn’t have even one!  Not even my mom!!  While at lunch yesterday, I was fully expecting her to give me that look…you know, that look…that lets me know she thinks I’ve absolutely lost my mind.  But I didn’t see it even once!!  And then I thought for sure that I would have another one of those e-mails from my mom waiting for me when I woke up this morning, telling me that the thought of black walls kept her tossing and turning all night.  But I checked, and nothing!

So it’s ON!

Now I just have to find the perfect floral fabric as a jumping off point to get the whole design ball rolling.  Here are a few serious candidates.

This first option is from Calico Corners.  I love the whimsical nature of it, the colors are perfect, it has a white background like I really want, and I like that it even has black in the fabric.  This could definitely work.

floral option 3--wilmington from calico corners

The next one is Alexander Henry Larkspur.  I LOVE this fabric.  It’s fun and whimsical.  It has great colors, including a white background and bits of black.  And, oh my goodness, it has silly little birds!!  Y’all know how much I love birds!!

floral option 2--alexander henry larkspur

Okay, now this next one is completely different, and most everyone will recognize it.  Of course, it’s from Amy Butler’s Love collection, and it’s called Trumpet Flowers.  It doesn’t have a white background, and not even a drop of black.  Bummer.  But the fabric that I choose will be used in a pretty big way on one particular project (more on that later), and this fabric makes a BIG statement.

floral option 1--amy butler trumpet flowers in pink

This next fabric is Waverly Wonderama Toucan.  Ha!  I just love that name!  I like the colors, and it has the white background I want.  But sadly, it has no black.  I actually do like that it has a bit of a vintage look to it.  (Don’t some of these Waverly fabrics look like they’ve been around for 20+ years?  For several years I would immediately turn my nose up any anything Waverly, just because the name alone reminded me of the 80s.  But I’m really starting to like them again.)

floral option 4--waverly wonderama toucan

And the last one is one that I showed you yesterday.  It’s Richloom Wildwood Garden.

floral option 5--richloom wildwood garden

And that’s it so far!  After about a two hour search online last night, those are the only options I could find.  I like all of them, but I think there are a couple that really stand out.

What do you think of these options?  Is there one that really grabs your attention?  Should I keep looking?  Do you have any sources for bright, colorful floral fabrics?




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  1. I love the bird one and the trumpet flower one. Really want to know more about the project you're using them on though.

  2. I would choose either the Larkspur or the Richloom. The Richloom seems slightly more sophisticated, but then it also depends on how you're using them….

  3. larkspur or trumpet flowers, definitely. the others are too traditional and 'old lady' to me.

    totally support you on the black walls, and i'm so excited to see it!

  4. With black walls, it seems that it should be a must to have at least a little black in the fabric. Knowing how much you like birds, and knowing this is going in your office, I choose the one with the birds.

  5. I like the bird one! Love the colors. I like the Amy Butler one too, but I do think you would want some white…but knowing the project would be useful for choosing 🙂

  6. Yes, thank you!! I had never even heard of Alexander Henry until you posted the link on Facebook, and the very first fabric I looked at was the Larkspur, and I loved it immediately!

  7. I like the Larkspur one. I think that it's just the right whimsey to balance out the drama of black. IMO, the other designs are either too serious, or too… what's the word… I guess just too ordinary to go with bold, dramatic black! I bet your office is going to look fantastic. 🙂

  8. Now if that one had a white background instead of black, it would be great!!