Several weeks ago I posted a picture of my new Chintz Lamp on Instagram. The picture recieved rave reviews so I immediately put in an order for several Summer Chintz products from my factory. Who could have guessed that the once ubiquitous print was enjoying a resurgence. The story of how I arrived at this fresh pattern is a reminder to me that life is a journey and each turn yields a great surprise.
When we sold an investment property in town, my husband and I Ieaped at the chance to put the money toward a river house. Renovating an older home our family could enjoy would be worth the blood sweat and tears that would inevitably be involved Our river house sits neatly on a spit of land just 30 feet from lapping water. It has wooden floors and raftered ceilings and an open air quality we both love. Beds and sofas came with the house including a charming wicker bench.
The bench cushion was covered in a circa 1970 fabric that was faded and dirty but otherwise in pretty good condition. My plan was to give it a rinse and then over paint the fabric to refresh the colors a bit . During the process I noticed strands of quince like foliage, a fabulous motif on its own that I plan to use later on.. I also decided a more modern color scheme would be more effective than the original muted pink and green. Chartreuse, teal, salmon and hot pink are what makes this traditional pattern new and relevant again.
Stumbling on to ideas and working out problems is sometimes my straightest path to a new idea. I could sit in my studio all day and try to drum up inspiration of course. But life is what inspires me most and a simple old fashioned chintz covered cushion was what sparked this idea.