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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Do You Like Stripes And Checks!?



Stripes and checks have a uniformity to them that I seem to require in my home. These two patterns have been a staple not only in my home, but in my wardrobe too.

In fact if you look inside my closet you will see checks and stripes in blues, black, green just like you do in my home.


I  recently chose a blue ticking stripe for my sofa based on a sofa I had about 8 years ago. 

I loved that sofa, and when we needed to replace it, I went out of my box, and chose a floral pattern on a beautiful natural linen. 

How does that saying go?…..FAIL! Not that it wasn’t beautiful but it was not me.


Since the blue ticking is my base fabric I needed to find fabrics for pillows. I was having a hard time finding checks, and stripes that I loved in the right colors and scale. I spent countless hours looking.

In my looking I ran across a company based in England, Ian Mankin.

I was amazed at the colors, and the patterns in stripes, checks, plaids, and even soft floral jacquards, or a simple embroidered vine pattern.

You all know I don’t advertise on my blog, but when I find a product I love I will do a blog post, singing its praises. I want to be helpful to all of you who might also be looking for good quality sources.

I found all of the patterns so appealing to my senses and the colors were equally as appealing. Ranging from neutrals to blacks, reds, sage, blues.

Their blues were the colors I sent for samples, and I have to say it was love at first sight.


The first fabric is a beautiful blue, not navy, not cobalt, right in between. 

It has the clarity I need for my room. It is saturated but still has a softness to it. I find when a color has those two qualities they work for me.

The second is a beautiful linen with a grain sack look to it, in fact it is called grain-stripe. It is such a beautiful quality linen.

I know there are those of you out there just like me who have a hard time finding fabrics that will work in your home. 

If you love beautiful colors and lovely fabrics of great quality, this is the company for you.

Go over to Ian Mankins website and take a look at all they have to offer.

Fabrics….. Cushions….. Accessories… Wallcoverings….

Check out these drum shades covered in their fabrics….



If you love checks, stripes, simple florals, velvets, cottons, linens this is the place for you.

Once I placed my order I had it within a week, not bad for coming all the way from England to California!! 

They have a great sample program so be sure and check them out!