Ode To Peter Dunham’s Fig Leaf

As a fabric hound, I’d be hard-pressed to choose a favourite. It seems every visit to the fabric showrooms kindles a new textile flame. But the top contenders remain Colefax & Fowler’s Bowood, any given tartan or ticking stripe and this one below, Fig Leaf by Peter Dunham.

You may recognize Dunham from his cameo appearances on the TV show Million Dollar Decorators. Kathryn Ireland, Mary McDonald, Nathan Turner and Dunham are all running around in the same L.A. design circles. He’s an ex-pat Brit and the proprietor of Hollywood at Home, in addition to being the principal of his own interior design business.

I’m a big fan of his aesthetic and in particular his hand-printed textiles, which include lots of paisley and leafy motifs. But Fig Leaf is by far my favourite of his collection.

Here it is in a bathroom Dunham designed for a showhouse. I assume the wallcovering is the fabric with a paper backing, since I’m not aware of this print available as wallpaper. I covet the matching robe!

This is a corner of Dunham’s own home. His Fig Leaf fabric on a wicker chair is a match made in heaven. The mix of colours and textiles and artwork make this room look so relaxed and inviting, don’t you think?

This living room appeared in House Beautiful a while back. It’s been pinned to my office inspiration board for months, and during that time about three other H&H staffers have nabbed it to make photocopies for their own boards. I’ve never taken the plunge and done drapes in a print before — neutral linen is more my style, but this room makes a very good case for the power of a great print that makes a room. The other aspect I like in this room is the rush matting on the floor. It’s so English but next to impossible to find in Canada — so frustrating!

San Francisco designer Caitlin Moran added a few splashes of Fig Leaf — the Roman blind and pendant shade — to enliven this kitchen banquette. I’ve always said that green is the very best kitchen accent colour because it echoes the colours of fresh produce.

This corner has so much to love. It’s probably the dreamiest window seat I have ever seen. It’s another design showhouse project, this one by Virginia designer Lauren Liess. You’ll spy a few pillows done up in Fig Leaf mixed in with several textiles from Lauren’s own line, Pure Style Home, which is also full of paisley block prints to swoon over.

This is my all-time favourite Fig Leaf room. This one is an East Hampton interior by Tom Scheerer. The print really makes a statement here alongside pure white and natural textures — there’s that rush matting again! And if you are a Tom Scheerer fan, get your credit card ready to pre-order, he has a book coming out in September, Tom Scheerer Decorates (2013 Vendome Press).

And finally here’s how I worked a little Fig Leaf into my own home — a single 24″ pillow in my dressing room, as seen on Online TV and in the September 2012 issue of House & Home. I love how it mixes with the awning stripe pillow I sewed up from an Ikea fabric. A perfect high-low mix! And here’s one last Fig Leaf tidbit — the print is inspired by a curtains and a sofa fabric Dunham saw in Salvador Dalì’s house!

Find Fig Leaf in Canada at Y&Co showrooms. Or go straight to Etsy to order some accent cushions. This one above is from Spark Modern and might just be all you need to perk up your living room for spring.

See more floral finds in our photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1-3. Peter Dunham
4. House Beautiful, photography by Victoria Pearson
5. Moj Moly Azyl blog, photography by Laure Joliet
6. Pure Style Home blog, design by Lauren Liess, photography by Helen Norman
7. Tom Scheerer, photography by Simon Upton
8. House & Home September 2012 issue, photography by Virginia Macdonald
9. Spark Modern shop, Etsy

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