Senior editor Morgan Michener shares what’s inspiring her now.
Lately, I’ve been obsessing over whimsical, nature-inspired patterns. Maybe it’s the chill in the air, perfect for fall walks in the woods. Whatever the reason, I’ve been hunting for a fabric that says “forest fun” to recover a little loveseat I have — and admiring the artistry that has gone into so many of the woodsy designs along the way. Here are a few of my favorites.
Like an image from a storybook, Zoffany’s “Arden” pattern is inspired by a forest design from the mid-15th century, and is reminiscent of tapestries found across Great Britain. I love the handsome unicorn in the repeat.
The “Folkland” print from DwellStudio is available in two equally charming colorways: Aquatint and Admiral. (You can order yard goods through DwellStudio’s site, or through Robert Allen Design.) The company’s Cortland bed also comes upholstered in this pattern — hello, forest princess!
Sanderson’s “Woodland Walk” collection debuted this past Spring, and puts a sweeter spin on the forest theme. With the pencil-drawn pattern “Squirrel and Hegdehog” — my personal fave — and the digitally-printed “Woodland Chorus,” there’s a design in this collection for every cozy nook.
“Flying Ducks” by Mulberry Home has to be one of the top fabrics on my list. Available in both a luxurious velvet and a linen ground, the pattern is layered and simply beautiful. It’s also available in a stunning wallpaper.
If critters are not your thing, but you still want that woodland vibe, check out these fabrics from Schumacher’s archives. I’m loving these two prints covered in foliage. “Woodlands” (
left) sums up the look I’m after: a charming heritage pattern printed on gorgeous cloth. It’s perfect for any nature lover. But the pure linen “Arbor Vine” ( right) might just be what my little loveseat is craving…