Like so many friends in the design world, Remy and I share a mutual affection for Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches (pictured above). The lovechild of a dalmatian and a cheetah, Les Touches’s brilliant animal-esque speckling renders it an incredibly versatile fabric that plays nice with a variety of styles from old-school traditional and Southern prep to uptown chic and contemporary. Unfortunately, even with a trade discount, it’s pretty pricey when purchased by the yard.
Peppering a few throw pillows is an easy, affordable way to get the Les Touches look (this one is only $46), but sometimes you just want to swaddle a whole sofa in spots. So if Les Touches $100+/yard price tag is out of reach, here are a few alternatives that won’t totally blow the budget.
- Domesticate’s Dots in Charcoal, Soft Pink, Turquoise, Cocoa, Fuschia, Royal and Citron, $32/yard (you’ll want the heavy cotton twill option for upholstery & draperies)
- Ameil Dot Paramount in Citrus by Nate Berkus, $9.99/yard:
- Lacefield’s Mumbai Indian Blue, $22/yard
- Premier Prints Togo Spots in Ecru or Black $8.98/yard
- Abstract Watercolor Dalmatian Spots Fabric in Black, $24.25/yard
- Duralee 36140-655 in Black Tie, $42.75/yard
I have two club chairs clad in Lacefield’s Mumbai Indian Blue (above) and although they’re more tribal than Les Touches’ motif, they make me smile every time I walk into the living room.
I also stumbled across these custom animal print draperies and slipper chairs from Ballard – the featured blue and white “Mira” fabric is available by the yard for just $35. Pretty chic, non?