Fabric Like Les Touches

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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.

les-touches-pillowPeppering 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.Fabric Like Les Touches

  1. 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)
  2. Ameil Dot Paramount in Citrus by Nate Berkus, $9.99/yard:
  3. Lacefield’s Mumbai Indian Blue, $22/yard
  4. Premier Prints Togo Spots in Ecru or Black $8.98/yard
  5. Abstract Watercolor Dalmatian Spots Fabric in Black, $24.25/yard
  6. 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.

ballard-mira-fabricI 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?


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A lifestyle magazine writer by trade, Mariel swapped her laptop for a hardhat after spending four years (and counting) renovating turn-of-the-century homes in Westchester, NY.

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