October 13, 2010

Pattern passion: Oversized Houndstooth

PK at Room Remix is having a Pattern Inspiration Party — and it just so happens that there’s a particular pattern passion that I have at the moment :-)

This is the room that got me started on my current pattern obsession…

chairs plush home 2Nina Petronzio, Plush Home
I love everything about this living room. The colours, the lucite coffee tables, the fireplace mantel and screen… all gorgeous!! But what I love the absolute most are the chairs — the combination of solid and patterned fabric is fantabulous, and the oversized houndstooth is super-fantabulous!! I can’t tell you exactly why I love it, but I do!! I love it A  LOT. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s graphic — a great modern take on a classic pattern.
chairs plush home Nina Petronzio, Plush Home
Houndstooth checks originated in the Scottish Lowlands. Traditionally, houndstooth was black and white.

TobinBennett houndstooth stools momoy   Image source: Momoy

sofa coco kelleyImage source: Cococozy

ottoman ist dibs

bergere chairs 1st dibs1stdibs

cushion house to homeImage source: House to Home

Gotta love the groovy lamp in this room!! :-)

Image source: HGTV

bedding nicole janeImage source: Nicole Jane Home

Now houndstooth comes in an amazing array of colours. Love the dog bone-shaped cushion on this chair. So appropriate!!

kravet via rueKravet

yellow LR material girlsImage source: Material Girls

chair decorpadImage source: Decorpad 

crib baby gift central serenaandlilyrorySerena & Lily

serena green bedding material girlsImage source: Material Girls

sofa with cushions porchlight interiorsImage source: Porchlight Interiors

More groovy lamps, and love the side tables and the sunburst mirrors. And of course, the turquoise houndstooth cushions :-)

large houndstooth tobi fairleyTobi Fairley

blue cushions pretty pink tulips 2Pretty Pink Tulips

bedroom fran keenan caffeine courtFran Keenan, image via Heidi Claire

Not only has houndstooth broken out from the traditional black and white, it also comes in a variety of materials.

Barclay,Claire, Houndstooth(red) painting p baglinoClaire Barclay, “Houndstooth (Red)”: Dundee Contemporary Arts

Todd-Oldham-Houndstooth-Baking_251C63C9 Houndstooth Todd Oldham p baglino

Todd Oldham

These cool tables designed by Kirsty Whyte fit together to create a fun and unique houndstooth pattern.

kirsty whyte hound tables modecodesignHound Tables via Modeco Design

Pied de Poule Rossa — a houndstooth tile floor!!

houndstooth-kitchen bisazzablog  Bisazza Mosaico

This prototype houndstooth screen would be a fun and whimsical addition to a modern loft space.

houndstooth screen courtney skott  Courtney Skott

And finally, a lovely brown & white houndstooth rug used in two completely different spaces. First with lots of other pattern…

carpet High Point barclay butera     High Point 2009 via Barclay Butera

And then as the only pattern in this masculine room.

Berman House_family room bidsBIDS

I just came across this beautiful living room designed by April Hamilton that I HAVE to add. Love the houndstooth AND the armillary sphere :-)

houndstooth april hamilton

Ready to add some houndstooth to your home?? Robert Allen Square Pegs fabric comes in a number of colourways, including my favourite, Kiwi.

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Be sure to head over to Room Remix to see what other patterns are being featured in PK’s Pattern Inspiration Party.



Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for linking up. I was hoping I wouldn't have to party by myself. :-) Quite honestly houndstooth was a pattern that never even entered my mind so I'm so excited that you chose it, especially because the inspiration photos you chose are so good! I started to pick a favorite, but I can't. I've seen that Tobi Fairley room so many times too and never really paid attention to the fact that those pillows were houndstooth. Isn't that funny?

qerat said...

I love it Kelly.
I remember once buying fabric from a shop that sells men's suits fabrics and making cushions out of it. Of course it was not nice and oversized like these. Great post.

Razmataz said...

I love it. I have been tempted to use it myself and my just do a chair or something with it. Thanks for the great images. I like the large black and white.

Wendy said...

love this post!... great collection of photos! i can see why you love it -

margie said...

had to laugh, just bought two sets of twin sheets for my grandsons' bunk beds. ralph lauren houndstooth. i love when you do these design photo stories.

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

I love that look! I would tend to go more for the muted tones - like the green, pink or brown - over the stark black and white pattern.

Lisa said...

Wow didn't realize how much houndstooth was around! I really want a black and white houndstooth winter coat - love that look!

christine, just bella said...

I love that pattern too! I love the soft muted gray with the pinky girly room.

p.s. I'm glad I could inspire you to dig out your old spoon racks - you'll have to let me know what you come up with!

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

Oh houndstooth, it gets me every time! I don't think I'll ever tire of it.
My favorite photo is that pink room. It's so unexpected and perfect!

Anonymous said...

I have a jumper that would have fitted right in here !!

Karen Sabrsula said...

I love the graphic quality of houndstooth! The bigger the better!! The color ranges are great as well! My favorite is when this traditional masculine fabric is done in feminine tones.

Unknown said...

Fun collection of photos! Funny how changing the scale and color of houndstooth can create different design moods...

(btw - love your Mark Twain quote!)

Marcus Design said...

Wow, I have never seen so many awesome uses of houndstooth, this is such a great round up! And now you've got me wondering what patterns I am smitten with!?! I think I have a few favs right now, even though people may think I'm behind I am still lusting over Imperial Trellis. So pretty!

Kim@Living with Little People said...

Houndstooth is such a classic print, it totally deserves its return to the spotlight with these large scale modern versions! I'm especially loving the yellow armchair.

Pamela @ Atmosphere ID said...

I love me some houndstooth! I love it in all colors and scale. Even my husband recognizes a good houndstooth now.

Lauren said...

Houndstooth always reminds me of "women of a certain age" wearing too-big, boxy skirt suits. Really like it in lighter colours, as you've shown here - lime greens & pinks especially! Converted.

(And thanks for your vote Kelly!)

Susan said...

Hi Kelly,

I like all of it ... the area carpets are really doing it for me.


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