Top Indie Fabric and Textile Designers

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Im going to let you in on one of our BIGGEST trade secrets, we have a top secret list of our favorite up-and-comers. One of our responsibilities as a designer requires constant research for new furniture, fabric, and finish designers. Our knowledge of unique artisans is one of the biggest reasons why you hire us. As artists ourselves, we appreciate the creativity and hard work that many of these Indie designers put into re-defining textiles and the classic patterns. Please see our current Top Indie Fabric and Textile Designers list below.. Remember to spread the word to give these artists their much deserved credit as you won't see these designers in mainstream fabric shops. 

Imogen Heath

 Viaduct Fabric - Blue 

Viaduct Fabric - Blue 

Eskayel

 Medina - Cyrrus Woven Jacquard

Medina - Cyrrus Woven Jacquard

St. Frank

 Terracotta Classic Kuba Cloth

Terracotta Classic Kuba Cloth

Savanna Hayes

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Vienna Fabric  in Nectar

Quercus & Co. 

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 No. 5 in Black Ink

The Foundation Shop 

James Malone Fabrics

 Khafra in Bronze 

Khafra in Bronze 

  Jetavana in Peachbrown

 Jetavana in Peachbrown

Holli Zollinger 

 Geo Series

Geo Series

Caryn Cramer

 Aten Inca

Aten Inca

Funky Side Tables

Author: Sydney Piwowar

When you go out for a night on the town with your pre-planned outfit you've been waiting to wear, you never go out without jewelry. It is what completes the outfit, right? At JTD, we see side tables the same way. There is no need to wear your old jewelry to a black tie event and there is no need for lame side tables. Here are a few attractive (and practical) side tables to liven up your space

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We call this one the "anywhere table" because you could literally put this in any room and it would look good. 

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Photo by Caste Design

For a more classic approach, this cast bronze side table ages perfectly with a brown patina. This is a piece you will want to hand down for generations. 

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Photos by Pinch Design

For a more rustic or natural look, a pop of wood in its nearly original state brings a very raw and organic feel to the space. 

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Photos By Baxter

For those that need some storage to hide coasters, remotes, and all those not-so-pretty things. 

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Photo by Mr. Brown

Black, White and Brass Cabinet Hardware

Author: Sydney Piwowar 

Sometimes when considering cabinet hardware, brass just isn't enough.. You know that phrase less is more? Sometimes more is more. Sometimes when we can't decide one, we decide both. You're probably thinking, "What the heck, you can't have multiple types of hardware on a cabinet." Well, you're right, that might look a little weird. But that doesn't mean your hardware only has to be one finish! Take a look at these amazing multi-colored cabinet hardware pieces and you'll know what I mean. They have a very classic, yet fresh approach to accessorizing cabinets. 

 

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Top 5 Media Consoles you NEED and WANT

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Now-a-days media consoles are mostly about aesthetics as most people no longer use DVDs and VHS players have gone extinct. There are still some needs for storage though as the modern family probably hides video and board games here. We have created a "Best Of" list according to 5 categories - including closed storage, open storage, bar storage, vintage charm, and funky flare. See our top 5 list below. 

Best of Closed Storage

Brooks Cradenza by Croft House

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Photo By Croft House

Best of Open Storage

Thea Media Console by Burke Decor

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Best of Bar Storage 

Guell Bar Cabinet by Baxter

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Photos By Baxter

Best of Vintage Charm

Porthole Console by Bobo Intriguing Objects

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Best of Funky

Plissé by Baxter

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Best Counter and Bar Stools

Author: Sydney Piwowar

The perfect bar or counter stool requires a balance of aesthetic, lumbar support, and seat comfort. We have curated a few of our favorites below that we believe contain that perfect harmony. 

1. Phase Design - The Bride's Veil Stool 

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Product of Phase Design

2. Gabriel Scott - Bardot Stool

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Photo by Gabriel Scott

3. Palecek - Pratt Stool 

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Photo by Palecek

4. Lawson - Fenning - Elysian Barstool

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Photo By Lawson - Fenning 

5. Interlude Home - Darcy Stool

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Photo By Interlude Home

A backless stool allows for cleaner, more streamlined views as you can tuck it fully under a table or counter. This is perfect for spaces where you don't want to overcrowd the room visually. Here are a couple of our favorites!

1. Interlude Home - Colton Adjustable Stool

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Photo by Interlude Home

2. Mr. Brown - Lorca Counter Stool

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Photo by Mr.Brown

3. Noir - Diora Brass Stool

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Photo By Noir

4. Lawson Fenning - Orsini Stool

Timeless Brass Door Hardware

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Brass is all the rage now, but at JTD we dont like to get stuck in the trends! Here is our guide to the best brass door hardware for a classic, timeless look. 

1. Bonne Mazou - Goutte Ovale

 Photo By  Bonne Mazou

Photo By Bonne Mazou

2. Buster and Punch - Brass Door Lever Handle

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3. Schoolhouse - Rome Tall Door Set

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Photo By Schoolhouse

4. Joseph Giles - FONTEYN Solid Brass Handle

 Photo By Joseph Giles

Photo By Joseph Giles

5. Rocky Mountain Hardware - Metro Entry Set 

6. Emtek - Octagon on Circle 

 Photographer unknown. Product of Emtek 

Photographer unknown. Product of Emtek 

7. Nanz - N° 1599AB

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Photo By Nanz

8. Rocky Mountain Hardware - Flute Passage Set

9. Chant Hardware - Flush Pull

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10. Rocky Mountain Hardware - Edge Passage Set 

5 Reasons to Consider NON-white Marble

Author: Sydney Piwowar

I have always been more of a visual person - so please let these 5 stones speak for themselves as reasons to consider other options than white marble. 

1. Norwegian Oslo Rose marble

 Image By Byzantine Design 

Image By Byzantine Design 

2. Pink Marble

 By Decus Interiors

By Decus Interiors

3. Green Marble

 By Hullebusch

By Hullebusch

4. Black Marble

 Photography By Nicole Franzen

Photography By Nicole Franzen

5. Red Marble

 By  Palazzo Fendi

By  Palazzo Fendi

Look Up - Attention Seeking Bold Ceilings

Author: Sydney Piwowar

Growing up, my mother told me that as people, we have the tendency to look down a lot. She said to look up and it will give you a whole new perspective on the world. Design is similar. It is not limited to what sits on the floor in front of you and the walls around us -  it includes the ceiling too! At JTD, we do not limit ourselves in this way, we consider the entire architecture of the space when designing. 

We have curated a few of our favorite ceiling installations that are begging for your attention. These show stoppers will inspire you to start looking up. Let us know what you think of these inspiring, bold moves! Do you have the guts?

 

 by Caroline Lee + Anne Sage 

by Caroline Lee + Anne Sage 

   By Rafael de Cárdenas

  By Rafael de Cárdenas

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By Sasha Bikoff Interior Design

Loft Living- Adams St Install

We are so excited about our recent install- we can barely contain ourselves. The space previously was a dated space stuck in 90's, with rounded walls and random suspension cable tracks lights. We gutted the loft, including every bathroom, ripped out the old gym style railing with a fresh clean modern version and replaced a curved wall leading into the master bedroom with a open concept steel and glass wall- punctuated by a dramatic white curtain.

We still have yet to professionally shoot the space. Stay tuned that is slated for end of August!

 

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Accent Pillow Trends

We can not say enough how much we love the addition of accent pillows in a space. Accent pillows add warmth, character, personality, humor, drama and an opportunity to refresh the space quickly.  I am not one for seasonally themed pillows but a refresh to my living room, guest bedroom or master can completely change the tone and design direction. We love good pillows and are constantly on the hunt for a fresh selection. Scroll down for a few of our favorite spots to shop. I also often image a perfect pillow, color way or pattern that I can not find, so we source the fabric and have them made. It only take about 1.5 yards of material and a trip to your local dry cleaner to get a custom pillow made!

Our top places to shop for pillows.

1. Etsy 2. Lulu & Georgia 3. Burke Decor 4. Wayfair 5. Furbish Home 6. Kudd Krig Home

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Color Palette Inspiration- Camel and Blush Pink

We love starting a new project with fabric and wallpaper selection. Opening a package of freshly sent samples is the best mail at the office. We love sourcing fresh prints and colors from new lines that are typically a small business run by an artist putting their ideas into print and paper. 

A couple of our new favorites are St. Frank, Skinny Laminx, Imogen Heath, Adelene- Simple Cloth. Check out a couple inspiration boards we are working on for upcoming projects. 

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Deep Colored Walls- Powder Room, Family Room, Library... Oh My!

California can have it's light, breezy SoCal vibe with all white walls and boho splashed in. Fresh exciting, bold things are happening with deep, dark colored walls. Paint or wallpaper are all in.

 

Think of London library vibe.

 

Shake of the norm. No wall is permanent. Be brave and go for it.

xo, Jen

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Tween Boys Black & White Plaid Bathroom

We just wrapped up one of our favorite bathrooms to date! With twins and older brother started to out grow the families current bathroom situation, we revamped a former laundry room for the girls bathroom (details in another post to come) and renovated the existing bathroom to focus on the tween boys and a space they could grow into.  

We fell in love with this plaid stone tile, which became the jumping off point for inspiration for the rest of the space.

Can we all collectively say #bathroomenvy?!

 

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Jen Talbot Design featured in Chicago Tribune

Exciting News and forget to post on the blog! Jen Talbot Design was featured in Chicago Tribune for our work we did for our West Shore Dr client.  One of the things we love about what we do is the people we touch. This family was in a special category of their own.

 

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Click HERE to read the full article. 

xo, Jen

 

Flor Carpet Square Catalog

Hi Lovely Readers, 

The spring FLOR Carpet Square catalog is finally out! I though it would be fun to show the behind the scene or how the room before the FLOR team came in a place their product in the space we designed. 

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Goes to show how much a rug can change the space dramatically! 

 

xx, Jen

 

Project HOPE- Designs for Autism- Jen Talbot Design

We were super honored to get the invite to submit an idea for a piece of furniture through Leathercraft and Traditional Home! The top design gets put into production and some proceeds go the Autism research. We had such a great time designing a piece of furniture for this wonderful effort to raise money. Well we could not decide which one final design. We even put it to a vote on Instagram and both the Bolster Pink Bench and Leather White Chair got the most votes. 

 

Here is the furniture plan and inspo images. Winners are announced at April High Point Market and we should know in a couple weeks if we were selected! Fingers Crossed:)

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How to Decorate with Plants

Plants are often overlooked as a potential element to design a space. Plants not only bring in needed color and life, but can be integral in finishing a space. Plant life is also a great way to keep the space fresh visually and satisfy the need to mix it up.  One of the most popular "designer" plant trends is the Fiddle Fig tree. It has big waxy leaves on a long stem and is very sculptural. 

Below are a couple examples of plants being used in the designing of the space. Imagine the rooms with out the plants or hold up your finger to block out the pops of green and see how different the space would feel without. 

I love plants and find it relaxing to do my Spring plantings, but I also understand are not for the fait of heart and not everyone has a green thumb or patience to care for a plant.  There a several companies that are doing a great job with high end artificial plants. They are not cheap, but the investment is a pay off verse killing a $180- $250 Fiddle Fig tree several times over. One of my favorite companies is here

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A Stylish Shelf- Best Practiced for a Perfectly Styled Shelf

For some reason people commonly struggle with how to style a shelf and make it look natural and an organic collection. The key is actually collect personal items from travel or a particular memory- over time. If everything is purchased at once or at one store, it starts to feel artificial and not personal. The trick is a happy balance! I always tell clients I love "shopping" at a clients home. I get the advantage of seeing their items with fresh eyes, which helps reorganize and edit. Then we can determine if we need to sprinkle in a few new items- which is often the case for a refresh. 

There are three things I keep in mind when I am working on a styling project:

1. Be sure to incorporate a mix of types of shapes. For example, be sure to include solid vases- NOT glass. Open or woven elements, medium and small shapes. Be sure that all the shapes are not the same thing- not all circle, square, etc. And I always include several good coffee table books. Leaning small picture frames are also a great way to bring in another element.  

2. Make it look natural- but not messy. The goal is always asymmetry. Balance out the each side with colors and shapes not completely opposite, but try one shelf down. The hardest part for most people is to not make it symmetrical. Humans naturally wants things in order. It should look curated and thoughtful.

3. I always start with a couple grounding areas, such as I map out where my book vignettes will go in the overall composition. Then I start to work in the shapes- working quickly I try not to think too much and over analyze. You can do that later. Also this quick approach allows this first pass just the "setting" phase. After I have gotten about 50% of the selections up, I step back and see where I need to fill in the whole and what shapes I need. 

4. Another tip, walk out of the room for 10 minutes and then come back. Letting your mind and eyes visually rest, allows you to see things fresh when you return to the room. This is when you can start to analyze what is working and where some items need to get moved. If you get to a standstill- just start over. Take everything off the shelves, and start fresh. If needed rinse and repeat. 

5. Lastly, do not be afraid to edit the items that are not working, even though it was passed down from your Grandma or a memory from your first trip to Paris. If it doesn't work, find another special place for it. Clients often get to emotionally attached to an object that may just need a new place to live in the home. 

 

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West Loop Project- Office Shelf Styling

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Westhore Dr Project- Kitchen Shelf Styling

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West Loop- Bar Cart Styling

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Elmwood St Project- Office Shelf Styling

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Kenwood Manor- Bar Built In Styling

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How to Add Color in Your Home, Naturally

In the last several years, I've noticed a trend in the striping of color from wardrobes and adding it to environments. Color can be tricky and much harder as a sweater paired with someones complexion. In art school students are first taught to draw in pencil, only using black and white- in order to understand highlights and low lights.  If color is introduced too soon students are not able to get a full understanding of how light affects a shape and ultimately affects the color when finally applied.

The same rules apply when adding color into your space, be thoughtful and selective about which colors and how much color to add.  Pick two colors and keep with those two mixed with neutrals. Feel free to use a variation on tones of the color you picked- meaning not all blue need to match to feel cohesive. If you mix the tones of blue, it will make the space feel more natural. Often times the use of selective color can make that highlighted color stand out more than if a multiple of colors were combined together. 

Be Brave! xo, Jen

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