Laurie Gorelick Interiors


Trim Trends

When Schumacher enlisted Mary McDonald of Million Dollar Decorators fame to create a line for them, they launched a trend that at least one other fabric house and soon others I predict will follow.

Mary's refined Hollywood glamour style re-interprets classical motifs with modern sensibilities. Her line for Schumacher runs the gamut from old world patterns like chinoiserie to graphic chevron and geometric prints. But it's the embroidered tapes and appliques in the line that rock my world.


  These tapes add the crowning touch to the leading edges of draperies or to table or upholstery skirts.


        I love the simple yet graphic way the applique embellishes an ordinary knife-edge throw pillow.


Now Beacon Hill is jumping on the bandwagon with a collection of appliqued fabrics. Slightly different in that the appliques are applied to fabric. But similar in the way these embellishments add a graphic punch to otherwise simple fabrics.



Appliques and tapes are nothing new but the bolder way they're being used to create patterns and contrast is a novel twist on an old technique. Au revoir passementerie! Welcome the new trims and appliques.

Photos courtesy of F. Schumacher & Co. and Robert Allen Design Group