Are you familiar with Lilly Pulitzer? Unless you grew up going to the beach for spring break you might have missed this fashion icon of the coastal communities.
My grandparents would rent a house on Marco Island, FL every spring and make the trek from Ohio to Florida for a good 3 months. We always visited over our spring/Easter break. I have great memories of my grandmother in hot pink and turquoise shift dresses with fabulous prints and matching sandals. When she was at the beach, she always wore ‘Lilly’, and so did we.
Lilly Pulitzer (a socialite) and her husband left New York and settled in Palm Beach, FL. They owned several citrus groves in Florida and Lilly opened a juice stand just off the famous Worth Ave. to sell their juice.
Lilly found that squeezing the juice made a mess of her clothes and she began making shift dresses of bright, colorful printed fabric to hide the stains. As time went on, she began selling more dresses than juice and once her friend, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, was photographed wearing one of Lilly’s dresses while on vacation the ‘Lilly Look’ was born.
Lilly has recently had a revival in popularity and has added a number of clothing stores across the US, including Austin, TX (at the Domain). While most popular in Florida and the North East Coast, Lilly has a cult like following and those who love the brand are huge advocates.
Fans were thrilled to learn recently that Lee Jofa has just launched their Lilly Pulitzer Fabric collection with some amazing prints and color ways. Some are more expensive (especially the embroidered ones), but several cotton prints are very reasonable and would make fabulous pillows and window treatments!
Here are some of my favorites:
This light blue linen fabric is hand embroidered in green thread and sells for $397 a yard
Linen/cotton embroidery for $216 a yard
These prints are all either cotton or linen and only $98 a yard. As I said, the patterns all come in multiple colors, here are a few examples:
I have a project I am working on now with a client who loves Lilly. Her home is new construction and we are working on her great room.
The room is quite large, with space for multiple seating areas. The TV is planned to go above the fireplace and can be seen from the open kitchen and breakfast area.
The color palette was inspired by this Lilly fabric:
It will be used as a cushion on the existing bench in the breakfast area and as pillows on the chairs under the windows.
This amazing abstract art work was also an inspiration for the color palette:
It is so much fun to be able to incorporate original art work into a design concept. This piece is by Jane Booth (http://www.janebooth.com/artist.html).
Here are some of the key pieces we are planning on using:
A pink and white striped traditional sofa, ottoman cubes in blue and navy coral pattern, drapes in the white and blue fabric, toss pillows in hot pink and white, an upholstered ottoman in a neutral beige, side chairs in white with hot pink piping (and those blue and white throw pillows), a white lacquered console table and some traditional gourd lamps.
What a fun room! Can you imagine? So many people are afraid of color and won’t take this leap. That being said, the walls are beige, the floors hardwood with a beige rug and we have 2 more chairs in a light linen color. It seems like a lot of color, but it will be tempered by the neutral envelope it sits in.
If you would like help designing a fun room like this, or just want to see the Lilly Pulitzer fabrics in person, contact us at Heather Scott Home & Design:
We would love to help you plan a fun, decorating project like this one!
And, to learn more about the Lilly Pulitzer custom upholstery, furniture or casegoods…stay tuned to some ‘VERY’ exciting news in our next blog!!