In need of something that can instantaneously change the look of any room with just a quick trip to your upholsterer? (Or a couple of free weekends if you’re daring enough to take on the challenge without professional help) Fabric is every designer’s go to for this reason exactly. The sheer amount of possibilities that exist, matched with varying price points, make it a staple that once found in the right pattern (this can be the most daunting task), can spruce up any room in the house. Someone who can take on this task with grace and make it appear as simple is Celerie Kemble. Currently we are obsessing over her new line of fabric for Schumacher, “Feline.” Offered in a myriad of hues ranging from neutrals to bright red, “Feline” blends fun with functional. We feel that it suits her perfectly. After all, she has admitted, “I have a big appetite for fun.” The pattern itself is open to interpretation: Leopard, Cheetah, Zebra? The world may never know. It pairs the boldness of an animal print with subtle color that makes it impossible to deny its versatility. Pop of red in the living room? Navy for the study? Black in the office? We’ll take a bolt of each for all of the above, please!
As a Harvard grad, Kemble learned a thing or two about managing a successful business, and, with influences from her mother, she took the design world by storm. She is the author of two books and the owner of Kemble Interiors, nonetheless still finding time to “live a life as textured as the fabric swatches she’s surrounded by.” Kemble’s whimsy yet respectful restoration of fabrics and interiors complements many of the products you see in our South Tampa shop and online - Clayton Gray Home - we just HAD to style a mock-up office, just to prove it to you. Given that it is a classic (not to mention it looks SO chic in an office setting) we choose to highlight a few of our black and white pieces to accompany Kemble’s black and white “Feline” pattern. Michael Boodro states that Kemble, “Incorporates the serendipitous and the sentimental without losing clarity or strength,” all things that we would love to have in an office. Clarity for achieving your everyday tasks, strength to embody the power you have while working, and sentimentality to remind you of why you’re doing it all. We know you’re thinking that there is no way you could get all of that from just a fabric, but that is exactly how Celerie Kemble works her magic.
The Celerie Kemble “Feline” fabric for Schumacher is a statement that will have people envying your house in no time flat. Made of 100% linen, the fabric has a light feel that can be dressed up or down depending on the elegance you want to achieve in a certain room. Add it to your to-do list to reupholster a pillow or two, maybe even a chair, some drapes? We know we already have!