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Textile Messages

Fabrics can make a huge difference in a room—creating a mood via window treatments and upholstery, rugs and wallcoverings, pillows and linens. We asked Annika Christensen, an interior designer and the owner of Midnight Sun Swedish Antiques & Design in Libertyville, to talk about how she’d use textiles in two spaces of her own imagining—one urban, the other country

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Rustic Modern textiles

“I’m picturing a family room in a modern glass-and-timber vacation home in the woods, with very large windows overlooking fantastic nature. To these textiles, I would add a white cowhide or Mongolian lambskin rug, tables made of stainless steel and glass, and rustic accents, such as a pair of woven-wicker stools or baskets and beautiful white birch logs in the fireplace.”

1. “I like to use plain fabrics on the larger pieces in a room, so plain nubby linen would go on a sleek-lined sofa.

2.“I would use this fabric, with the stripes horizontal, for a set of 22-inch throw pillows on the sofa.”

3. “This embroidered squiggly pattern has a larger scale. I would use it for simple grommet-top drapery panels on stainless steel rods that would run around the perimeter of the room, with the panels stacked in the corners for softness.”

4. “I would add this abstract dotted pattern in the form of a long rectangular pillow in the center of the sofa to provide a bit of movement, without overpowering the mostly neutral scheme.”

5. “The walls would be covered in grass cloth, hung horizontally, allowing the stripes to mimic a log cabin in a very sophisticated way.”

6. “This complementary burlap wallpaper would work very well in an adjacent powder room.

7. “To counterbalance the sofa’s heavier texture, I would cover the seats of a couple of chairs (preferably with stainless steel bases, such as a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona or an Arne Jacobsen Egg) in smooth, vintage caramel-colored leather.”

Contact: Midnight Sun Swedish Antiques & Design, 110 W. Lake St., Libertyville, 847-362-5240; midnightsunantiques.com


Photograph: Leonard Gertz

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