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A Single Headboard

by habituallychic

04 . 12 . 10

I’ve been too busy decorating for others lately to spend any time on my own apartment but when a certain magazine asked to see photos of it, I thought that maybe I should finish all those nagging projects. One of which is a headboard. If you live in an apartment in New York, then you know the problem with the ever present bump out. It’s an annoying little thing that allows the pipes to run up and down the corner of a building but always causes a decorating disaster. In my case, there is one at the foot of my bed that doesn’t allow 4 inches for a normal headboard to sit behind the mattress. This means that I need to have one custom made that will attach to the wall and sit above the top of the mattress. See why I haven’t dealt with this before. You’re probably wondering why I’ve first posted a photo of a dining room if I am talking about headboards right? Well, I’ve been in love with the fabric on those chairs since they were first published in Domino in September 2008.

Then I saw it used for the headboard in A Single Man and thought that’s the fabric I should use for my own headboard! The sample I have is Tilbury Lapis by Laura Ashley through Kravet. I usually remove the tag from any of the Laura Ashley fabrics before I show them to my clients since they usually associate them with unflattering floral dresses but the ikat of this fabric is perfect. The walls in my bedroom are robins egg blue and even though I plan to replace all my bedding, it should all coordinate nicely. I may have to find myself a blue phone to finish it off though!

Here’s another photo of the chairs from the premier issue of Lonny magazine. I’m not really a prints person. I usually stick to textures and skins like shagreen but I think a headboard should make a statement and it’s nice to have at least one patterned fabric in a room that pulls everything together.

Above is photo of Tilbury Lapis from Laura Ashley through Kravet and below is a photo of Tilbury Lapis from Calico Corners. Are they in cahoots or has Calico Corners copied their fabric from Laura Ashley? They look almost identical. I’ve ordered a sample of the Calico Corners since at $24.99 a yard, it’s practically free! That’s a joke but everyone likes a bargain, myself included. If this all works out, that would make one project down and fifty more to go so I’m off to get to work! Ciao!

Photos by Anie Schlecter for Domino and Patrick Cline for Lonny

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  1. rosiecampbell April 12, 2010 | 7:00 pm

    Thank you for a great post. Hard to believe that Calico Corners is carrying the same fabric. At that price it is steal!


  2. Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself April 12, 2010 | 7:02 pm

    I almost bought that fabric when I recovered my dining room chairs! It was my first choice but I ultimately went with a neutral stripe that my mom already owned (free = good).

    Love this! Go for it!


  3. Lacquered Life April 12, 2010 | 7:09 pm

    I have also adored this fabric since seeing it in Domino. Then it appeared in Lonny like a tease, and then i discovered it at calico corners! I love it so much I have had a sample for ages and am simply trying to figure out what to do with it!

  4. the red bungalow April 12, 2010 | 7:51 pm

    Awww, I miss Domino. 🙁 I love that white trellis texture on those walls too. Love your blog as always.

    Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

  5. Christine Schwalm Design April 12, 2010 | 8:04 pm

    I made an upholstered headboard once and it really was easy. I had 1/2″ plywood cut to size at Home Depot and picked up 4 “D” rings while there. I got spray adhesive and foam from craft store and the whole project took about 2 hours. I mounted the 4 “D” rings evenly spaced about 6 inches from the top. I used metal wall anchors (look like giant screws) and then hung the headboard from the screws. Good luck!

  6. ceo April 12, 2010 | 9:36 pm

    I love this print… thanks for sharing…


  7. Holly Goes Lightly April 12, 2010 | 10:32 pm

    I was at CC last week, and it looks darn good in person. Deep colors and nice weight. There’s also a smaller, paler -almost watery – version that’s really good looking.

  8. kimberj April 12, 2010 | 10:34 pm

    I do believe sweet dreams will await you after making a headboard with this gorgeous fabric!!!

  9. Lavender and Lilies April 12, 2010 | 10:59 pm

    Gorgeous fabric!

  10. Annie April 12, 2010 | 11:58 pm

    They are probably based on the same Indonesian Ikat design, which is why they are so similar. Great to see the cheaper alternative too.

  11. Annie April 13, 2010 | 12:00 am

    I forgot to mention the production designer for a “Single Man” was Amy Wells who did “Mad Men”!

  12. Alexandra Rae April 13, 2010 | 12:20 am

    I believe they are actually the exact same fabric. There are so few mills left in the US, they sell the same to different distributors without exclusivity. And those distributers set their own price points. Let us know if they seem identical side by side. I’ve looked at both and just assumed it was the same fabric, but I’ve never seen them side by side. BTW lots of Kravet stuff is at Calico Corners these days. 🙂

  13. cheryl April 13, 2010 | 2:15 am

    had my dining chairs done in this fabric a few years ago after seeing the same fabric on a shell-trimmed pillow @Luxe Home in Charlotte. mine is the Calico version and it is perfection, especially for the price. now i’m getting nervous i’ll start seeing it too much…

  14. Natasha April 13, 2010 | 2:20 am

    Love this fabric as well, have four large pillows covered in it, and they give my almost all white livingroom a little punch of color!

    Northern Light.

  15. maison21 April 13, 2010 | 4:06 am

    love- it’ll look great, chic!

  16. Grant K. Gibson April 13, 2010 | 4:11 am

    One of my favorite fabrics. It has a great thickness to it and the weave is lovely and thick.
    You will love it- I know!

  17. Digs Inside & Out April 13, 2010 | 4:38 am

    Great fabric! I used the rasberry color way as draperies in a client project – turned out lovely – mixed it with some peacock blues from Kelly Wearstler…perfect! thanks for sharing this post – I had almost forgotten how much I really enjoyed this fabric!


  18. Vitania April 13, 2010 | 5:06 am

    What a fabulous Fabric.. What a wonderful headboard it will make. Sweet Dreams…


  19. Rowaida April 13, 2010 | 5:39 am

    Beautiful fabric!

  20. Kat - cardinalhouse April 13, 2010 | 1:43 pm

    There are a couple tiers in the quality control. Kravet will get the best quality from the mills. Places like Calico Corners will get the excess overruns or runs that perhaps had a very slight misprint or something else minor that most wouldn’t even notice.

  21. Sally J April 13, 2010 | 4:28 pm

    Not all of Kravet fabrics are exclusive and they will sell some of their non-exclusives to the retail houses. It’s probably the same fabric. Calico corners buys bolt priced, so they can sell it a little over wholesale and still make a profit….sometimes can be a little irritatiing to the design trade…ugg!

  22. designstiles April 13, 2010 | 8:34 pm

    {Gasp} I searched high and low for that picture of Charlotte’s headboard for my post on the Single Man movie and could not find it for the life of me. I had to settle for a picture of a pillow using the same pattern. Womp, Womp, Womp. Thanks for sharing. It’s gorgeous.


  23. The Matters of Style Girls April 13, 2010 | 9:13 pm

    They are the same fabrics. We posted about this headboard on our blog in January, and our contact at Calico Corners left us the following comment:

    Dear Matters of Style gals,
    Thought you’d like to know that the wonderful upholstered headboard in Julianne Moore’s bedroom is covered in TILBURY in color LAPIS from Laura Ashley Home. The fabric is available through all the Calico Corners and Calico Home stores and through the toll-free number (800) 213-6366. Unfortunately, this fabric is not shown on the Calico website [Note: it has since been put on the website!]–but it’s a great pattern and was also featured in the first issue of LONNY magazine, the new home decorating magazine only available online at http://www.lonnymag.com.
    Jan Jessup, Calico Corne

  24. Ryan April 13, 2010 | 9:45 pm

    so, I just purchased a whole bunch of this just off a designer remnant table. How do I know if it is the laura ashley fabric or the calico corners version? this is a woven, linen type fabric, not the standard printed on cotton fabric. any ideas? it just says portfolio textiles down the side. I guess if it was the Laura Ashley version it would say Laura Ashley down the side? i would just like to know which one i have.

  25. Casey April 14, 2010 | 3:17 pm

    I saved that dining room photo from Domino because I loved the lattice walls. There was also one of lattice donme in a kitchen but it had mirrors behind it. I love that look.

  26. Jan Jessup April 17, 2010 | 9:24 pm

    Dear Heather and all who love TILBURY in Lapis–
    Please let me clear up the confusion! This fabric retailed at Calico Corners is from Kravet’s Laura Ashley Collection, printed by their Portfolio division (that’s why you find that name in the selvage). They are one and the same.

    There is not another “version” of this fabric at Calico, nor is it a copy. It’s the original, first quality fabric. And because Calico purchases in large quantities directly from print houses and weaving mills, they are able to offer attractive retail prices on designer quality fabrics. Glad you all like this fabric as much as we do!
    Jan Jessup, Calico Corners

  27. louryne July 10, 2010 | 3:41 am

    I saw this fabric months ago on Calico Corners and passed it by thinking the print was really small. But then I started noticing it in different places and fell in love! I also finally saw the Single Man tonight and just had to do some research when it was over! (Hence why I’m here, months after this posted.)

    I’m having my Louis Chairs covered in it, very similar to the Domino and Lonny room, but I’m covering the backs in a neutral tan to pull out those colors. I’m so excited!! My mother was going to do the same but Calico just sold out of it, so she can’t!

  28. Christina Crespo June 2, 2011 | 8:51 pm

    I know this post is over a year old, but just came across it and had to comment. I saw this fabric a couple of years ago at Calico Corners and couldn’t decide on it, but went back a couple of days later and found it was on sale for something like $6-$7/yard!! I bought enough to do my 6 dining room chairs plus a couple of extra yards… and I still love the fabric!!

  29. Johanna July 4, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    I am so glad you posted this…I have been after that Calico Corners fabric!

  30. Jan Jessup July 17, 2012 | 8:05 pm

    TILBURY in Lapis is still a very au courant fabric and available through all the Calico Corners – Calico Home stores across the country. It’s also available online at http://www.calicocorners.com or by calling (800) 213-6366.

    You seldom tire of a great fabric and this one is beautifully designed. The colors are still fresh and it’s one of my favorites too.

    Jan Jessup, Calico Corners