Do you have children? Pets? A messy mate? Do you believe beautiful fabrics are too difficult to maintain? Is light-colored upholstery out of the question? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Janet Brown Interiors has a solution for you. One of the biggest design innovations in recent years has been the creation of performance fabrics that have the look, feel and drape of traditional textiles. Sunbrella – a company that got its start in 1961 making awnings, then boating products – now offers sophisticated fabrics for upholstery, throws, window treatments and pillows. Sunbrella does not fade or turn yellow in the sun, and it withstands wet paws and sticky fingers. Unlike performance fabrics of the past, Sunbrella feels soft and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. Take a look . . .
“With so many people and so much activity, durability is an issue, and fabrics and furnishings were chosen accordingly. Tile floors in the kids’ mudroom . . . are equally no-fuss. To keep life organized, the grandchildren have their own monogrammed towels, drinking glasses, and colorful buckets for their shoes and sports gear. Cushion: Canvas/Parrot by Sunbrella. Cushion trim: Canvas/Hot Pink by Sunbrella.” Personalized bins available from Janet Brown Interiors. Interior design: Elizabeth Schmidt. Photo: Werner Straube. Text: Amy Elbert. “Family Lake Home With Vibrant Color” produced by Sandra L. Mohlmann. Traditional Home.
“Vintage rattan screen. A console table is jazzed-up with navy Island Ikat by China Seas. Adding to the ease of the living room is the Sunbrella stripe with which Amanda Lindroth dressed four 1960s armchairs that came with the house.” Bahamas home of designer Amanda Lindroth. Photo: James Merrell. “A Modern Preppy House in the Bahamas” by Dylan Landis. House Beautiful (October 2012).
“This breakfast banquette features a bright nautical nouveau look and feel courtesy of the custom, carefree Sunbrella cushions that frame the nook. Bright yellow piping brings the solid white backdrop to life with style, and accent pillows add a decorative element while concealing the depth of the corner seat.” Cushion trim, pillows, seat cushion and sheers – all Sunbrella. Photo via Sunbrella website.
“The exterior walls of curved glass provide wide-angle views of the landscaped grounds. Lee Industries chairs slipcovered with Sunbrella fabrics strike simple and elegant silhouettes in the modernist setting.” Interior design by Eric Cohler. Photography by John Bessler. Text by Amy Elbert. “Landmark Goodyear House Restored” produced by Eleanor Roper. Traditional Home.
“With a little imagination, you can create a cozy nook anywhere in the house. . . . The soft pink, orange and melon hues provide a calm Mediterranean feel. The medallion pattern on the throw pillows made of Sunbrella fabric could be inspired by a similar pattern discovered on a trip abroad or spotted in a favorite design magazine. The cushion [is] covered in Sunbrella Posh Persimmon.” Sunbrella throw. Photo via Sunbrella website.
“With a dominating fireplace and lush surroundings, this patio is the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining. Blue garden stools provide extra seating; white sheer drapery and candlelight create an intimate setting.” Sofa fabric by Sunbrella. Designer: Ann Runyon Carter. Photo: Dominique Vorillon. “Sela Ward’s Stylish Bel Air Home With a Southern Soul” written and produced by Jenny Bradley. Traditional Home.
“Two old tables slipcovered with khaki water-resistant fabric create an elegant dining surface on the loggia. Chairs came from area garage sales and secondhand shops. This is where the Bonds eat most of their meals. ‘It was about going for a great amount of light and a sense of the indoors and outdoors being one,’ Marcia says. The loggia is on the front of the house, but is sheltered by a wisteria canopy and vine-covered courtyard walls.” Table covering and chair fabric by Sunbrella. Home of designer-turned-restaurateur Marcia Bond. Photo: John Granen. Text: Amy Elbert. “Cross Currents” produced by Linda Humphrey. Traditional Home.
“Bichon G.G. enjoys seaside breezes on a teak sofa covered in durable Sunbrella fabric.” Nantucket Island summer home of designer Trudy Dujardin. Photo: Terry Pommett. “Before and After: Eco-Friendly Summer Home” written by Amy Elbert. Traditional Home.
“Splashes of orange and hot pink offset the creamy white Sunbrella fabric used on the narrow settees and for the portieres to achieve a clean, classic look.” Outdoor pavilion of Hamptons-style shingle house and gardens. Santa Barbara Design House and Gardens. Interior design by Linda Chase, Linda Chase Assoc. Inc. Design Studio. Photography by Karyn Millet and John Bessler. “Out in the Open” written by Clara Haneberg. Traditional Home.
“McKinnon & Harris chaises with buttercup-yellow Sunbrella cushions. Landscape design is by Ellin Goetz.” Design by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller. Photo: Eric Piasecki. “A Sophisticated Bermuda-Style House in Naples, Florida” written by Lisa Creegan. House Beautiful (September 2013).
Beach chairs from Sunrise Chair Co. made with marine-grade Sunbrella fabric. “A Better Beach Chair” by M. K. Quinlan. Garden and Gun (May 23, 2014).
With Sunbrella fabrics, you can relax and enjoy your beautiful home – indoors and out. Come visit the Studio at Janet Brown Interiors to learn more.
Post by Kathleen Sams Flippen for Janet Brown Interiors.