blue and white ticking (some inspiration and ideas)


Blue and white ticking fabric, also known as mattress ticking or French mattress ticking, is one of my go-to fabrics. It has been around for a very long time, and was originally used for its pragmatic feature of being thick and durable so that whatever the mattress was stuffed with wouldn’t poke thru. These days, it’s used for both its practicality and its aesthetic appeal.


So aside from being a down-to-earth fabric with a long history of usability, I think ticking goes with almost everything. And, it’s affordable (the links above will take you to some sources). I like what it does to a room—in some cases it brings it down and in other cases it adds to the rustic charm—however it works, it usually does the trick for me.

I’ve gathered some pretty examples of ticking used in various ways. I hope you find something that inspires you today!

Frank de Biasi

Custom wallpaper above and bold pairings with red.

House Beautiful
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Amanda Brooks

On chairs and ottomans it’s fresh and classic.


Sincerely, Marie Designs
Markham Roberts


One Kings Lane

Looking smart with black piping (above).  And it always looks good in a summer home (below).

Markham Roberts

In bedrooms it looks great mixed with other unexpected patterns or taking center stage.

Ralph Lauren Home
Elle Decor
One Kings Lane
India Hicks

Happy Friday!


Friday mood board 5.17.19


The inspiration for this room comes from the Southern Magnolia tree, or Magnolia grandiflora.

Usually I think of this tree during the holidays, with its shiny deep green leaves and brown underside, but its big white flowers bloom in late spring and early summer. And they are exquisite.


So, I’m imagining a library or study, drawing on the colors and textures of the whole tree, and the mystery of the flower.  I’m thinking of a room with both a masculine and a feminine vibe, a bit of a moody, old-world feel, but also with touches of white and light.

I’d start by painting the walls in Salon Drab by Farrow & Ball, which is a “deep chocolate brown.” (you must click on link to see that the color is brown and not gray). This would be the drama as well as the foundation for a traditional library look that one might be expecting. But for a bit of femininity and lightness, I’d hang long drapes in Sandberg’s Magnolia Grandiflora lined and trimmed in Espalier Square in Emerald by Soane Britain.

As an accent fabric, I’d bring in touches of Lotus Palmette in Emerald also by Soane Britain.


In front of the fireplace there would be four comfy leather writer’s chairs. I love the idea of an antique Scandinavian standing desk (this feels old and modern to me), and I’d accessorize with 19th century portraits in antique bone frames and  a handmade Baroque letter holder by artist Beth Scanlon at Scanlon Apparati.

So what do you think? Tradition, Southern charm, and a touch of the ethereal…

(Be sure to check out our previous Friday Mood Boards here and here!)

Cheers and Happy Friday!

Holly and Brooke





house tour: English shabby chic by Max Rollitt


Max Rollitt was trained as a cabinetmaker then went into selling antiques (in a shop he inherited from his mother and has apparently truly made his own). Now he decorates interiors as well. I don’t remember exactly when I came across Rollitt’s work; all I know is that I liked it a lot. For one thing—he puts a smile on your face. His Instagram is often funny and his rooms, for all their beauty, don’t take themselves too seriously.

In an ivy covered old Hampshire vicarage featured in House & Garden UK, we can see the hallmarks of his style that I find so interesting and fresh and full of charm.


Here’s what I think is worth noting about Max Rollitt’s approach to design:

Color: Color is used everywhere, rich and unexpected colors (that I myself would never think to incorporate) in drapes and on furniture and on walls. But the rooms are not saturated—the colors are given room to breathe and be noticed when placed against natural materials and the rougher edges of old houses.


Floors and walls: Here, floors are wide planked wood from Victorian potteries, left natural or painted a glossy white. There are sisal rugs and antique oriental rugs layered throughout. Walls are painted in lovely natural colors, like the dining room in Light Blue by Farrow and Ball or wallpapered in Lewis and Wood patterns that work so well to compliment the essence of the house and property.


Quirkiness: Why not dress a Romanesque bust with a black top hat? The British have this kind of humor that we just can’t pull off over here (when we try we just seem silly). There’s a lighthearted and joyful feeling that transcends the walls and fills the space that I love.


Lived in and loved not decorated: There is attention to details that “make the house not just decorated but lived in and loved.” Rollitt achieves this with layers and a blending of materials and periods and style, accessorizing with interesting collected items (he includes high-end antique pieces but is not opposed to reproductions if done right), and a respect for the past that embraces imperfection combined with modern day comfort.


Attitude: It seems to me that a Max Rollitt room is about confidence and fun and taking some risks to get the mix right. And when the mix is right, it’s elegant and very lovely.

Hope you are inspired on this rainy Monday…Cheers!

(All photographs by Mel Yates published in House & Garden UK).



Friday mood board 5.3.19


With this mood board, I’m dreaming up a guest bedroom or a girl’s bedroom in need of some redecorating (for a young lady who has outgrown the child’s room look).


I started with the wallpaper from Shumacher because I like the timeless and traditional sense it brings to the room, and it feels fresh but sophisticated. I’m using it as the anchor here to set the tone.


I’ll do curtains in Wild Iris by Robert Kime, trimmed and lined in the blush check by Scalamandre. The check would also look nice on a cushion for the vintage wicker chaise. As a compliment fabric, the headboard and bedskirt would be done in this gorgeous oyster linen from Bennison.

'Great Kasumi' on oyster linen by Bennison Fabrics
‘Great Kasumi’ on oyster linen by Bennison Fabrics

I’d furnish the room with an antique secretary like this one from Tone on Tone Antiques in a light green patina finish and a vintage wicker chaise, and accessorize with vintage wicker trunks, an antique tulipiere, and crepe myrtle topiaries.

Last but certainly not least, because I believe that original art greatly enhances the atmosphere of a room and of a home in general, I’ve selected a contemporary landscape by artist Christen Yates, which I found through art dealer Liza Pruitt (who is especially fond of connecting art with people and making it fun and interesting).


Of course, feel free to use this mood board as inspiration for any project you have in mind. We’ll be posting a Friday Mood Board each week, and we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas (because they inspire us!).

Cheers! Holly and Brooke

wallpaper Wednesday

Lochwood in Green and Coral by Nina Campbell in the Rosslyn Wallpaper Collection

I’m fascinated with this whimsical, wonderful wallpaper.  An enchanted forest, it certainly changes the mood of a room and most likely those who are in it…what would you do with it?  I’m very curious…