Tuesday Tidbit: My Custom Lining Habit on All Things Design
Ok…so you know I love couture details
I have kind of an obsession with fabulous and personalized linings.
Hot pink, green silk, wild pattern, unexpected uses…
Am sure it all started in the – get ready – 1980’s (!) – before I was born…not…
when designing in NYC & then Los Angeles
At the time it was very chic to custom design all the lamp shades with pale pink hand dyed silk so that the glow from the light bulbs would be flattering to women in a room
How wonderful! I wanted to live like the people we were designing for :)!
I couldn’t afford it…so I thought, well – heck, maybe I could “Custom DIY” it…
Saved up…bought a can of pink paint
Customized every single lampshade inside of our microscopic apartment with what I thought was the “perfect” pale pink
Mind you – I painted in broad daylight
I was so excited to see the results…
And our crappy small apartment looked like the inside of a bottle of Pepto Bismol.
Design Epic Fail # 112!
I laughed – and cried – mostly because I couldn’t afford another can of paint…and learned then and there that two things REALLY matter when dealing with LINING things and the COLOR of lining things:
1. Composition of Material: Paint on cheap cardboard is NOT the same as hand died pale silk 🙂
2. Saturation of Color = Reflective Quality
Needless to say, I still love custom lining and have spent years delighting in clients who don’t mind an epic fail every now and then while we get that amazing green underlining “just right” to reflect off a polished floor when you are walking up a staircase and happen to “glimpse” the underside of a chair!
I do believe custom linings are a fingerprint from the designer. A touch of whimsy. And they show intent. You cannot rush when you are lining things.
Live a custom life. There is only one you.™
Check out our Pinterest Board on Linings here & let me know if you have any fabulous lining stories we can share!