The legendary fabric house, Brunschwig et Fils has just released the beautiful, new Baret fabric collection. This exotic collection of exuberant prints and sumptuous velvets, weaves, and embroideries was inspired by the fascinating story of Jeanne Baret, an 18th century French explorer who made history as the first female voyager to embark on a journey around the globe. The collection features a combination of both brand new designs and re-colorations of classic Brunschwig et Fils designs come together to create a wonderfully robust offering. There are a variety of color ways including my favorite– a combination of raspberry and aubergine tones, along with a blue and white color palette, soft aqua with gray, as well as warm neutrals.
When working on projects for my clients, I typically begin a new design by selecting a “hero fabric”– basically the star of the show– and then build the rest of the fabric, textile, and paint selections around it. The Baret collection is filled with beautiful hero fabrics that could spark anyone’s imagination. My favorites are the Xian Linen and Cotton Print, the Lodi Garden Print, the Bokhara Susani, and the especially chic Bromo velvet which I am considering using to reupholster my dining chairs. I recently partnered with Brunschwig et Fils to create a few mood boards around this stunning new fabric collection. For the Berry board, I was inspired by the thought of a modern, jet-setting woman such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or her sister, Lee Radziwill, who loves and appreciates tradition as well as classic design, but lives her life in a modern way.
Meanwhile, for the blue and white mood board, I was inspired by the idea of style icons like Bunny Mellon, Oscar de la Renta, and Audrey Hepburn who have come to personify classic American style, enduring beauty, and grace. I mixed in a few solid fabrics, some small-scale prints from Kravet, as well as a pretty trim, and a fabulous natural-fiber rug to round-out the textile offering, then punctuated it with a mix of timeless furniture and modern art.
Which mood board do you identify with the most? It’s a toss up for me because I find that they both really resonate with me. That’s truly the beauty of the Baret Collection– it is perfect in so many settings. Visit Brunschwig et Fils to view all of the designs in the Baret Collection.