top fabric + wallpaper resources!

i love fabric.
and wallpaper.
so many colors, designs, patterns.
but there are also a lot of uglies.
how do you find the good ones?
well, thanks design*sponge,
for making a list.
the best of the best.
i had to post it.
now if only i could buy it all...

Fabric Resources:

Purl Soho: This NYC institution is my go-to shop for great fabrics online or in person. They have a phenomenal collection of colorful basics and imported designs from Japan.

Repro Depot: Repro is closed for the summer (due to open again soon) but when they re-open, they’ll resume being one of the best places to buy affordable fabrics and vintage/retro-style textiles online.

Ikea: The strength of Ikea’s fabric collection improves every year. Though the ease of procuring it in person depends on the customer service quality at your local store, you can often buy their newer styles online. Their modern florals are my favorite.

Marimekko: Marimekko’s bold designs are always a good choice if you need a strong dash of color and pattern.

Hable Construction: Ok, trade-only alert. Hable only sells their fabric design to the trade, but I’m hoping that if I keep begging them every year, they’ll eventually change their policy. They make my favorite pattern in the world (Beads in Green Bean) and are definitely worth the extra fee of hiring a designer or D&D building to order for you.

Skinny LaMinx: I’ve loved watching South African designer Heather Moore expand her collection of textiles over the years. Her playful style has a slightly retro feel but always comes in a modern color palette.

Studio Bon: Bonnee Sharp’s sophisticated patterns are in my top three at all times. They’re the perfect combination of fun and ladylike.

Mod Green Pod: Eco-friendly fabrics in playful patterns. Their “Aspire” pattern in grey is one of my current loves.

Ebay: Ebay is an endless source for amazing vintage (and new) fabric. Whether you’re looking for vintage Swedish textiles or discount patterns from contemporary designers, someone’s selling it here. (The craft section is great for inexpensive options.)

Just Scandinavian: If you lust after Josef Frank’s iconic patterns like I do, this shop is a must. They stock most of Mr. Frank’s patterns. (For the majority of Frank patterns, you need to call to place an order, but you can view the pattern, price, and availability online.)

Textile Arts: This great online boutique sells a nice selection of Marimekko, Ljungbergs, and Mod Green Pod fabric.
Imagine Fabric: A nice one-stop shop for fabrics from designers like Joel Dewberry and Amy Butler.

Hancock’s: Hancock’s may not be super cutting-edge, but they are a great source for basics like toile, plaid, and stripes.

Joann Fabrics: Ditto for Joann Fabrics. Not the “coolest” right off the bat, but they have a great collection of classic designs for reasonable prices.

Frelis: I love their basic linens. I’ve been dying to find a place to use their “Wasabi” linen.

Contemporary Cloth: This website could use a little face lift, but they stock a nice range of designer, organic, and simple cotton fabrics.

Modern Fabrics: If you like classic designs from companies like KnollTextiles and Maharam, this shop has you covered with sophisticated designs.

Rubie Green: Super chic fabrics (I have the zig zag fabric on my office chair) from Lonny Magazine’s Michelle Adams.

Sew Mama Sew: A nice selection of small and large-scale prints.

Etsy: Etsy is a great spot to find up and coming designers. Some of my favorites are Kalla, Melbomba, and Frumafar.

Spoonflower: Custom printed fabrics at reasonable prices from new and up-and-coming designers. You can also print you own designs!

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Wallpaper Resources:

walnut wallpaper: a great one-stop shop for modern patterns from all the top designers.

hyyge & west: fun wallpapers from a string of great contemporary artists like julia rothman and joy deangdeelert cho

grow house grow: creative papers from designer katie deedy in brooklyn. i love her series inspired by female scientists.

graham & brown: a huge collection of prints and solids in a wide range of styles. their new series with amy butler is fantastic!

cole & son: these guys can do no wrong in my book. their papers can sometimes be hard to find so be sure to email them for a stockist near you. they’re the ones who make that forrest wallpaper that has been everywhere for years.

farrow & ball: sophisticated papers in subtle colors. great if you’re going for something more traditional.

cavern home: a nyc-based wallpaper boutique that specializes in unexpected designs from a team of guest designers

jocelyn warner: wonderfully feminine designs often inspired by nature

makelike: their cactus wallpaper has been stuck on my inspiration board for months

ferm living: a danish design company specializing in bold, nature-inspired designs. they have some beautiful geometric prints that are great for modern homes

nama rococo: karen combs’ hand-painted papers are my favorite in the industry, hands down. her wallpapers are truly unique in a sea of digitally printed designs.

mod green pod: cheerful wallpaper designs printed with non-toxic inks

secondhand rose: ok, this isn’t online, but if you’re in nyc and need vintage wallpaper, run- don’t walk- to secondhand rose. their selection of vintage patterns is AMAZING

fine little day: i love designer elisabeth dunker’s designs she co-created with her 8 year old son, otto.

miss print: colorful, retro-inspired patterns from england

lizzie allen: hand screenprinted wallpaper in playful patterns like walking buckingham palace guards

catherine hammerton: catherine’s textured wallpapers have to be seen to be truly appreciated. they’re unbelievably unique and have so much character.

tracy kendall: tracy’s wallpapers are truly special and often involve hand-sewn elements like metallic letters or puzzle pieces

clarissa hulse: beautiful floral prints

mini moderns: great modern wallpaper for children with a retro spin

turner pocock: quirky patterns like tennis racquets and cricket paddles

eskayel: amazing digital patterns from brooklyn

ebay: ebay’s vintage wallpaper collection is amazing. if you keep an eye on things regularly you’re bound to catch a great steal. i’ve seen people pick up amazing european papers for under $10 a roll

osborne & little: sophisticated high-end papers that are perfect for making a dramatic statement

adelphi paper hangings: if you need historic papers, adelphi has you covered. i think of these as my “when i’m older and the kids are out of the house” papers. perfect for a grown-up house where small kids or pets won’t prevent you from owning fancy things

tres tintas: beautiful boutique wallpaper from spain

lisa bengtsson: lisa’s frame wallpaper was a smash hit and allows you to customize your walls

flavor paper: psychedelic wallpapers that feel like they come from both the 1970’s and the future at the same time

studio printworks: contemporary patterns that range from classic to kooky

erika wakerly: i love erika’s bold graphic patterns. the metallic finishes give them extra sparkle

orla kiely: retro, colorful- like candy for your walls

trustworth: stunning historic patterns from the CFA voysey archives

palace papers: their herringbone print is one of my favorites

jill malek: jill’s nature-inspired wallpaper designs come in vivid gold and pink hues

madison & grow: i love their preppy “martha’s vinyeard” collection

anthropologie: anthro stocks a great collection of designs that are often affordable, removable and perfectly on-trend

deborah bowness: deborah’s wallpapers are wonderfully witty. several of them replicate the look of hanging clothes and furniture

rollout: custom and guest-designed wallpaper from canada with a fresh, young feel

paper mills: i love the way paper mills block-prints their designs. the new animal prints they designed are definitely a fun break from the norm

porter teleo: hand printed wallpaper designs that work well in modern or traditional homes

hanna werning: hanna werning has great wallpaper posters that work well in small spaces (ie: bathrooms) and bring a bold pop of color to the room

studio nommo: these designs will make you smile. they feel like children’s designs for grownups, in the best way possible

twenty2: brooklyn-based designers with a great collection of prints and grass-cloth papers

aimee wilder: aimee has a fun collection of patterns that range from pigeons and flowers to cassette tapes and robots

timorous beasties: amazing patterns from scotland. like cole & son, i think it’s hard to go wrong with these guys. their thistle pattern is my favorite

mibo: i love their sweet bird-pattern paper

jenny wilkinson: her paint-by-number wallpaper is great for adults and kids alike

laura felicity: i love the soft, hand-drawn feel to laura’s work

absolute zero degrees: these are the designers behind “mini moderns” but their “swallows” design is still one of my favorites

trove: their atmospheric patterns are great for contemporary homes. but their “indi” bird pattern is my favorite

kreme: groovy patterns in bright sunny colors

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  1. awesome! i was actually, literally, just looking up fabric sources online! we must be surfing the same wavelength this morning :)