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Life of Shaz Life Hacks

Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors, an Alexandria, Virginia based interior design firm, provides simple solutions to creating a beautiful home and life.

GROWN-UP GINGHAM

Me in my grandmother’s creations.

Me in my grandmother’s creations.

Growing up, few things signaled spring like a trip to the fabric store with my grandmother.  I remember spending hours pouring over pattern books. I stood in awe looking at the wall of threads, the colorfully arranged buttons hanging on white cards and zippers in every color of the rainbow.  My grandmother loved to sew for us. Before she would head off to church, she took so much pride in dressing us up in one of her latest creations, which I now recognize was the highlight of her week.  While I was not always crazy about my grandmother’s creations, mainly consisting of itchy lace, I can say with certainty my favorite frocks were made from cotton gingham.  For as long as I can remember, I have had a love of gingham with its smooth cotton coolness next to my skin and dizzying array of colors against crisp white. It was always hard for me to decide which color because I loved them all. One of my favorite details was the ricrac my grandmother would sew into the seams around the perimeter…a soft undulation of waves peaking out. 

Gingham outfit crafted by my grandmother.

Gingham outfit crafted by my grandmother.

Today, gingham transports me in just the same way.  There is not a scale or color I do not love in gingham.  As you can see in the below images of some of my favorite projects, I love to see it used in a variety of ways. Whether on furniture or window treatments, bedding or table linens, even clothing, you cannot go wrong with this classic staple. 

Dining chairs in yellow gingham print with monograms add a sophisticated feel to this dining space.

Dining chairs in yellow gingham print with monograms add a sophisticated feel to this dining space.

Gingham window treatments act as the backdrop for this unique chest of drawers.

Gingham window treatments act as the backdrop for this unique chest of drawers.

Bold gingham wallpaper adds a unique touch to the space.

Bold gingham wallpaper adds a unique touch to the space.

Kitchen with gingham details in the bar stools and fabric pendant shades.

Kitchen with gingham details in the bar stools and fabric pendant shades.

Dining room bench in dusty blue gingham fabric.

Dining room bench in dusty blue gingham fabric.

Purple gingham chairs add a a punch in this family’s sitting room.

Purple gingham chairs add a a punch in this family’s sitting room.

Gingham in black and white provides a subtle yet classic look.

Gingham in black and white provides a subtle yet classic look.

I matched the breakfast banquette fabric to that of the window treatments for a seamless feel throughout this kitchen nook.

I matched the breakfast banquette fabric to that of the window treatments for a seamless feel throughout this kitchen nook.

True Americana feel in this cozy bedroom with the royal blue gingham drapes and bed skirt.

True Americana feel in this cozy bedroom with the royal blue gingham drapes and bed skirt.

While I am waiting patiently for spring to makes its way around in time for Easter, here I am sharing a few things on my wish list. 


 
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1. Gingham Top

This top from Dodo Bar combines gingham with embroidery and passementerie.

 


 
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2. Red Gingham Napkins

These napkins, ricrac and all, can be mixed with blue for a patriotic vibe or styled with the coordinating place-mats for a matched look.


 
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3. Trademark Large Gingham Tote

Currently coveting this tote.


 
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4. J Crew Peony Gingham Skirt

Nothing shouts spring more than this beautiful pink color on this gingham skirt.


 
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5. Anthropologie Gingham Throw Pillow

This throw pillow from Anthropologie is a classic through and through.


 
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6. Vans Gingham Slip On’s

These casual slip on’s in the red gingham print are sure to be a staple in my summer wardrobe this season.


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