Can you believe it’s Friday again?!? I can’t! On our end, this week whizzed by! My daughter changed preschools so we’re still settling into our new routine and the longer commute. Plus, the weather has been just perfect around here and we’ve been spending a lot of our spare time outdoors. Anyways, since it is Friday, it must be all about pattern and fabric and today is pretty preppy gingham day.
Gingham is a cotton or linen cloth with symmetrical and overlapping stripes that create a checkered pattern. The lines in the gingham pattern have all the same width (as opposed to plaid) and the colors are always white plus another color. The word ¨gigham¨might have both Malay and Dutch origins, according to Wiki:
¨The name originates from the Malay adjective, ¨genggang¨, meaning ¨striped¨. Other sources say that it is said to have been made at Guingamp, a town in Brittany, France. Some sources say that the name came into English via Dutch. When originally imported into Europe in the 17th century it was a striped fabric, though now it is distinguished by its checkered pattern. From the mid-18th century, when it was being produced in the mills of Manchester, England, it started to be woven into checked or plaid patterns (often blue and white). Checked gingham became more common over time, though striped gingham was still available in the late Victorian period. The equivalent in French language is the adjective ¨vichy¨, from a town in France (Vichy).¨ (Wikipedia)
Extremely popular in men’s fashion, gingham is a cheerful pattern that you can either wear or decorate with. Typically goes well with a country, cottage décor but subtle checks can be used in more sophisticated designs. Here are some of my favorite spaces where gingham is used beautifully! I hope you enjoy!
Breakfast corner in Sir Evelyn and Lady Rothschild’s Martha’s Vineyard Home.
Guest Room in Sir Evelyn and Lady Rothschild’s Matha Vineyard’s Home
In this breakfast nook, ¨Gustavian seating pieces are covered in a muted seafoam check fabric from Chelsea Textiles.¨
I love the oversized gingham in a delicate cream. It is barely-there yet makes those walls so much more interesting.
These last two images are from an old time favorite country home. Most of my preferences in décor have changed over the last few years but I still love this space…
Have a wonderful weekend!