MT Custom at the ELLE Decor Concept House

Outdoor draperies? Yes! Overhead shades for a custom cabana? Yes! Outdoor upholstery, cushions, pillows and bolsters in linen and velvet? Yes! When interior designer and our own Creative Director Michael Tavano came to us for everything he needed to create an outdoor room for ELLE Decor’s 2012 Modern Life Concept House, we answered yes, yes, YES!  We love this cabana by DESIGNLUSH with its coating of golden Ferrari auto paint, and it made the perfect place for lounging in Michael’s concept for an urban oasis, which also includes an area for dining. We crafted some overhead shades to add privacy and give a respite from bright sun, and we added sheer white curtains on the sides to add a blowsy touch of casualness to the mod circle screened cabana “wall”. We’ll soon be collaborating with the New York-based modern design brand on drapery and shade treatments for its line of custom cabanas, and adding features such as wind sensors  and complete motorization.  To connect the townhouse with the cabana, we used a lively Ikat outdoor fabric from Kravet to make curtains. All of the outdoor curtains are weighted at the bottom hem to prevent them blowing up, up, up and away in a summer storm. People who visit the showhouse are surprised to see so much fabric used outdoors, but it can all stay out all summer long, creating outdoor rooms as cozy and private as your indoor spaces.

Michael selected wonderful outdoor fabrics from Perennials for these great cushions to enhance the lounge-ability of Restoration Hardware’s two very deep and generous daybeds. Everyone has gone wild (so to speak) for the terrific tiger-striped velvet, that great black and white woven and a solid azure velvet the color of a perfect summer sky. We handcrafted theses pillows using coordinating outdoor fabrics to create trim. The water actually beads up off of these fabrics and rolls right off. Watch the video to see it in action:

This makes them great for indoor applications, too. Imagine that red wine stain beading up and rolling off of your sofa, dining chairs or draperies. It will if you use one of the hundreds of chic and durable outdoor fabrics on the market today. MT Custom can help you with your fabric selections and specification questions, and collaborate with you to design custom clothwork for both indoors and out.

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