Breakfast with Gretchen Bellinger.
This morning I was invited to attend a breakfast hosted by the textile queen, Gretchen Bellinger, at the Blue Duck Tavern for up and coming local designers (Don’t be fooled. My fabric rep. was just trying to get me to come by flattering me). The first part of the morning was spent viewing Gretchen’s complete fabric line, and hearing amusing stories about the inspiration behind each fabric from Gretchen herself. Who, by the way, is just delightful.
After the presentation, the group (made up of about 9 or 10 designers) gathered ’round a long rectangular table to swap stories, get to know each other and devour amazing breakfast dishes. I had a crab meat omelet. Yum. The menu card is above (we had a choice of three entrees) and my place card is below attached to a random sampling of Gretchen’s fabrics.
During the presentation, Gretchen mentioned that her house in upstate NY was photographed for Elle Decor in 2008. So obviously, as soon as I got home, I pulled the November 2008 issue from my archives (thank you Tim) and flipped through the pages until I found the article on Gretchen Bellinger. It’s oldie but a goodie.
I WANT that Dining room table.
Gretchen Bellinger’s fabric line is so gorgeous. Photos really don’t do it justice. The color palette is soft and neutral (with the exception of recent, fiery introductions and metallic sheers) but the textures are so exquisite. Hundreds of classic velvets, silks, cottons and linens that are just as lovely to the touch as they are to the eye. Timeless staples which are just as glamorous (if not more) then when line was first introduced in 1975. Ya heard right. 1975. Read more about Gretchen’s fabric line here.
Photo credits: Joshua McHugh via Elle Decor