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California Look: Outdoor fabrics by Trina Turk, Peter Dunham, more

September 8, 2011 |  8:30 am

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The California Look 2011, Round 3: Outdoor fabrics


Outdoor fabrics, once limited to solid colors and awning stripes with a plastic-y feeling, have become softer and more vibrant. Easy to clean and resistant to fading, these materials are particularly beloved by families with kids and pets and are even being used for indoor upholstery -- all of which explains why we've included outdoor fabrics in our California Look 2011 reader poll.

We've been asking you to define the California look of 2011, and today we present four textile patterns from the collections of Los Angeles-based designers. Assume the fabrics would be used as some sort of outdoor curtain, perhaps a backdrop to an alfresco dining room.

And the nominees are ...

A. The 1960s-inspired chain link pattern, top left, made by Schumacher and created by fashion and home furnishings designer Trina Turk

B. The popular fig leaf print, top right, by interior designer and textile guru Peter Dunham, known for his Indian-inspired paisleys and prints.

C. Abu, bottom left, a trellis and floral pattern from "Million Dollar Decorator" star Kathryn M. Ireland, known for brilliantly colored French and ethnic prints.

D. Mendocino, bottom right, a hand-drawn pattern by L.A. interior designer Chris Barrett.

Which do you like best? Vote below. We'll close voting in this category in three days, so share your opinions now about which outdoor fabric best captures the spirit of home and garden design today.


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-- David A. Keeps

Coming Friday: fire pits.

Photo credits: Schumacher, Peter Dunham, Kathryn M. Ireland and Chris Barrett