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Written by Candace Ord Manroe

The new catch phrase for color at Maison de Objet this January was "warm gray." Nobilis's shop on Rue Bonaparte, along with fabric houses Osborne & Little, Dedar, Jim Thompson, and more, are  touting this warmed up hue. TRAD HOME's sumptuous March cover was spot-on trend with its gray walls and rug—warm interpretations of the hue that work beautifully with gold silk drapery panels.

Our March cover show

Glamorous gray goes warm this year.


Jim Thompson had these fabrics to offer up in warm gray:

"Jim's Dream"

"Jim's Dream II"—100 percent linen—from Jim Thompson's new 2010 Paradiso Collection.



"Cloisonne" from Jim Thompson's Splendours Collection is a handwoven blend of 40% silk, 35% cotton, and 25% polyester available in 10 colorways.



"Paradiso". This new Jim Thompson collection features mineral-inspired colors. Each fabric is a blend of yarns: cashmere, raw and dyed linens, silk, and viscose for a fine-sheen finish..

On to another fabric house.. Isn't "Tuxedo" from Dedar's 2010 collection a beauty? I love the complexity of this color. This fabric also points to another trend: satin's back.

Or how about these fire-retardant plisses, also from Dedar’s 2010 offerings?


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