Known for her best-selling book, Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home, New York textile designer Rebecca Atwood has a keen sense for how to use pattern to transform your home. As an artist, Rebecca blends traditional techniques with hand painting for her namesake collection of home goods. Her interest in color and pattern is deeply rooted in her childhood on Cape Cod and her everyday observations of life in Brooklyn where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Creating patterns, textures and color for the home is all about creating an environment that makes us feel good.
In collaboration with Rebecca Atwood, Hunter Douglas launched its inaugural featured-artist series as part of the Design Studio™ program. It features eight of Rebecca Atwood’s fabric designs available as light-filtering or room-darkening side panels, drapery, and roller and Roman shades.
“When creating this collection, I wanted to revisit traditional patterns, as well as soft textural patterns that are easy to layer into any space. Natural light is a luxury—it makes everything look better—and window treatments become such an important part of the room. I wanted to create a collection that had an effortlessness to it, but also a few pieces that can really be the focal point of a room.”
"This artwork began as a watercolor drawing in my sketchbook after a trip to Portugal. I was inspired by the beautiful fruit trees at our hotel in Porto. The tree of life is a refreshing motif that comes up in many different cultures throughout history."
"The artwork for this started as a painting on large watercolor paper playing with different brush strokes and tonal colors. The stripe reminds me of plant stems in a garden—alive, irregular and growing."
"Potato printing is one of my favorite ways to make a mark. The supplies are readily accessible, and the results always unique. For this pattern, I cut out simple floral shapes from the potato and stamped them in my sketchbook. I loved that the resulting shapes are imperfect and textural. They don't feel too sweet but soft—like when you come across petals scattered along the sidewalk in the spring."
"This pattern was inspired from imagining what the outside of a leaf looked like. I love to play with simple marks like dots and lines as building blocks to create new patterns."
"I find painting stripes to be meditative and calming, and I think they can have that effect on a room as well. The subtle watercolor texture in this stripe was finished by painting little dots in between each line to add a soft fluid motion."
"I used a flat brush to make the diamond shapes, and I love how you can see the subtle texture of where the brush had more or less paint on it."
"The artwork here began as a mark-making experiment in my sketchbook. I took a flat brush and repeated the shape of the end to make these soft linear marks that remind me of grass. By creating a textural landscape, this style provides the perfect neutral backdrop."