Segreto Designs for Coleman Taylor Textiles-An Insider Look into a New Line!

Sep 29, 2015

Since fabrics are so often the inspiration for wall finishes, I have always been enamored with how paint melts into linen, wool and velvet, producing faded variations of intricate designs. Through my recent collaboration with an emerging textile company, I had the rare opportunity to experience the process of creating hand-painted fabrics firsthand.


Nestled in charming Montgomery, Alabama, Coleman Taylor Textiles was founded by three designers who recognize the importance not only of using high-quality, durable materials but also of offering completely customizable looks. I met Jan Hale one of the founders at a job in Houston we were collaborating on together!! Jan has a degree in interior design from the Art Institute Atlanta, and a BFA from Auburn University of Montgomery, and she like me, has been a finisher, working throughout the United States and abroad!!


Although we have tweaked this finish to make it our own, Jan showed me the basics on how to make this new wood(from Home Depot no less) look reclaimed!!! She is an amazing talent and full of that southern charm!! Of course we connected and stayed in touch!!!

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Working for years to develop their fabric line, I was so thrilled to see when they were ready to go to market!!!!! I adored the subtle hand in which they are made with the iridescent paints receding into the fabrics lush grounds. The above room was designed by famed Susan Ferrier of McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier, where she used Coleman Taylor pattern No. 500 Weave marble linen with ingolite paint for drapery through out the living room, dining room and master bedroom. Stunning!!!


Look at this esqusite hand-painted border on a velvet ground that Designer Tammy Connor used in the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas Show-house. Wonderful!!!

Sooooooo……… can imagine my excitement when………..

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I got a call from Jan asking if I would consider designing a line for Coleman Taylor!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES I said, trying to be calm about the whole thing!

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I was challenged to come up with 4 designs that could work well together and could weave a story when combined in a room. So scared they wouldn’t like any of the designs, I came up with 4 story boards of 4-5 patterns each, and we chose one to start!!!

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Then all the designs were put on the computer so stencils could be made, so the hand-painting of the fabrics would be consistent!! Goodness I was asked to use math to explain what proportions I felt were off! Yikes!!!–where was I in that algebra and geometry class?!!!

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The next step was to pick the grounds and the paint colors used to create the designs. Since being able to customize colors and grounds is crucial to perfecting the palette of any room, I was thrilled and stressed by the nearly limitless choices available, allowing me to form intriguing tonal combinations. We took a field trip to the Ken Kehoe showroom in Houston where Coleman Taylor is represented!!!

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Having to select only 8 grounds and 4 paints colors to create cohesive story boards was challenging. We laid all out on the table with the patterns and sweet Albert helped us to understand how their showroom displayed the fabrics. Seeing Coleman Taylor’s existing 16 designs on various grounds really helped!! Thanks Albert!!!

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Now back to our office to choose!! I brought in my trusted Segreto design assistants to help!

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After hours of pinning and repining combinations, I think Lexi and Andrea are hopeful we got it!!! We sent off our selections and were waiting with anticipation.

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Our next step was to approve our actual designs on a few grounds. Above is a velvet, linen, and wo0l.

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Throughout the process, I constantly discovered new connections between finishing walls and painting fabrics. I loved how the paint recedes into the fabric grounds just as it does on my plastered walls. After approval they sent us long drops that will eventually go into the showrooms carrying the fabric line. Now our task was to creatively photograph these for promotional pieces!!! How fun but where?

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Well my house was available. I hired the talented interior photographer Julie Soefer to help me out. We decided to shoot first in my dining room. Like the grip clamps used to attach the fabric to the architectural pieces?

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With the right angle and Photoshop it turned out great!!! Thanks Julie!!!

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Here is how it looks on a post card!

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The last shot we took was outside with fabrics hung on some old molds that were used to make park benches. I like the fabrics next to the lime-washed brick. I hope you are all as excited about this new line as I am!!!

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You, my blog friends are all invited to my launch of the new fabric room at The Ken Kehoe showroom at the Houston Design Center. It should be fun!!! If any of you are going to Round Top this week, I would love to see you at Marburger Farms this Wednesday! I’ll be right across from the food court!

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  • Gerri
    Posted at 08:06h, 29 September Reply

    Congratulations! The fabric looks beautiful…would love to touch how elegant and yummy it feels! So very proud for you.
    God bless you in all your ventures.


    • Leslie
      Posted at 11:18h, 29 September Reply

      Gerri-that is so sweet! Thank you!! Have a great day!!! xo

  • Karena
    Posted at 08:27h, 29 September Reply

    Leslie, I am just stunned by these gorgeous fabrics and would love to see them in person!!
    How can I get more details on cost of the panels, lengths, etc?
    I am so excited that you are now carrying this incredible line! The design process must have been so much fun!

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    • Leslie
      Posted at 11:20h, 29 September Reply

      You are so sweet–they will be launched in Houston and then will be in the following showrooms as of now. Segreto Designs’ collection and sixteen other Coleman Taylor textiles are available from these showrooms: Ken Kehoe, Houston; Built to Suit, West Palm Beach; Eric Waldorf, Seattle; MK Collection, West Hollywood; Holland & Sherry and the R. Hughes Showroom, Atlanta; Caroline Halsey, Charleston; Charles Spada, Boston.
      We will see how they do!!! xo

  • Taylor Greenwalt
    Posted at 09:20h, 29 September Reply

    Oh my gosh..they are beautiful fabrics! Have fun at Marburger…wish I could go!

    • Leslie
      Posted at 11:17h, 29 September Reply

      I’ll miss seeing you and thanks!!! xo

  • Neha
    Posted at 13:19h, 30 September Reply

    Beautiful fabrics! Great Job Leslie.

    • Leslie
      Posted at 14:01h, 02 October Reply

      Thank you!!!!

  • Cathy Zimmermann
    Posted at 06:57h, 03 October Reply

    Hello Leslie,
    It was so nice meeting you at Marburger on Wednesday. You are so sweet. I have been looking at your book that I bought Segreto Style. The walls and finishes in the homes are stunning. I would love to plaster the walls in our house. I’m guessing that it would look funn to just plaster one room, unless it is the ceiling or one wall. What do you think?

    About the new material. I usually shop at Calico Corners for material. When I go there I look for the type of designs that you have just created. I usually leave without any material because I can’t find the designs you have created. I am so glad that you have created these designs! They are beautiful. Do we have to have a designer to buy the material at Ken Kehoe? I’m guessing that we would. Can you dry clean the material?
    Any way, I just wanted to let you know how beautiful the material is with your subtle shimmery design. Stunning!

    • Leslie
      Posted at 08:33h, 04 October Reply

      Hi Cathy! What a wonderful way to start the day!!! It was wonderful meeting you as well! I am so happy you are enjoying the book!! We plaster one room all the time and it looks great!!! I need to find out if anyone can purchase at ken kehoe, I am not sure!! You can dry clean the material. Thank you so much for your sweet comments on the fabrics!! It is a new frontier for me for sure! Enjoy this beautiful weather!!

  • Fabian Largo
    Posted at 05:52h, 05 October Reply

    Im sure that my wife would love it !

  • Terri Symington
    Posted at 19:47h, 15 October Reply

    Leslie, it was great seeing your new fabric line at the Fall Market.! It is gorgeous!

    I have posted direct links to your fabric selections on the Coleman Taylor Textiles website, on my current blog, to make getting there easier… 🙂

    • Leslie
      Posted at 04:53h, 16 October Reply

      Loved the post, seeing you and the shout out!! Thanks so much!!!

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