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Using Quilts in Modern Décor with Emily A. Clark

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 I am so excited to welcome the fabulous Emily A. Clark back to my blog today!  You can find her blog HERE.  Enjoy! – Tobi


When I think “Americana” in terms of design, quilts always come to mind.


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 Maybe this is because the small town where I’m from in Kentucky is just miles away from the National Quilt Museum where thousands of quilters flock to each year. Still, I have to admit that the idea of using a quilts in design hasn’t always appealed to me.

However, I’ve seen more and more examples, as of late, that have made me rethink the great-American quilt and how it can become a colorful, stylish centerpiece of a room, way beyond “shabby chic.”  Here are a few of my favorite examples:

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House Beautiful


Paired with a neutral palette, they make a huge statement all by themselves. 


Camille Roskelley


A simple pattern can also be paired effortlessly with bright, modern fabrics.


Sarah Richardson


And, quilts don’t necessarily have to be draped over the end of a bed.  I love the idea of using them as a soft rug in a child’s room, as a dramatic backdrop behind a sofa, or folded over a rail to soften the lines of a staircase.



Country Living


Hopefully, you’re inspired to break out a family heirloom and add a punch of color to your space.  Not only are quilts a wonderful way to incorporate pattern and warmth, they often have  wonderful story to tell from generations past. 

For more ideas that inspire me and a look at my projects, hope you’ll take time to stop by my blog, Emily A. Clark Interiors.  Thanks to Tobi for asking me to be part of this all-American series!