From Farm to Furniture!

August is one of my favorite months out of the year to be home.  Since I’ve been a bit too busy to make the 6 hour drive back to Louisiana, I will just use the Spruce audience (you guys) to rant about why August is special to me.  As you may or may not know, I was raised on a rice farm in Louisiana.  While my father farms several other crops, (soy bean, wheat, and crawfish) rice harvest is by far my favorite.  I have so many warm memories of riding in the combine, helping to weigh the rice trucks, and most importantly, diving in to giant pits of golden rice (yes, its yellowish-gold before it hits the mill).  I cherish those days.  I am probably one of the few people that can say that the smell of rice makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.  Below are some photos over the years of rice harvest time on my family farm.  The black and white ones are of my grandfather and his father and brothers…a time when mules were the tractors.  Please indulge me and take a look at a sliver of my life.

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This is the part where I tie in rice farming to upholstery.  Ready for it?! Other than the smell of rice, I also love all the colors.  As you’ve seen in the photos,  there are lots of vibrant gold, green, and rust colors.  These colors and the linear patterns throughout the fields can make for some great fabric! Take a look at a few fabrics from our selection that are rice harvest inspired.

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The first fabric, by Osborne and Little, is the most literal of the bunch.  The yellow vine-y pattern looks so similar to the yellow grains on a stalk of rice.  Another fun fact about this fabric is that it is actually the very same fabric that we used for the interior of our Spruce bus (only it’s in blue). The fabrics in the third and fourth thumbnail are both by Robert Allen.  The photos don’t really do them justice.  Their appeal really comes from their great earthy texture.  Lastly, I will single out the charming “belbird” fabric by Australian fabric designer, Melissa Bombardiere.  The golden mirrored birdies remind me of stalks of wheat.  I can envision this bold print on a lampshade or on a rocker for a nursery.  Check out her Etsy store for more creations.

Thanks everybody for pacifying my need to share my memories.