If you saw the movie It’s Complicated starring Meryl Streep a few years ago you were probably in awe of her idyllic home and life in the sunny coastal town of Santa Barbara.

Often compared to the French Riviera, this metropolitan central coast city in California with a small town-feel is stunning with its jeweled coastline set against a magnificent backdrop of the San Ynez mountains. In between are quaint streets of Spanish-tiled architecture filled with great restaurants, art galleries, museums and shopping.

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One of the town’s home-grown favorites is Raoul Textiles started by Sally and Tim McQuillan in 1981.  Their vibrant hand-printed textiles made of Belgian linen are drawn from various regions and cultures and have graced many well-appointed homes and hotels throughout Santa Barbara and the world.  They represent Santa Barbara style at its best; bright, colorful and casual yet sophisticated at the same time.

While their fabric is sold through the Raoul Textiles showroom in the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles to the trade only,  their store on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara sells fabric as well as furniture and home accessories to the public.  And if you’re lucky enough to be in on “the know”, they host a warehouse sale once a year to clear out fabric inventory, some of which would typically fetch up to as much as $200 a yard.  Here are a few recent finds.

Their henry fabric in rose has hints of orange and pink wrapped up in an intricate paisley-like pattern.

Here it is used to punch up an upholstered headboard in an east coast beach house.  Photo courtesy of House Beautiful.

Acadia in sulpher is a brilliant yellow fabric that would make any room appear sunny.

Accent a beachy white and aqua kitchen with an acadia-upholstered valence for a summer kitchen all year round.

Their kashmir fabric is quintessential Santa Barbara with its pale citrus-colored flowers against a neutral background.

Pairing it with these upholstered antique white kitchen chairs gives this kitchen a modern Santa Barbara-meets-West Palm Beach twist.  Photo courtesy of Coastal Living.

Their lei fabric has a tropical modern feel with its large patterned floral motifs.

Transport yourself directly to Hawaii with this British colonial sofa bench upholstered in both a lilac and purple lei.

Java in eggplant has a Moorish quality to it.

Mix it with this antique reproduction daybed from Noir Furniture to get a stunning one-of-a-kind piece.

Voila!  Here is the finished piece with bolster pillows by Anthropologie.  Find similar ones from the Pottery Barn.

See you on State Street!  Save me a seat at the bar at Joe’s.  Tomorrow, it’s brunch at Brophy Brothers.

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