Robert Allen makes choosing fabrics for the home effortless. Founded over 70 years ago, the company was the first to group its textiles into books. It continues that practice today by coordinating its offerings into color stories and similarly themed patterns—from graphic prints designed by DwellStudio to lush monochromes that harmonize with Sherwin-Williams’ most popular paints. In addition to its upholstery and trim, Robert Allen offers drapery hardware and a line of upholstered furniture in styles that range from traditional to transitional.
Federal style was popularized in the U.S. in the late 18th and early 19th century, when things were generally very good: The American Revolution was done and the U.S. was a bright-eyed new nation. Federal style echoed this sense of hope and promise with some of the most graceful and elegant designs ever created. Rich, dark woods, intricate workmanship, substantial scale and strong, sweeping lines are characteristic of the period. Want to get the look? We’ve got everything from Federal-style sofas and headboards to a Thomas Jefferson print and a mirror with a sculptural eagle perched on top. Each piece echoes the rich, bygone era but is scaled and styled to fit the way we live today.
Give your home an exotic air with these furnishings and accessories inspired by locales throughout Asia. Tenango’s antique cabinets, trunks, and tables have beautifully weathered finishes. Designer Richard Mishaan’s samurai costume photographs for Soicher Marin are full of color and personality. And, for the D.I.Y.-ers: Re-cover that chair with Robert Allen’s Ming-inspired fabric.
Like father, like daughter. Or so it goes with Alexa Hampton, the powerhouse interior designer who now serves as president of her dad Mark’s namesake firm. Shop the sale for her selection of traditional furnishings and lighting that boast the occasional eclectic flourish. Standouts include Sarlo’s pair of onyx horse head bookends and Hampton’s own handmade Dalal wool rugs.
Robert Allen may be best known for its luxury textiles, but its line of classic furniture is just as impressive. Snap up some of the company’s one-of-a-kind samples, including a leather étagère with nailhead trim, a sofa upholstered in velvet, and a glass-and-metal end table.