Outdoor fabrics really make cleaning up easy — whether they are used outdoors or indoors and can fool you — feeling like luxurious indoor fabric.
We were very pleased to read Elizabeth Mayhew’s article, Outdoor fabrics clean up nicely,” in the Washington Post.
Elizabeth Mayhew is a practical interior designer. She describes performing a ‘near miracle’ for a client who wanted seating for her family, with three adult-age children and her husband to use in their New York apartment that had to be affordable, stain resistant and comfortable.
Her client seemed to have the typical reaction when it was mentioned to use outdoor fabric indoors:
“She winced when I suggested using an outdoor fabric for fear that the sectional would feel plastic-y, like the vinyl covering often found in diner booths or on restaurant bar stools. I assured her this wasn’t the case, especially given the wide variety and superior quality of outdoor fabrics currently on the market. “
“So you can imagine her surprise when I showed up at our next meeting with a selection of soft, textural fabrics in one hand and a bottle of red wine in the other. First I had her feel the fabrics. She was impressed. Then I had her watch while I dripped red wine onto each sample. To her amazement, the wine beaded off the fabric, the way water does when dropped in a hot frying pan. She was convinced. These were fabrics that could not only withstand potential frat boy abuse, but also would look and feel rich enough to grace her living room…The client ended up [with a selection that] feels so strikingly un-outdoorsy …”
Some of these outdoor fabrics can be quite expensive at $90 / yard with solution-dyed fabric but ours is much more affordable with indoor outdoor pillow covers ranging from $56 (12 x 20) – $65 (for a 20 x 20). As Ms. Mayhew suggests, “check the fabric content; some more affordable designs are 100% polyester,” which ours are.
We have a question for our readers, does this look like plastic to you?
Our all-weather pillow covers complement many of our Casart designs. They can be used indoors or outdoors and have a soft, silky, linen-like feel. They are very practical for your design. Check out all our many styles.