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You know the frustration of not being able to find a pen or paper anywhere in the house and instead having to scribble something important down on the back of a piece of mail with a carrot or lipstick, right? That’s how I felt a few months ago while trying to source pinstripe fabric to upholster a client’s master bedroom walls. No matter where I looked, I couldn’t find a decent pinstripe to save my life. What the hell is wrong with the world when a guy can’t find a decent pinstripe ANYTHING? Did Joan Crawford buy every damn yard of pinstripe in her heyday for her famous power suits? But I digress. As pinstriped products started to surface after some serious sourcing, I promised myself I’d try and make life easier for any other design lovers looking for menswear-centric materials. From discount fabric to ready-made window cornices, here’s a half dozen doozies sporting pinstriped perfection. Now that all is fine and dandy with my menswear quest, I’m currently sourcing pear, white and tangerine geometric wallpaper fit for a nursery. Guess how that’s going? Let’s just say there will be another post in a few months just like this one.

Stretch Pinstripe

The Stretch Pinstripe Short Dining Room Chair Cover in black from Sure Fit is a cost-effective way (only $14.99) to add a menswear touch to existing dining chairs. Although available in several colors, the black color way looks the most chic.

Pinstripe Suiting

As far as what I ended up using for the aforementioned master bedroom walls, I came across this insanely affordable 1/4 Pinstripe Suiting Fabric in Navy/Black from fabric.com for $6.98 per yard. When using fabric on walls, you can go two different routes: have an upholsterer add batting to the walls, then fully upholster them, or drop the fabric bolt off to be backed with acrylic. To budget appropriately, keep in mind that decent backing runs about $10 per yard.

The Shades Store

Hands down, the best pinstripe fabric out there is British fashion designer Paul Smith‘s “Bespoke” line for Maharam. The Shade Store carries customizable cornices sure to give any window a tailored, menswear-inspired look. I will tell you what will not give a window a tailored look: plastic mini-blinds. Blech, I feel like those monsters sit perched in windows, peering at me just waiting to steal my soul.

Thomas O'Brien Menswear

American designer Thomas O’Brien is known for his classic, masculine style. Luckily for us, that style is available to all quite affordably through Target. The Menswear Duvet – Espresso looks like custom bedding; however, it’s mass-produced and less than a hundred smackeroos. Considering the fact that dudes can’t even get a decent pair of jeans for less than $100, I’d say this deal is superb.

Dickies Black and White

Just out of spite, my pinstripe search spanned further than just interiors and over into fashion. If you’re not in the market for pinstriped textiles or home accessories, snag this messenger bag from Dickie’s.

Kelly Hoppen Linear

Leave it to the wallpaper gods at UK-based Graham & Brown to offer good lookin’ pinstripe wallpaper in unique colorways. “Linear” by British interior designer Kelly Hoppen comes in the perfect tone of violet appropriately titled Grape and retails for $85 per roll. I don’t know how many of you decorator types are in the market for purple pinstripe wallpaper for a seven-year-old boy’s bedroom, but I sure the hell am.

Now that I’ve vented about my recent menswear situation, I’d love to hear about any other pinstripe products anyone else knows of. Until then, I will be working on my pear and tangerine baby room hunt.

For now, ‘splain please. In the comments below.

11 Responses

  1. anna@HGTV.com says:

    I cannot tell you how thrilled I am, BPF, to learn about those cornices! Thanks for the tip.

  2. Briana@HGTV says:

    That Thomas O'Brien bedding is quite tasteful. Here's my pinstripe contribution, c/o 1st Dibs

  3. Marianne@HGTV says:

    Too funny, I've had my eye on some pinstriped bedsheets: http://pinterest.com/pin/154912279/, but this stripey tile is pretty swank as well: http://pinterest.com/pin/154913448/.

  4. Patty says:

    Wallpaper needs a new hanger! White line = poor hang job

  5. CplusE says:

    That pinstripe bedding from Target is gorgeous! I just love this handmade wool tablecloth in light grey pinstripe:


    So what if you have to order it all the way from Scotland? I think it would be worth it!

  6. Olivia says:

    Wow, amazing they didn't hang that wallpaper better….

  7. Susan Diamond says:

    Great ideas, BPF! I love to see this look making a comeback… By the way, pass on that Mom Caves was a fantastic show! I hope it stays on HGTV as well as you!

  8. Lisa Hosman says:

    Wow, I really like those cornices too! I love the tailored look of pinstripes, it kind of gives a masculine, modern design touch to a room. I found some roman shades that I really like with pinstripes here: http://www.selectblinds.com/romanshades/selectsty… . The striped blue color has a real clean, tailored look to it.

  9. Holly Case says:

    I like the tailored look of chair and masculine effect, my husband will love this. I bought fabric on discount from http://www.fabriccarolina.com for my sewing addictions.

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