Lunchtime Design: The Second Yard

One afternoon last week, I visited The Second Yard here in Charlottesville, which claims to offer “the best and biggest selection of decorator fabrics and quality home furnishings in Virginia.” I didn’t know what to expect upon walking in to a massive fabric store, but I was pleasantly surprised! The store is in an old house downtown, so each of the rooms on the lowest level and most on the middle level are staged as actual rooms, with upholstered furniture, mirrors, artwork, and accessories on display. (Here’s where I apologize once more for the less-than-beautiful pictures that result from my phone being the best camera I own…)

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I loved the fabric on this chair so much that I took a seat in it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as comfortable as it is pretty.

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I liked the idea of these coordinating-but-not-matching green armchairs, especially with the gold mirror.

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Ugh! These pictures came out so badly! Anyone have any camera recommendations? (Cheap + good quality is the way I’d like to go.)

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I loved the antique gold mirror above the mantel, and the tailored, crisp lines of the sofa.

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An elephant lamp!!

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And once I got past the staged rooms, I got to the main event: the fabrics! Room after room after room of gorgeous fabric. There were SO MANY ideas in my head. I had never really considered how inspirational fabric can be, but man! I wanted to design whole rooms around some of these.

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Naturally, the blues were some of my favorites.

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I really loved this large-scale black and white print. It would make for some dramatic curtains.

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These were gorgeous because of the texture. You can only sort of see it in this picture, but all of these fabrics were plush and soft and would have been perfect to add just the right amount of cozy to a room.

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A lot of the rooms were organized by color, which I found helpful. Here’s the red room (and looking at these pictures makes me cringe–my phone somehow made some gorgeous fabrics look just awful!).

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And then there was a green room…

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I loved these outdoor fabrics with the fish pattern!

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Finally! A picture that’s true-ish to life. This was one of two rooms with cutting tables, with many more bolts of pretty blues!

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I feel good about ending with that picture, because it’s so pretty. I really enjoyed perusing The Second Yard (in truth, it was more like exploring, since the place is so huge!), and wound up just wandering and thinking about different fabrics to mix and match. It was really inspirational–if only I could find a house to start decorating!


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