I think it is so interesting to get a peek into how companies work. We touched on that topic yesterday with our Annie Griffin Collection post, and today we’re going behind the curtain, so to speak, to give you a glimpse of the daily creativity behind Lacefield Designs. Founder Beth Lacefield began her company in 1995 in her backyard studio producing hand-painted Christmas ornaments. Now, seventeen years later, she has grown her company to include printed textiles, decorative pillows, drapery, bedding, slipcovers, and holiday decor.
Their offices in Atlanta are exactly what you imagine for a company where creativity pours into everything they put their hands on. Inspiration boards filled with ideas cover their walls and this large bookcase contains books of all kinds and hidden treasure ready to inspire at a moment’s notice.
The Lacefield team finds inspiration from locations all over the world. Often, their imagination turns to graphic prints and textiles from places like Mexico, India, and Japan. Lacefield modernizes these antique prints by adding touches of texture and color, creating a layering technique that they are well known for.
Lacefield often uses this layering technique in their pillow line. Once an idea for a pillow is developed, they screen print a graphic design onto fabric. Then, the team begins to place coated linen (so that the edges won’t fray) in fun, vibrant colors on top of the print to bring in color and to give the pillow a layered, modern look.
After each piece is perfectly placed on the pillow, head seamstress Gloria stitches the pieces into place to form a pillow sample.
Once final approval is given, the pillow goes into production. Lacefield has 300 active pillow designs right now, and new lines are introduced twice a year.
While Lacefield’s offices and design room are in the front of the house, the workroom and storage are in the back. Their warehouse space is quite large, giving them room to store rows upon rows of fabric. A proud fact of the company: all of the pillows are made right here in Atlanta and all of the fabric is produced in the Southeast.
A few of their 300 active pillow designs, sewn and waiting for pillow forms! They store inventory in their warehouse in Atlanta, ready to be shipped off quickly to stores or designers.
Thank you, Lacefield Designs! It’s so fun to see such a creative, vibrant company in action.
Some of our favorite Atlanta stores carry Lacefield Design’s pillows, including Erika Reid Ltd, Peridot West, Travadavi, Armour & Co, and Gramercy. For locations outside of Atlanta, click here and for their online store click here.