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The Write Stuff: Text-Messaging Inspired Decor


This fun and colorful headboard is letter perfect. Credit: BHG.com

Smart phones have breathed life into the written word via tweets and text messaging. Now, designers are penning a trend all their own with decor that’s embellished with script, fonts and phrases, letters and words. Far from old school, these looks are very of the moment, span contemporary to classic; and work well in both casual and dressy interiors.

DIYers, put your spin on the trend by gathering letters in lots of sizes, fonts and colors from flea markets and craft stores, or make your own. Then arrange them on the wall creatively like the example above from Better Homes & Gardens.


Tommy Hilfiger walks the talk with art. Credit: Douglas Friedman, ArchitecturalDigest.com

When Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Dee, tapped Martyn Lawrence Bullard to give their Miami home a hip “disco madness” vibe, Bullard hit his groove with this collaborative pop art painting by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquit. Its mix of vivid hues, abstract pattern and playful fonts was the inspiration for everything in the living room, including the lavishly swirled, hypnotic hair-on-hide carpet.


In the hands of designer Tracy Kendall, the Bard reaches new heights. Credit: TracyKendall.com

From across the pond, Tracy Kendall gives Shakespeare a chic graffiti twist with Midsummers Night Dream wallpaper. “The script is in my sister’s handwriting which I’ve always loved,” says Kendall. “And it’s embroidered onto the wallpaper so you can see and feel the texture of the stitches as well as read some Shakespeare.”


The Paris Accent Chair is a comfy way to immerse yourself in the word–no book required.

A modern morph on a classic wing chair, the Paris Accent Chair has a slightly flared silhouette and is sheathed in an all-over script fabric called Document Fossil.

Melange L Inspiration

The Melange L’Inspiration chest casts a fanciful light on storage.

Adorned with charming French phrases, the Melange L’Inspiration Chest script design romances the word.


The Becca ottoman from Sam Moore doesn’t skirt the subject of style–it envelopes it.

 The Becca Ottoman from Sam Moore stylishly elevates the word while resting your feet. And, although dubbed an ottoman, this petite perch can also double as a soft-top coffee table (place a pair together) or as extra seating for guests.


Every home needs an accent chair like the Melange Felicity Chair.

With its elegant carved frame, cameo back and nailhead trim, the Melange Felicity Accent Chair is ooh la la pretty, especially when dressed in a French font fabric.

 Script-embellished decor is captivating, unexpected and a tad whimsical, delivering the “write” stuff to homes of any size and style, Now that’s a text message worth sending, don’t you think? 🙂

TextFelicity rear view

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