Inspiration Blog

Traditional is Back

Traditional plaids, paisleys, and tattersalls have found their way back into our wardrobes and homes.  Brights continue to be accented throughout, but the warmth found in our heritage lays the foundation for today’s furnishings.  Oil paintings and assorted antiques pair beautifully with rich twill and houndstooth fabrics, and leather bound books and globes in libraries sit elegantly by our tartan drapes.

Roth & Tompkins understands the eclectic traditional.  We specialize in creating flow and transition from room to room.  Solids and textures can layer casually in a masculine office and elegantly in a formal dining room.

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.
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b. Copley Square Slate
c. Carlton Cardinal
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e. Beacon Hill Coffee
f. Newbury Cardinal
g. Copley Square Caramel
h. Hunt Club Chocolate
i.  Hobnail Cinnabar
j.  Cambridge Coffee
k. Enfield Barn Red
l. Houndstooth Ranger
m. Hunt Club Taupe
n. English Garden Tea
o. Matelasse Diamond Chocolate

Menswear Refashioned

Fabrics don’t have to be colored “old world” to be classic.  Uplifting color stories have recently carried us through the economic downturn. Despite menswear fashion being characterized as a dated tartan with dark and drab colors, it more importantly encompasses fine fabrics with clean lines and impeccable tailoring.  Today, intense color is a mainstay in decor.  Your home should reflect what you wear.  Your colorful personality should bounce off your decorated walls and furniture.  Tattersall, houndstooth, and plaids with rich color bring tried and true design into the 21st century.  Roth & Tompkins puts a fresh spin on traditional, using bold blacks, blues, and reds to resurrect a tired plaid and refashion color in a tattersall.

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.

a. Elizabeth Night
b. Copley Square Cardinal
c. Pembrook Cardinal
d. Harris Charcoal
e. Carlton Night
f.  Parkhill Cardinal
g. Pembrook Cardinal


Turq and Terra

Turquoise and Terracotta: A stunning pair and a popular combination in Western design. Turq and Terra is a timeless, transitional pairing, and looks brilliant together in contemporary home decor. Being at opposite ends of the color wheel is the balance and formula behind this appealing duo. Posing as a neutral, Turq and Terra layer comfortably under reds and golds, whether accompanying a kilim rug or a menswear plaid. As seen above, our stripe, Bryce Canyon, is striking on a bed coverlet when accented with a Houndstooth pillow.



a. Frazier Midnight
b. Frazier Fire
c. Pembrook Java
d. Bryce Canyon
e. Pecos Cranberry

Cotton = Comfort for Furniture

Consider a classic finely tailored suit.  This piece is the foundation of our wardrobe in the same way our sofa anchors our living room.  Should your long lasting sectional sofa be upholstered in a synthetic?  We beg to differ.  Our standards demand the “naked test”.  Not that we lounge in our birthday suits, but at the expense of our home furnishings, we should have the option.  Above are some popular Roth “frame-fantastic” fabrics. (And yes, they pass the naked test).

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.

a. Essex Khaki
b. Panama Sienna
c. Hepburn Linen
d. Sonora Cocoa
e. Hobnail Sage

Cotton = Comfort for Bedding

As simply stated as “You are What you Eat”…”Live in What You Wear“.

We do push the envelope wearing the latest season’s colors and vogue.  Have you ever forced a stiff poly-blend tunic over a pair of skinny-to-tight nylon jeans? Consumers are notorious for popping their wardrobes with an obscure vest or the new fad shoes, discarding practical and blisters. Guilty, however, when it comes to an investment, we spend on comfort, overlooking “the here for a minute” fall fashions, and dedicating more money to the softest cotton pajamas.  Do you sleep in scratchy?  Insist on a comfy cozy night’s sleep by creating custom cotton bedding.  Ensure the recommended eight hours with heavenly cotton sheeting, luxurious cotton duvet covers and fluffy matelasse coverlets.  Here to bring you comfort are a few of Roth & Tompkins Textiles softest offerings:

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.

a. Petite Pique Surf
b. Copley Square Snowflake
c. Devon Cornflower
d. Matelasse Diamond Natural
e. Swiss Dot Sky


trend (trend)

  1. the general course or prevailing tendency; drift
  2. style or vogue
  3. the general direction followed by a road, river, coastline, or the like.

tra•di•tion•al (truh-dish-uh-nl)

  1. handed down by; in accordance with
  2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the older styles

By definition, you may think one needs to be “trendy” or “traditional”.  Here at Roth & Tompkins Textiles, we flow in the middle, embracing a “transitional” approach, marrying traditional and trend.  We feel your style is an individual choice.  We offer comfort, quality, and cotton in transitional solids and patterns…

tran•si•tion (tran-zishuhn)

  1. movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change
  2. brief modulation; a modulation used in passing.
  3. a passage from one scene to another

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red:

a. Bennett Wheat
b. Hepburn Spring
c. Edwin Spring
d. Hanover Seaglass
e. Calypso Red

Roth Kids – All Star

JV or Varsity? Little tyke or teen?  Whether your All Star runs, dives or sails, Varsity (a) hits on all of today’s sports.  Our modern vintage print is filled with tossed numbers of main-stream and off-road sports.  Clean red, white and blue Americana or down and dirty rugby.  For a perfect match, pair with our custom coordinated Colgate (e) stripe and All Star (d) fabrics.  Round out the room set with Harris (c) ticking, Rio (b) matelasse, and Panama (f) solid.  Playroom, bedroom, den or nursery, Roth & Tompkins has you covered.

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.


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a. Colgate Americana
b. All Star Denim
c. Varsity Americana
d. All Star Red
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Roth Kids – Princess

When ballet slipper and peony meet lavender, voila, Princess!  Add some lace, dots and ribbon detail and you have our girlie girl Big Top (a).  Coupled with Swiss Dot (b) and hand drawn Sketchbook (c), you have a sweet ensemble. Perfect for newborn to tween, these fabrics make up pillows, drapes, bumpers and all bedding beautifully!  Pipe with Luster Taffeta (d) and Jubilee (e) or flange with Petite Pique (f), and your notions are complete.

Our princess palette is a perfect example of how our fabrics layer and mix together.  Here at Roth & Tompkins we offer a one stop shop for all your decorating needs.

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.

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Petite Pique Ballet Slipper (g)
Confetti Blossom (h)
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Ribbons of Color at Market

Bulls Eye pillows in cream with ribbons of color along with eye catching irregular stripes, rounded out our spring showroom.  Striking Promenade (b), Devon (a), Colgate (h), Cabana (n) and Wesley (s) layered beautifully with Roth’s classic tickings, solids, and dots.

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.


Mountain Stripes at Market

Mountain Stripes were a plenty on our feature wall this past June 2013.  With pumpkin, flame, turquoise and lemongrass accents, this dynamic story was the customer’s favorite.  Eye catching gusseted pillows featuring multicolored ethnics and contrasting piping brought buzz to market. Undeniable Roth classics:  Los Christos (a), Potluck (b), Yuma (c), Navajo (d), Trading Post (e), Mesa (f), Timberline (g), Bombay (h), Apache (i), and Bryce Canyon (j) looked fresh and new. This season we customized a bench and showcased our spectacular Fresno (k).

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.


Coastal Living Land Locked

Waking up to waves lapping in the fresh ocean air….many aspire to live on the water where sailboats and sunsets become landscape.  With so little ocean real estate, the expense and the threat of storm damage, our hopes can get washed away.  Luckily, a feeling of oasis can be created anywhere.  With the right comfy cushions in the softest hues of spa, the serene sea can be yours.  Our beachy Bridgewater (a) stripe, featured above, sets the stage for laid back lounging.  Matelasse (b) spa pillow anchors our Summers Night (c) original in soft linen, bringing the outdoors in.  Add Pembrook (d) tattersal, heavy linen Zen (e) and Pecos (f) piping for a complete sea escape.

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.

Showtime June 2013

Roth’s range of blues was our lead in palette at Showtime this past June.  Sky to cornflower to cobalt with clean cream grounds offer a casual yet tailored look.  With past consumer investments of spa, blues are a beautiful layering option in all depths and shades.  Choose from broad stripes, plaids, tickings, crewels, solids, and matelasse.  New offerings of windowpane Hepburn (a) and solid Bennett (b) were warmly received.

k.  Sundance
l.   Redford Stripe
m. Metro Check 
n.  Parkhill 
o.  Meriden

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.


Roth Ethnics…No Ranch Required

Authenticity matters.  Complexity of weave and subtlety of color depict a true trading blanket.  Yarn dyed, sun dried, and hand loomed, the art of woven ethnics is a craft passed down from generation to generation.  Timeless and Traditional, these special fabrics can be a living room chair centerpiece or a sideboard table runner.  Layer with stripes, houndstooth, plaids and solids and “ethnic” becomes “staple”.  Once considered Western and Log Cabin bound, these dynamic fabrics can be used simply anywhere.  So, recover that window seat, re-upholster that headboard, step out of your comfort zone and make a statement…we dare you!

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a. Parkhill Camel
b. Parkhill Cardinal
c. Houndstooth Brick
d. Houndstooth Evergreen
e. Mesa
f. Pembrook
g. Timberline
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i. Los Christos (top picture too)
j. Yuma
k. Lumberjack
l. Trails End
m. Sandoval Serape
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The Emerald Green Trend

Trend is necessary.  The risk of an avant garde pillow adorning our tired yet classic living room sofa, can be …thrilling.  But seriously, the emerald green trend leaves me dazed and confused in the field of poppies.  Green is a tricky color.  The cast and weight shift oh-so-slightly from season to season.  Comparable to a skirt above the knee to just below, green can waiver from fresh and lively to down right putrid.  Serene sage, found in at least one room in most middle American homes, acts as a neutral, layering successfully with rose, butter, linen, and cream.  In the world of greens, you can’t go safer than sage (thyme, meadow).  A lighter sour spring can start as lemon grass and quickly fall into mashed peas.  A deep hunter can slide to a not-so-appetizing drab olive.  As daringly displayed at spring 2013 furniture market, green can go bold and true (and far to blue) emerald, and send the monkeys flying.

Creating a green fabric requires great pause.  Trendy or traditional, it is a challenge.  Sometimes it is easier to avoid the palette all together.  However, green when hit correctly can sing and coordinate beautifully with so many of your furnishings.

Consider Roth & Tompkins Cobblestone Leaf (a), a top 50 best selling matelasse.  Not too sour, not too clean, just right.

Our new Hanover Honeydew (b) is a textured diamond.  Softly sour yet balanced with a cream fill.  It’s colorful and decorative for today’s clean looks.

Our classic Frazier Thyme (c) is also a Roth and Tompkins top 50.  Our twill frame creates a luxurious pairing for your “safe sage” sofa.

Trends can stay strong or fall by the wayside.  Thankfully, emerald will never be the classic portrayed in The Emerald City’s dress code.  In terms of investment, use sage and thyme in a big neutral sofa way and leaf and spring for accent pillow pop and trim appeal. 

For fabric specifications, other color ways, and coordinates click on the links in red.