When it comes to fabrics, interior designers turn to Martha and Stan Weiman. For the past 35 years, the couple have owned Drapery Contractors Inc., a Baltimore wholesale company that offers custom-made draperies -- and much more -- to the trade only. The couple's own home, in Baltimore County, is a monument to the pleasures of pattern, and a reflection of their enjoyment of their work.
Throughout the house, the Weimans' chosen drapery and upholstery fabrics have been used to create other patterns against pale backgrounds. For example, a vibrant floral Scalamandre polished chintz was selected for the dining room chairs, and then used as the inspiration for the painted flowers on the bleached-white oak floor. The latticework pattern and flora, as well as the room's faux marbled floor moldings and trompe l'oeil corner niches, were done by artist Janet Pope.
The very formal living room features the same Scalamandre fabric on the sofa. Touches of luxury include a fringed, green tufted sofa, two red strie silk chairs, and magnificent pillows done in various silk patterns and prints. At the room's center, a French antique crystal chandelier hangs above a marbleized table. The custom area rug is by Stark.
French doors from the living room open to a sun porch, converted from an open patio. The room's custom-cut sisal rug was hand-painted by Valley Craftsmen from a pattern on a French fabric that Mr. Weiman loved. "But the scale of the fabric was too large for use in the room," he says, "so I had the rug done, then used the flowers from the material as an applique on the leopard pillows."
A search for antique porch furniture proved fruitless until the Weimans spotted the new Grange wicker furniture on a trip to New York. An old wrought-iron table was refinished by Valley Craftsmen. Natural muslin hung from a pole and trimmed with a striped border coordinates with other room fabrics, and provides a hiding place for the woven wood shades that may be lowered when necessary for protection from the sun's glare.
Off the kitchen is another area for casual retreat. Here the atrium-type window is dressed in a treatment of wood Venetian blinds, then softened by draperies. The draperies and custom-made upholstered pieces feature Pierre Deux coordinated fabrics.
The ultimate retreat, the master bedroom suite, was brought to the epitome of romantic possibilities by the use of coordinated fabrics in a multitude of rose patterns, by New York importer Rose Cummings. Even the walls are covered with Rose Cummings fabric. The window draperies are interlined with blanket-weight English flannel "not only for energy efficiency," bTC says Mrs. Weiman, "but because the look is very luxurious in a subtle way. It makes the drapes hang beautifully."
The bed treatment features a pattern-on-pattern white cotton semi-canopy, mounted onto the ceiling and shirred on the inside. Such a treatment offers the cozy look of a fully canopied bed, yet leaves the sides and foot of the bed open.