By Oliva McClure
Photography by Pamela Monaghan
For more than 50 years, the Fabric House has been a fixture in Nashville’s Design District, serving up some of the city’s greatest collections of fine fabrics for a wide variety of design needs.
Originally opened in 1967 by Tavy Doty, native Nashvillian Lynda Mosley and her husband, Tim, became the store’s new owners in 1979. The store was initially in Green Hills’ H.G. Hill Shopping Center, but in the early 2000s, rumor began to spread that the center would be razed to the ground. Fearing imminent closure, Lynda and Tim decided to find a new location for their store, which brought them right into the heart of the city’s Design District.
In its new location, the store doubled in size to 10,000 square feet, giving Lynda and Tim ample room to expand their business.
“With all the extra room, we were able to more than double the amount of decorator fabrics, trims and drapery hardware we carried, plus add accessories, lamps and ready-made panels,” Lynda says.
In 2015, the store gained another 3,000 square feet, enabling them to add a showroom for neutral fabrics, one-yard cuts, ready-made panels and hides.
Although the Fabric House is a fabric store at its core, it operates as a design studio. Lynda says the store’s design consultants work closely with customers to ensure all their design dreams are realized — but that’s not the only thing that makes the Fabric House unique.
“Many people think they have to sew to shop in a fabric store — that isn’t true,” Lynda says. “We will make window treatments, bedding, cushions and pillows for them. We even go into homes and measure for a nominal fee. We say, ‘If you can dream it, we can make it.’”
The Fabric House
4308 Sidco Drive