The Swallowtail Farm Collection Deep Dive

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The Swallowtail Farm Collection Deep Dive

The Swallowtail Farm collection consists of fourteen different patterns, all featuring plants and flowers. The original concept for this collection was to create patterns for healthcare interiors with a deeper meaning. We wanted the patterns in this collection to be more than just pretty florals. We wanted the florals to have a message of healing, even if it was a hidden message. To do this, we consulted with herbalist Lauren Pignatello to learn more about plants that were traditionally used for medicinal purposes. Next, we sketched out motifs and used those motifs to create patterns. Ultimately, the finished patterns were colored to coordinate with Sherwin-Williams’ healthcare color palettes. This makes it super easy for interior designers to match these patterns to palettes for their healthcare interior projects.

All the patterns coordinate with each other, but also each has a companion pattern that works perfectly. These pairs share names too. One has the common name for the plant, and the other is its scientific name. Use pairs together or mix and match from the entire collection. However paired, these patterns will always work together in a setting.

Photo credit: Kim Schuyler

Let’s take a closer look at the patterns in the Swallowtail Farm Collection.

Healing Herbs

Pattern Healing Herbs features all of the plants used in the collection. It was inspired by botanical illustrations from the 19th century, but these are drawn from a modern perspective. This pattern has a subtle texture in the ground and is a beautiful, directional pattern.

Pattern Healing Herbs clipped to a string on a wooden ladder, leaning against a barn.
Healing Herbs, Pattern P2175 | Photo credit: Kim Schuyler


Pattern Swallowtail is similar to Healing Herbs, except each plant is drawn as a simple line drawing. Kristen Dettoni designed this pattern in just two colors, again with subtle texture in the ground. This pattern comes with a large colorline of nice colors, all of which coordinate with the Sherwin-Williams healthcare palettes.

Bee Balm

Rich in texture Bee Balm almost looks like a crewel or embroidery. Another directional pattern, this pattern works well on seating, privacy screens, or wallcovering. Herbalist Lauren Pignatello describes this as one of her favorite herbs to keep in her kitchen. It’s a good plant to use as a burn balm as it stops swelling and helps with skin rejuvenation. It is also a beautiful plant that is good for pollinators.

Monarda Didyma

Pattern Monarda Didyma is the companion pattern to Bee Balm. This pattern has a subtle design which creates a patterned plain. Interesting and irregular striping gives the look of a space-dyed yarn.


According to Lauren Pignatello, Yarrow is a wonderful first-aid herb because it is an effective styptic. It can also help with blood pressure and cardiovascular health. As artists, we’ve used this plant as a natural dye. The pattern we designed with this plant is a beautiful, allover tossed floral with a soothing colorline.

Yarrow, Pattern P2185 | Photo credit: Kim Schuyler

Alchillea Millefolium

Yarrow’s companion pattern is Alchillea Millefolium. In this pattern, we created an allover textural design based on the flowers of the plant. This pattern makes a perfect coordinate and brings a calm, softness to a room.

Alchillea Millefolium, Pattern P2184 | Photo credit: Kim Schuyler


According to Lauren, the elderberry plant is “a bush of bountiful wisdom.” Herbalists use this to treat many common symptoms of the common cold, and it helps boost the immune system. In the pattern Elderberry, the elderberry plant creates a highly textured, directional pattern reminiscent of our Invisible Threads collection.

Elderberry, Pattern P2183

Sambucus Nigra

The companion pattern to Elderberry, Sambucus Nigra is a versatile allover pattern perfect for a wide range of uses. At a smaller scale, this pattern is perfect on chairs or a couch. Larger, it makes interesting wallcovering or acoustic panels.

Sambucus Nigra, Pattern P2182


Pattern Rose is a soft, tossed floral that creates a calming atmosphere. Roses are known for being good for the heart and bringing joy. Used as upholstery or vinyl flooring, this pattern brings a lot of joy to any room.

Rose, Pattern P2181 | Photo credit: Kim Schuyler

Rose Rugosa

The companion pattern to Rose is Rose Rugosa, a pattern with the illusion of a jacquard thanks to the texture in the ground and the twill in the leaves. Known to quell the heat in the body, herbalists use roses to inspire calmness and bring joy.

Rose Rugosa, Pattern P2180

Queen Anne

Historically, Queen Anne’s Lace was used by practitioners to help women with fertility management. Today, it blooms throughout the summer and is a favorite in wildflower bouquets. The silhouette of this plant, combined with foliage, created this unique pattern, Queen Anne. This pattern is full of rich texture for an air of softness.

Queen Anne, Pattern P2177

Daucus Corata

The companion pattern to Queen Anne, Daucus Corata, takes the flower of Queen Anne’s Lace and creates an interesting, colorful check pattern. Texture brings a level of depth and dimension to this design.

Daucus Corata, Pattern P2176 | Photo credit: Kim Schuyler

Lady’s Mantle & Alchemilla Vulgaris

Lady’s Mantle and its companion pattern, Alchemilla Vulgaris, are inspired by the plant Lady’s Mantle. Known as one of the best plants for first aid, this plant is a strong yet gentle astringent and is commonly used to treat wounds. The two patterns based on this plant are colorful and textural and perfect for upholstery, flooring, or wallcovering.

Lady’s Mantle (top) and Alchemilla Vulgaris (bottom), Patterns P2179 and P2178 | Photo credit: Kim Schuyler

Ahead of NeoCon 2023, LDI Interiors printed samples of these patterns on their EnviroLeather Prints material. This material s ideal for healthcare interiors because it is wipeable, less toxic, and can withstand rigorous cleaning protocols. Of course, these patterns are available on different materials because all of our printing partners have access to these designs. Just like the rest of the Design Pool library, any of these patterns can be printed on any material needed.


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