I have three small children, yep three. They are delightfully messy creatures who are often too wrapped up in their own little worlds to remember to put things back where they belong, or to notice when they knock something over etc. They are just the way they should be! I however am a compulsive neat freak. How do we get along? Well, they're teaching me to not care too much about order, and hopefully they will be successful, responsible adults in about fifteen years - I"m choosing to take the long view! As I was carry another load of "stuff" from one room back to where the "stuff" actually belongs I noticed something. There is one corner of my house that is usually mess free.
The kids rarely sit in this chair, and the top of this storage piece is too tall for them to see; so they leave it alone! I'm going to consider this corner, mine, and look at it more often when I'm feeling frenzied. I like this corner because it's a lot of my favorite colors; blue, gray, yellow. Lovely. I also like it because of the layering of pattern. Chevron, large scale modern damask, and the geometric print on the candle. And the books underneath the metal bowl, those are mine too. Yep, I'm feeling calmer already :)
Do you have a space that is yours? How does it work for you?
Jordan submitted her dining area (shown below) so she could get a 2nd opinion. Her main complaint is that the space feels too dark all the time. Also, she would like to update the fabric in the room, which means her valance, curtains, and chair covers. Overall she wants this very used area of her home to feel lighter and brighter.
Her dining area is connected to her living room. The colors in that space are sage green (couches, which look much darker in the photo than they really are, and the rug), a rich deep beige (two side chairs, one you can see, pops in the rug and the drapes), with little pops of a deep beautiful red (in her rug and pillows). Since these areas are open to each other it's important to make both places feel cohesive. Jordan did a great job of making the two spaces feel united, but since her current dining area isn't working for her, we will focus more on the other colors from the living room to accentuate.
I've planned out two options below for Jordan's dining area. Although the fabrics below can be interchangeable, I have them laid out as the largest sample (on the left side) as the valance, as those are the most noticeable fabric from other areas of the home. Next, the top left would be for the drapes, and the bottom right would be for the chair covers. At the very bottom is a paint possibility for the walls. And I would recommend re-painting the cute highchair a pretty sage green regardless of which option is picked.
So lets get to the fabric combinations! Take the poll at the end to cast your vote and give Jordan your 2nd opinion.
I decided to focus on greens in this group. I think these choices would help make the room feel airy, would lend a classic yet updated feel, and makes the space feel relaxing. I decided to keep the wall color in the beige family for the wall (just a much lighter option than whats currently in the room) to bring in a little of the warmth of the living room.
I decided to use more bold fabric options in this group. The patterns give the space some fun energy, while the wall color will help keep things light and airy, just like Jordan would like. Jordan has a cute blue bookcase that borders the corner of the living room and dining area (you can barely see it in the photographs above) so I like that the valance fabric carries that color further into the space.
So dear readers, will you give Jordan your opinion and vote for which fabric group you would recommend?
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I've got a pouf, you've probably got one. What's the deal with poufs? Well; they're crazy practical for adding flexible seating options to a room, inexpensive, they are a great pop of color and pattern, a unique shape, a great DIY, and they can be stashed under a coffee table or in an awkward corner. All around they are pretty great and might be just what a difficult area of your home is screaming for . I've collected a few of my favorites but if I've missed one you love please let us know in the comments!
I wanted to start with the iconic pouf, John Derian's moroccan pouf. This baby has been featured everywhere and for good reason. People love it in the metallic, but I think it's pretty timeless in white. I am not doubting that it's worth$345, but if you don't have that to spend, know that there are a lot of other more budget friendly options out there, specifically HSN.
I also think it's important to acknowledge the knit trend. The coolest version of this that I've seen recently is one by Kumeko. I love the thickness of the weave, and the break in white with the added band; so sharp. There are some great budget versions of this style at West Elm and cb2.
I also love the global look that poufs often showcase. Have you seen the Ernest Pouf at DWR? This would look so so good in my living room.
And a source not to be over looked...etsy. Lots of options there, and so many customizable features from size, fill, fabric, and shape. I was drawn to this frenchy one below...
Do you use a pouf in your space?
I hope everybody had a good weekend. Ours was pretty great. We spent all of Earth Day cleaning up a neighborhood lot, and fixing up our own yard. I love the changes we made. One of the weekends highlights was reading the latest addition of TRADHome, one of my favorite online magazines. I really like the segment they did based on floral art and fabric combinations, this really perked my interest as I had just come from my own flowering yard. I love all four of these examples, they are all so different and really speak to different sensibilities. Which one is your favorite?
Yesterday I went with my friend Elizabeth to a fabric store to pick out fabric for her pelmet boxes! Fabric stores can be oh so tricky. I can certainly understand why people dread setting foot inside some showrooms. Sometimes you just want to browse in peace, sometimes you really want a 2nd Opinion, and sometimes you ask one simple question and a sales associate assumes you know everything/nothing and responds accordingly. Luckily we got to go to a local shop, Freddie Farkel. Yep, illiteration at it's finest. We were looking for a local source for a fabric I found online. Well, we tried hard, and the selection was good, and the staff was great; but we struck out regardless. So we've turned to the internet. I thought I would do a round up today of my favorite online fabric resources and see if any of you had a favorite you'd like to add to the list. In no particular order:
L and S Textiles
Design Diva Fabrics
Caitlin Wilson Textiles
I think that shopping for fabric is a very tactile exercise, so please request a swatch before you make a purchase. There are issues with sheen, durability, color variation on a monitor, etc. that you encounter when shopping online for fabric. I do try to buy locally when I can, but sometimes that's just not an option. Fabric is a great source of inspiration for me, I hope you love it too!