Fabric Makeover for the Bedroom

I posted a while back about attempting to find fabric for to update our master bedroom. As it is, there is very little pattern in the room and it’s verging on the side of boring. At first, I was picturing some type of toile but then I happened upon a BEAUTIFUL Waverly fabric called Olana in a scrap bin.


I found just enough to make three euro shams, which is what we need to cover all the way across our California king bed, which looks similar to this:


I then began a restless online search for the same fabric by the yard so I could have a bedskirt made to match the shams.  I was having a hard time finding anything so I’m assuming this pattern is in the wind-down phase. And then suddenly… I hit the jackpot, people.  Randomly searching Etsy for my beloved Olana pattern, hoping someone would be selling their scraps, I found FOUR CUSTOM MADE FRENCH PLEATED CURTAIN PANELS in my exact pattern and color scheme.  Bedskirt?  Pppssshh.  I’m going full on pheasant curtains!  I ordered them immediately, the pleats are being sewn and they should be in our bedroom in t-minus ONE WEEK!  I am so pumped about the purchase!  Now I just have to get my euro shams made and I will have completely transformed the look of our bedroom with nothing but fabric.  I still need a coordinating fabric for bolster pillows, but that’s the last thing on my list!

Today’s Lesson:  Fabric is a powerful thing, readers.  I never knew it could make me feel like this. 🙂
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Inspired by Corn? Decorating with Yellow



Yes, you read correctly…corn! That’s my decor inspiration this week. I just returned from a business trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Never heard of it? Really? That’s odd.

Anyway, I’m mid-presentation feeling confident about my expertise in the area of all things advertising and I glance out the window and see….horses. It’s not every day you’re hosting a meeting to tell your client how to spend millions of dollars in advertising adjacent to a horse pasture. And corn. Lots and lots of corn. So in honor of furry friends in Iowa and the crop that has fueled that state for decades, let’s talk about decorating with YELLOW!

If you love what can be a somewhat bold color like yellow, but aren’t comfortable going all-out

image via http://www.stylebind.com

Then let’s take it in baby steps. How about adding in a chair with a great pattern? This one could work it’s way into many different style rooms…



via http://www.crateandbarrel.com

Or what about a neutral sofa in a nice shade of yellow…nothing too crazy….

via http://www.crateandbarrel.com

Let’s say even those two things are a little to bold for you (I’m assuming you are more scared of color than I am, as most people are). Then, let’s work in some fun & cheery throw pillows like the one below.

Or have some custom pillows or maybe even curtains done in a great fabric…



If that’s too traditional or “country” for you, spice things up with a funky print like the one below.





Both fabrics from http://www.calicocorners.com

The bottom line is, no matter what the inspiration, don’t be afraid to put something you love, like a color, in your home. It’s your home! Why not? Break away from the beige, people! Sometimes it’s easier to take it little by little. Personally I love a pretty yellow toile duvet or shower curtain in an otherwise neutral room. It brightens things up, but isn’t over the top. On the other hand, a living room like the photo in this post is georgous. To take a color like that and throw it on the walls is courageous, but it definitely paid off.

Decorating & design are all about expressing yourself through your space. Do what you want! And do it in color!



Dining Room Update, As Promised

Hello All! Well, even without a real camera, the guilt of not following up on a promise is weighing me down. So I snagged the hubby’s Iphone to get a few photos to share with you! My dining room before was just a little lack luster, click HERE to refresh your memory. So I began looking for inspiration.

Our dining room is seperate from the kitchen, but has an open concept, and isn’t exactly what you call formal. So, I felt that a casual farmhouse table look would be the best way to go. I came across a great, heavy farmhouse table on Craiglist for a minimal investment, sanded and stained it, and somehow managed to get it up to the dining room from the basement (it took the hubby and I quite a while). And here it is!

(looking left into the dining room from where the living room meets the kitchen)

I found some parsons chairs to go along with it. The fabric was UGLY and in poor shape so I purchased some white slipcovers to give them a more custom look (still need to get them monogrammed). Our Juliska Berry & Thread every day china has a French country look to it that I think blends perfectly with this style.

The wall to your left walking into the dining room houses a small buffet given to us by my mother-in-law that holds our Pottery Barn monogrammed cake stands, white porcelain accents, and a topiary. The chair prints on the wall are one of my favorite things in the house and are from Ballard Designs. The just scream dining room!

Below is the closest to a full-room view as I could get. It’s taken from the far corner looking toward the kitchen walkway into the living room. The wine bar on the left side of this photo holds a Barbara Cosgrove Lamp, Vietri tray and decanter.

The room has really started to come together. As with the rest of our house, it’s definitely an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories. In this one photo above you can see farmhouse, traditional, & oriental all in one shot.

And now one more detail shot of the every day china I’m still as obsessed with today as the day I registered for it. And check out the georgous antique linens I snagged at a yard sale yesterday. $5 for 4 placemats and 4 napkins, and they are practically a perfect match for my china and the room as a whole!

Now, I’ve got just a few more updates to make. The wall with the old window hanging on it is SCREAMING for a china cabinet, but i just haven’t found the perfect one yet. And if I’ve learned anything decorating this house, it’s that you shouldn’t buy something just because there’s a space in your house that needs it. Wait until you find something you truly LOVE. Placeholders until that moment are just a waste of time and money! Same story with the light fixture. I just haven’t found exactly what I want in here. To be honest, I’m not sure exactly what I want, but it will hit me when I see it!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the dining room tour. As always, please leave comments and suggestions!

Bedroom Fabric Inspiration!

Well, I have another excuse for no dining room update…no camera. That’s right, we forgot and left it last time I went to visit my parents, so that gets me off the hook for a little while longer on the dining room. That said, I really do apologize for the sporadic posting. So many of the blogs I follow post so often I find myself reading more inspiration than giving it…which is fine by me, but no point in having a blog if I don’t post, right?

I feel like I’ve finally gotten our living room to a place I’m happy with (for now…until I decide to rearrange and redorate…again). And now my obsession has moved into the bedroom. (DECORATING the bedroom, people! Get your mind out of gutter!). Right now, we’ve got a great khaki tufted velvet headboard mostly because it takes up less space than a full-on bed and, being in an older home, we’ve got a small bedroom. We’ve got a Pottery Barn-esque rug with deep reds, olive greens, and a very pretty light blue color in it that I love with the color of our walls. The curtains are Pottery Barn linen, which I love, but I’m guessing you can sense an overwhelmingly neutral tone in here. Khaki headboard, khaki curtains, brown duvet…..yeah, it’s

With the rug being the only colorful part of the room, I decided to use is as inspiration to find fabrics to customize our bedding. Here’s what I’m thinking…Three euro shams & a matching bedskirt in this toile…


Then some bolster pillows in a great stripe like this one…


And finally a few extra throw pillows and upholstered vanity stool in something similar to this…



Oooh, and one more thing! Some trim like below and a little of the striped or dotted fabric and the bottom of my curtains…
What do you think? It’s a little more “mature” than my usual choices, but I want something classic that I’ll keep for a long time- especially if I’m going to make the investment in nice fabric and custom made shams. And honestly, I prefer a solid duvet cover that can blend in with whatever decorating phase I’m going through at the time. This way I’m really just accessorizing.

Once I’ve made final decisions on the master bedroom, I’ll move on to the guest room, which I plan to do a in a little more fun and playful style.

I’m planning to go fabric shopping soon! (Which I will document because you have GOT to see this great little fabric outlet I found…crazy deals, I tell ya).

Opinions, please!

~Katie