I sat down to write this post 30 minutes ago but before I could type one letter I heard that dreaded sound.....you know the retching sound that dogs make before they throw up? Sometimes they do it for a few minutes before the "lava starts flowing" and I am scrambling to move her away from the rug onto the hardwoods.
Lord knows that trying to get already digested dog food out of seagrass is no fun [throw in a little chewed up grass to get the process going for them].
Fact: you can take seagrass outside and hose it off....let it dry and bam....like new.
Now I am back....3000 pieces of paper towels later.
I mentioned that I spoke at Haven last week. Thinking about what my subject would be it crossed my mind [and that was a short trip] "when I am listening to someone at a conference....what do I like to hear?"
It became clear to me that I am a visual person and I want to see "pretty things" mixed in with tips and ideas. Plus the other 2 bitches [Erika and Darlene] took all the good stuff....bitter...party for one.
It then hit me...well hit might be a little strong...more like a little bubble with words in it, "what do I love?" .....FABRICS.
That is when I came up with doing a few "fabric stories" and how I came to put them together.
So....here are a few I used in my presentation.
I started with the floral. Next I chose a deep velvet for the sofa. I like to use a darker or lighter color for the upholstery. In my opinion [there is no specific rule here] the pattern will show up better. From here it could be a toss up. The chairs could be the large Ikat OR the black and white geometric. I would probably paint the walls white and maybe the ceilings that minty green [a very pale version of it] in the floral.
OK...on to another one.....
This one was a fav. The large floral was my "lead fabric". I usually like to use it at least 2 times in the room, maybe 3. To make it a little more modern I added the large chevron. The tufted blue diamond fabric [which looks a little muddy in this picture] would be the sofa. I brought in another pink in the toile and the smaller geometric in yellow. Once again...I would add the color to the ceiling in the palest blue.
I have time for one more....
OK.....funny enough I started this one with the very bottom fabric. It is a new one from Robert Allen. So I kind of went backwards.....funny how your brain works sometimes huh?
I am liking the green velvet again for the sofa [although in the next picture I used a brown velvet!] I love throwing in a strong geometric patterns such as La Fiorentina by Lee Jofa. It keeps it from looking like Traditional Home circa early 90"s. Everything matched then :)
Some people asked me if I would use all of the fabrics in one room. Of course that stumped me a little...deer in the headlights kind of way.....uh...uh....well.....thoughts and words spinning around in my brain like a blender. Yes and No. Maybe you guys don't think design is a process...here is a little tip for you.
YES IT IS.
Here is how I do it....
Then I decide on pillows and accessories etc. Some might get eliminated, new ones might get added [because of cost]. If there is a bath or kitchen attached to the plan.....then I have the opportunity to use some in there.
I have a few more....so we will continue this next week.
Gonna be a hot weekend here in the A.T.L.
I don't want to appear to be a whiner.....but whaaaaaaa.
Sha hot at hell and not leaving the house.