Last week, I talked about mixing and matching fabrics to create one-of-a-kind rooms. This week, I want to share a fabulous resource with you: Spoonflower.

Spoonflower logo

Spoonflower is a website where you can buy fabric.  They have thousands of prints to choose from in all colors.  That is just the beginning though! The best part of Spoonflower is that if you cannot find exactly what you are looking for from their inventory, you can create your own fabric and have them print it for you!

A Wise Old Bookend

A wise old bookend by Addilou

Their prices start at just $18 / yard, and they have 9 different fabric types to choose from.

Medallions in Mushroom

Medallions in mushroom by Katphillipsdesigns

Spoonflower has a wide variety of colors and patterns ~ from toile:

Blue Willow Toile

Blue willow toile by Juliamonroe

to chevron:

French Linen ZigZag Chevron

French linen zigzag chevron by Kristopherk

to elephants:

Ellie's elephant friends fabric

Ellie's elephant friends by Littlebdesigns

Spoonflower is based in Raleigh, NC and all of the fabric is digitally printed in Raleigh by their employees.

The digital printing method they use to print the fabrics is eco-friendly and uses water-based inks on natural fiber textiles.


Waves aqua linen by Holli zollinger

I recently ordered a swatch of this blue and white fabric to see if it would coordinate with our peacock blue dining room make-over.

Moorish Tile - Peacock

Moorish tile - peacock by Honey&fitz

I was hoping to use it in the family room as pillows to pull the peacock blue into that room. The blue, though, is more turquoise than peacock, so I'm going to keep looking.

Here are a few other fabrics I saw while exploring their website.

Lotsa Bots

Lotsa bots by Dianarich
Simple Summer
Simple summer by Melissamelissa


White blues and greens plaid by Pearginger

They even have patterns that you can order and sew yourself.

Geeky Owl Bag - PINK! - KONA version

Geeky owl bag by Happysewlucky

I'm excited to have found Spoonflower and have enjoyed looking at all of their fun fabrics.  Who knows, maybe I'll even submit my own design!

On a side note, we've begun to paint our family room and dining room.  Here are the colors we chose:

dining room & family room paint colors ~ tan & peacock blues

Benjamin Moore: Berber White 955, Blue Allure 771, I've Got the Blues 774, & Bermuda Blue 2061-30

We also ordered our stencil for the dining room.  Here are the 2 we were deciding between:

RDS Chez Ali & Acanthus Trellis stencilsWe chose......................................................................... #1!

I'll share more photos and updates as we make progress.

º Are you freshening any rooms in your house with a new paint color?

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Fun With Fabrics

The right mix of fabrics can take a room from ordinary to extraordinary. sarahs-cottage-guestroom-west-image1

Sarah Richardson

When designing a room, I start by thinking about 3 things:

  1. the function of the room
  2. the feeling the room should convey – casual, elegant, sophisticated, relaxed, etc.
  3. the color scheme

Once these items are determined, I find my design inspiration through fabrics and let the room evolve from there.  I love to mix and match fabrics to create the perfect combination for the room.  Depending on the room, there can be anywhere from 3-4 fabrics, all the way up to 10-12 fabrics.

I recently helped my mom choose fabrics for their family room.

blue fabric combo

She knew she wanted to use shades of blue in the room to play off the blue and yellow color scheme she has in the adjoining kitchen.  We both fell in love with the beautiful floral embroidered fabric and used that as our starting point.  From there, we chose a polka dot, a stripe, and a French blue chenille.

blue fabric combo

We determined where to use each fabric based on their patterns and durability.

Chenille ~ settee & banding on window valances Stripe ~ window valances Floral ~ pillows Polka dot ~ side chair & pillows

The fabrics coordinate perfectly with their neutral couch and soft wall color.  By updating a few pieces in the room with beautiful fabrics, we were able to refresh the space and give them a room they love!

To put together a few more fabric combinations, I headed to the Designers Market (a wholesale showroom to the trade) for their wide selection of fabrics.

The first combination:

purple fabric combination

I always pick one fabric to be the starting point.  In this combination, the striped fabric caught my eye.  I (of course ;)! ) was drawn to the purple in the color palate, but the other colors, and the stripe pattern keep it from feeling too feminine.

After choosing the striped fabric, I wanted to find fabrics that would pull in the colors of the pattern.  The paisley fabric was the perfect, soft shade of yellow to coordinate with the stripes.  Next, I found the purple geometric pattern, and completing the combination is a solid purple glazed linen.

purple fabric combination

Now, you might be thinking: “These are pretty, but how would I use them?”

A perfect location for this combination would be a sunroom.

Stripes ~ pillows & banding on window treatments Yellow Paisley ~ window treatments Purple Geometric ~ 2 chairs Purple Glazed Linen ~ upholstered ottoman / coffee table

Add a neutral couch and a light aqua color on the walls, and voilà , a cheerful sunroom!

For the next combination, I wanted to create an elegant and neutral palate.

neutral fabric combo

I started with the taupe and cream damask print (bottom right).  The embroidery on this fabric was absolutely beautiful!  To complement the damask, I chose the cream and taupe scalloped design.  Next, I found a silk stripe to balance the two embroidered prints.  As an unexpected touch to round out the combination, I chose a shimmery cream fabric, with a subtle geometric texture.

neutral fabric combo

Although neutral, this combination of fabrics is anything but boring!  I envision this as an elegant and sophisticated dining room, yet one that is chic and timeless.

Damask ~ backs of host and hostess chairs, and framed as artwork Scallop ~ backs of side chairs Stripes ~ floor length window panels Geometric ~ fronts & seats of chairs, and a runner for a buffet

A neutral wall color and a lovely chandelier would complete this stylish dining room.

For the last combination, I wanted to choose fabrics that could be used in a child’s room.

Modern Colors colorful fabric combo

I first saw the striped fabric and liked the modern color palate.  The white and coral lattice work fabric brings in a bigger scale to the combination.  The lime green dotted ikat print is fun and playful.  Lastly, the blue and tan mini chevron pattern adds a touch of sophistication.

Modern Colors colorful fabric combo

This combination of fabrics could be used for a boy or a girl, and would grow with the child from infancy through the teenage years.

Stripes ~ bean bag chair & pillows Lattice ~ window treatments Ikat ~ upholstered headboard Chevron ~ seat for a desk chair & pillows

Painted furniture and a fun rug would make any child happy with this room!

When working with fabrics it is important to keep in mind the scale of the pattern, what the fabric is made of, and the texture of the fabric.  Creating a unique mix of fabrics will make your room beautiful and memorable.   Start with a pattern you love and grow your palate from there.

If you don’t know where to start, or get stuck in the process, call me to help you create a room that you will love!

(All fabrics are available to the trade from the Designers Market.)

º What is your favorite fabric combination from the 4 above? º Do you have a fabric in your home that you love & created a room around?

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Love is in the air!

With Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, pinks and reds are popping up everywhere. red heart wreath

(Red heart wreath from Pier 1)

Here are a few items that could be easily incorporated into your home’s décor.  These festive accents are ones that you would continue to enjoy long after the chocolates are eaten and the flowers have wilted.

red floral knobs

For a subtle touch of red, try these red and white floral knobs from World Market.  They would give new life to an old dresser, or be a fun surprise on a guest room night stand.

red ceramic owl bank

This red ceramic owl bank from Kathy’s Klay Shop on Esty has such personality.  He could be used as inspiration for a child to save some extra money, or on a mantel to bring a pop of color into the room.

red rose rug

To make a much louder statement, try this red rose rug from Pier 1.  In an otherwise neutral room, it would be a grand centerpiece.  The petals of the rose give this rug an extra punch of depth and dimension.

pink baskets

If pink is more your style, try these woven baskets from World Market.  Use them to store anything from gloves and hats to papers and mail.  Adding function and color to a space, these baskets are a great find!

Urban Outfitters pink shag rag rug

How adorable is this pink shag rag rug from Urban Outfitters?  It would be a fun surprise to open a small bathroom and find this cute rug waiting for you.

If pink and red aren’t really your color pallate, here are a few other Valentine’s Day inspired items.

ivory ruffle flower pillow

This ivory ruffle pillow from Pier 1 is fancy, yet playful.  It would be romantic as a toss pillow in the bedroom, or a frilly accent in the living room.

pink & purple morrocan tablecloth

Set an intimate table for dinner with that special someone using this pink & purple tablecloth from Saffron Marigold.  The Moroccan inspired medallion pattern and beautiful color palate are perfect for any date night.

To complete the tablescape, fill a few of these pink & purple vases (from Henrietta Glass on Crescent Moon) with purple and white lisianthus.

pink & purple vase & lisianthus flowers

(lisianthus image from here)

red & blue love birds painting

When I saw this Love Birds original painting from Once Upon a Paper on Etsy, it was love at first sight!  The blue ‘leaves’ give a whimsical feel to the piece, while the two little red birds pop off the page to create the focal point.

I hope you feel inspired by these home accents.  Whether you are sharing Valentine’s Day with that special someone, a close friend, or a furry friend, I wish you a day filled with love!

Andrew and I will be continuing our tradition of a delicious home-cooked meal, and hopefully a beautiful bouquet of flowers ;).

º What Valentine’s Day decorations make their way into your home for the month of February? º What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

The Power of Navy Blue ~ Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my exploration of the world of navy blue (review Part 1 here).  In last week’s post, I showed how navy and the colors of the rainbow can each work together to create enviable rooms.  Today, I’ll share how navy also coordinates beautifully with other pairings. The first color combination today is navy blue and pink.

navy blue & pink nursery

(navy and pink nursery from OctoberRoad via HGTV)

A little girl’s nursery is a natural place for this duo.  The pale pink walls create a feeling of softness in the room, while the addition of navy provides a layer of interest.  The use of an area rug over the existing wall-to-wall carpet adds depth to the room, and a focal point around the crib.  If you look closely, there are creative details all around – the pink ceiling medallion and handmade rosettes on the throw pillow, for example – that make the room extra special.

The navy and pink color scheme isn't just for nurseries though.

navy blue & pink living room

(navy and pink living room from Mary McDonald via Epitome of Chic)

In this living room, navy and pink combine to create a gorgeous space.  The marble fireplace and layered artwork immediately grab my attention.  As I study the rest of the room, I notice the dramatic effect created by the use of the solid navy fabric on the settee, ottoman, and chaise.  In contrast to the traditional furniture pieces, the graphic rug and pops of pink provide exciting modern elements.

Navy also pairs well with more neutral colors.

navy blue & brown bedroom

(navy and  brown bedroom from Diane Bergeron)

In this navy and brown bedroom, we see another eye-catching rug.  The brown grasscloth wallpaper gives the room a cozy feel, while the crisp white bed linens and window treatments provide balance in the space.

navy blue & brown family room, living room

(navy and tan living room via décor*pad)

Grasscloth wall paper is also used in this navy and tan living room.  Casual elements, like the porthole mirror and wooden coffee table, mix well with the more elegant navy blue velvet French style couch.  The combination of styles works well together to create an inviting space.

Another neutral partner for navy is grey.

navy blue & grey basement

(navy and grey basement from Sarah Richardson)

This room was a late addition to the line-up.  I recently watched an episode of Sarah’s House and fell in love with this navy and grey basement.  Sarah consistently uses pattern, texture, and color to create stunning spaces, and this room was no exception.  Only Sarah could design a bright, cozy space centered around a navy blue couch in a basement with no windows!

Navy blue and black is often an unexpected color combination.

navy blue & black & pink living room

(navy and black living room from Domino via Sketch 42)

In this living room, navy blue, black, and bright pink work together to create a striking palate.  The similarity in the textures ties the pieces together, and the neutral rug helps to ground the space.

navy blue & black kitchen

(navy and black kitchen from The Sexy Kitchen)

Navy blue cabinets and black countertops complement each other in this modern kitchen.  The use of the two dark colors helps to make the space feel big and open by not breaking the flow of the room.   The minimalist décor, clean lines, and stainless steel accents all keep with the modern design.

Navy also pairs well with different metallic accents.

navy blue & gold & silver living room, family room

(navy and metallic family room from Emily A. Clark)

Mixing textures is the perfect way to make any room feel multi-dimensional.  The gold sunburst mirror and silver vase and candlesticks add a touch of elegance to this family room.  The bamboo shades, geometric rug, and plush throw keep the room feeling comfortable and cozy for the whole family.

Last, but certainly not least, is the always classic navy and white.

navy blue & white bathroom

(navy and white bathroom from HometoDecor.com)

The combination of navy and white always invokes such a crisp, clean feel.  I love the color combination in this bathroom, where the details work together to complete the space:  the open bottom of the vanity helps to make this piece seem less chunky; the beadboard gives a farmhouse feel to the space; and the flower-like tile on the floor adds texture and pattern.

navy blue & white dining room

(navy and white dining room from Lonny Magazine)

How beautiful is this dining room!  All of the pieces in this space work so well together.  The perfect shade of navy on the walls is balanced by the white window panels.  An unexpected combination of wing back and wooden chairs surround the table.   The midcentury modern side board and gallery of artwork on the wall pull together the eclectic feel of this enchanting dining room.  This welcoming and inviting space is perfect for all occasions – from casual dinners with friends to special family celebrations.

º Which color combination wins your vote from today’s pairings? º What color are you currently obsessing over?


The Power of Navy Blue ~ Part 1

I’m a color person ~ I like colors, I’m inspired by colors, I think about colors.  Ever since Pantone (the “world-renowned authority on color”) released their fashion color report for Spring 2012, and included ‘Sodalite Blue’ in both the men’s and women’s colors, I’ve had navy blue on my mind.Pantone's Sodalite Blue

In home decorating, most people seem to shy away from dark colors.  Navy is such a rich, versatile color though, and when used appropriately it can create a dramatic impact or act as an unexpected accent color.

I want to explore the world of navy and show how it can be combined with any other color to create a beautiful room.  Today, I’ll start with the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.  Next week, I’ll be back to explore other color combinations – some more unexpected than others.

When you say "navy and red", many people have visions of the American flag and a 4th of July picnic.  Here are two rooms, however, that use this usually patriotic color combination to create welcoming and exciting spaces.

navy blue & red family room, living room

(navy and red family room from Costal Living via Design & Style)

In this family room, white is used to ground the color scheme.  The playful stripes repeated throughout the space help to connect the rooms.

navy blue & red kid's room

(navy and red bedroom by Meg Braff via Design & Style)

For a child’s bedroom, navy and red is a fun color choice.  The light blue walls give a soft and airy feeling to the room.  Picking a fabric with all of the room’s colors, like the one on the window, is a perfect way to unify the space.

Around Richmond, VA, if you say “blue and orange”, visions of UVA Cavaliers usually pop up.

UVA Cavaliers logo

(UVA logo via virginiasports.com)

Even so, this color combination can produce a unique and appealing room (that even VA Tech fans can enjoy ;)! ).

navy blue & orange nursery

(navy and orange nursery from Sarah Richardson via HGTV)

This nursery by Sarah Richardson, evolved around the fabulous wallpaper she used on the ceiling.  Her use of patterns, both in the fabrics and on the wall, provides a stimulating space for a baby.  The two main orange elements add pops of color and warm up the space.

navy blue & orange nursery

(navy and orange nursery from Katie Raadt via Chic & Cheap Nursery)

Here is another take on a navy and orange nursery.  This one uses fewer patterns than the first nursery.  The solid walls, allow for the map, framed art, orange chair, and oversized giraffe to shine in this room.  (I think I spy the Fillsta pendant light from Ikea that I used in my Sweet Frog Foyer.)

Next on the spectrum is navy and yellow.

navy blue & yellow family room, living room

(navy and yellow family room from House Beautiful, picture #12)

I love the navy coffee table and side chairs in this family room.  The accents in yellow make the room feel warm and welcoming.  Who wouldn’t want to catch up with an old friend over tea in this room?

navy blue & yellow entryway, foyer
(navy and yellow entryway from House & Home)

Even though this entryway uses the same color scheme as the living room above, the bold use of the two colors creates a much more dramatic effect.  The painted door makes the entry feel larger, and the mostly white art gives balance to the space.

When I think of navy and green, I think of adorable, preppy school boys in striped polo shirts.

navy blue & green kid's bedroom

(boy’s bedroom from Apartment Therapy)

navy blue & green kid's bedroom

(navy and green bedroom from Serena & Lily)

Notice the similarities in these two bedrooms: overall color scheme, wood behind the beds, and striped comforter.  While still preppy, the lighter green in the second one, invokes a fresh, spring-time feel.

navy blue & green dining room

(navy and green dining room from House Beautiful via View From My Heels)

Not just for little boys, navy and green can also create a stunning room for grown ups.  In this dining room, the use of solid colors for the main pieces (walls, chairs, side board, rug, and table) allows each one to stand out and make its own statement.  The artwork and trim on the window panels pull the room together.

Navy also mixes well with other shades of blue.

navy blue & light blue family room, living room

(navy and light blue family room from Falls Design)

The monochromatic scheme in this family room is calming yet inviting.  The equal use of the two blues prevents one from overpowering the other.  I love how the white furnishings give the room a crisp, clean feel.   The print on the window panels provides the finishing touch to tie the room together.

navy blue & turquoise sun room, porch

(navy and turquoise sunroom from Costal Living)

Here, turquoise is used in an unexpected place to create this welcoming sunroom.  The mix of modern pieces – in the coffee tables – and more traditional elements – in the wicker furniture – work well together in this space.

Today’s last color combination is navy and, my favorite color, purple!

navy blue & purple dining room

(navy and purple dining room from décor*pad)

Subtle uses of each color create an easy balance in this dining room.  The dark wood floors, iron console table, and neutral walls help to keep the room from feeling too feminine.

navy blue & purple wallpaper in entryway, foyer(navy and purple wallpaper from Burke Décor)

In a much more bold use of the colors, the navy and purple wallpaper makes a grand statement in this entryway.  The simple console table and neutral chair keep the focus on the wallpaper.  How fun!

I’ll be back next week to explore other combinations with navy!

º What is your favorite color partner for navy so far? º Have you used navy in your home?