Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Jumping Off Point

Well while things are  moving along I decided that it was time to start taking fabric selection a little more seriously.  For my bedroom the choice was easy.  When I say easy I mean after looking through about a million fabrics I saw this one and it was love at first sight.  The fabric is from Victoria Hagan Home and I'd be lying if I said it was affordable.  It's not.  In addition you have to buy a minimum of 3 yards.  I had a feeling it was going to be expensive (why do I always seem to gravitate to things that are out of my price range?) though I was hopeful.  After my hopes were dashed and I closed my gaping mouth I decided that since this is going to be my forever home and since I work really hard and since my birthday is coming up I would splurge a bit on my sooner or later to be sanctuary.  Don't get me wrong, I will only be purchasing the minimum and will just use it as accents in the room, maybe for pillows or cornices.  Meanwhile every other room in the house is getting a $1.00 a yard fabric to compensate for this-Ha!  

Victoria Hagan Home- Four Seasons-Winter

At any rate this is the "jumping off point" if you will.  Now I've go to coordinate.  Here's some potential candidates.  Keep in mind that I don't know what's going where yet.  I'm just gathering memo's to get ideas.

Stout- Faulkner - Camel

Stout- Delphi- Pecan

Stout- Omni- Wheat

Stout- Lowell- Tan

Stout- Apalachee- Dove

In reality these fabrics do go with my inspiration fabric but on the computer...eh, not so much.  Here's a picture of all the contenders:

My husband hates the zebra print.  He thinks it looks like something Ice-T's wife Coco would wear.  Um, I guess.  I'm kind of partial to a little animal print in small doses.  What do you think?

Anyway, for the walls I'm going to go with a soft grey-blue color.   I haven't actually picked out the color yet but that's what I want to do.  I'm either going to go for the same color in the sitting room and the bedroom or darker/lighter shades of the same color in the two rooms.  The bathroom is probably going a darker shade since it's going to be mostly marble and there's some good light in the room.  I'm going to be doing a rather ambitious project involving the clawfoot tub but I'm going to keep it a secret for now in case it turns out to be too difficult to execute.  

Decisions decisions.  Well it's a start at least:)


  1. I'm not normally a fan of animal prints (I don't universally hate them, either) but I think the rest of the fabrics are so classic and traditional that you need a little Coco in the room. It's going to look very pretty and serene. My house is veering dangerously into minimalist territory. Pretty soon it's going to look like we eat gruel for dinner and sing Gregorian chants for entertainment.

  2. oooh, very pretty! I notice that the Victoria Hagan fabric is similar colors to the Ikea Stockholm Blad curtains you liked--would that work as a budget alternative? (I totally understand if the answer is no, I am lusting over chiang mai dragon fabric myself, also ridonkulously expensive, and there is no acceptable alternative). I wonder if Ikea actually used the Hagan fabric as an inspiration.

    I dig the zebra print. Everyone needs a little sassy touch :-)

  3. I love minimalist style also. It's so hard when you like so many different things. I've tried to introduce some fun graphics but I've gotten a big fat veto. Maybe somewhere else in the house. We've got plenty of rooms.

  4. Lisa, I love the Ikea ones also, but the Victoria Hagan is my chiang mai dragon. I agree with the sassy bit, but I can't seem to persuade my husband...yet;)

  5. Tiff--did you call more than one designer for the victoria hagan fabric? I called a few when looking at chiang mai, and some quoted me a minimum, and some did not. Did you try Furbish Studio (furbishstudio.com)? She carries a ton of to the trade fabrics (I looked, that fabric is not on there, but she might offer it if you requested it?) Just a thought.

    On the bright side, 3 yards of fabric is actually a lot of material.

  6. I have a friend who's a designer so I'm getting it through her. I haven't actually ordered it yet. I think I'm nervous about pulling the trigger.