- Pick a paint color based on what I feel like. Do not consider how it relates to the rest of the house.
- Cajole the Hubs into painting by promising him it's the last room he'll have to paint. Ever. He has yet to mention the fingers I have crossed behind my back.
- Place assorted thrift-store accessories and "found" objects (literally, found 'em on the side of the road) randomly around the place.
- Spend too much time flailing around trying to find coordinating fabrics.
- Give up, watch The Bachelor, and ignore that my room is woeful at best.
|As a result, my home does not look like this.|
Believe it or not, other people have more successful decorating techniques. I am sure you've seen Sarah on that show Sarah's House. One of the things she and her sidekick Tommy do is choose a fabric first. That fabric inspires the color choices, furniture and even the design style of the final room. I loved how she used this yellow and charcoal fabric in a bathroom:
My friend Jessica is great at using this technique, to the point that a fabric actually inspired her entire wedding. And it was so beautiful that it was featured in the current issue of Weddings Unveiled --check it out here.
See that striped table runner? That's the fabric. Gorgeous, right?
These photos, from Jessica's photographer Millie Holloman, make me drool.
Anyhoo, she and I went fabric shopping for her new house last weekend, and what fun! We saw some beautiful fabrics, and I can't wait to see what she does with her inspiration fabrics in her new house.
|Her bedroom fabric--I adore it.|
|This graphic print is so pretty--I want to cover my house in it.|
|Here's the inspiration for her great room--isn't it, um, great?|
|And here's what it looks like on an ottoman. |
And here's a fabric I personally loved for its colors (with my paint chips).
It's since been nixed due to being too paisley-y.
Speaking of paint chips...I have made some progress on my quest for the perfect beige. Turns out, it's not a beige, its a greige, not too pink or yellow. Very neutral but warm--and that's it on that chip! It has no name because its a custom blend but I'll show you what it looks like on my wall soon, promise! Then we will go through my aforementioned decorating "technique" and see what happens next;)
In the meantime, go find some fun fabrics and see how they inspire you!