Fabric Shopping (and what it says about home decor trends)

I discovered a new fabric warehouse the other day and all I can say is WOW!  Before I entered the showroom the customer service rep warned me that there was a lot of fabric behind those doors.   Man oh man was she right.

Walking through those doors was like walking in a fabric wonderland. There were rolls of fabric, stacks of fabrics, hanging fabric and more remnant fabrics than the eye could see.

As I walked the aisles, I began to take note of the colors and patterns I was seeing so I’m sharing that with you today.

FABRIC & HOME DECOR TRENDS

MAD FOR PLAID–Large buffalo plaids appear to be a pattern that is gaining in popularity.  Where you once just saw classic colors like red, navy and black you’re now seeing plaids in every color and every size scale.

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Fabric Shopping--Pattern Trends

Cotton blend plaids have a more causal feel to them and so I prefer linen blends which have more texture and dimension. Plaid patterns are ideal for window treatments, pillows and furnishings as you’ll see in these inspirational images…

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MELLOW YELLOW–Pantone identified Primrose Yellow as one of the trending colors for 2017 and while I didn’t see a lot of bold yellow fabrics, I did see lots of soft yellow.

Most of the fabrics in the yellow color family were traditional floral or geometric designs perfect for upholstery, drapes of bed linens.

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Fabric Shopping--Pattern Trends

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SHADES OF BLUE–With the popularity of blue and white decor it’s no surprise that there are lots of blue and white fabric patterns on the market right now.  I spotted florals and well as more modern geometric and boho inspired designs and the color palette ranged from deep navy to shades of teal.

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FLOWER POWER–Bold floral motifs are a trend that forecasters identified for 2017 and the fabrics I saw supported that.  From tiny prints to large oversized designs, feminine florals have a fresh, modern feel.

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Fabric Shopping--Pattern Trends

I love the look of this antique, washed-out floral fabric.

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Fabric Shopping--Pattern Trends

The mum design was bold and had lots of texture and dimension.  I could envision this on club chairs or an ottoman.

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BLACK & WHITE--Never will I tire of black and white patterns.  Black and white are a classic color combo and pairs well with anything you put with it.  The white with black plaid at the top would look great made up in pillows.

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50 SHADES OF GRAY– Many of you may want to see the grey color trend go away but I think it will be around for a while.  Grey is a great way to introduce color into your decor when you don’t want to go all white but want a little color.

I also noticed lots of fabrics that combined grey and soft teal which is always a pretty palette.

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PRETTY IN PINK-The pink fabric aisle was one of my favorites.  Instead of looking like fabrics for a baby’s room, the patterns looked modern and updated.  The second fabric down was gorgeous and you know I love the animal print.

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I snapped a lot more pictures but the visual eye candy has to end sometimes, right?

Finding the perfect fabric is key to a beautiful space and I’m so glad it’s something I get to do as part of my job.

p.s.  I’d love to know which of the fabrics I spotted grabbed your heart!

Happy Friday, friends.

 

Favorites Of The Week | A little of this and a little of that

Between working on projects and dealing with the insurance company after my car was hit, this week has been a bit frenzied.   I’m glad to see the weekend and very happy to have a little down time.

Isn’t this basket the cutest?  It’s a simple DIY project I spotted on the OKL site and you can recreate it for less than $25 with these tassels and this basket.

Favorites of the week-- Posts, Projects and Pins

 

It’s a boots and sweater kind of day and I’m off to run errands, attend a blogger meet-up and then its game night at my brothers.

A few favorites from the past week, enjoy!

Diary of a room makeover.  So good!
Fill the gap between passion and success.
Five plants that can detoxify your home.  I’m headed to the nursery this weekend to pick up one or two.
How to make cut Hydrangeas last longer.
Love these chic fabric DIY’s.

DIY Inspiration: Project Footstools {the Inspiration}

A several weeks ago I came across this pair of round footstools at one of my favorite flea markets and snapped them up.  Despite the fabric being hideous the bones of the ottomans were in good shape and I knew they would make for a great DIY transformation. Plus I couldn’t pass up the $11 price tag.  #thriftscore

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My initial vision is to recover the pair in velvet, maybe a pretty emerald green or deep navy.  I want a fabric and look that is going to be long-lasting and classic and either of these colors would give me that.  I’m also planning to keep the top button tuft detail which I think gives the stools added character.

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This online store has great prices on solid colored velvet by the yard. And I love this quilted velvet.

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After considering velvet for a couple of weeks I went on the search for more inspiration and stumbled upon these images.

 This pair of stools is covered in mustard colored leather with a nailhead trim.  I like the color but the nail heads are a bit much for me.

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These seafoam colored stools are really pretty but I’m not a pastel girl when it comes to decor and I definitely don’t have time to do all that tufting on the top.

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I love , love Chartreuse as a color and really adore the way it looks on this footstool.   The styling of this ottoman is almost identical to mine except the ones I have don’t have feet which I’m now considering after seeing this piece.

Chartreuse is one of those colors that people tend to steer away from but it is a great accent color that mixes well with neutrals and with black.

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Hum…maybe I should consider a Mongolian lambs fur?  I love the look but I can just hear my hubby talking about how impractical they would be.  My response…sometimes pretty trumps practical.

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Just when I was set on a solid color I saw this velvet beauty!  I love the idea of two different patterns and am thinking maybe I could find some vintage fabric at the Roundtop Antiques Market.  I also found this source for embroidered velvet fabric.

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Speaking of patterns, a beautiful Kilim or woven leather rug could be a fun way to upholster my footstools. In looking at rug options, I think this idea might cost more than I want to spend.

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If all else fails, I could also cover them in an animal print which is classic, timeless and versatile.

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I’m not sure which direction I’m going to go with the fabric but I’ll be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, I’ve got a couple other DIY stools that are sitting in the garage waiting for their makeover.

If these footstools were yours, which fabric and color would you go with?

Design Guide: Shopping For The Perfect Sofa

We started looking for a new sofa last year and I couldn’t find I liked.   We decided to put our sofa shopping on hold so it gives me the perfect opportunity to share sofa styling tips to help you (and me) find the ideal sofa.

 

The first and most critical step in picking a sofa is to determine the style of sofa that fits your needs and function as well as your design aesthetic.

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DIY Fabric Gift Tags

DIY Fabric Gift Tags by ConfettiStyle

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Because I’m a designer, I have always have a pile of fabric scraps lying around.  A few weeks ago I was in the middle of cleaning up my office and preparing for The Art of Gift Wrapping workshop when an idea struck me.  Why not makE gift tags out of my fabric scraps?

This is a super easy project that I  know you’ll love so continue reading and check out my cute tags.

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Product + Inspiration: Cloth Napkin Pillow Covers

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When we purchased our first home in Seattle years ago we didn’t have a lot of money to spend on decorating it.  One day when walking through a department store I picked up a pack of cloth dinner napkins that were on clearance.  The pattern was what caught my attention at first but as I opened the napkins up, I remember thinking that they would make great pillow covers.  Fast forward to today and cloth napkin pillow covers are still one of my ‘design on a dime’ decorating tips.

If you’ve never thought about using cloth napkins to make pillow covers, let me tell you why it’s a good idea:

♦  Most cloth napkins are sized perfectly for pillows–18″ x 18″ or 20″ x 20″ which means standard pillow inserts will fit.

♦  Cloth napkins are already hemmed so there is no cutting on your part.

♦  Cloth napkins are inexpensive so you can make seasonal pillow changes without breaking the bank.

♦  Many big box stores (Pottery Barn, World Market, Target) sell napkins in the same prints that they sell in their pillow collection so you can have the same look for a fraction of the price.

♦  Napkin pillow covers are simple to sew or you can use fabric glue to make the pillow covers if you don’t have a sewing machine or don’t know how to sew.

♦  You can add decorative trim to your napkin pillow covers to UpStyle the look even more.

Now let’s get to the inspiration part of the post and check out some pillow covers made using cloth napkin…

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Cloth Napkin Pillow Cover--Centsational Girl

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Cloth Napkin Pillow Cover--Southern Lady

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Pretty cool idea don’t you think?

 I did a little shopping for you and rounded up a few of my favorite napkin designs that I think would make beautiful pillows.  Let’s go shopping…

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top--WORLD MARKET:   Anita Napkin // Succulent Napkin // Pink Pip Floral Napkin // Foil Geometric Sheila Napkins
middle--Anthropologies:  Caicos Napkin  //  Fellina Napkin–orange  //  Fellina Napkin–blue
bottom--TARGET:  Dot Napkin // Geometric Decorative Napkin // Indigo Print Napkins

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The long weekend ahead is the perfect time to whip up a few napkin pillow covers.  Happy crafting!

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Trend Watch: Toile de Jouy

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 Calling this post a ‘trend watch’ may be exaggerating a bit since the trend I’m talking about has never really gone out of style, it just lost some of its luster in recent years.  It wasn’t until Chinoiserie starting regaining its popularity a few years ago that toile started to come back on the design scene in a big way.

“Toile de Jouy”, sometimes abbreviated to simply “toile”, is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as a couple having a picnic by a lake or an arrangement of flowers.

I remember the days when toile was the ‘it’ pattern in home decor and was also a popular look in fashion accessories and clothing.  Back then the colors were pretty classic with blue and white, black and white, red and white and green and white the color combos you saw most.

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Trend Spotlight: Patterned Lampshades

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The other day I was flipping through some magazines and I started to notice a design trend that appears to be coming back in a strong way–patterned lampshades. While I don’t think patterned lampshades ever went completely out of style, the last few years it’s been all about neutral, white and black shades.

When you look back at the history of patterned lampshades, I think they have gotten a back rap and are associated with old-fashion, dated decor. Given the right setting and in the right pattern, lampshades with a pattern are be a fabulous design accent.  If you’re not already, here’s a few inspirational photos to get your on board with this trend…

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As in any decorative situation, an animal print always works to add a sophisticated and elegant look to any space.

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Patterned lampshades on a brass lamp can create an old-world feel which it totally in style.

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I love the idea of a patterned lampshade to match the theme of the decor.

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It’s aways good to have a variety of patterns within a room design and a patterned lampshade is an easy way to incorporate a fun pattern.

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A patterned lampshade that fits the color theme of a room just gives the room more visual depth and interest.

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A patterned lampshades can add color and energy to a neutral room.

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Patterned lampshades can unify the colors within a room.

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Patterned lampshades can add an unexpected twist to the decor of a room.

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If your crafty, you can make your own printed lampshades.  Here’s a great tutorial that walks you through all the steps.

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You can find patterned lampshades in most home decor stores, this is a great online source with a great selection of patterns.  And I recently spotted several really great designs at HomeGoods.  To make shopping easy, check out a few of my favorites in stores and online now…

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Seedling–available in 16 colors /  Watercolor Floral /  Giclee Greek Key Lampshade–available in tons of colors
Northern Lights / Animal Print / Diamonds Giclee
Teal Bamboo Trellis / Birch Blonde /Jigsaw Drum Shade

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