The more I design, the more I realize that a large portion of my new career is solving problems of various sorts. Things I thought were a “slam dunk” aren’t and those “easy projects” are quickly becoming multi-step endeavors. However, it’s this type of problem solving and thinking that drew me to the field and keeps me on my toes.
Case in point is the chair I am looking to recover in my master bedroom. I thought I had found the perfect solution in the form of a zebra-print linen fabric. It was bold, graphic and masculine; it would have been the perfect choice to transform a ho-hum chair into a statement piece. If you can’t tell, I am using the past-tense to describe the chair and the fabric. I talked to the upholsterer this weekend and was informed that my remanent piece was not large enough to cover the front of the chair as I assumed. The original plan was to cover the chair’s front in the zebra print and the back in a contrasting fabric. However, it would now appear that I would need to cover the chair in 3 different fabrics to cover it completely – not the look I was hoping to obtain, so it was back to the drawing board.
After running some errands, I stopped by one of my favorite discount warehouses in San Francisco and rummaged their racks. I can across this fabric, which I think is a strong contender to replace the zebra print:
It’s a large-scale plaid linen weave with metallic gold thread running through it. While it isn’t my beloved zebra-print, the large-scale of the pattern makes a statement of its own in the room. The gold thread speaks to the metallic thread in the upholstered headboard as well as the gold/bronze accents in the room. An added bonus is that there is more than enough yardage to get the 3 yards the upholsterer says I need to cover the chair. And did I mention that it is only $12.95 a yard? So for $40 I could solve my chair issue. So I bit the bullet and bought it and am quite happy with how it looks on the chair:
This unexpected change in my plans does have a silver lining as it allows me to bring in an accent fabric I have been sitting on since it found it on sale for $3.97 a yard. The accent fabric is a grey linen with gold polka-dots that will be used to make a lumbar and accent pillows.
The fabric picks up the colors in the new bedding (which I will show y’all tomorrow) and brings in a smokey grey color that I think may be the basis for the wall color. One final benefit of this fabric change is that it allows me to keep the fabric currently on the x-benches at the foot of the bed. I originally thought I would need to change the fabric when I intended to use the zebra-print linen but now with the new palette, I am actually liking everything together:
Overall, while I am still disappointed that I will not be using the zebra-print in the bedroom, my little problem afforded me the opportunity in the end to find a new fabric I love, to use fabric from my stash and save money by keeping the same fabric on my x-benches. So in the end, my little problem may have been a blessing in disguise.
Do you have a story on how a design “problem” became a design “blessing”? If so, shoot me an email or leave a comment!
Have a great Monday!!