You Could Be a Textile Designer…..

Have you ever thought about designing your own textiles?  I know I have especially when I am digging through racks of fabric swatches in hopes of finding the pattern that I have in my mind’s eye.  Wouldn’t it be easier (and less stressful) if you could some turn that mental image of the perfect fabric into reality?  Well the folks over at Spoonflower were reading my mind (so to speak)….

The concept behind Spoonflower is pretty straight forward – anyone can upload a design and have it printed on fabric for your own use or for sale. You can buy sizes from 8″ samples to full yardage.  Spoonflower gives users several fabric options from quilting cotton to upholstery-grade cotton twill and even silk crêpe de chine.  Prices range from $18-$32 depending on your fabric selection with the silk crêpe de chine maxing out the pricing structure.

One note of caution before diving into designing your dream fabrics – there is a small upfront cost due to the fact that you must purchase samples of all the designs you create prior to them going into production.  Fortunately the cost is minimal since you can order up to 8 samples for $20.

For myself, this opens up a WORLD of opportunities regarding curtain and drape treatments especially since they have a linen/cotton fabric option.  I am always at a loss finding cost-conscious fabric options for curtains that are stylish and in the color palette I am using.  Even better is that Spoonflower offers a 10% if you order your own design and a 20% discount of you order over 20 yards of your design.  And did I mention that there is no required minimum yardage order?  So order 1 yard or 100 yards – you have total control.

Thanks to Spoonflower, I can now add “textile designer extraordinaire” to my résumé…. (not really but I can day-dream).

Weekend DIY: Chevron Curtains

I frequently imagine what haiku I would write if  assigned the task of describing how I feel about chevron.  After much internal debate, I think this sums up my feelings on chevron:

Pattern of delight

Oh, how I love thy design

You make me happy

Hey – I NEVER said I was a talented poet, but am a lover of pattern.  Speaking of pattern, I am lusting after more chevron in my life and am happy that I ran across these DIY chevron curtains by Kristen Davis. If you are not reading KFD Designs blog, then you are a day late and a dollar sort.  KFD Designs stands for the initials of the decorative painter, Kristen, behind the blog:

She is a one bad a#$ Momma who can make a paint brush bow to her every whim.  How else would you explain how she took simple white curtains and got paint to do this…..

Check out her straight-forward simple tutorial on how you can make your own DIY chevron curtains.  I am thinking that may I try this treatment for a shower curtain for the guest bath.  Okay, off to hunt shower curtains and metallic paint!  Have a great weekend!

Do I Dare Make a Decision on Window Treatments?

I have no problem deciding to paint a room orange but am terrible on selecting that perfect shade of orange.  I am fine with taking a Sharpie to a wall but the first mark will take me a week to initiate.  In other words, I am horrible with taking that first step which is so odd considering my bold tastes as of late (i.e. mohawk haircut).  The leap of faith is the scariest part of the design process for me but I know it must be done.

Aside from pulling the trigger on my decision decisions, it’s the small details that lead me to maximum overload.  For example, I have lived with bare windows in my music room and guest room for two years now.  We have solar shades in the windows to block light which are all well and good but they don’t take the place of curtains/drapes.  Now that I found a seamstress to implement my design ideas, I can now finally have the drapes I envisioned….well at least for the music room since I don’t dream cheap.

As well evidenced if you follow me on Twitter, I have a thing for Jonathan Adler.  Some people are groupies for athletes, while others adore rock stars.  I have a thing for designers and chefs.  Nate Berkus?  HELLO!  He is my Tom Jones and while I wouldn’t throw a pair of underwear at him if I saw him in person, I may start to squeal like a school girl who just saw Justin Timberlake.  Same with Ina Garten or Sarah Moulton.  But there is a special place in my heart for Jonathan Adler.  I would d.i.e.  if  I met him in person.  I once thought I saw him in New York once and stalked him for three blocks until I realized I was following a rather manly looking woman (no joke!).

Jonathan is a demi-god when it comes to mixing colors, patterns and trim with wonderful effect.  While I can’t afford his rugs or furniture, I do own a few pieces of his pottery and dish sets.  In any case, I imagine that if he was to do curtains/drapes, they would be beautifully executed with fun trim or a funky design.  Timeless with hint of whimsy is what I would think he would do.  So it shocked me that  I came across a set of curtains that reminded me of what J.A. would do if he was designing for a tween:

Jonathan Adler "Lite" ....well sorta

Photo Credit: www.PBTeen.com

Well to be honest, this is what Pottery Barn does when designing for a tween/teen through its PB Teen collection.  However, the crisp white curtains, the use of ribbon and the simply design echo what J.A. would have done I believe.  So using this as inspiration, I have asked my seamstress to modify a pair of  Ikea grommet curtains with navy grosgrain ribbon to achieve a similar effect for marginal cost.  I hope to have them in two weeks to show you.

So now with curtains in place, I now get to struggle with the window hardware.  The room has three windows with two pretty much eating the entire south wall.  Decision time…do I use one rod to expand across both windows or two smaller rods over each window?  My gut tells me one rod across both windows for a total of 100 inches but would love to hear what you all think. 

As for the actual hardware, I am pretty sure (so much so I am going to go buy them tonight) that I will be using these rods from West Elm:

Modern Balance Rod from West Elm

Photo Credit: http://www.WestElm.com

I think they are wonderfully clean and simple, but with a hint of modernity to them.  They whisper rather than scream clean lines in my opinion, which makes them perfect for curtains that you want to be the center of attention.  So next, I just need to decide if I want to use a drapery hook or a tie back for the curtains, but that can be saved for another day.

Today, I relax knowing that I have leveled the mountains that were once mole hills.  I now can move on to what color to paint the room……ahhh I see another mountain forming as I type this.