I didn’t actually get any projects done (or even started) yesterday, but I still feel like I made some progress. I came very close to getting started on my living room draperies, but decided that I wasn’t quite ready.
These are going to be the last draperies I make for my living room for a very long time. The third time’s a charm, right? So I want to be sure I end up with something I really love, and that I’ll enjoy for a long time. And while I really like the fabric I bought, and I’m sure it would make lovely draperies all by itself, one of my favorite things is an accent on the leading edge of drapery panels. And I especially love Greek key accents.
I really like this look…
The good news is that I was able to find a Greek key trim that actually coordinates with my drapery fabric. The bad news is that it’s pretty narrow. But I also found a beautiful dark blue linen that coordinates with the drapery fabric. So somehow, I’m going to combine the two to make a wider border on the leading edge of each panel.
On to item #2 – my breakfast room chairs. Remember how I told you that I found some dining chairs for my breakfast room at a great sale price? Well, this Rustic Java Greyson Side Chair from World Market* is what I bought.
However, the “rustic” part of that chair really isn’t what I’m looking for — the dark brown finish and the fabric that feels like canvas. So since I got them at such a great price (they were already on sale, and then I got an additional 25% off with a coupon, so they were just a tad more than half price), I could purchase new fabric for them and still come out cheaper than the original price of the chairs. I decided to go with a beautiful blue velvet (this Jaclyn Smith Theater Velvet in Peacock from Joann Fabric), and the fabric was delivered yesterday.
I’ll be painting the wood white before I reupholster them, and because I’m me, I’ll also be tufting the backs. So they’ll look completely different by the time I’m done with them.
On to item #3 — a new breakfast room rug. I found this one on Overstock.com* that I really like, and I got it at a great sale price for Cyber Week. (Yep, evidently it’s a whole week.)
The reviews say that it’s darker than the picture, so I’m hoping it will work out. If not, I have plenty of experience now returning rugs to Overstock.com. 😀 And I had to laugh because one of the main complaints about this rug is how thin it is. That’s actually a bonus for me! Because of Matt, I specifically have to look for rugs that are really thin. So if the colors work out, I think this rug will be great for the breakfast room, which he’ll be using every day.
And finally, my samples of velvet from Anthropologie arrived. You’ll remember that I was considering a velvet sofa from there for my living room. Well, I don’t really like any of these.
I take that back. I do really like the blue on one the left, but I don’t really want a blue sofa. The purple in the middle is way too dark. I think it’s called eggplant. Or maybe it’s plum. Whatever it is, it’s so dark that I initially thought they sent me black. And the teal on the right is just blah. These colors just aren’t what I’m looking for, plus they’re cotton velvet. Cotton velvet is probably my least favorite velvet. Silk velvet is my favorite, followed by polyester velvet. Yes, polyester. That’s what the fabric is for the dining chairs, and I love how soft and silky it feels. Cotton velvet just doesn’t have that luxurious look and feel to it that I want in velvet.
So those are out. Truth be told, I’m holding out for a green or purple fabric for a sofa. But it has to be just the right green, or just the right purple. The problem is that I found the perfect purple sofa in a magazine, and now everything else pales in comparison. The sofa is a Nickey Kehoe Classic Tufted sofa that costs $7150 NOT including the fabric. The fabric on the picture in the magazine was a gorgeous Manuel Canovas velvet in purple. I found the picture online, but it’s WAY more vibrant online.
I really don’t like how it looks in that picture. The magazine picture is much more muted, with perhaps just a touch more blue in it to tone down that vibrant purple. It’s the magazine version that I have ingrained in my brain as the perfect sofa. I tried to adjust the color in my photo editing program to get it more like the magazine version. This isn’t quite right, but it’s closer than the one above.
Anyway, the magazine picture is perfect. And once I’ve seen perfection, it’s hard to settle for something else. But I’m not in a huge hurry. I’ll take my time and find just the right sofa and fabric that’s actually within my budget. At least now I know it won’t be coming from Anthropologie.