I’m pretty sure I could spend days on end looking at fabrics. Sometimes I wish I lived in a much bigger city, with more fabric stores…the really good ones like Calico Corners. If I did, I could easily waste away a day or two going from one to another, dreaming of projects I could do with all of the fabrics that I love.
But sadly, I don’t live in a big city, and the options for fabrics stores are pretty much limited to three: JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and a great little locally-owned store called Frankly Fabric. But even with the limited options, I can still find fabrics that I love. (Is it strange that I have thousands and thousands of fabrics available to me through my trade accounts with the largest fabric houses in the country, and yet I seldom ever use those for my own decorating?)
Anyway, the purpose of my trip yesterday was to find fabric for the chairs that will go in John & Alice’s family room.
Finding a fabric proved to be more difficult that I had imagined, simply because I wanted a solid fabric for the seat and the tufted back, but not one that would compete with the pretty robin’s egg blue and white damask fabric that will be used on the cushion and the back of the chair. I think I’ve finally settled on this pretty linen with it’s subtle color variances.
But while I was shopping, I found some other fabrics that really caught my eye…for my own home. So you know what that means, right?
I’m always so drawn to fabric with bold and bright colors, and if they have large scale patterns, it’s even better!! I only have one more room in my condo that needs fabric selections, and that’s my office. Ooohhh, one more. That means it has to be GOOD.
First, I found this bright and fun fabric at JoAnn Fabrics. It’s actually an outdoor canvas, and the cost is $19.99/yard. But I have some 50% off coupons that are good until June, so it would end up at just about $10/yard. Not too bad!
Would that make some great window treatments? I’d probably never want to leave my office!!! And I doubt there would be any chance of me falling asleep at my desk if I’m surrounded by such bright and cheerful colors.
But then, just when I thought the decision had been made, I came across this fabric at Frankly Fabric.
OH.MY.GOODNESS!!! Does it get any better than that? And even better…this is a linen (or linen-look), so it’s softer than the one from JoAnn, and more window-treatment-appropriate. I also really love the slightly worn appearance of the colors. The downside is the cost. I think it was somewhere around $25/yard, and to my knowledge, the owner of the store never has 50% off sales. Boo.
But these definitely have my creative juices flowing, and I’m so anxious to get my office organized and decorated! I want it to be a place that I look forward to working in every day…where I can sit at my desk and concentrate on the task at hand.