Yesterday I posted a couple of pictures to my Instagram account (which you can find and follow here) and then realized that the main items that I have so far for my entryway and living room were right there together in a grid of four pictures.
The top left picture is my new rug (I purchased this one from Overstock), my sofa fabric (a Crypton fabric from JoAnn, but it doesn’t look like they have my color anymore), and my new teal linen drapery fabric (this one from JoAnn).
The top right shows a closer view of the sofa fabric (which I’ve decided to go ahead and use). For a long time, I had my heart set on a velvet fabric, but I just couldn’t find one in the right color, or if I found the perfect color, it was in a cotton velvet. I DO NOT like cotton velvet. Then I found this Crypton fabric, and while it’s not velvet, it does kind of have that same sheen and hand that a silk velvet or blended velvet might have, but just with a shorter pile. It’s beautiful and feels really nice to the touch.
And the bottom right is the credenza that I purchased for way too much money, considering the shape it was in, and then sanded down, replaced the top, and repainted. You can see the before and after here.
Anyway, I love all of the elements so far, but the living room needs something to give it a jolt of boldness and excitement. I still need to pick out fabric for my two upholstered chairs that I’ve been saving, and I’m leaning towards a medium to darkish purple for those. So all of the exciting colors will have to be brought in with accessories like pillows and such.
But I thought I might also add a bold contrast trim to my draperies. I always prefer my solid color draperies to have some sort of contrast band or trim on the leading edges (or somewhere else) just to add some interest.
So I set out to search for trim that I could use on my draperies, and that’s when I discovered a world that I never knew existed — amazing and colorful Indian sari trims.
There are several shops on Etsy that sell these, and I’m pretty sure I spent about two hours yesterday just scrolling through, amazed at the patterns, colors, and most of all, the prices! These are generally wide embroidered trims, and I’ve seen comparable trim from places like Schumacher, Fabricut, Kravet, etc. (i.e., the “to the trade” fabric and trim places) sell for $25/yard and up. Sometimes waaaay up. But these gorgeous Indian sari trims are generally $12/yard and under.
The thing about sari trims is that you’re not really going to find many subtle, subdued, neutral colors. They’re bold and colorful and eye-catching. And you’re also not going to find many (if any) modern or geometric patterns. I did find a couple, but most of them are florals. But there are a few really amazing non-florals out there.
Anyway, the challenge is finding just the right colors in a pattern I like. Plus, I’ve found that my options are limited even further since I need 18 yards. But if I can find one in the right colors and pattern, I’ll feel like I’ve hit the jackpot!
Woman Shops World, where the above trims are available, is one of my favorite shops that I discovered. You can see all of her embroidered sari trims here. She’s located here in the United States, and her prices are a little higher than others that I found, but she has a good eye for picking out some really amazing trims.
But the store I found with the widest selection and lowest prices is Shop of Embellishments, located in New Delhi, India. You can see their vast selection of embroidered trims here. What I love about this store is that in the first picture of each trim, someone is holding the trim, so you can get a good idea of how wide that trim is without having to scroll through several pictures of each item.
That trim is almost four inches wide, and if I did my math right, it’s about $8.30/yard. That’s unbelievable! Something like that from Schumacher would be at least $30/yard, if not more.
Can you imagine any of those trims used on the leading edge of draperies like this?
Anyway, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect trim for my living room draperies. I’ve found several that I really like, but only three that made me go, “Oh my gosh, I LOVE THAT!!” But on all three of those, the quantity I need wasn’t available. I’m not going to give up just yet, though. I’m sure these stores are adding new inventory regularly.