Whenever I discover a fabulous combination of fabrics, I usually see it as being applied to a particular type of room… generally because of the mood it evokes for me. Combination 004 I saw immediately as a conservatory, or a sun room, but then I thought, no, definitely a dining room, no wait, a little girl’s room! Moral of the story: You could use this anywhere – it’s delicious.
This could be done either on outdoor-type furniture, like white wicker, or on regular interior furnishings if the room is four-season. I would start with the tweed on the sofa, with the floral and the green geometric as pillows. I’d love to see the stripe on some chairs… maybe something unexpected like wingchairs, or a girly tufted lounge chair with a skirt. (Interestingly, I discovered AFTER putting this combination together, that the tweed and stripe actually ARE outdoor-use fabrics!) The large brown and turquoise geometric would absolutely be the drapery… I think it would be lovely unlined, in a rodpocket style, so it could billow gently in the breeze of the open windows. (Are you feelin’ it yet??) If the conservatory had an eating area, I’d like to bring the floral back as bench or chair cushions, with the green geometric as the welting.
It was so difficult to decide how to distribute these fabrics in a dining room, where your opportunities for fabric are few! Ultimately, I decided I would love to start with fully upholstered host chairs in the floral. Any style chair would be amazing… parson chair, French carved chair, slipcover chair… yummy. I’d use the tweed for the seats of the side chairs. Again, I’d have to go with the large brown and turquoise geometric for the draperies, but now something more tailored, like box pleats on rings. The green geometric would make beautiful napkins. If it’s a casual dining area, the stripe would be an adorable runner, but I think I would omit it from a formal space. (Unless I was lucky enough to have a window seat, then it would definitely become pillows!)
Well OBVIOUSLY the floral MUST be the comforter (I mean, really), and also the euro sham(s). The green geometric would make a perfect quilt. I think I would choose the stripe for the standard sham(s), and I would make them with a 2” ruffle all the way around (so cute!). I would use the tweed to create an upholstered headboard as a cozy backdrop to this amazing bedding, and I think just a simple cream cotton for a pleated dust skirt, if one were necessary. Yet again, I have to go with the large geometric for the windows… it’s just crying out to be made into drapery, and far be it from ME to stand in its way!
So what do you think? Can we get together on this?? Have your people call my people!
To my clients (past, present, and future!): These are new, unused combinations, that I would dearly love to make a reality, so if they move you, contact me, and we’ll make some magic! We can create a room (or several) around them, or you are welcome to order fabric by the yard for any project you may be working on.
To my fellow designers: In a time crunch, or stuck for inspiration? Send me an email, and for a measly $20, I will provide you with the source list (including alternates, when available), saving you hours of time and effort!
I can be reached at kristy at kninteriors dot com.