Today is day one of a 3 part series on all things patchwork. Look for patchwork in fashion tomorrow and a fun how-to patchwork horse-a-rific project on Friday. Today however is about patchwork within the interior design world. I know I keep obsessing about my new bedroom, but I just can’t help it. We opted for white walls and are debating hard wood floors. Bamboo actually and for a little bitty bedroom it is over $2,000!!! I am remembering why I went with carpet in my living room 5 years ago and we are headed to Home Depot tonight to price out Pergo in an attempt to save a little money. Anyway with plain white walls and a wood floors my plan is to go really obnoxious in the fabric department. An article in Country Living Magazine about Sandy Stone is what really set my design wheels in motion. Chris kept questioning my choice of white walls since it was so out of character for me, but I assured him with all the fabric I am going to be throwing around in that room we needed a clean white slate to start. Once I got started looking around on the net and my home decorating books I just could not stop the patchwork of color insanity and clipped a few of my favorites to show you.
If I can’t afford $2,000 worth of bamboo flooring, even with my IRS stimulus check, chances of me being able to afford to have furniture shipped over from London are slim to none. Squint is a company in London that recovers antique furniture in a patchwork of vintage fabrics. I have seen furniture like this before that has not done a thing for me, but Squint and their bright colors really tug at my heart strings. Is it the velvet? Is it the square of yellow Bambi fabric right in the center? Who knows, but I love it.
I am also digging the patchwork wall paper look. Where does one get this wall paper? Is it fabric or wall paper? Seems like I could make something similar with old scarves or vintage hankies as an accent wall. I am still searching for the ultimate headboard and maybe just a wall of patchwork is what I have been searching for. The top two pictures are from ninainvorm who had her wall featured on Apartment Therapy. She also has an Etsy store selling pottery. The bottom picture is of Sandy Stone’s studio, which leads me to believe her walls are fabric not wall paper.
More chairs from Sandy Stone that look a little more do-able and my speed as compared to the ones from Squint. Sandy has such a fun eye for vintage textiles and I love that she incorporates in things like neck ties and skinny belts. A trip to the thrift store could get this project started. Now if only I knew anything about upholstery.
Amazing couches from Squint and a stool from Sandy Stone that incorporates in old sewing patterns and a vintage skinny belt! The vases are by Stephen Burks and are made of excess sweater material from the fashion house Missoni. My guess is he makes the vases sort of like one would make a string lamp and covers the whole thing with resin. Mama might have to try her hand at this one.
The fun part about all these patchwork pieces is that most of them are recycling in one way or another. Take for instance this waste basket made of old flip flops! Super duper clever! The chair is from Urban Outfitters and though not as cute as those from Squint, probably a lot more affordable.
These are just a few of the patchwork pictures I have been collecting as inspiration for my new bedroom. Know any other great pictures, websites, projects out there that might tickle my patchwork fancy? Remember tomorrow is patchwork fashion and Friday is patchwork how-to!
***UPDATE – A few new discoveries have to my attention since we last chatted that I felt compelled to post***
I read about these amazing countertops by Vetrazzo in Dwell Magazine. They are all made with recycled glass and come in several different color combinations. The master bathroom is connected to the new bedroom and the current counters are pretty funky so these might be a fun option.
As I stood looking at my new “super value pack” of assorted pom-poms that I bought at the craft store last week in dawned on me I had not mentioned the amazing rug made of felt balls by O900 Design. Now this looks like something I could make myself. Up there in the corner are some of the raddest scrap leather throw pillows on Etsy by My Happy Accidents.
My friend Rachel sent me the link to a new and exciting (to me) blog here in Austin called All Things Austin Design. From there I left a comment saying how I was drooling over this house she had blogged about. Within no time Adrienne who writes the blog sent over the above picture with a patchwork fireplace and couches. Unfortunately neither of us know where the picture originated, but it fit the patchwork bill so well I had to show you.