Thursday, September 1, 2011

Stripes! and Staying on Budget

I've been trying to focus on finally pulling our guest room together.  We had guests last weekend.  Thankfully they had a bed to sleep on, but it wasn't pretty.  Like a lot of designers, when it comes to my own home my brain goes in a million different directions and it is hard to make a decision.  I have some inspiration photos that I love but I also know that there are lots of options and at this point I could go in a completely different direction because it's a blank slate and nothing's been purchased.  Too many choices does NOT make a better design.  (Sadly this is something I counsel my clients against but I can't seem to follow my own rules!) 
I've decided that I need a fabric choice to inspire me.  I've shopped around a little bit but haven't found anything that grabs me yet.  Today I've been thinking about stripes a lot.  I was first drawn to this Japanese import Kokka violet stripe from Purl Soho

I love the skinny white stripe on the violet background.  I wasn't even thinking of using violet in the guest room but I could make this work!  Sadly this room has a super tiny budget so $26/yd is a bit rich for the long panels I'm envisioning.  Of course that didn't stop me from falling in love with some other budget busting finds (I didn't even mark anything over $30.  Why make myself cry, right?

Okay, maybe one like this Ralph Lauren that would completely break my piggy bank

This Robert Allen piece is called Aimee Stripe in Indigo!!  It's named for me!!  How could I not keep it in the running.  Maybe if I do something different on the windows I could make pillows for the bed. It seems meant to be.

Here are a couple of more budget friendly options from

Source: via Aimee on Pinterest

Source: via Aimee on Pinterest

Source: via Aimee on Pinterest

Of course I could be swayed by a buffalo check!

Which reminds me....I have some navy plaid drapes from my college days packed in a box somewhere.  Maybe that's the solution.  If I can lay my hands on them I could recycle those drapes into something fab and I could spend that saved money one something even more fab somewhere else in the room.  I'll keep you posted.  I now need to go dig around in my attic for awhile.

1 comment:

  1. Funny I've been thinking of navy for our guest room - with a hint of raspberry as a lift - so find those drapes so I can see:)


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