Sparrowsong Fabrics

This is a piece of one of the sparrowsong fabrics used in my daughter's room.  She and I have just finished redoing her room for The One Room Challenge.  Tomorrow, I'll be sharing photos of the room here on TPP. Today, I'm wanting to share my experience with sparrowsong.  My daughter has pendant lights over her nightstands, and we wanted to cover them with a really fun, fantastic pattern.  I had the idea of a huge scale navy and white chrysanthemum pattern, and asked Amy, at sparrowsong, if she'd create it for me.  I sent her an inspiration photo with some thoughts, and she came up with this.  My daughter and I couldn't be more thrilled.

This pillow is 20 inches wide, so that gives you a good idea of the scale of the pattern.  We did use this to cover the shades, and they are amazing. They're one of our favorite parts of the redesign.  We both appreciate sparrowsong taking the time to create this pattern. Her fabrics are available through Spoonflower, and I only needed two yards.  In other words, this wasn't a huge windfall for her.  She also custom colored another fabric that I've included below.  That one can have a fabric custom designed or custom colored is incredible, don't you think?  Just think of the possibilities!  Below, I'm sharing just a fraction of the fabric choices in her Spoonflower shop.  

This is the one (above) that Amy custom colored for us.  We used it for pillow shams, and they're perfect for the room.

Sparrowsong isn't a sponsor of TPP.  I just want to share this resource with you as I'm so impressed with what Amy did for us.  I hope you'll come back tomorrow so that you can see photos of the room. Amy's fabrics are gorgeous in there!

One Room Challenge Week Two

Welcome to Week Two of the One Room Challenge.  If you missed Week One, you can go here to catch up.  I'm so appreciative that Linda's included me in ORC.  She created and organized it, and I'm thrilled to be along for the ride.  A group of us are redoing one room each in six weeks and posting our progress every Wednesday.  The photo below is my 15-year-old daughter's room, and it's what we're (she and I are a team on this one) working on transforming.  

So much to do and so little time!  I'm trying to do the most time sensitive things first.  We thought an abstract over the bed would be perfect.  I called my friend, the very lovely and talented artist Kerry Steele, to ask if she'd be interested.  Thank goodness she is!  Kerry thought it would be fun to work with my daughter and let her commission the painting.  Kerry asked her to create a Pinterest board of abstract art, and to look through her portfolio to see if there was a painting she particularly likes.  My daughter fell in love with Kerry's painting below and asked her to create something similar with the colors she'll be using in her room. Kerry and my daughter also talked on the phone about the project. This is such an exciting experience for my daughter, as you can imagine!

Here are some of the words my daughter has used to describe the look she wants:  undecorated (meaning uncoordinated), vintage-ish, boho and preppy.  To address the vintage-ish aspect, I thought of an afghan for the foot of the bed.  I found an Etsy seller who was happy to do a custom afghan for us, and my daughter was thrilled with the idea. 

We chose some yarn at JoAnn, and some online.

We arranged the colors in the order in which we wanted them placed on the afghan, and I emailed a photo to the extremely nice and wonderful to work with Chuckie.

And, now on to fabric.  I have a bolt of solid pink that I'd intended to use for a project and didn't.  My daughter loves it, and wanted to use it in her room.  My extra-speedy and very much appreciated seamstress has already finished the bed skirt.  It's the solid below.

Since I was using a fabric I already had, I had to be able to match it for pillows.  I decided to look around on Spoonflower and found the trellis above which my daughter loves.  Only it wasn't offered in the color we needed. Amy, of sparrowsong, custom colored it for me.  She offered to change the scale, too, but we like it as is.  

Did you notice the pendant shades in the photo of my daughter's room?  I had the idea to cover them in a large scale navy and white chrysanthemum fabric.  Instead of surfing the entire internet hoping to find what I needed at a price commensurate with applying to IKEA shades, I asked Amy if she'd be willing to design something for me. Above is what she came up with, and we LOVE it!

So, custom painting, custom afghan and custom fabrics.  That kept me pretty busy this week.  Come back next week and see what's happening. We have lots more to address in this room.  Now go check out what these other busy ladies have been doing!

Go here to get to Week Three.

The Vault Files

Also, be sure to see all the transformations going on with the One Room Challenge Linking Party tomorrow at Calling It Home.

Blue and White Monday Budget Friendly Fabric from The Glam Pad

Last Monday I had Tiffany Jones here sharing absolutely beautiful blue and white fabric.  She shared Brunschwig and Fils, Quadrille, and Jim Thompson among others.  While they're all to die for, they may be beyond the budget for many.  Today I have Andrea, from The Glam Pad, sharing beautiful blue and white fabrics that are budget friendly.  

TPP's Blue & White Monday series always gets my week off to a great start, and I'm delighted to be guest posting here today! For months I have been on the hunt for the perfect budget-friendly blue and white fabric for our family room, and now the only problem is which one to choose! Here are a few of my favorites that are rich with charm, but won't break the bank.

Yosca Blue is a top contender. It is truly gorgeous fabric, and with a 55% linen blend, it looks and feels very expensive! There is so much detail in this Chinoiserie pattern, and I love the varying shades of blue. Normally priced at $38.99 per yard, Yosca Blue is currently on sale at Calico Corners.

I have a sample of this 100 percent cotton chintz in the mail! I hope it is as beautiful in person as it appears online.
I first learned of this fabulous fabric via Chinoiserie Chic. I agree with Beth, it is an excellent way to achieve a similar look as Quadrille, but at a fraction of the cost. Inspired by Quadrille's Lyford Pagoda, I like Canton Bazaar almost as much as the original.
One of my all-time favorite blue and white fabrics is The Vase by David Hicks for Clarence House. It is a timeless classic, and it and it can be purchased from Decorator's Best for $93.75 a yard. Ouch.
This fabric provides a lovely alternative to The Vase at a much lower price. Thank you to my reader, Wendy, for sharing this fabric with me!
Another interpretation of The Vase is this fun and fresh fabric from designer Charlotte Moss. I wish it came in navy, but I do like the Forget Me Not colorway.

Another fabric I love is 3 Park Tribal Thread Azure. This is such a thick, quality fabric. Note the crewel-like embroidery...

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3 Park Tribal Tread Azure reminds me of the pricey Oxus, by Carleton V (above).

This is one trendy pattern. From House Beautiful to Lonny to Chinoiserie Chic to Apartment Therapy - just to name a few appearances - this print is making its rounds amongst the design world! 

(discounts apply for large orders)
I adore this 100 percent linen Ikat. I am actually thinking of using it for accent pillows.

The Blogosphere is currently all a buzz over the terrific Trellis by Danika Herrick for Spoonflower! It is available in a wide variety of colorways, and pricing ranges from $17.50 per yard for basic combed cotton to $38 a yard for Silk Crepe de Chine. Trellis is also available in wallpaper.

I am a huge fan of this beautiful fabric that Jennifer used in her family room and kitchen.

Bloggers Kathysue from Good Life of Design and Karianne from Thistlewood Farms selected this fabric for their homes, and it is gorgeous.

A nice, traditional blue and white, by Waverly.

I absolutely love aviary fabric and wallpaper!

And last but not least, I think this fun, Oceanic fabric would be perfect for a beach house or possibly our waterfront home?

Thank you, Jennifer, for allowing me to share my favorite bargain-friendly blue and white fabrics. I would love to hear of any other reader favorites!

Thanks so very much for sharing these with us, Andrea! 

If you don't know Andrea, you need to.  Her blog, The Glam Pad, is one of my favorites.  When I'm there I get to see lots of gorgeousness and learn lots of fascinating things about the world of design and architecture.  And, an added bonus is that she's renovating her house and sharing the process.  This past weekend her wallpaper installer came and installed Carleton V's Brazilliance, one of my favorites.  Go see Andrea here.