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The Statement Headboard

Every room needs a focal point. Unless you have a fancy pants bedroom with a masterful fireplace and/or stunning view, the default focal point for the bedroom is most often the bed. My favorite way to draw your eye towards the bed is a statement headboard. I used to make custom headboards and I always bemoaned the fact that people seemed to always choose solid, neutral fabrics. Boring! Okay, a neutral headboard has its place, but pattern is so much more fun. Here are some rooms that go bold with gorgeous, patterned headboards:

headboardblack

With this room you keep the neutral feel but add some oomph with this black floral headboard.

headboardgreencirlce

Now that’s a statement!

headboardgreentall

The dark wall behind this bed makes the gorgeous fabric of the headboard stand out even better. So pretty!

headboardredfloral

Headboards like this are a super simple DIY.

headboardblue

headboardblue2

headboardbrightblue

headboardgreen

headboardpink

headboardredpagoda

headboardredrobertallen

All you need is a staple gun and an inexpensive jig-saw to DIY this style headboard.

headboardskellygreen

Okay, so this one isn’t patterned but it is kelly green which is statement enough!

So pretty! One of the rooms I look forward to decorating most is the bedroom because there are so many places to use fabric. Headboards, throw pillows, blankets, curtains, it’s a fabric extravaganza!

I’m working slowly towards opening my own small interior decorating business (under a different name than Fabrictherapy (!)). It turns out that all the nitty gritty details of starting a business start to add up in terms of cost so I am digging “Shebajoux Custom Headboards” up from the grave for a bit to try to raise some funds for my business license and such. Here is the posting on Craigslist if you are interested: https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/bnc/fuo/5580461512.html

 

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Customizing Ikea

I have conflicting opinions about Ikea. A conflict which is fueled by my beloved decorating instructor’s blatant hatred for it and my decorating guru’s (Sarah Richardson) frequent use of it. But one thing I know is that Ikea furniture is everywhere, therefore customizing is necessary for a unique look. The quality may not be the highest but the furniture has good lines and lends itself to customization.

On that note, here are my top ten favorite ideas for customizing Ikea furniture (in no particular order).

1. Application of Overlays from myoverlays.com

(Since everyone and their mother has these expedit bookcases here are a couple examples of how overlays transformed these pieces:

expeditpanel

expeditoverlayFor more great examples of how overlays are used to customize Ikea furniture check out their blog.

2. Paint, new nobs, and other bling:

malmhack

The detail added to these drawers give them a vintage vibe.

The detail added to these drawers gives them a vintage vibe.

Sarah Richardson often spray paints Ikea cabinetry to give her kitchens a custom look:

ikeapaintkitch

3. Stenciling:

stencilikea

For a great how to on how to stencil curtains check out the tutorial on twentysomething

For a great how-to on stencilling curtains check out the tutorial on twentysomething

4. Custom Slip Covers from Bemz (or homemade if you’re handy!)

Karlstad armchair with kirsikka printed cotton cover from Bems.

Karlstad armchair with kirsikka printed cotton cover from Bemz.

What’s not to love about that! Except maybe the cost of shipping it from Latvia…(been there, done that, at least the quality is excellent).

5. Dying White Slip Covers:

It could use an iron but great colour!

It could use an iron but great choice of colour for this ektorp sofa.

6. Adding trim to curtain panels:

It looks like this seamstress added some light weight microsuede to the bottom of these heny rand curtains.

It looks like this seamstress added some light weight microsuede to the bottom of these heny rand curtains.

ikeacurtainwithfringe

This topic will ring a bell if you follow my blog. Check out “Customizing Store Bought Curtains” for more ideas.

7. Creative use of Fabric:

These bins were customized by applying fabric to their fronts.

These bins were customized by applying fabric to their fronts.

Adding fabric o the back of an expedit bookcase

Love the fabric backing on these shelves. I’m considering it for the expedit in my daughter’s room. This would work well with wallpaper too.

I customized this liatorp bookcase in my powder room with new knobs and some fabric to hide the cleaning supplies and linens I hide there (and I know, the blah walls really need to be painted).

I customized this liatorp bookcase in my powder room with new knobs and some fabric to hide the cleaning supplies and linens I store there (and I know, the blah walls really need to be painted).

8. Hack and Stack:

Beer anyone? Oh, expedit, so little money and so many uses. See this link for the how to.

Beer anyone? Oh, expedit, so little money and so many uses. See ikeahackers.net for the instructions as well as many more ikea hacks.

Love this room and their use of the expedit bookshelves.

Love this room and their use of the expedit bookshelves.

Two expedit bookshelves plus one fabulous bench cushion equals and envy worthy playroom (I want that wall paper!)

Two expedit bookshelves plus one fabulous bench cushion equals an envy-worthy playroom.

9. Add some wallpaper:

I know what I'm doing with my kid's table now. I also saw the top of this table painted with chalk paint.

I know what I’m doing with my kid’s table now. I also saw the top of this table painted with chalk paint.

Stunning. Extra wallpaper is also a great idea for lining drawers.

Stunning. Extra wallpaper is also a great idea for lining drawers.

10. Simply Accessorize:

Avoid going Ikea on top of Ikea and get creative with your accessories. Look at the pizazz added to the hemnes daybed below with some cheery pillows and bed linens:

I just bought this bed for my daughter. I've changed out the drawer knobs and the duvet and pillows are in the makes.

I just bought this bed for my daughter. I’ve changed out the drawer knobs and the duvet and pillows are in the makes.

True confessions…net surfing for this post has kinda made me fall in love with Ikea (a creative approach to Ikea that is). I guess the moral of this blog post is that if you can’t afford the fancy stuff, fake it with Ikea!

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Reinventing Shebajoux

Due to recent business endeavors (if you can call it a business at this early stage), certain aspects of my life have been falling to the wayside, blogging being one of them.

I have a pet project that I have been working on the last couple of weeks. I feel shy to share it with you at this early stage but here I go. I have recently been working to reinvent my Shebajoux shop on Etsy. Formerly, I made custom headboards to indulge my love of fabric.

Okay, it's beautiful fabric, but I like pattern!

Okay, it’s beautiful fabric, but I like pattern!

This turned out to be a stressful and time consuming endeavor, not to mention no one wanted fun fabric (solids, solids, solids), so I wasn’t fulfilling my desire to work with interesting material.

The premise of my blog’s name is that working with fabric is a soothing, therapeutic process for me. And so, rather than working on stressful, time consuming projects like headboards, I have decided to join the hordes of sellers on Etsy who make pillow covers. This is a great fit for me not only because it is quick and easy, but because I have so much extra fabric (not that that has stopped me from picking up more).

Beyond making simple covers I am planning on making full use of every scrap of fabric by mixing, matching, and generally making interesting pillow “art” for your couch. I have only worked on a few of these “art pieces” so far and though they are more work to sew, they are by far my favorites.

Have a gander if you’d like. I haven’t had a chance to “prettify” the look of my shop yet as I have been working hard to sew up an inventory of pillows but there are several to check out (the best are yet to come).

Recognize this fabric? It is left over from my Chairs for Charity chair. This one isn't posted on etsy yet.

Recognize this fabric? It is left over from my Chairs for Charity chair. This one isn’t posted on etsy yet.

Another reason I’ve been sewing up a storm is that I will be taking part in my first artisan market coming up in mid November. More details to come once I’ve confirmed my spot (trying not to chicken out!).

For me this whole process is both exciting and scary. Exciting, because I get to sew, working with whatever fabric I choose, and scary because I’m afraid of being a dismal failure. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s not really about how many pillows I sell, or making the big bucks. There will never be “big” money in making pillow covers. Ultimately, it’s about the fabric. The process. If I allow myself to enjoy the process and not get caught up in the idea of a “business”, that’s when it is therapeutic.

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If Fabric Could Heal

Sometimes when I am sick I feel like my body is betraying me. I mean really, back to back colds when both kids are sick? Or perhaps it is just my body’s way of saying, “slow down!!!”.

I mentioned recently that I have been on a DIY blitz but do I really need to take care of the kids, sew a pillow, re-finish two chairs, paint the hallway, go to yoga, do my course work and reupholster a stool this week?

Right. Prioritize. Change the poopy diaper before a rash develops, re-finish the chair before the upholsterer needs it, get the homework done before class. The rest can wait…at least until the kids and I are fully recovered.

I struggle with slowing down when there is so much I want to get done, which is why I was at the fabric store, kids in tow, three times last week even though we were (are) all sick. But I tell you! If fabric could heal, I would be dancing a jig right now because what a selection! It blew my mind how much new fabric is out and I am in love with several new patterns that I want to share.

It is no wonder, given that emerald green is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2013, that there are some stunning new fabrics featuring this colour:

A faux bois print might not be for everyone but I think this pattern, in this colour, is straight up fun times.

A faux bois print might not be for everyone but I think this pattern, in this colour, is straight up fun times. I think it would be a great twist to put it on an antique chair. Malakos emerald print

landsmeer linen

I love this funky print. I am planning on buying a green chaise for our play area, and some throw pillows in this fabric will be perfect! Landsmeer linen in emerald

I am always a sucker for florals. In fact, I have them in every room of my home save Charlie’s nursery.

This pattern is simple and fun. I think it could work great in a nursery or on some trow pillows in the living room. Great colours to select from for the rest of your decor. Delft print tracy

This pattern is simple and fun. I think it could work great in a nursery or on some throw pillows in the living room. Great colours to select from for the rest of your decor. Delft print tracy

Robert Allen is a consistent favorite of mine. I love how he designs florals with birds in them, and this time dragons! It's so whimsical.

Robert Allen is a consistent favorite of mine. I love how he designs florals with birds in them, and this time dragons! It’s so whimsical. Ming dragon, Robert Allen for Dwell Studio

I love the following fabric but it in no way fits into my home’s decor: too bad!  I almost bought some to make pillows out of to sell on etsy just so I could handle it and enjoy the pattern.

Wouldn't this be fantastic on a upholstered ottoman in a white room with only accents of colour! Orchid print aurora mutli-colour

Wouldn’t this be fantastic on an upholstered ottoman in a white room with only accents of colour! Orchid print aurora mutli-colour

My sister recently did a post on her blog about designer Philip Lim’s funky and fuzzy new sweaters and skirts. This fabric was another reminder to me that fashion and interior design trends walk side by side.

This fabric is so fun to handle with it's "fuzzy wuzzy" detailing. Honestly, I don't know where I would use it besides on a pillow but it is pretty awesome. Modern ikat pool

This fabric is so fun to handle with it’s “fuzzy wuzzy” detailing. Honestly, I don’t know where I would use it besides on a pillow but it is pretty awesome. Modern ikat pool

Ah, I would like to say that reviewing these beauties for you has been thoroughly therapeutic, but while lying in my bed and typing is lovely, my pillow beckons my aching head. Adieu my friends. Hope that these lovelies have inspired you to head to the fabric store and check out what is new and fantastic.

(FYI, if you are planning on buying fabric consider checking Fabricana rather than places like Chintz and Arlenes. I find the price of fabric per yard is often $5-$10 cheaper there and it is the exact same thing.)

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Playing with Pattern

While I fully believe that rules are meant to be broken (I mean did they really expect me not to go into that pyramid in Chichen-Itza?), when you are learning a new technique, such as mixing patterns, it helps to follow some basic rules. While many well known designers have earned the right to break design rules, I am a novice and find them helpful.

There are four classic combinations of pattern matching which I will draw attention to and exemplify through pictures. Please note that the pattern matches I show are based on the colour as I see it on the computer screen. It is very important to see samples of the fabric in person before purchasing as the colours as shown on-line can be deceiving and colour matching is very important for a cohesive design look. Many fabric companies sell differently patterned fabrics with coordinating colours which makes pattern matching much easier.

Another  important element of pattern matching is mixing the scale of the patterns. A room with all large scale patterns would be chaotic looking. It is good to have a mix of large, medium and small scale patterns. It is okay to have more than one of each scale but if you are worried about making errors keeping it to one of each will help keep you on track (in the pictures below I have noted what scale the pattern is because each picture of the fabric is taken from different distances so unless you look at the scale at the bottom of the picture it is difficult to tell the size. Some look quite large in scale but are actually just a picture taken from very close up and vice versa.) 

Without further ado…

Geometric plus floral:

Geometric

Geometric

Due to the flowing lines of this ikat it could be considered a floral

Due to the flowing lines of this ikat it could be considered within the category of “floral”.

dwell studio mazascene taupe geometric

medium geometric

Dwell studio vintage blossom azure

large floral

Two similar patterns of different scale (eg. a medium scale and a large scale floral or a large scale plaid and a small scale plaid). The four fabrics below could also be used all together for a complex pattern mix.

Richloom whipporwill blue have, fabric.com

medium floral

large floral

large floral

large plaid

large geometric

small geometric

small geometric

     Same pattern/ different colours:

cheveronpurpleyellow zig zags

Complex Pattern mix:

Three different scale florals plus one geometric:

premier prints graffiti drew berries

small floral

preimier prints rosa drew berries

medium floral print

preimier prints hippie chic

large floral print

very small geometric

very small geometric

Two different scale florals and two different scale geometrics.

thomas paul dahlia aegean

Large floral

robert allen multiop slub pool

large geometric

robert allen mod lay out slub

medium geometric

robert allen luxury floral pool

medium floral

While all the pattern samples shown above are fabric samples, pattern can also come from other aspects of the room like wallpaper and rugs. A general suggestion for larger surfaces like these is to use larger scale patterns so that it doesn’t look too busy.

I personally have commitment issues when it comes to colour and pattern in my main living spaces and if you are like me an easy and less expensive way to start your exploration in pattern matching is throw pillows.

I hope that this little tutorial is helpful for you. Please feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] if you have any questions. I purposefully only showed pictures of the patterns because I thought it might make things clearer. If you google search pattern mixing you will get a wealth of pictures with beautiful pattern mixes. Happy pattern mixing!

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