If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you might remember that the impetus for Red House West came from the many texts, emails, and phone calls between Mera and me about our homes – sharing thrift store finds, inspiration, and seeking advice. Even with the advent of the blog, the number of these missives has not abated. In fact, they might even have increased.
In the last year, I have sent – and received – many texted pleas for help sent while standing guard over an item in a thrift store (too weird? Smells okay), and photos of projects we were working on (charming? Or only charming if a three year-old made it?).
Sometimes we text photos of things that are just too good not to share. Like this enormous painting I found for Opal’s room:
Or this exquisite and romantic porcine sculpture:
I mean, wtf?
About two weeks ago I sent Mera a last-minute plea for advice. We are ending the construction stage of the Chamber of Secrets, and nearing the decor stage (can I get a hallelujah?). Decisions need to be made and I’ve got a couple of sewing projects that it’s seriously time to get cracking on (namely the window seat cushion and the window shade). You might remember, dear readers, a couple of weeks ago when I told you I had chosen linens for these projects. Well… that was a wee fib. I had found linens I liked, but I hadn’t actually bought them. A last-minute sale at JoAnn on an alternative fabric I’d been considering prompted this email to my must trusted style adviser:
Mera! I need your help!
Remember this photo I sent you?
The one on the bottom would be for the window seat and the top one for the curtain. I really love the fabrics, but I haven’t been able to commit. What’s holding me back are the inspiration pics I put together for the CoS:
See? All blacks and pinks and a few other things. I’m worried that the blue fabrics will throw the look I’m going for off.
Within the palette what I’m thinking of is black ticking for the window seat and then perhaps something similar to this linen roman shade made by JK [within our correspondence, Mera & I are on an initials-only basis with Jenny Komenda], but in a lighter gray or an oatmeal:
Black and white ticking is 75% off for the next hour at JoAnn. Should I go get it?
I honestly have no idea.
As I’ve mentioned before, the Chamber of Secrets is the first time I’ve ever put together a room from an entirely blank slate. I’ve been much more deliberate in this process than in any I’ve undertaken before, laying out a step-by-step design plan that includes a color palette and some very specific inspiration.
I really, really love the mood board I put together for the room – including this inspiration image for the window seat textiles:
After some discussion, Mera gave me the sage counsel to stick to my gut – and my original plan – and buy the ticking. It was definitely the right choice! Those blue fabrics are really beautiful but they would have altered the whole look, and it feels good to refocus my vision and keep heading toward the design I want.
And now I need your help! I’ve been hunting, mostly on eBay, for trim to use on a window shade similar to the one Jenny Komenda made in the pictures above. Here are a few possibilities (the fabric I use will probably be a little lighter in color than what’s in these photos):
Thanks for your input and have a great week!