08 July 2011

HUGE PROJECT: Sneak Peak - The Fabrics and More

So, the fabric decisions have been made for 7 pieces of furniture and draperies for our French doors in the Great Room. We're going for a Country French, or at least a Vintage, look. In addition to reupholstering, we're changing out seat cushions for a firmer seat on two chairs and the 3-cushion sofa, re-styling one lounge chair by exposing the legs and tufting the seat back, re-styling the sofa by exposing legs. And since the legs will show, we're changing them out to something a bit more grand.

None of the swatches below are actually to-scale, or even proportional with each other. I've lifted them from the Duralee, Durlee Highland Court, Robert Allen, and Pindler and Pindler websites.


(re-styling with tufted back and exposed legs)

(with cording to match embroidered medallion, pleated skirting)

Covers the sides of the top cushion and the bottom base. I think its used for the cording, also.
This ottoman will be fringed in blue. I NEVER thought I'd actually have a piece of fringed furniture! Love it.

This covers the middle cushion of the ottoman. 

And, this is the top.

(Brownish cording that matches Lounge Chair #2s cording.) 
This is probably my hands-down favorite fabric, but I'm also in love with the sofa fabric and the red tapestry (below) we're using on the wing chairs.

Rear and sides of chairs.
This is so not the actual shade of green, which is more closely replicated in the birds nest drapery fabric below. Still, it is representational of the design and texture, and the scale of the print is very close.

 Seat back and arms of chairs.

 Seat cushion and lumbar-support pillows.
I love, love, love this fabric. It is so rich and vintage--and horrendously expensive. Thus, we've limited our use of it, but it is going to pop.

I'm not sure I've ever been drawn so immediately to a fabric. At once I knew it was perfect. 
These curtains will tie the entire color scheme, and its multitudinous patterns. together. I can't wait. And, I always thought I wanted my French doors unadorned.

Got a brilliantly creative idea for skirting a small console table to use in the back hall--very country French to have skirting in or near the kitchen cabinetry.
Fabric Finders is the source. From bessiemary.com

My head has exploded, but I am happily relieved to have these decisions made. Surprisingly, the fabrics cost almost twice as much as the labor costs.

Still finalizing hardwood floor installation and refinishing. We'll go a shade or two darker than the existing red oak to contrast more dramatically with the Kraftmaid natural birch cabinetry. But, not so dark as to highlight every crumb or dust bunny.The timing is in flux because of our busy travel schedule and family responsibilities, but we know for sure we'll use a water-base satin finish that is both au courant and eco-friendly. 

Pretty sure this is the sconce that will grace the side of our fireplace mantle. It's kind of fancy compared to the finishes in the great room, and I've waffled about, but it's sitting in our loft and too late to return. I think having a fancy-pants accessory or two fits into our Country French look, or Vintage as I'm prone to re-classify it. The final descriptive will be determined by whether or not we select French-style side chairs for the study-dining room and/or master bedroom.).

We have several lighting changes in-play: adding a recessed fixture over the stove, (maybe adding) two small pendant lights over the breakfast bar, under-cabinet lighting and over-cabinet rope lights, a replacement sconce over the first stair landing, changing out the chandelier from the dining area in the great room with the ceiling fixture in the library... As soon as we stay home long enough, I'm going to trap the electrician into finally showing up. He's willing to do some handyman projects as well, so my list keeps growing.

Sometime this winter we'll have our house painters back to refresh our interior walls. I'm sticking to Sherwin Williams blonde in entry, great room, and loft. Our bedroom will keep a version of its current spa-robins egg blue; we'll lose the caramel-colored chair rail in the great room and back hall in favor or more blonde. And, the dark brick red in our kitchen is tentative. I'm still liking it, but have faded a bit from my initial (5 years on) love of it. Red kitchens are more than likely passe, but DV says it can stay.

After replacing the queen-sized bed in our master bedroom with a 2-twins/king bed and moving the furniture around a bit, I'm backing off going any further until all the above is near completion. Enough is enough. We will eventually need a new comforter (again...), dust ruffles, headboard, lounge chair(s), and wall art. 

I've chosen two new fabrics--the 30+ year-old Ethan Allen Chippendale camelback sofa (that's been stored for 10 years) will be recovered Pindler and Pinidler's 8952 Salonica Claret, and we're having throw pillows made up in P and P's 1479 Abbellito Mystic. Gorgeous!

Salonica - Claret

Abbellito - Mystic

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