Guest Room- The Fabric Plan

The guest room is coming along, and as you saw yesterday, I even cleaned out the closet!  But the room needs drapes!  I originally bought plain, white cotton panels, but they looked too boring, especially against our very pale gray walls (and I’m not in the mood to paint right now).  I couldn’t find ready-made drapes that I was in love with, so I figured I’d make my own- or have my seamstress sew them!  We’ll see, I’ve done both before.  (I made the curtains in my office and it was such a chore working with all that fabric for a beginning sewer, but I had my seamstress sew our living room and dining room drapes).

I was browsing Spoonflower for fabric online and found several in the aqua color I was looking for.  It’s hard when you’re looking at fabric online because obviously, if you haven’t seen it in person before, you don’t know how true the color is, how the repeat will look etc.

My duvet cover is an orange and white geometric pattern from WalMart, but I also have an orange and white Greek Key duvet cover from Z Gallerie that would work in the room.

Originally, I planned to use the Z Gallerie duvet and make drapes from the WM duvet (the orange side), but changed my mind when I decided to add aqua to the room.  
I just placed my order for the fabrics below, so I hope they work out. 

The first one is what I’m thinking of for drapes.  I like that it’s aqua with a bit of a pattern that looks like texture.  I won’t really know until I see it in person if it looks like how I picture it.

I’m thinking of using the fabrics below to make throw pillows.  I’m not very good at mixing fabrics and patterns, so I appreciate your feedback.  I’m hoping the coral in the fabrics goes with the orange in the room.  

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  1. April 19, 2012 / 11:13 am

    I am loving the color combo. I think you will need to see the fabric in the room against the bedding and then where the drapes are to really decide. I like that it very subtle. I LOVE the garden party fabric. I think that would make wonderful pillows, but think it too would look great as drapes pulling in both colors and a fun pattern.

  2. April 19, 2012 / 11:29 am

    I think you did a wonderful job mixing patters. I love what you've come up with. And I think the duvet cover from Z Gallerie looks just right. I'm trying to decide on curtains for my bedroom right now as well. I can't find anything I am in love with either so to the fabric store I go! 🙂

  3. April 19, 2012 / 12:30 pm

    I love your selections! The colors and patterns are all lovely and they look like they will work beautifully in the room. I think it is so hard to know for sure until you get it home.

  4. April 19, 2012 / 1:05 pm

    I absolutely love that color combination! The fabric patterns that you picked are perfect and those drapes and pillows will look amazing.

  5. April 19, 2012 / 1:11 pm

    The garden party fabric is my favorite! I can't wait to see how they look with everything in the room. Hopefully they will be a good match.

  6. April 19, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    I love the colors and the fabrics you picked. I recently finished my guest bedroom update. I can't wait to see the room whenits done.

  7. April 19, 2012 / 3:44 pm

    I love your blog and after finding you on Pinterest I have been visiting you daily ever since! =) Just thought I would let you know! =)

  8. Veronica and Daniel
    April 19, 2012 / 11:48 am

    Mixing fabrics is hard for me too! Especially when both fabrics have patterns on them…I like the beyond the sea fabric (with blue as the back ground color and white as the shape) with it being almost the opposite of the comforter (where white is the back ground, and the shape is the color…) I dont know if that makes sense at all! I have not had any coffee yet this morning 😉 Good luck! Cant wait to see the finished product!

  9. Maria
    April 19, 2012 / 5:47 pm

    Fun fabrics! I think Spoonflower offers test swatches. I've never tried it, but that might be an option next time so you don't have to commit to ordering a lot of yardage until you can see it in person.

  10. natasha {schue love}
    April 19, 2012 / 3:12 pm

    I am totally with you on drapes…we just hung ours in the nursery, but went with gray and orange stripes. I posted yesterday! I LOVE the blue color combined with orange!

  11. April 19, 2012 / 8:40 pm

    Love the color combo – I'm sure it will all look great together – and I still can't believe you found your duvet cover is from Walmart – it's so so cute!

  12. April 19, 2012 / 11:52 pm

    You did a fabulous job! I think you made a smart choice choosing a subtle pattern, with texture & color for the drapes. The fabrics you chose for pillows are great; fun & colorful. Success!!!

  13. April 20, 2012 / 10:38 am

    Gorgeous colors! The bedding is amazing. I love the lamp, too! Just came across your blog and now following along! I love it!

  14. April 26, 2012 / 5:41 pm

    Hello!! I found your blog on Pinterest yesterday and was perusing. GREAT blog! This post links back to your curtains in your living/breakfast room. WHERE did you get that table and benches?? LOVE it!!

  15. April 29, 2012 / 3:08 am

    I just thought you might want to know that the link to the Tuscan Floral in coral isn't linking to the right fabric. It's actually a fabric design that my dear friend and very talented designer, Kat Phillips, designed for me for our master bedroom! So I was super pumped when I saw it featured, but bummed when it didn't link properly. Just thought you'd want to know! Kat has fantastic designs!

  16. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    April 30, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    okay — I'm all caught up!!! I missed you and C so much! I had to bee line to both your blogs and read all I missed. LOVE the new profile pic…Hotty McHotstuff!!!

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