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Master Bedroom: Fabric Hunt, Part I

by - Thursday, February 04, 2010

Thank you all for your comments to my last post. And for those new commenters who came out of the woodwork, it was so nice to hear from you. I appreciate all the support from you my virtual friends.


A cute picture...just because.


Its easier to decorate a room when you have some inspiration, be it a piece of furniture, a paint colour, a swatch of fabric. With the master bedroom, I knew I wanted white walls and we already had the dark furniture to work with but beyond that I was stumped. That's the problem with a white room - you can go in any direction, decorating-wise!

To help narrow down the rest of the "look", I went in search of fabric. My first stop was my favourite haunt, Designer Fabrics. Let me tell you, when you don't know what you want, the fabric store is not the place you want to be. I ended up taking home 8 samples, each completely different. I ordered some samples from Tonic Living too and became even more confused. There was no rhyme or reason to the fabrics I chose. Have a look. I picked out patterns in all different sizes:

Some retro prints:

A few colourful trellis-y things:

A bit of glam and some stripes:

And some bold florals.

A schizophrenic fabric frenzy I tell you! But putting all the samples together, I was able to at least narrow down some sort of fabric direction for the room. I wanted a mix of tradition with a hint of modern. Something with a nice weight to it and not on a pure white background. I liked florals too, especially oversized ones. And colour! Ohh, I'm craving hits of colour in the bedroom.

So which fabrics made the cut????


Well, here is my first draft of the bedroom fabric palette:

Not too bad... but I still wasn't entirely satisfied! So back to Designer Fabrics I went to pick even more fabric samples. The search continues...

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  1. I like the big 'bold floral' swatch, the one with the lavender and orange.

    I'm in the same boat, looking for fabric for my RV makeover. I don't want to buy paint until I pick out all my fabric. I have a definite colour palette in mind, so now I have to find fabric to go with that. My palette will include lavender and orange. :)

    The aqua and olive that made the first cut is very nice and fresh. I could imagine your bed with a white bedspread and solid aqua and olive cushions.

  2. just wanted to say I love reading your blog.

    as for the fabric I love the paisley paired with the stripes and what I think looks like scallops.

    either way...good luck...

  3. I'm also having having a tough time narrowing down the bedroom fabric. In the last of your grouping pictures, the one with the bold florals - where'd you find the large gray & orange floral??


  4. I really like your blog header with your son, he is so cute!
    I am new to blogging,and having so much fun. Good luck on your fabric hunt, it's a tough one. :-)

    Stop and visit my blog sometime.


  5. Whoohoo for fabric shopping!

    Maybe we'l bump into eachother at Designer Fabrics as I return my 8 samples, and pick up 8 more. ;)

  6. New to your blog! Love what you've picked out so far for your bedroom. Can't wait to see more!

  7. I really like the colors that have made the first cut.

  8. i have a sample of the yellow and gray diamond pattern, i think i'm going to use it in my house! i also love the orange and gray fabric near the bottom. i really like what you put together so far, can't wait to see what you end up with! aqua seems like a great color for a bedroom :-)

  9. The link I see with almost all your samples is the colour blue - and that is what you used in your first palette. I like most of your samples. It is a hard decision, isn't it.

  10. Fabric shopping is one of my favorite hobbies. Good luck with with making a have tons of great options and I am sure you will find more.

  11. Son? That commenter has to be kidding, right? Unless the name Chloe and pink clothing was too ambiguous.

    Nice selection of fabric by the way.

  12. Anonymous7:59 AM

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  13. When I was scrolling through your fabric choices, I too loved the blue and green floral you chose - very fresh and graphic! I love Tonic Living too - great fabrics at unbelievable prices.

  14. love the bold florals! did those come from designer fabrics?

  15. carrie, kay* - the grey floral is from Designer Fabrics, and the other two florals are from Tonic Living.

    brismod - obviously she wasn't a regular reader, lol. (Though Chloe has been known to be mistaken for a boy, ha!)

  16. hello again,
    I stopped to visit again. I was checking to see how your fabric search was coming along ?? You might enjoy this post, I used five different fabrics in this room.
    Keep plugging away, good luck!


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