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Big Girl Room: Picking Fabrics

by - Tuesday, November 23, 2010

When I design a room, the first thing I do is pick fabrics. Picking fabrics is one my most favourite things in the world. Ask HandyMan, he knows I can spend hours at Designer Fabrics browsing all the samples. I really think fabrics can make or break a room. They set the tone and feel of the space and often determine the colour palette. So when I'm trying to set a direction for a design, I look to my fabrics first.

To create a look for the big girl room, my first step was to order some samples from Tonic Living. They did such a fabulous job with my master bedroom curtains, I knew they would have some fun options to consider:

When I think of kids' rooms, I automatically think of polka dots and stripes so I ordered some samples of that. I really liked the large floral print at top and the cotton blossom print at the bottom too. Yet, although these samples were cute, nothing was really grabbing me yet.

So off I went to Designer Fabrics (which never ever disappoints) and I borrowed these lovely samples:

Delish! Now things were coming together. It took a really long time to whittle it down to these samples though... do you know how hard it is to pick a fabric when you have no clue what look you're going for?? At one point, I had about 20 samples piled on a table, everything from navy & white gingham and other preppy fabrics, to durable outdoor fabrics covered in a vibrant sea blue & orange koi pattern, to sweet delicate tiny florals. And they only let you borrow 8 samples at a time so it took me a very very long time to decide!

Doesn't the top left pastel floral fabric remind you of this pretty wallpaper in the Miette candy store?

Photos from Design*Sponge

I love love love this store and its one of my main inspirations for the big girl room. Its a little bit vintage, a little bit modern. So which fabrics did I end up choosing? You'll just have to wait and see!

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  1. I know what you mean, I LOVE fabrics. It's like candy all the pretty colours and patterns! (which is perfect that your inspiration comes from a candy store!)

    I love your selects and can't wait to see what you end up using!

  2. OMG can Chloe be ready for a big girl room ... how time flies!!!

  3. You can't go wrong with any of those fabrics - they all look great! I'd go with combo #2, but replace the small flower fabric with the ikat fabric in combo #1.

    Looking forward to seeing what you selected :-)

    And I agree, Designer Fabrics is great - I can order samples online and have them mailed to me :-)


  4. ah i am obsessed with fabric as well! i love all these that you have posted! can't wait to see what you do~

  5. Anonymous5:36 PM

    HOWDAREYOU. But fine, I'll wait. A fabric choice that's a little bit vintage, a little bit modern will be worth the wait!


  6. Oh I love that big floral print from the top photo. It would be really lovely mixed with a few of the others in that shot too - the orange print/yellow and white stripes or black and white polka dots as accent cushions!
    I think a bright fresh space is most 'grown up' and modern :)

  7. whta a pretty store for inspiration! Can't wait to see your fabric choice, love the juxtaposition of classic florals and modern prints.

  8. oooh what a lucky little girl! They are all fantastic. I am also a lover of fabric.. I collect it and I can't even sew!!

  9. Oh my goodness, I am loving all of those options, but I have to say that #1 is screaming "buy me"!! Can't wait to see what you choose!

  10. oh, its sooo hard to choose - i love the options you've pulled together! love the inspiration photo too (and course I love wallpaper panels!)

  11. these look amazing! I'm planning to redo my daughter's room too (she declared she is too 'old' for the butterfly theme in her room). These types of fabrics are right up my alley - thanks for the link to Tonic Living. Am checking it out for sure.


  12. I really LOVE those fabric choices. It would look great in my daughters room!

  13. all your fabric choices are delish. I cannot wait to see what you choose. the last wallpaper in the miette candy store is amazing.. also I adore those shops everything is perfection and delish.

  14. I know about spending hours at the fabric store, it's like going to the candy shop! I can't help myself!
    Love the fabrics you chose, but all the combinations are gorgeous!

  15. Oh! It’s Lovely! I am on love with your post. I you need any kind of help to make this room attractive without any hassle, dallas mover will be cheerful to help you.

  16. Megan@freshhouse12:35 PM

    I love Tonic Living fact I have used that top right floral in an embroidery ring in my baby's room and the cotton blossom on a small pillow in my oldest daughters room when I did it about 4 years ago. As for the Designer Fabrics selections, I love the group on the left. That ikat in particular. Whatever you choose, it'll be great I'm certain.


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