Exotic Sentiments

Going to the fabric warehouse is a very disciplined undertaking for me.  But I’m weak when it comes to buying fabric. Especially the fabric remnants! I went in to purchase the rest of the fabrics  needed for another project.  So this purchase was a total impulse reaction.  Tommy Bahama Fabric on clearance for $4 a yard. Usually sales for $12++ a yard.  I only purchased 1-1/2 yards because I had no idea what I would do with it. But I was drawn to it.  That night while sewing (another project)  I was watching Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. This episode he travels to Tanzania for an African safari adventure.  My question was solved….inspiration found….The Tommy Bahama Bahamian Breeze Fabric united with Exotic Wild Animal prints!!  (Silly me)

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The fringe was also in the remnant bin and it complimented the Tommy Bahama Print. The soft suede cheetah print I already had. Since it was only a small amount of TB fabric, pillows was the best choice. I decided to make left and right banded pillow covers with contrast lining.

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Of course I could not stop there with only pillow covers,  I still had fabric left!  The rest of the cheetah print I made into a valance with the Tommy Bahama fabric as a contrast band and ascot. Also, tie backs for the mock canopy.  The fringe was used on the lamp shades.  My excuse to change the décor:  This seems more accommodating for the colder months ahead, with warmer natural hues.  00a IMG_2339ExoticSentiments

This was the before: From Bohemian Playfulness to Exotic Sentiments:   Bohmenian to ExoticThe changes made:

  1. Pillows, Bolster and Bed Scarf
  2. Window Treatment Valance
  3. Canopy and tie backs
  4. Added glass top and table skirt to side table
  5. Vignettes modified on bedside tables
  6. Lamps and pictures
  7. Added chair under window
  8. Crystal Pull cords for fan
  9. Faux fur bedside rug
  10. Bamboo silk plant in corner

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To think it started with 1-1/2 yards of  $4 clearance fabric.  Most of all, I went shopping around the house, garage and closets.   Here is the tutorial on the pillow cover.  Click to enlarge.  The bolster and coordinating bed scarf was made years ago, so a tutorial on the bolster I’ll have to do, soon to come. PillowCoverContrast

Here are the other colors in the same Tommy Bahama print found on Fabric.com

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Now then; I guess I can get back to the project I was doing before all of this impulse got the best of me.

Cozy up for the chill and why not try some exotic sentiments here and there while you sew, create and enjoy loving your home.  See ya soon.

Check out Fabric.com for beautiful fabrics and Houzz.com for creative inspiration.



Austrian Shade

My favorite window treatment 2nd to floor length draperies, is by far the Austrian Valance and Austrian Shade.   They are dramatic yet very feminine.   A soft drape,  flowing appeal but holds it’s structure. I love them especially in sheer fabrics allowing the daylight to filter thru.   

Years ago I made  Sheer Austrian Valances for our kitchen bow curved windows.  Each of the four windows were 30″wide.  I made each valance for  inside board mounting.   After moving into a new home, they did not fit any of the windows.  I decided to hang them all together as one window treatment in my office studio.AustrianValance3AustrianValance2 AustrianValance1AustrianValanceinstall

My window measured 52″W x 60″L .   I disassembled the board mount and made each valance into rod pockets.  Hung two valances at the top of the window on a decorative rod and installed another rod above the shortest point of the top valance. (Much like you would for café curtains). Now it does not appear has four separate valances.  To complete the window treatment the side panels hang on the wall to make the window appear even wider. Later I will add a 3″ trim band to the side panels for more drama. (soon to come).  So never throw your old window treatments away especially if you love them, just reinvent them.  AustrianValance4

See the latest in Sheer Voile Fabric at Fabric.com   Also check out  http://www.houzz.com  and search Austrian Shade for more photos.  Search Google for the many tutorials available for Austrian shades.