Thursday, January 31, 2013

Luxury For Less

Isn't it interesting to look back over the years and see how your taste has changed and developed when it comes to decorating your home?  My first several homes were filled with primitive antiques... a reflection of growing up in New England with a family that loved jaunts to antique shops.  Put my life on "fast forward" and you can see the subtleties of a shift in my decor.  The warmth, elegance, and attention paid to details, in both French Country and Swedish design, has drawn me to a new love over the past fifteen years.


I have purchased and perused just about every book available that detailed French Country decor.. trying hard to understand the rhyme and reason behind every gorgeous photograph within.  Slowly, changes were being made in my home with new knowledge of what it would take to get the look and feel.  One thing that I noticed in so many of the photographs was the use of textiles.  Textiles that were casually tossed on beds, chaises, and chairs of various purposes. 
The throw you see here is the same one you saw on the Louis XV chair in the previous post. I've just laid it at the foot of our bed.  Rumpled on purpose in such an "oh,blase" way (trying to work the french attitude!).
 
And here's what I want to share with you!  It's not an expensive, luxurious throw from some 'chi-chi' store.  It is 2 1/2 yards of 54" upholstery fabric!  Only hemmed on the width of it, leaving the rough, selvedge edge exposed, creating a worn look.  Voila!  Vintage!  

The other day I went to Calico Corners to take some shots of variations you could use.  (By the way, they currently have taken deep discounts on some discontinued fabrics.. check it out!)  Keep in mind, you need to look for upholstery fabrics that are mostly cotton, some rayon, and bit of polyester so that it wears forever.  









In all of these, I have shown the front and back of the fabric.  Since this will be used as a throw, the back is equally important.  I've also tried to show the selvedge.. the fraying that so appeals to me for the added texture.  

Now.. perhaps you've noticed that these fabrics are more colorful than what my decor shows in the beginning photo.  Yes... there is a change a-brewin'.  Color is calling my name and when we move again my decor will most certainly reflect that.  Get prepared, honey... I'm going to need the charge card once more!!


Linking to ~  Fabulous Creative Friday http://www.jenniferrizzo.com
                     Shabbilicious Friday http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com.au
                Be Inspired Friday http://www.commonground-do.com

22 comments:

  1. Love how you just threw it about on your bed. Looks lovely Kadee. I know what you mean about changing styles. I am struggling to go more french country from primitive. It's not as easy as some would think. I guess it would be easier if you had everything at hand to decorate with. Thanks for sharing! littleputtylittlepaint.blogspot.com

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  2. Love your throw idea. I loved seeing your bed.

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  3. OK, clever girl - I absolutely LOVE this idea, and will run with it, myself!!! Your choices are drop dead gorgeous - Happy Friday - Tanya

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  4. the way you've dressed this bed is wonderful. so comfortable and lush. the extra fabric for a throw makes all the difference in this setting!

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  6. I just got an email from my Calico Corners TODAY telling me of new markdowns...could be dangerous! Love the new brighter colors you've posted---that yellow ikat would be so much fun to decorate around! I am a fabric freak. Love it all.

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  7. Hi Kadee, Just love this post and your style. I can so relate to taste changes and going from the old looks to the new and gorgeous country french and farmhouse designs. I have done this myself in my home and being an interior decorator, it never ends. LOL

    Also, just wanted to let you know, you won my giveaway for the GYB party. Today is the drawing day. Please contact me through this comment with your address and I will be sending it out shortly. I have been very sick with the flu and not able to visit around, but had to stop in and let you know about this drawing that posted today.
    Congrats. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  8. Hi Kadee, Just love this post and your style. I can so relate to taste changes and going from the old looks to the new and gorgeous country french and farmhouse designs. I have done this myself in my home and being an interior decorator, it never ends. LOL

    Also, just wanted to let you know, you won my giveaway for the GYB party. Today is the drawing day. Please contact me through this comment with your address and I will be sending it out shortly. I have been very sick with the flu and not able to visit around, but had to stop in and let you know about this drawing that posted today.
    Congrats. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  9. So inspiring. I'm over here in Italy and this post makes me realize of have some gorgeous heavy deep orange fabric that's just a piece. I wonder if I could pull the threads on the edges and leave it as is, Use it as a throw as you have.

    Thanks.

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  10. Hi Kadee...what a beautiful post! And I can relate with you on the decorative changes (or seasons), as I like to call them :) I, too started out with a fondness for primitive (and I still enjoy a bit of it). But, it's true how tastes change through the years...part of being creative spirits, I suppose :) Keeps life fun, and exciting, though...doesn't it? Good luck in you pursuit of more color...sounds like a fun adventure!

    Blessings,
    Tina

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  11. Great post...and yes, all I can say when I look back on some photos of my "decor" is "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??" (most applied to my country rooster phase...which I still have no idea about since I don't even like birds OR country, lol). Gorgeous linens you have here my dear :)

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  12. HI Kadee,
    Just jumped over from Jen Rizzo.
    I use this idea, too...it's wondefful to leave all that texture. Your throw looks amazing. I'm in love with the cream and blue fabric. Our Calico closed and moved way across town and is mostly special order only now. Bummer!
    Enjoyed my visit her!
    Have a good weekend~ Tina

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  13. You won my Give-Away Kadee! I will need for you to email your address!

    hugggs
    Sandy @ french laundry 132

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  14. p.s. you can find my email address in my profile section of blogger

    also I love those fabrics! Excellent quality!

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  15. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing.
    ~Elizabeth

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  16. You go girl! Stimulate that economy!!!! Love what you did with that fabric! We just put a contract on a new house so, if/when it goes through I might be doing a lot of remodeling. I agree with you that it's funny how our taste changes over time!

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  17. I like French style too - but I tend to just mix in whatever I find that I like - it's pretty much just a hodge podge of stuff I like!

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  18. Beautiful bed! I like your look back on decorating styles. When I was first married, I decorated with an Asian theme. Now my style is completely different!

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  19. Hi Kadee.
    I am finally getting to some of the Blogs from Vicki's BLOG PARTY. Thank you for visiting mine and becoming a follower, Kadee. I love your name.
    Your Blog is beautiful and I like the things you post. The upholstery fabric you've posted photos of is so gorgeous. I would have never thought to use that for throws. Your home will be beautiful when you get finished. I have changed my decor many times over the years. Right now my rooms are filled with color and art done by my artist friends. Probably a lot of people wouldn't care for it, but it makes me happy. We are supposed to surround ourselves with the things that make us happy. Right?
    I look forward to visiting you often to see what you are up to.
    Take care, Kadee.
    audrey xo

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  20. I like your idea of using upholstery fabrics for throws...thanks for sharing!!!
    And thanks for visiting my blog, too!

    Have a wonderful week,

    Emanuela

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  21. Oh Kadee,
    Your bed looks tres chic, very French. Love it. And thanks for the throw idea. Great tips. Wishing you a wonderful new week.

    ❤Ana

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  22. Love that bed!!!! I appreciate the comment you left on my blog and your advice about resizing my pictures, I tried picmonkey and loved it, I'm experimenting with it, I really don't have much time to blog but I will try to have a better header, thank you so much! Your blog is amazing!
    Ido

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