I am part way through 19 days of work with only 2 separate days off. And 1 of those days off was spent with my husband! He actually took a day off, just for the sake of having a day off. I think people forget that we can have days off. Not just out of necessity. I certainly have forgotten that too.
So that was lovely. I of course crammed way too much into a day which is my usually fashion. My thought is, if I have managed to pack a baby bag and get thy self out the door, I ain’t coming back anytime soon. I don’t concern myself with the cost of petrol/tolls or driving kilometres.
We set off over the harbour bridge to one of my favourite places. The fabric shop. Because the banquette in my kitchen is finished I wanted to start on the next project. The bed head. Have been going back and forth at what I wanted to do for that. At one stage, diamond tufting came back into the mix, but I vetoed it again. I am going to do a fancy shape head board with a piped edge. D.I.Y!
Pray for me.
The only constant has been that I wanted a duckegg coloured velvet fabric. My dream was the Schumacher mohair velvet in mist
Which I received pricing from the lovely Heidi. It was what I was expecting. But because I am d.i.y.ing it, what if it is tragic? What a waste. And my boss at work said, no, go low spend, because if your taste changes you can just change it out and no feel any guilt because of the money put into it was low. That resonated with me more.
For me, high end fabric is just for throw pillows and the single chair I am afraid. (ONE DAY, CURTAINS. Because I am confident in my curtain making ability)
So I present to you $34 a metre fabric, that isn’t quite a velvet. But It is not directional so I can railroad it (lie it sideways) and it was the widest width I could find. 148cm. It is darker then I had hoped but I have to compromise somewhere.
I love one of the ladies in the shop there, she always gives me great advice. Enjoys seeing pictures of my finished projects made with their fabrics. She chatted to my husband to tell him that I SAVE him lots of money!!!! HAHAHAHAHAH because my husband certainly doesn’t see it that way.
I am heavily inspired by this hickory chair head board.
From my reading of diy head boards, the general consensus is to avoid curves. . . . well um ya,. . about that!
CAUTION TO THE WIND!
All you can do is try and that is why I went low spend on the fabric. The fabric isn’t of low quality though. It is commercial grade, made for upholstery Zepel branded fabric.
When I walked out of the fabric shop it was quarter to two! So much for doing lunch. . . . I spent 2 hours in there.
I think I want to make 2 or 3 covers for European pillow/cushions that will lean against the head board at the back. With nice, indulgent fabric. Needs to tie in with the headboard and my bedding
This is where I allow myself some high end majesty!! So I am taking advice/recommendations!
I love this swallows fabric. Have done for a while, I am pretty sure that Coco Republic used this fabric and made up cushions with it. That was probably the first time I saw it.
I feel like remaking my curtains in my bedroom. So they look like this
Here’s a sketch of what my bedroom will look like.
My husband expressed great interest in this fabric!
He said he would love it in our lounge room for curtains. The colours are not really my colours, but the fabric is quite decadent. The orange in the fabric is like our settee.
and would tie in nicely. I have plains of re-upholstering the settee, but there is nothing wrong with it. It is in fab condition, just not my colouring. But maybe it is a sign to just leave it. Remove myself out of it and do the room up as if it is for a client (aka my husband) and that is the brief to use that fabric and those colours. Would be a great exercise.
I think I should do that. I love the fabric too. (I am just a pastel girl at heart, but I have a young family, so maybe these darker colours for a communal room is a wiser direction to head)
Does navy blue go with this palette? I would love a navy blue couch.
Then we headed off to Palm Beach. Lunch turned into a 3.30pm affair. Thankfully my husband fed Audrey her lunch while I was perusing in the shop earlier.
Then we went to another favourite shop of mine. Palm beach home. Which has 3 locations. I haven’t been to this one yet and I picked up another Astier de Villatte product. This time the Adelaide bowl/platter thing. Perfect serving dish.
Then I wanted to go past Alfresco Emporium. They only have 1 shop in NSW. Didn’t rate it. I don’t have a costal house. So I am not their target market.
Then I just wanted to keep going. We went to Chatswood Chase. My husband wanted to take me to the phone shop. I am in need of a new mobile phone. I was bemused. I am not interested in this stuff, they all do what I need them to do. Not interested. LOL.
Then we browsed around. I FINALLY got my sister in law a birthday present. I am so crap at buying present. OVER THINKER over here! *waves* It is also very difficult to buy for her. She is travelling the world and working on a boat. Her possessions are limited to her suitcase and she shares are small room on a boat! WHAT ON EARTH DOES ONE GET FOR HER? I wanted to buy her 2 or 3 small copper sauce pans that you can do soufflés in or garlic prawns
And they are small enough for her to take with her or she can leave them here as the start of her glory box for when she settles down. Because she has become quite the cook and foodie. I thought she would love them.
But I ummed and ahhed too much and thought, would that be too cumbersome and unused.
Then I went to mimco and looked at a bracelet and it was $130 for some trendy faddy thing and I wasn’t even sure it was her style. . . So I just bought her a gorgeous top from Cameo the label. I am 90% sure she will love it. She is a party girl and I see her ripping up Antibes/Ibiza/Miami in it!!
Meanwhile I have been researching copper pots. They are actually objects of beauty and I want some. But they don’t work with induction. . . but I don’t have induction. . . but what about the future. . . Hmmm. LIFE IS HARD.
Here is a different present I enjoyed wrapping.
Anyways, thanks for reading this far. I’ll let you go now. Let’s chat in the comments.
Feedback on head board and fabric choices?? THANKS.