Monday, January 28, 2013

A Complete Departure for Me


Besides a pillow sham or two, you would be pretty hard pressed to find floral patterns in my house. That's why I shocked myself when I chose this riot of blooms for the curtains in my newly painted (almost finished, bookcases left to go) library/dining room.  I really want this room to be fresh and airy.  As soon as I got home, I held the fabric against the Farrow & Ball Calke Green walls and was so pleased with how they complemented and contrasted...

But as you know, whenever you depart in a different direction there's bound to be some second guessing.  I started asking myself, "Floral, really, are you sure???"  So I googled floral drapes and this is what I found.  Yeah! Floral - can't wait!  (Fabric from the amazing Haute Fabrics in Marshall, VA.  More on my trip out there later in the week.) 


Image from Julia Reed's New Orleans home via Wall St. Journal  here, photography by Paul Costello.  These arm chairs are covered in Claremont's Georges Le Manach Montefontaine Gris.

**Just noticed the velvet on this chair.  I also scored some gorgeous green Schumacher Mohair for my room at Haute too.

13 comments:

vicki archer said...

It will be wonderful... You will love the florals...
Have a wonderful week ... xv

A Perfect Gray said...

you have surprised yourself by that choice and that's fun, I think! isn't that N.O. room stunning, especially with the mix of the floral fabric on one chair and the chartreuse velvet on the other. you will have a wonderful time putting this one together...donna

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I am not a floral person either, but the last time I was at the DC design center I picked up 2 Beacon Hill discontinued remnants!? I have been obsessing over green and recently showed the F&B color you chose to a client so I can't wait to see you room!

pve design said...

There is something so wonderful about florals and green. I know that your room will be beautiful.
pve

Angie said...

Love love the floral with the walls - I keep picking up florals and my eight-year-old calls them "granny fabrics" :) There is something fresh and grounded and hopeful about floral print! Enjoy!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

It's coming together, and isn't it funny how rooms can take on a direction of their own?

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ArchitectDesign™ said...

can't wait to see it all together -glad you're having fun with it!

Wasp Decor said...

What could be nicer than bringing a garden into your home. Some find them "grandmotherly". I find them tasteful, fresh and classic. I think "florals" are wonderful. They can be grounded with other neutrals so they wont seem overbearing. Chintz/florals remind me of summer, and old summer cottages-what a nice thing to think about while enjoying your room, especially in the winter. I'm sure it will look fabulous.

westernreservebutlerspantry said...

Life's to short to keep everything so predictable. Change gives off new energy! It'll be lovely.

katiedid said...

You say you found that photo after you brought home the floral? Kismet! LOVE the green in your Dining Room!!!!!

Karen Albert said...

Michele I think you will love the airy floaty feel the panels evoke! I do!

xoxo
Karena
2013 Artists Series

tokyojinja.com said...

I was always an advocate of the green and I adore the idea of adding that grey floral - especially thinking back to the room photo from a previous post. It is just what the space needs!

April said...

Every time I see a wonderful floral, I want to use it somewhere. This has gone on for years, and I still go back to solids. Maybe this year I will break the spell!

April

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