How to Begin Decorating with Fabric


 Color and Design - Inspiration for Beginners


My own decorating plan always begins with the color choices. I use fabric, photos off the internet and paint swatches for color and design inspiration. Sometimes I spend hours in the fabric stores until I find a few favorites that will work. 

I have been sewing since I was a teenager and I now make all of my soft goods myself as well as a line for the boutique. I love having things that no one else has in my home which is why my line of décor is made in limited quantities with my own two hands.

I found this vintage late 70's piece of crushed velvet fabric at a yard-sale and it was just big enough to make two pillow slips. The colors are so gorgeous, deep turquoise, deep brown with hints of aqua. The picture definitely doesn't do it justice! 

I use a pure white art canvas as the base for all of my personal projects because it is the same color I paint all of my walls. All of my fabric choices have white in the patterns so that the colors are just accents and don't takeover my room.

I cut swatches to use on my design canvas, by the way you can just purchase small swatches at fabric stores as well as online.

My style is simple, white walls, white upholstery on chairs and sofas, white drapery, dark brown wood furniture but I believe everyone needs a little color in their lives! I use color as accents in my pillows and artwork. It is easy and inexpensive to change out whenever you feel like you need a change.

My vintage sofa was slipcovered with repurposed shabby chic matelasse drapery panels that I no longer used. It is currently in line waiting for me to reupholster it. But for now it is gorgeous in white and my favorite reading spot.

The large decorative piece above the dresser was created with a piece of fabric and an old frame. All that was needed was a stapler.

Here are two examples of using fabric to create inexpensive wall art that can be easily changed out when the mood strikes you. The fabric was mounted on a recycled bulletin board with spray adhesive and then framed with frames I found at yard sales.

Slipcovers are a decorator's best friend!

I make my own slipcovers because I love switching them out throughout the year and I am able to change the look and feel of a room anytime the mood strikes.

I have a really easy diy pillow slipcover tutorial I am going to be sharing with you real soon! If you haven't signed up to get my posts yet please do, I would be so happy to send it to your email so you don't miss a thing.

Thank you so much for dropping by! 

Many blessings...  Luv, Sandra 

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