ADD of Home Decorating
Recently, I’ve learned first hand why some people don’t buy fabric until they are ready to sew it up immediately. Over the last two or three years, I’ve purchased some fabulous home decor fabric. Yards and yards of it on huge bolts with plans to sew it up for bedroom, living room, and craft room drapes. It never happened.
The fabric was purchased before I put my new floors in, and before I got to the point that I couldn’t really sew for a while. Now my tastes have changed, as has my interior decor, and the fabric doesn’t work – or if it does work, not in the place I originally planned.
I had purchased some sheer and woven fabric to match a pattern I had in my bedroom – all purples, beige, and gold. (ETA Image below – not my actual room.) Now my bedroom is a soft sand color, accented with soft steel blue and brown bedding. The pattern in the original fabric is roses. I’m done with roses in my home furnishings. I’ll always have room for roses in vases and in my yard. But all this fabric has to go. (I also realized I first chose this pattern ten years ago!)
I also purchased a beautiful blue/gold heavier woven type fabric for drapes, and they may still work in my family room with my new blue color. The problem is the weight of the fabric is heavy and might be too visually heavy for the lighter, coastal feel I’m going for. Alternatively, it might work in my bedroom. I’m not sure.
Next, I had purchased this beautiful chocolate brown, pink, and celadon green paisley that I planned to put in my sewing loft. My sewing loft is at the top of the stairs, is open and bright and this fabric would still work, if I still wanted the green in that room, which I no longer want there.
I’ve decided that I love the blue and beige colors I’ve landed on in my downstairs, and the beige (actually called Pony Tail) will be carried through the main open areas in the home. In the loft area for the sewing room, I’m going to do two accent walls of the same blue as the kitchen, tying it all together. I love the blue. It’s calming and contemporary. So, the fabric I chose for my sewing room will probably move to my office area, where I will have the green.
The beautiful fabric I bought in Hawaii last year to go with my green couches will now go in my front entry room. I still love this fabric. It sings to me and goes well with the coastal, warm, tropical feel I’m aiming for.
Now all of this moving around and changing ideas is fine right now because I haven’t cut the fabrics, and I can measure and sell the fabrics I no longer want, although I’ll never get what I paid for it. And if I had sewn it all up, likely the lengths would be all wrong.
I sure hope that once I get this settled and done, I can move on and have no more decorating ADD and fickleness. Then it will be time to go through my clothing fabric stash and inventory it with the same scrutiny. I guess that’s just all part of life and changing, isn’t it?