Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

 Construction on my new house will start in the next couple months.  In anticipation, I have started to gather decorative items and have been perusing the Jo-Ann Fabrics and Home Depot (my usual 'haunts') for paint and fabric inspiration.  I found a beautiful fabric that I am using as inspiration for the future living room:

It has soft greens, golds, blues, and cream colors that play nicely with the gray/green/khaki color of my sofa. Jo-Ann fabrics was selling it for $39.99/yard (holy cow!!) but I found it online for only $12.99/yard.  I will only be using it to cover a few couch cushions and perhaps reupholster a $5 chair I bought at Goodwill so I only ordered 2 yards.

I really like the colors in this picture I found on The Lettered Cottage so I am also using it as inspiration:

I have narrowed down paint color choices for the kitchen/dining area, the living room, and the office/2nd bedroom/craft room (from left to right in the picture below):

I tend to gravitate toward soft neutrals, nothing to bright or jarring. I will probably do some sort of stripes on the dining room wall to tie the living room color to the dining room color.  Something like this:
(photo from House Tweaking)

I've also picked up a few floor samples.  I can't afford hardwood so I will go with laminate.  The front runner is a light brown with gray undertones.

 Although I have never been a fan of carpet, I find this pattern from Martha Stewart via Home Depot to be a bit more sophisticated and am considering it for the two bedrooms.  At $1.99/sq ft, it is also budget friendly!
Although the color of this carpet seems gray, when I went to see a sample in person, it was more of a green/blue/gray.  I'm glad I saw it in person before making any decisions!  I will definitely be making more decisions regarding the house in the coming months, so check back in for updates!

More Felt Flowers!

I'm on vacation...which means more time for crafty things!  I made a dozen more felt flowers (tutorial found at Jones Design Company)....

I used my Slice cutting machine to cut out flower shapes from pretty metallic scrapbook paper and put the pins through the paper for presentation purposes.  Wouldn't these make really cute gifts?