My Decorating Process – Fabric and Color Inspiration

One of the projects I’ve been working on here in Arizona is my parents’ bedroom. A few of you have asked me about my design process, and since this project will be in major fast forward (less than a week, start to finish), I thought it would be fun to document and report on the project day by day.

When I’m decorating a room from scratch, I always like to start with fabric. I am so inspired by pattern and color. Put a piece of pretty fabric in front of me and I can dream you up a room in about 30 seconds flat!

So when a couple weeks ago my mom asked me to start brainstorming ideas for her bedroom, I knew I needed to look for some fabric inspiration. Right bef0re we left Delaware, I stumbled across about 18 yards of remnants of this gorgeous Barbara Barry for Kravet linen, “Poetical’, and that was the starting off point for the room.

It’s gorgeous – a little bit modern, but still with a floral and feminine feel. The gray and creamy white colors are perfectly neutral and were a great jumping off point. I emailed my mom a photo of the fabric when I found the remnants and she gave me two big thumbs up.

I brought all the fabric with me to Arizona. When I got to my parents’ house, mom and I sat down with my new collection of Ralph Lauren paint chips, and we brainstormed color palettes.

We decided on a very pale blue/green/gray for the walls, called ‘Mountauk Driftwood’. My parents four poster bed would be painted a dark and moody slate, called ‘Smoked Glass’. The en suite bathroom walls would be a dusty gray called ‘Hopsack’, cut 50%. Other accent colors would be a gray green called ‘Kauai’ and a deep aubergine called ‘Persian Violet’. These colors would be used on bathroom cabinets and other accent pieces.

Next step: Painting!

  1. Jenny

    Jenny, I am already in love with how beautifully the colors go together. I love the light and airy color palette, but those dark tones really add drama. I can't wait to see the next step!

  2. Barbie

    Can't WAIT to see more!

  3. Hi Jenny, I've been reading your blog for a while (love your taste), and I just want to tell you about this funny thing that happened Saturday. My husband and I had a couple over from our ward, and we somehow got on the subject of crazy pregnancy/birth stories. Our friend that was over started telling us all about his sister having her baby at her home on Christmas Eve. He talked about his sister living back east, and his dad visiting and being able to deliver the baby, etc. I kept going huh, that sounds familiar, wait that sounds REALLY familiar, then hey! Does your sister have a blog?! Turns out it was your story! John and Sherawn are in our ward, and we love them :)

  4. What a gorgeous source of inspiration. Fabulous fabric!

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