Fabric and Rug Selections
Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge LW Interiors Project Angel Wings. The ONE ROOM CHALLENGE, sponsored by Calling It Home, is a bi-annual online design event held every April and October. Twenty design bloggers from around the country take the challenge to design a space in six weeks and blog about the design process to their readers on Wednesdays. Anyone else with a blog is invited as a guest participant linking their room transformations with the event on Thursdays.I’m Linda Weisberg of LW Interiors, and I’m here to share the progress of LWI Project Angel Wings – my master bedroom update!
Now that we’ve emptied the room, pulled out the wall to wall carpet, painted the walls and polished the floors, we put the bed back with the existing upholstered head board and bed skirt – both in a light neutral linen. So what’s next?
Having found the wings as the inspiration for the master bedroom, it wasn’t too hard to decide on fabrics and additional furnishings to use with the existing head board. It was like putting the pieces of a very large puzzle together-a design puzzle. Entering the room, you approach the side view of the bed. Across from it is an area large enough for a love seat and chairs for reading and conversation. At first I thought I would create a feature wall by papering the sitting area wall with an oversize pattern and use a solid fabric with a beautiful trim on the panels’ leading edge. However, in the end I decided to paint all the walls and find a gorgeous large scale fabric that could be beautiful as drapery panels on the large window and as roman shades on the windows in the eaves on both sides of the bed. This would tie the room together even though the style of the window treatments would be different. I made several trips to the Boston Design Center to find just the right feature fabric!
I lucked out at The Martin Group at the Boston Design Center. This is Banyan Embroidery by Thibaut. I love its global chic vibe. I thought it went well with the existing head board even before the walls were painted!
The next step was to choose a rug. Recently I was at the Annie Selke pop up store in Lenox, MA where I saw a beautiful Dash and Albert diamond patterned rug. I brought home samples in two different color ways to see which looked best in the newly painted room. Which one do you like?
Although I loved the dramatic feel of the darker rug, I went for the lighter color since it fits a bit better with the tranquil feeling I am trying to achieve in the room. It is an indoor/outdoor rug, but believe it or not, soft enough for a bedroom. The diamond pattern goes with everything.
I chose the rest of the fabrics for upholstery and pillows, figuring out where everything will go. Getting the dye lot you want in the quantity you need in time to finish the project-now that’s a sweet spot! Here are the rest of the fabrics I chose to go with the Banyan Embroidery – Novia and Citra from Thibaut and two velvets from Duralee. Thank you to Trish at the Martin Group and Rene at Duralee – both at the Boston Design Center – who went to bat for me to order these fabrics! And also thank you to Duralee and The Martin Group for sponsoring my project!
The best thing about a neutral rug is the opportunity to layer another rug on top of it. I was very lucky to find this Moroccan Kilim wool rug at Landry and Arcari in Framingham, MA. It is an antique rug, almost 100 years old. It will look awesome layered under the coffee table in front of the love seat. Notice the diamond pattern on the rug which coordinates beautifully with the area rug from Dash and Albert. Moroccan rugs are highly decorative. When we visited Morocco a few years ago, we saw gorgeous rugs EVERYWHERE. They are a treat for the eye to behold-at least according to me.
Now I have to call the upholstery and drapery work rooms to get measurements and work orders set, and then select furnishings and arrange for delivery. Here is a vintage love seat, also from Berkshire Home and Antiques, that will be the focal point of my sitting area. I have big plans to transform it. And it’s small enough to fit in the van and take back to Boston. A big thank you to BH&A for sponsoring my One Room Challenge project!
Here’s a sneak peek of the mid-century modern vintage chests I found at Berkshire Home and Antiques. They provide a good masculine counterpart to the more feminine pink accent color I’m using in the space. More about that next week.