Sewing for the home: our bedroom
I actually learned to sew originally so I could make curtains and pillows for our first house. And make them I did. By the time we moved out of our house in Baton Rouge, we had custom window treatments on ever window and a mountain of throw pillows.
In the last few years, I've focused on sewing clothes. But we bought a new house last year and we're both really motivated to start decorating it. Which means...home sewing!
So far we've tackled our hall bath and my sewing room. But I bought store bought curtains for the sewing room so there's been no sewing for those two rooms. Now we're focused on our bedroom and the living room. For the living room, I just have to take apart the existing Roman shades and make new ones. I'm still searching for the right fabric for that.
But for the bedroom, we have a pretty cohesive plan!
Our room is large, but it's divided in the middle by a chimney and my freestanding closet system. So it is divided into a sleeping area and a dressing area. I love the exposed brick on the chimney! There's also a mantel there that I like, although there's no fireplace! The absolute best thing about the room are the four giant (33"x60" ), original windows. Actually, the windows in my house in general are the best features.
We already have great furniture (West Elm), art (Minted), and the brass sconces (Schoolhouse Electric). I just ordered the blackout Roman shades (I have no desire to sew blackout lining myself) and new wood and brass curtain rods. We're going to paint the walls a light color and I got a white chambray quilt from Anthropologie. I'll also replace the knobs on my husband's closet doors and add them to mine. In the dressing area we have a big woven basket for laundry and we'll probably add a bench for putting on shoes. We also may add a small dresser for extra storage of linens.
And now, to the sewing! For the four windows, I'm going to make floor length curtain panels using a black floral Nani Iro double gauze. I got three bolts of the stuff shipped from Japan and it is going to MAKE this room.
It's not quite this saturated in person. It's soft and lust and gorgeous, and I'm so excited for it I know double gauze is typically a garment fabric, but I think it's going to make gorgeous curtains. It will be luxe and casual at the same time.
Now, I've come to realize that we're just not throw pillow people. My mom likes to tell me a story about a time, many years ago, when she had a designer come to our house to help her with window treatments. My mom took her into the master bedroom to get her opinion and asked her what she thought of the bedroom design. She answered "your colors and fabrics are really nice, but your pillows could be stronger." Now, my mom had at least 6 throw pillows on her bed, but the designer thought she needed more. Ever since then, "your pillows could be stronger" is a regular refrain for us.
Now, I may not want a million throw pillows. But my pillows could be stronger. I have a pretty good amount of some vintage Hmong fabric, and I'm going to make a single longpillow (maybe even body pillow size!) for our bed. It's blue and white, but I may highlight some of the designs with a little embroidery in some yellow or gold thread.
I'm planning to start working on these this month, and finish the room up after our vacation in June. After a long break, I'm psyched to get started on some home sewing again!