On one of our quick trips to visit my parents this summer, Painter Artist Mom (PAM) and I took a short opportunity to peruse a local decorator fabric shop that I love. The store name is Swatches, but there’s way more in that store than swatches.
Formerly, they had a front wall filled with five-dollar-per-yard fabrics. You know how much that thrilled me! The fabric from our family room draperies came from there, but that fabric wasn’t on the five dollar wall. It was on clearance, though. You know me…never pay retail.
The drapery fabric in our guest room that’s become known as The Princess Room is from that five dollar wall. There is long history of $5/yard fabrics in our home. It’s sort of become my bench-mark for “Yes, I’ll take that one, thank you!”
Along with rolls and rolls of fabrics, Swatches is filled with gorgeous home decorating accessories. Even without the five dollar fabric wall, the decorating accessories are well worth the
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this mirror already. I never would have thought to make a mirror out of these, but now I want to start a collection of cobblers’ wooden shoe forms. How about you?
When we came to this room, I was immediately drawn to this wall.
You know how I love book print…book pages…anything with the printed word. I’m not the only one, am I?
The wall brought a memory of helping a friend wallpaper a bathroom for her three sons. I’d visited a show home in the Atlanta area and was inspired by a beautiful bathroom I saw there. It looked like this picture I found on Pinterest.
When I told her about it, she was all-in! She wanted to do it in her boys’ bathroom. Yikes! I didn’t exactly know how to do it. I just knew what I saw.
She collected brown paper bags from the grocer, and we spent an entire Friday and Saturday tearing paper and attaching each 4″ x 5″ random piece to the wall with wallpaper paste. About half the way through, we wished we’d torn larger pieces!
It took a lot of time, was a lot of work, but it was beautiful! Here’s a another picture from Pinterest.
Have you ever pasted wallpaper into a bathroom and soon found it peeling off? I have. I was afraid the thick brown paper wouldn’t stick well. But, a – gulp – sure commitment would be to paint a layer of sealer over it, such as polyurethane or something I couldn’t recommend to my friend. I advised her to check with her Home Depot to ask for recommendations that would allow her to easily remove it later.
I don’t remember what she did, but she was very happy with the wall…until…they prepared to move and, with GREAT difficulty, removed that paper for fresh paint before the home sale.
If I ever suggest something I saw at a show home, do us both a favor. Please ignore me!
Except…now that you’ve seen the book page wall, wouldn’t you love to attach it smoothly to a wall in your house? Can you visualize it with a sealer over it so the corners don’t stick out and the pages don’t wave in the wind?