Sunday, November 28, 2010

Swimming in Swatches

We are now 3 weeks away from closing on our first house and the decorating ideas are flowing! My mom and I have been to several fabric stores and I think we've nailed down the main colors for the living room, dining room, kitchen and nursery.

Here is a look at our living room:
This is the view from the dining room at the front of the house.
And this is the view from the front door looking in.
These are the main colors that we will be working with. We will be refinishing the floors throughout the house and have decided to use a darker stain. The Pottery Barn fabric swatch will be the color of our couch, Walnut. The floral fabric will be used to reupholster 2 vintage barrel chairs. This fabric has a great medley of chocolate brown, steel blue, cream and a burnt orange. The orange isn't really demonstrated in our swatch so the orange fabric shown below is the same color in the floral fabric (which would make great pillows for the couch!).
The living room, dining room and kitchen all flow together so I think it's best to use the same wall color (or a shade lighter/darker) for all 3 rooms and use coordinating colors throughout. I'm considering using the same fabric that will be on the living room chairs for the dining room curtains. And then my dining room chairs will be recovered in a coordinating blue fabric. That fabric is yet to be determined.
And finally, the kitchen. The little eat-in nook will eventually have banquette seating being built by my dad :) The benches will even have hinged tops to utilize more storage space.
The fabric on the bottom will be used for the cushions on the banquette benches and the top fabric with be used for curtains.
And as of Thanksgiving, we found out that we will be having a baby boy! The picture below is the room that will become the nursery.
This is the fabric that my mom and I found for the baby's room. I am totally in love with the chocolate houndstooth fabric and that will be used to slipcover an armchair and also for the crib bedskirt. The coordinating fabric will be used for the roman shades my mom will be making and maybe a pillow for the chair.

The majority of the house is already planned and ready to go! Now we're ready for the hands-on portion to begin!


  1. You are well on your way that's for sure to a great decorating theme.

    I love the fabric for the new baby room. Congratulations on finding out it is a boy.

    The front room has great windows.

    Isn't it exciting to be getting ready for your first home!!!!!

  2. Hi Megan-

    How exciting to be moving into your first home in a couple of weeks. Seems like you are super organized. Your new house looks move in ready. Best of Luck and enjoy many happy years there.
    My best- Diane