True Blue, Baby, I Love You

Madonna had the right words. I’ve fallen in love with my Sunbrella True Blue Canvas Fabric. After some agony deciding on what fabric type to use for my French Provincial Sofa, I finally settled on something simple, yet vibrant. I”m on a roll this week, let me tell you!

I decided against using a pattern so that I can easily modify the look/feel of the sofa as my life, mood, or setting changes. I really wanted some color though, particulary blue. Ever since I saw Kate Middleton’s Blue Lace Dress, I’ve had it in my head that this sofa is gonna be blue. Just a matter of finding the right shade to match our carpet and other decor. And here it is…

Don’t you just love it?

So how is the rest of this story going to turn out? Well, I have grand plans of re-painting the wood frame of the sofa…something grey-ish perhaps? Or a distressed finish? I found some new inspiration to help me out. What do you think?

From Anthropologie

I love the rainbow of blues on this Loius XV style chair. It’s a great new take on a classic. Here are some more images.

Louisa Settee From Anthropologie

From Anthropologie

From Anthropologie

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Fabrics: Zig-zags, Chevrons, Ikats…

And other geometric shapes or solids? Yes, I’m still at it! (Read my post here to catch up). Just when you think you know what you’re going for, it doesn’t quite turn out the way you had expected.

My fabric samples from Spoonflower (Etsy-equivalent for fabrics) came in the other day. Spoonflower, by the way, allows you to print your own fabric designs. It’s such a great startup concept.

Anyhoo – here they are:


This is the Chevron fabric by Ravynka. It really is a funky pattern, isn’t it!


This is the Zig Zag by Brownpaperpackages.
I’m torn because I do love the pattern. The background of the fabric is just too white, I think for the look I was imagining. I planned to paint the wood frame on the sofa with an antique white finish, which would not match the white background on either of these fabrics. I suppose one alternative would be to paint the wood frame a blue or even yellow?? But I don’t think I want to go too much on that funky route. So, what are the other options?


Country Cabin in Bluebell by Robert Allen.


Sultana Lattice in Luna by Iman.


Kalah in Blue.


Or I could go with solids. Like this Sunbrella fabric in Baltic color. I could just spice it up with pillows and accessories.

Or Endow Saffire.


Or another Sunbrella in Navy.

I was told by the fabric expert at Calico Corners that Sunbrella may be a good option for constantly used furniture. It should last a long time and deal well with everyday wear. Has anyone used Sunbrella for interior upholstery?

I think, I’m leaning toward the Country Cabin in Bluebell by Robert Allen. But not completely sure. What do you guys think?

Sincerely,
Fabricly Lost and Confused

Kate Middleton and Chevron Upholstery Fabric

What do the Duchess of Cambridge and chevron upholstery fabric have in common? Royal and Blue. As you know, I recently couch swapped on Craigslist — selling my couch and purchasing a French provincial sofa.

French Provincial Sofa

I had not a clue of what I wanted to re-upholster it with, until I saw this:

Kate in Blue Lace Dress by Erdem


Stunning, don’t you think? It’s by Erdem. Here’s another image.

The Peach is in need of a pop (or maybe a few pops) of color, after all. The living-dining-kitchen area is so…how shall I say it…brown. So here we go with our royal blue.

Royal Blue

And the fabric pattern? Why not Chevron, which a zig-zag pattern? Here are a couple I am considering.

large scale chevron - white and navy

Zig Zag - Royal

I think it will add a more contemprary look to the traditional-ness of the sofa, don’t you think?

Craigslist Couch Swap

I traded in this couch…

My Couch

For this lovely French provincial sofa…

French Provincial Sofa

The hubby thinks I’ve gone a little cuckoo–trading in his favorite, uber comfortable couch for a traditional, what-may-seem-as-stiff-BUT-ISNT! sofa. I just told him, “trust me, honey! It’s gonna be great.” Reluctantly, he concurred. But I already bought the piece anyway. Can’t let a great deal like that go–$75 Craigslist bucks! Yep, that’s all she took, which leaves me more to work with for the fabric and re-upholstering.

I’m not really sure what fabric I want to re-upholster her with yet. But, I may have had an epiphany while at the gym yesterday (something about running releases my design creativity!). Let’s just say the inspiration is a Kate and an Erdem.