When we’re not doing fun summer stuff and when I’m not working at my desk or easel, I’m hoping to get some projects done around the house. I’ll share my ambitious project list in another post, but one of the rooms on that list is our sewing room.
One thing we love about this house is that we really use it. We use almost every room almost every day…except for the sewing room. It is a luxury to have a room for my fabric stash and upholstery supplies and it is nice to be able to close the door on a room carpeted in threads and fabric scraps when I’m in the middle of a project, but it’s not a room we regularly use.
It is nice to have an extra guest room, though, should we have the occasion of hosting several people at once, but that hasn’t happened yet. So, this is a room that sits in wait.
In some ways, that makes it even more tempting for me to decorate! Is that strange? I think it calls to me because it doesn’t have to be practical. It’s a spare room that can be a little frivolous and doesn’t have to stand up against the scrutiny of ease of use and the rigors of everyday wear and tear. It can be a little whimsical and out of the box.
It’s for this reason that I have been thinking about going big in this little room.
And, by big, I’m thinking head-to-toe toile. This toile, to be more precise…
I have always loved little jewel-box bedrooms featured in magazines that are cocooned in toile, a celebration of textiles and traditional pattern.
Photo via BHG
And I think our sewing room is the perfect place to pull it off.
So, I would reupholster the French daybed (yes, again) in toile, starch the fabric to the walls, make curtains, and take it over the top with a bed crown. I will install a chair rail and wainscoting below the chair rail, painted in a bright white, to give the eye some relief. I suppose it would be more head-to-knee toile than head-to-toe. Either way, I think it will be lovely, Frenchy, classic, and bold. And I’m going to go for it!
I ordered a fabric sample, so I can make sure I like it as much in person as I do online and then I’ll go from there…