Inspired by Jessica Day’s Bedroom

February 19, 2013 | Inspired by...

Have you guys watched New Girl? And if you have, did you take any notice of Jess’s bedroom? Do you like it? I do!! I am completely IN LOVE with her quilt!! You can see it here and here in case you’ve never watched it before.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been scouring the internet from top to bottom, left to right and in every dusty corner to try and find that quilt (or even just the fabric) without any success, which made me so sad!

UNTIL, one day last week completely out of the blue, I actually found the EXACT fabric (also here)!! I couldn’t believe it! I’d lost days of my life in pursuit of this elusive fabric… victory was sweet.

Just as a side note – my eventual success was due to the discovery that there is actually a NAME for this style of fabric (as opposed to ‘floral’ or ‘paisley’ which is what I was searching).. it’s called Jacobean. I’d never even heard of it before, but it turns out it’s a style I adore! Way to learn new stuff! ;)

Aaaanyway. Now that I’ve found the fabric, my idea was to buy some and make my own quilt with it.. however, I’m now second-guessing myself. See, to order the fabric in that quantity and have it shipped to Singapore won’t be a cheap exercise, and I’m a bit worried that a black bedspread will turn out to be a bit garish and heavy in my bedroom. Now that I’ve looked back at photos of Jess Day’s bedroom, I also worry that the quilt looks so good because her room is all awesome and industrial. Our apartment isn’t even close to industrial, so I’m just not sure anymore.

I also should mention that I’ve never made a quilt before either. Minor detail.

Help?

Because I’m a visual person, I put together a collage of products that I thought would be great with the black fabric. I found that they needed to be quirky, fun and bright to balance the black:

Bedroom1. Yee Ha! Screen Print by Castle   2. Lyle – Fox in the field Print by Amber Alexander   3. Antique Primula Print by 1001 Treasures   4. Burlap Headboard from Target   5. Wild Oak Table Lamp from Anthropologie   6. St. Thomas Ebony by P. Kaufmann from Hancock’s of Paducah or HouseFabric.com   7. Hemnes Nightstand from Ikea   8. Yellow Spot Pillowcase by Castle   9. Dandelion Pillow Cover by Blossom Pillow Co.   10. Handmade Fox Plush by Sleepy King   11. Chevron Pillow Cover by Blossom Pillow Co.

Then, to get even more of an idea how it might look, I took a photo of our actual bedroom.. then photoshopped the fabric and cushions into it.

What do you think? Unfortunately we probably wouldn’t need the bedside tables (there’s a wide ledge behind the bed that acts as bedside tables at the moment), and we can’t hang any pictures behind the bed for obvious reasons.. but I think it still gives a pretty good idea of how it might look. I also thought some cool red lamps might work too, instead of the root-style ones.

I’ll definitely keep it in mind over the next weeks and maybe also look for other Jacobean fabrics, but I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)

Question: What are your favourite iPhone cases?

February 5, 2013 | Art, Design

Late last week I had an email from lovely reader Kaela, wondering whether I had any favourite iPhone cases. Why yes, yes I do!

Quite a few it turns out. I thought you all might like to see them too, and so here we are about to see a rather comprehensive list of the iPhone cases that have tugged at my heart.

Most of these are from my go-to case shop – Society 6, but there’s also a gorgeous one from Fossil (of course), and another from Anthroplogie.

Florals: Into the Wild by Elizabeth Olwen . Painted Floral by Threequalsquare
Floral Heart by Anna Deegan

Animals: Fox by Landon Sheely . Bunny and Bird by Kerri-Ann Hulme
Key-Per iPhone Case by Fossil

Circles: Pebbles by Leah Reena Goren . Color Play 1 by Garima Dhawan
 Rain 2 by Garima Dhawan

Geometric: Moon Flower by Anna Deegan . Winter Stripe by Alice Rebecca Potter
 Atym by Spires

Feminine: Biscotti & Vanilla by CMcDonald . Sparkle Stripe by Social Proper
Scalloped iPhone Case by Anthropologie

Thanks for the question Kaela! And for everyone else – if there’s ever anything you’ve wanted to ask me, shoot through an email and I’ll do my very best to answer it for you (either privately via email, or here on the blog)!

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