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The Elusive Focal Point

Whether you are trying to create a calming, serene bathroom space, or a more whimsical look, your bathroom décor will fall into place with the right focal point.  Even a grand bathroom will be one of the smaller rooms in most homes.  There typically isn't enough space to have a lot going on.  Choose your focal point and spin off from there.

In many cases, it's the shower curtain that sets the stage for the rest of the bathroom.  Or it might be an art print that becomes the inspiration for the color and theme of your space.  The beauty of these two focal points is that they are not permanent fixtures.  It's easy to change the entire feel of the room with a new curtain or print.  Not so easy to re-tile or paint the cabinets!

Here are a couple of dramatic focal point uses of our Swirled Peas shower curtains, sent to me by clients. 

The shower curtain as the focal point sets up the room, making it easy to add the towels, rugs, and accessories to create a bathroom that reflects your personal style!

 

Time Flies!

Lucky me, time spent in my shop doesn't feel much like work.  I don't love shipping, but the rest of it is rewarding.  A great day is when I have a nice block of unscheduled time, hot coffee, emails are caught up, music on, and I feel like creating.  The hours just disappear!

I start by following random searches on Pinterest, then spend time on Flickr.  I'm looking for pictures of places or things that inspire a design, pattern, or color scheme.  It's especially rewarding to discover a nature photograph that has perfect color harmony.

My favorite toy for pulling the colors from a photo is the Chip It! tool from Sherwin Williams.  Here's a one minute video to show the simplicity of the tool Chip It! Video

It's great fun to run a photo through the Chip It! tool and see what you get.  I like to overlay my inspiration photo on my design graphics to show the color group's relationship to a real world item or place.

But I've had fun with Chip It! in my hobby time as well.  Recently, my family worked together on an embroidered baby quilt for my niece's firstborn.  I roughed out the arrangement of our 'Cinderella' themed blanket and transferred the words and pictures onto fabric.

Next, I downloaded a Google Image of the Cinderella DVD case and put the image through the Chip It! process.  I printed out copies of the results and when I handed out the embroidery to the Aunts and Cousins, I also gave them a Cinderella Chip It! It may have been a little bit controlling, but I feel like the result was worth it. 

The colors everyone used for their embroidery really meshed and the blanket was adorable.  I took the Chip It! to the fabric store to guide my choices for the fabric strips I needed and it was so helpful to use.  I forgot to take a photo when the borders and back were on, but here it is almost finished.  It was a fun, collaborative project!

 

 

 

We Made It!

Thanks, everyone, for holding your breath with me as I updated and revamped my online shop!  Have you ever been surprised when something comes together much easier than anticipated?  It's such a great relief.  I still have a few tweaks to make and products to list, but for the most part, we're rolling...and I did it all myself, without even a single call to tech support!

I've got a great graphic to share from one of my favorite decorators, Dina at honeyandfitz I get the question a lot, especially with new construction and bath remodels, "How high do I want my curtain rod?"  The answer is, "The higher, the better!"

It's true of so many things...visual illusions impact our perception of depth and size.  The simple version of the window and curtain illusion is illustrated here:

So here's my advice.  If you are ready to hang a rod for your window curtains or a shower curtain, nice and high is best, no matter the size of the room.

 

 

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