LAST ONE!: Kristen's Vintage Luxe Sewing Room

LAST ONE!: Kristen's Vintage Luxe Sewing Room

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 25, 2005

Name: Kristen
Location: Chicago, IL

Why I use color:

"I love a feast for the senses. These colors remind me of Neapolitan ice cream, cherry blossoms, even donuts! Everything here is not just colorful but tactile too. At just 7.5' x 9.5', this room is smaller than lots of states' jail cells (so small that pictures are tough) - so I aimed to make it into a luxurious little jewel box with seductive, touchable fabrics and rich, pale colors."

"This entire room was decorated in less than a week with absolutely no money. Everything is a hand-me-down, Craigslist/estate/garage sale cheapie, or dumpster dive special. New fabrics came from a discount outlet, and the Flor was bought on clearance for half the price. I consider myself a true "dumpster diva"! It's a great place to be inspired."

Color Tips:

"1. Start with a color that you have a strong and pleasant associations - whether that's of a place you love, of your favorite flowers (this room was based on the fresh pale pink of dogwood and cherry blossoms), or even food. (Food is never a bad place to start - if you want to eat up a room because the colors are so luscious, you're doing something right!) So if a certain yellow makes you hungry for a hot buttery croissant, if a barkcloth pillow reminds you of unny days at Grandma's, or if a silk curtain panel instantly conjures the image of a Turkish boudoir - go for it! Make it the central theme of your room and you're off to the races."

"2. Don't feel tied to an object that you're not crazy about. Couches can be covered, or if they really don't blow your skirt up, swapped out for something you love more. *ALL* furniture - even expensive furniture - is a dime a dozen - there's someone who'll pay you to take it away, and someone who'll sell you what you really want at a price you can afford, if you're willing to watch and wait. That is why God made Craigslist and eBay.

3. Don't assume that you can't do something you love without a lot of money, time or expertise. All you need is a little planning around what you have, and an organized attitude about finding what you want to fill out your idea. "

Color Resources:

"1. I'm a vintage clothing dealer - so it's no surprise that my main inspiration comes from vintage fashions as I see them in clothing and in old movies.

2. Wherever I can I take my cues from the colors and textures of fabrics I love - whether that's old barkcloth, vintage kimonos, or just scraps of wooly pink tweeds left over from making winter hats!"

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