"When you realize that a beautiful interior has very little to do with objects and a whole lot to do with spirit, general well being and upliftment you find the soul of interior design. If you have respect for your surroundings and everything has it's perfect place you interact with your world differently you carry yourself differently. My father used to say that the state of your surroundings is the state of your mind. Look around your home, let your home be the foundation of your aspiration."

Written by a South African artist, interior designer & product designer.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Bye bye cream and hello olive velvet

I have a little bench in my living room that I bought at Ballard Design, I'm sure you've seen it everywhere in blog land because it's an inexpensive option for the classic X bench if you order it in the basic cotton twill fabric.  I found some gorgeous olive velvet fabric through a discount fabric website that would be perfect for reupholstery.  It happened to be a remnant so I only paid $19.95 for three yards!

In the book The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman (a must read if you haven't already), Deborah talks about how every room needs a little ugly, "if you have a room full of pretty pastels like creams, duck blues and greens the room can start to look too saccharine and dollhousey." I couldn't agree more with this statement because I definitely love my girly glamour but adding the olive brings just the right amount of "ugly" to the space.  I love how the other colours in the room pop against the muddy olive velvet.  There was nothing wrong with the bench in it's original cream fabric but now it looks much more sophisticated. 

I used some of the left over fabric to do a long bolster for my sofa


  1. Love the Olive Green Velvet! That looks so perfect in your room!

  2. Ooooooh gosh I love it!!! I might just have to get myself that bench! Love the color.

  3. It really does look perfect in the room. Are you going to share your source with the rest of fabric addicts?

  4. Carol- I bought the remnant at House Fabric.