Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Creating a Cottage Color Scheme

Let's continue with my buddy Kris's guest room.
As I said last time, this room is in the process of getting done, so I am sharing pictures as we work on it.
This has not been an overnight project.
Kris and I tend to like to ruminate on stuff.
Really let it marinate in our brain boxes.
when we're really sure which way we want to go.....
it can take a while to order the stuff.
We are in no big rush.
we've been working on her bedroom and guestroom for the past year.
They are just now coming together.
For her guestroom, we first found the wallpaper we wanted to use.
It's from F. Schumacher.
For those of you who are interested, the name of the pattern is Garden Gate.

This was the pattern that I used for a jumping off point.
Next I found a rug from Pottery Barn.
It was exactly what I wanted for this room.
It was a woven cotton stripe.
Kris first ordered it in it's smallest size, since it was a catalog/internet only option.
We couldn't go look at it in a store, so she got the smallest size as a sample.
We loved everything about it.
It wasn't too sweet, or pink or girly.
Just right.
It worked great with the other fabrics I wanted to use in the room.
And it looked great with the wallpaper.


within a week of receiving the small sample rug,
Kris got on the horn, and ordered the larger size we needed.
It was discontinued!!!!!
To add salt to the wound.....
It kept being shown in the summer catalogs. 
we were not happy campers.....
But nothing can keep us down!!!!!
We would prevail!!!!!
We found an Albert and Dash rug that would work.
But it wasn't as good.
It was more pink.
Not as subtle.
Like ME!!!!!
We pulled up our big girl pants, and just decided to deal with the reality of not getting what we wanted.
Last fall, Kris had the walls wallpapered.
And she bought this rug.
And we ordered the fabric for the draperies.
I found a beautiful floral that was very "Me".
It was just WONDERFUL with the wallpaper.
Now, Kris is not the flowery type girl that I am.....
but I was whining at her that this was just the most
perfect fabric for the room....please, please, please.....won't you please use this for the draperies and bed skirts????!!!!????
It's a Cowtan and Tout fabric, name: Gallica.
bless her tiny heart....
she agreed to go for it!!!!!
After all the drama with the rug.....
This past spring she calls me and says.....
I found the rug we wanted!!!!!
Pottery Barn had it on sale as a close out item!!!!!
She's like a little tenacious terrier when she wants to find something,
Here's a picture to show the difference in the two rugs.
We were trying to convince ourselves that it wasn't too sweet........
It would have been fine.
That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.....
I would have been happy with either one. (sort of.....)
But Kris, isn't a sweety like I am.
She's more of a red person than a pink person.
now we have to figure out what fabric we want to put on the frou frou chair I'm going to redo for the corner of the room.....
Remember this one?????

It's going to get painted and reupholstered without the tufting!!!!!

So, on that note....
Latah, Gatah


Anonymous said...

I like the PB room so much better, I'm glad Kris is as tenacious as a bull and not willing to settle. LOVE the fabric!!

cindy hattersley said...


That Cowtan & Towt fabric is one of my all time favorites! Don't you love it when you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for a rug? Can't wait to see what you do with that funky chair!!

Anonymous said...

I love watching this room unfold. What a neat chair! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Anonymous said...

Why are the beds in front of the windows? Is the room that small?
Is it that decades with a man who didn't like furniture in front of windows has made me odd and/or grouchy when I see it?

I love your fabric choices. WP is kinda busy for me, but perfectly suited to the room style and really is YOU. Nice that your minds think alike. And she's right about the rug, btw, but you knew that.

Nutbird said...

Love the wallpaper and the fabric. They look like they were designed by the same person. Perfect match. What I really like is the thing on the bottom of the pile, is that a sheet or pillow case? My favorite thing in the world is to pick out bedding. This room might knock off Oscar DelaRenta's living room in Connecticut as my favorite room ever. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the finished room... I'm always disappointed at the end of the story each time as I want more right then ....such an inviting guest room so far...Teresa

Anonymous said...

Betsy, that's a darling little ottoman, too. Will it stay in the room, or is it just a prop? If so, will you recover it to match the funky chair? Barbara in Mn

Anonymous said...

A froufrou chair needs a froufrou fabric! Doncha think!


Betsy Speert said...

I know!!!
It's going to go in the master bedroom.
The pile of fabrics are all samples from the Boston Design Center,
no pillow cases.
Story yet to come!

Katie Mansfield said...

I love this room so far. I can't wait to see what else is coming.

Rhonda said...

I don't know how you manage it, but everything you chose, I love! The wallpaper, the fabric, the beds, the chair... gorgeous! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Anonymous said...

I adore the wallpaper, fabric, the whole look. Just beyond. I live in Florida..can we be friends??:) Thank you so much for giving the name of the fabric and wallpaper. Can't wait to see more. Gail

Karin said...

I DIE for that chair. Die! Why is it that I never find quirky pieces that are just begging to be reupholstered :(

Ellicia said...

This room is coming together so beautifully. I love the wallpaper. If fact, I just love wallpaper; but until someone comes up with lycra wallpaper, we can't use it. Our soil gets hiccups in the summer and dry heaves in the winter and cracks the paper.

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of flowers! Hey if you're going for girly, this will be THE room :-)

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