Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I made it 22 days!

Whee!  I made it a full 22 days without breaking my resolution.  I think that's a new record.

I bought fabric today.  I will not feel guilty about it, not even a little, I swear.  

I bought 12 yards of this delicious cotton blend broadcloth from Fabric.com for $2.98/yard.  


Final total: $35.76 and free shipping.  SHABAM!

Now, why would I need 12 yards of this amazing peach/orange fabric?

I am making a duvet cover (using this tutorial) for my new bed that I don't yet have.  What I do have (and what sealed the deal on the apartment for me) are the gorgeously painted walls in the bedroom:

Found here
The color Mermaid is the closest, I believe.

So the final effect of the duvet cover next to the walls will be something like this:


Just looking at the color combination in this photo makes me so.damn.happy.

So yes, I broke my resolution, but I will be making a duvet cover for a duvet I already have, in the color I want, and all it cost me was $36 and some time.  If I have enough fabric left over, I am going to make some seriously sweet pillows.

In the meantime, I am looking at art prints of (my favorite artist) Alphonse Mucha's work because he has some stunning paintings of redheads with turquoise backgrounds.  Totally fitting, am I right?

Friends, let me know in the comments what your favorite color combinations are!  I currently have a dining room with soft yellow walls, and a front room with sky blue walls.  I would love to hear your thoughts!

XOXO,
Meg

PS.  Stay warm! 



35 comments:

  1. Great color combo! And I think that's a perfectly justified way to buy fabric. You were very purposeful and have immediate plans for it. Go you!!

    We'll soon (FINALLY) be painting our bedroom and the color is probably pretty similar to mermaid, maybe a tad more green though than blue. We just painted (also FINALLY) our hallway a sunny yellow, and hung a large painting of my grandfather's that has lots of shades of brown, a bit of oranges and a touch of a bright blue. I'm generally not such a fan of earth tones but it all looks great together!

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  2. Actually, orange and turquoise is one of my favorite combinations (um, I'm wearing an orange dress with turquoise jewelry as I write this). So, I am totally on board with your color scheme and fabric buy! I also love orange and hot pink.

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  3. Love it! Can't wait to see the final effect in the room. I too am a HUGE Mucha fan and these colors are perfect for his artwork. :)

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  4. Lovely color combination! My bedroom walls are painted a similar color, and I never considered coral. Might just have to rip off your idea ;) ha!

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  5. That's awesome that your new place has pretty colored walls. I love red with everything... red with blue (any shade really), red with yellow, red with turquoise, red with gray. And navy blue is pretty high on my list anymore. Navy blue with cream or gray is a sophisticated combo me thinks. Have fun decorating!! :D

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  6. oh that combination is gorgeous! i love colour compeltely and can never do neutrals. i love duck egg blue with coffee colour - we have this in our bedroom and it's so restful. also pale blue with maroon.

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  7. It is so apt that the paint colour you mention is called "Mermaid" as this colour scheme totally made me think of Ariel!! The fabric was a such a bargain that you HAD to get and it's going to look fab. Turquoise is such a great colour; I think it works well with green and with red too. (My daughter's room is turquoise and green).

    My house is currently very beige. I don't mind it too much as the walls don't "fight" with the bright multi coloured textiles that I like to have around the space. However I really want to decorate my lounge in shades of purple, with a Moulin Rouge/Parisian theme! It will be dramatic (if I get my way!)

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  8. I totally gasped when I saw that color combination picture, so I think you're totally excused for breaking your resolution! Besides, it's not like it's going into the stash; there's an immediate outcome prepared for it!

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  9. It's so cheery! And since you have immediate plans to use it (and it saves you from buying a new duvet) I think you're totally justified.

    I'm a fan of color and lots of it, personally. My fiance and I spent some time over the last few months repainting his townhouse to start making it more "ours" for when I move in after the wedding. There's a few rooms that are various shades of green, since that's his favorite color, but I'm also bringing some yellow into the kitchen and blue in the bedroom. My future sewing room is turquoise with some creamy yellow accents, and it's going to be gorgeous when it's done!

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  10. Beautiful inspiration! You bought the fabric for a specific purpose, so I think it's okay. And more importantly, *you* think it's okay. ;)

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  11. I made it exactly 22 days too. Unless you count the vintage ~1967 yardage that my man found for me at the thrift shop on Jan 8th. Then I made it only 8 days.

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  12. This is totally inspiring for me. I've been shopping around for a duvet cover, because I didn't want to deal with the fabric to sew it....but just to use two flat sheets? What if I can find vintage flat sheets at the thrift store, wouldn't that be adorable?? New project! Can't wait to see yours.

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  13. I LOVE this color palette!! And good for you on the no-guilt-about-shopping thing. I didn't realize how long it had been since my last big order from Mecca, I mean fabric.com ;o) Now my shopping urge has woken up!

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    1. Also, I can offer no decorating advice. We've been here almost two years and I still haven't hung pictures...

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  14. Well, I think that's a resolution well broken! I love that you're making your own duvet cover, those colours are super sweet together! How exciting!

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  15. We seem to think alike :) I'm hopefully doing my new sewing room in the green and light peach from this design: http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1152&bih=779&tbm=isch&tbnid=NG97E18LMkcjMM:&imgrefurl=http://www.bcliving.ca/home/1920s-inspired-home-decor-pieces&docid=C71b7fIZKeWKrM&imgurl=http://www.bcliving.ca/sites/default/files/Sweet_Jazz_3.jpg&w=454&h=310&ei=bUcAUdbtDYW09QT9mIGQCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=161&vpy=284&dur=14&hovh=185&hovw=272&tx=200&ty=109&sig=110781364565360787131&page=1&tbnh=146&tbnw=238&start=0&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:0,i:106
    Totally love those colors!

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  16. Basically it's gonna be ariel's grotto in there, only a bit more tropical what with the coral color. Seaglass bluea re my favorite blues!

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    1. And I only made it 22 days as well, but I had nothing in my stash appropriate for the Lola. And there were the 4 patterns I allowed myself because I'd gotten rid of so many and they matched up with some of my stash fabrics. Let's not even think about all the underwear I bought since it is the only thing I'm allowing myself besides shoes. Thank goodness I haven't gone wild in that department too.

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  17. Coral and aqua/torquoise are the new navy and red. :D
    Both shades look fantastic!

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  18. Yum, yum, yum, that color is gorgeous. Good luck on decorating! I love yellow with blue, as a matter of fact, but also with turquoise. I also think some yellows works great with hot pink, but it has to be the right yellow, and the pink has to be hot! :-)

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  19. Don't feel guilty about the new fabric, the colour is gorgeous. And you scored it at a great price.

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  20. aaaaah, your bedroom combo is DELICIOUS. I WANT IT!!!! after our walls were yellow, watermelon, chartreuse, orange, and lavender for years (at the same time) it's ruggy's turn, and they're all white.

    yellow & cocoa? sky blue & burgundy? mickles on pinterest has tons of awesome color combo/house stuff!

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  21. Yay!! How fun! I helped decorate an apartment (a set) in aqua and orange, and it was so cheery and fun! And you'd spend four times that amount on a ready-made duvet cover, so you got a real bargain!

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  22. Those are some beautiful colours, so bright, fresh & happy. Good luck with that pin tucking, can't believe the tutorial says such a short make time...but will be seriously beautiful when done.

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  23. I love that color combo - the inspiration photo looks so California Mod! I like dark red and teal together. Those colors just make me happy. Good for you for making a duvet!! -Amanda

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  24. CELEBRATION! You're kicking some bum on the resolution front. You're doing better than me. I've bought 7 patterns this month and gotten rid of 0... DOH! I wouldn't have pictured this color palate before the visual aid of that pinterest photo. It's AMAZING!

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  25. Ohhhh lovely colour combo!! If you have leftover fabric you should make a dress to match your room! That would be fun! And congrats on getting the place you love!!

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    1. Oh heck yes, that would be fabulous!!

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  26. That will look really cool! I am jealous you have a rental that doesn't have the mandatory rental-off-white-blah-blah color!

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  27. My favorite color combo for a while now is red with celadon green (I know, join the club) but I don't seem to get tired of this combo and I do with so many others. Maybe because you can add blues and oranges and grays and pinks and it looks so cool!

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  28. Oooh, pretty! Lovely combination. :-)

    I just adore colour. Colour, colour, everywhere!

    Since I moved into my house, I've been transforming it from plain white walls in every room (with white curtains too - ugh so boring) to colour. One bedroom now has yellow walls with burgundy curtains. Another bedroom has soft green walls with dark blue curtains. The outside of the house has gone from white to yellow with white trim. And the kitchen is now white with a bright orange bench and bright yellow splashback all around it. I find the colours I like to use depend on what the room is used for, and how much sun it gets (e.g. the green bedroom gets heaps of sun, so I used a colour that softened the sun's glare, and the yellow bedroom gets very little sun, so I used warm colours to make it feel warmer and cozier.)

    As far as non-house colours go, one of my favourite combos at the moment is purple and red. Or maybe yellow and pink.....

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  29. Great colour combo. Nice to see what other colours go with a mint/turquoise/mermaid colour. I have to keep this in mind. I think breaking your resolution for a duvet cover is fine. You'll enjoy that for a long time and who has that kind if yardage in their stash usually? So there you go, totally justified.
    I'm looking forward to seeing the finished bed spread.(Sorry sent this too soon by accident)

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  30. Love your bedroom colors! We have a similar combination in the dining/living room-- I made coral curtains and the rug has a lot of turquoisey blues (walls are a yellowy off-white, one of the rooms we didn't paint). In the other room we have light blue walls with olivey brown couch; rug with taupe, dark brown, and two shades of light blue; turquoise tiled dark brown table made by my dad, white curtains with purple and lavender print. It feels good in there. And I think anything goes with yellow. Have fun choosing!

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