Friday, October 16, 2015

Upholstered Walls

I almost started this post with a picture of a padded room - you know the kind - where they lock up design bloggers who move from one apartment to the next and spend all their money on trying to make it look pretty? Yeah - I'll wait til I actually end up there, then do a post about how I decorated it with my imagination.

No, this is a different type of upholstered room. One that I've really had my eye on for a while. Feast your eyes on the inspiration:


Now, for my crazy idea. (Like I really needed anything else added to my to-do list!) The small bedroom of the apartment isn't cute. It's just not, and there's nothing I can do to make it cute. There's an access panel there for the bathroom plumbing and the dimensions of the room are about the size of a ladies boot box. Not even nice boots, either. Not. Kidding.
So, When life gives Artie lemons, he makes lemon juice. And there are times, when that lemon juice comes together wonderfully with some sugar and spring water, and BAM! Lemonade. There are other times when it's just really bitter and sour and hard to swallow.
I ended up choosing to turn this tiny room into a library/dining space, i.e., I'm never going in there - but it's going to be pretty. So not only did I buy enough fabric to pad the walls of the room, I also bought book shelves to sit on either side of the window. Hello symmetry.
What did I choose?
Well, I was super inspired by all of the images above. But there was one space in particular that really was a stand out to me, and that was the atelier of the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showhouse done by designer, Antonio Martins.

So, armed with inspiration - I set out to do a little upholstery project of my own. I'm literally MID-PROJECT right now ... but here's a little sneak peak!

I'm CRAZY about the texture that this adds to the space - and can't wait to get it all finished so I can show you the final result.

I was able to find a really wonderful product, I think intended for tablecloths, where the burlap had been backed with a clear, hard, vinyl product which makes it far easier to work with - and very rigid, almost like grasscloth wallpaper. I'm hoping that between entertaining out of town guests this weekend, I can get more of this accomplished, and have photos to you by next week! Fingers crossed!