November 16, 2012

A Comparison of Rooms by Textiles

Posted in Decor tagged , at 9:22 am by BetweenWeekdays

I’m kind of in love with Sarah Richardson lately. I DVR all of her shows on HGTV and often peruse her website for fun. I find her work so inspiring and fun.

The one thing that always stands out to me in her designs is her use of textiles. In fact, she suggests using 10 to 14 textiles per room. Sarah uses the textiles in larger pieces such as bedding, upholstered furniture and curtains, but she also uses textiles in small accent pieces like decorative pillows and blankets. Add them all up, and you’ve got a interesting and comfortable space.

All of this textile talk begins to make a girl wonder.

“Self,” I thought to myself, “how many textiles do I have in the rooms of my current house?”

“Not nearly enough,” I thought to myself.

(What? You don’t talk to yourself?)

This thought pattern led me to realize that some of the rooms I love most in our home have more textiles than others. For instance, I adore our office but find our living room to be drab and boring.

Textiles in our living room: 5-ish

Textiles in our office: 8 to 10

When we bought our house, I thought by keeping our living room simple it would make the seasonal decor I add throughout the year really shine. While this approach generally works during Christmas, it just hasn’t worked for me the rest of the time we’ve been here.

Instead, it’s made our living room feel bland and blah. The good news is that it made it easy to depersonalize when we decided to sell our house, but I’ve never felt like it was a welcoming space.

In our future home, I really hope to use Ms. Richardson’s advice and add liveliness to our spaces through the use of textiles. However, real life isn’t like a television show, so I’ll be approaching this little by little over the course of several years I’m sure.

After all, it’s not about the destination but rather the journey…. Right?

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