SCRAPS…..

We have been spending quite a bit of time these days at our home in Aspen. It’s cozy and inviting……a perfect place to enjoy time with family. The home is filled with textures and patterns that reflect what is natural to the environment.

Recently, I had a chair recovered in a beautiful 100% wool Neisha Crosland  fabric from Old World Weavers that reminds me of a traditional Squaw blanket. This fairly new line comes out of a factory in Europe. I love discovering new lines that bring a fresh look to my design library.  I really enjoy the contemporary twist this collection has on some more traditional patterns.

Chair Upholstered in Neisha Crosland Fabric

Chair Upholstered in Neisha Crosland Fabric

Once the chair was complete, I was told we had some fabric scraps left over. So I thought “Great!”…….I really wanted to make a few pillows for the bed to add some color and this was a perfect opportunity to do so. Unfortunately, there wasn’t quite enough to make 3 large pillows as I had hoped.  This presented a design dilemma but I feel some of the most creative ideas come from challenges like this.

I immediately thought of  Diamond Foam and Fabric. Since 1952, Diamond’s doors have been open to interior designers, set designers, movie stars and aspiring design enthusiasts. Stacked to the ceiling with literally hundreds and hundreds of fabrics, Diamond has affordable fabrics, most of which are available right off the bolt and ready to take home on the day of purchase. It is a great Source for those projects that require immediate gratification.

Owner Jason Asch buys fabric from nearly every major decorative resource in the world. Diamond boasts four warehouses full of a wide variety of linens, velvets, outdoor fabrics as well as an array of sheers, chenilles, mohair, and lace. All shoppers are encouraged to snip a sample from any bolt and the staff are always happy to measure any fabric on request. It was there that I found a few coordinating fabrics that really pulled this all together. I selected several solid fabrics that were perfect for my little pet project.

Pillow Sketch

Pillow Sketch

I took my findings into my trusted workroom and with the help of some quick sketches; we laid out a wonderful pattern. The results were creative, fun and a bit more interesting than had we used just the original fabric alone.

So…..before you throw away those seemingly useless scraps….take a closer look at what you have. You may just have a bright idea on your hands.

Completed Pillow

Completed Pillow

…LAPS & BOOTSTAPS….IN THE NEXT BLOG!