Ottoman Time Suck

In re-designing my living room, I concluded that reupholstering my little ottomans is a requirement.  A few nights ago, I thought I would browse through some fabric websites.  I only got as far as spoonflower.com.

Spoonflower makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. It was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks who had crafty wives but who knew nothing about textiles. The company came about because Stephen’s wife, Kim, persuaded him that being able to print her own fabric for curtains was a really cool idea. She wasn’t alone. The Spoonflower community now numbers around 70,000 individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. The Spoonflower marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world.

Here are a few of the wonderful options I found:

I love the idea that these are custom designed, not mass marketed fabrics.  But, to be honest, I am no closer to figuring out what the reupholstery will look like.  I did have a good time getting lost in their website for (more than) several hours.

Have you ever ordered from spoonflower?  Perhaps you designed your own?  Thoughts?  Feedback?

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The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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2 Responses to Ottoman Time Suck

  1. I’ve read about their site before, but I don’t know anyone who’s used it. I’m so very intrigued though. I could get lost in there for days!

  2. Beryl Atchison says:

    I’m putting this on my list of things to do! I’ve made some abstracts of photographs that I thought would make good fabrics. Worth a try one time.

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