Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bloggers Give Back: Fabric Story

As you all know, I'm part of a great charity project, "Bloggers Give Back", to transform a neglected backyard into an outdoor oasis at George Herman House.  You've seen my garden design, read about the very successful fundraising auction on eBay, astonished by having Frankie Flowers and his team to guide us in both design and execution, and now I'm happy to share with you that IKEA just delivered 8 ARHLOMA armchairs with pads, 1 ARHOLMA table/stool, 2 LACKO tables, 1 FALSTER TABLE and 2 FALSTER benches!

Lindsay from Little House Blog has put together this fantastic visual for us:

The final transformation of the garden will happen in early September but the group will clean up the backyard and assemble the pieces from IKEA on June 6th!  Unfortunately I won't be able to participate on June 6th.  However, we have been asked to share our thoughts on fabrics concepts on pillows and seat cushions.  Who's kidding who, this is totally my guilty pleasure!

My thought on seat cushions on the benches:

I love this blue and white zigzag fabric!  It's the perfect partner for this warm grey solid.

To add a little more interest, I will use this fun stripe as pipping:

Can't imagine how they all go together? Here is the plan:

Fabric A is the warm grey in solid, Fabric B is the blue/white zigzag, and Fabric C is the stripe as pipping.

Now off to pillow designs, here is Pillow Design# 1:

Front of pillow will be covered by this cheery yellow print and the back is a more calming Suzani print.

and grey/white zigzag as pipping to complete this pillow design.

Pillow Design# 2:

Front of pillow done in grey/white zigzag with envelope opening in the middle, while back is this gorgeous stripe sewn in square pattern.  Pipping in crisp white for contrast against the brown on the chairs.

As this pillow plan maybe hard to imagine, here is a visual for you:

Pillow Design# 3:

Front of pillow is done in this geometric trellis:

Back of pillow will incorporate these fabrics:

and here is the plan execution (just replace the middle band with the blue/white zigzag)

All the fabrics are from Tonic Living, who will be donating 2 bench cushions and 4 throw pillows.  Tonic Living is also giving all of you 10% off on anything in the store, no minimum purchases required, when you enter the code "BLOGGERS" at checkout.  This offer is good until the end of 2011.

Summer is just around the corner.  It's time to head over to Tonic Living and start planning your very own Summer  Oasis!

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