Thursday, September 17, 2009

around the house - floral invasion

i'm gently easing into some florals in our house. brian is NOT a fan, to say the least.
it started with some custom pillows - the first step in the great pink bedroom redo of '09.
if you hate it, stay with me. this is only 24" of the room!
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gorgeous purple silk welting. sump-tu-ous. the fabric is a hazelton house linen.
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brian can't stand them - he had a freak out last night and said if i put them on the blog everyone was going to tell me how ugly they are and laugh at me. he's very supportive in that way.

and a towel. just 1 pottery barn towel. love the bird. he looks like a tattoo.
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39 comments:

Anonymous said...

at the risk of being the unpopular one at the party, I'm kinda meh on the floral thing- the second one I kind of like because the combo of the towel against that dark wall is more sophisticated, but the pillows, to me...dare I say, shabby chic? Or are we still doing that?
I'm such a chicken shit too...
anonymous of course.

Anonymous said...

I apologize. You didn't ask me your opinion, but I gave it anyway. I showed a coffee table to a friend today online that I"m considering (after hunting for about 2 years) thinking that this was it and I finally found "the one", and she said, nope. don't like it.
So, apparently I felt compelled to pass that on here. Why? I don't know, but I apologize. These words ring in my ear: "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"
If you're liking those pillows, that's all that matters.

natwood2000 said...

To be honest I don't like the pillows either, but if you do thats all that should matter. I have many things in my home that my bf dislikes and my response to this is always the same... I don't like using a small stool to get in your truck but I keep my mouth shut. 'Nough said! Rock those pillows!!!

Rachel said...

You know, I have some cool floral pillows that are similar - dark charcoal-y background and all. For floral, they're pretty cool. But everytime I pull them out to use/put somewhere, I end up not leaving them there because I start to think that they look too "girly" or "countrified". I want to be cool, not my Mom (even though I love her).
I even thought about pairing them with a cool geometric, but couldn't find one that I liked that worked well with them (and that I could afford!!!).

My thought?? I like the pillows, but I think paired with the pink wall they may be too girly for me. Maybe if you "butched" them up with a masculine print or something???
Sorry!

But you know what??? I really LOVE that towel! I've been considering getting the matching shams for our bedroom ever since they first graced the cover of the catalog.

Good luck with it all. You know, my hubby doesn't get what I do around the house either. In fact, I've taken to doing stuff during the week while he's away (he travels) so that when he gets home it's done and he can't gripe about it (he usually ends up really liking it!!)

pve design said...

I love them - and I love when a floral fight ensues.
pve

amy said...

I LOVE the towel & word on the chocolate wall. Floral pillows - "meh." But somehow I feel it will work because you can seem to rock anything.
I'd like to see Rachel's idea tried out ... manlinized somehow, hmmm?

Deodand said...

Growing up in the 80's will damage a person's opinions toward floral fabrics, what with those Laura Ashley dresses and all.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I like the pillows. I kinda like that they look like Laura Ashley. I don't see them as a floral statement, but more as a quirky statement.

I'm an even bigger fan of the towel. I love that pattern. I was in heaven when I saw they also made curtains with it.

Brian needs to talk with my hubby Jon. Boys and their rules. I'm having a fight over using Chiang Mai Dragon in the house. He finally decided I'm allowed to use it, but if I make a pillow of it I can have a dragon's face showing, because the face looks like a foo dog not a dragon.

I told him to just close his eyes. I'm getting pillows made anyway.

:)

my little apartment said...

hmmmm, I like the fabric. maybe not a fan of the piping (I would have gone with black to match the background and make them a bit less girly). but they're not cringe-worthy. I bet they'd look rad on a beat-up leather chesterfield, or sort of ironic if you placed one in the seat of a pair of black Barcelona chairs.

just being honest cause I'd want my readers to do the same.

Anonymous said...

LOVE your blog! LOVE the towel. Adorable and seems like it totally fits your style. Not so much for the pillows, they almost seem out of place... I'm not one for florals, but I can always appreciate them if they work in a space, I'm just not sure this is workin'.

my favorite and my best said...

here's what i think...i think the pillows are good. they are bold and graphic and it's not pussy floral it's big balls floral.

lovesbubbly said...

Not a fan close-up but we're not getting the context of the room. Maybe they have cool friends, you know?

Jessica Hills said...

I like the pillows, but I LOVE that towel. Don't feel bad, my husband wouldn't like the pillows either.

Anonymous said...

you know... at first site, I have to say I'm not feeling them. However, if you look at it in a big picture kind of way, I think it could be quite fun. LOVE THE TOWELS

xo, K

Jenny said...

Love the floral. LOVE the purple silk welt.

Gini said...

Gorgeous pillows, awesome towel. You're right, the bird does look like a tattoo! Tres cool. I think the towel is my favorite, but I love it when you can work an unexpected floral fabric like the one on the pillows into a room.

Lana said...

LOVE the towel!

Deodan nailed it with the whole '80's theory, I CAN NOT look at floral OR the color mauve without nearly losing my lunch!

However, that said, I feel like this is going to work. I'm hoping you pair it with a dark brown geometric print somewhere. I look forward to seeing the end result and will withhold further judgment until then!

Lana said...

change that to some kind of BLACK geo print. (that is what the background of the floral is right? (old eyes...)

modern eve said...

i am liking the pillows, but there is not way husband would allow the in my home. husband probably wouldn't like the towel either - he had something against birds (thinks they're too feminine)...it's so sad!

Anonymous said...

I like the pillows. I think they actually make the room look LESS girly by offsetting the pink walls and the white bed frame. Up close they are quite floral, but, how often will your husband stare at them up close? I think they'll work really nicely in the room.

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Anonymous said...

"...or sort of ironic if you placed one in the seat of a pair of black Barcelona chairs."

Ugh. No. Let a Barcelona chair be a Barcelona chair. No pillows. And please, no "ironic" decorating. It's the worst.

Anonymous said...

PS: The black keeps the pillows from being fruity. (And I should know; I'm a fruit.)

salley said...

i like the pillows. they are kinda grandma chic. but what do i know? i broke down and wore a floral polyester blouse the other day. oddly i got a lot of compliments....

ohnomyboots said...

I think they're beautiful.

vogue on the range said...

Darling, you just tell Mr. I Suwannee that those pillows are FAB!

Erin Gates said...

That kind of loving support reminds me of when Andrew and I got in a HUGE fight about lucite furniture at dinner one night. So much so that I stormed out of the restaurant and left him at the table alone.
Ahhhh, husbands.

Erin Gates said...

Oh and I dig the pillows. I second the opinion that they would look even more fab paired with something really graphic and modern.
Domino declared chintz back a while ago people! :)

Bromeliad said...

Will bookmark and show spouse next time he frets over the PLAIN WHITE pillows on our bed.

R said...

Love your blog.

Hate the pillows. (I too lived through mauve and chintz.)

Btw, my confirmation word was"menis". Seems appropriate somehow!

Magchunk said...

I love the pillows. I would not love them if they were pinkity pink pink, but I think the darkness keeps them from being too frilly or shabby chic.

We're picking out fabric for new throw pillows for the sofa (which also desperately needs reupholstering) and Ryan said I could pick a floral if it wasn't too busy. He pointed to two and for some reason one was "obviously" less busy. Hmm, not sure I'm clear on his vision... I may go geometric to avoid that argument. I'm still fighting for pink walls in the bedroom.

Erin said...

Well, I really like them. I'm working on a big balls floral for the bathroom shower curtain, but thought Wilkes was going to SHIT HIMSELF when I showed it to him. You just tell Brian thats what he gets for the hermit crab.

miss dixie said...

i think the pillows rock!! because its big balls floral (as my fav and best put it best) and the purple welting is nothing a laura ashley devoted hag would do. so they should stay!

miss dixie said...

i think the pillows rock!! because its big balls floral (as my fav and best put it best) and the purple welting is nothing a laura ashley devoted hag would do. so they should stay!

Leigh said...

That floral print? I think I had the exact same one in my room growing up as the curtains and bedpread, except mine was on a white background, not black. I love florals. It's time to bring back the femme!

Anonymous said...

Don't pair them with a geometric print. You'll just end up with pattern overload and a throbbing headache. For a pairing, go for a nice solid color. Something cool and calm.

Kimberly said...

Love those pillows, and the piping! Just checked out the Hazelton House site - their fabrics are amazing! No offense to anyone, but there's nothing Laura Ashley or Shabby Chic about them. Bet the room is going to be beautiful and I hope you show it to us when it's finished! AND I hate to say this, but for the most part, what do our husbands know about interior design?! Enjoy them!

Katie said...

Hmmm. I'd have to see the rest of the room to really judge...

Wanderings of a Wannabe said...

i absolutely LOVE the pillows. i would use them in my home in a skinny minute :) not your avg floral, somewhat vintage-y. very refreshing to see something different every once and a while!

 

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