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Inspiration Board

January 29, 2011 by admin

Sometimes you just need to let yourself play and be creative .  This is a snapshot of my inspiration board at the magazine and it’s basically me just playing around with fabric and paint swatches.

Often times I’ll come across a fabric or wallpaper full of colour and pattern and I can’t help but make a scheme around it.  This vintage-looking floral fabric is from Designer Fabrics on Queen St. West in Toronto and I was thinking about upholstering a curvy headboard with it.  Paired with light and bright bedding I would make two big fat Euro shams with the David Hicks brown and white graphic print.  A total contrast to the floral, but that’s why I like it.  Then the brown and white stripe would be a fun bedskirt I thought.  The blue/green and saffron coloured fabrics were just me experimenting with other colours to throw into the mix.  I think it would be one or the other though!


And here’s one more collection of fabrics, this one centring on this fresh tree of life pattern.  I love the faded looking stripe with it and also a touch of leopard! Crazy?  Maybe.  But that’s why it’s fun to just mess around with ideas and sit with it for a while.  Maybe give it a try when you’re working on a scheme for your room.


P.S. Sara hates the leopard!


  1. Sara Penney says:

    Haha. I was just about to comment: “There’s that leopard fabric that I hate” and then I scrolled down and saw the PS. You know me so well!!! haha.

  2. Design Love says:

    I’m with Sara! lol


    • Hey! No no I understand. I’ve never actually USED leopard in a room so far, but it’s because of my love of the old school decorators who used in small doses – in a classy, understated but touch-of-luxury way, that I appreciate it. Feel free to hate on the leopard.


  3. Jennifer Wall says:

    Do I ever love the humour in your posts (especially the p.s. in this one), Michael! Keep up the good work!

  4. I really need to do this in 2011!

  5. Georgina says:

    Love your blog!!! I have such a hard time pairing fabrics. Interesting combos. I too hate the animal print.

  6. Glad I’m not the only who can do without animal prints. I don’t mind it in very small doses (one small cushion) in a faint fabric like the one you have shown!

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