I dream my loft will look like Fifi O’Neill’s tented ceiling someday.
Photo and styling by Fifi O'Neill
A pretty oyster colored fabric, shirred and feminine. Alas, I can’t afford it at the time.
Photo by Rachel Ashwell
Then, I saw this billowy white silk WWI parachute fabric Rachel Ashwell used in her new NYC store Shabby Chic Couture. Lying on my loveseat one evening, I noticed the Tyvek I have holding the insulation in the loft looks a lot like it!
Unfortunately, up close it’s pretty ugly with all the staples and rippy edges.
So, I went ahead and used the only fabric I have to dress the ceiling, several yards of $2.00 per yard Walmart lace left over from the windows on my first house. It’s attached with a few electric staples here and there. As usual, I didn’t have a plan, and it shows, as usual.
I sort of got both looks, because I don’t have enough of the lace to finish the job at the time!
I’ve always wanted to use my wedding veil tulle for something special, like a mosquito net across the little bed I plan to put up here that will have storage underneath. Until then, I think I’ll drape them around my windows. I love white, and I hope to work with these fabrics until I get a ‘fantasy’ look, not a ‘safe’ look. I’m quite tired of 'playing it safe' decor.
What a difference the fabric makes for softening and ‘cozying’ the bare walls of the studio. I’ll never understand why one sees curtain-less windows in decorating books and magazines. No matter how stunning the architectural bones, it doesn’t foster a sweet, homey environment.
I’d love a pretty pink rug, too. Few things cozy up a room like a nice rug.
This is a pretty pale pink rug from Vintage Chic of Troy, NY I can’t have because of my doggies. It’s a real shame because it’s very hard to find them so dainty and pale.
I ringed the brass canopy I found at Brimfield in September for $18 with paper roses from Delightful Designer on Etsy.
Fun in progress!
Until next time, stay shabby!