The Textile Selection Process {Malvern Reno}

One of the biggest elements when pulling a room together is the textiles.  Sometimes developing the textile scheme is quick and easy.  The vision is clear, favorites are chosen and we move on.  Other times it needs to develop organically and evolve over time.   The latter has been the situation one of our current projects, Malvern Reno.

For those who follow DM on instagram, you may recognize the hashtag #malvern reno.  This has been a big construction and decorating project the boys and I have worked on for several months.   We first tackled a big master bathroom and dressing room reconfiguration and renovation and then I began the process of redecorating the bedroom.

We started completely from scratch in the master bedroom with my client wanting to take a departure from her typical style.  (Typical style being elegant, traditional and mostly neutral with green.)  I always welcome the chance to take clients out of their comfort zone, but when decorating a single room its important to not go too crazy.  Afterall, the bedroom has to tie into the rest of the house.  You don’t want to walk into this space and feel like it belongs to someone else.

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Blue was chosen as a driving color for the room.  We chose a wallpaper with blue in the water closet and decided to paint the dressing room walls a rich blue, so it was a logical choice to continue it into the bedroom.  Green pairs so well with blue and is used throughout the house, so we agreed that would be our secondary color.  The room wanted to feel soothing and elegant, but also hip, collected and fresh.  Other than that, I was free to suggest what I liked.  Color was fair game, as was pattern, but overall it needed to tie into the neutral feel of the house.  And with that, I began playing with textiles and developing the scheme.

The first thing I did was choose a wallpaper behind the bed.  My dream paper:  Nakai by Pierre Frey.  We would go bold on the back wall and keep the rest pretty quiet.  The tobacco colorway of Nakai has so many great colors- blue, green, coral.  We could easily pull from those to select fabrics for the chairs, bench, pillow, bedding.

nakai repeat in bedroom(our inspiration: Nakai on the walls of a bedroom designed by Chloe Redmond Warner) 

We were ready to place the order for the paper and then I ordered a memo sample from the mill to see the current stock.  And let me tell you …. it was ALL wrong.  The colors were totally different.  There was purple where it should be white and neither myself nor my client loved it anymore.  And we made the command decision to scrap the paper and start all over again.

Yikes, right?

I told my client this was a sign from the decorating gods that we were meant to go in a different direction.  I asked her to trust me and promised her she would love the result.  We would find a way to incorporate the colors she loved with the paper only in a whole new translation.

I started with fabric samples I had in my studio, pulling blues, greens and a few pinks…

scheme 1

And then I went to the design center and pulled more fabrics and wallpapers.

scheme 2

 

As we began to finalize the details of the bed- an commanding steel canopy bed with a curved upholstered headboard- it became clear to me that the bed should be the star of the wall and that we didn’t need a patterned paper behind it.  What we needed instead was to spread out the interest to other corners of the room.  We needed statement curtains to flank the bed and highlight the front wall.  Once I got my client on board  (it took a little coaxing as patterned curtains made her nervous,) we went in hot pursuit to find the perfect curtain fabric.  A trip to Chairloom led be down the rabbit hole of gorgeous, gorgeous fabrics…

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Hello, dream fabrics.  But what happened to the green?  And was this my client, or was this more Naomi?  Every room I design is going to have some Naomi by nature (isn’t that why you hire me?) but it also needs to reflect YOU and the rest of your home.

We decided we needed to make a few key decisions and let the room come together from there.  My client trusted me with the statement curtains and we ordered a gorgeous blue magnolia pattern from Lauren Liess Textiles.  We also selected a subtle shimmery natural linen for the headboard and a green woven textured fabric for the chairs.  The curtains were installed a few weeks ago and they are so fabulous!

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And the canopy bed went in.  Here is a peek of the curved headboard in shimmery linen.

malvern reno headboard

We these elements installed we were able to finalize our scheme and order the rest of our furnishings, pillows and bedding.  Here is where we are now.  Note… all the pink is gone.  We may work it back in with chair pillows, or in art.  Or perhaps we don’t need it after all!  This is definitely feeling like my client now.   It’s pushing her limits and having some fun, but still “her.”

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So that is the long story of how one room’s textile scheme came together.  We are waiting on our final pieces to come in, but I cannot wait to see this room completed!!  I hope you guys enjoy these process posts.  My job is a lot of pretty afters, but mostly it’s figuring out how to get there first.

  1. I think the process posts may be my favorite. Showing that design is skill, not magic :). Always something I can learn from!

  2. Leah

    i’ve been eyeing Lauren’s magnolia fabric for a while. great to see it being used!

  3. Where do I start? I love it all!! That wallpaper is crazy good! Dream client, I’m sure, to let you take the reins!

  4. Kate

    Awesome! The wallpaper in the WC is outstanding. I’m a huge fan of the curtain panels, too.

    These process posts are great, keep ‘em coming!

  5. Caroline Dunavant

    What’s the bedroom wall color if you don’t mind me asking?

    • Naomi

      I believe its Benjamin Moore “Seashell”

  6. Decorating is hard work, but you make it look effortless! I love that you never force it.

  7. Holly

    It’s all about the process which have you shown here and the process isn’t always smooth or quick and there is a lot of thought that goes into these informed decisions. You’ve done a great showing how plans change and color schemes can change. The LL fabric is one of my absolute favorites and I think the window treatments are beautiful.

  8. Robin

    I love how you walk us through the process! I would have option anxiety with all those fabric choices. The curtains are gorgeous, can’t wait to see the rest!

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