Thursday, October 29, 2015

One Room Challenge - Week Four

Hello Friends!  The weeks for this One Room Challenge seem to be going faster and faster.  Crunch time is on!!  The push this past week was upholstering my headboard, but more on that later.

Let's talk about the fabrics in this picture, shall we?

The John Robshaw euro shams (turmeric in light indigo) came back from my seamstress and look fabulous.  

This alan campbell petite zig zag fabric will be the bolster that sits in front of the shams!  I wanted a pop of color and this fabric packs a lot of punch!  It has yet to arrive, but hopefully by Friday.
I originally wanted to do a blue and white gingham/check bed skirt.  Finding the perfect check size in the perfect color is a lot harder than you think.  Trust me I tried.

I did find one (pictured above - centered swatch) from the UK, but it was very expensive - that in addition to the labor of making a custom bed skirt was just a wee bit out of my price range.  

As I did more research, I found another bed skirt (not custom and not a check patter) but with a very similar look and feel for at least a third of the cost.  So, I went with that.   I have yet to receive it so we will see how it all works out.  If it doesn't work,  I might be scrambling at the 11th hour!

I plan on having light blue embroidered scalloped sheets to tie in the light indigo blue from the Robshaw shams.  

The rest of the bedding will be white which will offer a nice contrast to the raffia fabric on the headboard.  

I will have throw pillows on the bench which is why you see Serena and Lily's chambray diamond fabric in the first photo.  I didn't want the room to be all blue and red so I'll be throwing a little green in the mix.  In the photo below, I love how the green mixes so well with the blue and red. 

As you can see it is slowly coming together.   Still, so much to do and I pray that we have sunny days leading up to the reveal day so I can take some decent photos!

The headboard will be the MAIN focus this upcoming week.  I could write several posts on this DIY.  

Let me just say that upholstering a rounded headboard is not an easy task, my friends.  To say I'm nervous with how this will come out is a little bit of an understatement.  But, I'm clenching my teeth and moving forward!! 

Until next week my friends!  Here are weeks 1, 2 and 3!!  Wishing all my ORC friends out there the best of luck!!


  1. Wow, the headboard is looking great! And I love the mix of fabrics. Here's to a sunny reveal week :)

  2. It's all looking great!! Can't wait to see it all come together!!

  3. You make the headboard look easy. Would never guess there was teeth clenching involved. And the green with the red and blue looks great!

  4. Love your fabric choices and the idea to put something green in there as well. Brilliant! It'll all come together, I'm sure. But I hope things start arriving soon!

  5. Don't be nervous, this room is going to be so good. Headboard is going to be amazing I'm sure.

  6. I love your fabric selections and man, bravo for tackling a headboard. I cannot even is going to look fabulous!

  7. Go Fran! You got this and curious as to the bedskirt you selected - always nice to find an alternative.

  8. Can't wait to see your bed skirt choice, as well as how the headboard turns out. It all looks beautiful! And I love the ideas of green mixed with the red & blue