Monday, August 20, 2012

Fabric Hunt Update

After visiting all the fabric stores on Queen St West between Spadina and Bathurst, I can honestly say there are a LOT of ugly fabrics out there. An unreasonable amount. What are people making with this stuff??

I mean a multicolored print that lists the symptoms of pregnancy? Yeah, make me a pillow! Not.

It was a disappointing day, but I realized I'm already set on the fabric I want. The only way I'll get exactly what I'm looking for is to order it online.

So after searching, this is what I've found:

The top left and bottom two fabrics are from Birch Fabric's Mod Basics collection while the blue chevron is from Premier Prints.

So what do you think of my fabric choices? Are you excited to see how we decorate the nursery?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Nursery Fabric Hunt

Today, I head to Toronto's fabric/garment/fashion district on a mission to find the perfect nursery fabric.

I have a lot of inspiration for the nursery decor and am anxious to get started on it. We've decided on grey/blue/orange as a colour scheme. Easy enough?

Do you know how many different colours of blue exist in this world?? Baby blue, turquoise, aqua, grey-blue, bright blue, sky blue, royal blue... and don't even get me started on the oranges, which range from brightly neon to a burnt orange and everything in between. *sigh*

Our inspiration photo we keep coming back to is this one:

From Pinterest
Since the perfect fabric is harder to find than a coordinating paint colour, I've decided to start the process with the fabric search for curtains, crib sheets and change pad covers.

Ideally, I'd like to find a blue chevron fabric like in the photo and an elephant fabric in blue or orange, like these:
 Wish me luck on my search today!! I'm off...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blinds, Finally!

After living in our condo a year and a half we have finally put up blinds!

Our condo has floor to ceiling windows and I've loved all the natural light that comes in. Since we face north and slightly east glare and direct sun haven't been an issue. Unfortunately, we also face a building that is also entirely made of glass windows. Not so good for privacy. With baby on the way, it was time to do something about it.

Months ago I narrowed it down to panel blinds on a sliding track. A local store quoted us about $1000 + installation to do it. The ready-to-purchase options from Sears and similar stores were ugly not our style and the standard lengths were often too short for our tall window.

Although we've been fighting the IKEA urge pretty well recently, we gave in on this one and went with the KVARTAL track system, three piece Flyn Jorun grey panels (which I can no longer find on the site to link to), and two plain white panels.

And here's how it turned out:

I like the subtle pattern in the grey panels, and that they are sheer enough to still let some light in.

The benefit of the panel / track system is that the panels tuck behind each other nicely when we want to leave them open.

At night, they give us the privacy we need.

Success! And for much less than the $1000 price tag we were originally quoted.