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DAY 2: Tips on MATTRESS BALL Curation & Some Modern Sense

By Raglandhillsocial @GwenDriscoll
designing for THE MATTRESS BALL continues...

tip five. Big bag is in order..pull fabrics that build your color story, in this case, Farrow & Ball's Haque Blue for walls & neutral earthy tones.  Pull textures, types & prints that work together but don't match.  Don't forget trims, wallpapers & rug options.  Carve out those hours...this bag came from our fabric room of thousands.  I bag it because if I don't finish...GASP...I take it home.  It's good to walk away & come back with fresh perspective too.

DAY 2:  Tips on MATTRESS BALL Curation & some Modern Sense

Good thing I do Pilates or I'd have a hunch back from carrying these around day in day out.


tip six. Sort fabrics in stacks based on color & pattern.  Figure out your solids first, then add the design punch up.  Solids are key, place on big pieces like beds, drapery & sofas.  Modern sense keeps things clean & concise only using patterned textiles in small doses.  See how busy this palette looks?  In reality, all those patterned goods will be pillows or throws.   The thought of bathing a sofa in that patterned madness makes my eyes hurt & heart race.  Small dose = PERFECTION!  You then have to figure out how all this is getting made:  what style, pleat, tuft, puff, stuff, etc.  I'll say it again...carve out some time, it's complex & isn't for the faint at heart!

DAY 2:  Tips on MATTRESS BALL Curation & some Modern Sense

Some of my favorites here...Quadrille, Scali, Sam & Sons, Stark, & Schumacher...it's an "S" convention!


tip seven.
My favorite part of the process...find amazing objects, art, mirrors, whatever your heart desires to add the crowning jewels to your space.  I love a mix...pick one thing to really spend some CASH MONEY on...key piece of art?  Then fill in with flea market, ETSY, catalog or antique shop finds.

DAY 2:  Tips on MATTRESS BALL Curation & some Modern Sense

Abstract painting by Amanda Talley, geodes & pottery give this space a layered feel.


DAY 2:  Tips on MATTRESS BALL Curation & some Modern Sense

Pair of mirrors will function like windows behind beside tables.


DAY 2:  Tips on MATTRESS BALL Curation & some Modern Sense

Love to use metals in projects...it's all about the mix of metals too!


If you're hyperventilating, sent to bed with migraine or thinking, "this is a whipper" after reading...just hire your favorite designer...or if design is your passion & you're a DIY'er...get busy, you've got a lot of work to do!
Rock on PEEPS, go bond with a designer (most are worth every penny) or decorate away...two choices!
We'll talk soon,
Gwen


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