Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Indian room finished !

More or less :-)

As we had friends coming over from Australia I had to have one last mad push to get at least this one room finished.

As you may recall from previous posts, I purchased fabric to make the bedding and curtains. Hmmm that didn't work out as well as expected.

There were 2 lots of fabric...on patterned and one striped. I started with the stripes. It soon became clear that the stripes were not in the slightest bit straight. But I carried on and had to cut the fabric wonky to make a bedskirt and curtains with straight stripes. Problem solved...or so I thought !

Then it was onto the patterned fabric. Goodness me...had I started with this I'd have given up a lot earlier and wouldn't have wasted time with the striped fabric.

This patterned fabric just sucked...BIG time. It is woven but was woven so loosely I only had to look at it and it fell apart.

I tried....I really tried but after 3 weeks of battling with this and spending a fortune in fray check I had to give up :-(

I didn't particularly want to make it all myself but couldn't find anything ready made so bought this fabric. The seller is no longer online but claimed it was fabric left from making Oscar De La Renta bedding which retails at a crazy price. Oscar from Sesame Street perhaps cause if this is the quality of designer bedding I am glad I have more sense than money than to buy this junk.

But with guests arriving in a couple of days I had no choice but to go out and buy something so off I went.

All I could find that was remotely suitable was a purple and gold set which peacock feather details. Quite amused me as I'd started off with peacock feather embroidered curtains and changed my mind. 

But, with nothing else about I had to get this set. I wasn't crazy on the purple and was worried it would clash horribly with the amber walls but wouldn't you know the gold in the set matched the walls just perfectly. More of a dull bronze gold than a shiny gold.

And once I'd made the bed up ...well, I was rather pleased with it. The blues in this bedding go well with the splashes of blue I'd already added to the room and I'd got peacock feathers from my original plan. Plus I'd bought a candle for the sconce that just happened to be peacock colors and have a little peacock charm on it.

So from absolute disaster it all came together just like that. Wish every room was so easy lol

And at night time...well I just adore it. 
So cozy I am tempted to move in myself :-)

I couldn't find any bedside tables that allowed me to tuck the stools under so just made 2 large rustic shelves and added carved trim to the front and sides.

The ceiling lamp was actually a candle holder but Mick converted it so I could wire it up to the mains. It casts such a beautiful glow on the room at night.

The side lamps were white and silver to start...couldn't find anything more Indian looking but with some jiggery pokery I made them the perfect color.

 The mirror was a bargain find and I love the shape of it.

 I've had this carved Buddha art for some time....just waiting for the perfect spot.

This vase was handmade in Bangladesh...the inscription reads....

I am Dipali Rani Paul. My father is the late Sachindra Chandra Paul. From my childhood I was inspired by seeing my father’s devotion to his work with terracotta. I am dedicated to keeping up my father’s reputation. Today on his blessing I live on making terracotta goods. The trade keeps us still alive." 

I love being able to support small artists.

Add in some dried flowers and some peacock feathers and we are good to go.

The hanging ornaments were a fit from Susan...thanks sweetie...
they are perfect in here:-)

 This sconce fits nicely in this small space...complete with peacock candle.

And that is pretty much how it is right now. I have many other Indian things I could put in there but for the moment I think I'll leave it as it is...sometimes less is more :-)

Our guests have gone back home now but took them on a fantastic  trip though the southwest. Managed to fit in the coast, Vegas, San Francisco, Yosemite and Death Valley and a wonderful time was had by all.

Now it is back to reality, work and home renovating.

I couldn't say much on the last post as we were still talking about it but Mick just started another job. Moving from a very secure career with a big corporation to a brand new company with a brand new product was a huge risk which is why it took us a while to decide.  Hopefully we made the right choice.

His new commute is longer than the old one though and that was bad enough. 120 miles a day is a lot of time to spend traveling on top of the long hours he'll be putting we might be looking at moving house again. 

Biggest problem with this is he is working right out by the coast where the property prices are insanely high so we need to look into this some more. In the meantime there is still a load of work to be done here before we could even put this house up for sale.

So I guess I am going to stay busy for a while :-)


  1. What a beautiful room!
    Good luck to you and Mick:)

  2. I've had difficult fabric like that (for curtains) and it wasn't cheap nor from a cheap shop. So don't be too hard on yourself, what a shame you couldn't use it in the end. My Mum of course handled my curtain fabric that was so difficult to handle and now I have perfect curtains! lol

    The room is perfect and the walls not only compliment the bed lining but warm the entire room and give it masses of atmosphere. :o)

    Well, I know the answer to a question I asked in my recent email to you. You've made the choice, so everything crossed it all works out perfectly for you both. :o)))))

    Michelle xxxx

  3. STUNNING room!!!! You might have a guest that won't ever want to leave!!!!! I love everything in this room!!!

  4. What a Beautiful room! I LOVE the Colors! I think the Peacock theme is a wonderful one.... and I like that it is not so dominant that it is on everything! The bedding looks as though you planned it! All your work has made a really inviting room! Lucky Guests!

  5. I love how it turned out. Happy accidents as they say :)

  6. The room is Perfect! Love the colors, the bedding looks like it was made for the room.


  7. Such a wonderful room! I really looove the colores.


  8. Jaynnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnne!!!! I want, I want, I want!

    I cannot believe that I was not the 1st guest in this room ..humphhhphety humph humph.

    But seriously, this room is gorgeous in so many ways. From the colour of the wall to the beddings to the stone carving. My favourite smaller articles are :the vase and those gorgeous books (fake ones?) And those rustic shelves? Ingenious!

    Don't shift until I visit!!!

  9. Your room has turned out brilliantly, it looks lovely and very restful. Good luck to Mick with his new job xxx

  10. Hi Michele...funny I was thinking of your Mom when I was tearing my hair out...remember originally I wanted to add piping to it lol Couldn't even do a seam let alone anything fancy :-(

    yeah we made the choice...tough decision and could all to crap but hey, life is for risk taking right :-)

    I got the email and will reply soon xxx

  11. Hi Kat, glad you like it. Hope your decorating is coming on. So need to play catch up. I've not had a working computer for a while as well which has been a real pain xxx

  12. Hi Patty. So pleased you said that...I wanted the guest room to feel like you'd never want to leave it :-)

  13. Thanks Betsy....the peacock theme worked well in the end. Should have just stuck to my original plan huh. Funny how it worked itself out.

  14. Very happy accident April. How is he is getting so big now :-) xxx

  15. Hi Victoria...glad you like it. The bedding is growing on me for sure...not a fan of shiny bedding but this isn't' too bad. I love everything else

  16. Hello Karin...took me a while to figure out the colors I want in the house but I am pleased with them :-) xxx

  17. Susan I was hoping you'd like were such an inspiration to me all along. Did you notice the hanging ornament you sent me in the window :-)

    The vase is one of my all time favorite pieces...I just love it and even more so that it was made by an artist in Bangladesh.

    The books are fake yes...they open as boxes...they are so much prettier in real life...Indian paper in very muted colors but didn't show up well in the photo.

    Wherever we move to this room will come with me so you can always stay in it :-) xxxx

  18. Hi Julia and thanks. How is your new house coming along. I must catch up.

    I am sure Mick will be fine...what's the worse that can in a least we have beaches and it is warm enough to do that here :-) xxx

  19. Beautiful room!! Now are you going to make it in mini? ;) Congrats to Mick on his new job, too!

    - Grace


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