'F' for Fabric Guest Room

The Guest Room Won’t Be Finished.

Yep. I’ve been sick, and I wasn’t able to do much with the guest room. Brandon and I did get all of the junk out that had accumulated in there, so at least it will be clean. The daybed will be delivered tomorrow, which is when Lili will be arriving. She will have a place to sleep, hurrah!

Even though the room won’t be finished in time for our first guest, I’m still thinking about how to decorate it. I haven’t picked a paint color yet, but I think I’d like to go with either a light creamy beige or a silvery gray color. I need to find curtains before I decide.

I like the scroll flocked curtains from west elm. Nice, right?


I’m also pretty keen on the Lumimarja Natural fabric from Marimekko. Swoon.


At first I thought the Marimekko fabric was too spendy, but I just realized that it would be about the same price as the west elm curtains. Hmmm.

Oh, and I also bought a little side table from Target.


Back to fabric… I’m thinking more and more about plunking down the money for the Marimekko design. Any other suggestions before I purchase? I’d like there to be a bit of orange in the pattern.

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  • shannon
    November 14, 2007 at 5:40 am

    I’m loving the marimekko; I think it’s also less likely to look dated a few years down the line. I’d say if you have the time/inclination to do the sewing, go for it!

  • Jules
    November 14, 2007 at 6:57 am

    This entire time I imagined a silvery taupe color in that room, so that’s funny it should be one of your options. I say go for the fabric, since it will look so great against a gray wall color.

    I’m sure you read it, but Julie at Another Shade of Grey has a great series of posts on gray wall colors, too, so that makes it even easier to pick a color.

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  • Maggie Sumner
    November 14, 2007 at 7:50 am

    I think the fabric would look the best with your day bed purchase. It’s nice.

    Also, hoping you’re on the mend.

  • lfw1031
    November 14, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Marimekko – hands down. I always love curtains sewn from fabric as they look like no one else’s. Plus, that fabulous pattern next to the daybed and lamp is killer.

    I think the scroll, although nice, is a wee bit dull.

  • Jessica
    November 14, 2007 at 9:56 am

    I agree with everyone else, marimekko’s the way to go.

  • Porcelain
    November 14, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Without a doubt, go for the Marimekko!

  • kerflop
    November 14, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    LOVE the Marimekko! That fabric gets my vote, absolutely.

  • christen
    November 14, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    I love the Marimekko. It is the perfect compliment to the table and daybed. If you wanted to cut costs you could always find a less expensive solid fabric (like a cream or dark brown in the pattern) and use the Marimekko as a horizontal band through the middle. Just a thought.

  • marné
    November 14, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Marimekko all the way. The West Elm are a little bland. And like Christen said, you could always use the Marimekko with a solid to save a little money

  • Kristin Kookamonga
    November 14, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    I like them both but the Marimekko would look really cute with the silvery gray walls you where thinking about…and I agree with Shannon that the West Elm could look dated- in a small space they may not look right…I see them in a large family room floor to ceiling length with plush brown couches…just my imagination running though. you always make great choices.

  • jm
    November 14, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    You should definitely check out the supply of Marrimekko fabrics up at The Sweden Shop in North Park. They also have a lot of Lotta Jansdotter designs. Very swoony.

  • Laurie G. (morningk)
    November 14, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    The Marrimekko looks awesome!

  • zee
    November 15, 2007 at 4:31 am

    Oh, I just love love love that Marimekko fabric. It’s one that I go back to again and again myself, and I hope to come up with a project for it in my own home. I’m Marimekko obsessed at the moment…

  • Szig
    November 15, 2007 at 9:27 am

    If you invest the money in the Marimekko, make sure you line the curtains so the pretty fabric doesn’t fade. It’s going to look great!

  • Stacy
    November 15, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Love the Marimekko. I actually have curtains in that pattern in a silvery pink and grey color. They were last year’s holiday Crate and Barrel tablecloths that I bought on sale and had fashioned into curtains. I had to hit five different stores to find four tablecloths, but it wound up being far less expensive than if I had just bought the fabric outright. They actually have the same tablecloths this year in different colorways…

  • goosefairy
    November 15, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    it’s hard to tell with the fabric what the scale is. what’s the pattern repeat? is there any way you can do a mockup? i’m loving the marimekko fabric, but it’s hard to tell.

  • K T G
    November 16, 2007 at 4:21 am

    The link in the picture says it’s 54″ width fabric with a 37″ repeat. http://store.txtlart.com/luna.html
    The difference in the two appears to be, do you want (what looks like) light blocking drapery, or what appears to be relatively sheer. Either one would be good, depending on what else you are doing with that room. I can’t say the pattern excites me for a curtain, nor the West Elm example, but I also have a difficult time picking out curtains or fabric for curtains. It’s a decision of light, height, what it’s set against, what other fabrics compete for attention. You’re also making a guest room, not a hotel room, or a bedroom for yourself. It’s in your house, so it should express you somewhat, but it should also concede a little to the people in your life who might visit and stay in that room in a composite of tastes and comfortable surroundings.

  • Bets
    November 16, 2007 at 9:57 am

    The Marimekko fabric is beautiful and the orange will pick up on the daybed beautifully. Have you seen this like to Crate & Barrel for Christmas Linens in the Lumimarja pattern.

    By the way, your blog is wonderful and so inspiring!

  • Caitlin @ Clutter Cubed
    November 16, 2007 at 10:20 am

    I think he Marimekko fabric would look very fresh!

    I also adore that little end table you got.

  • Anonymous
    November 16, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Agree, agree, agree with all the above posters that the fabric looks more elegant and suitable than the flocked curtains. (Although… it’s your home and your taste is so spot on, that I’m sure that whichever you choose, it will look superb.)

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