UncategorizedTreasure Island Inspired Sitting Area June 12, 2014This is a sponsored post by Online Fabric Store. All opinions are 100% my own. If you’re hopping over from The Shabby Creek Cottage, I am so glad you’re here! Gina was assigned Charlotte’s Web, which is one of my favorite books ever! I know her project was awesome! When Online Fabric Store approached us about this really fun bloghop, I was so excited! Each blogger participating had their names randomly drawn and paired with a classic book. Then, the challenge was to use fabric from the Premier Prints Collection to create a project inspired by our book. As you can see, I got Treasure Island. I was so THRILLED when I heard that was mine. I mean, nautical, island, pirates, gold…what’s not to love? I knew there were several ways I could go with this. There is the obvious with starfish fabrics and extremely nautical and piratey (I made up a word, oh well). But y’all know me. I like to push the envelope a bit. I decided to try and steer clear of the obvious choices. I knew my inspiration was nautical, which to me meant blues and whites. And pirates. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of pirates is treasure maps and gold. Here’s how I channeled that inspiration into a fun little Treasure Island inspired sitting area. For my main fabric options, I tried to choose blue and white prints that weren’t obviously nautical, but definitely went with the theme. The pillows were made out of the Premier Prints Cameron in Navy Slub. When asked to do this project, I quickly decided that I wanted to make a slipcover for this fur ottoman. I got this ottoman at Target a while back and actually love it, but it just screams fall and winter to me. As the seasons have lightened up, this needed a face-lift. So, I chose a large-scale blue and white fabric for the slipcover: Premier Prints Jiri Nana Navy Birch. The best part about this project is that we made it so the slipcover pulls down over the ottoman and rests on the floor. That way, it’s a temporary fix and I can always go back to the fur if I choose. Though I’m loving this slipcovered version! I also love how the pattern of the pillows and ottoman coordinate. Same colors, but the different scale in pattern make them a great compliment. My other big Treasure Island push came in the wall art above my sitting area. I mentioned above that when I think of pirates, I think of treasure maps and gold coins. Well, in an effort to be a little bit subtle with my inspiration, I chose to include a map of San Francisco harbor instead of an actual treasure map. That anchors the gallery wall. Around the map, I thought it only fitting to bring in some nautical seascapes. The gold coins made an appearance in a little garland. I was planning to make a gold coin garland, but then I found this strand of ribbon at my local craft store and it saved me the trouble! In addition to the map and seascapes, I framed a piece of the Premier Prints Schooner Nautical Fabric. To me this was a more obvious choice for my Treasure Island theme, but I love this fabric! I decided to just use a touch of it in a frame instead of as my main fabric. With the pattern of this fabric, I think it works well as a framed focal point. I brought in a tropical plant to channel that island vibe. I love my little Treasure Island sitting area! That nautical/island vibe feels perfect for kicking off summer. Make sure you head over to Sarah M. Dorsey Designs next to check out her Huck Finn inspired project…another favorite of mine!