Now you know I love a custom order. And that I can also be a tad slow at getting around to them (particularly when they're for patient friends), but I will say that the delay is often due, in part, to the required "thinking" time.
My dear friend Calico has ordered a new couch. (No, no, not from me – I did the cushions, read on). This blurry photo is it, albeit in a taupe suede colour.
And this is kind of the rug which is going in the same room. It actually has a more cornflower blue, with some dark red, but you get the drift.
I was given licence to do whatever I wanted. I just had to make 5 cushions.
I knew I wanted to do 3 or so in Amy Butler's heavyweight fabric, because the rug really lends itself to florals, and her colours are always spot on.
The other two then needed to be a little different…
Fastforward to a trip to Bowral, where I came across a little shop called Fabric Finesse. It is a pokiesh little place, which has an unbelievable collection of designer remnant fabrics. Half bolts, or more, of last season's collections, from the likes of Missoni, Lisa Ho to name a few. I was struck by this Lisa Ho wool knit, which tied in beautifully with the colour scheme…
I then thought I could modify a relatively new design, one which I entered in the Living Creatively Cushion Couture competition, because linen and wools work with anything.
And here we go…
I think the next challenge needs to be our house, because it is horribly neglected while I burrow away on the website and custom orders. Thank God I don't have a home studio, because our space really does look void of creativity and not the best ad for a burgeoning business.