As paint will, the colors looked different at certain times of day. After much consideration our mutual feeling was that the sample that best matched the background of the Schumacher wallpaper had a slight yellow tint and the computer chosen match looked a little green. A third option just seemed dull while our unanimous choice at the lower left, White Chocolate OC-127, has a pure, luminous quality at all times of day. Sophie would like me to point out here that she suggested we sample it in the first place.
During the process of emptying Sophie's room and removing the heavy balloon shade I was struck by how much more light the room got. It became clear that the disadvantage of the single, north facing window had been exacerbated by the voluminous window treatment.
Capitalizing on the available natural light became a priority. I was set on curtain panels which would leave the window unobstructed when they were open, but when I went to measure I noticed (for the first time!) that the window in Sophie's room at the back of the house is positioned slightly higher than those in her sister's room at the front of the house - where I did hang panels - and the trim abuts the ceiling.
We decided it would be fun to use a little more of the wallpaper's 'Go Baroque' print as it is available in a coordinating fabric and I think the predominantly white material will not interfere with my priority of lightening up the room. As the repeat is so large we will get one frame centered in the shade, almost as it is below, and do a 2 1/2" border of Schumacher's 'Avery Cotton Plain' in ebony.
I like that the corners echo those of the square frame in the wallpaper pattern.
Using the Norbar linens we selected, the headboard and quilt will be made in the seafoam green with white piping and the bed skirt in white with a seafoam border.
As I mentioned last week we were considering Chelsea Textiles for furniture options and decided on using their black and Gustavian grey finishes, black for drama - which is Sophie's priority - and grey because I like it.
It's my feeling that the clean lines of the Gustavian reproductions will provide a nice balance to the curvy wallpaper print. We ordered their 'writing desk with one drawer' in the black finish (which, unfortunately, will not arrive until November) and I recently spotted a coordinating desk chair that I am hoping to pick up soon.
Since storage space is limited in Sophie's room we chose the 'small bureau' for her bedside table in the Gustavian grey finish. Last week I drove down to New Jersey to pick up the chest which was in stock at the Chelsea Textiles warehouse - longtime readers will know I love a road trip - and here it is, not being shown to its best advantage, in my garage.
The stretch of good weather expected in the week ahead does not make a visit from our painter look promising, but I am ever hopeful! Let it rain!
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