Friday, February 8, 2013

Painterly Perfection

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I. love. fabric. I’m no discriminator when it comes to textures, colors, patterns and the like. But I definitely go through fabric phases. My two most recent obsessions are oriental rug pillow covers and painterly patterns. With my new bedding situation being pretty plain (charcoal headboard, all white bedding, brown fur throw), I want to either purchase a festive pillow/pillows or, if I can't find something I like, have something made. And since I'm starting with such a neutral palette there are a variety of fabric options that would work well in this space.

I mentioned in my fabric love post that I am currently considering this fabric as a potential bolster. I think the chartreuse background and hints of brown would mix well with the charcoal/brown/white color scheme.

But before I pulled the trigger on the above, I stumbled across these GORGEOUS pillow covers on Etsy...


...and that discovery led me into a bottomless Etsy vortex filled with all sorts of rug-covered pillows that had me second guessing my initial choice.

Vintage Persian Rug Pillow
And thennn I got on Spoonflower to see if I could find something cheaper in a chartreuse colorway and was reminded of my love for pretty painterly products. If you give a mouse a cookie...

So now I'm basically back at square one with no idea what kind of pillow(s) I want to buy. It's times like this when I wish there was some sort of “easy” button you could press that would search the entire internet for you, gather up all the things it knows you would like, and present them to you in a neat little package. Like a teeny tiny robot who has the exact same taste as me and works inside the computer.

Please let me know when one of you has invented this. I mean, yes the search and discovery process is satisfying, but sometimes I don't wanna hunt for my food, yaknowwhati'msayin?

Since painterly has become my most recent obsession, let's dig deeper into that genre, shall we? Per Wikipedia, painterliness is a term used to characterize works of art (specifically paintings - duh) that contain visible brushstrokes as a result of applying paint
in a less than completely controlled manner. Per me, painterliness means "looks like a watercolor". Have a look at the pics below, and you'll understand what I'm saying.

Floral Painterly Fabric

Abstract Painterly Pillow

Pink Painterly Fabric

Oriental Painterly Pillow

Flamestitch Painterly Fabrics

And last but not least most, these INSANE watercolor panels from Black Crow Studios. These are OUT OF CONTROL. Give me one of these and a puppy, and I will marry you yesterday.

And don't even get me started on the wallpaper. I just can't...

So, what's the verdict? Are you digging the painterly or are you my mortal enemy? Just kidding - I will forgive you if you don't love it as much as I do. But there is no compromising when it comes to puppies. Love them or be gone!

Happy Happy Friday!


  1. "..and that discovery led me into a bottomless Etsy vortex" OMG BEEN THERE TOO MANY TIMES!

    Also, i totally knew you'd put the Zoolander pic..i thought the same thing before i even scrolled to see the pic.

    i LOVE the black crow studio watercolor panels - might just give myself an extravagant graduation present. as for fabric: me gusta the "Abstract Painterly Pillow"

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