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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

6.26.2011

On the Borderline Again


This was going to be (at long last) the summer of the DIY headboard.


But after numerous attempts to reconfigure the furniture in my small office/craft area/guest room, it became clear that the room functions the best and looks the most pleasing with the bed positioned in front of the windows, sans conventional headboard blocking natural light. The bed actually looks really nice simply framed by floor-to-ceiling curtains. 

[Towels available at The Society Inc.]

So I'm playing around with linen, burlap (love Angie Hranowsky's burlap curtains) and Ralph Lauren's low-key cotton Umbrella Fringe. Yesterday, the idea of a curtain inspired by Sibella Court's Hamman towels came to me.

[Screengrab of Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau. Set decoration by Susan Bode-Tyson, production design Kevin Thompson.]

For now, at least I can share the type of headboard I would've made. Inspired by Elise's headboard in The Adjustment Bureau, I planned to avoid complicated shapes. The straight, unfussy lines of her piece show off the asymmetrically placed Indian fabric border to its best advantage.

[Screengrab of Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau. Set decoration by Susan Bode-Tyson, production design Kevin Thompson. More on the set design here.]

Since we're already in an imaginary realm, I'll add that my far out fantasy was to have made custom fabric based on an antique textile in the V & A's collection. Below are some examples. I love the cotton most but wanted to mix other options into this post for fun. In nearly each case, a border along the bottom would need to be adapted to mimic the side placement of the movie headboard.  The lone border-less pattern would need some sort of contrasting fabric. 

[Sash, woven silk and silver-wrapped thread, Mughal, circa 1700 ©Victoria & Albert Museum.]


[Sari, woven silk and gold-wrapped thread, Central India, circa 1850-60 ©Victoria & Albert Museum.]

[Skirt cloth, silk embroidered with silk thread, Kutch, Gujurat, circa 1880 ©Victoria & Albert Museum.]


[Skirt cloth, silk embroidered with silk thread, Kutch, Gujurat, circa 1850 ©Victoria & Albert Museum.]


 [Page from a book of floral designs, Northern India, late 18th century ©Victoria & Albert Museum.]

 [Sash, printed, painted and dyed cotton, Deccan, 18th century © Victoria & Albert Museum.]

All V & A images are from Rosemary Crill's book, Indian Florals, from the V & A's Pattern series. You might also like London Calling.

6 comments:

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Absolutely stunning textiles, patterns and colors. Love the Hamman towels as well.

Emile de Bruijn said...

Such incredibly elegant patterns - I particularly like the first and the last two. Amazing balance between stylisation and naturalness.

Janet said...

I always have such grand plans for DIY projects. But, always end up thinking simpler is better. I think your ideas sound grand!

Style Court said...

Janet,

I know what you mean! The curtains will probably be super-simple in the end :) Trying to play with one extra detail yet still keep the feel relaxed and "undecorated."

Style Court said...

Laura -- I could spend days, maybe months, looking at the V & A's things!

Style Court said...

Emile -- thanks for drawing my attention to that balance.