I'm going to let you in on a really good designer secret. Are you ready? The Ballard Designs custom upholstery service or COM. What is COM you ask? It stands for customer's own material and it means that their furniture can be covered in any fabric of your choosing. One of the things that makes interior designer's work look so special, is that many of the pieces they use are one-of-a-kind.
Ballard allows you to get that same look without spending a fortune.
When we were starting to decorate our bedroom, we knew we wanted to do a custom headboard. We toyed with the idea of doing one out of raw wood but ultimately had a flaky carpenter and decided to go in another direction. One afternoon, I was scrolling through ebay when I found this fabric byJohn Robshaw.
I had admired it before and was thrilled to find it at an amazing price. I ordered ten yards (the amount Ballard needed to upholster the headboard) without getting a sample. This is SUPER risky and not something I recommend doing. When it came it was a bit creamier than I had remembered, but I now had ten yards so it was time to commit. (I eventually realized that it's good thing it's a bit off-white because it won't show dirt as easily).
Ballard requires that the fabric come on a bolt (and thankfully I bought enough that the ebay seller was willing to oblige) and the people at FedEx nicely re-packed it for me in a ski bag. I sent it off and along with my order for the Kate headboard.
The Kate is a go-big or go-home shape and it's not for everyone. I have had clients in the past who have passed on it for fear that it was overpowering. However, as I've mentioned, we have fairly high ceilings so I knew our room could handle it. Plus, unless you have a really low bed, a box spring, mattress and pillows quickly add up and suddenly the Kate's height (68") doesn't seem like a big deal. There's no point in getting a custom headboard that's any smaller because people would never even see it.
Here are some inspirational images that I had in mind…
Now for the bedding. It's not fully zhushed yet, but we ordered this coverlet from Furbish (pom poms of course) and I'm delighted to say that it looks amazing. I'm still figuring out what to do with sheets and the duvet. I could go for just a quilt, but Mike can't live without a duvet (and I'm sure he's really glad I shared that with you). I'm excited to see what Biscuit has next season (this photo looks promising) and I will keep you updated on our progress!