It has been an incredibly insightful experience and I think I have had to hone some mad skeels (fast decision making, number crunching, pressure decisions, plain old acting) that were a little lax (or non existent) in order to appear like a real buyer AND try to put together a cohesive look for our inn. If only I had another 6 weeks and a whole lot of available cash; oh what we could do.... some other time.
Monday, we headed out to meet with a contact of D's who had some beautiful solids in cotton satins, linens, etc etc and I was able to source the curtain fabrics. Again, I am sooooo glad I had the Design Bible and had all that information because right there, right then I had to decide, calculate, and make sure I got enough all off swatches because the price was right...oh very right.
It was sort of like a fabric swatch pandemonium as we picked through and said, "21 meters of that" and "14 meters of that" so I really hope I got it right. Oh well if I didn't, we will have something. After we looked at the solids, he took us down to his little warehouse and I picked up some very cool patterns. This place was down a dusty path, in an unmarked building with piles and piles of fabric wrapped up burlap bags like it was a fabric grave yard but fabrics that shouldn't be dead yet. Most of it will be sold to the local markets; I wanted to buy it all.
Fab India which is a totally fantastic place that we had been to last year but I took a closer look at their home furnishings department and collected swatches for the remaining things we need to re-upholster and will return to get that. Absolutely fantastic solids and very very cool heavy weight cottons and silks (see below some I am thinking for the Inn). Absolutely! Yum, Yum. I know where I am going to get everything to decorate my currently torn apart house...one day. Just check out the colors from their clothing...even though the picture I took in the store is blurry, it still is gorgeous!
So enough talk. Hopefully I can get a post up in the next couple of days once all the fabrics come together. I am excited and anxious to piece together everything I have seen and done so far. I think we are going to have very unique rooms once this all gets done-- i hope.