THE FINAL WEEK of the Inspired Design Challenge is here! I seriously can’t believe that we’ve done five projects in five weeks. The challenge really motivated me to get creative and get things done around here. Suffice it to say, the challenge lived up to its name!
This week we tackle projects inspired by World Market. I must admit that World Market was the biggest challenge for me. I’ve only visited the store once because there is no location near me and World Market is not a place where I do a ton of online shopping. After browsing the World Market website, it occurred to me that I could use this store as inspiration to finally check something off my list that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time but couldn’t find the inspiration or motivation to complete!
My inspiration was this gorgeous Indian tapestry in a bold color combination. This reminded me of a tablecloth Matt and I purchased last year when we were in Jamaica. We both loved it and bought it without the slightest clue of where we might use it. Since we don’t have the perfect sunny little dining nook to use this tablecloth for its intended purpose we needed another plan. Here’s what we came up with.
We hung the massive tablecloth in the stairwell leading to our second floor. I had a few places in mind where I thought we might hang it, but it turned out that this was the only wall in our entire house big enough to display it. Because I’m in no state to lift our heavy-duty ladder nor tall enough to have made this happen on my own, Matt hung the tablecloth on Saturday morning. He interrupted his viewing of the PGA Championship he’d DVR’ed to help me with this. He’s the best husband. Or he just fears my pregnancy hormone induced wrath. I think it’s a combination of the two.
The tablecloth hangs right next to our master bedroom so we can enjoy it from the second floor as well as the foyer. We didn’t want to damage the material so we hung it using Command Damage Free picture hanging strips. I wasn’t sure how well these little guys would stick to fabric, but they ended up serving us quite well. We started with just one hanging strip at the very top center of the tablecloth. Once the tablecloth was centered and secured, we placed more strips around the edges on either side of the tablecloth.
I hope that it comes down as easily as it went up! We’ll find out when we get around to painting this area of the house, which is still covered in a hideous flesh tone that was on the walls when we moved in last November. Painting this area of the house is an enormous commitment because it leads into both the upstairs and downstairs hallways, so I’ve been hesitant to jump into a particular color for these walls.
Here’s a before and after shot of the foyer. I love the idea of using textiles as art because you can get beautiful colors and graphic designs on a much larger scale than you would with artwork. I can’t even image what a traditional piece of artwork this large would cost! I think the tablecloth looks great with our turquoise bookcase. Since we have a lot of bold colors going on with our furniture and accessories, I’m leaning toward painting this area a nice soft white. Yes, I said it, white! It will make this space look so clean and enormous!
There you have it folks. My fifth and final project of the Inspired Design Challenge is complete! I’ll do a recap of the challenge later on this week to remind you all of what the five of us were able to accomplish with a little motivation and a lot of creativity! Take a second to stop by to see what the girls came up with this week.
Clockwise from the top left:
- Jennifer of Brave New Home
- Lindsay of Life of Splendor
- Kristin of Bliss at Home
- Angie of Angie’s Roost
I hope you enjoyed following along this five-week journey! I had a great time participating, but now I’m ready for a nap!