150 year old sofa redo – inspiration

Source: lumi.co via Kat on Pinterest


Sooooooooooooooooooo, pretty. Here is the inspiration for my sofa. I’m going to include a photo of my sofa for a comparison so you can see that they are similar in size and slightly in style. So, I think it is a good goal to work towards. I love simple neutral sofas, so you can change your mind throughout the years as much as you want with pillows. My original idea was just a basic light mushroom-colored linen, since this will be my first upholstery job. I just wanted to add a little something to it, and when I saw this Cisco Brother’s + Lumi collaboration … I fell in love.

My plan is to photograph the graphite writing and signature on the wooden frame and blow it up and either option 1) print it by spoonflower or option 2) use inkodye from lumi, just like this inspiration sofa was created. Read up on the Inkodye process here.

Neutrals Retro chairs

Neutrals Retro chairs, a photo by Ninaribena1 on Flickr.

I was so excited to see that Lisa Barrett (fellow Spoonflower designer & artist) posted project photos on my Spoonflower page of her completed chair cushions recovered in one of my fabric designs (see chair on right). One of her many home-decor projects completed to sell at a local handmade market in her city of residence, Canberra, Australia, featuring some “re-loved” furniture pieces. She selected my Medallions in Mushroom fabric printed on upholstery weight cotton canvas (available here). Thanks for sharing this project post with me, Lisa.

Lisa runs several online shops (here & here), and home decor & fashion blogs (here, here).

Thank you for supporting my work!

I just wanted to write a quick thank you to all of the people out there who have purchased my fabric designs on Spoonflower.com. One of the first designs, Tribal Peacock in Sunny Yellow, that I posted for sale in the Spoonflower has been so well received and it is humbling and thrilling each time I get an email from Spoonflower saying that an order has come in.

I make things look pretty

Why I do what I do—I love taking people’s favorite things and creating an entire design around them … childhood toys, favorite trips, memories, family heirlooms, or funky traditions.

My style—Clean, modern, elegant, playful, whimsical—and yes, I believe that all of those things can mingle in the same place. My big dream is to have my designs lovingly squeezed through a letterpress, but until that day, I’ll just design like they are just that “impressive.”

The Gray Attic on Etsy

The Gray Attic is the name of my Etsy shop, where I made my first sale in August of 2011.  Since then, I have mused over and designed all sorts of lovelies in my head, and then scratched them onto pieces of paper. Some of those ideas have come to life and now reside in my shop where they await a new home.

So, why the blog? (You might ask) …

I wanted to log my creative process and collect all of my inspirations and musings in one place. Here, on thegrayattic. I’ll try to be interesting, but I can’t promise anything ground-breaking, but I do commit to making it a true and real record of MY process.