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Splatter Pattern + Zippered iPad Cover

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A week off is so very nice, it makes me feel normal again to not spend my hours sitting behind a computer all day and instead soaking up the sunshine. I enjoyed a very relaxing spring break, thanks for indulging me in that time off, but that said it’s good to be back!

This week I’m so very excited to be sharing my newest fabric patterns with you! Whenever I pull together a new collection it’s always a labor of love from the start of the digital design process to the finished result which includes the styling and photography. Fabric design is the most fun thing ever for me because I get to conceptualize the print, design it, colorize it, then play with it!

I’ll be revealing the new prints throughout the week with DIY projects to go along with several of the designs and I’ll share the full Lookbook with all ten patterns on Thursday. The Spring Collection was inspired by painterly patterns and brushstrokes, you’ll see a lot of those elements in the newest designs.

I’m kicking off the reveal of the Spring Collection with a classic splatter pattern which I love so much because it’s random in its painterly repeat but also reminds me a bit of dalmatian spots from afar and you know I love me some spots! The pattern makes the best backdrop for bookcases and the most fun accent pillows too.

splatter bookcases kate riley designs

 

I lined the above Billy bookcases with 2 ½ rolls of two tone indigo splatter wrapping paper to achieve that statement backdrop. My Splatter Print is available as fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap in four colors: ebony, sunshine, aqua, and indigo.

splatter pattern fabric kate riley

 

I love that you can order only a fat quarter instead of a full yard, I used one fat quarter of the ebony version in the linen/cotton canvas blend to sew this zippered padded iPad cover, follow the step by step below!

sew ipad cover splatter pattern

 

Supplies you’ll need: 1 fat quarter of fabric (this splatter pattern is available in the linen/cotton blend in the 27 x 18” size), cotton quilt batting, fat quarter of plain white fabric for inside liner, one 18” zipper, scissors, thread, and sewing machine.

 

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Girl’s Room Changes

Monday, July 21st, 2014

We decided two months ago to take the set of bunk beds from my daughter’s room to the Nevada house since I’m doing a combined kid room there that will sleep two and both my daughter and son will share when we’re living there. That left me with a decision about what to do to replace the bed in her room. She loved her bunk beds but we decided to substitute with a daybed this time, one with a trundle underneath for a second mattress or for storage. 

Birch Lane contacted me several months ago and asked if I’d like to feature any of their products in our home. Great timing since they happened to carry the perfect solution for our ten year old daughter in the form of the white Hampton Daybed.

lavender and white girls room

So many of the same decorative accents from when I featured the room last year are still present: the dresser, the bedding, etc. We did swap out some of the pillows and the artwork to arrange a new gallery above her bed, and also brought in a few touches of cheerful yellow. 

I think it’s important to let a child personalize their own space so we arranged a collection of artwork that she loves in a colorful gallery for her to admire. Kittens, puppies, horses, butterflies … oh to be 10 again.

wall gallery girls room

Little Miss Coco our kitty cat took an interest in the watercolor painting I found on Etsy, perhaps she sees herself? Which is why we bought it, it reminded us of when she was little!

coco and painting

 

girls room wall gallery

The remaining artwork is from a combination of sources, two prints from Minted (animal map / wreath print),  the butterflies are from IKEA bought years ago, the horse is my daughter’s own painting, and we framed the puppy and kitten prints from her old calendar.   

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