This is my first ever blog, so I will introduce myself. Hi, I’m Fiona of Flow Colour and Design. I love colour, fabric and texture, and I am also keen on upcycling, restoring old furniture, or thinking of new uses for things. My design business is based in Sydney, which started with colour consulting a few years ago.
I have both Colour Design and Interior Decorating Diplomas from the International School of Colour and Design here in Sydney, and while doing Decorating I rediscovered my love of fabrics and all things upholstery. So I have expanded my design services to include advice and sourcing of furniture and soft furnishings.
The first one will be simple – I recently remade two old decorative bags (I bought them in Little India in Singapore) into two cushion covers. I love the colour and decorative style of them, but in all honesty never used them. I had a massive cull after Christmas (blame the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up!) but could not bear to part with them. So I decided to turn them into cushion covers! It was way easier than I thought it would be too. I simply had to remove the handles by unstitching a bit each side and they easily came out. Then I re-stitched the openings by hand (learning invisible stitching in my younger sewing days paid off). And voilà! Two stunning cushion covers! I didn’t even bother removing the interior pocket, so they are still bags on the inside.
I went to a favourite factory outlet for cushion covers and bought some toning ones to make some more displays (not that I need more cushion covers, but I can always use them for styling jobs) for my bed or lounge room. I could in fact have a different display on the bed each week for at least 6 months, and not use the same combination twice! A great combination of pinks and purples.
And muted red with bronze. All for about half an hour’s work. Now that is efficient upcycling!
All photographs © Fiona Saville for Flow Colour and Design – please credit if you re-post.