Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Green With Envy

No 1. Pillow By etsy seller WillaSkyeHome
No 2. Bag Bottega Veneta
No 3. Necklace By Ruche
No 4. Serena and Lily Chair
No 5. Dress by Shabby Apple
No 6. Green Fabric by Madeline Weinrib

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Herringbone is always a classic. You can add it to just about any room modern or traditional and it will work. Here are some of my favorite ways to use herringbone.

How about a more modern twist on an old favorite, spice it up with a bright colored herringbone fabric.


Source: via Laura on Pinterest

This rug from West Elm is neutral enough to go in most any space. The herringbone texture adds interest.

Or how about and incredibly awesome painted ceiling in a herringbone pattern. Done by the fabulous Mandi at Vintage Revivals. I die.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Printables

I whipped up some St. Patrick's Day printables for all of you, since the valentines ones were so popular. I hope you enjoy them. Please don't post them on your blog without a link back to mine. Hope you love them. There 8.5" x 11" so just print them out after you download them!
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Friday, February 24, 2012

White Kitchens

I've been working on a kitchen design for a client, were thinking all white cabinets with a touch of glass, open shelving, and grey cabinets for the island.  I love all white kitchen cabinets they always feel classic and fresh. Here's some of the inspiration pics.



My client is unsure about  the idea of open shelving in the kitchen, I just love the look of it. It would make such a great focal point in the room. Not to mention the pretty storage it offers. But, you would have to keep it well organized. So I thought I would ask you guys, do you have open shelving and do you love it or hate it?

P.S. I started a pinterest board for this project you can follow here. Hope you have a fabolous weekend!
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Old Bedroom

I'm in the process of sprucing up my bedroom. I'm putting in gray, navy, coral, and aqua. Changing the headboard shape. That's why I love an upholstered headboard, it's fairly easy to switch out for something new. The wall colors going to a greige.
Here's some pics of my old bedroom.
I originally stenciled this wall then glazed it with a stain.

The nightstand is getting a fresh coat of paint!

 I'm excited for a fresh new look.
Oh and I forgot to mention, I'm going to try to re-use everything I already have.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Brass is Back

How do you feel about brass. I used to hate it, but now I LOVE it! (insert squealing with delight and doing a little happy dance)Yes I do get this excited about home decor! Okay I'm a nerd what can I say? Love it or hate it, it's back in a big way. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

You can get this beauty for $49.99! What?!?


What's your take on brass? Please discuss, would you do it in your home?
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Monday, February 20, 2012

How To Add Grosgrain Ribbon To A Pillow

I've been wanting to make a pillow like this for awhile, I just didn't know exactly how to tackle it. One day I just decided to go for it and to make it up as I went along. It worked out perfect and was quite easy to do. Have you seen some of these amazing pillows with grosigrain trim on them?





I just used the same instructions as my monogrammed pillow for the base and just added grosgrain ribbon instead of the monogram. It's an envelope pillow cover, so you can sew it in around 15 min!
You could use an old pillow, or just a plain one you want to spice up. Just make sure you can take the pillow cover off the pillow. I added the trim before I sewed the front and back together.

This is what I did. I used 5/8" white grosgrain ribbon and 5/8" heat and bond. First Iron your heat & bond onto your ribbon.

 Now cut out a 8.5" x 8.5" square and a 2.5"x 2.5" square out of paper. ( This is for a 18" x 18" Pillow) This is going to be your template for the ribbon. I then grabbed a piece of chalk, yes you heard me right kinda of weird but I promise it works wonders. It's white and you can see it easily on the dark fabric, it also blends in with the white ribbon.  I measured on all sides of the square to make sure it was perfectly even, then trace around your template.

Grab your small square and line it up with the corner of your big square. Measure on all sides to make sure it's even, then outline it with chalk.

Now you have your template ready to go. Grab your ribbon that already has the heat & bond attached and start placing it on. I placed the ribbon down the middle of the line, but i'm not a perfectionist. You could place it on the outer edge to get a more acurate placement. Then start ironing as you go.

When you come to a corner, this is what you do. Go forward just a little bit then pull it back towards you.

 Then fold it down at a 45 degree angle, until it looks like this.  It looks more complicated then it really is and once you get the hang of it it's really easy.

Now when you come to the end just tuck it in at a 45 degree angle and iron down. Now just sew on the back of the pillow cover and your done. Yeah!!! give yourself a pat on the back!!!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Color Of The Week: Pink and Red

In honor of Valentines day, here some lovely pink things to delight your senses.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Pics

Here's a few pics I took of brynlee over the weekend. I just made the kissing booth with a cardboard box and then wrapped it in wrapping paper. I used me silhouette machine to cut out the letters and designs. I was hoping for some better pics but man it's so hard to get a toddler to sit still! Plus the poor girl had a cold, =(  she was a still a pretty good sport though.
I hope you all have a wonderful valentine's day and your loved ones spoil you rotten!

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Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Love day, now grab your loved ones and have some fun. Also make sure to treat yourself with some chocolate! =) Oh, and I'm ecstatic! My love printables were featured on Studio 5 yesterday. Check it out.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

DIY Monogrammed Pillow

As you can see I revamped my blog over the weekend, I'm still in the process of some more updates.

Now onto this yummy pillow! This is my first time sewing a pillow. It was super easy to do. There are no zippers involved it's just a simple envelope pillow cover. That way you can take it off for easy cleaning. Think of all the possibilities you could do any color or shape. I made this for around $5, I used an old pillow insert I already had on hand. All the fabric is broadcloth which I found it on sale at Hobby Lobby and I was able to use a 40% off coupon.
I was inspired by this pillow from Etsy.
I was also helped by this tutorial by the Crafty Gemini. I found though the measurements worked better if I made them a little bit bigger in the back.

Supplies needed for an 18" x 18" pillow:
1/2 yard of main fabric
1/2 yard of white fabric
1/3-1/2 yard of orange fabric depending on the size of your letter
If your doing a different size pillow you'll need to adjust your fabric size
Rotary cutter or scissors
Cutting matte
Coordinating thread
Pillow Form

First off, my pillow form was 18" x 18". If you're doing a different size pillow, you can still do this. Just cut the front piece 1 inch bigger then your pillow form. So if you have a 12" x 12" cut the fabric to 13" x 13". On the back piece cut an extra inch on one side and 6" bigger on the other. So the back piece would be 13" x 19".

Cut the front piece one inch bigger then your pillow form. I did 19"x 19". Next cut the back piece 19"x 25". Then cut the back piece in half. The halfway measurement of mine was 12.5". Now, cut it straight down the middle. Do I still have you? I know it get's a little tricky here, but let me know if you have questions! mm k? I know it's a lot of measuring and cutting stay with me.

This is the 19" x 19" piece.

Cut the back piece 19"x 25". Then cut the back piece in half. So measure 12.5" on each side and cut straight down the middle.

So you'll have 1, 19 x19 piece and 2 12.5" pieces.

Next, hem a 1/4'' seam down one side of each piece of fabric of the 12.5" back pieces. Fold 1/4" in then fold again. Iron and pin. Then start sewing. Make sure your hem is folded over on the wrong side of the fabric.

Now get 4 pieces of regular size paper and tape them together. Were going to make a template for the white shape. Make it a 16"x16" size square. Fold into fourths grab something circular I used a bowl and cut out a semi circle in the corner that goes through all four pieces of paper.

Now you have your shape. Double up your white fabric and lay the template on it. Pin it onto the white fabric and cut out.

Your wanting 2 pieces of the white fabric  sewn together like this. Now face the right sides together pin and sew around the edges. Leave a small corner open so you can turn it right side out.

Tuck in the opening and iron. 

 Iron it flat and pin onto the blue front piece fabric. Begin sewing the entire white shape onto the blue.

Next,  print out a G and pin it onto the orange fabric then cut it all out. You could do any font you would like, but the simpler the better. Remember you have to sew around all those curves. Again, you want the orange fabric double sided so cut two pieces just like the white.

Place the right sides of the G together and sew all around again leaving enough space to turn inside out. Iron it flat, then turn right sides out and sew all around once again.
Next pin the G onto the pillow.

Sew the G onto the white.

Now put the right sides together of the front and back piece of the pillow. and pin all around the edge. (sorry my iron was leaving water on everything) 

Now pin all the way around and sew.

Turn inside out and put in your pillow form. And just like that your done! Let me know if you have any questions.

Not bad for $5 bucks huh?
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