Sunday, October 25, 2009

Upholstered Walls

This weekend I decided to finally work on a project that I have been putting off since January. When I redecorated my study I ordered extra drapery fabric to upholster the wood panels below the chair rail. I decided to use the back side of the fabric because it had more of the green color. My first idea was to cut and cover boards to attach to the wall. I think that is what was holding me up so I decided to do it this way instead...............

I cut pieces of batting and pieces of fabric the exact size of the opening and stapled it right to the wall with my staple gun. One day I'm sure I'll regret that but I'll deal with that when the time comes ! I had to cut out holes for the outlets and phone jacks.

Then I glued a decorative cording along the edges to cover the staples and finish it off.
Here are more photos of the room........

I'm not completely finished with the cording but I wanted to post this at BNOP for Metamorphosis Monday. You can get an idea of what it will look like.


Here are the finished knife edged pillows. Knife edge pillows have two sides that are the same size and usually have a corded edge. I made a self covered welt for these pillows to give a clean look. Other options to finish a pillow are braid, tassel fringe, brush fringe or a flange. When you are making pillows with a print or pattern always pay attention to center the design on the pillow. Also consider what will fall on the edges when using stripes and plaid fabrics.

Now, if I were only hand delivering these to Palm Beach.........

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fabric I'm Loving

These gorgeous velvets are just waiting to be turned into fun pillows for my awesome client in West Palm Beach. The top fabric is a linen with the design in black velvet.....and the bottom one is a hot pink velvet, gorgeous !
Stay tuned Friday for the finished pillows........

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thrift to Treasure

My crafty project this week is two wood plaques that I covered with scrapbook paper. I found two decorative wood pieces at Goodwill and I thought about turning them into sconces.

My first step was to paint the edges a dark brown then I applied Mod Podge to the wood and to the back of the scrapbook paper. Then I put the paper on top and smoothed it out really well. I did have to use 2 pieces each because one wasn't wide enough so I just butted them together in the center. After it dried, I took a razor knife and cut out the design. That was pretty tedious and took a little while.

Once it was all cut out then I applied 3 coats of Mod Podge to the top, letting each coat dry. Then I attached sawtooth hangers to the back and hung them on the wall. Each plaque cost $ 2.99 and used $ 1.20 of scrap paper.

I still think I want to turn them into sconces by attaching a candle to each one. I just need to find what I'm picturing in my mind.

I will be posting this at Between Naps On the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday with a lot of other great projects.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tips and Tricks For Window Coverings

Karen Evans from Strictly Simple Style
and I teamed up to write an article about window treatments. There are lots of tips and tricks to create a designer look on a budget. There are things to avoid and ideas to embellish. Go HERE and see her wonderful and very informative post........
Thank you Karen.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

This will be my 2nd time posting at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. I had so much fun the first time that I decided to do it again. Do you see where my cherub tassel lives ?
The plates came from Pier One and the bamboo place mats were a gift from a designer friend. I ordered the table cloth online for Christmas dinner last year and I had to think really hard where I put it away !

You may recognize my bunny pitcher from my last tablescape, he matches too well to not have him out again. The wine glasses were a Christmas present and now that I look at this picture, the only thing that wasn't a gift was the tablecloth. I am blessed with great friends and family !
Thanks for coming by........

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Roman Shades

These are before and after photos of a master bedroom suite that we installed yesterday.
We put draperies that traverse on the triple window and roman shades on the single windows. They are lined with a napped lining. A napped lining is a lining that has an interlining on one side and lining on the other. It gives the face fabric a nice soft look and feel.

You can see how a striped fabric shows the clean lines of the roman shade.
Roman shades are an affordable option for your windows because they use very little fabric. There are many styles to choose from. These are straight across the bottom and give a more tailored look.

These are before and after photos of the dressing room. The roman shades are functional to go up and down. But, she has the option of leaving them up to let light in and still has privacy with the sheer cafe curtain.

They are one of my favorite styles, I have seven of them in my home.
Do you like roman shades ?

Tabletop Graveyard

I've never decorated much for Halloween but when I saw this tabletop graveyard at Room To Inspire , it really did inspire me to make one. She has wonderful instructions posted if you want to make one too. The skulls and the skeleton hands came from the dollar store and the rest came from my workroom. I was out of floral foam so I just used regular foam and instead of moss I used batting to look like fog.
I knew my son would have fun making this !

I'm adding this to A Soft Place to Land's DIY Day. I was so happy to see Room to Inspire's there so I could give her credit.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Details Pattern Company Giveaway

Kathy at Creative Home Expressions is doing a pattern giveaway on her blog. The patterns are by Details Pattern Company and they are really unique and beautiful.

If you sew you will definitely want to go over to Kathy's and register for this giveaway. I know I already have. Thanks Liz and Kathy !

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Cottagey Home Tour

Thanks Cheri at Its So Very Cheri for having me participate in her Cottagey Home Tour !

Welcome to my home, come on in and have a look around. As of yesterday it officially feels like fall in NC.

I replaced a tiny patio in the back with a large stamped concrete one. I picked out the shape of the patio, the pattern and the colors. You can see a few more pictures HERE.

This my foyer........ The bench has moved around with me and been covered in many fabrics over the years. Every foyer needs a happy doggie to greet you at the end of the day, her name is Zoe. The picture hanging above the bench has a stone statue of a lion inside of it.
(Yes, Leos live here !)

This room I call the study because that's where the computer is located. I just recently painted it BM Beacon Hill, ordered plantation shutters and made Drapery panels with grommets at the top. I hung them on a 1" wrought iron pole. The sofa table was pewter, I painted it to match the rod. You can read about my mirrored armoire project HERE.

The powder room is split pea green and it is too hard to photograph because it's so tiny. Mr. Stitches gave me this decorative vanity for my birthday one year and my Dad installed it for me ! It's so much better than the white pedestal that was there.

The family room is painted BM Dark Mustard. I made the draperies out of a fabric that I found on sale in a local store, I liked the back side better so I used it instead ! There is a large archway into the kitchen and breakfast nook. There is a close up of the table HERE for Tablescape Thursday.

Come on upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms up here................. This is the second floor landing, we painted the railings black (they were oak).

This is my son's room, we did so many fun projects in here. We painted the furniture, made skateboard valances and bookshelves and made the headboard. You can see more pics HERE .

Here we are at the master suite, there is a slight Asian feel to the room. I taped off the horizontal lines and painted the two darker stripes. You can see step by step how we applied the cherry blossom tree wall decal HERE .

The spaaaaah bathroom ! I purchased these sinks and vanities from Home Decorators Collection and my Dad helped me take out the stock cabinet, mirror and landing strip light and replace them with these. The chandelier over the tub was a birthday present from my Mom.

And finally we're on the 3rd floor........... my workroom. I have a 12' long table and 4 commercial sewing machines to make custom draperies. One day I'll do a whole post on my workroom ( meaning when it's clean!)

Thanks so much for looking around, ya'll come back !

Kathy suggested I link this to the last Hooked on Houses tour too !

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