Category: Fabric

Simple DIY Pillow Project

April 21, 2018

As you know, a quick and easy update for your home to celebrate the warmer temperatures outside, is to add new, white and bright pillows to your living room and bedroom:

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I have so many pillows, but I need new ones! haha I found this fabric that I fell in love with right away at Greenhouse Fabrics:

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I have not sewn in over 15 years but felt I would remember how to sew a simple pillow! I ordered one yard to make 2 18” pillows. I made a 20”, ( 18” plus 1” seam allowance on each side) square pattern out of brown paper and cut out:

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Funny how I remembered exactly how to thread the sewing machine, fill a bobbin and figure out the seam allowance! (half inch):

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Be sure to leave opening 10-12” on one side to later insert pillow insert. After sewing right sides together, I trimmed the corners and turned inside out. I ironed out any wrinkles and pressed under 1/2” on open edge. After I inserted pillow insert, I sewed up the edge and that was it!:

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I forgot how much I enjoyed sewing. I LOVE fabric. I miss not being able to go into a fabric store and be able to touch and feel everything, although there are a lot of places to find beautiful fabrics at great prices, such as  Etsy and Online Fabrics.  I think they came out beautifully! I am happy I did not have to spend a fortune for unique, one of a kind, perfect pillows.  What can I make next? Have you sewed anything in awhile?

I also cleaned out this messy corner:

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after corner

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What projects have you been working on?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xo

Favorite Online Curtain Resources

August 19, 2017

When doing online room consultations, one of my most requested services is finding the perfect window treatments. I have found curtain panels are the best way to create dimension and add softness to any room at the best inexpensive cost.  From luxury to the budget friendly, here are my favorite online drapery sources in no particular order:

Joss & Main

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Wayfair

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Overstock

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I have highlighted  and linked the company names to bring you straight to the window curtains category in case you wanted to save  this page as a quick resource to use at a later date.

The criteria I look for when shopping online, not only for window treatments:  REVIEWS, free shipping, availability, company return policy and cost.Read More

How To Warm Up an All White Kitchen

August 12, 2017

A reader recently wrote and asked,  “I have always wanted an all white kitchen and now that I have my dream white kitchen, it seems boring and uninteresting. Do you have any suggestions on how I can warm up my cold, sterile looking kitchen? ”

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I have come across this dilemma with clients before. We see all of these beautiful photos of all white kitchens and want to duplicate the look so everything brought into the room is white. I too love the look of white kitchens, but sometimes they can feel too plain and lack personality.

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My first suggestion is to bring fabric into the room. Using fabric can soften a space as well as bringing in color with items such as window treatments:

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Selecting a Sofa For Beige Painted Walls

November 12, 2016

My sister-in-law recently asked if I could help her find a new sofa for her family room. It is a well used, busy room for an active family and is a really nice and bright sunny spot in their home.

Lynn’s existing family room wall color is Ben Moore Shaker Beige:

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Before she even went shopping, I gave her a few tips to remember:

*   Bring a painted sample  of your wall color to the store. The bigger the better I say.

*   FYI- When looking at various sofas, if you like the comfort and design of the piece, but not the fabric, there are other choices of fabric to choose from. There are usually around six to twelve other colors of fabric that you can choose from for the same cost. There are also other fabric options, but that is getting into custom and that means the price tag will go up. Just so you know that you have other choices besides the sample on the floor. The store never seems to mention that!Read More

What I Love About Pantone’s 2016 Color Choice

December 4, 2015

I’m sure you have seen the announcement of Pantone’s colors for 2016. What do you think of the color duo?

     Serenity                 rose quartz

            Pantone Serenity            Pantone Rose Quartz

I think we assume the color of the year will be a color picked exclusively for interior design and paint color. But how often have we used Pantone’s color choice of the year for our walls?

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Rarely ever. Pantone has a system that helps manufacturers define color precisely. Every year, the company polls décor and fashion designers, as well as manufacturers and retailers, on what colors they plan to use, led by Leatrice Eiseman, to pick the color of the coming year. Pantone tips off some marketing partners so that they can create products, such as Sephora cosmetics and Keurig coffee makers, that use the colors:

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KitchenAid’s iconic Stand Mixer in Guava Glaze, a warm pink tone informed by PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz.

What am I loving about the color combination? Because, have you seen the fabric using Pantone’s 2016 color choices together!?

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A Carolina Herrera design for spring. PHOTO: JP YIM/GETTY IMAGES

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From Thomas Pink, the Gibson classic fit shirt and Thomas Pink Warren Check Tie. PHOTO: THOMAS PINK

The colors are absolutely gorgeous together! And it is the fabric we will be bringing in to our interiors:

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And soon there will be a lot more selection in accessories and furnishings! I like the individual two colors but what I really love is the color combo together. I predict we will be using the colors together in fabric and other accessories more than just one of the colors alone.

What I took away the most from reading all about the new Pantone 2016 color:

“We wanted compassion, which today a lot of people are looking for,” Ms. Eiseman says. Pantone’s news release describes the colors as “inducing feelings of stability, constancy, comfort and relaxation,” and argues that they “create balance in a chaotic world.” source

I don’t know if I would paint my walls pink, but here is a couple of beautiful rooms that might make me change my mind!:

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ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY COLOR PAIRINGS

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.

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And it certainly is better than the nail polish color last year, Marsala. What do you think of the combo? Would love to hear.

Fabric Tip Worth Repeating

July 14, 2015

I probably sound like a broken record on the subject, but what happened today proves my point perfectly why you should be ordering fabric samples before purchasing.

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I have been looking quite a while for the perfect fabric for my kitchen windows and after looking at different colors and patterns, I decided a fabric with a white background with navy design would be perfect.

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The two fabric samples above are pictures of the same fabric. The background looks plainly white, don’t you agree? This is the sample I received today in mail:

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Even through the computer, you can see how OFF white it is. And the navy is plush and thick. Not what I was expecting. Here is another example:

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Notice the white background. And here is the actual sample of fabric:

lovely sample

Can you see how OFF white the actual fabric is?

Imagine if I did not worry about getting a sample and ordered 14 yards of it for window treatments? What if it were for a client? You can not return it!

One more example to drive this info into your brain:

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I love, love using fabric and do not want to discourage anyone from ordering fabric online. Just be sure to order that sample to save yourself from any headaches! Thanks everyone!

Kelly