Tag: pillows

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:

new pillow

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:

new fabric

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:

new pattern

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


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!:


sewing side

new pill

new pillowb

pillow and fire

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:

before corner

after corner


What projects have you been working on?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xo

The Hunt For The Perfect Pillow

April 27, 2013



I am on a mission assigned to find the picture perfect pillow to finish up a bedroom ensemble:



As you know, it is hard work finding the just- right style, color and pattern to work with the rest of your room design:



The pillows are like the jewelry of the room, don’t you think? It is a great way to show off your personality:



I am looking for a pillow, must be striped with blues and whites that will finish up a new redesigned bedroom here. She ordered the wave pillow of the three I suggested, but the background ended up being more of a tan color than the white that was shown online:



She suggested stripes so the bedroom will be a little more masculine for her husband. So I am now hunting for a multi-striped blue pillow.

My go-to pillow shopping usually starts with these sites:

Pottery Barn






Zinc Door

Joss and Main



But my best finds seem to be at Etsy:



Now I am starting to have more luck looking. She will love this one I bet:







I now have an assortment to show her that will all work in her room beautifully. Which blue striped do you like best? I will let you know which pillow wins. Do you have any othergo to sources to find unique pillows? We would love to hear them.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Online Living Room Design Plan

April 21, 2012

Jonathan Adler

Recently an online client wrote and asked if I could help her with a design plan for her living room working with a color palette she fell in love with. She found this combination at designseeds.com :

Italian Colors

I also love these colors! So pretty. I found a couple pillows at crateandbarrel.com and here and there online that I sent her. I wanted to see which see loved best to get a better sense of her style:





And the winner for favorite pillow:

She had a white sofa (easy to work with!) and this is the design plan I presented her:

blue lr

She was very happy with everything and is going to purchase the items over time.  I just wanted to share with you!

Have a great weekend my friends!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

Great Accessory Finds

September 22, 2011


Aren’t the colors in this Crate&Barrel striped throw gorgeous? I found it shopping online and I bought it for myself because I liked it so much! Look how pretty this pillow is that I can use to go with it:


I really love this wall art below. It is a 20×200 print, sold through West Elm:

20x200 Wall Art, Typograph 5

I think it can be used to either dress up or downa room. It creates a look that is very fresh and clean. It is a good size too. 30” x 40”.

20x200 Wall Art, Typograph 5

I love, love this vase:


Vases are so easy and versatile to decorate with. One of the best features of a vase is that it looks great alone or with flowers.


Another great accessory I love that can be used in so many different decorating scenes:

Pocketwatch Clock, Small, Bronze finishpotterybarn

I love the 10” depth of these Pottery Barn shelves:

Rustic Wood Shelf

Try using three of the same length (2’, 3’ or 4 foot) spaced evenly together or three different shelf lengths together to decorate a entire wall:

Rustic Wood Shelf


                  Which are your favorites? Have you been shopping for any particular accessories lately?

If you need help choosing the perfect accessories for your home, contact me today!

Color Extraordinaire Eileen Kathryn Boyd

August 24, 2011

Have you noticed the bold and beautiful design work of interior designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd is everywhere lately? Her rooms are so full of life, so well designed, all in such great color proportions.

Isn’t the room above gorgeous!! OMG. Love, love, love.


She blends traditional with modern, throws in some bold color and magic is made! Eileen is known for drawing her inspirations from the fashion runways and bringing them to life on her showroom floor as well as inspiring bold works of art.

Wow! Love it!

I bet you have noticed her fabrics in the Duralee ads:

Her work reminds me of Susan Sargent whose bold, bright use of color and fabric I have always loved:


Her home, that was featured in Lonnie Magazine in December 2010 is just beautiful:

living rooms - turquoise blue silk ribbons holiday decor wreaths chippendale secretary desk turquoise blue chiars pink pillows  Eileen Kathryn

Pretty amazing isn’t she??  Just gorgeous.

So fresh and exciting don’t you agree?

To see more of Eileen’s design work, visit Eileen’s website- ekbinteriors.com

Eileen’s blog- eileenkathrynboydblogspot.com

Comments? Do you like her designs and boldness with color?

If you need help making your space come alive with color, contact me today!

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How to Make Your Porch House Beautiful Worthy

June 28, 2011

decks/patios - white cane chairs outdoor dining set orange cushions white chandelier pink green tufted cushions deck patio  Suzanne Dima via

House & Home

Sometimes decorating can be so simple. The decorating principles are the same outside as they are inside the home.

decks/patios - pink gray deck sofas chairs table pink gray deck  Thanks to HB!   Another great outdoor space!  Gray and pink is so pretty! GrayHouse Beautiful

These patios above are very pretty and they all have a little something “extra” that is making them look so special. Do you know what that is?

It is the pops of color!  The bright and clean pinks, oranges, yellows, greens and blues are what makes the space come alive!

This setting below would be pretty boring without the pops of pink:

decks/patios - outdoor sectional exterior curtains  Outdoor living space  white and pink striped pillows and outdoor furniture.decorpad

Love this porch below!:

decks/patios - blue faux bamboo chair white glossy lacquer block table pillows ivory settee blue white outdoor pillows white West Elm Moroccan accent table basket lanterns deck patioHouse Beautiful

Just a couple pretty pillows and a set of old painted chairs can instantly add beauty and character.  So simple and so pretty!!

decks/patios - black wicker outdoor sofa orange cushions black wicker chair green cushion black wicker octagon table black lantern  Jean Randazzo

Sometimes you can just add bunches of flowers to make a space look ‘wow’:

decks/patios - hydrangeas outdoor furniture  Thanks to Kelly Hoppen.  Bountiful hydrangeas! Modern outdoor furniture!Kelly Hoppen

decks/patios - lounge outdoor deck  Outdoor lounge  outdoor furniture, red home exterior and trees.decorpad

Do you see the cute little dog peaking out?  In the Fall they probably switch out their pillows to more muted shades of sage greens, autumn golds and browns.

Now look how easy it would be to copy this look below:

decks/patios - deck sofa table lantern blue white  Thanks to HB!  Great outdoor Mediterranean space!  Love the pops of blue! Blue white outdoorHouse Beautiful

We can do this!  Buy a few bright, bold colored pillows and lay them out on our chairs.  Maybe hang a coordinating towel nearby on the railing.  When I have outdoor parties, I like to hang out a Mexican blanket or two for color.  Bring in a couple pretty pots of flowers and  ta-da!  You too will have a beautiful put together outdoor space! Calling House Beautiful!Comments?  Would love you to share a picture of where you relax outdoors.

If you need help making your space fabulous, contact me today!