Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Mantel and a New Chalkboard

Oh, Fall, how I love you!

 I love acorns, pumpkins, Thanksgiving...

and making new chalkboards!


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Backyard Storage Shed

Last year, we built this little shed in the backyard
and I finally got around to painting it!

Even though we are just storing odds and ends in it,
I can see the shed from the kitchen window and
the rest of the yard, so I wanted it to be cute.

I wanted to use up old paint I already had,
so I mixed some outdoor green and blue and 
came up with this.

We used a door we already had 
and cut it in two to make a Dutch door.
(I have always wanted one of these!)

The window we also had on hand,
it just needed a coat of paint to match everything.

Since it's at the end of our half acre yard,
and near the "orchard" (okay, a few fruit trees),
I added a couple of chairs for a spot to rest!

This was only 1 of many outdoor projects I have
been tackling this summer, and I'm
so happy with the results!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Super Easy No Sew Dropcloth Curtains

These are the easiest curtains you will ever "make"!

I just used two clean, new dropcloths,

turned down the top about 2 feet,

 and clipped them on to the rings already on the rod,
making sure the "ruffle" was in the front and looked even.

 No sewing or even ironing needed.

They fall beautifully and look great with my
dropcloth-slipcovered chairs!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Details From the New Family Room Reveal: Color and Fabric Choices

When I decided to go for it and change the look of my family room,
I made some color choices in order to minimize some of the changes
and keep some of the things I loved about the old room.

The first decision I made was to keep the yellow wall color.
I love yellow and grey together, so I knew it would be a
good background color and work with the new style as well.
(Plus, I didn't have to repaint an entire room!)

The second choice I made was to have pops of red as an accent color.

There were two reasons for this:
First of all, I wanted to keep that little red cupboard in the corner.

For some reason, I love this little yard sale cupboard!

The second reason was to keep the room from being too bland.
I have other rooms that have very little color and I love them,
but I also need color in my house!

Pillows are the best way to get those pops of color.
This fabric mimicked the curtain fabric, so using them on the couch,
right next to the curtains, didn't work at all. They just worked against each other.
Putting them on the ticking stripe chairs was perfect!

The pillows I finally came up with for the couch/curtains dilemma 
are simple yet give interest to the grey couch.

I used some of the red checked fabric from the old curtains 
to add the pop of red!

They all work together!

The third decision I made was to add navy as an accent.
Navy blue actually works as a neutral, so it doesn't compete with
the other colors of the room.
The ticking stripes of the chair slipcovers and navy and white
table between them add just another layer to the room!
I continued the navy in a couple of pillows
on the couch and chair in the corner.

In the end, it still has a cottage-y feel, but a little more modern,
thanks to the fabric and rug choices, as well as the colors.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Yellow and Grey Ottoman

I showed you my finished family room makeover a couple
weeks ago, but I still had one thing to add:

I needed to cover the little ottoman in the room, 
but I hadn't found the right fabric yet.

One more trip to the fabric store produced this
pretty yellow and grey fabric that mimicked
 the curtain fabric without clashing.
(not an easy thing!)

 I think it fits in perfectly!

 It is a practically "no-sew" project, just staples and glue!
Check out this tutorial I did a few years ago
if you want to see how to do it!

 The two things I did differently on this ottoman,
was to add a grey band around the bottom
( glued on after it was already attached to the ottoman)

 and yellow piping around the top piece
(this was the only thing I sewed).

Monday, June 15, 2015

Family Room Reveal: Before and After

I was perfectly happy with my family room.

I loved the red check curtains,
the cottag-y slipcovers, and my dad's pine trunk.

I loved it even more when I got a new grey couch!
And it looked great with everything that was already in the room.
No need to change anything!

But one day, just for fun, I hung up some grey fabric
to see what it would look like instead of the red checks.

Then I just happened to find this great rug when
I was shopping on vacation.
I wasn't looking for it, it was just there!

Well, one thing always leads to something else,
so I made new slipcovers in a navy ticking
and new pillows to keep a pop of red.
(Plus, I wanted to keep the little red dresser in the corner)

I also brought in an old over-stuffed chair and painted it grey,

traded the heavy, dark trunk for an airy, white table,

and made new pillows for the couch,
including some red-checked ones!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ticking-Stripe Slip Covers

I love new slipcovers!
And these were long overdue.
The old slipcovers on these chairs were getting a bit ratty,
but I just couldn't find any fabric I wanted to replace them.

Until I decided to change the color scheme of the room.
Then everything fell into place and I suddenly knew
 what fabric these chairs needed to be.
 I have done several tutorials on how to make slipcovers, so I won't do that now.
If you are interested, you can check out this sofa slipcover, or either wing back chair
slipcover, here or here.
I will just add a few details and tips relevant to these chairs.

 I wanted pleats (which are very easy and not too time consuming),
so I used wide navy seam binding as a detail to cover the seam.

 I used the same binding to make matching piping.

I used fabric that I bought a few years ago, and as I was cutting out the pieces,
I realized I was going to be short a couple of yards. I looked everywhere, but
nothing matched the coloring of this particular ticking fabric. So I used
some linen I already had for the backing.

I brought the ticking over the back and added a strip down the middle
to add detail to the plain linen fabric.

I also used muslin for the underside of the cushion
and part of the cushion band that wouldn't show.
This stretched my ticking fabric so that it was just enough!

 New pillows complete the look!

No Minimalist Here