I need to purge some rando files from my desktop — and step away. Starting with these self portraits. I was vogueing in the den all by myself. I wanted a clean and crisp portrait for my social profiles and I’m learning my new camera. The dude walked in at one point and I tried to pretend that I wasn’t indulging in my own image. Does anyone else have a complicated relationship with the selfie?
This popped up for FREE on Craigslist. My friend Patrick hit me up to ask me about my experience with re-upholstery. I got so excited for him to own this piece of furniture. He said he’d found it within one hour of it’s post time stamp, but someone else got it. Dang. I was hoping it’d be the before shot for a really fun project!
I grabbed some coordinating blue and white fabric to match my existing pillow efforts. This could be our future. I forgot to add the vintage indigo batik hmong pillow that I recently sewed up, but it fits nicely.
This coordinating pillow effort was also a result of the fact that Sarah wants me to chill out with all the color I have going on and establish some order. She’s not wrong, but you know it’s hard for me as a color lover… I’ve always loved a haphazard mess of happy jewel tones. I don’t hear anyone calling me the master of the mix though — so I’m hanging it up and seeking professional help.
It’s for realdo. I sought the sage advice of a professional that gets PAID for interior design. More to come, once I can catch my breath and really think about how my in home consultation went! I definitely LOVED my designer dude Matt Merrell, and I’m afraid I didn’t let him talk enough, so now I need to bone up some mo’ cash for more of his time.
Additionally, I’ve mentioned that I’ve been doing some work with Jaxon Home, and it’s been realllly fun. Some days it looks something like this… That is Patterson literally combing the fabric for it’s pristine product shot. Intrigued!? I’m slinging sofas now. GO SHOP!
My husband and I agreed that we would focus on one room and work there until we felt like itÂ was as complete as possible. The living room won the prize.
So a couple of weeks ago, Dan was sitting on the couch and he said “you realize that everything in this room is some shade of brown or white” The answer was yes, I was well aware of that and I had yet to really begin the decorating process in there.
Because I’m sort of overstimulated everydayÂ on the internetÂ when it comes to pattern and fabric I find it hard to settle onÂ throw pillows for my own space. I decided to buckle down and start searching and considering what I reallyÂ loved in what I saw each day around the web and tucked awayÂ in my inspiration file.
I had been admiring vintage embroidered suzanis on Etsy and Ebay for a while and finally decided that I wanted to incorporate one of those on the sofa. Something like these,
I always feel like I’m attracted to a simple stripe, soÂ I’d probably put twoÂ striped pillowsÂ on the sofa along with the vintage suzani pillow,
Lewis & Sheron
and then I’d like to put these pillows already whipped up in a Robert Kime suzani fabric in each of the linen club chairs,
I plan to acquire some vintage (rattan) arm chairs to sit at the pedestal table which kind of serves as a game/conversation table. Â I envision these chairs to have upholstered seat cushions. Like this,
I would most likely use a fabric with a small scale pattern like,
Sister Parish via The Designer’s AtticÂ
Peter Dunham, Cruz
It has been over a year now since I took a sewing class. I made three throw pillows and hemmed a pair of pants. The last thing I did before the class ended was cut a piece of Schumacher’s Chenonceau (Fawn) in preparation to make a long rectangular pillow. I successfully cut it but thats where that project ended and the fabric has been stowed in my closet since then.
As I was cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago I came across the fabric and decided that it was time to do something. So I took it to Renee’s Fabrics. They have tons of suzani and ikat prints coming in soon and they have the linen bird fabric that keeps popping everywhere like on Jamie’s ottoman.
Surprisingly Renee’s whipped up my pillow in one day. I think it looks great on the sofa!
Oh and excuse the Petrie my dog ruined the upholstery, so much for that noise Crate & Barrel is making about stain resistance. I plan to have it covered in dark brown velvet one of these days.
This task was No. 32 on the Punch List.
A few weeks ago I went to a local furniture store called Plan B. Â I spotted some pillows in the window and made a point to return the following day to purchase them.
The person watching the shop for the owner told me that the pillows were not for sale, they were to be sold with a settee. I was pretty frustrated but not defeated.
Flash forward–my Mom and I go back in to Plan B last week to check out the Astrid chairs they have in store for her bathroom, remember the chair in the bath post, if not you can read itÂ here.
The pillows were still there. The owner was in. We ended up chatting with the owner for a bit about being design junkies and then he sold me the pillows…with a little convincing.
My Mom bought the Astrid chair for her bathroom and I put the pillows in my bedroom for now.
Caitlin Creer snapped a picture of my pillows at HD Buttercup in LA. Betsy used to live a bike ride away from that place, a must see for anyone into design!
Windsor Smith used a similar pattern in a different colorway in her fabulous LA home. Â The pattern is part of Smith’s line, Riad.
The fabric alone retails for $63.20, I bought both of the pillows for $125.00. Â I’ll definitely be visiting Plan B more in the future and I’ll be sure to take photos.
For now the pillows will call our bed home.
Its atÂ Aubrey+Lindsay’s blog, (the champs of the Ikea Rast Overhaul), where I read about Tonic Living.Â All this talk ofÂ fabric swatches for $1Â is what drew me in. I went and I ordered.
I ordered this outdoor pillow for the little sofa on my porch, this little ditty was $9.95 on clearance and I couldn’t pass it up.Â There were several other cute pillows on sale that were $10-$12 each.
And because I’d like to recoverÂ some vintageÂ club chairs (in the next 10 years)Â in my living room, I ordered these samples for a buck a piece.
I am really taken by a classic ticking stripe.Â Â The example given below isÂ the very sophisticated and timeless loveseat at Lauren’s apartment from Good Bones, Great Pieces.Â This apartment was featured in this month’s issue of Traditional Home.
Truthfully, I’m terrified of upholstering those chairs in something trendy, incurring all that expense and hating them a couple of years from now.Â It’s so tempting to trick them out in some graphic print but I must resist.