Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pinterest Challenge

So Emily Henderson, Young House Love, Bower Power, and Making a House a Home put out a Pinterest Challenge and since I have been needing curtains for my dining room, I decided to give it a go.

I did not, however, technically finish my project. Why? Well, I have a 50% coupon that isn't good for another few days that I'd like to utilize to buy the lining with. I decided being financially conscious was more important than meeting the deadline. But I'll post what I got so far. I thought about taking pictures through the process, but alas, I was feeling anxious to get through it all and did not bother to take the time.


What you see here are finished fully sewn stripes with unfinished hemming/side seams. (And a Mochi cat checking it all out.) Everything is just pinned in place at the moment. Once I add the lining, the edges will look more cleanly finished and they should have a little more weight to them. I will edit this post with a finished image once I get the rest of my fabric. For now, they are neatly folded up (pins and all) and sitting in my home office out of reach of curious meows.

My pinspiration?

Except this person actually adhered stripes to existing curtains as a temporary option. Mine are fully measured and cut and sewn by me. Hopefully they look more awesome when complete.

UPDATE: So I'm slow about updating, apparently, but here's the pics of them finished.




Someday I'll get a new table and chairs (this are hand-me-downs), but probably not until I buy a house. Very much want to buy a house...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mirror on Mirror Action

Rolling along the same mirror and frame vein that I've been on more than once, I somehow just discovered this interesting design method of layering mirrors.

Mirrors - Living Etc
I love teal an unreasonable amount. Just saying.

Mirrors - Unknown
The ornate mirrors and the patterned wallpaper in these first two images are just a killer combination.

Mirrors - House Beautiful

Mirrors- Style Curator
Mirrors AND picture collages! Be still my heart!

Mirrors - Robert Passal
This isn't exactly mirror-on-mirror, but I like the idea here just as much. I think I'd rather have a slightly larger base mirror in this instance. Also, I adore that light fixture. Incredible.

Mirrors - Jax Does Design
Another mirror layering that is just as much about the fixture as the style of layering.

I suppose a less weighty alternative to mirror layering would be to use an empty frame attached to the front of a larger mirror instead of an actual mirror. Would have to depend on the types of glass the mirrors have, I suppose.

Photo Credits: Living Etc, Unknown, House Beautiful, Style Curator, Robert Passal, Jax Does Design (in order of appearance)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Frames and Mirrors

I've posted before about using mirrors as a decorating tool, but I want to revisit it again, since I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Eventually these thoughts are going to make it to a wall in my house.

I saw the birdcage mirrors in this picture and went !!! OMG DO WANT !!!


The closest thing I could find to what I see there is this bidrcage mirror from Rain Collection.


Since collages were already on my brain, that got me Googling mirrors and frames.

Anthropologie has this great way of making something look both worn and fabulously chic all at the time.



The use of white on white here adds interest and texture without making an already small space feel smaller. Makes that black chair really pop as well.


Love the old, worn windows. They add so much texture to the wall without being overbearing or distracting.

I have mixed feeling about vinyl wall art, but it's really working for me here.


Easy way to fill an empty space and instantly beautiful. With so many variations on how to approach the subject, it keeps it from getting boring.

Chalkboard Dining

I love everything about this space.

Dining Chalkboard

Especially the magnetic chalkboard wall. Fabulous.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mixing Patterns

Mixing patterns can really add some life to a room.


I am intimated by the process, to be honest. I love the look but when I think about doing it myself, I am at a total loss. I understand the concept, I think I'm just a scaredy cat when it comes to implementation.






When done correctly, it really is eye catching and beautiful.

Image Credits: Country Homes & Interiors, House & Home Magazine, Erinn Valencich

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Downton Abbey


Downton Abbey is a PBS Masterpiece period drama that has been getting some buzz and it fully deserves it. The cast is fabulous, the costumes and sets are gorgeous, and the story complex and gripping (set at the sinking of the Titanic and the beginning of the fight for women's rights). The characters are well written and multi-faceted. One fun aspect is the contrast between life upstairs and downstairs (family and servants).

The four full 90-minute episodes will remain available on the PBS website through the 22nd of this month, and filming of season 2 begins in March.

Here's some pretty to entice you:









Plus: MAGGIE SMITH. It can't be denied. She's fabulous. Love it.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Branch Duvets

I am vaguely obsessed with birds and branches as a motif and when I saw these beauties (made by Amenity) randomly while surfing I scrambled to figure out where to get them.

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Unfortunately they don't appear to be available anymore. But I did find these lovelies by the same company:

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And they are available at Branch and at Amenity, both eco-conscious shops that boast sustainable design. Even though I'm usually for the more neutral greens/grays/browns, I am loving the blue version of this best. (They do also come in gray and brown.)