A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Cool Idea for All of the Crafty Entertainers Out There!

Before & After: Folding Chairs

I don’t know about you but I have a few of these folding chairs lying around… ready for guests and parties and everything else that comes our way (actually, now that I think of it, I should really get some more!). When I saw this Before & After from Apartment Therapy, I knew it would resonate with hostesses and DIY decorators alike.

Before & After: Fabric Folding Chair 2

You could always purchase these beautiful Anthropologie folding chairs (at $200 each, see below) to get an equally bohemian and modern look, or you could invest in a few neat fabric remnants, a bit of cushion foam and a staple gun… and have at your own collection! Guests will wow over your results and love the comfy cushions.

Before & After: Anthropologie Fabric Folding Chair

Before & After: Folding Chairs

{Upholstered Folding Chairs}

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Time:
1 hour per chair
Cost:
$20.00 each, including chair

Tools and Resources:

* Slatted folding chair (thrift stores and World Market are great resources!)
* Fabric scraps
* Foam for seat and 1″ foam for back
* Dacron to cover foam
* Spray adhesive
* Stapler and staples
* Double welt cord or gimp
* Hot glue gun and hot glue
* Scissors
* Pliers to remove staples, if necessary

1. Choose a variety of printed fabrics to use

2. Measure, cut and staple a piece of 1″ foam around the slatted back starting under the bottom rail and going up and over the top and attaching back under the bottom rail

3. Repeat Step 2 with dacron padding

4. Cut a 1 1/2″ or 2″ piece of foam that will fit the seat of the chair. With scissors, cut the sharp corner off the edge of the foam (bevel it) so it will have a soft edge.

See all directions right here.

Before & After: Folding Chairs

Before & After: Fabric Folding Chair

Peacock Party Inspiration: Beautiful Jewel Tones

Peacock Party Inspiration

I found this stunning picture on The Party Dress and loved it so much I went on the search for more gorgeous peacock finds. The colors are rich and beautiful — perfect for fall without being the traditional palette. I love the jeweled napkin ring above and am wondering if I can recreate on my own, could be a fun project. Plum, fuscia, emerald green, burgundy, cerulean blue… all beautiful!

Peacock Feather Party Inspiration 2

So much inspiration for any kind of celebration — I would love to see this turned into a beautiful bridal shower! Follow the jump for the where-to-find for this inspiration board. Continue reading

*Custom-Designed* Fabric & My New Curtains

Custom Curtains: Graphic Design

My living room is a room in progress: from day 1 of purchasing our little Spanish cottage in San Diego, it was my goal to get the living room in livable-lovable shape despite the rest of the construction in and around the house. This would be the room where we’d unwind from the day, congregate with friends, sip wine and read a book while a fire warmed our feet. My room requirements included friendly, cozy and just a touch of modern.

Custom Curtains: Graphic Design 3

I’ll pause here for dramatic effect… and to keep this post short. But follow the jump to continue my living room adventure & learn about my new favorite site: Spoonflower! Continue reading

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