If you’ve been around for a bit you know that we built a kitchen out of a dated den in the back of the house (which actually used to be a master bedroom). Kevin spent much of his summer/fall last year tearing up walls, installing cabinets, tiling backsplashes and plastering/painting – and we LOVE our new space! Scouring sales, taking full advantage of promotional codes and becoming Craigslist addicts helped to make it all possible (that and a whole lotta sweat equity).
The kitchen has sat for over six months at 90% complete – it’s functional, it’s beautiful and there’s little motivation to get that last 10% done. But this past week we’re about 5% closer!
One of the new updates is new cushions for the barstools (a Craigslist find – I think the stools may have originally been from World Market):
A decorative element missing from the space included a few complimentary and contemporary patterns.
A year or so ago I came across a pattern that I dogeared in magazine after magazine… and when I found inspiration filled with it again earlier this year the images popped back into my mind.
You know when you just can’t shake something? This was one of those things.
What’s similar between all of these rooms?
A classic zig zag print! I love the simplicity of the basic but modern zig zag pattern. Premade cushions weren’t an option (the stools are an awkard size) and so I began sketching out cushion shapes (box vs knife edge vs french) that would fit evenly on a one yard piece of fabric (all three cushions) and finally took the plunge and ordered just one yard of Petite Zig Zag by Alan Campbell for Quadrille from Pacific Design Center (great resource for traditionally to-the-trade fabrics). Knife edge ended up winning out because it required a simple sandwich-style seam (like a pillow) as opposed to welting, edging, etc. and three could be sewn with one simple yard.
It arrived and it’s beautiful! A few invisible zippers (more to come + a tutorial) and several seams later and the bar stools have a brand new look.
I’ve always been a fan of adding bits and pieces of modern and contemporary (maybe even trendy?) pieces to a room in the right quantity. A remnant or fabric sample is a great way to achieve that at a fraction of the price. To make projects like this even cheaper, purchase the foam insert from a discount fabric shop (I chose a thin foam because our bar stools are high – choose a thick, sturdy foam if going for a box-style of cushion) and sew the pieces together yourself (OR find a reasonably priced seamstress such as at a dry cleaning shop).
The cushions add a new something to the space – love that.
Tags: Accessories, Brown, Crafty Solutions, Decorating, DIY, Fabric, Home, Kitchen, Patterns & Color
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Check out this before & after, I’m so thrilled with the results!
I’ll be recovering the footstool shortly in the same Thibaut print which I so L-O-V-E. I’d cover every chair in my house with it if I could.
My dad purchased our Stork Craft Hoop Glider as a gift for the nursery back when we found out we were expecting. I loved the comfort of the glider but wanted to add a slip cover for two reasons, a. I wanted a washable option just in case spit up, etc stained the cushions and b. it was a great opportunity to add a modern pattern to the room.
Instead of tackling the project myself (beginning sewing novice over here…) I took the cushions to my local alterations/dry cleaning company (a hidden gem for upholstery work) and had the chair cushions covered for just $15 per piece. I had an actual upholstery company quote me just over $300 to do the same job.
I’m just getting the cushions back now because of my ordering error on the fabric. Lesson learned: always take into account shrinkage due to washing fabric before you determine how much you need! The 54″ width of the fabric shrunk to 48″ and I ended up needing twice as much in length to account for the missing width.
But the glider is in full use in the nursery now and it looks great! I couldn’t be happier!
More Project Nursery posts: sewing the curtains part 1, part 2, part3, nursery fabric board, curtain fabric selection, rocking horse find, new pendant light, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.
Tags: Accessories, Before & After, Decorating, Fabric, Home, Nursery, Patterns & Color, Sewing
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Here’s a fun little tip for all of that left over wrapping paper you might have lying around.
I’m a huge fan of using a roll as an impromptu table runner or cut up as individual place mats (it helps incorporate beautiful patterns and colors – plus you can toss it when you’re done), but I love the idea of using this simple Martha Stewart tutorial to create small flowers for either a bouquet or even as individual stems wrapped around your silverware or wine glass.
Here’s the full DIY instructions.
Beautiful, right? Perfect for a shower, birthday or even a wedding. I love how simple and classic it looks!
Tags: Baby Shower, Birthday, Bridal Shower, Crafty Solutions, Decorating, Dinner Parties, DIY, Easter, Kids Party, Paper Crafts, Parties & Entertaining, Patterns & Color, Tutorial, Wedding
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