Wednesday, January 18, 2017

APPLIQUÉ MONOGRAMMED SHAMS

From the moment I first laid eyes on Leontine Linens gorgeous pillow shams I knew I had to have them. I love anything monogrammed but there is something special about their hand done appliqué monograms that really spoke to me. As beautiful as they are, they are also within my skill set so, sorry Leontine, but I made 'em myself.  If you want a treat, spend a few moments on their website taking in all the lovely creations for bed, bath, home and gifts.

Leontine uses pique or matelasse for the majority of their designs. My experience with pique is that it wrinkles and rumples too much for my taste so I was worried about putting in so much effort and not loving them for the long haul.  Affordable matelasse that I liked was just too hard to find so I ended up using a mid-weight brushed cotton. It turned out to be the perfect choice.

Here are my shams. I adore them.





























Friday, January 13, 2017

NEW LIFE FOR INHERITED SOFA

Here's the before of a curvy sofa that the owner inherited from her mother. The floral upholstery is dated but the bones are solid and the size is great.

Here it is updated with a really lovely linen look poly with a soft brushed hand and really nice weight. I was shocked at the reasonable price point on this fabric.


















Tuesday, December 6, 2016

IKAT WING CHAIRS

This pair of wing chairs belongs to a DK Designs client. Donna selected an earthy ikat fabric for slipcovers to update them for a new home. Before they were frumpy and dated, and now they're not!




Friday, December 2, 2016

PARSONS PIANO CHAIR


The owner of this chair uses it to play her piano but the fancy damask upholstery doesn't really suit her new home's cozy cottage style.



Since the chair sits at the piano it is mainly seen from behind  we made the back a little special. 



The fabric is quilting cotton, which is never recommended for home dec use however it's what she had and loved so I made it work by lining the entire thing. If this were anything besides a very occasional use piece I would have recommended choosing something else. A zipper hides under the button placket.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DRAMATIC RESCUE WITH DROP CLOTHS

Take a moment to absorb the exquisite horror of these 80's swivel tub chairs...
from the decomposing polished cotton SHIRRED upholstery to the little "decorative" swivel mechanism. Seriously, what were we thinking back then? It was not a good decade for interior design. To their credit, they are made by Thomasville and still going strong on the inside. 




The owner wanted to use drop cloth fabric for slipcovers.  

Here they are now. I kind of feel like Oprah and could swear I heard one of them say "Thank you." 







For the record, I'm not a member of the drop cloth fan club, but when the pieces won't get heavy wear it's hard to argue with a $50 investment in fabric for two chairs. And I have to admit this pair looks marvelous! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

ROMAN SHADES FOR A TRADITIONAL HOME

So this was fun! These homeowners needed some functional window treatments for a kitchen with blinding afternoon sun and powder bath window needing privacy.  Using  traditional favorites and some "Pinspiration" we came up with two beautiful roman shades


Classic toile in a simple flat roman shade. I found a new mounting/lift system that is just the bomb! It's a little pricier than the traditional cord lock method but a continuous chain is safer for kids and the streamlined headrail is great for an inside mount application.


Most relaxed roman shades are recommended for show only. The ones you see in magazines always look perfect but in reality they will probably need to be "fixed" every time you raise them. To get the look she wanted and low maintenance function, the lower three pleats are permanent and a weight bar helps them raise neatly.  

Here's the inspiration photo for this curtain:



A little sink skirt was the perfect finishing touch for this charming little bath.



TRIBUTE PILLOWS: A LOVELY GIFT

A very close family lost their Mom this year. One of the daughters recalled seeing the pillows I made last year from a grandfather's sweaters and approached me about having some made for her family.

She brought me a pile of her mother's favorite clothing which included her cherished collection of "Life is Good" t-shirts, zip-up sweaters and jeans. 

I wish I could be there to see their faces when the children and grandchildren receive these wonderful gifts.



The print on the t shirts is located very close to the neck so I wasn't able to center it on the pillow as you would expect. This also limited the size because there was only so much space between the armhole seams. They fit a 12x16" insert perfectly. 

I removed the little encouragement from the hem of each shirt and stitched it to the lower corner of each pillow. I used one leg from each pair of jeans for the pillow backs and one leg for the cording. 



Since the sweaters she had were mostly cardigan style, I had to use the backs.I stabilized them with flexible woven interfacing and sent them out to be monogrammed. We used various chenille upholstery swatches for the backs.


It was really a privilege to be part of this bittersweet project.