February 11, 2016

Awkward Corner Solution

Good Morning!


My Living Room and Dining Room share a big open space in my home, a space that over the years I've found a pleasing furniture arrangement that I like.

Well for the most part anyways.

You see I have this awkward corner area that sits right smack dab on the invisible line that separates the two rooms.

A corner that I never know what to do with.


Add a little something and it looks, well to be truthful, ridiculous.

Add something big and it looks overdecorated and cluttered.

Add nothing at all, and it seems like it's calling out for a some attention.

Leaving me frustrated to say the least!

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Here's the space I'm talking about.



What do you think?  Needs something right?



The other day, in an attempt to find a solution, I started moving things around, lugging potential items in and out until I stumbled onto something I think worked well.


A simple arm chair!




Could the answer to my problem really be so simple?




I'm thinking maybe so!

But since my heads all messed up and frustration levels are high in regards to this tiny little space in my room I thought I'd ask all of you for your thoughts on the matter.




Too Much, 
Not enough, 
Or just perfect enough to let it stay?


Seriously, Help!


Robin

February 8, 2016

Hand-Painted Pillow Covers


Happy Monday Morning Everyone!

I am enjoying this wonderful morning and looking forward to the fresh, new week ahead.

Seems sort of crazy since outside it's cold and windy but inside it's cozy and the weather doesn't seem to be affecting my enthusiasm for a productive week.

And speaking of excitement, this past weekend I was able to work on a project I've had on my mind for awhile now.

If your looking for a quick and easy project these Hand-Painted Pillow Covers might be just the thing for you!




I am sort of obsessed about the "arrow craze" I've seen popping up all over in home decor of late but sadly have very few of my own to add to my home.  

 With arrows on my mind I thought painting a few on some pillow covers would be a quick and easy way to add them to my decor.




Two Ikea premade pillow covers in white, some basic craft paint and a paint brush was all I needed to get started.




I first sketched out two designs that I liked and then copied them onto the pillow covers.

Next up, paint and a paint brush - simple as that!




Once the paint had dried a couple hours, I threw both pillow covers into the washer, followed by the dryer.  

This gave the paint a more distressed, "doodle art" look that I was hoping for.




They both turned out better than I could have hoped for.
The perfect way to add a little fun to my living room.

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Below you will see I have a video tutorial if you'd like a more detailed description of the steps I took to make theses pillow covers.   
Enjoy!


January 28, 2016

Project Challenge 2016: Spindles, Molding, or Trim


Morning!

It's Project Challenge time again.



The first of the year and I am very excited to show you what I've come up with.

This months theme is spindles, molding or trim.

For my project I decided to use screen molding to build myself a rustic looking Red Cross Sign.

I really like how it turned out!




Every now and then I come across a Red Cross sign used as an accent in some beautifully styled home and I have always thought they were lovely.

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make one from my house.




I wanted it to look somewhat rustic so I decided on a pieced together look.

To do this I cut small pieces of screen molding at random until I had the design filled in.




Rather a labor intensive project but in the end it was so worth it.  The project as a whole turned out better than I could have hoped for!

I am sure to love it for years to come.




The supplies needed for the project were very basic and all things I had on hand already.




If your interested in a tutorial on how to make your own just watch the video tutorial below and I will walk you through the steps I took.








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Now lets catch up with the other talented ladies in the Project Challenge group and see what inspiring projects they have come up with this month.



Michele at Shelstring
Christine at Little Brags

Looks like some amazing projects this month!

Follow the link-up below to check them all out.

And while your there make sure to say Hi!




January 26, 2016

A Hutch In Black and White

Morning!

I have been spending my spare time the past couple of days trying to give my Living Room a little style and character that has been lacking since I've removed all the Christmas sparkle.

As I finish up the room, I thought I'd share with you the display I've created for the hutch.  It will give you an idea of where I'm heading with the whole room.




During the first few months of the new year I like the rooms in my home to have an uncluttered, fresh look to them.  

For me the perfect color combo that achieves the look I crave is black and white.




Simple, Stylish, Classic




Something about a single color paired with white has always been a look that I have been drawn to.  

I think the major appeal for me is the simplicity of it.




The way my color of choice 'pops' out at from the background of white is just so beautiful to me.




Black and white seems like the perfect way to mix together the three types of decorating styles that I love the most:  Farmhouse, Cottage, and Nordic.

All three styles have roots in simplicity and put a high premium on a mixture style and functionality.




Which is the aspects that drawn me in the most I feel.




Regardless of the colors I choose to use, the mixture of styles is like a breathe of fresh air.



For now, 
I'll concentrate on this particular pairing since it's making me feel oh so happy and cheerful!


I've have some more work to do on the Living Room itself, but soon I'll be sure to show off my new "happy place".

Talk to you soon,


Robin




January 20, 2016

Plaid Pillow Covers



Good Morning!




Today I thought I'd share with you my newest sewing project.

A quick and easy pillow cover sewn from some warm, snugly flannel.




I adore this particular plaid so much.

You may remember a while back I shared a tutorial on how to sew a 
flannel blanket.
 (you can see the post here if you'd like).

Well lucky me, I had just enough fabric leftover for the front side of two pillow covers.

On the back side I used white fleece from my fabric stash to keep things all cozy and comfy.




These new pillow covers are working out perfectly in my Living Room.

They add just a touch of red, which I can never seem to be without.

And at the same time they add a healthy dose of white and black.

Perfect for the look I am attempting to create for my winter decor.




I've shown a tutorial on this type of pillow cover before, so I won't bore you with the details again but in case you missed it you can watch it below.




This type of cover is by far still my favorite.  

Simple and easy to sew together, but still has a clean, stylish look.




That's it for me today,

Bye Now,

Robin



January 18, 2016

How To Update A Basic Bedskirt

Good Morning!

Today I'm checking a project off the old to-do list and I thought I'd share with all of you!

I've had the same skimpy bed skirt on my bed for years.  It's a cheap one from some big box store or another, I really can't remember - - it's done it job successfully for years but it's never been exactly what I wanted it to be.

After a quick trip to the fabric store for supplies and an hour or so of work I now have a new looking, full bed skirt that seems worthy of excitement.




To get the new look I gathered up a whole bunch of fabric I cut to size and then sewed it right onto my old skimpy bed skirt.




Turned out perfectly and I couldn't be more happy about it.

Makes me wonder why it took me so long to get this project done!




If you'd like to see how I revamped my bed skirt I have a video tutorial below you can check out!



Have a great day now,

Robin


January 15, 2016

Fun Finds

With how crazy busy the past month has been my thrift store shopping time has been seriously diminished.

But never fear - - I managed to work in one trip early last week and found some fun stuff.


First up, this adorable bunny. . . I think he's cute . . . the rest of the family is shaking their head in shame over my blow-mold obsession.

I on the other hand, I am tickled by the find.  

She's become a bit of a joke around here since the day I brought her home everyone and I mean EVERYONE was giving me such a hard time.

So being the nice mom that I am, I starting stashing her away in weird spots around the house, like in the shower, tucked into someone's bed with just the ears poking out, inside the pantry cupboard, on a stool next to the kitchen sink - - you know, stuff like that.

The family, grudgingly, has now accepted her!


Then I found this wall hanging!

It's really big and heavy and I can't wait to give it a makeover.
I think it will look really nice centered over a couple of prints on the wall.



I couldn't pass up this tiny gold mirror, which I will give a face-lift and these black and gold candlesticks which I thought were pretty and will be a great addition to my black and white themed living room that I like to use during the winter months.



White, ironstone soup tureens are always on my "must have list".

You can bet that I was thrilled with this find.

Right now I have it sitting on my kitchen windowsill so I can enjoy it's beauty while I'm washing dishes.



And last but not least, I found this lone salt/pepper shaker that I thought was adorable and the perfect filler for a shelf in the kitchen.

Just look at that face - - so sweet!




There you have it!

How about you, any great finds of your own?

Robin