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Upholstery

This post is thanks to a gifted collaboration with The Whole 9 Yards.

I recently decided to reupholster our couch cushions. The first time I paid someone to do it for me because it felt overwhelming, this time I decided to attempt it myself and it wasn’t so hard. I found the fabric at one of my favorite stores I discovered in Portland Oregon called The Whole 9 Yards. They are a small business with a great selection of fabrics. The black and white upholstery fabric on the couch was from them and unfortunately it’s out of stock but I found a great pattern called Campfire that would be a similar alternative. We had this fabric on the couch for three years with two wild dogs and it still looks like new!

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We also used a gorgeous palm fabric called St Kitt for our RV dining benches and it was excellent.

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I’ve documented each step of the process below so if you are considering a project yourself this may be a good reference of how to start.

The first thing I did was remove the old cover so I could get an idea of how she sewed it. I was surprised to find out she used one large piece of fabric and simply folded the corners to create the rectangular shape.

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So, I took measurements and cut the fabric to the correct size, then folded it in half, right sides together, and sewed along the two edges. The fabric I chose is called Vivo Spicy Spice and it’s velvet.

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After that I pressed the corner into a triangular shape with the seam running down the middle and measured in 2.5” from the tip. I drew a line across and sewed it. When the fabric is turned right side out you can see it created the corner for the cushion which measures 5” thick. I repeated that step for the other three corners.

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Next I removed the zipper from the old cushion and pinned it along the edge of the new fabric which I folded back a half inch. The area circled in red is very important. A little piece of fabric should be sewn on to each end of the zipper to prevent the pull from fully sliding off the teeth of the zipper.

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The whole process took me about a day to figure it out and sew.

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I love the new bold orange cushions, it feels like a whole new couch.

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I’ve chosen some of my favorite upholstery fabrics they currently have in stock listed below. I actually had to stop selecting fabrics because there were too many and my list could go on forever…

If you are interested in any of these fabrics or anything else currently in stock on their website (Whole9yards) you can call or email them to order and mention you found them through my blog or instagram to receive a discount! Valid through August 31 2019.

Pattern Mixing

Mixing patterns can feel daunting so, here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to create that perfect mix in your home or in your wardrobe.

Opposites really do attract:

Try mixing a floral/curved pattern with a geometric/straight line pattern. Or a really large print with a very small print. Find colors that can tie the whole look together.

Mixing both large and small patterns plus geometric and organic shapes in our stairwell.

Mixing both large and small patterns plus geometric and organic shapes in our stairwell.

My pants are a very small curvy pattern and my top has straight lines. The pants are black and white but the insides of the flowers have a soft blushy pink orange color which I pulled into my top.

My pants are a very small curvy pattern and my top has straight lines. The pants are black and white but the insides of the flowers have a soft blushy pink orange color which I pulled into my top.

Neutral stripes paired with an organic shaped blue kimono.

Neutral stripes paired with an organic shaped blue kimono.

Florals and checkers, match made in heaven.

Florals and checkers, match made in heaven.

Two large patterns, one neutral and one colorful.

Two large patterns, one neutral and one colorful.

Choose one color:

If you’re intimidated by mixing color and pattern just stick to one color and find a variety of patterns to mix.

Erin Williamson from  @sterinwilliamson  has created a perfect blend of patterns using only blue.

Erin Williamson from @sterinwilliamson has created a perfect blend of patterns using only blue.

Choosing the same color palette or neutrals almost guarantees what you pair together will work.

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Large and small neutral prints.

Two large patterns, both neutral.

Two large patterns, both neutral.

Our RV in particular is a huge blend of patterns. For the most part I consider each of these neutrals and because they are all different sized patterns it works. A small intricate pattern for the wall, a large organic pattern for the bench fabric and ceiling plus a pop of blue fabric in a medium sized print.

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Try these tips and see if it helps you create that wild look you’ve been dreaming of. Over time mixing and matching gets easier, just have fun!

The power of paint

I’ve been using paint to transform spaces for many years now. It’s an affordable option when it comes to design and can be the most impactful part of any room.

Below are some examples of what can be done with a few sample paints.

Painting around the exterior of the door created an interesting focal point and made the entrance feel larger.

Painting around the exterior of the door created an interesting focal point and made the entrance feel larger.

By painting the trim around the door it made it feel wider and taller. The color blocking added some extra visual interest.

By painting the trim around the door it made it feel wider and taller. The color blocking added some extra visual interest.

A fun and colorful mural with the addition of plywood shapes and palm leaves made of yarn wrapped around nails.

A fun and colorful mural with the addition of plywood shapes and palm leaves made of yarn wrapped around nails.

Before the pink shapes and yarn leaves this wall was a jungle mural. That’s another perk of paint. Change your mind? Paint over it!

Before the pink shapes and yarn leaves this wall was a jungle mural. That’s another perk of paint. Change your mind? Paint over it!

The stripes on this wall were drawn with a paint pen. Just a few simple lines of different widths.

The stripes on this wall were drawn with a paint pen. Just a few simple lines of different widths.

Another design done with a paint marker, all you need is patience.

Another design done with a paint marker, all you need is patience.

To get perfect circles hammer a nail into the wall where you want the center of the circle to be. Next take a string and tie it around the nail and cut it to the length of how big you would like to circle to be. Pull the string taut from the nail and trace the circle with a pencil at the end of the string.

To get perfect circles hammer a nail into the wall where you want the center of the circle to be. Next take a string and tie it around the nail and cut it to the length of how big you would like to circle to be. Pull the string taut from the nail and trace the circle with a pencil at the end of the string.

More circles and shapes.

More circles and shapes.

Simple color blocking with a strip of paint across the mirror. Little details that can make a space unique.

Simple color blocking with a strip of paint across the mirror. Little details that can make a space unique.

More color blocking.

More color blocking.

It doesn’t get easier than this, these simple triangles really added a lot to this space.

It doesn’t get easier than this, these simple triangles really added a lot to this space.

One of my favorites, the flamingo wall. Outlined with a gold paint pen and filled in with several shades of pink sample paint.

One of my favorites, the flamingo wall. Outlined with a gold paint pen and filled in with several shades of pink sample paint.

I painted some miniature flamingos in the RV but they only lasted a day before they were painted over.

I painted some miniature flamingos in the RV but they only lasted a day before they were painted over.

This wall painting was inspired by the art hanging to the right and extended on to the wall.

This wall painting was inspired by the art hanging to the right and extended on to the wall.

Big palm leaves, big impact, little cost.

Big palm leaves, big impact, little cost.

Lastly, a floor mural. This room is very low traffic so I used regular wall sample paint but if it were a high traffic area I would seal with clear coat or use floor paint.

Lastly, a floor mural. This room is very low traffic so I used regular wall sample paint but if it were a high traffic area I would seal with clear coat or use floor paint.

Laundry room before and after

Here’s a quick transformation of my parents laundry room. Total cost less than $60.

Before

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The one requirement my mom had was that she wanted the room to be light and bright… So the first thing I did was paint a dark blue wall, I love to make her nervous and also to show how dark walls don’t always mean a room will feel small and dark!

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Next, I hand painted the palm leaf ‘wallpaper’ with regular wall paint we had on hand and switched out the curtain for macrame.

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Behind the washer and dryer I hung up cedar planks and switched out the cupboard hardware.

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A few affordable changes that made a huge impact.

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Flamingo Dining Room

I often reminisce about the homes we used to live in and realized that one of the best transformations we’ve worked on was never documented on here!

So here it is:

Our old home in Portland, Oregon had a small room in the back of the house that was meant to be a laundry room. It was dark, dingy and a complete waste of space. We decided to turn it into a combo laundry and dining nook. Tim and I (with the help of a few friends) did all the work ourselves.

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The first thing we did was replace the solid door with glass french doors to let in more light.

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We moved the washer/dryer to one side of the room, stacked it, and installed sound muffling doors. Lastly, we laid down new bamboo flooring.

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I painted the whole room dark green, hand painted the flamingo wall and voila, a whole new room.

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HGTV Dream Home with Delta Faucet

This post is sponsored by the Delta brand.

A couple weeks ago I traveled to Whitefish, Montana to tour the 2019 HGTV Dream Home, a beautiful house tucked away in the mountains which you can enter to WIN! There are photos all over the internet of this gorgeous space but I’m excited to share the home from my perspective and talk about what I found inspiring and unique.

Starting from the outside in right off the bat I was wowed by the picturesque landscape. Winter is not my favorite season but suddenly standing here it felt like complete bliss. The way the snow clung to every branch of the trees and the sunlight casting a magical glow. I was ready to snuggle down for a long winters nap.

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My first impression to the home really wowed. The bold colors created such a beautiful contrast to the white snow outside.

I love the combination of the moose head and fabric from Faraway Lovely. It was a nice spin on the traditional mountain home decor.

There were also some modern and sculptural touches like these head vases.

The master bedroom was incredibly vibrant and cozy. I loved the unique chandelier which reminds me of a birds nest. My favorite thing of course was the sansevieria print.

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Another favorite item in the master was this gorgeous chair.

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The wood ceilings in the master bath were also stunning and I loved the cross handles of the Cassidy™ Widespread Bathroom faucet.

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My favorite area of the home was the bonus room. The dark blue walls and ceilings were such a great choice and the use of vintage art and skis added to the charm without feeling tacky.

Shadow box details below.

Another guest room in the home with bold paint, perfect patterns and a great alternative to actual animal heads.

I was immediately drawn to the shower pictured below and love how it ties in to the bedding pictured above. Gorgeous and sleek Emerge™ Shower Column and H2Okinetic® Raincan shower head from Delta.

My last favorite moment in the home was this adorable pet nook. They utilized that funny space under the stairs that only kids, or in this case pets, could stand in.

You can read more about the home and see the whole space on the HGTV Dream Home website.

DIY Wall Hanging

I found an amazing vintage wall hanging at the thrift store and was shattered when I found out it was already sold. Not only that but it sold for $80! Come to find out in the world of vintage wall hangings this was a steal of a deal, they usually retail for anywhere from $300 to $1500. I knew my odds of finding another one while thrifting were slim and I definitely didn’t have the budget to buy one form a shop so I decided to make one myself with items I already had at home plus about $30 worth of yarn.

Not pictured is the large stick I collected from my neighborhood walk which everything is attached to in order to hang on the wall. You could also use a wooden dowel or a curtain rod.

Not pictured is the large stick I collected from my neighborhood walk which everything is attached to in order to hang on the wall. You could also use a wooden dowel or a curtain rod.

I found a rug with interesting texture and fringe on the end as the base for the whole thing. I chose this pillow to incorporate because it has a great shape. A blanket (originally from target) that was made of long strands of yarn (huge bonus because it cut down on cost of yarn and time cutting all the long strands), about 8 rolls of yarn and a grass skirt to add some different texture.

You can easily thrift most of these items or may have things laying around your house. I suggest looking for items that already have lots of yarn, tassels, pre-existing woven shapes and using a rug that has fringe on the end makes it easy to tie on the stick.

That takes us to the first step. I attached the rug by tying the fringe around the stick and then wrapped the stick with yarn to hide the fringe.

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I used a needle and thread to hand sew the pillow onto the rug. The fringe on the sides was taken from the blanket that I deconstructed and tied around the stick using a larks head knot.

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The next step was creating these tassels with the rust orange yarn which I attached with a needle and thread. I wrapped the yarn about 25 times around a book that measures 10” and there are 15 tassels.

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I knotted up small bunches of yarn and sewed them on by hand around the rest of the circle to really accentuate the shape.

Detail of knots.

Detail of knots.

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At this point I adjusted the fringe on the sides and added some longer pieces to make it wider. The grass skirt was directly sewn on with needle and thread. The mustard yarn on the side is more tassels sewn onto the rug. I wrapped the yarn 25 times around our pink coffee table which measures 3’ and there are 6 tassels.

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The last thing I added was, yep, more tassels made from the dark brown yarn. I wrapped the yarn about 40 times around a book that measures 12” to make these big tassels and there are 14 of them.

Layers and more layers make it interesting.

Layers and more layers make it interesting.

Here’s how it’s attached to the wall. In a normal home your walls won’t be crumbling away like ours. You should be able to put a plug or  wall anchor  in the wall for additional support.

Here’s how it’s attached to the wall. In a normal home your walls won’t be crumbling away like ours. You should be able to put a plug or wall anchor in the wall for additional support.

That’s it! The whole process took about two days and cost around $30 since I had a lot of the items on hand. Well worth it and now I have an original piece with meaning. Good luck!

DIY Bench

We made these very easy very simple benches that fit together to make a nice daybed out of 2x4s and plywood for under $50. Here’s the step by step:

What you need: (FOR 1 BENCH. To make a daybed double the amount of items)

2” x 4” x 8’ pine stud (x3)

2’ x 4’ sheet of plywood or OSB board about 1/2” thick (x1)

Box of 4” wood screws (x1)

pocket hole jig

electric screw driver

Directions:

Keep in mind, the measurments we went with were to fit specific pillows that I used for the cushions. You can adjust slightly to make them any size you want.

We left one end of the bench open so that when the two benches slid together the cushions would be flush.

We left one end of the bench open so that when the two benches slid together the cushions would be flush.

Cut the 2x4 stud into the following lengths:

44” (x2)

24” (x6)

10” (x4)

First we created simple square frames for the legs and attached a brace in the middle.

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For the brace in the middle we used a pocket hole jig so the screws went in at an angle.

For the brace in the middle we used a pocket hole jig so the screws went in at an angle.

Once the legs and brace were attached together we flipped it upside-down, placed the legs on 2” blocks (scrap pieces of wood) to elevate it off the ground and screwed the top frame into the legs.

Legs and brace are pictured upside-down. The measuring tape indicates 2” elevated off the ground. This way when the top frame is attached it will create a lip to hold the cushions.

Legs and brace are pictured upside-down. The measuring tape indicates 2” elevated off the ground. This way when the top frame is attached it will create a lip to hold the cushions.

All of the stud, apart from the brace, were attached at the ends with 2 screws.

All of the stud, apart from the brace, were attached at the ends with 2 screws.

View from the top

View from the top

Once the frame is complete the OSB can be cut to size and slide down on top.

Once the frame is complete the OSB can be cut to size and slide down on top.

I know this is a pretty roughly explained DIY but I hope with the photos you can decipher what we did!

2 benches pushed together to make a daybed

2 benches pushed together to make a daybed

Single bench

Single bench

Reconfigured into an L shape

Reconfigured into an L shape

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