Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ottoman Decision

Thank you for the opinions on the ottomans! We went with the ikat print from West Elm. Ava's unveiling it, for your viewing pleasure!

A special thank you to Pat and Jerry Lindner for this Christmas/anniversary/etc gift! The other part of that gift is in-process: getting the chair, in the corner, reupholstered in the fabric that's draped over it. I'm excited to share that experience later.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

These four walls...

Could use a little boost. My girlfriend, Caroline Myers ( and I have a tendency to get absorbed in design when we get together and usually that spills over to no less than 10-20 texts and/or emails about the very items we were just discussing...I guess we are a tad obsessive, but in a good way.

Anyway, recently we got to obsessing about wallpaper...well, you can't call it wallpaper anymore because it's often not made solely of paper...wallcoverings is more accurate. We would both love to redo a number of rooms in our apartments in wallcoverings. We particularly LOVE Timorous Beasties' product. (That company produced a toile design that depicted a tongue-in-cheek interpretation of a contemporary scene.) Using Timorous Beasties in a design automatically elevates the room to a new level. Here are some of my favorite Timorous Beasties patterns...I love so many more but these are the top five:

Next are some fav's from Jonathan Adler. I recently read two of his books that fully devote me as a fan. "Happy Chic Accessorizing" and "Happy Chic Color". Ironically enough, these choices are pretty neutral.

Osborne & Little has a lot of fun, yet classic, and elegant choices. Here are three from the most recent selection. I had a brief internship there and loved every minute of it. It was wonderful to be immersed in all of the pattern and gorgeous designs. Anthropologie's selections are lighthearted and whimsical - love! Last but not least, Ballard Designs.

AND, for those of us that can't use permanent wallcoverings, there is my new favorite company: Tempaper. We ordered 2 rolls of paper from them to do the wall behind our bed. I'm really excited to experiment with this removable paper. They have some great tips on their website to aid in the application process as well.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pillow talk

Pillows can quickly change the feel of a room, with minimal commitment. They also greatly range in price. Feeling ambitious, I went down to the Design Center and went through the fabric samples that the showrooms discard on a regular basis. I came away with a total of four samples that could work as pillows. I borrowed Kristen's sewing machine again and called my mom for a quick tutorial. The proper way was beyond my skill set (and attention span) here is a quick version, that 'works'.

I first lined up the two pieces of fabric (print sides, facing each other) pinned the two pieces together so they wouldn't move through the machine, leaving open about 8-10" in the center of the 'bottom' of the pillow, to insert the old, discarded pillow inserts.

Kristen's magical sewing machine:

I sewed inside the pins - making sure to double back my stitches near the start and end...also learned it's best to start and end at the opening space, and not on a corner because otherwise you have to go back and sew to the end of the corner, by hand, when you do your closing stitches. After stuffing pillow inserts into the shell, I went back and sewed up the opening with a basic stitch...which took less than 30 minutes...In other words, during Ava's two naps I was able to get 4 pillows done!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

How much can change in a year?

I have been so inspired by all of the blogs I have been introduced recently that it has motivated me to finally make a 2011 resolution. I'm going to post a design entry regularly to see how much can change in the course of a year.