Pleated Sheer Curtain

When to Use Pleated Sheer Cafe Curtains

Pinch Pleat Sheer Detail

Many of the curtains I make from sheer fabrics are cafe curtains. Sometimes they are made for large windows like my dining room window and sometimes for small windows like those above a kitchen sink or even in a closet.

The #1 reason for using a sheer fabric is for the amount of light it allows into a space.

Yet, allowing in that light often results in a lack of privacy.

Today, I’m sharing a detail that can help with the privacy issue.  Continue reading

Dining Room Curtains Embassy Green wall color

Dining Room Window Treatment and New Paint Color

Dining Room Window Treatments BM Embassy Green wall color

Our dining room faces the front of the house and it one of the first rooms you see when you walk in. It’s not a large room but by using the vintage sofa and adding more chairs around the 60″ table I can seat (squeeez) up to 10 people.

Last year I made new floor length curtain panels, finished new sheers earlier this year and painted over the glazed walls 2 weeks ago. More about the new paint below. 

While fairly simple, this dining room update was at least a year in the making!  Continue reading

Mud:Storage Bench

Tutorial: How to Make A Grocery Tote Bag

Mud:Storage Bench

I love bags. I’m not a purse girl but I love bags.  All shapes and sizes and purposes.

If I’m honest, this obsession could get out of hand.

Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own, inexpensive if not free, tote bag!

A few months ago I came across the black and white striped wedding runner we used in Kaleigh and Jared’s wedding and surprise, surprise decided to make a tote bag.

Actually, I made 2 bags and a pair of curtains for Kaleigh’s apartment! (see end of post)
Tutorial Make Your Own Tote Bag Continue reading

Kitchen Cafe Curtains

Lemon-Lime Kitchen Cafe Curtain, Valance and Roman Shade

Kitchen Cafe CurtainsA cheerful kitchen decorated in a Lemon-Lime theme deserves equally cheerful window treatments in a Lemon-Lime color scheme!

The stage was set, so to speak, when I met Donna. Her kitchen accessories proclaimed a sunny & cheerful lemon-lime/yellow-green theme throughout.

My job was to create new window treatments to complement the kitchen’s lemon-lime theme.  Continue reading

Baby Duvet Cover 1

Orange, Green & Pink Baby or Toddler Duvet Cover

Baby Duvet Cover 1I recently had the opportunity to make a baby duvet cover for a client’s grandaughter as she progressed from her crib to a toddler bed. The large scale floral was used as part of the crib bedding so we carried the pattern over to the duvet cover adding solid orange, green & fuchsia to the mix.

Today I’m sharing a semi-tutorial for this project.  Continue reading


A Closer Look at My Kitchen

Living Room & KitchenWe’ve lived in our home for 10 years now and while there are several things I’d love to tweak I’m still very pleased with my kitchen and how it functions.

The original house plans called for a wall with typical upper cabinet storage where you now see the bar and barstools.
The kitchen was only partially open to the family room on the left end. We removed this load bearing wall and installed a large beam for support. Hands down the best decision we made!

While I love the kitchen open to the family room I was a bit concerned about the lost storage. But honestly, I’ve not missed those upper cabinets once! Continue reading

Pillow with Pleated Ruffle Detail

Pleated Ruffle Pillows

Pillow with Pleated Ruffle Detail

I think one of the cutest details I’ve used on pillows is the little corner ruffle or pleat. You can see just how often I use this detail by glancing through Pillows or Pillow Details in The Gallery

Today’s batch of pillows is all about the pleated ruffle instead of a gathered ruffle. Two pillows are pleated only on the corners and while the other is pleated all the way around.  Continue reading

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