Silk Plaid Goblet Pleat Dining Room Panels

Aqua Silk Buffalo Plaid Dining Room Curtains

Silk Plaid Goblet Pleat Dining Room PanelsThis aqua silk buffalo plaid is simply gorgeous! It’s one of my favorite fabrics. I’ve worked with it twice now. Once as floor length, pinch pleated panels in a family room and today as floor length, goblet pleated panels in Irene’s dining room.

You guys know how much I love the transformation fabric makes in a room. Especially curtains. This fabric made a HUGE difference not only in this room but in the open concept of this home.
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When Imperfect Details Are The Best Details

 

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If you’re reading this blog its probably because you like houses or interior design. Or maybe you’re looking for pillow or curtain inspiration. You’re here because you’re interested in the details. Because details are important.

When I sew, I can be a stickler for details. Especially for a client.
I want things done right. Perfect. If possible.
When I’m sewing for myself…I tend to me a bit more lax. Not sure why that is, but it’s true.

When we stayed in the tree house several of the details were not perfect.
In fact they were imperfect.
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Buffalo Check & Floral Board Mounted Valance Tutorial

Black Check & Red Floral Valance How-to 19

Today’s valance was inspired by the most asked about window treatment on the blog. We took the basic concept of both the style and fabric combination and tweaked it for a client making two valances and one cafe curtain based on the inspiration curtain.

Today I’m sharing the basic steps for making this scalloped, board mounted valance.  Continue reading

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8 New Pillows Including 2 for Me

Ruffled & Trimmed Pillow

I love pillows. Feather pillows are my pillow of choice. Even as a child, instead of the typical blanky, I had a child size feather pillow that was my source of comfort. I still sleep on a feather pillow.

These pillows aren’t intended for sleeping but they are feather and beautiful and can definitely be considered a source of comfort!

This first set is all about the cuteness. We’ll call this fabric a dot but it’s actually more like a fingerprint. The color is also debatable. I’ve referred to it as orange, melon and coral on a flax background. What’s not debatable is how adorable these turned out!  Continue reading

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4 Valances in Shades of Aqua, Turquoise, Brown and/or Natural

Droop ValanceToday I’m sharing 4 different valances all using shades of aqua or turquoise. 4 different valances using 3 different fabrics with very similar color schemes in varying shades of aqua & brown.

In this kitchen, Jaye has a much loved wallpaper featuring brown-gold swirls set on a mottled aqua background. I tried my best to mix in other colors to combine with this wall paper…but it just wasn’t happening.
Then I tried to find fabrics that literally matched the colors of the wallpaper. The fabrics were either too busy, too green, too turquoise, too gold, too brown, too blah…too something! While beautiful this was proving to be a very odd shade of blue/aqua to match.

When I finally found this reversible (the back side of the main fabric has a brown background with aqua swirls) I thought we just might have a winner.  Continue reading

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My Favorite Trick When Using Leftover Fabric

Stitching Detail on Pillow

What if you want to make something using leftover fabric but all you have is odd pieces that aren’t big enough for anything!?!

With my client’s projects, leftover fabric can range from scraps to several yards. I’m always thinking about what else we can use this fabric for.

IF…we want to use it again. It is possible to have too much of a good thing.

In the case of this raspberry red linen, we used it for a kitchen valance and agreed it would be nice on a pillow in Missy’s adjoining living room.

The leftovers?
Two identical pieces measuring 14″ wide by 55″ long. Not the right size for much of anything.

The solution?
Piece it, add top stitching and pretend you meant to do that all along!  Continue reading

Cafe Curtain Installation in Bay Window

Cafe Curtains for a Bow Window

Cafe Curtain Installation in Bay Window

Did you know there is a difference between a bow window and a bay window? I’ve been guilty of using the same term to describe both…but there’s actually a difference.

To simplify it…a bay window consists of three openings/windows where a bow window usually has four or five windows.

Creating window treatments for these windows can be a challenge and this particular window presented more of a challenge than most.

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A Classic White Kitchen

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I don’t know what it is about white kitchens but we love them.

Even though my own kitchen isn’t pure white the cabinets are painted a light color which I was adamant about when we built our house. I had a white kitchen years ago and I’d love to have this bright look again.

Irene’s kitchen is open, airy, inviting and very functional. Which makes it just about perfect.  Continue reading

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