Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Family Room Mood Board and Pricing

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday I shared with you all our decision to build instead of renovate and some of our kitchen and exterior decisions, HERE. We started building in the winter in Chicago, so progress has been slow; however, over the past few weeks, with the melting we have made tremendous progress.  Sheetrock installation is not too far away, so once that is put up I will share pictures of the layout.  The builders estimate we will in the home at the end of June.  I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for a mild Spring, as the cold weather seems to slow things down just a tad.
Naturally, I have spent a fair amount of time mulling over the layout of the family room and thinking of the general aesthetic.  Our current furniture is looking dull and overused so will be put in the basement soon after we move.  I suppose I might need to continue to use the  current furniture for awhile to assess the budget after the home is built:)
By putting together this wishlist, at least I am able to get an idea of expense and the dollar amount to put aside.  Outlined below are my choices with current expense.

                                 Sources and Pricing

1. Pressed Botanical Prints                         $300.00                  3. Pillows             $25.00 (DIY project)
2.Belgian Track Arm Slipcovered Sofa       $2500.00                   4.Accent table       $149.00
5.Indoor/outdoor Rug                                  $80.00                  6.Ottoman             Currently Own
7.Bamboo Shades                                        $200.00                 8.Linen Window Treatments   DIY
9.Console Table                                          $500.00                10.Leather chair       $1015

Grand Total ~ $5000.00

The design and elements of the mood board will fit our home perfectly,both aesthetically and functionally. I did splurge on my seating choices since I do feel that quality seating is a must. Now that I have penned the price and brought together all the elements in one post, hopefully I can get my husband on board:)

Thanks for reading along today.  Enjoy the rest of your day!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Building Our Home

Hi Everyone,

Several months ago we sold our home in Omaha and moved our family to Chicago.  For months we scoured the area looking for a home that was in close proximity to work, schools, markets and such.  We must have seen at least 50 homes, not quite meeting the criteria, so we opted to build, knowing we could get all that we needed as a family within our budget. So far the process has been mostly fun, although admittedly the options from hardware to cabinetry to color choices can be daunting and confusing.  Hopefully, when its all said and done our choices will make sense and we will have no regrets.

Below are some of the choices so far.

What do you all think?  Do you have any building suggestions and tips?

Thanks for reading:)


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mitered Corner Placemats for an Easter Gathering

Hi Everyone,

Difficult to believe Easter is just around the corner and a time for family gatherings and new beginnings. Thankfully the days are a little warmer...I now just can't wait to see the first buds and a little more greenery. The fabric for the below project reminded me of spring, pretty pastel colors and a opportunity for me to put away those warm winter fabric colors. So let's sew these super easy placemats for your kitchen table or dining room and welcome Spring to your family and friends gatherings.

Step 1-  

For measurement purposes I used an old placement previously purchased.  According  to those measurements my rectangular piece measured 12.5 inches X 22 inches.  Two of the  mitered corner trim pieces are 18 inches long and 2 inches wide  and the other two pieces are 26 inches long X 2 inches wide.  All excess fabric will be trimmed so I made sure to have plenty of fabric to work.

Step 2-

Press and steam the raw edge of the trim 5/8 of an inch as pictured below.

Step 3-
Open up one of the raw edges of the trim and carefully line up with the rectangular piece.  Pin in place.  Sew accurately along the pressed edge leaving 2 inches unstitched on all sides of the placemat.

Step 3-   Pictured below are my placemats with  stitching 2 inches away from the corners and also a penciled diagonal line from the point where the two trim pieces meet to the corner of the cream rectangular piece. Pin the 2 trim pieces together. It is important to be as accurate as possible so your mitered corner looks neat and professional.

  Step 4- Stitch along the pencil line.

Step 5-  Now snip away the excess fabric

Step 6 - Now stitch the 2 inch opening closed as close to the trim edge as possible.

Step 7-  Unfold the trim and press and steam to the right side of fabric.

Step 8-  Top stitch around the edge.  Viola` completed placemat for those Spring Gatherings:)

Happy April my friends and thanks for reading today.  I hope you all find inspiration.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pretty Pillowcase Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

I finished up this week by completing  my linen pillowcase tutorial to share with you all.  Certainly an easy project, but definitely does require accurate cutting measurements.  So make sure to double check measurements before cutting and press, steam regularly thought out your project. I think these pillows look adorable in my daughter's room and add that special touch to complete the whimsical, soft feel of the room.

Here are the supplies needed for this project. Make sure to wash in warm water and tumble dry followed by a good press and steam.  Cut the frayed edges and lay out  about 2 yds of fabric for 2 standard pillowcases with envelope enclosure.

Pictured below is the measurements for each piece.  Remember to include the enclosure piece {not pictured} 6"X 20"

My first step was to ruffle each side of the length.  Pictured is my ruffler foot, but simple gathering by pulling the thread works wonderfully as well. { See this link for a great tutorial}

Now attach your ruffled piece to the front, right-side together.  You might need to adjust the gathers to fit the 20" width.

Pin the top piece for the enclosure {6"X 20"} right side together, as in this picture then press.  Make sure to double hem this piece before attaching to the front.

At this point pin the lace to the seams.  Make sure to pin adequately so there is no movement.  Now
I used lace to conceal the edges, but really the sky is the limit.  Use a coordinating piping, tape or just leave as is...

Sew the lace to the linen fabric.  I sewed the lace trim on both sides with a zigzag, with pink thread on top and the cream on the bottom for a professional touch.

Now pin the front to the back, pressing the enclosure piece first{ right sides together}.  Trim all the  fabric around the edges, zig zag or serge the edges and you are done! Easy Peasy, Really!

Have fun creating these pillows and please let me know if you have any questions.

Til Next time:)

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Romantic Linens for the Bedroom

Hi Everyone,

Recently I purchased from Pottery Barn Pure Linen pillowcases for our guest bedroom.  They are a beautiful soft gray color and  equally beautiful to the touch.  I don't mind that they crease easily, I think it just adds to that romantic, charming sense that a French shabby chic bedroom swathed in softness lends to a room.   My new purchase inspired me to create a few linens of my own that are not only made from 100% washable linen, velvet and lace but are crafted with a few sewing techniques I use regularly.  There is plenty of fabulous inspiration online as well which is pictured below.  Oh my goodness, isn't this bed absolutely dreamy? It is layered in soft velvets, linens and cottons, impeccably crafted as well and the color is gorgeous.

 So taking inspiration from this high-end retailer I created my own linens with some pretty details.  Below is a few of my sewing crafts this past week.
The Euro sham pictured below is made of a creamy linen with brown velvet trim.  It was a little rough to the touch initially, but after several washes the linen is so much softer.  The pillowcase was an after thought, since I had extra fabric leftover from my daughter's panels.  I ruched the sides and added lace to edge. It lends a nice touch to Jordan's room and looks interesting paired with her trendy bolster. {tutorial}

The gray cotton pillowcase turned out nicely so I used off-white linen in my next pillowcase with hot pink lace trim {pictured above}  I will be sharing the tutorial next time, but wanted to give you all a sneak peek.

Sewing pillowcases and euroshams is such an easy project for novice sewers and can be rewarding since we can add all those special touches to make a room unique and interesting all on a tight budget.

Thanks for reading along today! Enjoy the rest of your week!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

An Old Dresser to a Doll Closet

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for letting me share this project with you all today! It was a lot of fun putting it together with my lovelies and creating something we both loved.  You see, we have three little girls with a love for dollies.  My oldest especially, adores her doll and plays with her on a daily basis.  After their play times they tend to have all their doll clothes and accessories littered all over the house and bedrooms.  So we collectively decided to organize all their dolls' clothing and accessories.  We had an old dresser tucked away in a closet just taking up unnecessary space, barely used and transformed it into an American Doll closet.

My daughter's chose red and pink to give the dresser personality. Naturally, they wanted all shades of red and pink all over the dresser decorated with colorful stickers:)  So with this little mini makeover they got their colors and I got mine.   We removed the drawer pulls and bottom drawers.  I painted the inside of the "closet" pink and chose this polka dot fabric and black trim for panels.  We attached the fabric with a staple gun.  Inside of the closet is a dowel rod, which can be purchased from any hardware or craft store attached with an epoxy glue.

We found these adorable red and brassy gold pulls at Hobby Lobby and attached after I slightly distressed the dresser and added a wax coat to the painted finish.

Below is a close-up of the pulls and painted finish.

Inside the dresser draws we compartmentalized all their accessories.  Honestly, I am not sure how long the closet will stay organized, but it was a lot of fun putting all this together with the girls.

Thanks for reading along today. Enjoy your weekend!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Linen Slipcovered Couch-Tutorial

Happy  New Year Everyone,

I apologize for the long delay between posts.  The holidays were naturally a blur and well, now  the girls are in school I have a little more time to dedicate to my blog.   Sadly, our Christmas decorations are packed away for next year leaving the rooms feeling "bare".  I arranged a few accessories this morning and played around with a new seating arrangement.  I guess the after Christmas decorating and the beginning of the New Year left me feeling like the house needed a fresh start. 
Our basement and family room certainly received a fresh look.  I managed to fit in a challenging sewing project by slipcovering our weathered couch.  Since the couch is quite large it takes up a great amount of space and was a big color block for me.  Beside the fact it had several holes in the arms and cushions from everyday wear and tear, the olive green shade looked tired.  I do however, love the couch, it is very comfortable, classically designed and constructed beautifully.  I figured I would try my hand on slipcovering rather than reupholstering professionally and maybe a few years from now we can replace again.  Thankfully slipcovers are so relevant these days, especially Linen.  I purchased my fabric at Hobby Lobby.  It a thick, durable slub linen perfect for slipcovering.  A few months back I slipcovered the chair beside the couch in the same fabric.  It is holding up well despite the few messes and frequent use. 

Below is my promised tutorial for slipcovering all upholstered furniture-:

An Aside Note:
Most of my slipcovered projects are sewn without the use of piping.  I personally like the clean sleek look of the "Restoration Hardware" slipcovered pieces.  But it is important to note that the piping does bind the fabric seams well and since I opted not to use the piping I reinforced all my seams with zig zag stitching and other decorative stitch settings on my sewing machine.
Below are pictures of the stitching I use for the seams and cushions.

Supplies Needed:
Linen Fabric at least 10 yds.  I used 18 yds total for my couch, but this did include slipcovering all the cuchions-6 total on my project.
Ruler a great tool for tucking excess fabric into the sides.
Pins I used at least a box to shape the arm and create a nice snug fit.
 Step 1
Pin carefully the shape of the arm of the chair.  Placing the pins closely together.  This will make the stitching process that much easier with little room for error. Make sure to create a pleated detail on the four corners of the couch.  This step will allow the slipcover to fit over the shape with ease without compromising the snug fit.

Step 2

Mark with a ruler the placement of seam under the rolled arm as shown below.  Snip away extra fabric from step 1.

Cut fabric just beneath the curve.  This will help shape the arm so the fabric doesn't drape to the floor, but fits snugly around the curves.

Step 3

Pin front piece to back piece following a straight line of pins from one top edge to the opposite edge and also pinning the side piece to the back following the curve of the couch.

Step 4
Continue pinning the  fabric on the other arm and sides of couch and complete the pinning by attaching the bottom front piece to the arms.
Carefully remove the pinned slipcover and stitch all pin markings as accurately as possible around all the curves and straight edges.  At this point I turned my linen fabric right-side and reinforced all the seams with zig- zag.  I gives it a beautiful custom touch and binds the fabric perfectly.

Step 5

Properly place the slipcover with cushions and double hem the slipcover.  At this point
I pressed it well  especially on the hem line, stitched the hem in place and pressed again.

The cushions were a little flat from use over the years so I added just one layer of batting around the foam.  What a difference it instantly made!

The End Product after a couple of days of hard work...

Picture  of my slipcovered pieces on a very dreary day ~ sorry for the rather terrible photo.

I hope this was helpful and easy to understand and replicate.  Please let me know if you all have any questions. 
On  a different note... a  huge thank you for your readership this year.  Thanks for following along even though my posts are sporadic and infrequent.  I hope to over the next year or so continue my journey on blogging and sharing and I  look forward to connecting.
Enjoy your weekend my friends.

Savvy Southern Style