Friday, February 28, 2014

Pillows, Pillows and more Pillows

My throw pillows are finished !! I had enough extra tablecloth fabric from the curtains and other pillows to make one pillow using three of the fabrics too. I thought I would add a few fake fur pillows but decided not to go with the idea. Maybe next fall I will change my mind. However seven pillows later and my living room now looks and feels warm, inviting and comfortable. Next step will be finding a picture for the wall over the love seat.

Monday, February 24, 2014

A valance for the kitchen window

I love the box seat window in my kitchen but it was in desperate need of color. So I continued sewing using the Cynthia Rowley tablecloth fabric that was leftover from my living room tab top drapes. I made the decision to not use drapes in the kitchen. If mounted on the outside of the box they would hang too close to the kitchen table and I have a very young grandson. Hanging drapes inside the box portion of the window would cut off the natural sunlight that comes in. I live in a suburb of Rochester, NY. Sunlight is very limited during the winter months. So the choice I made was to design and create a valance using mini blinds for privacy and keeping the cottage/coastal style in my creation.

Here is the before and after….

...time to make the pillows...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

From Tablecloth to Tab Top Drapes

I recently moved in to a very neutral townhouse with off white walls and very white cupboards. Actually the whole house is very plain and lacking color. It is a rental property so I will have to make it my own by adding the color elsewhere since painting is not an option. 

I have never been a person who would leave my windows bare. I spent some time looking for drapes and really not sure why when I could easily have made what I wanted. However I was not able to afford the decorator fabric since it was $25 a yard. I would need at least 8 yards. Two windows would have cost me $200 for a rental property, not. While looking for a tablecloth for my kitchen table the inspiration for my new treatments was right in front of me. I grabbed two tablecloths and the fun began. My total investment with sales tax was $40. I now had enough fabric for the living room and kitchen window as well as some leftovers for a throw pillow.

Today's project was for window #1 in my living room. Since I love the look of cottage/coastal style I decided to make tab top curtains. Thank you Cynthia Rowley for having the inspiration to design a print that I feel is just for me. 

 the kitchen is next...