Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Quick Tip Tuesday - Redecorating With Your Existing Pillows

They say an easy way to change a room's color scheme is by changing your pillows.  As most pillows are $15+ each, that can get expensive awfully fast, and you're also left with your unwanted pillows that had cost you a pretty penny at one point.  This is why slipcovers are your best friend for changing your room's decor on a dime.  It's especially nice if you like to change your decor according to seasons or moods.  Rather than spending umpteen $$$ for a new color scheme, you can get or make slipcovers for your existing pillows.

Since adding all of the blue with the settee in the living room, I've been wanting to bring a bit of warmth back into our color scheme and have been on the look-out for a nice rusty-red "terracotta" color fabric.

Here's what our living room was looking like before:

Nice, but kind of bland - needs a pop of color!
As luck would have it, recently I went to a fabric outlet and found the EXACT color, so of course I jumped on it!  But that's not the best part!  I got 2 yards of the fabric for $1.78 total!!  Eeeeeeee!

I made these slipcovers for the two neutral-colored pillows that originally came with our couch.  It took me about 2 hours, but that was because I was figuring out the process as I went....aaaand was distracted by the good 'ol Robin Hood: Men in Tights playing as I worked.  So y'all could probably knock these off in no time!

I used this tute from Six Sisters Stuff as a guide to make my slipcovers.  My pillows measured 20x20, so the fabric measured 44x21 for me (I wanted some extra seam allowance for the sides).

*Note: If you wish to make a slipcover that has different fabric on each side of the pillow, you'll want to use this tute by the Wonder Forest.

So go ahead, experiment with colors and patterns with your pillows and liven up your room!  :)

In case you're one of the astute who noticed it, there is also a brown throw on the settee now.  Adding this throw (it was marked down from $40 to $6!) with brown and orange-red woven through it perfectly continues the room's colors and adds some warm coloring as well to the settee - throws are another great and versatile piece to play with!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quick Tip Tuesday - Hanging a Picture Collage

Recently we went with my bro & sis-in-law to an estate sale and snagged this set of mirrors for $15 (after haggling the price down of course!  lol).  I recently got them up in the dining room, which makes them the first thing on the walls since we painted the room.

For the record, I did not hang these by just eyeing them.  Here's an easy way I've learned from some bloggers for figuring out how you want to hang a collage of pictures on a blank wall without making multiple nail holes.

1. lay the frames on the floor or a table and shuffle them around until you like the layout.

2. take a paper bag and trace over your frames so that you can cut out their shapes

3. using painter's tape (other tape may peel your paint!), stick the cutouts onto your wall in the same way you laid out your frames, moving them a little here and there until it looks right.

4. at this point, you can either figure out where the nailheads will need to go, or do like I did and use the Command hanging strips (we have plaster walls, so I try to avoid using nails).

5. hang the pictures and admire your work!

Happy Tuesday!  :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Quick Tip Tuesday - Bedsheets

Hate folding laundry like I do?  This is a technique for organizing your bed sheets that I learned from Karl soon after we got married, and is something I wish I had known of sooner!

It happened one day as he was with me as I attempted the task of folding clean bed sheets to be put away.  I have trouble rolling sleeping bags, so you can imagine how much fun I have with huge sheets.  I can't remember the conversation verbatim, but this is close to how it went:

Karl: Why are you folding them?

D: Isn't that what you do?

K: You can just stuff all the sheets into one of the pillowcases.

D: ...*ponders for a moment* But wouldn't that make them all wrinkled?

K: They're bed sheets.  They get wrinkled anyway.

Touche.  Score one for the Kar-man.


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