I am crazy about vintage ethnic hemp pillows. These textiles are handwoven and hand-dyed by women of the Hmong Hill Tribe, an ethnic minority group of the highlands in the north of Thailand (the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand).  I also like the shibori hand-dyed fabrics. Shibori is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, which produces patterns by folding and twisting fabric. 

At some point, I would like to create my own textiles but for this DIY, I am using found and bought fabrics. 


Indigo Hmong Tribal fabric from Esty shop Native Arts Treasures

Indigo Hmong Tribal fabric from Esty shop Native Arts Treasures


Shibori pillow



For the first pillow, I purchased 2.5 yards of Thai Hmong Indigo from Native Arts Treasures on Etsy. I centered fabric over a white linen and cut fabric into an 18 inch square. I used a coordinating denim fabric for the back. Sewed both sides together, add insert and hand stitched pillow closed. Tip: I like to use an insert one to two inches larger for a fuller look. 

My second pillow, is made of shibori scraps I found while rummaging through my upholsterer's remnants. I sewed the pieces together to form a pattern. I used the same coordinating denim for the back as I used for the first pillow. 

I think they turned out great and look fantastic in my family room.

diy pillows

Here is a DIYs to try:

DIY Shibori Designs 4 Way/Design Sponge

Where to purchase fabric:

Morrisey Fabrics

Native Arts Treasures

Where to purchase already made pillows:

Homegirl Collections



sweet little valentine giveaway on facebook

Hey! It's a sweet little Valentine giveaway! Love this post and enter to win one of these cute framed prints. You choose the one you like best and I'll make sure you have it by Valentine's Day! Be sure to love by midnight, Wednesday, February 8th to win.

Let me know if you want one of these limited edition prints. I'll hook you up! Guys, here's a chance give your girl some love....think about it.



Before and After - Rockin Makeover

Once again, don't give up on a charming piece of furniture you've inherited......give it a new modern makeover. This lovely rocker has been reupholstered with a large ikat patterned fabric and a contrasting navy linen for piping detail and backing. My clients are thrilled with their newly revived heirloom.

rocker backview

Here are a few rockers and chairs with big pattern bang!!!


Prints are now available online. Ordering is fast and easy.

Prints are reproduced from original paintings created by me and printed on fine archival paper in two different size. Each print is signed by artist and ships within 3 to 5 business days. 

Let me know if you see an image not offered as a print and I will see what I can do.

xoxo, Sabrina


Let's just say I love to mix styles when creating my eclectic interiors. The bohemian style is one of my favorites. I have created two different design boards, in two different color ways to show the mingling of patterns.

boho bedroom 1

Below are a few inspirations by awesome designers.

Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors

Alyssa Rosenheck

Alyssa Rosenheck

Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors

love sarah schneider

love sarah schneider

Pop-Up Gallery & Open House Event

Please join us for a Pop-Up Gallery & Open House event featuring new art by Sabrina Cabada

Come see this gorgeous modern home for sale here and paintings by Sabrina Cabada

Event is presented to you by Lou Sagatov Realtor, KW Arlington

Contact: Lou 571.305.2405 or

Sabrina 703.629.5751 for questions or details

Hope you can make it for wine and lite apps on Friday the 11th! 

If you can't be there, stop in Saturday 11/12 or Sunday 11/14 from 11 - 4.

Please view facebook invite here

click here for directions

My top block-printed textile designers

There are so many gorgeous textiles out there now, it makes my head spin. I have been loving the block-printed linens for a while now and can't help incorporating pillows, drapes or upholstered furniture into all my interiors. I found Etsy to be the great source for pillows. Check this etsy site out.

Here are my favorite designers that do it best...... in no particular order. 

John Robshaw


Teen Bedroom Makeover

This teen client wanted a bedroom makeover. With a few inspiration photos from the latest RH Teen, this lovely space was created. I think it is feminine and sophisticated and a spaces she will love for years to come.

My client knew she wanted to use the pale gray RH bedding which helped select the colors for the room. I am crazy about a C2 paint I choose for my own daughter's room, Svelte C2-867. The pale blush color was use as the overall wall color. Benjamin Moore's Intense White OC-51 was painted on the vaulted side walls and Love Always 876 for ceiling color.


This unique dresser is a family heirloom but the dark wood finish dated the room. I had the dresser painted a warm gray and added a lighter accent gray to coordinate with the marble top and make the handles pop. The paint really brightened and updated this lovey cherished piece. It turned out great.



A small basement bathroom gets a playful makeover. The homeowner wanted to keep tiled walls and floor and most of the larger elements of the bathroom. A new white vanity, modern faucet, seeded glass vanity lighting and round minimal mirror give the room a fresh look. The interesting Thibaut wallpaper becomes the focal point of the bathroom. 

I started by creating a few designs. The first concept is classic with a gorgeous Thibaut wallpaper, wood vanity, coordinating mirror, and great lighting. Second concept, and winner, I call the preppy look. Again, pretty Thibaut wallpaper, white wood vanity and minimal mirror. The third concept is modern and minimal. Blue paint, dark wood vanity and a strip light. Lastly, the boho look. Cool wallpaper, vanity, mirror and lighting




Don't get rid of an antique wingback chair before you consider reupholstering it! Give new life to your old family heirlooms and make them fabulous.  Check out this transformation.

This update is fresh and light. Originally, the idea was to whitewash the wood frame but the wood was too red. The frame would have looked pink so we painted the chair instead. 

A Robert Allen fabric was selected for the front of the chair and a coordinating velvet was perfect for the piping and back.

Painted wood frame with shabby chic affect. Now all this chair needs is a lovely lumbar pillow, preferably a Peter Dunham pillow.

Which is your favorite?

painting of the day: Fry Stand by Shawn Huckins

180B - Fry Stand


acrylic on canvas mounted on MDF

49 x 40 in (124 x 102 cm)
I was first introduced to Shawn Huckins after seeing the Paint Chip Series, featured on The Jealous Curator (great art blog). 

The Paint Chip Series features several large canvases painted to resemble various color swatches you'd pick up at Home Depot or Sherwin Williams before covering your living room in "Pacific Sea Teal." Each "chip" also incorporates some mundane image drawn from the everyday—a Walmart employee pushing shopping carts across a "Sweet Corn" landscape; cars sinking into a "Honey Beige" flood. 

More from the paint chip series....
380B - Brown Paper Bag,
Artists with Huge Egos
380B - Brown Paper Bag,

Artists with Huge Egos
acrylic + latex on canvas mounted on MDF
49 x 40 in (124 x 102 cm)
460F - Self Portrait I + II with Flannel Shirt
460F - Self Portrait I + II with Flannel Shirt
acrylic on canvas mounted on MDF
49 x 40 in (124 x 102 cm)

you can find cool stuff anywhere!

I was in my husband's hometown, Altoona, Pa, over Easter weekend. I was driving through my in-law's neighborhood when I came upon what appeared to be a yard sale. I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES! should be a bumper sticker on my suv. It mortifies my kids but they should be used to it by now.  Anyway, I looked at the few items this man was selling against his chain-linked fence.  He had made these drum shaped coffee tables out of wood.  I asked how much and he said $25. I rarely have cash in my wallet and told him I would be back. A few hours later, I saw he was putting everything away and it looked like he hadn't sold a single table. He was so happy I had returned and liked his tables... he gave me two for one!
Very West Elm-like
The small one is 18" diameter and large one is 26" diameter. I think both made of hickory.

Elm Wood Coffee Table

 I love a good find!!!!!!!

eclectic style

Eclectic style is the great equalizer. It reshuffles the rule book, mixing and matching old and new, East and West, luxe and humble, showy and quiet. It invites you to fill a space  with objects you love and unique finds that strike your fancy. Simply put, it's you, curated. Try to redecorate a room using your favorite objects -- pillows, lamps, art, etc. Avoid symmetry.

I began this inspiration board with my painting "woodsy girl" and worked around her. The painting of the seated woman is mine too.

a special commission

A good friend's mother asked me a year ago to paint her 10 grandchildren. The commission was to be painted on three 24" x 24" size canvases, a triptych.  The idea was clever and creative. She sent me photos of the kids taken at a rodeo in Beaver Creek, Colorado, where they have a home. I liked it because they were posed looking at the rodeo (just the back views of the children.) 

Here are the paintings..... she loved them and I honestly think they turned out great.
The paintings were a surprise to the family and presented Christmas morning.......
My job can be so rewarding.