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I LOVE THIS WALLPAPER! Coming soon ... a diy hand painted dining room mural

I have recently discovered and fallen in love with Gucci's Heron print wallpaper. Scattered dragonflies with herons elegantly at play on a pink background and it's Gucci! Fact is, I'm so in love with this wallpaper that I am planning to recreate my own version on my dining room wall. Simply, because I can and at $350 for 2 panels (W2.25ft x L11.5ft), I have no choice. Can't wait to start this project and will blog again with updates on this fancy diy.

Gucci heron print wallpaper
gucci heron print wallpaper

I am also inspired by the hand painted designs of Voutsa. I'm sure you have seen the the Garden Chinoiserie Mural sold by Anthropologie and featured in this delightful dining room designed Schuyler Stamperton in the June 2017 House Beautiful. I currently have a client that loves Stamperton's dining room and we are using images as inspiration for her dining room makeover.

Anthropologie

Here are some other designs by Voutsa

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Voutsa via Design Crush

Voutsa via Design Crush

Voutsa via  Design Crush

Voutsa via Design Crush

Updates soon to follow on mural and client's dining room makeover. Art and design is everything!

xoxo,

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DIY PILLOWS

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. 

INSPIRATION FOR HMONG TRIBAL PILLOW

Indigo Hmong Tribal fabric from Esty shop  Native Arts Treasures

Indigo Hmong Tribal fabric from Esty shop Native Arts Treasures

INSPIRATION FOR SHIBORI PILLOW

Shibori pillow

MORE INSPIRATION

FOR PILLOWS:

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

HabitationBoheme

INDIEbungalow

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!!!!!!!


another footstool makeover

I bought this footstool for $11.50 a few days ago. Lovely isn't it? What you need is a great upholstery fabric ( I bought this remnant at the fabric store for a remarkable $10.00, normally $75 per yard). I have plenty left for another project. You will also need a good staple gun and plenty of staples.

I started by removing tassel fridge. Next, I cut fabric so there was 1 inch over hang. I put one staple on all sides and each corner. Continue all the way around and end with overlapping corners. 

This is a little tricky but evenly fold each corner side and staple 3 times to secure.

Trash to Treasure - rehab a chair

Okay, if I see a cool-looking chair in someone's trash on trash day, yes, I will throw it in the back of my truck. I saved this mid-century chair, in fairly good condition except for the old vinyl seat cover, from death.

I disassembled the chair back and legs and removed vinyl covering. Next, I stapled new fabric onto wood seat. Spray-painted all wood parts of the chair, let dry and reassembled. It looks great and has been given a new life.
super adorable! what do you think?


DIY - cute fox dolls

Saw this DIY on one of my favorite blogs - A Beautiful Mess. I made a few for the holidays and then decided to make more for my open studio. I used white velvet, faux fur and gold lame for the backing. I think they are adorable and have a more seasonal feel. 
Here's what you need and how to make......

PLUSH FOX DOLL D.I.Y.

Plush fox 1A few years back I made and sold these cute plush fox pillows through Red Velvet. Since it's a retired product now, we decided to teach you how to make them! These foxes are a fun one-evening sewing project that you can do with even the most basic sewing skills! Enjoy! 
Plush fox steps1: Supplies Needed- Simple solid, print, and white cotton fabric, scissors, card stock, plush stuffing, sewing machine/needle and thread and child safe snap on button eyes and noses. (You can find them in the doll section at your local craft store.) 2. Cut out the back and front of the fox. We made ours an estimate 1x2 ft. 3. Cut out and trace a circle from card stock on the back of your patterned fabric. This will be for the fox's belly! 4. Next, sew on a triangle shape for the snout with the white fabric. For the eyes and nose, make a tiny hole with scissors, poke the eyes and nose through and secure it with the back snap. 5. After you've sewn on the snout, sew on the belly! You'll always want to sew on the snout first, guaranteeing that the belly won't be too high or too low. 6. Once you've decorated the front, place both sides together with the outsides facing in and sew them together, leaving a small gap at the bottom. After you've sewn your fox together, flip him inside out and fill with stuffing! Last, hand stitch the opening. All done!
Plush fox 2Plush fox 2Plush fox 2Plush fox 2Try adding different details and embellishments to give your foxes cute personalities! Have fun. XOXO. elsie