Posts Tagged 'fabric'

Cornice Here, Cornice There.

I put my DIY hands to the test a few weeks ago when the two uneven windows in my bedroom started to REALLY bother me (and they already REALLY bothered me). I had ordered a few yards of fabric to recover inset panels in my headboard. I found I had an extra yard left over and rather quickly scribbled out a plan to make custom cornices to “even up” the side by side bedroom windows. Cornices deliver a sophisticated look that gives height, depth, and elegance to a room. In this case, I wanted to add a texture and height to give the illusion of even windows and enhance the already high ceilings. And I wanted to do it on the cheap.

These are the windows before the new cornices. The linen shades were left over from another designers project and were given to me last year for free. They just so happened to fit (although just a wee tad too skinny)!

In wanting to unify the space and in keeping with my slate silver, cream, and pale gold color scheme, I stuck with the same Robert Allen fabric that was used on the headboard. My cost for the yard? $50.

My honey picked up some 1″ x 12″ wood shelving material, L- brackets, and some staples for my handy staple gun. With tool box in tow, he took them out to our mini patio and cut them down to my specific plans. The cost at Home Depot was less then $30!

cutting down wood for use in a cornice

plans for bedroom window corniceI headed to the craft store and picked up 1/4″ batting to give the cornice a slightly upholstered look. I did not require more then a 45″ x 60″ peice. The store had a sale going on and to my surprise, I only paid $2.05! Score!batting for cornice windows

So I got started. I ironed the fabric and laid it out on my granite countertop backside up. On top of the fabric piece I laid a pace of batting trimmed to size of the fabric. Without much fabric leftover, I had to improvise and fold up as much as I could onto the back of the cornice on top of the battling and staple away.

fabric and wood cornice stapling

It’s best to have a finished interior of the cornice in case you can look up under it or see it from outside when blinds are wide open. But in my case, the roman shades remain drawn at most 1/3 of the window height so one would never see the back of the cornice. After stapling so many times, I realized that an electric staple gun is going on my Christmas wish list.

finished backside of window cornice

Once I inspected the first front panel, I went on to finish the sides and the other window’s cornice. As you can see below, I had to make three separate pieces for the cornice instead of wrapping the fabric around the corner and onto the side rails. The reason? The direction of the pattern was horizontal and there was not enough to cleanly wrap on both sides. So, I made do with the options I had and powered through.

Once the fronts and side were attached, it was time for hanging. To cause less disruption to the walls, my honey simply attached additional L-brackets to the inside tops of each side rail and fastened those to the top side of the window frame. This way, if there is a change of heart with the window treatments, they can be unattached from the wall without any unsightly holes or damage.

Once they both were hung, away went the tools and extras and in came a more complete and layered bedroom all for under $100! Now that I can sleep well to. Sweet dreams!

Trina Turk & Caicos Style.

It’s fast approaching late July and although trends and fashions for fall are creeping into to our consumer channels, I’m happily still immersed in the sunny days of summer. One of my projects has included looking for outdoor fabrics for a close client of mine. When I again stumbled upon Trina Turk’s line of exotic and juicy outdoor fabrics for a collaboration with Schumacher & Co., I was reminded of the good ol’ days of Popsicle’s, pale blue bicycles, lazing in the grass and building sand castles on the beach. Or a vacation in Turks & Caicos. =0) What kind of memories do these beautiful patterns and colors bring you?

Major Love for Milo.

I have to have this set of six chrome dining chairs by Milo Baughman. They are newly reupholstered in a colorful ribbon pattern raised velvet. There is no doubt these handsome and festive chairs would make my dining room the heart of the house (in my next home that has a dining room that could fit these beauties). Imagine what impact the space would have nestled next to this vintage teal blue sideboard! Bond & Bowery, do you take charge cards? Anyone know what upholstery fabric that is?

Milo Baughman Chrome Dining Chair

velvet color fabric

DIY: Doll Baby Bed.

My niece is turning two this month. For her birthday (and her party last Sunday), I wanted to dust the cobwebs off of my crafty side and make a gift that was unique, girly, and age-appropriate. So I did. Out came the sewing machine, vintage fabric, paint, and some tender loving care from her Aunt Megs. And look what a little love built!

I started with a kids doll bed from Ikea.

I started with a DUKTIG kids doll bed from Ikea.

Then I selected=

Then I selected a color scheme to match her bedroom and some vintage pattern fabric.

Supplies were gathered and it was a GO!

Supplies were gathered and it was a GO!

Painting floral details on the headboard.

Painting floral details on the vanilla white lacquered headboard.

Add butterfly appliques, some pink ribbon, and final touches.

Add butterfly applique's, some pink ribbon, final paint touch ups and heat up the iron.

I wrapped the finished doll bed in pink cellophane, added a multicolor spiral bow, and brought it the party. She immediately ripped off that bow and continued to unwrap the surprise. Once she touched the green coverlet, she took off the rest of the wrap and climbed inside. =)

My niece unwraps her cellophane covered birthday gift.

My niece unwraps her cellophane covered birthday gift.

She loved it! Guess it's not just for baby dolls. =)

She loved it! Though it looks like the bed is not just for baby dolls. =)

A Yard of Fruit Flavor.

I fell in love with Amanda Nisbett’s line of fabrics stocked through Holland & Sherry when I saw last month’s Traditional Home magazine. The col0rs are sweet and fresh and have adorable names like Grape Fizz and Lollipop. The textiles accompany a new line of lighting fixtures Amanda has launched through the Urban Electric Company. I’m thinking about Spring and these cute patterns and perfectly paired colors are an immediate escape to a tropical place.

Chip 2 in Tutti Fruitti | Amanda Nisbet

Chip 2 in Tutti Fruitti | Amanda Nisbett

Chip 2 in Lollipop | Amanda Nisbet

Chip 2 in Lollipop | Amanda Nisbett

Alannah in Blueberry | Amanda Nisbet

Alannah in Blueberry | Amanda Nisbet (oyster linen)

Alannah 2 in Blueberry Pepper | Amanda Nisbett

Alannah 2 in Blueberry Pepper | Amanda Nisbett

Positano in Kumquat | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on silk)

Positano in Kumquat | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on silk)

Francesca in Grape Fizz | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on oyster linen)

Francesca in Grape Fizz | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on oyster linen)

Pizzetta in Kiwi | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on oyster linen)

Pizzetta in Kiwi | Amanda Nisbett (fabric on oyster linen)

Pixelated Perfection.

Yesterday, I gave an hours of my time to watch a ‘webinar’ related to trends in the use of color into 2011 (however, still a bit perplexed on how one is able to predict what the fashion for color outlook might be ). I came across work by Barcelona-born designer Christian Zuzunaga during the presentation as one artist who is using the entire color wheel with subjectivity. His work is based on abstraction and essence, where fabric and upholstery act as the perfect timeless medium. With technology a huge part of our every minute, these designs make sense. Christian uses pixelated prints to cover sofas, chairs, totes, and even scarfs as designed for the Tate Gallery. Want more color in your life? Perfect your palette here.

100% Silk scarf sold exclusively at Tate Gallery.

Collaboration with Christphe Delcourt.

Collaboration with Delcourt presented at for Maison de Objet.

Unique designed fabrics at Balmacz's new showroom in London.

2007 Collaboration with Moroso UK and Kvadrat.

2008 Collaboration with Moroso UK and Kvadrat.

Limited edition Shanghai fabric upholstering Sala dining chairs.

Pixelated wrapping paper collection printed in England using vegetable inks.

Coke Infused… Upholstery?

Ever wonder what some people do with used Coke bottles? You might very well be sitting on this 100% green fabric yarns (Diet Coke perhaps?). Kravet Fabrics is using these recycled yarns for weaving their gorgeous fabrics. Thank you Paula Grace for the information on this recycling this fizzy container.



The Kravet Green Collection is made of 100% recycled polyester. The polyester is a unique blend of post-industrial and post-consumer fibers woven and finished with water based products and environmentally approved dyes.

... After

... After

Wrapped in British Rapture.

My search for beautiful wallpapers and fabrics is endless. Endless. I love shocking prints and anything out of the ordinary. So I came to a screaching halt when I found something actually kind of ordinary and big. Enter Rapture & Wright. Brilliant I exclaimed! Rapture and Wright began in 2002 when Rebecca Aird and Peter Thwaites designed and hand-printed their first collection of fabrics and wallpapers in a local barn. As their website claims, “The philosophy behind Rapture and Wright is to be 100% British”. Its true. And kinda selfishly cool. The cloth is woven in the UK. Designs are conceived and handprinted in the UK. And old school UK skills are used in the making. One look at the uplifting patterns, pretty hues, and generous selection, will lead you into rapture too.






Making Faces (and change!)

I was deleting a multitude of pictures from my camera phone and came across this photo of a chair I found (and caught on iphone) at New York iconic ABC Carpet & Home. If this does not scream I Can Make A Difference, then it would surely make you wiggle in your seat at dinner time. I wish I knew the fabric line – what a terrific idea for dinner napkins at his reelection party or the future First Dog bed. Stuffed with renewable materials of course.

Chair upholstered in mod Obama fabric!

Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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