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Slipcover update.

Well, I had planned on finishing up the slipcover tonight… But, quite frankly, I’m tired! I’m also at a point that involves a little too much thinking to figure it out (because, you know, I’m sewing as I go) so it’s probably better for me to just sit here and watch 27 Dresses.

So, I’ll leave you with this half done webcam picture and pretend that it’s good. I think I’m going to do the fronts of the arms next, then figure out the back. I didn’t want to have a seam at the top/back of the chair but I think I may have to…

We’ll see next week 🙂

I may even have some wine because it’s Thursday!


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Sewing a slipcover.


Just a quick update post before I head off to work…

This weekend I started working on a slipcover for the yellow chair in our family room. Nothing is really wrong with the chair except for that we aren’t nuts about the color with our current scheme (and that the cat has taken to it as her scratching post…) but it’s these things that have lead me to my next project. Please pardon the photo quality, this was taken from my web cam because both of my other cameras had dead batteries.

The fabric you see on the chair now was my draft… A while back my mom donated some muslin to me as practice fabric and that’s exactly what I’ve been using it for. I wanted to make sure I had a good idea of how to shape my seams, where to sew, how much to cut and where not to cut.

(images from Modern Fabrics)

I purchased the fabric from a store in Charlotte called Modern Fabrics. They are a fantastic resource if you’re looking for upholstery/decorator fabrics and want a better selection than your typical fabric store. Another reason they’re great is that they continually update their website with their new fabrics…makes it easy to browse online and then visit the store if you see something you like.

I made some serious progress on the real slipcover last night and am hoping to finish it before this weekend.

And, a quick slipper chair update for you, I think I’m going to stay true to my first idea (and to all of those lovely inspiration rooms that I keep going back to) and reupholster the chairs in a light beige velvet…

Something like this 🙂

Hope you’re all having a great week!

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Slipper chairs.

Ahhh, awesome Craigslist score.

I’m heading out tomorrow with my friend Claire to pick up these beauties for $100 smackeroo’s.

I’m picturing them stained a little darker, and with some new fabric, in the formal living room (but easily pulled into another space if needed).

Suggestions on fabric choice? I’m thinking velvet. Either turquoise-ey or a light blue with warm beigey undertones.

Will share more pictures on Saturday 🙂

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Making progress.

And yet again I’ve been a bad blogger. I decided on my way home from work on Friday that my blogging habits have been going the way that my ‘exercise habits’ typically go – as in, I stick to them for a while, and then they dissipate entirely. 😦 I’m going to make an honest effort to be better (blogging, not exercising (at least for now)).

One of the reasons I’ve been so absent is that Mr. Hubs and I had our wood floors on the first floor redone – woo HOO! Yes, that means we were displaced from our house for about a week which was pretty chaotic. I packed up just about everything in my closet for the mix of work days, weekend mountain days and casual days. Mess.

But, let’s start with the oldest projects first… and let me preface this by saying, if you’re not in the mood to read a book, you may want to come back to this another day!

About three weeks ago we got around the painting the brass fireplace doors. We took them off of the fireplace months ago when we wanted to clean it out and scrub the brick and are SO glad to have it back up in it’s fancy new state. Our mindset on this was to clean it up, make it consistent with the other metals we’re using in the house (oil rubbed bronze and/or silvers) – in this case oil rubbed bronze since that’s the color of the curtain rod in the room and also the color of the chandeliers we recently painted.

The steps are the same we went through for the chandeliers. Take down, take apart as much as you desire, scrub scrub scrub, dry it off, paint. Easy.

Since last time I posted we’ve also had the wood floors redone! We had some water damage in the dining room that needed to be taken care of so while we were at it we also had wood floors added to the red headed step child of a room family room. We figured since we were already having to move all of our furniture out of the first floor that this was probably the perfect opportunity to take care of this project too.

Unfortunately I don’t really have a good picture of the floors, but I can show you the before (below) and you can notice the afters in the following pictures.

(pergo – ew)

(installed but not yet sanded/finished)

So, with the new floors all shiny and clean we wanted some rugs to help keep them protected and also to keep our feet warm in the winter. We went around to several carpet stores, some discount remnant stores and then the local Ollies (have you heard of them? they’re kind of like big lots…kind of) where we found a wonderful remnant for something like $70 bucks. Can’t. Beat. That. We bought some carpet pad (also cheap) at Ollies and then scrambled around to find a place to bind/surge the edges because we’re impatient like that…

Needless to say, we love it. It’s wonderful. But we’ve both decided it’s a little light to be the main carpet in a room we use so much. We considered this when we bought it and have both decided its permanent home (when we find a better color for in here) will be in the formal living room. No harm done.

On the same rug train… I was browsing around recently online looking for runners for the hallway and I found the most wonderful one on

(image from

After about 36 hours of not buying the runner I couldn’t take it any more – so I ordered the runner and the 5 x 8′ version for the entryway. And, you have to love overstocks quick (and cheap) shipping; the rug and runner were here within three days and they are even more wonderful than I thought they would be. I got a little nervous that the brown would clash with the color on our walls but, thankfully, it doesn’t. It’s perfect!

Something else that has been bothering us is our TV situation in the family room. Currently it sits on our coffee table…which isn’t too bad, except that a coffee table would come in handy! We’d been browsing around, but since the floors hadn’t been installed and had missing areas of pergo (from where we ripped out the built ins) we didn’t really see any reason to invest in a solution until now…

We knew we wanted something that looked more like a piece of furniture and less like a media storage piece, and we knew we wanted something affordable. The space is small and there is also a vent that competes for some room in that corner but we saw this and knew it would be perfect.

(image from

And here it is after about 3 hours of assembly (thanks for the not mentioning assembly, walmart!) 😦

We need to adjust the drawer rollers just a little but as soon as we do that it will be on its very heavy way into the family room to resolve our TV-on-the-coffee-table problem.

The other ‘major’ thing we’ve done since I went on my little impromptu hiatus is install curtains in the formal living room. I picked out curtains from JCPenney and curtain rods/hardware from Macy’s. After the dust settled from the wood floors (and also from my efforts to clean all the dust off of the walls) we picked a Saturday morning and got this done! I LOVE them. LOVE. Love love love.

So. Other than a little Christmas decorating (and I do mean little) that’s all I’ve got for right now! Have you done anything special in your home lately? Any fun Christmas decor in your home? I’m going shopping after Christmas with hopes of getting some good deals on holiday staples for next year!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Riddling racks.

I am OBSESSED with riddling racks.

What is a riddling rack, you ask.

Yep – that’s right. A place to store wine.

Well, actually, the process was used waaaaay back when they started making champagne. The longer the champagne sits in the positions that this rack allows for, the more complex the bubbly! Yum.

Anyway, the one above is gorgeous, but unless I can find one that is super tall and skinny (thereby making a nice home for itself in a lesser used corner of our home) I have my heart set on a wall mounted version a-la the pictures below. I also am not trying to make champagne, rather to simply store my wine in an interesting and effective way.

(image above courtesy of viva terra)

Nice, right?! Art AND wine storage!

Another plus is that it takes the wine out of the kitchen and into another room, maybe the formal dining room. And it also keeps it in a position where the cork stays wet – which as we all know is very important.

I will say though, that I’ve seen a TON of these where the wine bottle isn’t as angled, and it’s still hanging on the wall. And that terrifies me. It just looks like the weight of the bottle will make the neck snap right off which is not good one of the worst things I can think of right now. I mean, who wants to waste wine! And beyond that, who wants to waste wine and destroy your wall/carpet/floor…ah.

(image courtesy of it’s the little things that make a house a home)

So anyway – I plan on attempting to build one of these (with the help of the ever so handy hubs) because they are pricy to say the least!

This also leaves me wondering how and where do you store your wine. Do you have a wine cooler? Wine storage built-in to a piece of furniture or room in your house? Do you even like wine? Do you have any recommendations for me on where I can store MY wine?!

Or, more importantly, what is your favorite wine!?


And now I’m thirsty.

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Bye bye brass.

This weekend I took on another little DIY project and am SO glad that I did.

Remember the brass chandeliers that we had in our family room and formal living room? You’ve seen glimpses of them here and here (and I’m sure a few other places).

Now do you remember?

Ok – well. I took the chandeliers outside and, after a little bit of cleaning with warm water and some no-rinse cleaning product, I got out my trusty supply of primer and paint and went to town. First I used a hanger from the dry cleaners to hang the chandelier from the tree – I’m sure my neighbors wondered what on earth I was doing when they pulled into their driveway.

My assortment of new and leftover spray paint

Then I went to town. For the first chandelier (the larger of the two) I primed with white even though the Mr. said I should use the new darker primer (FYI – he was right) and then painted over that with Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.

For the second and smaller chandelier I used the darker automotive primer and then followed that up (after it dried of course) with what was left of the Oil Rubbed Bronze.

The result (please pardon the awful picture – I still need to work on taking time to photograph and upload a decent shot, not just my random ‘look what I did!’ shots, before blogging)…

Yay!!! It looks SO much better!

We really should have waited a while longer to hang them to let the paint cure and harden, but, again…we get excited and want it done now. Patience is something we should work on…

We have also decided to take down, clean and paint our foyer and upstairs hall lights the same oil rubbed bronze color!

Also – always remember to take off your jewelry before you spray paint…that stuff gets EVERYWHERE!



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