Monthly Archives: February 2010

Foiled by Fabric

Oh no!  Remember when, way back when, I asked my readers to help me decide on the fabric for my living room?  I’d picked out the Norma Orangina fabric from Tonic Living as my primary fabric (for curtains and pillows).  I waited until now to order it, because the amount I needed was going to cost a pretty penny.  Alas – it’s been discontinued!

How could that have happened?  According to the rep at Tonic Living, “it was in high demand when the company went totally out of business.”

(Shout-out to Tonic Living)  The rep I contacted replied to me quickly, and is going to let me know what size remnants they have left.  If they aren’t big enough for pillows, I may give in and purchase the pre-made Orangina pillows that Tonic Living is selling.  But they’re $25 each, which is a lot more than it would have cost me to sew them myself.

This is a decorating disaster.  I really, really loved the fabric.

Is this the price I must pay for responsibly saving up some side money to purchase a slew of fabric? Should I be more impetuous next time?

Sneak Peek: Mid-Century Feet

The day I’ve waited for for months is almost here!  I’m dying to share the photos of the furniture that arrived this week – the custom living room furniture that I designed.  But for now I’m only sharing a peek.

It’s made of the most gorgeous medium-toned wood:

And it has several sets of adorable, mid-century modern inspired feet (that rest on my dirty, worn floors):

I’ll be back with the back story and many more photos – just as soon as I  get it styled just right.

Tree Decor & More!

Happy Wednesday!  I’m back to share a few more fun DIY ideas I picked up at the Mid-Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase.

How precious is this memory tree?  Wouldn’t it be fun to incorporate this earthy element into your home while using it display photos or birthday cards?

DIY inspiration

Here’s how I’d do it:  Just snip an interesting branch on a shrub (maybe an azalea?) before it blooms, and secure it in a vase filled with small river rocks.  For a more even, and modern color, spray-paint it a rich chocolate brown.  If I couldn’t find a single branch with this many small branches coming off it, I’d simply gather 2 or 3 together, wrapping their bases together with florist tape.


And now for something a bit more complicated, yet still within reach:

This 5-tiered cupcake serving table can be rented for all occasions . . . but why rent when it’s so easy to DIY it?

This reuse of an old table really “takes the cake.”  Pun intended.  Wooden tiers are attached to the base of the table with a large wooden post.  Any handy woman *or man* could hack this look with just a few tools.  Maybe make it square and cut the pieces out of plywood, then sandwich between sections of square fencepost and attach to a shabby chic thrifted table.  Ok, maybe it would be a bit more work than your average project, but still – wouldn’t it be fun to serve appetizers or desserts from a cute tower at your next cocktail party?

As you can see here in the detail shot, the entire tower was decorated with ribbon and tassels.  Hello, glue gun!

For more ideas, take a peek at my first post on Wedding Showcase right here.

Table Scape Cliché?

On Sunday my bffs and I attended the Mid-Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase.  Though we were there scouting affordable DIY ideas to green up C’s wedding, I was pleasantly surprised by the hints of decor inspiration I found as well.

Several of the caterers and florists had fun and creative table scapes set up.  One caterer, in particular, had a style that caught my attention.  (Unfortunately I can not find their card to give them credit.)

I loved the cottage-turned-modern look of the bird’s nest under the cloche.  Additionally, how could I not like the meringue-dipped brownie lollipops – presented, upside-down, in little flower pots?

DIY inspiration

Every time I see a cloche centerpiece, I wish I had a dining room table to decorate.  Suddenly, everywhere you turn you see cloche centerpieces.  And that makes me wonder:  Has it already become cliché to cloche?