Apparently I have a critic. Mr. subscribes to my blog and just the other day he said that I haven't been posting any projects lately. So over the weekend I worked on our son's room making curtains, a duvet cover, and a monogram lampshade. Hopefully I will have the post ready tomorrow so stay tuned. In the meantime, I did find some fun tutorials for making your own duvet cover. Some of them are older, but stylin' all the same.
You know me, always bringing the natural elements into our home whenever I can. This time of year I crave color and a promise of spring. One of the easiest and most economical ways to bring in color and life is by shopping the yard. Oh boy, here she goes again with her sticks and branches mantra. Yes, I love to use branches, especially bloomers. They add height, color, and touch of organic drama. And just so you know, real drama is much better than fake drama ;) Just look at these rooms.
Last three images: House Beautiful
If you are looking for a little project over the weekend, you can learn how to force branches to bloom here and here.
Any big plans for the weekend? I am looking forward to a weekend at home. Yesterday I picked up a couple of samples of Sherwin Williams paint - aloof & sensible hue. Last night I walked around the house with a paint brush painting swatches everywhere. Can't wait to see what it looks like in the natural light, but with thunder storms in the forecast I may have to wait to make the final decision.
I can hardly believe that February is almost over and March is around the corner. Really, this year is already flying by. I know that many of you may not like for me to talk about sponsorship, but I do like to stand behind my sponsors and give them the attention they deserve and expect. It is time to say thank you for sponsoring Cottage and Vine in January/February.
Maybe it's the inner prep in me, but I love a good monogram. Yesterday when I saw this post my wheels started turning. Did you know that you could use this site to preview monograms? Beats photoshop and paint any day in my opinion. Check it out...
I like the way mini-shades can make a serious chandelier seem a little more playful. Shades are also a fun way to repeat a color in a room. I'm thinking about adding them to our chandelier in the dining room. Anything low commitment that be quickly changed is good in my book.
Last week, I posted about Joss & Main, the new on-line source for premium brands for the home such as Missoni Home, Thom Felicia Rugs, and Baby Dwell at 25-70% off retail. New sales are launched daily, but only last 72 hours. As you may know, Joss & Main is backed by the parent company CSN, the third largest retailer of home goods in the US.
I have been browsing the website and found several things I like. One upcoming event that caught my eye is Coyuchi organic linens. The artful presentation reminds me of my favorite beach house with an outdoor shower. I imagine the organic towels and linens are amazing as well. I just love the shades of white, blue, and gray.
Did you also know that "Joss" means good luck? One lucky person will win a $100 e-spree with Joss & Main.
To enter the giveaway:
1. Visit Joss & Main and see what event you like the most. In order to see the event calendar, you will need to join the site providing your name and email address, if you have not already done so. Come back here and leave one comment stating your favorite event past, present, or future. If your comment doesn't link to a blog, be sure to leave your name and email address so that I can contact you should you win. Only one comment per person please.
That is it!
The winner will be announced once 200 people have commented or in one month, whichever comes first. So feel free to help spread the word so that we can find out who this lucky winner will be. I wish you all "Joss"!
Have you heard about Joss & Main? It's an exclusive private sale site that CSN Stores recently launched. Sales only last 72 hours and new ones are launched daily. The sales feature top brands and designers for the home at up to 70% off retail.
Access to the sales is restricted to members. You can check it out and join here:
I must admit that after I promised a tutorial for how the curtains and shade for the bedroom were made, I had to chuckle. To be honest, I cut a lot of corners and they aren't perfect or the way you are "supposed" to make window treatments. So here goes anyway...
Basically, I studied the big catalogs to determine how I wanted the hems to look at the top and bottom. The top hem is 2". Simply turn fabric under 1/4" and press, then turn under 2" press and stitch. Then do the same thing for the bottom hem only using a 4" hem instead of 2" for added weight. By the way, this does not have to be a sewing project. You can also use stitch witchery or the iron on tape if you prefer. I hung mine with clips. Easy.
Also, these curtains remain closed but allow a generous amount of light to pass through. Our neighbor's house is in close proximity and the curtains are for privacy and texture so I did not line them. Burlap curtains usually aren't lined in the catalogs either. Burlap comes in many colors. I think cream would be very pretty either alone or with a bright ribbon or Greek Key tape along the leading edge. Just thinking out loud.
My panels are the width of the fabric itself. In other words, I used the raw edge as is without hemming. Actually, you don't even notice it at all. This is how you make window treatments in 30 minutes - you cheat ;)
OK, now for the fixed shade...we needed something to cover the Redi-Shade at the top of the window, but I wanted it to cover as little of the window as possible.
I decided 14" would be the perfect length for the shade and I worked with the folds until they were uniform and the shade measured 14" in length. The width of the fabric and the window were 50". So again, I did not hem the sides. How lucky was that? I then pinned the folds into place and stitched each one straight across. Again, you could use other alternatives to sewing.
There are many ways you can hang a shade. The most popular way is to attach it to a 1X2 board and affix the 1x2 to the wall or molding with L brackets. I wanted the shade to have hardware similar to the curtains, so I used black upholstery tacks that I had on hand. Can you tell that I didn't measure for this part, but instead "eye-balled" it? Again, this isn't perfection, but I am very happy.
If you have questions, email me.