Decorating with mirror panels – Simple changes

Hope all had a wonderful week.

Recently I created a style/board for a dream cocktail parlor shown here  that featured a beautiful large wall mirror. This caused me to re-visit other décor possibilities for the wall of our cocktail parlor.   Although I love large wall mirrors I could not use one because we have a bar cabinet centered on that wall.  The wall décor was a dilemma from the start of the re-do in November until now.  And moving the furniture layout, painting and wall paper was out of the question.  Finally I downloaded the room image onto Houzz.com under their “design dilemma Q and A” board and asked other decorators as well.  I received great suggestions.  But only one suggestion really made sense…

“Since your wall art seems to be unbalanced,  why not use one mirror for each side of the cabinet”

Eureka! Never even considered it!

I went with two mirror wall panels. Placing one on each side of the bar cabinet.   So many pretty ones to choose from and their prices range very high to reasonable, from elaborate designs to basic….  I really could not make up my mind so Ms. Pocket Purse decided for me.    🙂

The winner:  AtHome.com the home décor superstore:   AtHome Barnwood Panel for $79.99  

The design was not too busy and the brown wood inlay coordinated with my furnishings.  The perfect size, nice weight and thickness, made well with sturdy wall hooks. And the right price.

To prepare the room the changes were made:  Replacing, moving, decluttering.  Really simple changes with a big impact.

 AFTER: 

Although the mirror panels has a black frame, the texture has brown accents that pick up the wood tones. 

I did not want a lot of mirror bling, just the right amount to reflect the mood lighting in the evening. 

Up lights on timers creates a nice ambiance.  

I may have sconces installed on this wall, still debating.

 Never considered mirror wall panels before but so glad it came to be.

My decision for mirror panels did not come from Houzz.com but they have great resources.  If you ever have a decorating design dilemma check out Houzz.com .  They have interior designers and decorators (some not) who take the time to help with valid suggestions.  Go to Houzz.com  click Stories and Advice then scroll to Design Dilemma .

Cheers to mirror reflections.

Enjoy the rest of your week-end and have a wonderful week

Thanks for stopping by.

Boho Pillow

Is it time to refresh your pillows for Summer?  Sometimes taking an old pillow you love and dressing it up a bit is all you need.  Plus it’s fun to see how creative you can be.

I saw this fun pom-pom trim at Hobby Lobby, and thought how cute it would be to accent a bohemian pillow I made a while back. I was not quite sure how I was going to put it all together but I loved the colors.   

The large red pillow is what I had in mind to refresh.  This was our Bohemian inspired guest room in 2013.

I have always loved this fabric print by Richloom, called Cornwall Cadmium. 

Before I get into the how… let me just say I was really feeling funky the day I re-made/refreshed this pillow. 

Sometimes we just have bad days and this was one for me. I took my frown and turned it around into the energy of an artist.  I blasted the music, put on my baret and started the madness.  🙂   Let’s start the music……..

I whirled the pillow cover in the air and ripped opened all sides!

Squirted droplets of Gem Tac all over it!

Aimed and threw on the rhinestones!

  Slapped and Splattered  strokes of silver glitter!

Then twirled the fabric in the air and flung it over the easel and waited for the masterpiece to dry!  Whew!  Some days we just have to throw something!!

  

By then I was starting to look and be myself again, the calm was settling in …hmmm, hmmmm, hmmm 

 and creative thoughts began to blossom. 🙂

I had extra scraps leftover from the Boho Curtains (shown above).  I cut strips for side bands, but they still need something to connect to the center.  I attached a 1-1/2″ inset strip to the band and outlined it with the yellow leather studded trim.  The pom-pom trim and bands were then sewn to the pillow sides.

Let’s keep this creative groove going…

Made flange bands for the top and bottom with contrast corner squares. And attached batting to the flange.    

Applied red cord piping all around.  The back is solid red with a hidden velcro closure.  Measures 32″ x 22.” Using the same design it can be made any size you wish by simply framing an existing pillow with additional fabric and trims.  

Next were the tassels. Made with multi color and red sparkle yarn, crystal beads and the yellow trim.

The tassels measure 10″ long and 280 strands each.

 

 

 The Bohemian Pillow Refreshed!

A few days past and I decided to relax under the tree. 

This art print by Jane Evershed called “I would like my bed to be outside under a tree”  Summed up how I was feeling.

Yup, some days you just have to throw something then take a deep breath and relax……..Boho Style!

Hey, enjoy your week-end and Thanks for stopping by

Sew, create and enjoy loving your homeCheck out more bohemian ideas  and creative pillows on my Pinterest boards

Ok, you can turn the music off now if you want …or…. just groove on…

The Funky Zebra Print…. Fabric Leftovers

I think Zebra Print is….well, Funky.  You either love it or look the other way.

Exotic Animal fabric prints will always be in my fabric collection. But the Zebra print is my favorite.

Last month after finishing the outdoor table runner and a few pillows (See more of that post here)

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I had more Zebra print fabric left.

Inspired by  Jamala over at VivaLaVintageforyourhome stated if you have left over fabric use it in other areas of your home. She showed ways in which she used her left over fabric.  Which is exactly what I did.  I made another pouf…. Did I really need another pouf..?  No but glad I did.

I placed it in my studio office beneath the credenza. I’m pleased with how it turned out. By adding black piping between each pie shaped panel, around the top center and side skirt made a difference.  25″ Finished diameter X 14″ height.

I felt it needed a coordinating pillow. So back to Hobby Lobby I went hoping they still had more of this fabric.  On sale $4.00 a yard.   They did!   Now, the decision on what type and design of coordinating pillow?   Accent, Floor, Euro…what?   Since the pouf has pie shaped panels…hmmm…..the design I chose was hexagon shaped.

Making the pattern first started out as a circle, then dividing into 6 equal parts.

But you know me, I can’t just have 1 print.  I wanted to add another print.  The best way was to add ellipse shaped  sides.  Shown in the right picture above,  the straight bottom of the hexagon was curved up.  Then I was able to make the ellipse shape pattern for the side panels.

I added piping and soft yarn tassels, a back zipper closure and filled it softly with a combo of down and poly-fill.  The top has the option to be tufted.  After attaching the top and back buttons with a long cord I left the cords unattached on the inside.  Filled the pillow while holding the two cords.  After getting the desired fullness, I  inserted my hands and tied the cords to the desired tufted amount.  It sounds more fussy than it actually is. The finished cushion is 25″ diameter.

 

Making a little seating vignette to kick off those heels and have a champagne cocktail.  The quilt I made years ago.  Quilts are another excellent way to use left over fabric and scrap fabric.

The white pillow was made from a twisted rope shag rug.  Filled with down for extra softness.

Stacking the two looks cute too.  (Idea: Stack two velvet hexagon cushions with long beaded tassels. That would look awesome in a ladies boudoir) 🙂

Did I stop? Oh No……. Still had left over print fabric so it had to be used. 🙂 Made a large rectangle with crescent-shaped ends, piping, back zipper closure and tassels.  35″ long and 25″ wide.

With all the poufs, pillows, and cushions the girls are ready for picnic entertainment.  The wicker bowl  I used in Wok Bowl Planters received the table top from my office table which fit perfectly inside as a tray for a flat surface.

It’s certainly a Funky Zebra Fest…

Now it’s back in my studio office under the credenza…. Makes for a little extra seat.

Other ways I used left over fabric and trims:  The tigers were heavy candle holders great for what are now bookends with burlap tassels glued upside down in the candle cups. The covered book.  For the air freshener I made a fur koozie with the bottom open to slip on and the top open just enough for the spray nozzle. The wood table top is covered with wall paper.

Now that I don’t have any fabric left I guess it’s time to shop for more.

Do share ways you have used your left over fabric from finished projects?  It’s always great to get and give new ideas.  I hope to see you on my next outdoor seating vignette with some fabulous new fabric prints. Thanks again Jamala at VivaLaVintageforyourhome for the inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week-end.

Sew, create and enjoy loving your home.

 

 

Wok Bowl Planters

Happy Friday.  Hope all are ok.  I know some of us are not having ideal weather conditions.

Let’s think about Happy, Cheerful, Beautiful Spring Flowers

If you are looking for another planter idea to bring beautiful plants and flowers to your outdoor space try a wok bowl planter, or as some would call them…bowl planter.  Many sizes to choose from although the larger ones require more space.  If space is limited one planter will definitely give a medley of beautiful flowers.

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I love that this one is footed.

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Wicker footed bowl.

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This wicker bowl has been with me since 2009.

It was so wobbly I hardly used it. Then in 2015 that old trusty light bulb moment came to give it stability by making legs/feet in order to get more use out of it.

To use it as a planter, first, I lined the wicker bowl with plastic.  I used potted Daisies (left in the plastic flower-pot) in the center and surrounded them with a floral wreath. Placed moss on the outer edge and a Toucan on the side. 🙂  Super simple and easy to change out the flowers.

Other creative ideas for bowl planters are to actually use old woks

  

 Just another planter idea for your outdoor gardenscape.

Time to pot and play with more beautiful flowers.

Enjoy your week-end.. See ya in April

 

Favorite Outdoor Vignettes

Buddha statues,  pottery and garden whimsy,  these are a few of my favorite things …….pertaining to outdoor vignettes.

My favorite outdoor vignettes, regardless of the size or type of space you have to enjoy outdoor living,  does not involve any type of furniture or placement of furnishings.  It’s the items that surrounds the furniture.  Interesting items small or large, it’s what you love to surround yourself with.

Buddha statues are my absolute favorite outdoor decorative item and oddly enough I no longer have one! Go Figure! This one I had a Guan Yin Buddha

 was given to charity during my 2016 Clean Up, Clean Out, Purge.  Maybe I was really making room for a larger one. (my method to madness).

   Honestly,  my garden has not quite called for one just yet. I want it to be the perfect setting.  In time it will…all in time.

They capture the essence of serene relaxation, a calm environment and good luck.  Even if you don’t involve yourself with the practices of Buddhism it’s a welcome item in many  gardens and outdoor spaces. This particular vignette is featured at the home of Jennifer Harrison-Ciacchi,  her site is Flea-Market Fab.Style   Having a home as cozy as hers is heaven to me.  It’s kick off your heels relaxation and leave your inhibitions at the gate. To read more about her bohemian style click here.

Here is a video I hope you find interesting and inspiring.

Pottery and baskets are another type of vignette that is beautiful when featured in a group with the same color and style.  These particular vignettes shows how beautiful a grouping can be.

 

I tried to create two vignettes with this concept.

First I started with the flowers I wanted to use for both vignettes.

  A palm plant, wisteria stems in different colors, a small wreath, and bamboo plant.

  Went house and garden shopping and selected white pottery in different sizes and textures. And three decorative metal trays.

 Played with the arrangement, then added animal whimsy. 

Cute. Looks pretty lush and tropical. Using any  3 of these items would make a nice vignette as well.    Love this monkey 🙂 It’s actually a candle holder.

Birds peeking out

Frog relaxing under the palm. Too cute.

Displaying garden animal statues and figurines in outdoor vignettes is just plain fun! Anything animal whimsy that makes me smile, laugh or giggle I love.  Some are just too cute and funny.  I have to restrain myself from buying too many because my garden would look like a hot mess.   Another, featuring Talavera Pottery.  🙂  Look at the chick!

Ok, let’s get serious…Here’s another featuring nesting baskets, using the same flowers, palm plant and decorative metal trays as in the white pottery.

Nesting baskets are also good for storing outdoor items.

Having a Balinese feeling…

Adding whimsy…The decorative metal tray gives a mirror effect behind the Dick Hsiao parrot candlesticks.

Little Toucan making his debut.

Well those are a few of my favorite outdoor things……

To see more please visit my boards on Pinterest Outdoor Living Spaces   and Vignettes where I’m always pining more ideas.

Hope you enjoyed the vignettes and my Buddha Statue video inspired by Jennifer Harrison style at Flea Market Fab.

Enjoy your start of Spring! Thanks for stopping by

 

Spring Outdoors -My Happy Place

Are you making any changes to your outdoor living space for Spring?  I’m refreshing our patio for Spring using  simple changes with pillows and cushions.

Love that word “refresh” pertaining to decorating.

Thanks goes to Jamala of  VivaLaVintage For Your Home who used that term on her Guest Room Refresh shown here.

 Last year I wanted a feeling of Hawaii for the patio shown here in Aloha.

Aloha Pillows and Cushion

Aloha Pillows and Cushion

But this year I wanted a Tropical Safari feel. I was inspired after viewing this video of the  Singita Pamushana Lodge  in Zimbabwe. The color palette of Black and White, Teal, Blue, Green, Yellow I thought was beautiful and bold.  See more of the Villa here 

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 Not only the color palette but the villa itself,  is absolutely breathtaking.  I know I can not replicate any part of the furnishings or decor but the color palette I can certainly try.  Also, I must say, if you want a feeling of an African Safari Adventure, if ever in Florida get a chance to visit Disney World’s  Animal Kingdom Lodge.  We have dinner there from time to time at  Jiko – The Cooking Place.  Just walking thru their incredible lobby and out to the Savannah is well worth it.   My beautiful grand-daughter.

I was very lucky to find all the fabric prints I wanted for the cushions and pillows at Hobby Lobby. All on sale.  Zebra Print from $17.99 to $4. and Tropical Prints $4 a yard. Leopard print marked from $29.99 to $7 a yard.   Yay, I was a happy camper.Fabric for Patio cushions

Our outdoor living space is my happy place!

Terra Cotta fountain

I am completely stress free when I am outdoors surrounded by nature. Hubby took two old terra-cotta planters to create a water fountain after the other leaf fountain took a nose dive. He was able to save two metal leaves to use as well.  Great Job!  The sound of the water is so relaxing.

We truly want to be comfortable when enjoying our patio.  It will always be a work in progress. Items come and go.  But it’s amazing how changing the pillows, adding a few accessories really makes a welcome change. A nice re-fresh.

Our Breakfast Bistro Table:Elephant Centerpiece

white-elephant This elephant I gave to my mother as a gift on her 90th birthday. She collected elephants. After her passing it was gifted back to me.  I dressed him up with beautiful flowers and a tassel throw. Having it here reminds me when Mom and I would share time outdoors soaking up the sun.

Also, by the way, Z Gallery has a ceramic elephant bowl selling for $59.95. Shown here. I’m thinking I really, really need this one. 🙂 ceramic-elephant-zgallery59-95

TropicalSafaritablerunnerThe runner combines the fabric prints on the front and the reverse side is solid leopard print.  We prefer using white hand towels for breakfast outdoors.  For us we find that they are larger, more absorbent and easier to clean than white linen napkins. Pillows are 18″ square.

 

 pouf ottoman   leopard ottoman pouf

The pouf ottoman I made to serve two purposes, to hold the extra breakfast goodies and to kick up your feet to digest that big breakfast. 🙂  It has a bottom zipper closure to remove for cleaning.  I’m pleased with the outcome.  I used Amy Butler’s honey bun pouf pattern for the top panels and changed the sides for height.  Measures 22″ diameter X 15″ high.

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   Just to give this area a little extra spirit I draped the cabana door with a quilted table/bed runner that I made years ago shown here in On the Wild Side.  🙂

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Without the runner on the door

Well, I can’t forget about the doggies. They have a large tropical cushion to relax too.  I’m sure changes will be made especially to the cabana door, maybe bamboo or iron ??  Maybe an outdoor rug.  Wouldn’t it be great to add African wild animals statues and artifacts !!!

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The other areas:

Where we lounge to get the sun:  chaise-lounge-cushions

chaiseloungecushionandlumbarEnvelope lumbar pillow covers and a large round down pillow for shared arm support.  It’s all about comfort.  IMG_0083trayand vaseA rattan tray to hold chips and dip, ice pitcher and glasses. While Mr. Toucan holds down the napkins.

At the end of the day sitting watching the sun go down with a refreshing light cocktail always makes a pleasant day complete.

SafariTropicalvignette2I have a few more touches to this sitting area that I’m considering….with pottery, palms, new garden stools, rug, hanging lanterns ..etc.

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I love seeing little pockets of interesting vignettes in outdoor spaces.  If you get a chance I’d love for you to stop back by and see a video on my Favorite Vignettes for Outdoor Living Spaces.

Well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.  Gotta go, the Sun is setting…know what that means. 🙂

Enjoy your Week.

And keep in mind, if it inspires you…Sew, Create and enjoy loving your home.  signature

Silver and Gold for Christmas

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas Holiday Season. We love this time of year for so many reasons.

Deciding on a centerpiece for the season was challenging because there are so many beautiful festive colors and themes.  Keeping it simple to last thru-out the winter months with very little editing was my goal.

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A small wreath to greet you at the kitchen door

 

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Reindeer greetings as you enter

 

Via Pinterest Only If I had a tree it would be....

Via Pinterest
Only If I had a tree… This it would be….

 

Gold and Silver Reindeer

Golden Reindeer spreading Joy

 

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Snowflakes of Pearls and Crystals

 

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A flocked swag with twinkling lights and silver wire trees accents the buffet with a reindeer sitting cozy and nestled away

 

Crystal candle holders and pillars wrapped in sparkling ribbons

Crystal candle holders and pillars wrapped in sparkling ribbons

 

A grouping of candle holders in mirror and gold, silver mercury glass and mother of pearl

A grouping of candle holders in mirror and gold, silver mercury glass and mother of pearl

It all makes Silver and Gold for Christmas

Flocked Floral Centerpiece accented with ornaments

Flocked Floral Centerpiece with candle accented with ornaments, crystals and pinecones.

Other small holiday touches to make the season bright:

Apothecary Jar filled with glitter spheres and snowflakes

Apothecary Jar filled with glitter spheres and snowflakes

Coffee table glitters with spheres and twinkling lights

Coffee table glitters with spheres and twinkling lights

Patio filled with twinkling snowflake lanterns

Patio filled with twinkling snowflake lanterns

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holiday Season !!!

 

................Merry Christmas from our home to yours..............

Merry Christmas from our home to yours

 

Thank you so much for following my blog these last few years.

You taking the time to visit is more appreciated than you will ever know.

  I read a quote awhile back on Pinterest and it has stuck with me.  I would like to share this quote with you.  It’s just a simple small thought to remember but it has a strong impact on our everyday lives, especially during this holiday season.

“If you only say one prayer in a day, make it Thank You”

Thankful for being able and capable to give, to share, to understand, to love.

Thanks for stopping by….Cheers!signatureChristmas centerpiece 2016