Tropical Leaves and Flowers

There is no secret that I love flowers.  Especially tropical florals and tropical plants.  And I have my share of silk ones.

A few weeks back I went to Hobby Lobby to take advantage of the floral sale from 50% up to 80% off silk stems.   This gave me the opportunity to stock up, update old and create new tropical arrangements.

I did a simple arrangement for the family room coffee table with one large Bromeliad, a small Anthurium with fern leaves.  coffeetabletropicalvignettes

 The before with fresh roses was featured in the post Copy Cat Coffee Table Vignette.  I changed the container, added the silver parrot and changed the candy dish to a glass jar with cobalt blue glass stones. Tropical Florals


In the morning sun room I added another Bird of Paradise and small tropical floral stems to the vase arrangement.

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 I completely changed this corner vignette.  I thought this new arrangement is less cluttered and gives more attention to the tropical arrangement.  Tropicalfloralvignettebeforeafter


This floor arrangement  I only used two floral stems.  A simple quick update.3 Tropicalfloorplant

This floor arrangement has changed many times but I love the large Bird of Paradise. TropicalFloorfloralplant


Before, on the wall entering the guest room was a tropical painting,  a few changes and now this vignette gives more of the tropical feel I wanted to create. 4 Tropicalfloorvignette


Another tropical accent is to use only large palm leaves.  I love the bold, dramatic look of this type of arrangement.  And it’s so simple. 8 LargeLeafFloorplant

After we trimmed our bird of paradise plant and split leaf palm I rescued two palm leaves before trash pick up.  I preserved both by spraying them with super high gloss glaze. Palm leavesSilly I know, but until they scream “Linda please let me go” they will stay.  I loved how the large Bird of Paradise leaf coordinates with the Tommy Bahama fabric pillow sham.   2LargeTropicalLeaves

After seeing beautiful large palm leaves in vignettes I wanted to do a video of my favorites.   It puts me in a Tropical “Don’t Worry” Caribbean “Happy” place.  🙂  Enjoy…


If tropical florals is not for you, but you want a bold tropical feel, try oversized palm leaves as an option.  If you love tropical flowers, which can be costly, try silk stems.  All you need are just a few to give you that island in the sun feel.

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Does Hawaii come to mind when you see this print?  I’m Loving it!  It’s by Tommy Bahama.TBFabricBeachBountyLushGreenTommy Bahama designer fabrics are my favorite for tropical prints.  This print is called Beach Bounty  and reminds me of our vacation in Maui.  Sipping cocktails from pineapples while relaxing on the beach.  It’s indoor/outdoor fabric purchased from It also comes in two other colorways. TBBeachBounty3colors Using this and two coordinating Tommy Bahama prints I wanted to bring a little Hawaiian flair with pillows and floor cushions into our patio. The orange and white zebra print is not by Tommy Bahama but it’s also outdoor fabric and adds a fun contrast. I love to mix and match prints. Bold and crazy right? 🙂TommyBahamaFabrics

I wanted to make sure the  position of the print was the same on each pattern section, with the Parrot on the sides of the cushion not the top, so I had to adjust the pattern making it wider and longer. I used a pattern by Amy Butler, honey bun pouf. CushionTBfabricpatternOverall, the large pouf cushion came out fun. Under the zebra print band I inserted a zipper and made the lining detached for easy removal to clean the cover.  The filling is a combination of plastic bean bag pellets and poly-fil. I wanted it firm enough to hold a tray, yet soft enough for comfortable seating. TBLargereversesideCollage

The smaller pouf I used only two prints, as too the square. TBFloorCushions3TBCushions

I had enough fabric to make coordinating pillows for the chairs.  The lumbar pillows has a pillow wrap as well as the zebra print cover in case I ever want to use only the zebra print. The square pillow has the parrot print on one side and the green print on the other.  The smaller lumbar (all for fun) was scraps pieced together including the fringe. 🙂AlohaTBchairpillowsCollectionAlohaTBlumbarpillows AlohaTBbistropillows AlohaTBoutdoorspaceThe pineapple accents I caught on sale at Hobby Lobby.  My palm candle sticks from, I used one for a solar light. In the evening it lights the space nicely.  The furnishings are from Overstock as well, see post Bistro set for two. Accents Palm candleholders  It’s fun to play with pillows. Inexpensive, easy to update and refresh a space.  It’s definitely not Maui but,  if you can’t go to your favorite vacation destination….well you know the saying……Staycation, Staycation, Staycation! AlohoLindaTBCIf you are interested in indoor/outdoor fabrics in tropical prints by Tommy Bahama check out

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Lumbar Pillow Wraps

Want a quick and easy way to update the look of your solid color pillows, regardless of the size or shape.  Create Pillow Wraps.

Long story short:

We needed lumbar pillows for our outdoor chaise lounges.  The chaise lounges from (click on picture for direct link). Abbyson-Living-Palermo-Outdoor-Adjustable-Brown-Wicker-Chaise-Lounge-Set-of-2-92a56865-9491-476f-bc75-2b0c09164779_600

  • The four sets I liked (can’t just have one set), the price tag totaled $170.32!  So I needed to think of something less expensive.lumbarpillows
  • Purchased a set of 2,  Sunbrella outdoor beige lumbar pillows 12″ x 24″ for $59.99 on  Sunbrella fabric is the best for outdoors. (spill proof and fade proof) so I didn’t mind spending more for Sunbrella pillows since this was the only set I purchased. Charisma-Outdoor-Beige-Pillow-Made-with-Sunbrella-7278ce8c-d125-45a9-886c-9eb21321befd_600 2 for 56.99
  • Went to JoAnns with coupons and I was able to buy six outdoor fabric prints very similar to what I wanted on Overstock, plus jute piping for $34.00. 5a IMG_8721fabric
  • I made reversible pillow wraps to slide on and off the pillows to change the look.  See below for the tutorial.
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This particular print was a remnant that I was lucky to find, which is the same fabric I used for “Zebra print inspiration” (click here to see post).  This wrap is not reversible.

_8712lumbarzebraThis last reversible print is my favorite.  The fabric is by Tommy Bahama (TB is my fav. for tropical prints).  The jute piping gives it a nice finished touch.  See tutorial below.

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Pillow wraps are a quick and easy way to change the look of ordinary solid pillows. With minimal fabric no zippers or closures and imagine all the creative ways you can make them with trims, fringe, slider accents and embroidery.  And best of all, storage space is minimal too.

Now we are truly ready to enjoy our outdoor space with back comfort and a splash of colorful prints.  See below for the quick tutorials.

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Botanical Green Ruffle Table Runner

My current table runner just so happens to be green, and it’s  St. Patrick’s Day.  A nice coincidence.  I wanted to share this Green table runner before I change to a new runner that I’m working on for Spring.

The fabric is by Tommy Bahama.  Called Botanical Glow


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I love the Tommy Bahama brand.  I love their concept.

“Make Life one long week-end”.  Practice makes perfect in the art of relaxation.

This fabric can retail up to $34.99 a yard.

I had about 1 yard of the Tommy Bahama fabric, left over from a previous job.  The the green floral was actually a round table cloth that I no longer used because of  stain in the center.   And a roll of burlap purchased from Hobby Lobby about $5-6.

The design I chose was inspired by the following ruffle table runners.

CollageRuffle Table runner Although these are made with a different fabric which I like,  I was more interested in the design. The ruffles  I thought are so charming.  I could see these runners in rustic, shabby chic or vintage décor.  My home style is more of a tropical British Colonial, a British West Indies style but adapting this design with tropical fabric was worth a try.

I knew I did not have enough of the Tommy Bahama fabric for the center in order for the ruffle to hang completely off the table as in the inspiration pictures.  I needed the center to be 72″ long which is 2 yards.  But I only had about 1 yard of 54″ wide.

After modifying the design using that round table cloth cut in half to use on both ends, I was pretty please how it turned out. IMG_4685 1C

Next time, I’ll try it again with the right amount of fabric.

If you see something that inspires you, try to create it, give it a try, if it doesn’t quite work out, no big deal… there’s always tomorrow.  🙂


Until next time Sew, create and enjoy loving your home.  Collage 1c


Here is a brief tutorial:

2016 Note:  In 2016 Ruffle Table runner has been donated to GoodWill

Exotic Sentiments

Going to the fabric warehouse is a very disciplined undertaking for me.  But I’m weak when it comes to buying fabric. Especially the fabric remnants! I went in to purchase the rest of the fabrics  needed for another project.  So this purchase was a total impulse reaction.  Tommy Bahama Fabric on clearance for $4 a yard. Usually sales for $12++ a yard.  I only purchased 1-1/2 yards because I had no idea what I would do with it. But I was drawn to it.  That night while sewing (another project)  I was watching Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. This episode he travels to Tanzania for an African safari adventure.  My question was solved….inspiration found….The Tommy Bahama Bahamian Breeze Fabric united with Exotic Wild Animal prints!!  (Silly me)

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The fringe was also in the remnant bin and it complimented the Tommy Bahama Print. The soft suede cheetah print I already had. Since it was only a small amount of TB fabric, pillows was the best choice. I decided to make left and right banded pillow covers with contrast lining.

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Of course I could not stop there with only pillow covers,  I still had fabric left!  The rest of the cheetah print I made into a valance with the Tommy Bahama fabric as a contrast band and ascot. Also, tie backs for the mock canopy.  The fringe was used on the lamp shades.  My excuse to change the décor:  This seems more accommodating for the colder months ahead, with warmer natural hues.  00a IMG_2339ExoticSentiments

This was the before: From Bohemian Playfulness to Exotic Sentiments:   Bohmenian to ExoticThe changes made:

  1. Pillows, Bolster and Bed Scarf
  2. Window Treatment Valance
  3. Canopy and tie backs
  4. Added glass top and table skirt to side table
  5. Vignettes modified on bedside tables
  6. Lamps and pictures
  7. Added chair under window
  8. Crystal Pull cords for fan
  9. Faux fur bedside rug
  10. Bamboo silk plant in corner

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To think it started with 1-1/2 yards of  $4 clearance fabric.  Most of all, I went shopping around the house, garage and closets.   Here is the tutorial on the pillow cover.  Click to enlarge.  The bolster and coordinating bed scarf was made years ago, so a tutorial on the bolster I’ll have to do, soon to come. PillowCoverContrast

Here are the other colors in the same Tommy Bahama print found on

Bahamain BreezeTeal BahamianBreezeBlack BahamianBreezeBlue Bahamian Breeze Red Bahamian Breeze brown


Now then; I guess I can get back to the project I was doing before all of this impulse got the best of me.

Cozy up for the chill and why not try some exotic sentiments here and there while you sew, create and enjoy loving your home.  See ya soon.

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