Archive for the 'Pillows' Category

17
Oct
07

Living Room Touch Ups

Picked up the reupholstered side chairs from T and H upholstery (cost to upholster 2 side chairs and to make three pillows from leftover fabric=$165.00). The chairs, along with the rug, the new sofa (the one on the right), and a few accessories finished the touch ups to the living room.

Living Room After

A before shot:

Living Room Before

The infamous sofa:

New Sofa

Here are the pillows T & H made for me.

Tulip Pillows

I’ve ordered down inserts, but T and H was kind enough to put some fiber fill ones in them so I could still pick them up and enjoy them. The trim is from JoAnne fabrics, and I bought all they had, which wasn’t much. Jean at T & H told me today that a new fabric place has just opened up in Indy- Heritage Fabric and Design Center at 6951 E 30th St. She said their selection is really good. I’m pretty stoked to have a new fabric resource since I’ll probably avoid Calico Corners for awhile. I’ll try to visit this new spot and post about it soon.

I originally bought the tulip fabric for the chairs, but the pattern was too big so I used the stripe leftover from the bedroom wingback instead. Even the stripe is a bit too big, but I needed to use up some of my supply. Every once in a while I have to throw my practical side a bone.

Chair

16
Sep
07

Rug Dilemma-Resolved

I wasn’t ready to spend $1,400.00 for the rug I found online.

Not that this is an outrageous price. Decent 8′ x 10′ rugs can range from 5K to 20K. But that’s not the kind of budget we work with. I ran across an awesome light blue and white crewel number at William Sonoma Home, the perfect size, for $699.00 (that’s $700.00 to people not trying to talk themselves into buying a rug). The color was too light. Sad that it didn’t work and that I had more schlepping in my future, I trudged back to the north side. I stopped in Home Goods to check out kitchen wares and as I passed the rugs I saw this one:

Living room

The rug wasn’t there two days earlier when Dave and I made fun of the giant acorns that I would later blissfully buy, actually on the same trip I bought this rug. Perhaps I was blinded by the rug’s price, which was only $399.00 (that’s $400.00 to people who aren’t trying to communicate what a good deal they just found). And Julie, the large graphics and the richer color (which doesn’t come through in my photo) work better with the rug in the dining area, a concern I know you had. Now I’m not one to assign divine credit when it comes to shopping finds, but then again…

There are a few more addditions to the room, the crewel throw pillow (William Sonoma Home) on the red sofa and the green pillows (Crate and Barrel) on the striped sofa. Here is a picture of another pillow I bought later from Pottery Barn. It had a touch of the blue which I needed to work into the room a little more.

Throw Pillow

And more good news: I need to replace the little chair at the desk with something more subtantial, and just as I was about to start going back to auctions John’s mom showed us a pair of beautiful federalist looking sweeties that she said she would sell me. I can use the leftover fabric I put on this bedroom chair on the new chairs.

Reupholstered Wingback

While I’m at it, I think I’ll have a throw pillow made for the wood chair by the TV. If you’ve already read this far, you must be a design junkie. So tell me, any thoughts on how to trim said pillow? I have little experience in this area.

Also, I think I may need a coffee table now. Ideas? I’m thinking a couple of airy, squarish and maybe metal (old gold finish) tables, but that may be too obvious. I’m open to other directions.

07
Jun
07

Crewel Rules!

D and K Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom redos must be in the air. During a recent visit to Dave and Ken’s to watch So You Think you Can Dance I also got to see the big reveal of new bedding and Chinese Hu lamps, all from William Sonoma Home. Dave or Ken, what is the bedding pattern called? Is it still available?

Lovely, no? Still earthy, warm, and balanced (signature Dave and Ken) but with an atypical (for them) punch of color contrast in the fabric design.  And of course, I love me a big, fat pattern.

I’m crazy for crewel–so American (though much older than the U.S.), so crafty, so graphic, and so easy to place in pithy phrases.  The light color is actually a soft blue, not gray as it reads in this photo. 
Crewel Detail

Good job boys!

Quick! Pop quiz!
Mystery Guest
Dave and I weren’t the only bloggers on the Canal last night. Can you guess the name of the mystery blogger with her back to me in this picture?

14
Mar
07

In The Bedroom

…not our bedroom, though I sure wouldn’t mind lifting this one and tucking it into our house.

A new coat of paint, which I would describe as a “moonglow” (Dave and Ken, what was the name and brand of the color again? I need to do a better job of giving sources) presented a good op to highlight Ken and Dave’s bedroom style.

Dave and Ken Bedroom 1

I asked Dave to talk about what he and Ken feel are qualities of a good bedroom:

-Keep color easy on the eye. He limits his primary color choices to any shade between gold and brown, with the occasional pop of robins egg blue. (I would add that he uses creams to keep things from getting too heavy.)

-“I like bedrooms that are living rooms with a bed in them.” They get bonus points if they can serve more than one puprose. Dave, an artist, often turns this room, which is actually their second bedroom, into his painting studio. I know, I don’t know how he keeps it clean either, but he does.

-Keep it personal. Dave likes to go to sleep and wake up surrounded by pictures of his family and friends. They both feel there is never a wrong place in the house for reminders of family.

-Texture is important. Obviously physical comfort is key in a bedroom. Limiting color allows Dave to focus more attention on the “look” of how things feel. There are no fewer than six different textures on the bed alone.

Pillows

The principles above can be found in their master bedroom as well.

Dave and Ken Bedroom II

Ken helped me style this photo (the poor lighting is all me). The first thing Ken did to ready the room, which was already cleaner and neater than ours ever is, was adjust the bears on the bed, “This one is kind of slouchy.” We took some photos without the bears, but since this is a personal blog and not a design magazine, I decided they should stay.