Valentine’s Day Garland

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12.2.13

Valentine's-Garland 

Because Valentine’s Day is just two days away I thought it would be fun to do just a little Valentine decorating. Usually I’m not one for making a big deal out of all of the smaller holidays but as Nikolas gets older he really enjoys sitting near me while I do projects and helping where he can. This project was right up his alley. He helped sort and count out the hearts as I cut them. This was really simple and fun.

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 Supplies

  • Red and pink construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Fishing line

First cut out several red and pink hearts from the construction paper in varying sizes. I was going for home made so I folded the paper in half and cut the hearts without a pattern, just like I used to do in art class in elementary school.

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Next cut a length of fishing line or clear thread, lay your hearts out varying the sizes and colors.

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Put a little dab of hot glue onto the back of each paper heart and lay your fishing line into the glue allowing it to cool. Simple!

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Hang on the wall with thumb tacks and enjoy!

How to Upholster a Chair (Part 1)

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11.2.13

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Ever wonder how to reupholster a chair seat so that it feels cushy and brand new, not saggy or springy? After working on a few chairs and reading tons of tutorials I’ve learned a thing or two about putting together a nice soft seat. Upholstery can be totally daunting and scary if you’ve never done it before. The secret to a nice soft seat is in the layers that cover the support, whether it be coil springs, zig zag springs or no springs at all. This method will add a little cush to the tush and look beautiful in the process.

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I wanted to add a lot of pictures to help you visualize how to upholster a chair seat. I’m breaking it up into tow posts so I really go into detail without (hopefully) making your eyes glaze over. This time we’ll cover how to add new foam and batting to your seats, basically the guts of the chair. Next time we’ll go over how to do the fabric.

For any upholstery project here are the materials I like to use.

  • Upholstery tacks
  • Decorative nail head tacks
  • Tack hammer
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun and staples
  • 2 inch foam (you can get thicker or thinner foam depending on the seat)
  • Burlap
  • Spray adhesive
  • Dacron batting

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Strip your chair frame by turning it upside down and removing all of the fabric and staples. There’s no real finesse here other than a lot of pulling yanking and plain old elbow grease. I also try and save my fabric to use as a pattern later. If the staples are really stubborn try prying a Ray Ban outlet flat head screw driver underneath and use a little leverage to help loosen things up a bit. Pliers are also your best friend at this step, they’ll help you to yank on the fabric and pull out stubborn staples where need be. Make sure you remove ALL of the staples. It’s my least favorite, kinda tedious but crucial step and will make a big difference in the end.

If your chair has a wood frame like mine and you want to paint, now is the time to do it. Lightly sand, prime and paint the frame. Even though the paint is dry to the touch in a few hours it really take a few days for it to become totally cured and more durable. Set it aside and wait for a couple of days. You’ll be turning the frame upside-down and you don’t want to ruin your brand new paint job by moving to quick.

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When I I stripped my chair down I didn’t remove burlap that was covering the springs, it was in nice shape so I left it. If you need remove everything all the way to the springs springs start by stapling a layer of burlap over the top and stapling all around the top edge to completely cover the springs.

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Next take your 2 inch thick piece of foam. Attach four wide strips of burlap using spray adhesive to each side. Make sure the strips are stuck good and tight and spray the adhesive outside. A word of warning, everything the spray adhesive touches will become tacky, it’s stinky and tends to fly everywhere. defiantly spray it outside in a well ventilated area.

How-to-Upholster-a-Chair-3 Once the burlap has had a chance to adhere to the foam it’s time to put your foam onto the seat. You can cut the foam with a serrated bread knife to the exact size of the chair of it’s big enough.  In this case my foam wasn’t quite large enough for that, so I stuffed batting tightly all along the edges. It worked just as well.

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Now that the foam is on top of your seat you’ll need to cut out an opening for the legs of the chair so that the burlap will fit around nicely. Start by folding your burlap close to the chair leg. Then cut a “Y” shape into so that the two points of the “Y” just touch the outside corners of the leg.

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Here’s a little drawing to help you visualize how the cut should go. Make sure you go slow and not cut too much. Sometimes I’ll even draw the Y right onto the fabric so I know where to cut. Then pull the burlap through and tuck it around the legs

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When you have all four of the leg holes cut out you can start stapling the burlap. Start in the center and put a few staples, then move to the opposite side’s center, pull tight and staple a few more.

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Keep going back and forth pulling tight and even until the burlap is secured all the way around the chair.

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This will help shape the chair seat and give you a nice crown to the seat. Once the burlap is all secure nice and tight it’s time for a layer of batting.

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Cut a generous size piece of batting and lay it onto your seat. Cut the same “Y” shape around each leg as you did with the burlap. You can see here that I drew the Y right onto the piece of batting. You’ll never see it and it’s very helpful. Also it makes good practice for when you’ll need to do this step with your fabric.

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Now here’s were stapling the batting differs from the previous step. Batting is made up of multiple layers you’ll need to pull to separate your the top layer of batting from the bottom.

How-to-Upholster-a-Chair-9 Staple only the bottom layer to the chair but not the top, the same way you did with the burlap. Don’t tug as tightly on the batting as you did the burlap, since the burlap should be holding it’s the foam in place. You want the batting to be smooth and free of bumps. How-to-Upholster-a-Chair-10

Once your finished let the top part of the batting fall down around the chair. At this point if you have too much batting you can trim the excess so it only just falls below your chair line.

Now it’s time for the top fabric which I’ll be covering later in the week!

PS: Yes I always reupholster chairs in my living room. Especially when it’s too cold to go outside. 😉

Update: Check out part 2 of our How to Upholster a Chair tutorial here.

Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and After Party

Dreaming of Warmer Destinations

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08.2.13

Happy Friday! As usual I’m so glad the weekend is here. They’re predicting a huge snowstorm is about to arrive in the Northeast any second. This is usually the time of year that I start dreaming of warmer destinations.

One one of the places I’ve always wanted to go but never have been are the Florida Keys. There’s some kind of romantic notion I have about a semi tropical destination relatively close to home.

A long time ago I saw a Travel Channel show with Samantha Brown about Little Palm Island off the Florida Keys coastline. Is that show still on? I used to love it. Little Palm Island and the Florida Keys have stuck with me ever since.

How can you not love a luxury resort disguised as a grass hut surrounded by palm trees. What are you dreaming of this weekend?

All photos courtesy of Little Palm Island Resort and Spa.

For more information on visit Little Palm Island check out all the details on the resort’ s website.

Swimwear 2013 Favorites

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06.2.13

Last night when I should have been writing the post for today I was staying up late, browsing the internet for bathing suits while catching up on episodes of The Following. That show is soooo good, but fair warning it’s not for the squeamish. Don’t do what I did and watch it in the dark, by yourself, until midnight. Trust me it’s not a good idea.

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image via JCrew Swim 2013

A decidedly less squeamish topic (depending on how you look at it ) are the swim collections for 2013. In between closing my eyes and trying not to look at the television screen I found some really great suits. Apparently high waist retro styles are in big time this season as are a lot of great one pieces and bikini’s. We live on a lake (duh) and also have a pool so swimwear is definitely one of the main staples of my summer wardrobe.

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 image via Urban Outfitters

Here are some of my favorites that I’m dying to pick up.

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

I really love number 1, 5 and 6. Any favorites?

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Black Doors, What Do You Think?

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05.2.13

One of my favorite rooms ever from Pure Style Home featured in Small Rooms Magazine

A couple of weeks ago I asked how you all felt about white walls. It was so nice to hear your thoughts and not feel like I’m talking to myself. Ha! Judging by some of the responses a lot of you are loving them right now, me included. Although I still am on the fence about which white to pick to paint the Living Room. I know, I should just make a decision already! That’s what Bryan keeps telling me.

Today’s let’s talk about black doors. Black doors have been around for a while but they seem to be getting Ray Ban outlet even more popular lately. You can barely open a design magazine or blog without noticing their arrival. So are you ready to take the plunge and paint your doors black?  I never really thought about painting my interior doors anything other than white until my sister brought them to my attention. Now along with my white walls I want some black doors dammit!

black door with mirror inset via Lonny magazine

A point in my favor is that Bryan actually really likes black doors too (which is rare that we agree on the exact same thing). Usually I just do my own thing and if he doesn’t come home and proclaim loudly that he hates it then it stays. He’s figured out that I’ll change my mind soon enough and move on to something else. Although so far he thinks it should be reserved for exterior doors. Like the inside of the front door is OK to paint black or the interior side of French doors leading to the outside but not the interior doors to all the bedrooms. Does  that make sense?

So what do you think? To paint or not to paint. Will we all be sick of black doors in a few months?

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