Do you just love your sofa but wish you could give it a little makeover? Perhaps the cushions are worn and flat or the fabric is outdated? Or! What if you have just changed your decor style? Changing my decor style is exactly what happened. My last upholsterer informed me that my “before” sofa below is very well made. It has a hardwood frame, hand tied springs, and was made with foam and feather cushions. BUT . . . . . . I just wanted a new look. Research and Design Begins I wanted an English armed sofa. However, searching for a quality sofa similar to this one I had turned out to be a searching for a needle in a hay stack! I research so many sofas, their sizes, and cushion spring construction but couldn’t find a sofa with the same quality, and a sofa that fit my budget! And, to top it off, all the sofas I looked at were either too long (84-86″) or the size of “Love Seats” which I didn’t want. I need the same 72″ sofa (not common, I know) but I have a relatively small formal living room, so 72″ is a perfect fit for how I wanted to design the room around the fireplace. It’s time to re-design my sofa! So I gave up . . . until one day I walked into one of my favorite pre-owned home furniture store and stumbled upon a master upholsterer with furniture design and reconstructed… read more
Giant Gingerbread Cookie are easy and fun to make for holiday and Christmas gift giving. Make the best gingerbread cookies for friends and family.
My love of chalk painted started when I stumbled upon a home decor boutique in Monument, CO. The store displayed their decor items on furniture that had been treated to look “worn” and had that “chipped paint” look I liked. The shop owner showed me the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan that was used to create these timeless pieces. Then, he showed me the classroom where he offered Chalk Paint classes. Of course, I took the classes and I was hooked. This was the answer I had been looking for for many years. I had many pieces of furniture I had collected from garage sales and thrift stores that just needed to be refinished and brought back to life. My first project, my dining room Louis chairs that I have for over 10 years. I used layers upon layers of paint to emulate old world French furniture. I utilized the techniques I had learned from class and discovered a few techniques of my own. The Interior Door Project A Wish Come True I searched through many resources to find the right interior doors. But it took longer than I expected. Of course, if the budget had been unlimited, it would have been a “bit” easier and faster to accomplish. But I wasn’t part of unlimited budget decor club so I needed to search for ideas that were within my realm of spending. However, when it came right down to it, I kept saving the exact same dark distressed door, over… read more
Abstract Easter Sugar Cookies Easter always seems to be the kick-off to creating new designs of sugar cookies. This year however, I didn’t have much time think about Easter sugar cookies designs due to Fur Ball, a charity event that I help organize, was just a week apart. So I needed a quick but fun sugar cookie design that didn’t have too many details yet was still cute and festive. Here is the recipe for the sugar cookies: Perfect Sugar Cookie
Some sealed with shrink wrap and ready to ship to Mom and Dad … and some ready for the Tamale party at Melissa’s