Friday, March 30, 2012

Logo Design Contest Submissions

In addition to interior design, I also have a passion for graphic design. My interest in graphics started in my undergrad but really took off in graduate school when presenting my interior projects. Presentation is so important!

Today David and I submitted these logos for a contest - hopefully we will win!

The fabric came for the headboard so this weekend we will be working on the headboard for the MBR.

Hope you have a great weekend! 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

MBR TV Wall Trellis Stencil Update

David cut out this stencil for me! aren't I lucky? (he is better with detail work like this - I think I move too fast ...)

I will be painting the wall that the tv is on with this - now to decide, yellow or gray?

This week I have been working on so many different things -

1. Logo design contest for where David works
2. Fixing the frame on a broken mirror
3. Getting the other half of the round table ready to be painted (it will be going on the first landing - inside the front door)
4. Setting up an store to sell graphic design prints

Nothing is done yet, but I will be sure to share once I finish!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DIY Tufted Ottoman Price Breakdown

Today I broke down the price of the diy tufted ottoman that I made (check out this post to see how I did it)

Wood (plywood and 1x4s)... $18.96
Wood Legs .......................... $13.80
Foam.................................... $19.71
Fabric/Batting...................... $24.98
Nail head trim...................... $2.00
Buttons ................................ $10.17

                                              =  $ 89.62

Still a good bit cheaper than a similar product at Target $230 or higher end at Restoration Hardware $420 and up!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Yellow Console Table for Master Bedroom

The table has been cut in half and the final top coat has been applied!

I started off with this table purchased for $30

and this wall ...

Sanded - Wiped down with microfiber cloth - Primed it - foam roller on top and brushed the legs -

David cut it at 14" depth (plenty of clearance for the room) with a jigsaw

Primer was lightly sanded and wiped down with microfiber cloth - Then it was painted with Sherwin William Pro Classic Overjoy with XIM extender - It took three coats

I want to keep the bedroom fairly neutral, so most of the furniture will be wood or gray, but a pop of color was needed in the corner.

The tv was wall mounted - cords run through the wall (our internet router is on the other side so no need for wireless adapter for the tv - $80 saved!)


When David and I were talking about how to hide the wires - we designed a panel to go behind the tv and table, but ultimately decided that it would be easier and cheaper to run the wires through the wall

The table is currently supporting itself, but will be attached to the wall with an angle bracket for added support. 

I still think this corner looks unfinished - we are in the process of designing/making a stencil to go on the table or wall or both ... 

The poppy and lavender are from our little patio garden - fresh flowers in the house makes me :) 

I have also decided that the other half of the table will be going in the entry way - color to be determined 

Check back soon for updates on the stencil! 

Friday, March 23, 2012

MBR Ideas with Sketchup and Photoshop

I use Photoshop and Sketchup a lot when I am designing anything 3D. Sketchup is a quick and fast way to get and idea of spatial relationships and what scale of furniture will work in the space. Photoshop allows manipulation of the space i.e. what wall art will look best, colors, etc.

When deciding what the depth of the new demilune table would be I used Sketchup to help me decide.

Check out this post for more info on the table

I created this model in Sketchup when I began designing the MBR, and have used it along the way to help make decisions.

12" table depth

14" table depth

Can 2 inches make a difference? In a smaller space yes! I am liking the clearance of the 12" depth, but I like the scale of the whole table with the 14" depth. I am still deciding ...

Without Sketchup, it is helpful to tape off the area to get a sense of how much space an object will take up.

I have also been thinking about what I will put on the wall with the bed - I used my Sketchup model and Photoshop to come up with some ideas

Butterfly wall art -reminiscent of gossip girl?

Frame Collection 

Quatrefoil  Mirror 

Here are some examples of how I used a photo and Photoshop to decide on fabric and headboard when shopping online

If you haven't noticed ... I really like Photoshop and Sketchup, they make it easier to make decisions when shopping online!

The bedroom is getting there, I have to:

1. Finish tv table (this weekend)
2. Make headboard (when fabric comes, next week?)
3. Refinish desk and chair
4. Swap light fixtures

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Round Table Conversion for the Master Bedroom

A few weeks ago I found this table on craigslist for $25, since it wouldn't fit in my car, I got it delivered for $30. (I miss having a truck)

I love the little casters!

We were originally going to build a stand for the tv since the size had to be very specific, but after realizing that wood alone would cost $100, we decided to hold off, and then I found this!

We are planning on cutting this in half to create a demilune table (the other half might be going upstairs).  Since this won't hold the tv we decided to wall mount the tv instead.

Here is where it will be going ... hopefully I will have more exciting photos soon.

I am off to finish sanding and apply wood filler, the top is pretty beat up!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

How to lenghten your cafe rod for $1

The cafe rod that I had for the master bedroom was too short ... ugh! After thinking a bit we decided that a simple dowel rod would be the perfect solution

We purchased a $1 dowel rod from Michaels  (just big enough to slide into the smaller half of the cafe rod) painted the center black with acrylic paint

It blends right in and couldn't be easier! Sure beats buying a new rod!

I am off to start sanding the table for under the tv!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Anthropologie Inspired Draperies Complete!

This weekend I finished the draperies for the bedroom!

Ever since I saw this shower curtain at Anthropologie, I knew I wanted something like it



$118 (shower curtain) $208-$268 (per drapery, depending on length) was more than I wanted to spend especially since I would need two so I decided to test my sew skills and make my own

This post and this post discuss the progression to get where I am today - I originally started out with a set of white california king sheets and dyed them "gray" when they turned out blue, I had to rethink what I was going to do ... Taking a few days, I decided to remake them after a visit to Target!

Thank goodness for Target! They have a lot of great products at affordable price points. I purchased 3 gray flat twin sheets (which was the width needed for the ruffles, less cutting and less hemming!!) 3 twin flat sheets gave me enough (with some left over for all of the ruffles for two 90" drapes), I also purchased 1 gray full flat sheet. I cut that in half for the back of the draperies and it was the exact length and width that I needed!!

Here is how I made them with minimal sewing:

I found a video on youtube explaining how to make ruffles, I highly recommend making as i described above - it saves time and can be adjusted before attached to the back sheet

The nice thing about making these draperies is that they don't require exact precision - the width of the panel can be adjusted based on how full you would like the ruffle - the length of the ruffle can be adjusted based on how much overlap is wanted

I decided not to sew the entire piece because:

1. a time saver
2. there was too much fabric on either side of the sewing machine, I had issues getting it through machine and sewing it properly
3. the test for the adhesive in the washing machine went well

I am including a before picture, because next to paint, I think that draperies can make a big impact on a room

Price breakdown:

Twin flat sheet: $11.99 x 3
Full flat sheet: $12.99

$48.96 / 2  = $24.48 per panel

Pretty good compared to $118 - $268!!

Over the weekend we wall mounted our tv in the bedroom - I originally wanted to build a stand for it, but after a trip to home depot and realizing that the wood alone would cost over $100, I decided to rethink -
Last week I found a table for $30 that I will be modifying to fit the space (but not enough to support the tv, hence the wall mount)

Check back for updates!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Anthropologie Inspired Drapery Update

This week when I dyed the draperies gray

and they turned out like this ...

Baby Blue, not the color I was going for. I called Rit - I did everything right except our water heater was not quite hot enough. Would this warrant a baby blue color change?  I think not, but I didn't want to argue.

So onto plan b ... after thinking, I didn't want to take the time to remove the dye just to have this happen again, plus I decided I wanted to finish all of the edges - so I actually remade them - which may sound crazy but I found a shortcut saving time in the end.

Here I am now - finished edges and most importantly GRAY!

One down!

I'll fill you in on how I did it when I post finished pictures.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

DIY Tufted Ottoman Complete!

 The tufted ottoman is complete!

 I've been wanting one of these for a long time ...

So I figured I would try to make my own version, and picked up some tips from here, here, and here

All provided great insight and tips when making mine!

I originally bought a coffee table to use as the base, but decided to craigslist it and make my own because:

1. it was cheaper
2. I could make it the exact size I wanted
3. I could choose the table legs

We started with a 30"x30" 1/2" piece of plywood and cut 1x4s for the frame

Stained 9" table legs with Minwax water based stain - applied with a foam brush and wiped the excess off with a rag

Holes were measured and drilled for the tufting

Pieces were assembled and attached with screws - table legs were attached using screws and for added strength, gorilla glue was used to connect the leg to the table 

Foam was purchased pre-cut from - which was pretty affordable compared to Joanns.

** Update: Since then, I've also found 3" foam camping pads at Home Depot for $20 (great price!) 

From top to bottom I used - 1" 28x28, 1" 30x30, and 1/2" 46x46 foam (46x46 is not in above photo)

Making the bottom piece of foam slightly smaller helped to make the corners round on the finished product. The 46x46 piece was cut large enough to wrap around the whole piece.

We applied spray adhesive to attach foam to avoid sliding during tufting

We stapled the foam, cut off the excess on the corners and edges - Next we put a layer of batting and then the fabric - medium weight light gray linen from

Made buttons from a kit purchased at Joann Fabrics - used heavy duty thread doubled up and a long needle

To make sure the buttons went in straight, David poked through the foam with the end of a meat thermometer (weird huh?) it was pointy but not enough to poke through the fabric

Starting from the middle - the needle was guided through the hole

I  pushed from the top 

While David pulled and stapled from underneath - this would have been very hard with one person!

Between each button the fabric was pulled tight to get rid of any wrinkles

1x4s were cut and wrapped in batting and fabric and then stapled 

It is a little hard to see from this picture, but the top fabric and batting were pulled tight behind the side pieces - which were attached with screws while tightly held in place - fabric was stapled underneath and excess was cut off

Since we don't have one of these for 45 degree cuts

The corners weren't very pretty

Batting was wrapped in fabric and attached to the corners with nail head trim

and the finished product!

I don't have the whole price broken out, but it was a lot cheaper than ones I've seen in stores and I the size is perfect for my living room.

We really enjoyed working on this project! I hope you like it as much as I do!

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