10 Tips for Reupholstering a Settee

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If you have been following along for a while, you might remember a red settee I found at a thrift store a few years ago. The plan was always to reupholster it, but we never quite had the time, so we moved it from studio to studio, until I finally passed it on to my design assistant, Hannah, who has been taking reupholstering classes. She stripped it, and started to rebuild, but we were not sure of the fabric…then I received an email from Spoonflower asking me if I wanted to try out their new Celosia Velvet™. YES, PLEASE!  It’s so soft! I thought it would be fun to do a shibori pattern and fell in love with this Shibori Diamond Blue one. It’s a little busy with the rug, so I am looking for a new one, but wanted to show you the final piece asap, because Spoonflower is offering a 15% discount on 1+ yards of Celosia Velvet until 11:59pm EDT on 9/17  (no promo code required). Woot!

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If you are looking to tackle a reupsolstering project yourself, Hannah has 10 tips for you after the break! And if you are looking to start a little smaller, can I suggest giant velvet throw pillows? And after you make them, can you send a few my way so I can take a velvet pillow nap?!  OR if you just want to pick the fabric, you can head of to Roostery.com and the will upholster the chair or make the pillows for you! (more…)


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DIY PARTY | Succulent Centerpiece + Berry Champagne Popsicles

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Summer is winding down, but if you are looking to squeeze in one more backyard dinner party, I had some ideas for you!  I know I can’t stop talking about my backyard, but after a decade of apartment living, it feels so good to finally have an outdoor space! And we have been using it to the absolute fullest. It’s been a little oasis in the middle of the city where my friends can pop by and relax, eat, drink and laugh the night away. We switched up the set up on the deck and brought out my kitchen table and chairs to create the perfect dining area for a dinner party.

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I wanted to create an centerpiece that included two of my favorite things: succulents and pink!  I spray-painted inexpensive terra-cotta pots pale pink – the larger ones are from the hardware store and you can find the tiny ones at the craft store. To save money on succulents, buy Hen and Chicken succulents  ($10 for a bunch) and break then up and pot in the small planters.

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Personal touches make for the best tablescape. Once I had my color scheme, instead of buying items that fit the theme, I made them, like the dyed napkins (tutorial here)!
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The backdrop was created by sticking the stems of the eucalyptus and flowers through the slats in the fence. You could also use clear tape to adhere to a wall, stem-side up.
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Make Berry Brut Popsicles by filing these bags with fruit and  champagne (or pink lemonade), freeze and then eat, or add to a glass of Rosé to create a deliciously fruity drink.

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Serve you popcicles in a glass of Rosé to keep your drink cold in the Summer heat! More pictures after the break!  (more…)


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Vertical Garden makeover + DIY Herb Markers

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First up, thank you SO MUCH for all the love on my backyard makeover, we have been enjoying it every single day this Summer! I received a bunch of questions on the herb garden hanging on the wall,  which has been one of favorite parts of the outdoor space. It’s been so fun to walk out my back door and grab the greens I need for guacamole or pasta sauce.

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This vertical garden started off cedar, which did not match the grey deck and white washed fence, so I used Mixwax’s white water-base and had the lovely people at the paint counters at Lowe’s tint it Natural Linen. It’s the perfect muted peach/pink that went perfectly with the color palette. Plus, the garden is pretty big, so the lighter color kept it from looking too overwhelming on the fence.

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Next up, creating makers for the herbs: Instead of using their names, my family and I decided to have a little fun and brainstorm what we use each for and mark them that way, Spicy! = Jalapeños!

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This whole backyard project has been so wonderful because my Sister and her husband moved in for the Summer and have helped me every step of the way. Now we get to sit back and enjoy it every day. The herb garden has been extra special, because my little Sister is a fantastic cook, and she had been teaching me her ways so I will keep up cooking after they move to Europe. It’s been so fun brainstorming recipes to use our fresh herbs in meals…and cocktails!  #sisterbondingFTW

All the steps and supplies for the Herb garden and markers after the break!  (more…)


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