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Saturday, October 24, 2009

New slipcover and a little fall decorating

I'm finally getting around to show you the new slipcover I had made for the family room chair. I love slipcovers. You can change out the look of a room with just a quick change. I have been wanting an off white one for this chair for quite a while. The room before just had to much color in it. I know some of you will think I'm crazy, (You can see the other slipcover on the left sidebar) but I really am feeling the need for a neutral color scheme with green (I also consider green a neutral) as the only pop of color.

I know a wonderful woman who lives here in town who will come out to your house, measure and cut the fabric right on your piece of furniture and then in a few weeks bring back a perfectly fitted slipcover. Her name is Maria and you can find her info here. I chose a slightly more tailored look for this chair than I had done in the past. My other slipcovers all had ruffled skirts.

I made the pillows. The burlap one has some of the vintage lace, the flower pin and the vintage jewelry I bought while on vacation in Portland.

I'm so much happier with the feel of the room now.

I recovered the stool for the 100th time ( I change it with every decorating whim) using burlap and a foam stamp. This old chair also need a cover but it will have to wait a while longer. In the meantime I just used a matlesse table runner and a fabric throw.

I don't go to crazy with the fall decorating. I fill my rooms so full throughout the year with regular stuff that I don't want to clutter it up to much more. My big exception is Christmas time and I do go all out!

Here are some of the pumpkins I made. You can find that tutorial here.

This book idea came from several of the wonderful vendors in Portland. Lots of them were tearing the covers off old (or new) books and using them for display. I love the way they look.

I made the runner. I like simple straight sewing the best!!!

Here is a close up of the table display. I use those same leaves over and over every year. They are very hard to find now. All I can get is the ones with all the orange in them, and while they are lovely they don't fit with my soothing color scheme. It's just still to hot here in Phoenix/Scottsdale in October to have those warm colors.

Well that's it!!! My home for fall. Hope you enjoyed the tour! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!!


Mary Ann said...

You so amaze me!!!!!!!!!!! I can't beleive your talent. I love those wood beams that lead to your dining room. That is so neat. Love the pictures.

Grace said...

Beautiful home and the way you decorate is beautiful. Thanks for sharing Grace

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Karen! I love the new slipcover ~ I'm probably going to do that type of style on my sofa slipcover {pleats on the ends, but straight across the bottom overall}. I love your pillows, too!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Karen...Your home is absolutely gorgeous! So unique....everything is so pleasing to the eye!~Patti

Anonymous said...

So so pretty- love your home and the new slip cover is just perfect! THose pumpkins are adorable too that you made! Do love those leaves


Unknown said...

It all looks so beautiful- and I love the torn book idea, I will copy that one for a future display.
Thanks for the ideas!

alissa said...

what a beautiful space...love all the little touches! i especially like the burlap pillow...thanks for sharing

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Love how the chair turned out and absolutely love all your fall decorating. Your home is so welcoming. Wish I lived close. Would love to come over and chat a while.
bunny hugs,

Lisa said...

Speechless. You are so GOOD! I wish you lived here so you could help me make my house look like that. Thanks for sharing, I'm going back for another look. Lisa

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I love everything and the slipcover is perfect!! People who can sew like that amaze me! I am so envious!!

Your home is gorgeous!

Lou Cinda :)

NormaJean said...

OH Karen I just love your home!! and you are so talented. I just love coming to your blog to see your work!!
Hugs normajean

Mary said...

I love the runner you made, Karen, and the slipcover turned out beautifully! Love your rooms, they are all warm and inviting, and you use white very well, too! Thanks for the tut on the pumpkins. I might try to do one, but my roses are still blooming, so I cut them and bring in...pink is still in the air! I also love to decorate for Christmas...that's really the only time I change things...everything! Can't wait to see what you do with your home with your holiday decorating...I know it will be gorgeous!

God bless,

Faded Charm said...

Your room looks so lovely and inviting. I love the bar area~so cool, I need one of those. Are you talking Portland, OR? If so, I wish I had known you were there and I could have met you. Where did you go to shop?

Enjoy the rest ofyour weekend.


Janet Happy Girl said...

ohhhh...very very nice....like the slipcover but REALLY like the pillows.

Nancy said...

Love the new look. Your slipcover is perfect. Oh, how I would love to steal that darling burlap pillow you made!! Thank you for letting us peek into your home.
XOXO Nancy

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Wow! Isn't that something! A gal who can make a slipcover after taking measurements? YIKES! I am sooo impressed. I wish I knew her system.

And, your chair looks fabulous in your room....great job.


Debbies Doodle said...

Great job.. love the slip covers. your kitchen is so open and homie,

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

It's nice to see someone else fill their home with so many decorative items, walls filled to capacity -- I do the same. Everyone says my place is a museum and I should charge to let anyone view it. HA! There's so much I want to change and update. All in time. I'm on the lookout for a dining table now. It's turning out to not be such an easy task. The weather here is so muggy -- everything seems drab and dirty. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. Best wishes, Tammy

The Rustic Victorian said...

Hi Karen,
Beautiful home! Great slipcover!
I will be getting into decorating after the move next month,,,for now I live with boxes,,and I wish I had a slipcover maker, you are lucky, as she seems to do it right...and your pillows are wonderful!
Have a great week!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Your slipcover is wonderful! Good job. And the entire room is fantastic. It's so rich and textural. A real feast for the eyes.

a Bohemian Market said...

Hi Karen:
Simply beautiful; the colors are soothing.
The slip cover is exquisite.
Your creativity is showing!!!

June said...

Hi Karen,
I am in the middle of making a very similar pillow from burlap and vintage lace and some from linen. Isn't burlap just the coolest stuff?! Your slipcover is beautiful and your room is too. I love the soothing feeling in there. So pretty!

chicroses said...

I really like your slip covers..the gal that made them did a really good job. Also love your home. Your decorating is wonderful. Sally

The Country Nest said...

Love the slipcovers and wish your Maria was closer...Great pumpkins, now I need some spare time. You home is so warm.

Amy Kinser said...

Everything is just fabulous!! Not only is it gorgeous, but it's also a place I would love to sit down and cozy up in.

Thanks for sharing the photos and your talent with us.

Patricia said...

Your room is just beautiful and truly inspires a feeling of fall.

Unknown said...

You are so, so talented!! The pillows are GORgeous. Your room looks so inviting!

Unknown said...

Oh Karen I end my coffee break blogging on a very pretty note with your beautfiul blog and work!!

decorator to the stars said...

karen, just beautiful, can i come over :) gio

Sarah said...

Oh man..I'm trying not to covet right now! LoL I adore your home, your decorations, your everything. Go you!
I would love slipcovers! Need to look online for some great slippin' fun!
((hugs & blessings))

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Hi Karen, Love the Berlap pillow. I just fixed my pictures so I can become a follower of your. It's a pair of sizzers.


Sarah said...

Karen, I have an award for you on my blog! please come by to pick it up :)
((hugs & blessings))

love lives in the kitchen said...

your blog is very beautiful! i found you through favourite vintage findings. i'm glad to be your new follower!
wish you a sweet day,

Sea Witch said...

Your home could be featured in a magazine. Just lovely. You have a wonderful eye for decorating.

I'm catching up with postings after spending three days in bed with a nasty cold that turned to asthma issues. Just getting back up to my old self and have missed all of my blogging friends. Hope to be caught soon and back to posting on my own blog. Hugs to you. Sea Witch

Queenie's Vintage Finds said...

Your room looks beautiful...wonderful job on that slipcover...I love the mix of pillows you have there too!

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Your home is so cozy! I wanna curl up in a chair and let you bring me some yummy food! haha. Love your blog! I came here from Kathy's at Creative Home Expressions.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Love it all,so many tiny details to take in...stunning!! Chrissy

Denise said...

I love your home!!!
How lucky to have someone right in your town that sews such beautiful slipcovers.
Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Martha, Vintage Trifles said...

Hi Karen, I definitely enjoyed seeing your fall home! I could just move in and relax. Thanks for visiting my blog and hope we can stay in touch! Martha

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