Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cough Cough!

We're feeling a bit under the weather, which is why there was no big office reveal and giveaway last week. We promise, it's coming!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Guest Blogger: Mary from JPM Design

I'm so excited to welcome Mary from JPM Design as our very first Guest Blogger. Her blog is so beautiful and  inspiring! It's a place that you'll want to spend the whole day.

We feel very lucky to have Mary sharing a great DIY project with us today. Read on to learn about Mary's DIY Suzani Napkin Pillow, then head on over to her blog to check out all of the loveliness!

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First off, I want to say thanks to Jen for asking me to be a guest today! I’d like to share with you a project I just tackled this weekend. It’s a super-simple pillow cover I made out of cheap-o napkins!

Suzani pillows are a huge trend in design right now. They are absolutely gorgeous and most of them come with a pretty hefty price tag as well. I have been wanting to create my own suzani inspired pillow and when I found these napkins on sale at World Market, I knew it was meant to be!




The napkins were on clearance for $1.48 each so I snatched up the last few that they had. Keep in mind that I am no expert on the sewing machine, I just started sewing a few months ago and I only know the basics.


I used an existing pillow form that I had lying around that measured 19" x 12", which worked out perfect since the napkins are 20" x 20” (which would allow for a 1/2 “ hem.) Napkins would also work well for 18” x 18 pillow forms as well, but I was just using what I already had. I decided to use an orange napkin for the back of the pillow which I found at Pier 1 for $2.99.


I cut the suzani napkin down to 20" x 13", making sure the medallion was in the center. Since I wanted the pillow cover to be removable, I decided to create a flap in the back to insert the pillow form. In order to create the opening flap where you slip the pillow form in and out, I cut the orange napkin into 2 pieces which each measured 20" x 7".

 

I made sure that the two orange napkins overlapped each other about 1" in the center. I also made sure that the existing hems of the napkins where in the center so that I wouldn’t have to hem those as well!


Obviously, you need to layout the napkins so that the ‘good’ sides (the sides you want to see) are facing each other on the inside. Once I laid out the three pieces (the suzani napkin and the two orange pieces) I was ready to sew!

I used my sewing machine to stitch a 1/2 inch hem all the way around the four edges. Once that was complete, I turned the pillow case inside out, using the flap I created in the back.


Viola! A Suzani Print Throw Pillow that took about a ½ hour and cost about $4.50 to make! I get such a thrill out of simple yet stylish and inexpensive projects like this, don’t you?!   

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Mary, thanks again for sharing your project with us. The pillow is gorgeous!

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's an Exciting Week at Our Fine House!

This week is going to be an exciting one!
We have a wonderful guest blogger joining us on Wednesday . . . Mary from JPM Design. She's AMAZING! If you haven't already checked out her blog, you just HAVE to mosey on over!


We also have a home office reveal to share with you. (Finally!)

And, we have a great giveaway that we will be offering at the end of the week. (Woo-hoo!)

So, be sure to stop by during the week to say hello.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Anyone Up For Some Cake Truffles?


For my dear Mother's birthday, I couldn't resist baking up something irresistible. Anyone who has heard of Bakerella, knows about her delicious Cake Pops. She's a genius! I do mine a little differently, but always check her site for great ideas and inspiration. I really don't know how she comes up with such creative creations!

I decided to make my cake truffles and present them to my mom as if they were a box of candy.

Yummy!


First, I baked a Devil's Food Cake to use as the base of my "candy box".  Then, I cut the cake into the size I wanted and leveled it off. Once it was perfect, I rolled red fondant and attached it to the side of the cake to look like the sides of a box. I attached the fondant with chocolate frosting.


After my cake truffles were complete, I plopped each one into a tiny baking cup and set them into the "box".


I made them in all different shapes and with different decorations so that they would look like a delicious box of candy. Round truffles, square truffles, rectangular truffles, sprinkles, chocolate swirls, fondant dots . . . a little bit of everything.


And of course, I completed the box with a bow.


Happy Birthday, Mom!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Bathroom With Flair

It's amazing how just one thing can change a space from boring to BAM!

How striking is this bathroom with crystals suspended from the ceiling?


Without the graphic wallpaper, this bathroom would be boring.


The carved wood paneling in this bathroom is definitely unexpected!

All images are from MSN.com

Just one small change can make all the difference!