Home Decor from Minted

Hi friends!  I have long been a fan of the online retailer Minted for their paper products, invitations and art work.  I recently discovered that they are now selling one-of-a-kind home decor items, such as pillows, curtains and lampshades.  The designs are created by independent artists so you are sure to find something you won’t find anything else.  The other nice feature is that each design comes in each type of decor so you can match your curtains to your pillows if you want no fail decorating or want to be super matchy-matchy.  On top of it all, the pieces are affordable!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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I love the idea of creating a custom look!  Kind of like finding a prom dress that not everyone else will have, right?

Later in the week, I hope to show you a fun paint project I did on some thrifted mirrors.  The best news is I hired a handyman to hang them, so they did not sit propped up against the wall like so many mirrors before them 🙂

Hope you are having a great week.

xoxo,

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One Room Challenge: Week 4 Progress

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Hi all!  This should probably be titled Week 4: Lack of Progress.  Eek!!  We are coming down to the wire and I still need to accomplish so much.

However, my sweet mother-in-law really came through this week.  I came home today and had these beautiful silk drapes lying on the bed.

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Despite her crazy hectic life, she took the time to sew them for me.  I do have basic sewing skills and a machine, but it would have taken me SOOO much longer.  She is such a life (and budget) saver!!  They are a rich duplioni silk.  I had time to hang one of the panels and I love them.

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Sorry for the horrible I-phone photo (it will just make the after pictures so much better, right?). The pale pink color looks a bit different depending on the light.

Even though I can cross the drapery off my list, I still need to finish the following:

Upholster and install my cornice board above my window treatments and hope they turn out similar to this.  It should arrive by the end of the week.

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I still need to do my DIY framed wallpaper panels.

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I have cut the MDF board to size and ordered the trim for the frame.  This should be a relatively quick process.  The hardest part is going to be getting my husband to help me hang them on the walls! Seriously, weeks ago we repainted the entire interior of our home and to date, almost EVERY single piece of art that was once hung is still leaning against the walls.  I might have to make it my mission to make that a major interior design trend!

I also still need to find a few sunburst mirrors to use on one of the walls.  When I determined I did not have enough wallpaper for an entire wall in the room, I decided to use the look of a bunch of mirrors to decorate one wall space.  Similar to this, but with less gold.

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Needless to say it is going to be a busy, DIY kind of weekend around our house.

Stay tuned next week and don’t forget to follow along with the other ORC participants here.

xoxo,

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Window Treatments with Cornice Boards

Hi everyone!  Happy Monday.  For once, I feel like I accomplished a lot this weekend.  I was able to work on two DIY projects for the One Room Challenge, so little by little I feel like my space is coming along.

Also, last week, the fabric for my window treatments arrived.  I am going with a pale pink silk fabric for the drapes and I want them to look similar to these.

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While the dupioni silk drapes are going to be amazing, I feel like the windows need more of a “wow” factor as the bed is under them and they are the focal point of the room.  Then I thought a cornice board might do the trick.  Cornice boards are traditional, but I feel like they are making a come-back.  I adore how they dress up the windows below.

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So whimsical, right?  It’s all in the details!

If you do a search on Pinterest  you can find a thousand tutorials on DIY cornice boards. However, I want one with a unique shape and given that the One Room Challenge has only has 4 weeks to go, I don’t think I have it in me to build one from scratch.

That is when I ran across a company called Ready to Cover where they will custom cut a cornice board for you and then all you have to do is upholster and install it.  Perfect for a half-hearted, time-pinched DIY’er like me.  DIY without the power-tools!

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I think I am going to go with a shape like #2 where there is enough detail, but it is simple enough that upholstering it won’t be a nightmare.  I am soo glad I ran across this company.  They can customize any design, make headboards to match and they ship for free.  The cornice board itself is very affordable as well.  They also offer an entire line of ready to cover home decor items (headboards. decorator tables, etc.)

I am so glad I found this company as it is going to save me so much time.  A total game-changer. Now I want to have cornice boards with all my window treatments.

Well, stay tuned Thursday to see the progress I have made in my little Audrey’s bedroom for the One Room Challenge.

xo,

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The Money Pit Update: Roman Shades

Hi everyone and happy Friday!!

I have been furiously making plans for updates to our new (ish) home.  One thing that came along with our beautiful old home (aka “The Money Pit”), was tons of beautiful old windows.  The home is on the corner of a very busy street, so privacy is a concern for us.  In addition, our new bathroom renovation, that I wrote about here, left us completely exposed to our neighbors.  Eek!

So, when Blindster reached out to me with an opportunity to try out some of their window coverings, I jumped at the opportunity!  I felt that our kitchen, which faces the busy street and our new bathroom were the best places to start.

I have always been a huge fan of Roman shades and have even contemplated DIY’ing some of my own. For our new bathroom I chose their Premium Roman Shades in this fun graphic print. How perfect does it go with my black, white and brass color scheme?

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The shades obviously go all the way down, but I love the way they lay when they are pulled up half way!

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For the kitchen, I went with this pattern in the Premium Roman Shades called Kitani Indigo.  I was a little unsure about how the pattern on the fabric would look in person, but I cannot tell you how much I love these shades.  The fabric is beautiful and the print modern, yet classic with its blue and white tones. It provides the perfect amount of privacy and they are so easy to open and close.

Windows can be so challenging to photograph, these photos do not do justice to how beautiful these roman shades are.

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Here is this fun pattern up close.  I LOVE it so much!

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Going with a custom product like this was the perfect solution for us.  As our home is an older home, the windows are difficult to fit.  That was no problem at all with their online measuring guide that helped me completely customize the shades.  You can even customize the type of lining and sides the pulls are on. And if they don’t get it right, they have a special Fit-or-Free policy that guarantees your money back!

The shades arrived lightning fast and were a breeze for me (aka my husband) to install. We have had the shades for about 2 weeks now and they are a dream come true.  I no longer have to worry about my neighbors getting a peep show!

We have so many more windows to cover in our home.  We plan to plug along room by room. That is the thing with window coverings; they can be so expensive, it is hard to do an entire house at once.  Blindster is such an affordable option, you practically CAN afford to do an entire home Right now they are offering 25% off everything.  You can see their Facebook page for details.

Tell me how do you cover your windows.  Shutters, blinds, curtains?  Do you do it for privacy or more for looks?

Until next time . . .

xoxo

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**This is not a sponsored post.  Blindster did provide the shades.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

Sources for Outdoor Fabric

Happy Friday everyone! I cannot believe it is Friday already. I am putting the final touches on my patio for the Patio Style Challenge this weekend.

I posted the other day about my favorite outdoor pillows. Today, I wanted to share with you my favorite sources for outdoor fabric. If you can sew, you can save a ton of money by making your own pillows. Sewing a basic pillow is very easy and there are a ton of easy tutorials on You Tube and Pinterest.

I used to think I could not learn to sew, but I am living proof that even a novice can learn. I had a really bad experience taking sewing lessons from this mean, Tiger mom instructor that totally turned me off. It was not until my sweet mother-in-law took me under her wing, that I realized how simple it can be.

So, without further ado, here are my favorite sources for outdoor fabric. Most of the selections are around $9 a yard, which is so affordable!!

My first go to is Fabric Guru.   They have an amazing selection and you can sort by color.  Their shipping is also only $4.99 for any size order.  Here are some of my favorites:

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Next up is Fabric.com.  They also have a great selection and shipping is free on orders over $35.  My sweet friend Tamara over at Provident Home Design, had a great tip for shopping with them.  If her order is under $35, she will search on Amazon because Fabric.com also sells many of their fabrics there and the shipping is only $2.00.  Here are some of my favorite picks from Fabric.com

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Joann is one of my go-to sources.  They have a really good selection both in store and online, but I really like the fact I can go into the store and see the fabric for myself.  One of my tips for buying fabric online is to Google the fabric name.  Often times you can find a product or photo where the fabric is used in a home, so you can get a better feel for the pattern and actual color.  Here are my favorite picks from Joann (pretty nice for a craft store!)

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Finally, here are my picks for outdoor fabric with orange incorporated.  My sweet aunt is wanting to add some outdoor pillows to her lovely outdoor living space and she is a big fan of orange.  All of these patterns are from Fabric Guru!

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Do you have a go-to source for fabric or outdoor fabric?  Do tell in the comments.  I am always on the lookout for new sources.  With a little DIY prowess you can really score big and make affordable pillows for your outdoor living areas.

Happy Friday!!

xoxo

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Designer Spotlight: Letitia Elizabeth Textiles + A Giveaway

Hello everyone and happy almost Christmas!

Today, I want to share with you a brand I recently discovered and I have fallen head over heals for.  It is called Letitia Elizabeth and they carry a luxurious line of houswares, bedding, textiles and loungeware.

Their patterns are serene yet bold.  The colors are subtle and feminine yet modern.  Their products are sourced locally and ethically and their product is of superior quality.

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Dreamy, right?  I also feel that the textiles are modern enough for a man or a woman. I tend to get push back from my husband if our bedding is to floral or feminine.  This bedding hits the spot for sure!

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This “meow”  pillow is one of my favorites.  It is such a soft take on classic animal print.

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It is your lucky day, because Letitia Elizabeth has generously offered to giveaway one of their most popular pillows.  What a nice treat after all of that holiday gift giving.

It is called the Birthday Cake pillow and it is so fun and chic.  It puts a smile on my face just looking at it.  It can fit with any type of decor and would be perfect in a living room, a bedroom or even a child’s room.  I love the little pops of color.  It would make any room sparkle during the dull winter months that await us!

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Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below for a chance to win!

Letitia Elizabeth has also offered an exclusive discount for Decorating Delirium readers!!  Just enter Code: DD25 for 25% off the entire store.  Offer expires January 1, 2014.

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The Power of Fabric

Hey everyone!  I hope you had a family filled and fun Thanksgiving.  I sure did.  I am so grateful for so many things, including you, my loyal readers! I am jumping for joy right now.  I upholstered a vanity stool I found at an estate sale for $10, and I am so pleased with how it turned out.

Here is the before:

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It was old, dirty and had fabric that had seen better days.  But, I had been wanting a stool for my daughter’s vanity, so for $10 I bought it.

Here is the after:

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Isn’t it amazing what a difference a fabric makeover can make? I can’t wait to see how it looks in my daughter’s room. I love re-uphostering things with good bones.  It is so affordable and you can customize it with any fabric you set your sights on.  I had been eyeing this vanity stool at Pottery Barn Kids, but I felt like the fabric and color choices were kind of boring.  So glad I went the DIY route!

What do you think? Have you ever reupholstered anything?

Minted Now Sells Fabric!!

Online site Minted who is best known for their invitations and paper products is now selling fabric by the yard!  What makes Minted unique is that it is a marketplace of different artists.  Invitations, artwork, and fabric are all created by different, independent artists.  In looking at the fabric and artwork, they have artists located in my city and cities all over the Golden State.  It is an amazing way to support local artists.

Here are some of my favorites in their fabric collection.

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Stay tuned as I hope to post soon about Minted”s line of home decor, including baby decor and holiday decor!

xoxo

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DIY Placemat Pillow

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite tips for affordable pillows.   I love to use table linens such as placemats and napkins to make pillows.  Many companies such as Pottery Barn have the same patterns and prints they feature on their expensive pillow covers also available on their table linens.

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This technique could not be simpler, and it is a great idea to use for seasonal decor.  I have a hard time spending $40 on Christmas pillows that I will use only for a few weeks.  This is a much more affordable alternative.

I wanted to add some rustic fall elements to our home and I found these simple placemats for a steal at Homegoods.

Here is what you will need:

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Seam Ripper- I got mine at Joann here for about $2.00.

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Step 1– Take your seam ripper and gently start removing the stitches from one corner of the placemat.  I only remove enough of the seam to allow my hand to fit in to stuff the stuffing (about 3-4 inches).

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Step 2– Start stuffing the placemat with the Poly-Fil.  For best results, I recommend using small portions at a time and then massaging it around in your hands before stuffing it in the mat. Most brands of Poly-Fil also come with a stick that you can use to press the stuffing into the corners.

Step 3 – Use a needle and thread to hand stitch the opening closed and voila you have a new pillow.  Here is how mine turned out and I love it.  It only cost me about $5.00 for one!

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Do you have any tips or tricks for inexpensive pillows?  I would love to hear in the comments!

xoxo

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Designer Spotlight: Caitlin Wilson Textiles

I have a slight pillow obsession and in fact have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to pillows!  It is such an easy way to change-up the feel of a space.  I started noticing that a ton of pictures I was pinning had these modern and fresh pillows made out of Caitlin Wilson Textiles.  She has such an amazing take on patterns and colors.  I love the Tribeca Collection for the patterns and the Gold Collection for its edgy and glamorous feel!  See how her pillows are used in the spaces below.

 

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Now don’t you just want to run out and buy some of her pillows?  I know I do!

Have a great Friday and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to enter a $100 Homegoods Gift Card here.

xoxo