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February 11, 2013

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New Pillows: Mixing Lattice and Paisley Patterns

Madigan made…  an update on the office-guest room.

There’s a reason I’m more of a craft blogger than a home decorating/DIY blogger.


Because I kinda stink at finishing room makeovers. I’m really good at telling you about when I’m going to start working on a room. But I have a complete disregard for showing you the final result. It stems from the fact that I’m slow when it comes to the follow through.

For me, redoing a room in our home takes time. A lot of time. We are going to live in the space, so I don’t want to rush decisions just to finish the decorating (or to blog about it). Also, I tend to get easily distracted on a creative level by simple and easy crafts. It’s much more fun to whip up a quick craft than work on that big room project.   (Remember all those recent glitter crafts? Yes, my attention is easily diverted by sparkly things.)

Last May I shared with you the personal reasons I wanted to make over our one guest room and how I want to turn it into a semi-office. This room is still a major work-in-progress. And I’ve made it my mission to ‘finish’ the room up by this May. One year for a room makeover sounds reasonable, eh?

So, I plan to show you more projects for this room as I work to complete it. This past week I made a few 20-minute pillows for the futon in the room. (If you follow me on Vine, then you already saw a sneak peek of the pillows in this video.)

Want to learn how to make a simple pillow? Check out my easy tutorial for envelope pillows. They are a great project for sewing beginners!

To make the pillows, I used three fabrics that I collected over the years. They work with my orange-green-blue color scheme for the room. I’ve had the green fabric for years… I love the graphic and bold pattern. The orange, paisley fabric is a nod to the pattern in the sari I wore for my brother’s wedding.  And I recently purchased the pool-blue lattice pattern fabric because it matched the color of my wine cork lamp in the room perfectly.

I’m kinda digging the mix of the graphic fretwork patterns and the organic swirls in the paisley. I like the contrast. What do you think?

Oh, and I know that the futon is looking a little sad and faded compared to my fun, new pillows.

I have plans for that futon… it rhymes with flip-hover. Stay tuned!


Did you miss any of the other projects from this room so far? Check out these posts for a little design inspiration: (See, I have been working on this room… just very, very slowly!)

  1. The special and personal reason I wanted to makeover this bedroom.
  2. This room’s color scheme found me. I kid you not…
  3. How I updated a thrift store chair with paint and vintage fabric.
  4. My functional open frame and wire memo board.
  5. The easy dyed and decoupaged clothespins that I made for the memo board.
  6. How I made a photo of my grandmother’s illustrations look like a faux oil-painting. I will hang it soon.
  7. The IKEA hack I made to a plain desk with gold bamboo.
  8. My other inexpensive d├ęcor trick: how I made an extra-long curtain rod from two standard ones.
  9. This cute little DIY paperweight from a dollar store votive is pretty and functional for my desk.
  10. My recycled cork trivets turned into little memo boards.
  11. How I transformed an old lamp and hundreds of wine corks into a floor lamp.