Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I've got it BAD.

It came on so sudden.  There I was lying in bed, innocently drifting off to sleep, when suddenly seized with a powerful urge to makeover the house.  Like, big time. The thing is, as I reflected, it wasn't so much redecorating as just plain ol' decorating.  Our house, at this moment, is mostly clear spaces, clean lines, empty table tops, even a few blank walls.

What's with that?  Do I not love color?  Am I not creative?  Wait, do I live here!?!

Let me show you what I mean...






*warning, boring pictures follow*







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OK....

I've got it BAD

I've got it BAD.

I've got it BAD

I've got it BAD

It hasn't always been this way, and (thank goodness) my sewing room is a pretty, colorful space.  But our living room and dining room... pretty blah.  My husband is very opinionated about interior decor and likes things sparse and simple.  His favorite color is black.  I think I've been burying my personal taste in lieu of confrontation.  Well, blame it on the spring flowers or credit my new-found creative identity, but this state will no longer do.

I actually told Brandon that it would be good for my blog (you know, my business) if I could have more freedom to decorate in my style.  And, hey, if he really hates what I do... we could change it?  I don't think he had the heart to squash all the joy and excitement just gushing out, so I seem to have the general go-ahead!  Though, there's literally no money for it, so this is going to be all make-do.  A creative challenge!  And, I do have fabric!!!

Hey, we can do a lot with fabric.


Soo... first up a new Pinterest board, Creative Home.  I've been wrangling inspiration all weekend.  Oh, I also have the list of ideas I got up in the middle of the night to jot down in hopes that I could contain myself and get some sleep (no luck).  I think I should create a beginning master list here.  To make this real.  Promise you won't laugh?

1.  New sofa pillows
2.  Patchwork dining room chair covers
3.  Paint toy shelf aqua, move and display some folded quilts
4.  Arrange photos on Big Empty Dinging Room Wall
5.  Take down fabric color blocks in living room and design new artsy wall
6.  Paint piano yellow
7.  Add some lots of cool things to buffet, mantle and other tables. 
8.  Decoupage something with fabric.  The spare table?  A stool?  A wooden or metal tray?
9.  Rearrange and get rid of some living room furniture
10.  Recover green armchair in sewing room
11.  Paint a poem or verse on the wall
12.  New kitchen rugs
13.  Patchwork lamp shade
14.  Pom Pom Garland for mantel 15.  Write "Home" in scraps on a pillow or stretched art
16.  Crochet jar cozies
17.  Patchwork dining room curtains

Ok, you can laugh, actually.  I know, I know!  But, well...  Sometimes creative energy is a bit hard to control.  My plan of attack is 1 thing at a time.  I think there's hope, if I can keep it to 1 thing?  I've already made good headway on my first project.  Will share soon!

getting started!

I have been stuck on ideas for those new kitchen rugs.  Ideally they would be made out of fabric (since I have that) and be washable and be absorbent and non-slip.  Installing non-slip fabric on the bottom of my patchwork Christmas rug was a big improvement, but it still occasionally slipped.  After 3 or so years of constantly adjusting our kitchen rugs, I'm ready to take a break.  So, if you have any suggestions... even if it's not sewing....  I'm apparently very interested!

49 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fun plan and I can't wait to watch it unfold with your sense of colorful style!

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  2. Amanda Jean (Crazy Mom Quilts) made some cool rugs from scraps. I seem to remember she even posted a tutorial so maybe check that out.

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  3. Oh Rachel, I just have to laugh because this is so much like my house. I say - start with the pillows! I waited f o r e v e r to do pillows because I thought I had to do something elaborate like some of those scrappy anthro-copies that were everywhere awhile back. Six months ago I decided to just make some simple covers in bright AMH fabrics and I love them. I wrote a little tutorial here (not that you need it, of course, but it's super easy!).
    http://www.stitched-together.com/2012/10/how-to-sew-your-own-throw-pillow-covers.html
    They are still holding up well, despite being used in the building of forts by my four kids almost daily. If it were an anthro-copy pillow, I might just be cringing at that!

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  4. I can't wait to watch it roll out one step at a time! Isn't it fun? I know it will be great!

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  5. Rachel, I think you have a terminal case of Spring Fever! I always find it fun to go to flea markets and antique stores for second hand items to decorate with. Fabric up-do's are so much fun too. Can't wait to see the pics :)

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  6. That is a lot of fun projects you have on your list! Sorry i have no advice on the carpets; even with the store bought rugs with the gripper on the bottom i am always adjusting. Here is a post that has some handy tips on painting a piano: http://smileandwave.typepad.com/blog/2013/03/its-okay-to-paint-a-piano.html
    Have fun!!

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  7. Thank you for sharing . . . I can't wait to see all this creativity in your home.

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  8. Biblically you are in charge of the home, so have at it!!
    Paul writes in I Timothy 5:14, "I desire that the younger [women] marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully." The word translated "manage the house" in that verse is the Greek word oikodespote, which literally means "rule the home." The woman's domain is the home, and that is where a mother's priorities should always lie.

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  9. Oh yes,let the fun commence ,what a great time you are going to have with fabric and thread.Enjoy.x
    Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I hope you fabulous quilt-loving readers won't mind this little detour =)

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  10. I'm so glad my house isn't the only one that need decorating! I've got a million colorful quilts, but a picture on the wall? Yeah right. From my understanding (and Martha Stewart's) beads of silicone caulk piped onto the back of your rugs are supposed to help with slippage. Maybe worth a try? I don't even have rugs, I use towels...sadness. But eventually I'll remedy that. Good luck with your decorating goals, I'm sure it'll all be fantastic!

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    1. That sounds simple enough... I just may buy a $10 "ruggies" product that someone linked me to though. I think that silicone dots would be similar to the non-slip fabric I tried, you know? But at least I already have silicone calk!

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  11. Go for it!!! And have fun bringing your stye into your home. It's always a balancing act to accommodate the tastes of two different people but it can be done. FYI, I redid an old side table by painitng and decoupaging with color copies of fabric. You can see it here on my blog. http://www.springleafstudios.com/2012/02/my-colorful-studio.html

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  12. i saw these on tv, so they must work, right? :P
    https://www.buyruggies.com/

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  13. I cannot wait to see what you come up with. Maybe it'll inspire me to really decorate my home ?
    We've been here 7 months and there isn't one single picture on the walls. Not one.

    My boyfriend also has his opinion about what can be displayed and what can't so it's always a challenge but I'm sure we can both convince them :)

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  14. I just finished my decorating spree. Glad it's over but so happy I did it! I am going to make floor cloths for my new kitchen rugs. I am going to use some hand dyed fabric for them. They will be easy to clean and last a long time. The bathroom rug that I made 2 years old still looks new.

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  15. Oh can I come paint the piano with you?! I hope you win Brandon over. My Tim HATES cushions. But thankfully likes most of the other decorating I do because it usually involves tidying up. ;) I got the same urge a few months ago. You're not pregnant are you? ;) I'm looking forward to quilting for us all and hopefully making new curtains now that I'm back home. xx

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    1. Yes, yes, come paint the piano! It's such a big, scary job. Nerves, as my grandpa would say. No, I'm not pregnant, but I'm apparently nesting anyways...

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  16. Sounds like a plan to me - Go For It, and enjoy! Can't wait to see the progress!!

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  17. Wonderful Rachel! I can ehlp you for free of course with anything you want to tackle. I have painted and decoupaged and stenciled and designed and sourced everything you can imagine. Please check out my work if you want to at:
    http://goldentouchhome.blogspot.com/
    XXOO
    Cat

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  18. I don't laugh, just smile that you share the excitement which I can feel while reading those lines. Go, Rachel, go! I sometimes feel the urge to do something in our house, too. :)

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  19. I love your ideas, especially the yellow piano!

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    1. Aha, a piano-painting lover! That's the least popular idea... and my favorite.

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    2. I happen to love the idea of painting our piano yellow but my musician husband says no because he's concerned it will alter the sound. I need to find out somehow if that's true so I can make my case again.

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  20. check out the stool that Florence over at flossie teacakes redid. I bet you'd love a project like that!
    Here it is: http://flossieteacakes.blogspot.it/2013/02/a-pure-and-supreme-lard-box.html

    ahh, and, if I may say so, I'm all for the other ideas you had, but the piano, please no... ;-D

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  21. I can identify with you and when I get an idea about something it basically consumes me until "mission accomplished"... have fun and can't wait to see your decorating progress!

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  22. Here's one way to use a quilt as wall decor: http://pinterest.com/pin/212372938648373959/

    I think that's probably a vintage towel bar. It reminds me of how people make small "wall hanging" quilts but this seems much more practical and somehow more modern or fresh to me.

    I want to put one in our den for a throw quilt but my husband thinks it'd be weird. I think HE's weird. ;) I really think men should let us have our way when it comes to home decor.

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    1. Oh, pretty! I do like that, but I'm trying to compromise by not putting actual quilts on the wall... yet. Give me 5 more years!

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  23. How fun to be changing things in your home. I just did a spring cleaning and moved things around and suddenly I have a much bigger living room!
    I get that feeling once in a while, but it's more for moving. I used to move around a lot ~ sort of was a bit of a vagabond ~ never lived in the same place for more than a 6 months to a year. It's been a long time since I did that sort of thing. Last place we lived in was 17 years, this place, almost 4.

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  24. In Handmade Home, Amanda Soule suggests using puffy fabric paint to get rugs to grip on tile.

    I have a list like that, too. Fabric baskets, curtains, etc.

    My husband also likes minimalist, but he's come around to colour as I've gradually added it to the house. I think is such a slow transition that he doesn't notice. And over time he's learned to trust my intuition as I've made a few good choices.

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    1. See now, the sneaky/slowly-but-surely way would have been very effective. Instead I unloaded all my creative plans in one bright, shiny, overwhelming package. Darn!

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  25. Go for it! My husband always doubts my decorating plan but likes it when I'm finished. At this point I listen to his doubts then tell him he always doubts and he should just go with it.

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  26. I love all of your ideas with one exception. Not diggin a yellow piano. But then again, if anyone could make that work, you could.

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  27. I am so with on this one!! My mother is coming to stay with us from May to September (saying my hubby isn't thrilled is an understatement!) and I'm going to take advantage of her being here to use her skills with me to repaint most of the upstairs. Both children's rooms are need of a re-do (as well as switch rooms. We are expecting our 5th little man in August and 5 boys needs the bigger room while 3 girls don't.) Bunk beds will be getting a good paint job, the walls, the trim, a new ceiling fan, some wall stickers, some small unique decorating for each child's taste, ... Yeah, I've got plans!! I'm going with white walls with neutral trim this time, bringing in the colors with quilts, fabric wall hangings, and the like. You know, things that are quite easy to change as their tastes change. As the children get older, I don't want to have keep redecorating over the juvenile stuff (not to mention the age span each room has. My 12 yr old daughter isn't all that keen on lady bugs, as my 3 yr old daughter is, for example.)

    Gotta' love that Pinterest, right?!

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  28. I'm in the same boat as you currently. I'm really wanting to redecorate and make my place homey and creative and cozy but am trying to contain myself since we'll be moving into our new house hopefully by end of this year. I have made some purchases and done a bit of creative making with the thought that it will all be used in the new house too. Good luck! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  29. What a neat way to add color to the walls without painting. Great idea (although I understand wanting to make a change).

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  30. I think it is funny, I would love sparse and simple. Both my husband and I are a little "clutterbug-ish" which quickly negates any sparse and simple areas of the house.

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  31. Well, I LOVE your plan to paint the piano! I have an old one that belonged to my parents when I was growing up and its what I learned to play on. Lots of sentimental value but its not so pretty anymore. (And also needs a good tuning!) I want to paint it teal. I look forward to following along with your home transformation! :)

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    1. I've heard that it does alter the sound slightly, but not noticeably to most who do care. But, we need to get it tuned, so I'm thinking to do that after we paint it!

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  32. I had to laugh when you said you husband is very opinionated about the decor - mine too! I have to cut out areas of the house where I say - this is mine and I'm doing it my way. His way is to keep everything blah as possible, and forbids any change. What do you mean you want to change the wall color? You picked this 12 years ago didn't you? Why didn't you pick another color then? You should have heard the begging I did to be able to put up a mosaic back splash in the kitchen. Ridiculous.
    What you are doing sounds fun!

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  33. I have to say I love how the yellow piano looks on Pinterest. But I also hate the idea of painting a piano. Probably because I know how hard it is to strip paint off wood and think that in a few years you might be sick to death of a giant yellow focal point in your house. BUT if anyone knows how to make color work, it's you. You gotta do what you like, and don't let us reluctant piano-painters get ya down. :)

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    1. giggling. Yes, you reluctant piano-painters can't touch this. My enthusiasm is riding high ;) Actually, I have this great painter who I've hired a few times that I'm thinking I might ask about a barter. Maybe he'll trade a quilt or sofa pillows or something for his wife. Mother's day is coming! We'll see...

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  34. Oooooo, can't wait to see all the changes! I've been in the same kind of mood, but I am starting with the outside of the house...and interestingly enough was just using some pics of your house as inspiration this week! Ha ha!

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  35. i didn't read through all of the comments, so this may have already been mentioned. the non-slip fabric you used for your christmas rug isn't that effect, in my opinion. i would use a chunk of yoga mat. it would not be easy to sew it on, but i think it could be done. and it would add the stickiness and some stiffness that would make the rug more sturdy. and yoga mats can be washed in the washing machine, too.

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  36. I also wanted to add that I will love reading your posts about your house projects and if you're worried about what the die hard quilters think then just be sure to put one of your W.I.P's on top of one of the newly painted surfaces. ;-). I love everything you post about and I'm sure there are others who feel the same.

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  37. I'm almost finished making a kitchen rug (the back of ours is disintegrating and leaving little rug back material all over the floor. My husband had some jeans that were not okay to donate so I cut them up with some stash fabric and made a rug (inspired by yours) - I used jean to hopefully make them more durable. I'm planning on covering the back all in puffy paint (I have a ton leftover from college - sorority days and I'm sure that stuff has a shelf life that it's nearing) - similar to Martha's silicone idea. I'll let you know how it works out. :)

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  38. Wonderful post!!! I made an "Apartment Goals List" the other day. I decided to stay in my current apartment, but I'm sooo eager to make it look better... your board is exactly my style. Creative and lots of color. Can't wait to see how your projects go :)

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