Friday, February 28, 2014

[ happy weekend! ]

THE WEEKS sure seem to fly by ~ can you believe it's already March tomorrow? So what have you got planned for the weekend? Since weekends here in Dubai are Fridays and Saturdays, we've already had a head start and enjoyed a lovely brunch meeting new people from South Africa and France ~ I love that Dubai is such an interesting mix of international people.

As for the rest of the weekend, I think a bit of sleeping in tomorrow is in order and perhaps soaking up some sun while we still can before the temperature starts creeping up.

Whatever you are up to, have a good one!



Monday, February 24, 2014

[ before and afters ]

ONE OF my favourite things is seeing how an ugly space has transformed into a thing of beauty. Sometimes the work has been extensive, but sometimes only a few minor changes have created a completely fresh space. These are some of my favourites I've come across recently...

Aren't they great? I love how these spaces have primarily used paint to give the room a completely updated feel. So if you're shopping for a home, don't be scared off by dated wood finishes ~ just imagine how it would look painted out and you might snag a bargain!

Have you painted out any dated wood finishes in your home?


[the decorologist; coastal living] 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

[ slipcover reveal! ]

SO, promising yesterday that I would reveal my slipcover today did the trick to get this project completed {it was just the kick in the pants I needed!}

This was a tricky project ~ much more complicated than my club chair covers due to those darn roll arms ~ the thing I love so much about this sofa. But I managed to get them fitted pretty well...

For those of you interested in how I achieved those arms, here are a few details to give you a bit of an idea...

Take the inside arm panel and drape it around the arm towards the outside. Start creating the arm folds {remember you are doing this inside out so you need to make the folds facing up so that they will face down when you turn it right-side out}. Take your time as you want these as even as possible since they are a key feature of this sofa.

Once you have the folds smoothly positioned, hand baste in place {I added two rows of hand basting to help hold things in place, then trimmed some of the excess fabric}.

Pin on side panel while positioning the piping in between {take your time and use lots of pins ~ this is the most difficult part to get right}. Don't forget to run the piping down to the floor!

Flip right-side out and check for fit. Congratulate yourself for getting the worst part done ~ have a cookie!

Spread out seat back and seat bottom piece {I used one big piece} and start pinning around the arm, clipping to get a smooth fit.

Sew around both arms and check for fit before trimming excess fabric from seams.

Cut a piece for front skirt panel, pin along front edge and fit along sides to join with piping. Sew and check for fit.

Similar to the arms, pin fabric around the top corners, forming smooth folds. Baste if you feel necessary to hold in place. 

Now attach your back panel {decide how you want the slipcover to open/close ~ I decided on a centre zipper with a flap ~ you could choose a side seam zipper, buttons, ties, etc}. Once you have completed your open/close detail, pin back panel in place, sew and check for fit. Remove all basting threads.

Pin up hem, measuring how much leg you want to show. Sew. {You may want to zigzag all your seams just to ensure they won't unravel when you wash your cover} Turn right-side out and smooth in place. Add all your covered seat cushions and...


It feels great to have this project finally complete ~ I've had it on my list for 2.5 years since we bought this sofa! I think that's it for slipcovering for a while! {To see my tutorial for my leather club chair slipcovers, click here}.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

[ motivation ]

AND THAT'S exactly how I've been feeling about this slipcover project... so close and yet so far. 

I won't lie and tell you that it's been an easy project ~ that couldn't be further from the truth! Those lovely roll arms make for some tricky fitting and have made this project drag on longer than I anticipated. And instead of just tackling it head-on, I've found myself dragging my feet and procrastinating. 

And so to force myself to finish up the darn thing, I'm giving myself a deadline of tomorrow for the big reveal!

Now on to the hemming part and it will be complete!


Friday, February 14, 2014

[ happy weekend! ]

AND happy valentine's day to you all! What have you got planned with your loved one?

Our day will include a movie date...

a romantic dinner at home followed by a bit of this...

and of course a few of these thrown in...

Have a wonderful lovey dovey day!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

[ what I've been up to ]

CAN YOU guess what I've been busy doing?

Yup, ever since I saw this pic, I knew that I would be making a white slipcover for my sofa ~ I just love how the shape of an English roll-arm looks with a cover...

And now that I've got the cushions all rebuilt, it's holding up well and I've decided that this sofa is worth keeping and worth the effort of sewing up a slipcover. 

I won't lie and say that this is a quick, easy project because I've got 4 big cushions to make covers for with piping and zippered closures and that is by far the most finicky part, but I'm following the same method I used when I made the slipcovers for my leather club chairs {read my tutorial here}.  

Making some progress...

...and 3 more to go!

What have you been up to lately?


[via pinterest;;]

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

[ is it just me? ]

IT SEEMS to happen to me a lot here in Dubai since so many stores have staff or security positioned inside the entrance to shops. Do you ever do this? :)


Saturday, February 1, 2014

[ 4th blogiversary! ]

CAN YOU believe my blog is already 4 years old? Gosh, how time flies!

When I think back to when I started this blog 4 years ago, I can't believe how different blogland was back then ~ a buzzing, vibrant community filled with ideas, conversation and inspiration. With the explosion of Pinterest, blogs are no longer the main place to get inspiration for decor or DIY. Many of my regular stops have packed it in, in favour of Instagram to share up-to-the-minute goings on of everyday life ~ so much quicker than putting together a blog post when life gets busy.

The thing I have loved about blogs is the discussion, the support and the sharing ~ getting to know the person behind the pretty pictures, feeling a connection. Does Pinterest do that? No. Instagram? Not really ~ after all, you can only say so much with a pic and for that reason, I haven't joined in. I feel like the interaction has become disconnected in many ways and I have to say that I miss the good ol' days.

I've made some lovely connections through my blog and my heartfelt thanks to those of you who still visit me regularly ~ your comments and emails are what keep me going and I truly love the friends I've made, this blog bringing us together. And I'm grateful that many of my absolute faves are still around, those whose blogs were always on a more personal level than just a stop for a pretty picture fix. I wish more of them would come back.

So what will this year bring? Well, I can't be sure. But for now, I'll continue to be here ~ and I hope you'll continue to pop by and say 'hello'. Big hugs!



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