It’s that time again, when we pick our favorite blogger of the MONTH! Our pick for April is someone you know very well!
Nicole from Sketch42blog, yes the same blogger from our first ever M&J DIY Challenge! Well we invited her back her own post because we love her work so much. Nicole is the ultimate interior decorator! Don’t believe me well check out her blog, she decorated her entire apartment all on her own and added her own artwork to the walls. See her beautiful home in RUE Magazine. On her blog she shares her love for home decor, fashion and just about everything else. And we’re so happy to have her guest post for us again.
Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Friday April 15th, 2011 to she what she made!
It’s that time of the month again, when we pick our favorite blogger of the MONTH! Our Pick for March is coming from NYC!
Meet Stefanie Schiada, design and lifestyle blogger better known to her readers from Brooklyn Limestone simply as Mrs. Limestone. Whether working on a DIY home decor project, traveling to all corners of the world in the pursuit of a full passport or prepping for a costume party, she documents it all on her blog. Stefanie is a lifelong New Yorker and self confessed trash tv addict. Check out more of design, decor and travel at Brooklyn Limestone. And that’s why we love her, her home renovation just blew us away and so did all her other creative projects!
Heres what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…now let’s see what she can make! Check back on Thursday March 17, 2011.
Decorating your children’s room can be so fun, makes you feel like a kid again with all the arts and crafts involved. It’s the best part of a room because the creativity is endless and nothing can look to childish. Which is why decided to make this super cool picture frame holder for boys room. Since I’m in love with the 3-d pop-out picture frames i decided to incorporate it into the frame holder for pictures, here’s is what I came up with.
- Step1: Take your empty picture frame and remove the glass.
- Step 2: Measure and cut the felt to fit within the picture frame. Then hot glue it the closing part of the frame.
- Step 3: Measure and cut the pom-pom fringe, you can measure it diagonally or horizontally on the frame before cutting, then t-pin or tape down
- Step 4: Take one end of the felt ribbon and hot glue it to the frame (be sure to glue it under the pom-pom fringe)
- Step 5: Once it is dry, pull the ribbon down in a straight line and hot glue it to the end of the board and cut.
- Step 5: Continue steps four and five with all three ribbons, alternating colors.
- Step 6: Once all the ribbons have been hot glued, hot glue the pom-pom fringe and remove the t-pins or tape.
- Step 7: Hot glue the flower buttons in desired locations around the frame.
- Step 8: Glue the letters to your child’s name above the pom-pom fringe. (I printed out my letters from the computer)
- Step 9: Optional: I cut the pom-poms off the extra trim and glued them on the ribbons.
By Sketch 42 blogger Nicole Cohen
Ever since I saw this picture of design team Badgely-Mischka’s horse farm home with its killer monogrammed bed pillows, I have been loving them. I think esthetically it happens to look really cool. It looks crisp and modern and adds a graphic element to an otherwise simple bed.
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You can make your own gorgeous monogramed pillows with nothing but a pillow, the trim of your choice and a needle and thread! For a kids room, I would love to make the monogram out of a lot of buttons, sewed on to the pillow in the shape of a letter! or an edgier look, I would use a nailheads to add a little bit of rock n roll to a room… For the simplest and most refined look, I would use our chrome spun grosgrain ribbon and some iron on tape to create a chic monogram!
Here’s what I came up with for a children’s room
- First Step- Take out the cushion/feathers/Stuffing from the pillow, the write out the desired letter and design with Tailors chalk on the pillow
- Second Step- (can be done in two ways)
- First Way: Place the buttons on the traced letter and put tape over the buttons for a strong hold. Then machine stitch the buttons onto the pillow case and remove the tape when you’re are finished.
- Second Way: Hand-sew each button onto the traced letter, if you are not able to machine stitch.
- Third Step- When you are done sewing on the buttons take your ribbon (any other trim) and machine or hand-stitch the desired design around the buttoned letter.
- Fourth Step- Re-stuff your pillow and find the perfect place for your new pillow.
I love the crisp tailored look of these trimmed out skirted tables! I think it adds a fresh dimension to a traditional idea. Skirted tables are a great way to hide something ugly,give yourself more storage and create something beautiful!
So when I scavenged through my Mother in Laws basement and found the perfect size sofa table, I was so excited to make a chic table skirt for it!
My inspiration: This foyer by Tom Scheerer
This linen console from Beach Dwelling… I love the laces, so beachy and whimsical!
Blogger Eddie Ross took this old pedestal sink from grungy to gorgeous with his black and white skirt!
He inspired Jenny of Little Green Notebook to do the same! Hers is a no-sew DIY!
Here is a photo of the my skirted table! The fabric, an awesome KWID for Lee Jofa was on the pricy side, so I had my friend pillow maker Melanie of Plum Cushion whip this up for me!
We used a jacquard to give it that crisp tailored look that I loved in the photos above.
Here is a close up of the fabric and the jacquard!
You can learn how to do it yourself with this tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens!
Check out my other blog Sketch42!
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Here is another way to add your own personal touch and style to your home from what you already own. I would like to share with you two quick and easy ways to remodel your lamp.
- Start by choosing your trim.
- Once you have decided on your trim you can glue the trim to the lamp, for this project E600 would hold the trim best.
- For the first lamp I decided to go with a funkier look with a feather trim.
- Then I glued a braided trim over the feather trim to give it a neater look.
- My second idea was more traditional, using this black brush fringe.
- You also have the option of cutting the extra string off the bottom to give it a more elegant look.
Seeing the results of your creative work in your home can be very satisfying. You can add your own personal style to just about anything; I would like to share with you two simple ideas you can use to recreate your own pillows by which you can express your own personal style. You can spruce up one of your own old pillows or you can purchase one. I purchased these inexpensive pillows at Kmart.
Organza rosettes pillow:
Greek key jacquard pillow:
- Sew the trim onto the pillow. It is not necessary to stitch all around the trim fold the trim at each end of your pillow into a triangular shape and sew it together this will give your pillow a clean cut look.
Here is a way to give your table décor the perfect final touch. Although you can make napkin holders out of just about anything, I would like to share with you some ideas I have created.
Material I used:
These directions are very simple and quick. Start by deciding on which color combination you like, your napkins should be in front of you. Take the ribbon you have chosen and wrap it around your napkin and make sure it shapes it well you will sew the ends of the ribbon together. If you have chosen an appliqués you can attach it buy using hot glue.
The Holidays are finally here, so I suspect that many of you will be doing a lot of entertaining at home. Part of being a great host is creating a festive and inviting environment. Table setting preparation is key, so to help you out I have created a couple of easy DIY placemats that will look great on your holiday table. Not only are these projects quick and easy they can also be done pretty inexpensively. I purchased these mats for under a couple of dollars and if you are handy with a sewing machine you can create your own from some colorful fabrics purchased at your local fabric store.
Sewing is not necessary for these projects. I used my glue gun to attach all the trims listed above. M&J Trimming has a wide variety of trims to choose from, so be creative. We’d love to hear about any of the looks that you’ve designed.