DIY Roman Shade Using Spoonflower Fabric

When we first moved into our current house more than 10 years ago, I had lofty ambitions to create custom window treatments for every room. I managed to sew drapery for our living room, kitchen, and dining room, and even sewed a roman shade for our bathroom. Then, the busyness of life got in the way and those plans came to a halt.

For years, I’ve wanted a patterned roman shade in my office, but paying the hefty price for a custom one was something I wasn’t willing to do. Last week, I finally tackled this long-awaited project, and I’m thrilled with the results!

DIY Sew + No Sew Roman Shade | Satori Design for Living

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To backtrack a bit, I came up with the idea a while ago to start a new series where a small group of bloggers would be given the same medium to work with. It would then be up to each of them to decide what they wanted to create or decorate using it. The premise was:

“What can you do with…?”

To kick this series off, I asked Jamie, Jennifer, and Beckie to show what they could do with 2 yards of fabric. (You’ll get a sneak peek of their beautiful projects in a bit.)

I was thrilled when Spoonflower agreed to jump on board for the first round of this series. Each of us were able to select 2 yards of linen-cotton canvas from their amazing selection of prints. After spending way too much time on Spoonflower’s site (it’s so easy to get lost in all the goodness!), I settled on a modern trellis fabric called Claudette. When it arrived, I was very impressed with the quality.

Claudette Linen Charcoal fabric on Spoonflower

DIY Custom Roman Shade

Creating your own custom roman shade isn’t difficult, just time consuming. If you’re going to attempt it for the first time, I suggest starting with a solid color or small pattern for your fabric. Using a large-scale print like I did requires very precise measuring to get everything lined up just right. Also, if your window isn’t completely square, it’s better to forgo a large print.

The technique I use is a combination of “sew and no-sew” to give you professional results without all of the hassle. The deconstructed mini blind technique I’ve seen is great for blackout fabrics, but I’m not a fan of seeing the horizontal slats when the blind is down. The method I’m sharing today is perfect for semi-transparent fabrics when you want a bit of the light to shine through. You will only be able to see the tape slightly where the string runs through- so much better!
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Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape

Easter is just around the corner, and I thought it would be fun to create a new tablescape for our family gathering. After this long harsh winter, nothing makes me happier than seeing the freshness and vibrancy of green mixed with natural elements of Spring. This year’s table is all about embracing simplicity.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots

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Putting a tablescape together for Easter can be cheap and cheerful. I always like to mix the old with the new in any decorating project to make it interesting and budget-friendly. It’s all about layering and using materials with different textures and tones.

I started with a basic runner that I created out of a piece of cotton canvas. Tearing the edges and putting it through the washer and dryer was all it took to get the natural feel I was going for.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots and Tulips

 

I set the table with my existing dishes and flatware, and layered some new yellow and white striped linen napkins that I wrapped in a bee-printed cotton ribbon from May Arts.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots

 

I topped the napkins with simple peat pots that I filled with organic wheat grass I picked up at the grocery store. I  embellished the pots with jute string and a flag I printed out and attached to a chopstick. Here’s where you could mix it up a bit and use them as place cards instead. I plan on sending these Easter peat pots home with everyone as a small gift.

Easter Peat Pot Supplies

 

Here’s the Easter printable I created in a soft mint color. Simply click the image to get the PDF (or go here), print on cardstock, cut out, fold in half and glue to a chopstick, skewer or popsicle stick.

Printable Labels for Easter Peat Pots

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Living Room Refresh for Spring

Today, I’m excited to show you my latest e-design project. After receiving Barbara’s list of wants and needs, as well as looking through several snapshots of her living room, I was able to pinpoint what she was looking for.

The Details

  • Drawn towards traditional styling.
  • Favorite furniture resources are Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
  • Most comfortable living with shades of cream, yellow and pink.
  • She and her husband basically live in the room.
  • Loves everything in the room, but wants the look pulled together.

Mood Board

Living Room Refresh

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Decorating Plan

Before, Barbara’s living room had great foundational pieces, but it lacked personality. I suggested keeping the space fairly neutral by adding different textures, such as grasscloth wallpaper, a sisal area rug and chunky accessories. Adding a few more yellow accessories will bring the space to life, and will complement the existing elements in other parts of her home to maintain flow.

Here’s what we were starting with. Pretty good, right?

Living Room Refresh Before_2

 

Living Room Refresh Before

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Along with the mood board, I created a plan for updating the window treatments, addressing the fireplace, styling the built-ins, and more. Here are some of the inspiration photos I included to demonstrate the direction I suggest taking the room in…

Yellow Styled Built-ins via Decor Pad

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Vintage Tiered Cake Stands

Last weekend, I was invited to a sneak peek event at a new home decor shop that specializes in vintage, collectibles and shabby chic. These types of shops tend to be my favorite because you never know what you’re going to find, and they’re different every time you go back. As some of you already know, I stopped buying anything I don’t have a dedicated purpose for a couple years ago (even if it’s a great deal). It does take a bit of the fun out of vintage decor shopping, but not having to deal with cluttered storage rooms later is worth it (not to mention the money I no longer waste)!

After exercising a lot of restraint, I left the shop at the end of the evening with one antique silver tiered cake stand. At just over $20, I think it was a steal since, from what I can tell, most sell for more than $50 on Etsy.

Ideas for Using Vintage Tiered Cake Stands | Satori Design for Living

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I’ve always loved the way these tiered plates look, and I’m not worried about what to do with mine because they’re so versatile. Take a look and see what I’m talking about…

Of course, one of the more popular ways to use any tiered cake stand is for cupcakes or treats.

2 Tier cake stand- Jolly Good Wedding

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Tiered Cake Stand- The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co

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Vintage Tiered Cake Stands- Vintage Dorset

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Designer Challenge: Which Sofa? {Part Two}

Welcome to Part Two of the Designer Challenge- sofa edition! Today, I’m thrilled to welcome Sabrina from Pink Little Notebook.

Sabrina’s blog is all about her journey of rediscovering her creative passions. You can expect to find a lot of DIY, thrifting, decorating and more. Be sure to check out her room before and afters, especially her beautiful home office- so jealous!  (If you missed Part One, you can find out what Alicia did here.)

 

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Hey all, Sabrina from Pink Little Notebook here!

Today, I’m so excited to share my top pick for Designer Challenge: Which Sofa (part two). There is nothing I love more than decorating a room and putting my own spin on it so when Shauna presented these three options, I nearly died. How beautiful are these sofas?! (sources here)

designer challenge sofa options

When it came down to choosing from these three options, I was stumped. Deep down, I’m a vintage-type gal and naturally I’m drawn to tufted sofas but that Montauk Emmanuella sofa (option 3)—O.M.G. I’m in love with the gorgeous curves and the lushness of the cushions. It’s the type of sofa you just want to make yourself comfortable in. So yes, Montauk Emmanuella, you won me over.

I immediately began envisioning a well designed, elegant room. Something fun yet comfortable. Something old but modern. Something soft but bold. I’m definitely all over the place when it comes to styles. That’s why I love mixing a little of bit of everything. Here is what I came up with.

 

Designer Challenge Series: Elegance with a Dash of Darling Living Room Mood Board by Pink Little Notebook

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