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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Family-friendly Upholstery Fabrics + Basement Sectional Update

As soon as we were able to clean and organize everything in the basement after our renovation, I turned my focus on a few other projects around the house. Do you ever get tired of focusing on one area of your home for so long that you’re happy to put it on the back burner for a while and tackle something else?

That’s not to say we haven’t enjoyed spending time down there. In fact, our basement family room is used on a daily basis and we’re really appreciating the flexibility it has given us while entertaining, as well as being the perfect solution when I just don’t want to watch another football game and can retreat to our upstairs family room instead.

Now that I’ve had some time to look at the basement with fresh eyes, I’m ready to push forward and make the final decisions for furniture and window treatments. You may remember that I wrote a post way back about some of the sectional sofas we were considering. Well, I discovered a few downsides to some of the fabrics we were looking at, like not being able to spot-clean them or having a tendency to pill quite bad. I had to go back to the drawing board and find a balance between design and function.

At the moment we have it narrowed down to two sectional styles- one with a roll arm by Stylus and another with a square arm by Whittaker Designs. The roll arm is definitely the most comfortable choice, but the square is a nice clean-lined look.

Tofino roll arm sofa by Stylus

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Printed Tea Towels {One Item Project Challenge}

As some of you may remember, way back in May and June, I was part of the Outdoor Extravaganza. I had so much fun collaborating with a few of my blogger friends during the series that I decided to create something similar this fall, but with a new twist.



For the One Item Project Challenge, each blogger was given a specific craft supply to work with per week and had to create or decorate something with it. To kick off this 3-week series, we started with fabric paint.

I have been wanting to try Martha Stewart’s fabric paint medium for a while now. It can be mixed with an array of colors of acrylic paint to make it soft and adhere to fabric, even through a delicate wash cycle. Although I’ve done a lot of fabric painting projects in my textile design classes at university, I never got to try my hand at screen printing. Martha Stewart makes a good selection of pre-made silkscreens, and I thought it would be fun to try them out and make some printed tea towels.


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What you’ll need for this project is two white tea towels (or fabric to make your own), fabric paint medium, acrylic paint in a few colors, silkscreens, small squeegee, painter’s tape and an iron.

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Basement Fabric Considerations

Over the extended Canada Day weekend, I took a bit of a break to spend some time with family and friends. It has been quite a few years since I’ve camped in a tent, but I have to admit it was better than I remembered. It was really nice to get away and not think about trim work, paint, tile, lighting and flooring (can you tell I’m ready for our basement renovation to be over!). We’re nearing the end and I’m happy to report that the Sarah Richardson paint colors I selected are looking gorgeous and I’ll be posting photos soon.

All of the finishes have been selected and ordered (except for the snack bar tile), so I’m focusing my attention on the decorative materials, such as fabric and furniture. I have always been drawn to fabric and usually like it to be the jumping off point for decorating any room. Below are some of the patterns I’m considering. Not only do I like the look of these fabrics, but most are cotton and/or linen and the hand is beautiful. (Note: the colors are quite a bit different than what appears on your screen.)


Windsor Smith Home Collection{PELAGOS- Windsor Smith Home Collection}

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Decorative Pillows On My Mind

Do you remember disliking Sundays as a kid? My husband and I were just talking about this the other day and my son was “WHAT!” He happens to be a big fan of Sundays and I can say I’ve grown to love them too. We’re not big on sleeping in (and our dog wouldn’t let us anyway), but I cherish getting up and having a coffee in front of the fireplace, talking about what’s currently going on, what we want to do in the future and anything else that comes up. This is one of my favorite parts of the week.

Today my husband is traveling, so it’s a bit of a different Sunday. Although I’m missing our Sunday ritual, all is not lost. I’ve decided to take advantage of the extra hours to finally get to some projects that have been on the back burner. Before Christmas I ordered some lovely fabric I want to make new pillow covers out of. It has been sitting in my office taunting me. Today I can finally say- “No more, you get your wish!”

{via Dwell Studio}

I think it’s the perfect fabric to breathe a bit of Spring into my home. I’m hoping to find a few additional fabrics in smaller-scaled patterns and a solid to pull the whole thing together.

This week, while working on a client project, I came across a few ready-made pillows that knocked my socks off. Although they’re not the perfect complement to my fabric, they will definitely work in other rooms.

{via Z Gallerie}

I think a few pillows like these will make their way to my home very soon!

Speaking of pillows, I’m often asked how to combine different fabrics and how to know when too much is too much. It’s really a personal preference and it depends on what else is going on in the room. With that being said, if the furniture pieces are neutral, I like to combine:

  • one large-scaled print
  • two or three small-scaled prints
  • one or two solids

It isn’t always that simple and often depends on the different textures of fabrics and other features of the room (paint color, area rug, accessories, etc.), but it’s a general rule to follow.

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