living room.

I haven't shown many pics of our living room on here and I
 just added a few new things so I thought I'd snap a few pics and share!

Right next to our front door I put this table with a silver dish for our keys. I
painted a pair of these greek key side tables a couple years ago. I 
but right now I am only using this one.
          • I also recently hot glued some blue grosgrain ribbon to my lamp shades... helps to make a boring lamp a bit more custom
See our loveseat in the background of the above pic? It was a $30 craigslist find that I purchased with plans to slipcover until we could reupholster it. I looked for slipcover that I could live with for a while and eventually decided to simply throw a $15 painters drop cloth over it for a look similar to this with a lower price tag. It has worked GREAT! I wash is once every couple of months...we've had it for a year and it has worn well.
the knotty pine armoire that received a painted makeover after being chewed on by two sweet little pups is still functioning as our tv cabinet. I love being able to close it off when the tv isn't on.
in the above pic you can see some DIY artwork by yours truly and a painted coffee table built by the hubs. I showed him Ethan Allen's 'Cottage Coffee Table'  and he just built one for me! So blessed to have such a talented fella!
the above pic is a close up of our sofa. The slim modern shape, large scale blue and white fabric and the diamond pattern rattan on the sides and back all combine to make it one of my favorite things in the room. It is super comfy and with slip covers that zipper off to get washed every few months it is also super practical. Excellent San Antonio craigslist find. :)
            • In February I made this blue and white buffalo check lumbar pillow for the love seat. It is friends with the dining room chairs ;)

            • This is the little vignette that is on top of the tv cabinet. I recently added the greenery for Spring/Summer
Now, come visit me! :)
Happy Monday, friends! Have a wonderful week!


monograms & grumpy old men.

I priced monogramming a couple of pillow cases 
for our bed and I was shocked at how expensive doing a big monogram cost.
So I decided to monogram them myself...it's MUCH simpler than you might think!

I just found a font that I liked/would be easy to cut out with and exacto knife. This font is 'AJENCY' I blew it up to like 500-600pt and printed it out on cardstock.
Then I sliced it out. It took 10-15 minutes per pillow.
Spraying the backside of each cardstock sheet with 
spray adhesive helped prevent any slipping when they were centered on the pillows.
I used a matte fabric paint and a sponge to dab the paint on and did three coats before peeling it off.
Now there no confusion as to which side of the bed belongs to whom.

Also... check out the gallery wall above the bed.
 The grumpy old man was drawn by my dear friend's husband. Derek Poole is very talented and I am so happy to have one of his drawings hanging on my wall!

Happy Friday, Friends!

shower curtain diy.

It took me awhile but I finally got around to making the shower curtain!
Remember the tiling of the old tub/shower surround that I posted about in March?
we have really enjoyed it that past couple of months but 
with only a clear shower curtain liner the project was still not complete.
I bought 4 yards of this linen fabric last fall while looking around Hancock's 
with my sweet sis-in-law without even knowing what I would use it for:
It is a Kravet Fabric by Thom Filicia called CitySquare/Misty Morning
it retails for around $100/yd and I found 4 yards of it for $3.50/yd. CArayzay.

I knew that I wanted to mount the shower curtain rod all the way up next to the ceiling to add height to this little bathroom, but I didn't have enough fabric to do 1 solid panel all the way across and all the way up. Also I thought this might make our shower too dark when the curtain was 
pulled shut since we don't have a light in there. 
So instead I made 2 dummy panels. The plastic shower liner tucks behind one of the panels when it is not in use so that the beautiful mosaic can be seen all day :) and when the shower is in use the frosted shower liner pulls across keeping the water in while letting the light shine through.
I took this picture while standing in the tub so you could see all the way to the top of the curtain panels in the reflection of the mirror. It's so hard to take pictures in such a small room!
I found this woven stool at the Antique Gallery here in Abilene, Tejas. It has been a nice addition to bathtub time. Very convenient spot for magazines/candles :)

I can't believe the weekend is almost here...this week has FLOWN by! We are going to be changing out our  kitchen counter tops and installing a new backsplash soon so we need those weekends!