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DIY-No Sew Roman Shade

Comment(s) March 3, 2015


Compared to typical roman shade that can run you hundreds of dollars, here’s a quick and easy DIY roman shade that you can make for under $25 using fabric and an inexpensive mini blind.

What you will need:

-Fabric-3 inches longer than the length and width of the blind.  I suggest using a darker color or a pattern to avoid being able to see the slats through the fabric.

-Liquid Stitch or any fabric glue



-Measuring tape and a marker



Start by opening up your shade until it’s fully extended and cutting the ladder off on the back.


Remove the plastic caps from the bottom and untie the cord.


Remove all the slats and the bottom piece leaving only the cords.  Set aside the slats. Determine how long you want the blind to be and how many slats you will need. The slats are what will create the folds in your roman shade.  (I preferred to have mine 10 inches apart and only needed 4)  Run your slats and bottom piece through the cord, re-insert the plastic plugs and re-tie the cord.


Place the fabric face down on a flat service.  Fold over each of the edges and glue.  Lay the blind down on the fabric and glue the top, bottom and slats to the fabric.  Be sure the slats are exactly the same length apart and that your fabric is an inch larger than the blind on all sides.


Lastly, wait 30 minutes or so for the glue to dry and hang!  Instant DIY Roman Shade!!!


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Oh my Marsala!

Comment(s) January 13, 2015

Marsala, Marsala, Marsala.  There are certainly mixed reviews on the newest member of Pantone’s color of the year.  Some like it, some not-so-much. I personally love it when done right.  Sophisticated, warm and definitely classic.




Amazing Textiles



Sophisticated Staples

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Beautiful Tabletops

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Colorful Lighting


Bold Accessories



American Flag DIY Art in 3 Easy Steps

Comment(s) August 30, 2014


Let’s celebrate Labor Day by making some good ole’ fashioned artwork using an American Flag.   Shall we?  We found ours at a flea market and thought it would be a perfect addition to our walls.  So easy to make in only 3 steps! Check out the DIY below:

What you’ll need:

Measuring Tape


Hand Saw or Chop Saw

4 pieces of 1 x 1 pine

4 2″ Wood Screws

Brass Nailheads


1. Measure the flag.  Cut 2 pieces of the 1 x 1 pine the length of the top and bottom of the flag and cut 2 pieces the length of the sides minus 2 inches.

2.  Using the drill, screw all 4 pieces of wood together to create a frame. Make sure the sides are sandwiched in between the top and bottom otherwise your frame will be too short.

3. Attach the flag to the frame using nailheads.

Happy Labor Day!




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Fall Trend Alert: Macrame and Fiber Art Wall Hangings

Comment(s) July 22, 2014

It’s true.  We have transitioned from the owl’s of the 70’s to a more modern version.  Yay or Nay?


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6 Bathroom Trends for 2014

Comment(s) June 24, 2014

















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The Necessary Neutral

Comment(s) December 16, 2013

I love color, all color, but the truth is nothing beats a good neutral. Done right it can be sophisticated, calming, mysterious, beautiful, intense, and the list goes on and on. Neutral doesn’t just consist of the “boring beige” that everyone knows. There are shades of blue, gray, white and brown that I am very fond of and that act as great neutrals. A dark neutral can add depth to a room just by its intensity.

Recently, I had an opportunity to put my love of neutrals into full effect. In my last blog post on Colorfully, Behr I mentioned I was working on a client’s new place (a bachelor pad) and he expressed his love of grays. I was ecstatic! I love working with every shade of gray.


We started with Twilight Gray to go with the black, white, marble and wood finishes throughout his house. It was the perfect neutral that brought all the rooms together.


The key to adding depth in a room with neutrals is to add texture. I kept the existing texture in the living room by showcasing the existing brick fireplace. Painting it Cordite gave it more of a presence. The dark color is rich, sophisticated and doesn’t appear too blue or gray. It was the perfect shade.


Old Hollywood photography was used in the bedroom as well to give the room a classic feel against the backdrop of Sonic Silver paint. Velvet curtains and crisp white bedding made the room feel masculine, but comfortable.

Tailored Bedroom Adam

Lastly, elements of glass and shiny metals made the space feel more modern. Glass replaced the traditional spindles on the stairwell, doors with glass inserts were added, tables made of mirror were placed throughout and interesting accessories turned the bachelor pad into his perfect “man cave”.



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