21 Clever Home Decor Projects Made with Fabric

21 Clever Home Decor Projects Made with Fabric

Hello!  Last week I shared with you some of my go-to places for finding inexpensive, attractive home decor fabric (if you missed it you can find it, Here)!  As promised, this week I am back with a comprehensive list of home decor projects you can create with FABRIC! If you are not a sew-er that’s okay many of these projects do not require sewing and the one’s that do I made sure the tutorials were very thorough and easy to follow. So let’s begin!! 21 Home Decor Projects Made with Fabric 1. Roman Shades-  I found this tutorial for roman shades several years ago, before I had a blog.  When we first moved into our home and I was trying to make the cherry cabinets work.   I thought maybe some light colored window fabric shades would balance the dark wood cabinets out nicely. I used this tutorial and the roman shades turned out great!  However, I ended up not liking them for the space (and painting the cabinets white) and gave them to a…

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DIY Topiary Tutorial –Easy & Inexpensive!

DIY Topiary Tutorial –Easy & Inexpensive!

Topiaries are a timeless decor piece and are extremely versatile! Fiorella Design via Houzz Studio Dearborn via Houzz Smith & Vansant Architects PC via Houzz   The only problem is they also can be super pricey.  For example these two small topiaries are on sale at Kohl’s right now for $66.39.  That’s $33 per topiary and it is not uncommon to see them go for much much more than that (clarification the extra much was not a typo)!:-) via Kohls   I recently spotted a topiary form on one of those rare occasions when I was without my kids and found myself meandering in the craft aisle at Walmart (oh the life of a mom with young kids).:-)   The topiary form was only $4.96 and the wheels immediately started turning on how I could transform it with just a few bucks.   I ended up buying two and as you can see below each has it’s own place in our Christmas decor right now.     I just love them!  If you haven’t read my post on…

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Is Gray Here to Stay?

Is Gray Here to Stay?

Initially you may have thought the title would be referring to the gray skies of winter.  Believe sometimes living in Ohio I begin to wonder if gray is here to stay, like forever!  Thankfully it’s not (although I did look it up and 67% of winter days are cloudy in Ohio)! But instead I am referring to the gray color trend that has swept the nation and beyond in the use of home décor accents galore.   JB Architecture Group, Inc. via Houzz Recently my fellow DIY loving friend, Cindy, painted her kitchen cabinets gray. They look amazing, don’t they!? After showing them to me, Cindy, confided that she harbored concerns about her choice of color. What if the gray trend dies out soon and if I go to sell a few years down the road the cabinets cause problems for potential buyers? Her question got me thinking, is the gray surge just a trend or is it here to stay? The gray trend started about 5 years ago. Initially it began on walls, then in accents of rugs and pillows, then on furniture in upholstered chairs and couches, and in the past…

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Progress on the Floors & Inspiring Design

Hi There! It’s been a wild past 7 days and I’m excited to say I think we only have 2 more days left in the installation of our new floors. I want to share a little bit about what the week entailed.  And since the demo process is never pretty I’ll share some pretty inspirational photos at the end to make your eyes feel better.:-) The week has gone like this: Last Monday night- we pulled up the carpet and padding in the Dining Room and the baseboards. Moved all the furniture to the garage. Last Tuesday night- we pulled up the carpet and padding in the Living Room and the baseboards. Moved all the furniture to the garage. Wednesday night- our hired helper came and showed up how to demo tile. We got up all the tile in the foyer space. Moved all the Kitchen items to the Family Room. Thursday- our hired helper started laying our engineered hardwood flooring in the Living Room while we continued tile demo down the hall and in…

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Easy $8 DIY Curtain

When I first moved into our current home my goal was to lighten up the kitchen without painting the cabinets. My husband did not mind the cherry cabinets and asked if I would give them some time to see if they would grow on me. I really didn’t want to go through painting cabinets again (I had done it in our previous place) so I obliged hoping that I would warm up to them. One of the many ways I tried to lighten the kitchen up was with white kitchen window treatments. I had gone to our local Parade of Homes (aka-Homearama) and had been inspired by these kitchen window treatments below.  Sorry for the poor photo quality, I took the picture with my ipad camera.  This year when I go I will take my real camera so I can share nicer pictures! 🙂   I loved the fresh, clean, cheerful ambience of these over the sink kitchen window treatments.  There wasn’t a way for me to find out where they were from so I decided I would try to DIY them.…

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10 Steps to a High-end Kitchen on a Low-end Budget

When I moved into my home 2 years ago there was no room I despised more than our kitchen.  It was dark, outdated, and generic.  I wanted a kitchen that was light, welcoming, and sophisticated.  Not having much $ to work with made me have to stretch our dollars as well as my creative juices and DIY muscles.  It was not until I loved my kitchen that I loved my home. I created The Love Your Kitchen Series because I wanted others on a small budget to be able to achieve a kitchen and home that makes their heart happy too!  This post pulls together the 10 steps that enabled me to go from abhorring my kitchen to adoring my kitchen. The links below stating READ MORE will take you to posts I have written that go into that particular step in greater detail. I hope you will find this post as a great resource to achieving a kitchen you LOVE! 10 Steps to a High-end Kitchen on a Low-end Budget   1.  Painting cabinets can do amazing…

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Love Your Kitchen Series-Faucets & Sinks

I can’t believe we are at the end of the Love Your Kitchen Series!  Next week I will summarize the Series and add a few additional tips to wrap it up.  There have been so many beautiful, inspiring kitchens featured in this Series that I plan to create a Top 15 inspirational kitchens post down the road as well!  So here is  Tip #10 to creating a beautiful, high-end looking kitchen on a budget.   When looking through photos of designer kitchens what I see about 85% of the time is gooseneck faucets and undermount sinks.  What is a gooseneck faucet?  It is a faucet that comes straight up from the base and then curves over like a candy cane at the top as pictured below.     Undermount sinks are when the rim of a sink is mounted under the countertop so it is not visible.  It creates a nice seamless look between the countertop and sink.  Here is an example below.   Here is a collection of beautiful kitchens displaying these faucet and sink features.    …

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Love Your Kitchen Series- Adding Wood Trim

If you are new to this Series,  we have been focusing on inexpensive ways to upgrade your kitchen from builder boring to high-end custom. When you read the words ‘adding woodwork’ I hope you didn’t turn and run the other way! If you are at all tempted to let me tell you something first!!! I grew up in a family that did not even own a drill. Even to this day I have never seen either of my parents hold any kind of home improvement tool (besides a screwdriver and a hammer).  My husband has ZERO experience or interest in anything DIY. Are you still there??? Good, don’t leave yet. Woodwork makes a HUGE difference in the visual appeal of a space and it is something you can easily learn if you don’t already have experience with it.  I never did until a few years ago! So who taught me to wainscot and crown mold?  My friend, google search did!:-)  I’ve learned how to do so many things by typing phrases like “how to install crown molding” into google search and then devouring…

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Love Your Kitchen Series- Unique Lighting

Lights, Camera, Action! Of all the places in the home the kitchen is the one with the most continual action. For this reason priority should be given to how the kitchen is lighted. If you don’t have the budget to do a complete kitchen renovation that’s okay! Putting your money towards new lighting will go a long way in making your kitchen feel more updated and custom.    Jennifer Baines Interiors via Houzz   Pinney Designs via Houzz Adding can lights (aka recessed lighting) to your kitchen ceiling is relatively inexpensive and is a great way to increase the brightness in a room. It also supports the flow and openness of a room because it sits flush against the ceiling, hence, there are no hanging physical distractions to the eye. Recessed lights run as low as $25 a light and can be DIY-ed. Here is a tutorial on how to install can lights.   Highland Homes, Inc. via Houzz   Tom Stringer Design Partners via Houzz Having one or two unique hanging lights is another avenue to increasing the brightness…

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