They're here...new living room pillows!

I'm happy to share that another stage of the living room make-over is now complete. 
The new pillows are finally here!

Check them out!

Happiness!

Did you notice that one of the solid golden pillows is missing the banding - yeah, I didn't order enough. Oh well, more is on order and soon that pillow will be complete as well. 

And because everyone loves a little before and after...here's the before with the old pillows. 


I'm loving how light and bright the new pillows make the whole room feel.
What do you think - was it a good change?



A couple of close-ups to enjoy all the details.


In case you are wondering, just like my new window panels, I cut and pined the fabric and sent them to the dry cleaner to be sewn.


And here's the best shot I could get of the living room and breakfast room. The pillow on the couch coordinates with the new trim on the white cafe curtains in the breakfast room. And the striped pillows in the breakfast room coordinate with the window panel fabric in the living room.  This helps to make both rooms feel like one cohesive space. 

Next up, tackling that massive armoire. 
Wish me luck!

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Updates to the Breakfast Room

I know, I know, I know - I did just literally reveal the updated breakfast room a couple of weeks back - but I have already made some changes!

What can I say, I like to keep improving things!



Here is what she looked like at the reveal, which you can read about here.


And today.

Can you spot the differences?



I trimmed out the curtains with some of the pillow fabric from the living room.
And added some new pillows using the drapery fabric from the living room. 


You like?

I think carrying the fabrics from one room to the next really helps to improve the overall color scheme flow.


So there you have it. Some simple updates that make a big impact in this small room. 

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The Plan for Pillows

The window panels are finished, hung and looking beautiful - if I do say so myself! 

So what's next, you want to know?


Tackling the easiest project first; I'm going for pillows!

Wanna take a peek at my fabrics?


I think I've run the gamut in terms of possible combinations. 
I have a solid, stripe, plaid, floral and scroll - plus a couple of trim options thrown in. 

If you're interested in learning more about my philosophy on mixing fabrics, check out my guest post over at Three Boys .

Stay tuned for the reveal. 
And the heavy work - tackling that rustic pine armoire!

Until next time, 

How to Make your own Window Panels

First off, I'd like to say thanks so much for all the lovely comments on my new window panels. 
I really am loving them and loving the fact that you love them too! 
That's a whole lotta love going around!

Today, I thought I'd share the quick process of how to make some of your very own.

Let's get started:


I started by removing the drapery lining from my old drapes. Not only did this save a lot of money in terms of purchasing new, but it also provided a rough template for the length and width of the new curtains!
Bonus!

What's the benefit of adding a liner, you may ask:
1. helps with light filtration
2. helps to reduce the risk of fading from the sun
3. gives a cleaner and more professional look from the outside
4. helps to stop drafts in the colder months

see, pretty important, actually.


Find a place to lay out your fabric in it's entirety. 
I needed panels that were 94" long when complete. Therefore I cut them 99" long to allow for seams at the top and bottom. 


Add your liner, making sure to center and leave at least a 1" margin across the top.


Then, it's just a matter of getting down to the pining, really.
Fold over your fabric to create a 2" seam across the top. 
Pin in place.
I found that a right angle really helped to keep everything nice and even and straight.


Fold your fabric to the edge of your liner on the sides. 
Because I was working with striped fabric, I had a nice built-in line to work with!
Lucky me. 
Repeat on the other side.


Across the bottom, fold your fabric up to the required length, in my case, it was 94"; pin in place.
I like a 3" seam across the bottom, hence measuring 99" to begin with. 

This picture is a little misleading because it's the first panel I did and I was working with a pre-cut 3 yard piece of fabric. 


When it's all said and done, it should look a little like this.

Now, this may shock some of you, but at this point, I folded up all my panels and took them to the dry cleaner to be stitched up! 
I know, the shock horror of it all, but I can't really sew and I knew these panels were a real investment that I wanted to last a long time - so there you go! 
Plus, she only charged me $20 a panel, which I thought was a steal!


Once I got the panels home again from the dry cleaner, I added my drapery pins.
Be sure to pin them through the back of the fabric only - no one wants to see a pin on front, now do they? 
Of course, I saved these from my original curtains.
Waste not, want not! 
Right?

I used 7 pins per panel. Start with the first and last, then add the middle and finally two between the first and middle and two between the middle and last. This helps to ensure even placement. 


Then I added my pins directly to the rings. 
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the clips - not sure why really - kind of fussy for my taste.
I think rings without clips has a cleaner and more custom look. 


So there you have it, the story of my new window panels and my dirty little secret!

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Living Room Window Panel Before and After Reveal

It's been a long time in the making, but I am excited to share with you my now complete window panels. 
As you probably know, I really hummed and hawed over the fabric selection. 
For a recap on everything I debated on, click here and here


But, I am so happy with the results.

I only wish that taking good photos of curtains was easier so you could get a real sense of how great they look!
I've done my best...

I, like you, love a good before and after. 
So, here are a couple for your enjoyment!


Before - seems so bare now.



After - with all that lovely day light streaming in.
It's amazing how a simple window panel can really finish off a room!


And at night - I love how cozy it feels now! 
Just in time for Fall...


Before



After - daytime.


After - night time.


This shot really shows the colors as true as possible. The light yellow stripe picks up the color on the walls, while the coral stripe ties in with the couch and the blue works well with the rugs.

I am also loving the texture; the linen is slightly crumply which gives it a relaxed, yet elegant feel. 
Rustic elegance as I like to call it!

I'll be back later with the tutorial - it really was fairly budget friendly - working with some existing pieces, I managed to make 8 window panels for around $500. Of course, this isn't pennies, but if compared to the $500 I spent on 4 store bought panels in our bedroom - it seems like a great deal! Plus these are personalized!

If only I had known then what I know now. 
Hindsight is 20/20!

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