The countdown to Thanksgiving is on at Opulent Cottage! I'm so excited for the season, but I must admit to having a hard time tearing myself away from TV coverage on Hurricane Sandy. My heart aches for all who lost their homes and family heirlooms, and have had their lives disrupted so dramatically. I'm keeping all in my prayers, and I cheer a little every time I hear about the progress that has been made.
As usual we have quite a few projects on our plates. It's a goal of mine to make our home as cozy and as comfortable as possible before the holidays arrive! One of the things we hope to accomplish is to update the window seats in our dining room. They were painted red, to match the former wall color, but now they are primed and ready to paint white! We are adding some trim also, to make them look a little more custom and built in. I hope to show our progress next week. And like the living room, the pillows in this area had seen better days. Pets, kids and parties had taken their toll.
Did anyone else see the pieced burlap pillows on Joss and Main last week? Well I sure did, and I couldn't wait to make a version of my own! I definitely swooned over the mix of nubby burlap paired with rich prints.
When I spied the red and white print at JoAnn Fabrics, I knew it was the one! It's a great compliment to the Country Life toile that is skirted on the bottom half of our vintage armoire turned china cabinet. Then I got even luckier and scored the red paisley from the remnant bin! Talk about a fabric combination dream come true.
But it gets even better! When I was taking one last swing through the fabrics, I spied this beautiful Kas satiny stripe. In my colors! There was no way I was leaving without some of this.
Since I was on a roll, I whipped up another pillow using canvas fabric and jute webbing. I added vintage buttons for a little more oomph.
For continuity, all of the pillows were piped and backed in drop cloth canvas. (You can see how I wash and bleach it here.) But here's another tip: Using inexpensive fabric for backing can really save some $$ on your fabric bill, especially when you're buying something that's $40 per yard.
I have a few more pillows to sew, then cushions to cover, too. I'll show you next week how we built the window seats from inexpensive MDF and hinges, to create a storage and seating area in what had formerly been wasted space.
Have a great weekend everyone! I'm joining:
Debra's Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground
Sherry's Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Heather and Vanessa's Inspiration Friday at At The Picket Fence
Cindy's Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Debbiedoo's Power of Pinterest Party
Donna's Saturday Nite Special Special
Roeshel's DIY Project Parade at DIY Showoff
Kim's Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style