Monthly Archives: August 2012

chinchilla pilla’

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I made another custom pillow for some cute friends who recently got married.  I knew they had some pet chinchillas that they love, so I came up with a design that would pay homage to their beloved pets.  I sketched out a simple graphic shape that reminded me of a chinchilla and cut one out of light grey and one of dark grey felt.  I played around with different design positions, but ended up liking the bold graphic effect of this reverse mirror image one.

As with the Star Wars pillows, I hand stitched the felt to the white fabric, just around the outside edges.  I considered stitching face and leg details, but in the end I opted for simplicity.  I really like the way it turned out.  It looked nice on my grey velvet couch before I wrapped it up to give away.  I hope this pillow is happy in its new home.

liliana armchair

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I fell in love with these Bold Floral Liliana Archairs from Pier1 Imports last year.  I had to visit three different stores before I found one that had it on the store floor (at that time) because I needed to see them in person.  I eventually bought two for my living room, so I thought I would post a little review about how these chairs have held up over the past year (almost a year now).

First off, I really wish Pier1 had reviews on their site.  That would have helped me A LOT when I was trying to make a decision.  But since they don’t, I thought it might help if I posted my review here for anyone else trying to make a decision.  The short review is I LOVE THEM!  They are great chairs.  Cute and comfortable and striking.  They are everything I was looking for.

Now, having lived with them for a year I can say that I still LOVE THEM!  My plan was to find two armchairs in a fun fabric, from which I could base the whole color scheme and design of my room.  This is not an easy task in ready made chairs.  It seemed like I might to need to get something custom.  Then I saw these chairs from Pier1 and thought they might be perfect.

They are a very comfortable size: 34 inches tall in the back, 29 inches across the widest part.  I am fairly tall (5′ 9″) and my husband is 6′ 2″ and we both find these chairs cozy and supportive.  Shorter friends have also commented on how comfortable these chairs are.  I sat in at least 100 chairs while I was shopping for these, and I found that frequently the cutest chairs were the most uncomfortable.  Not so here–these chairs feel great!

The colors are perfect.  I love bright things and this pattern filled my need for color without being overly bright or garrish.  These colors could be played up or toned down, depending on what else you want to use in the room.  I ended up choosing purple walls, using a shade taken from the purple orbs in these chairs.  They look fabulous!

They would look equally stunning in my red family room or my yellow bedroom.  They are really versatile, colorwise.  I never considered putting a grey couch with these chairs, but as you can see, they look just great together!

One of the things I was most worried about with these chairs was the quality of fabric.  The first time I saw this chair in the store, the fabric was quite frayed around the edges.  The embroidered design looks lovely in texture, but it didn’t inspire confidence in durability.  I have cats and I didn’t want these lovely chairs to become scratching posts (actually my cats never have used my furniture as scratching posts, though they do catch their claws on things sometimes).  What finally convinced me to take the risk was seeing this same fabric design (different colors, though, and not near as attractive) in a custom furniture store.  I could handle the fabric sample and see that it was more substantial than it at first appeared, and the designers in the store assured me that it was of durable quality.  And I have found it to be so.  My kids play all over these chairs, and my cats sometimes enjoy lounging in the seats, and they still look almost brand new after one year.  They wipe down easily, and I have not had any fraying issues of my own.  I did find one pulled string from the colored embroidery from either a cat or a child, but it is not very noticeable and I have not had to take any measures to deal with it.  I just let it be camouflaged.

Costwise, at $379 list price, these are comparable to other upholstered armchairs of this quality, if not less expensive.  I got both of my chairs at two different times on two different sales and paid right around $300 for each of them.  I think they are worth it.

I would give them five out of five stars.  They were super easy to put together–I just had to screw the legs on (they are lettered–just match them up so you get them in the right positions).  I really have nothing bad to report about them at all.  I get lots of compliments, especially after people sit in them.  They really are VERY comfortable!  And super cute and stylish.  If you are considering purchasing these chairs, I hope my review helps you feel more confident about buying them!

creative colors

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Have you seen the amazing ads by Sherwin Williams?  This vase of flowers is one of their magazine ads.  I LOVE the use of paint chips to make these fun images.  Their TV ads are also pretty incredible.  During our house remodel I looked at so many different paint chips that it became quite overwhelming.  I downloaded these colorful designs from Sherwin Williams to use as wallpaper on my computer screens.  It helped give me a sense of order and inspiration in the effort of choosing colors.

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These kaleidoscopic pictures are so inspiring!    I applaud the designer of these ads because they are so creative and effective.  Just thought I’d share in case you’re as color obsessed as I am.