Wednesday, November 19, 2014

~ How to Make a Pottery Barn Style Pillow with Christmas Wreath - DIY

The Decorated House - Pottery Barn Knock Off Pillow
Part One of a Series of Handcrafted Christmas and Decorating Ideas:

When I first saw the Pottery Barn Pillow, I was smitten. There had been a few copycats and knock-offs but none where quite what I was looking for. Even the Pottery Barn version was the reverse of the colors of what I wanted. So of course, it's time to make your own!

I do confess since I have no enjoyment of sewing, at first it seemed a more simple solution was just to  buy the one at Pottery Barn, and it was very pretty with the white background and greige leaves as you can see from the picture below. But it wasn't the combination that I really wanted and the pillow was also smaller than the size I needed.

Pottery Barn Pillow - The Decorated House
What was more appealing for my decorating was to have a greige cotton/linen background and white leaves and berries. The one I made which is pictured next, is the color scheme is in that color scheme which was perfect for me. It is also a 16 inch square which is large than their version, but of course you can make it larger or smaller to your own liking.

The Decorated House - How To Make a Pottery Barn Wreath Pillow
I spent more time running around trying to find the leaves pre-cut than it took to just cut them and make the pillow. And while I was out looking for them, I didn't realize at first that I wanted white leaves, so it was good I never found any of the pre-made ones in a darker color. Afterwards I did find some pre-cut leaves. Since I have no patience, I was already done with the pillow by that time and had made the leaves from white felt.

If you were thinking that pillow looked pretty simple to make, you were right! Give it a try. I like that my leaves are a bit larger/thicker. But you can make them however you like. One of the things you'll notice on the Pottery Barn version is that there is a stitch down the center for a vein look. The only thing I might do differently is to choose a beige colored thread so that the veins show up a little more.  But it is one of things that really makes the pillow look great.  I'm very happy with it and it was made from  simple unbleached cotton linen cotton, and a couple of 35 cent squares of white felt for the leaves.

For the "berries" I added some little white poms poms that you can find in the sewing or craft area of the store. They come in different colors and sizes.

** Tip: Do not use hot glue to attach the leaves and pom poms. Hot glue dries hard, makes a stringy mess while gluing this many things, and it's really easy to burn you fingers with little pom poms. :) There are several different brands of Fabric Glue made just for a project such as this.

See Y'All Soon~

Monday, November 17, 2014

~ Celebrating Fall ~ Autumn - Inside Your Home

Fall Decorating - The Decorated House

Fall is loved for its beautiful colors and it is just as wonderful to enjoy those same colors inside your home as well. You can use real and fresh leaves (as in the vase above) or dried magnolia leaves, with their rich color combination of copper and green for the perfect look and colors of Fall. If you use the preserved leaves, you can carry that element into the next season too. Almost everything in the vase is from nature - dried flowers, leaves and feathers along with only a few faux leaves here and there to fill it out. So depending on where you live, you might find everything you need for a pretty arrangement right outside your door!

Fall Autumn Decor - Magnolia Leaf Candle - The Decorated House

Previously I have shown you the magnolia leaf candle wrapped with the leaves all facing on the copper side, and also with the with the copper alternating with green. You gather from Nature and your garden to create a simple, or even more elaborate arrangement than this one. Here I used the candle in a white concrete garden container. It was filled with a floral foam so I could easily stick the leaves, berries and picks into it. It was covered with moss so you can't see the foam. The pumpkins can be painted with either flat white paint, or chalk paint.

The candle arrangement  is on the dining table, but it can easily be moved to your coffee table when it's time to get the table ready for a dinner.

The Decorated House - Fall Decorating White Pumpkins

For the entry table it was simple to remove all the Halloween related elements and keep everything that felt like Fall. The antique books and rusty lock are a wonderful balance of autumn colors against the shiny silver and the white pumpkins. The pumpkins are a mixed of painted ones, mercury glass, and velvet giving you a nice range of textures to add more interest.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

~ 50 + Fabulous Fall - Autumn - ThanksGiving Decor Ideas
Fall and ThanksGiving Decorating Pins

I hope you enjoy some of the wonderful things I have pinned 
for Fall and ThanksGiving Decorating.
Click on the picture above and you will usually go to 
the source of each picture for more pictures 
and sometimes tutorials and downloads.
Happy Weekend ~ See Y'All Soon

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

~ Slipcovers - Lots of Ideas!

The Decorated House ~Slipcover Ideas

Let's explore slipcovers again. 
I've added more ideas to my pinterest slipcovers board. Hope you find something 
of interest if you are looking for some slipcover ideas. 
Although it would have been much easier to just reupholster the dining room chairs, I wondered if sometime in the future I would really want the pretty green fabric back again. Also since they were going to be white, there was a good chance there would be some spills along the way with this being a dining room. So that's why the decision was made to make slipcovers

Friday, October 31, 2014

~ Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween
from our home to yours.
See Y'all Soon ~

Monday, October 20, 2014

~ Halloween Mantel 2014 -The Decorated House - Elegant Black and White Decorating

Halloween Decorating Elegant Black and White - The Decoratd House

Instead of all the spooky stuff, you can choose to enchant with a more elegant style when decorating for this fun packed holiday! It's almost Halloween time again, and that means it is a perfect time for adding some elegant black back into the decorating mix. Black and white has always been such a classic combination. I like to add Vintage Silver and Mercury glass, and Old Books ... along with a tiny bit of spookiness. The only really spooky thing is those spiders! Spiders are not one of my favorite guys outside, but

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

~ Halloween Decor in Black and White - Entry Table

The Decorated House - Halloween Black White Entry Table

Halloween may be the time of joy for children, but it is also a wonderful time to bring a little different twist to your own decor. This is one of the times of year when black and white is so perfect for changing the look of your home and celebrating this fun holiday as well, although it may not be the wise choice to get your own favorite candy to give out. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

~ Halloween Decor Elegant in Black and White - The Decorated House

The Decorated House Halloween Decor Black and White

As the weather cools a bit, it is the perfect time for a little Halloween Decorating.
The entry table is dressed in Black and White with Silver and
Mercury Glass. Antique Books are so pretty as they mirror the colors 
of the fall leaves just beginning to turn their Fall colors.  

Keeping things on the lighter side, you see faux Pumpkins painted 
Old White and Pure White with Chalk Paints 
and a lovely Velvet Pumpkin. 

The glittered spiders run havoc over webs and pumpkins, enjoying
the only time of year the are indeed free to roam inside. 

Welcoming all from the entry table this year is Abigail Bunny. 

You can see Abigail and other Halloween Art Prints are in the shop.

The Decorated House Halloween Elegant Black and White

See Y'All Soon~

Monday, September 22, 2014

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pumpkins - Black & White with Silver Halloween Decorating!

The Decorated House - Elegant Halloween Decorating with Black White and Silver

Halloween Decorating at The Decorated House
Halloween 2012:
Come take a look at how I used some decorative goodies to decorate
our entry table for Halloween with elements
 that you probably already have!

Friday, September 19, 2014

~ Velvet Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

The Decorated House - Fall Decorating - How to Make Beautiful Plush Velvet Pumpkins

It's beginning to feel like Fall in many parts of the country, and it sure seems to bring out
that desire to fluff the nest and make a few pretty things to decorate our homes with.
One of those absolutely lovely things is plush velvet pumpkins. Of course
 you can purchase some pretty ones if you are short on time,
but you can also make one, or a few, with some simple instructions. 
Click this link for full directions on how to make beautiful plush pumpkins
 to add to your home this year.

See Y'all Soon~
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