Sunday, 25 November 2012

Office Chair Despair

A few months ago a friend of mine asked if I'd like to take on some old chairs for a DIY project, and of course my answer was "yes!". Her directions were that if I couldn't make it work then to give them away...give them away?! Never! A DIYer never gives stuff away.

I won't lie though...getting past the tacky brown fabric took about a week until I could finally see through the DIY clouds and get focused.

Anyhow, I went on the AMAZING fabric website and searched for a few weeks until I finally settled on the fabric 'Premier Prints Towers Onyx'. I highly recommend this site! They have super speedy shipping, and will ship you swatches for a few bucks so you can take a look at your fabric before you actually make your purchase. Even with shipping and duties (coming from the U.S.) it still works out to be very affordable fabric.

I ordered 6 yards (way too much for this project, but now I have leftovers for pillows!) and started in on the deconstruction...

I attempted to add some buttons to created a simple tufted look (like the image below), but due to the curved back on the chair it proved to be difficult and not I scrapped that idea!

After a few hours of removing staples, cutting fabric, sewing, stapling and then screwing the chair back together, the DIY project was complete...

Next time you think about giving away old chairs, give yourself some time to think on it! I'm so happy I could salvage these chairs and give them back to their lovely owner.

Bye for now,

Emily Grace

Sunday, 11 November 2012

First Impressions

House plans are done! Fini! Tweaks here and there have been made, but for blogging purposes, and your curiosity I'll take you on a tour of the preliminary drawings. 

Let's start with the foyer...

We’re told that first impressions mean everything, therefore, a foyer should make a statement and set the tone for the rest of the house. Don't neglect the first area (and sometimes the only area) people see! 

The look and feel of my house has been inspired by the beautiful trees and nature surrounding my soon-to-be house. I'm aiming to create a space that is cozy & warm with touches of rustic and country charm! With that in mind, I've created my very first mood board to start this ginormous project! 

My checklist: 
  1.   Big, bold, mirror 
  2. Console table (ideally with drawers to hide keys, mail, etc.)
  3. Wicker Baskets (throw the hats & mitts in there!)
  4. Double door closet 
  5. Pendant light
  6. Rustic Tile

Outside of all this fun decorating stuff, I've been busy every day sorting out quotes from contractors & tradesmen, getting permits, cutting down trees, etc. etc... phewph! I won't spill all the boring details, but just please excuse my absence the past few weeks because that's what my time has been absorbed doing! Once we start pouring concrete the real fun begins...for now, tomorrow I'm back at cutting trees...

Bye for now!

Emily Grace