Updating some wicker chairs

Sorry for the long absence, like everyone else, life gets so busy.  We were lucky to get away again this winter, this time for a Caribbean cruise and then just like that we were right back in it. Add to that my hubby’s minor knee surgery and you can imagine why I haven’t been blogging.

I made an impulse fabric buy recently, as Tonic Living had a remnant sale and I am a SUCKER for pretty fabric.  They had a remnant of the fabric that I used to make throw cushions on my family room sofa, so I decided I should pick it up….I could make some more cushions or perhaps it would find a home somewhere else.

Isn’t it a pretty fabric?

Clarice Dove fabric

Clarice Dove

Even a few years on I still love my throw pillows.

Family room

Once I received the remnant, all 1.5 yards of it, I had the brain storm that I could use it to recover my wicker chair seats in the sun room, as it is right off the family room. I have been wanting to recover those seats as the covers that came with the chairs were never “me”.  Sorry for the crappy before pic, as usual I forgot to take a before photo before I trotted them off to Wayne to be recovered. I guess I was a little anxious.  Anyways, there really are two of them in here….trust me, the cats each have one 🙂

Sun room with black wicker chairs

I’m just not really a red person and I definitely wasn’t keen on that generic upholstery.  Anyways, I went off to my drapery/cushion maker, Wayne, and he informed me, as I had suspected, that I didn’t have quite enough fabric for the two chairs. So I decided to do a contrasting piping that would free up enough fabric to squeak out two cushions.


I decided to pull out the turquoise for the piping and found some fabric that had the texture and colour that I needed.

The cushions are now completed and look fabulous, Wayne did a great job as usual.  I am going to make up two small throw cushions to add to the back of the chairs and once they are done I’ll be showcasing the after pictures here.  Here’s just a little teaser.

Wicker cushion


Have a wonderful weekend, and please….tell Mother Nature that we have had enough snow! Bring on spring!


Soft turquoise and yellow living room makeover


This living room was just waiting for some colour, more furnishing and custom drapery.  We softened the room with floor length drapes in a beautiful turquoise floral fabric. The sofa actually had its lounge seat removed to allow for an extra chair. A round, clear glass coffee table helps to keep the room feel open and allow for traffic to flow through.  Pretty artwork, throw pillows and accessories finish this colourful space.

Fabric inspiration courtesy of Robert Allen

Last week Robert Allen came to town and like a kid in a candy store, I was first in line to get a peek at their new fabrics.

Just a few of the beautiful pieces that I saw.  Please excuse all the hands on the fabric as we couldn’t resist touching all the loveliness and I had to be quick with the photos, hence the blurriness.


RA22 RA3

These were ethnic inspired and heavy, textured fabrics. The perfect thing for an ottoman, throw pillow or an occasional chair.


Velvet….ah…these were patch worked woven (don’t ask me how they do that) and absolutely gorgeous in real life, definitely my favourite and equally beautiful in the navy or red.  Expensive and luxurious,  a little bit would go along way and I may have to make a throw pillow in this and just keep it to myself.


Beautiful prints are everywhere and the perfect piece to inspire your colour scheme.  Great patterns for roman shades in a bedroom, laundry room or bath or even used for dining chairs.


A classic plaid, I’m particularly fond of the grey, white and gold version.  On a big comfy club chair or large scale ottoman.


A super large scaled medallion print. Resplendid in emerald.  On an ottoman as drapery or perhaps bedding.

RA10 Stripes that were embellished with velvet inserts. Pure luxury and what a sheen! Dining chairs, for sure.


New ikat prints with two tones and reminiscent of water colour paintings.  Draperies, anyone?


Graphic black and white always has my vote and this embroidered print was breath taking. I would love this as a duvet cover.


And Chinoiserie done right, available in many colour waves, this one was my favourite, dark and dramatic.  I can see this used as a roman shade in a fabulous powder room or used like wallpaper and placed inside wall panels.


And last but not least, mixing patterns and scale, with prints that remind me of bark cloth from the 50s and 60s but done in contemporary colours.  These are mixed with stripes and geometrics to make them fresh and interesting.


More ikat in a different colour wave together with a retro inspired red striped print.

Now where can you see these fabrics in your home?


Some updates and bits and pieces

This is going to be a meandering post as there didn’t seem to be too much of a common thread to what I wanted to share with you.

First off, I managed to get all my recent Kijiji purchase of four rattan chairs (if you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen them) to the cottage (had to be done in two separate trips).  However, the wait was worth it, I love them and they fit with the style of the room so much better than the previous very old wood chairs.

Here’s a little peek at how they look in the space.  And…yes, that’s a cat sleeping on them…..it didn’t take them long to find a new comfy spot…sigh.



And a little Blogpodium love still going on.  We received one of this Chalk Ink pens in our swag bag and I was keen to try it out.



And here’s the results….so much easier to write with them than a fat piece of chalk.  I really want to try it out next on my kitchen chalkboard but that would mean I would have to erase all the messages from friends and family that are currently on it….


While at Blogpodium, Tonic Living had a lovely little set up with swatches of their great fabric.  The deal was that you take two swatches and then find some creative way to use them and then tweet, instagram, FB or pin your creation to win a $100 gift certificate from Tonic Living.  Here’s the two I picked.


And my creations.


Well, I didn’t win as my fabric covered boxes were not the most original idea on how to use the fabric but I’m happy with my cute little creations anyways. Check out the awesome winning entry here, and she just happened to use the same two pieces of fabric that I chose.

And finally, a little fall love still going on here.  I took these a few weekends ago and thought I would share them here.

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And with that I wish all my Canadian readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Remember all that we have to be thankful for!


Outdoors or Indoors?

Well, with Sunbrella it can be both.  Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Luxe Home Interiors to a luncheon featuring Miles Talbott Sunbrella fabrics designed by Joe Ruggiero.  We also got to view a slideshow featuring Joe’s travels and the beautiful furniture he designs.


Having experienced a busy family life with children and pets, I always appreciate a gorgeous but practical fabric that can take a beating.  Sunbrella fabrics will just do that and they have come along way since the cardboard like substance used for canvas awnings of the past.

Take a gander at these beauties.


Meridan in Pebble


Tamaran – Mist


Lagos – Chili


New Tribal – Chili


Chevy II Marine


Asian II Mariner

And believe me they feel just as good as they look.  They even had a lovely sheer white fabric that looked alot like linen that would be absolutely perfect for drapery, indoors or out.  And no worry about it fading in the sun.

I have to say I love the idea of being able to spill red wine on my dining chairs and not be worried one lick….heavenly.