Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Something I've been working on for a while

We've pretty well recovered from Thanksgiving weekend around here.  The weekend laundry is done, although it already needs done again.  I mopped the kitchen floor today (only because I was basting a quilt).  We're back to a normal sleeping schedule.  Everyone loves having their own beds back.  We spent 16 hours in the car and spent two nights at each grandparents' home.  Miss A's voice is slowly recovering after screaming for two of the last four hours in the car.   I'm really glad we're staying home for Christmas.  So, onto some newly finished projects.

I've been itching to change up our bedroom a bit.

First it started with new curtains.  We got new neighbors to the back corner of us several months ago.  They leave their back porch light on all night.  I'm not bothered by the fact that they leave their light on.  We do the same.  The problem is that their light would shine right in our eyes at night through a crack in the blinds while we tried to go to sleep.  This is the first time I remember the hubs actually requesting I buy fabric and make a project.  He wanted curtains to replace our blinds. 

I tried really hard to find some fabric that matched our bed quilt, but couldn't find anything that worked and that I liked.  I came across this fabric and loved the pattern.  I decided to go with it since I'd been thinking about making a new quilt for our bed anyway.  This is some home dec fabric from Hancock Fabric.  I lined it with black out lining, and our room is so nice and dark at night now.


After the curtains were finished and up, I immediately wanted to replace our quilt.  I wanted something very simple with all solids.  I found a couple duvet covers I liked, but I'm not a big fan of duvets.  I prefer quilts.

This is what I came up with.  The fabric is from Art Gallery Pure Elements in linen and caviar.  I LOVE their solids.  I noticed they have some new colors I haven't seen before.  I'm excited how many manufacturers are printing more solids.

I also came across 26" square feather pillow forms from Ikea that I love.  I made covers for them from Amy Butler's Lark home dec fabric.  I actually made the pillow covers before I made the quilt.  The whole ensemble went together better when it was just in my head.  I'm still not convinced that I like the pillows with the quilt, but I love them both separately.  So, for now, they are together.  I'm thinking down the road I might make these faux pleated pillow covers from V and Co.

I did lots of straight line quilting.  I'm glad I started on the black because I was doing those lines 1/2" apart. The lines on the white are 1" apart and went much faster.

The frames are new too, and from Ikea as well.  I took the flower photos a few years ago.  Since taking the pictures for this post I actually switched the photos out with some new autumn ones that I took last fall and just barely had printed.

I love how clean my room looks when all the stuff can hide on the floor during pictures.

My prints that now hang in those frames:




And this is what my nightstand normally looks like.  At least I dusted when I cleaned everything off for the photos.

27 comments:

  1. I think those really pretty pillows fight with the new curtains. Surely there is somewhere else you can use them once you make the ones you're looking at. A MUCH better choice in your room, seems to me.

    Well, maybe you didn't ask for advice. :)

    The whole room looks really nice now.

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  2. Oooh, your new room looks so pretty! I love the pop of colour from the cushions amongst the black and white too :o)

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  3. Pretty and classy!!!! Great job! your nightstand looks a lot like mine ;o)

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  4. Beautiful! I love it when my husband asks for a quilt/fabric project. Oh wait, has he done that? :)

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  5. Wow, Kati! This is really beautiful!

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  6. I LOVE everything about this!!!! I absolutely ADORE the quilt your made for the bed!! I don't like busy materials on my bed, and my quilts seem to always be on the busy side--which I don't mind around the house, but in that one room, I need calm and peace ; ) This is the absolute perfect bedroom quilt!! LOVE IT!

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  7. I second what Susanne said...I love everything too. Your room looks gorgeous - and just reminds me that I really need to get around to making some curtains (you know, about 6 years after we moved in!)

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  8. Wow, it looks GREAT! Love the simple black/white quilt. Very classy.

    Are those actually your photos? They're lovely.

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  9. I think this pretty well seals the deal, Kati...you live in my head, don't you? I am smitten with your new quilt! So simple but so classy. And the new curtains, prints, pillows...Everything is perfect!

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  10. Your bedroom is weirdly identical to my bedroom. I even have those same IKEA frames with b&w floral prints in them arranged the same way over my dresser. I haven't made a quilt for my bed yet, though. I just have a plain white quilted bedspread from TJ Maxx. I love the stripes on yours. Good work!

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  11. I love it. :) I think the pillows are a great addition to the black and white. And your photo is really nice. :)

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  12. Very nice! And I have a stack of books and magazines just like that on my nightstand, too.

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  13. It looks great Kati! Don't you just love a good makeover?

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  14. I think it all looks absolutely beautiful together. I adore your quilt. Stunning simplicity.

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  15. A good room to sleep, to get some rest: so peaceful.
    I like the clutter on the table too, you're so honest
    It looks GREAT

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  16. It all looks beautiful, and the bedside table 'au naturel' looks just like mine!!!

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  17. Its beautiful! You have me inspired to give our bedroom a make over :-) Love the pop of color in those pillows against the black and white, so pretty. Awesome job!

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  18. It looks so professional - I LOVE it!! Nice job pulling together so many coordinating pieces from different sources AND for DIY-ing them!

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  19. Beautifully done!!! I love your project! And the pictures really pull it together and are gorgeous as usual! :)

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  20. It's a great looking room. Very clean-looking, just how I like it. The reading materials look great, and so does that brand of hand lotion which happens to be my favorite too.

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  21. Wow your room looks amazing!! It looks like a picture out of a magazine. I absolutely love the quilt, it's very modern. I'm so happy over the charm squares. I can't wait to figure out what I am going to do with them now. Have a wonderful day.

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  22. Such a pretty room. I love the clean lines - you really inspire me@

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