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i dream of fridays

happy monday! (groan) how is it that the weekends fly by in a flash but weeks can sometimes drag on forever?? dreaming of bedrooms like these to welcome me with open arms after a long day.

the moody paint colors, wood accents and layered textures make this one cozy, beautiful space to catch some extra zzz’s, via design files

the pale blue palette mixed with warm honey tones makes this room looks so calm, i can practically hear the birds chirping as i’m nestled under the fluffy white covers, source unknown.

bold colors are totally on trend for interiors, and looks especially good in the bedroom. i like the idea of using a bold color to define a headboard, via paper n stitch

i spy emerald velvet pillows (*heart eyes*) this bedroom scheme isn’t far from my own. the mixing of neutrals, like a warm gray with bolder accents like emerald velvet and brass make the space feel very sophisticated, via design*sponge

couldn’t resist this dark, sultry bedroom. not sure if i would ever leave the covers, via apartment therapy

hope you all have a good week!

DIY, INSPIRATION

conversation heart tea towels

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valentine’s day is coming up, folks! and although i’ve never been crazy hyped about it, i’ve always kind of held a special place in my heart for it. as a kid i have such fond memories of being in grade school and my mom would throw these valentine’s tea parties for me, my sisters and friends. they were quite the affair! we’d decorate cupcakes, make crafts, play with our huge barbie collection and drink tea (which in reality was probably just lemonade or juice). in later years i’ve spent many a valentine’s with friends and a few with some gentlemen and i’ve genuinely enjoyed each and every one. and i may be in the minority on this one but i actually kind of like all the hoopla – the cards, chocolates, flowers, pink and red everywhere. it’s like an elaborate parade marching down the street, there’s something about the showiness that i find a bit endearing – anyone else agree??

and the candy! i. love. candy. that’s probably because i have one tooth completely made out of sugar 😉 but i have a real sweet tooth for conversation hearts – maybe because they’re a novelty or made of pure sugar (or both!) but i just can’t deny those tiny little pastel hearts with witty sayings on them. they really inspired me to make a craft with them. i wanted to add a little love in my kitchen so i decided to make conversation heart tea towels. they’re pretty simple and probably took me a couple of hours (but i was also running had a marathon showing of ‘the office’ in the background tehe)

conversation heart tea towels | design + curiosity

the supplies you’ll need:

  • plain white tea towels, i used these but you can find them at any housewares store
  • fabric in different colors, i used felt because i had more scraps of that but cotton might be better
  • coordinating embroidery thread for fabric
  • iron on letters (similar to what i used)
  • heart stencil, i used a large cookie cutter
  • candy conversation hearts, for inspiration and also snacking!

my ability to take thorough process shots leaves something to be desired but it might not be necessary for all steps so i’ll do my best to explain: first, i ironed out the towels since there were some deep creases in them. i used linen because they are super soft and i like the look and texture but stiffer fabrics might be better.

conversation heart tea towels | design + curiosity

i then used the stencil to trace hearts in the fabric then cut them out. after that i cut out the iron letters to create some cute conversation heart-inspired phrases and followed the instructions to iron them out. i’ll note that i didn’t have any problem using felt but it might not be highly recommended and require a piece of fabric between the iron and the felt so as not to burn it. the letters are sticking fine though!

this next step took some time (which is where netflix comes in handy). i used a blanket stitch with the coordinating embroidery colors to attach the hearts to the hand towel. i think it really gave a nice, finished look to the edge detailing.

conversation heart tea towels | design + curiosity

heart tea towels 2

conversation heart tea towels

and that’s it! simple but super cute. i think these could also make for cute galantine’s day gifts and/or decor for valentine’s parties!

DIY, MY HOME

before & after: bentwood chair makeover

so…i have this thing for chairs. okay, it’s a little more than a thing. i have acquired quite a little collection in the past couple of years. lucky for me they’ve been mostly thrifted or gifted – from my replica eames chair to my (authentic!) arne jacobsen series 7 side chair. i was pretty jazzed to be able to snag an imitation bentwood chair for $3 from a garage sale. it definitely needed some love and i felt so excited to try a project i’ve never done before.

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as you can see from the picture the chair is finished in what looks to be a cherry stain, which i was not in love with. this version of the chair also has a cushion seat which was covered in a hideous green vinyl that also definitely had to go. figuring out how i didn’t want the chair was pretty easy but planning on how i did want to finish the chair took a little more thought. luckily this chair was only $3 so it was pretty low-risk no matter what i decided to do.

bentwood chair makeover

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there were quite a few ideas i was drawn to. i’ve been really loving metallic trend lately so i was thinking of incorporating some metallic gold or brass detail – maybe as the dipped legs?? i also liked the idea of a natural finish (though not cherry) so i toyed around with giving it a walnut stain.

another thing i had to consider was the seat. since the cushion is part of the structure of the chair i was thinking about whether or not to make it a bold color or more neutral. then it hit me…emerald velvet! it’s really no secret my love for it and since having a whole couch reupholstered isn’t in the cards for me at the moment i could get a small taste of it in my chair. i used this mossy green velvet from west elm’s fabric by the yard (which is so gorgeous in person) but you could also use this or this.

here’s where i’m going to get real with you. where i thought this makeover was going to take me a weekend – and really it absolutely should, it’s not that complicated – it took me months from start to finish. partly because i was super busy and kept putting it off and the weather was changing for the worse. one weekend though i finally just forced myself to focus and finish it! i’m pretty happy with it but not in love with it and i’ll explain why in a bit.

here are the supplies i used:

  • green velvet fabric
  • black spray paint
  • 1″ thick foam for cushion (found at any craft store)
  • staple gun
  • sandpaper and/or tack cloth

so my initial thought was to strip the cherry veneer and finish from the wood and restain it walnut. that was a bad idea. the process is doable but takes a long time and a lot of supplies ($$) and good weather and ventilation. i went ahead with it and suffered in the cold for a bit as a started the process of stripping the original finish off. i’ll be honest, i wish i hadn’t. i think i bit off more than i can chew. the stain and clear coat finish was so thick and almost seemed to be a part of the chair. after about 3/4 of the way the chair looked horrible and almost unfixable and i was super upset. i immediately stopped what i was doing. after it dried i while i took sandpaper and a tack cloth and tried to smooth it down as much as possible. i resorted to a black spray paint which is fine, but not what i really wanted. it helped hide the ugly but if you get up close to it you can kind of tell the base is uneven. so why am i sharing such a fail? so you can hopefully learn from my mistake!! and maybe i’ll remember too.

before and after bentwood chair makeover | design + curiosity

before and after bentwood chair makeover | design + curiosity

thankfully the upholstery piece wasn’t so bad. i spent a good amount of time ripping out staples from the old vinyl cover. i used the wooden circle base to trace in the foam for an added cushion then cut a larger circle of the emerald fabric for the cover. i didn’t have the best upholstery stapler so the job isn’t pretty, which you would be able to see from the bottom but it still holds pretty well.

before and after bentwood chair makeover | design + curiosity

before and after bentwood chair makeover | design + curiosity

i once the chair and the cushion were separately done i drilled the cushion piece back into the chair. and there you have it! i think it looks pretty sweet next to my sewing desk and although it wasn’t exactly what i planned and i spent a little more money that i initially wanted to i still feel satisfied. giving furniture makeovers is fun for sure, just make sure it’s a commitment you’re ready to make!

what do you think of the final result? any tips for my future furniture makeover endeavors?