Friday, September 30, 2011

Decorating with Beer Bottles

In honor of college football, I thought I would show some classy ways to decorate with beer bottles....


Vetrazzo is a company that makes a super cool countertop...from recycled glass, ahem beer/liquor bottles.
They are a great company with a cool story and most of all, SUPER GREEN products! It is made of recylced glass, concrete, and resin. Check them out here if you want to know more about their story!

You can:
  • Place Hot things directly on it
  • Cut directly on it
  • Have little worry about staining or chipping.
  • Can use it in residential or commercial projects--indoor or OUTDOOR!
Here are some of the products and what they are made of:

And yes, they do use other types of recycled glass-- such as 
Windshields and Shower Doors

 Skyscraper Windows (known as float glass)
 Stained Glass (Windows and Tiffany- style lamps)

Then there's Sky, Corona, and Heineken bottles.

So enjoy tailgating this weekend and start saving up your beer bottles and liquor bottles!! 


Monday, September 26, 2011

Patterns, and Stripes, and Color. OH MY!

There are some exciting things going on in the fabric world these days!!


No more boring neutrals and solids on solids. It's time to get fun an funky and add some color and pizazz to our homes!!

Barbara Barry for Kravet
Barbara Barry just launched her new Indochine line for Kravet. I love the colors - they are rich and warm without being too boring or too bold. They all have great texture to give your room "soul".

Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher. I like to call him has also developed a line for Schumacher...
I am in love with this collection!!!

Lily Pulitzer for Lee Jofa

Eileen Kathryn Boyd for Duralee

Are you excited about the new trend of pattern and color?  I am and I can't wait to use some of these luxurious fabrics for clients!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Personal Thank You Notes

Now that the baby showers are over, I am excited to show everyone the incredible thank you notes that I had created for Brodie!

A girl I went to high school with is a graphic designer in Birmingham.  I gave her pictures of the nursery fabrics and a few other cards that I liked and she came up with the cutest design!

A week later, I got these little lovelies in the mail!

I adore them! Make sure to check out her blog!  The Good Stuff

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Critter Art

When it came down to the art section of the nursery budget, I knew we were going to be tight on the money, so I decided, "Hey, why can't I paint something!"

I got inspiration from the fabrics in the room and a scheme started to form!

First, I made the little birds from the drapery fabric to go along the bookcase.

Then I took the animals off of the floor pillows to put over the crib..
I have a few more art projects to complete to go over the changing table and on the other side of the bookcase, but Mr. Brodie has to be around for them.

We are nearly finished with the nursery-- stay tuned to see final pictures of everything!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Project Runway-- Nursery Edition

After watching Project Runway one night, I decided that I wanted to take a stab at the crib skirt--how hard could it be really? (Plus, saving money is cool too!)

Monday, I ventured off to Joann's and I found this pattern-- it has clean lines, but still a little interest with the band and box pleats. Can't be too hard right? I ended up getting it on sale which was a bonus-- but then the lady had to rub it in my face and say that it was on sale this past weekend for $1.99-- grrrrr, that could have been amazing- but at least I did get some discount!

Then it came down to fabrics....everything worked off of the crib bumper fabric. I wanted something that worked with the bumper, but stayed a little quieter. I contemplated doing three shades of cream, blue, and brown. But I ended up deciding on cream top, blue middle, and cream bottom. It called for rick rack detailing- which I chose to add a hint of the brown.

So then I washed and ironed the fabric before pinning the pattern. Of course, I immediately got hung up on the directions-- what the heck is a crosswise fold? After realizing that it was not a huge concern because of it being a solid fabric and that I just had to make sure that the grains matched- I was off to the races!

I began with sewing each side's top and middle pieces together.

Then I added the rick-rack detail. (I used a paint sample to keep the rick rack level.)

Followed by the lower band.

Then I returned the hem to the length that I needed and voila- it looks like a solid panel!
Next came the pleating.

Then the base (what goes under the mattress) and all the sides went together! I gave it a good hard-starch ironing and ta.da!!  The crib skirt!  My mom is making the bumper and I can't wait to see it all together!