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Paisley Tufted Bench

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On the same shopping trip that we found the fabric for the accent chair, we also found a very pretty and colorful paisley. Finally! The perfect fabric for the second coffee table frame we bought over the summer! We’ve been wanting more seating space in the spare bedroom, so we decided to make another tufted bench. But this time we wanted to try doing it using traditional tufting techniques and make a deep tuft with 22 buttons.

I was up for a challenge! And well…it was definitely a BIG challenge!  Let’s make this very clear: this type of project was difficult and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart!  (If you do decide to try it, do it with fewer buttons and a smaller surface.)  Read more →

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Accent Chair Makeover!

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We have this wonderful little accent chair that has been in our dining room for years, but we were getting bored with the way it looked. At the same time, we also wanted to add some color to the room…so, for a while now, we were wondering what to do with it.  Read more →

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Picture Perfect Pups!

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Hopefully by now, you’ve all seen the picture of our mischievous pups on their new bed! We were very excited that they stayed together long enough for us to get that shot (and it only took 5 takes!).

These moments don’t come along that often, so we wanted to frame the picture.  We’ve always found that it’s expensive to have your photos framed, and we are never able to find fun and interesting frames that we liked enough to buy.

I thought of the excess chenille fabric from the bed, and Brent knew of a piece of 1 x 4 in the basement.  Of course, for us, those two things just spell a beautiful upholstered picture frame! (Brent, all of the sudden, feels like he’s in a Judy Garland and Andy Rooney movie? I don’t know what this means…) Read more →

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Burberry Accent Pillows

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Going through our winter gear last week, we found an old Burberry scarf that Alberto had bought ten years ago in Spain at El Corte Ingles (love that store!). The last time we used it was for a Christmas picture we took of the dogs, so we thought it was time to bring it back into use…by making a few decorative pillows! Read more →

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Tufted Bench

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We found a couple of coffee table frames on a recent visit to a furniture outlet. They’re supposed to look like this, and we could’ve easily “fixed” them by going to the local glass store to get new shelves. However, we thought that the style was kind of boring and not very pretty. So, after seeing a gorgeous cocktail ottoman from Hickory Chair in the October issue of House Beautiful ($3,375!), we decided to make a tufted bench for our bedroom with one of them. (we have a couple of other ideas for the second one, but haven’t decided yet).

At $75 per frame, they were a bit pricey but still a good deal. All we needed to do for the bench was buy some fabric, upholstery buttons and a couple of panels of wood, and we were ready to go.  Read more →

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