floral find

I’m completely smitten with this floral patterned ottoman.  It is equal parts fall and spring.  Well the flowers are probably more spring than fall but those orange hues seem to match the November foliage so well.

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It was love at first sight when I spotted this floral number a few weeks ago.  It seems to have an Anthropologie vibe, doesn’t it?  The vintage linen fabric is in fantastic shape.  I considered removing the skirt for a more modern look but didn’t want to jeopardize tearing the linen.  After a thorough shampooing, it is right at home paired with the solid hemp armchair.  A keeper for sure…at least for now.

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What treasures have you found lately?

seeing spots

Surfaced amongst many holiday projects this weekend was this gem of a vanity stool.  I’ve had it “on deck” for a while actually.  It simply needed some TLC in the form of upholstery and a proper seat cushion.

Leopard Vanity Stool

The before shot of this stool is kind of comical.  It was topped with a toilet seat cover over part of an egg carton.

vanity before

Finally, I got down to the bare bones of the seat so I could start from scratch.

Leopard Vanity Stool

That is when I cut out a 1 inch foam cushion and then secured and covered it with batting.

Leopard Vanity Stool

Followed by some sassy leopard fabric.  Much better.

  Leopard Vanity Stool

I love a simple vanity stool in a classic leopard.  It doesn’t get anymore feminine.

Leopard Vanity Stool

In fact, I don’t even think this stool needs to be paired with a vanity to be complete.  It would be a great accent in a dressing room or bathroom on it’s own.

Leopard Vanity Stool

This isn’t the first vanity stool I upholstered in leopard…

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That stool was upholstered in a bedspread when I found it!  Check out the before and after here.

What is the strangest thing you’ve found when reupholstering a seat?

Leopard Vanity Stool

accessorizing the bridal party

Hello!  Hello!  How was everyone’s weekend?  We are enjoying some unseasonably cool weather here.  It is like a fall preview.  I LOVE it.  But enough of the small talk.  I’m sharing more pics and deets from our wedding along with another DIY.

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Today we are chatting about accessorizing your peeps with flowers.  When to go fresh and when to go fabric.

DIY Fabric Boutonniere

In the name of organization, we knocked out a few boutonnieres months prior to the big day.  If you are a Circa Dee diehard, you may even recognize some of the fabric used.  I didn’t get crazy about sourcing the perfect fabric for these flowers.  Instead, just pulled scraps from previous upholstery projects in blues and neutrals that would complement the color scheme.  Bridezilla?  I think not.

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Hunter, our ring bearer, and Wilson’s escort has a more playful color palette with a splash of pink and aqua – kind of like the centerpieces.  His seersucker vest is from crewcuts.

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Wilson opted for a more traditional look with a matching seersucker bow tie and leash from etsy.

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He decided he’d like to take a seat during the ceremony rather than stand up front.  Seriously, I know.

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I’m obsessed with this dog.  Judge me if you want.  But first, just look at that face…

Dana & Ryan Cape May Wedding

Oh, hey!  Look at these dapper guys.  They went fresh in the flower department.

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Shawn, the best man, sported a throwback baby’s breath boutonniere that matched Leigh’s bouquet.

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That was a bit of a vintage spin on the personal flowers.  The baby’s breath bouquet and boutonnierre were easy to DIY.  I gathered a bunch and constructed them with floral tape covered with ribbon just a few days prior to the ceremony.

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What’s a wedding without a little air guitar?  Huh?  I can only imagine some Journey was being belted out of my gaping open mouth.  Don’t stop believing, friends.

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So Ryan and I went with fresh flowers.  (I’m really tempted to say “fresh to death” here because we were at the Jersey shore after all but I am refraining.  Or am I?)  Anyway, a fresh flower bouquet of with a pale color palette of thistle, roses, lisianthus, sweet pea, ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus…

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to match Ryan’s ranunculus boutonniere.

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These I cannot take credit for.  Our flowers were created on our wedding day by my very talented friend, Renee.

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She also helped construct the fabric boutonnieres months prior (among many other things!).

DIY Fabric Boutonniere

Now for the DIY… we simply cut long fabric scraps – say about 2 feet x 2 inches.  Twirled the fabric tightly round and round, hot gluing with each pass and strategically folding the fabric over to create the look of a blooming rose.  We garnished each a little differently with either lace ribbon (left from the invitations), mossy green wire or green raffia wire to create “leaves”.  Once complete, it was glued to felt backing and then to safety pins.  Easy.  And not just for weddings.  This DIY can totally be used to deck out kids backpacks, hats, etc.

I leave you with this image.  Aqua chucks.  The must have reception accessory for my dad.  For those who know him, you know Chucks are absolutely his style.  The aqua part is all mine.

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Photos by Love Shack Photo

hanging drapes

So I wanted to title this post “hanging drapes for dummies” but I didn’t want to scare anyone away before reading the first line.  Another title choice was “hanging drapes for thirty year olds” because if you are an actual adult i.e. over thirty, you probably already know how to hang drapes the old school way and you will learn nothing new from this post.

But as it seems, the last time I really saw drapes in my home was circa 1989 and I wasn’t hanging them.  Then the 90’s hit.  Oh the 90’s.  Balloon valances.  Need I say more about the puffy beasts that hung over suburban windows everywhere?

Moving onto the new millennium.  Or so.

My window treatments up until recently have always involved sheer panels, tab tops, grommet tops and funky, ornate hardware.  That sort of thing.  I have never once hung a drape.  Or draperies.  That word sounds so grown up and maybe even old-fashioned.

But there is a first time for everything and that was a really long introduction to…hanging drapes for dummies.  With pictures.

Follow along as I become an actual adult and introduce drapes into my home.

First let’s review what I mean by drapery.  I am talking about heavy curtains with pleats.  Old school.

Specifically, I am talking about this fabulous pair of handmade, vintage toile drapes that I scored for a song!  The fabric needs to be attached to the curtain rod.  But how?  I don’t want to use the modern ring and clip method.

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We’re going way back.  This, my friends, is a drape hook.  This little device does all the work!  A package of drape hooks costs about $2.50 and can be found at your local hardware store.

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Flip over the drape so you are looking at the back side of the pleats.

back of drape pleats

The drape hook has one pointy end.  Insert the pointy end upward into the seam of the pleat so it is running parallel with the pleat.

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Once inserted, the curved part of the drape hook should be near the top of the pleat.

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Repeat this process pinning each pleat with a drape hook making sure each hook is sturdy.

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And that’s it.  They’re ready to be hung!

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Fun fact:  A package of drape hooks contains 14 hooks.  Each of my drapes had 7 pleats.  Coincidence?

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Stay tuned for the reveal!  There’s still a lot of work to be done in the dining room.

Signed, Your first time drape hanger

what i’ve been buying

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a treasure Monday post.  As you can imagine, picking is slow this time of year due to the weather.  That hasn’t really stopped me though.  I’ve attended a few auctions lately.  And have been scoring at the thrift store in the fabric department.

Typically I am rotating chairs around the house from room to room but lately it has been window treatments.  Which, by the way, are really difficult to photograph due to the lighting.

I love finding vintage linens in excellent condition…

Is it the year of the pom pom?  I feel like they are suddenly every where.  I am not complaining!  I am falling right into this trend and fortunately I am finding vintage pom poms.  Even better!  I modified a pair of drapes as valances in my guest room.

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On the same day, I came across a pair of perfectly coordinating twin flat sheets that stand in as curtain panels.  No sewing needed!

vintage window treatment

Of course this new found “window treatment” caused a domino effect.  I’ve been passively looking for something like this for the guest room so I happily took down the green plaid panels.  We are currently playing with them in my parent’s guest room.

vintage window treatment

After finding the sweet yellow and orange pom poms, I came across an adorbs set of brown pom pom curtains.

vintage window treatment

How could I resist them?  They are also a candidate for my parents house although I wish I had a place to hang them in my own home!  The size just isn’t right.  Shucks.  They are so whimsical and cute!

vintage window treatment

Moving along to my favorite find though…a set of vintage sage green toile drapes.  You might have caught a glimpse of these on my instagram last week when it was love at first sight.  Swoon!

They are the perfect size for my dining room window which has now caused yet another complete domino effect.  I’ve been wanting a green dining room since we moved in nearly 2 years ago.  These drapes have finally kick started things around here.  Now I’m on the hunt for the perfect contrasting valance.  I’m trying a few things like a new to us antique area rug.  I painted the table.  The list goes on.  I’ll share everything when I’m finished with the research and development stage.

In 2014.  Kidding.  I can’t wait that long to pull it all together in the dining room.

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I will be sure to share what I learned about hanging drapes.  Like old school drapes that your grandmother had.  This is a new topic for me.  Stay tuned for that post on Wednesday.

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What vintage treasures have you been finding lately?

pinning & framing spring

A couple of weeks ago when signs of spring started to emerge here in PA, I was itching for a new wreath for my front door.  I spied a pretty one out shopping but it was $40 which didn’t seem like a necessary purchase at the time.  I knew I had plenty of materials to make a new wreath at home so I vowed to not spend any money on a spring wreath and only use materials around my house.  But I was tired of the tried and true round wreaths I have on hand.  (I have a ton.)  I took to pinterest for some pinspiration.  I typed in “spring wreath” and the results were gorgeous and overwhelming.  I finally decided on fabric flowers and a square wreath which was inspired by this pin.

Here is what I came up with in under an hour…

It was so simple to make once I had the vision. First, I shopped the garage and found an old nondescript frame which lost its glass long ago.  A light coat of hot pink spray paint brightened it up but allowed the grain to still show through.

Next, I perused the yard for some twigs which I spray painted white. Then I cruised fabric scraps where I found some springy colors.

Wilson also assisted in creating the door decor.  Because the frame was kind of thin, I took some leftover foam core board and cut a triangle to add in the lower corner with glue.

For the flowers, I cut various strips of fabric anywhere from about 10-18 inches long and just a couple of inches wide.  The larger the piece of fabric, the larger the flower.  Obv.  Then I twisted and turned and fluffed the fabric as pictured below until I got something sort of resembling a blooming rose.  I added a dab of hot glue to the end which I pulled through like a loose knot.

Then I hot glued the twigs and flowers in a delightful pattern onto the frame and foam core board.

Wilson conducted a quality check.

And he approved of the final product. 

Up on the door the spring wreath went.

Replacing the old feather wreath which is so un-springy. It looked like a flock of pigeons were laid to rest at my front door. Which may be an ok look for winter (if dead pigeons is ever an ok look) but not for spring!

Out with death and in with new life!  Bright and cheery for $0 and less than an hour from concept to finish.

Have you found any pinspiration for your spring decor?

Linking to:  Thrifty Decor Chick, Southern Hospitality, It’s a Cinch