Tag Archives: home decor

Wednesday, September 18 2013

DIY: Pillow pick-me-up with Jillian Harris

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Just like former Bachelorette Jillian Harris, dye-it-yourself is something people can’t get enough of.

The Love It or List It Vancouver TV host — slash Charlie Ford Vintage creative director — wanted to talk DIY ahead of her appearance at next month’s Vancouver Home and Design Show and why y’all should jump on the dye train if you haven’t already.

“Dye is having a moment this season! I’m seeing it everywhere — fashion, hair, even nails, and of course, in the home,” said the local designer.

Naturally, her ombre dye pillow project should be next on your home makeover list.

“I love how the dye stands out in a monochromatic room — it adds the perfect amount of pop to the space.”

And after you’ve done the pillows, you could even make matching bed sheets or a duvet cover to complete the set, suggested Harris.

Just be sure to prepare well, she added, as it does get messy. “I did mine in the shower.”

Materials:

  • pillowcase
  • laundry detergent
  • bowl/pot
  • spoon
  • dye

How-to: Ombre dye pillows

1. Boil one gallon of water in a kettle. Pour a package of RIT dye into the bottom of a large bowl and pour the boiling water over the dye.

2. Stir the dye and water with a spoon. Make sure to stir thoroughly until all dye is dissolved — you don’t want any powder left behind.

3. Add a cup of salt and a tablespoon of laundry detergent.

4. In a sink, wet your pillowcase to the point you wish the dye to reach. Harris did 3/4 of the way.

5. Lower your pillowcase into the dye solution to the point where you dampened it. As the dye absorbs very fast, literally dip and pull out to the next section. This can be as thin or as wide as you like.

6. Let the colour develop in the next section for 20 seconds longer and pull the pillowcase up to the last section.

7. Pull out the pillowcase, making sure to keep your hands on only the part with dye, so as not to spread colour to the white section. Twist out all excess dye.

8. Head back to the sink and run the dip-dyed section of the pillowcase under lukewarm water until the water runs clear.

Wednesday, September 11 2013

DIY: Decor without borders

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Framing fine photography or artwork yourself is sometimes a major pain in the tool set.

Picking the colour, texture and material of the frame, the amount of ‘white’ space and colour of the mat board, the thickness of the mat board, the thickness of the frame — for some, it can all be a bit much.

The good news is framing isn’t the only option, as seen with this project from Liz Fourez of lovegrowswild.com. Fourez came up with the clipboard idea trying to find a more affordable alternative for displaying her photography.

Using clips and wooden boards, prints can be displayed easily and inexpensively, yet still allow for creativity because the board can be stained or painted in any colour, at any time.

Another obvious bonus is artwork can be effortlessly switched out every season, theme party, or change in mood. Happy clipping!

Note: Do you love the photos featured in this project? You can buy them from Fourez’s online shop here.

Materials:

  • one-inch boards
  • hinge clips
  • wood stain
  • finishing wax
  • saw (optional)
  • sandpaper or sander

How-to: photo clipboards

For full directions on how to make these hang-tastic clipboards for fine are and photography, head to Fourez’s website here.

Contact Julia with comments, questions, DIY attempts or submissions by email julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca or find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth.

Thursday, July 18 2013

Bringing sexy seating back

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To modify a chair’s aesthetics, typically one’s options are limited to upholstering (a bit tedious) or accessorizing with cushions (the go-to), but it is useful to know there is a third, fantastically simple alternative demonstrated for us here by Catherine Keller.

Wrapping the back mid-rails with fabric is an ingenious way to personalize the common chair and make it fit the style of your apartment.

Fabric is inexpensive and the dexterity required is on par with third-grade braiding techniques. The wrapped backs don’t even have to match (see mismatched fabric quilting squares), where the eclectic mix of familial patterns gives the chairs a more rustic, handmade vibe.

Materials:

  • chairs
  • quilting squares, $4 each
  • needle and thread


How-to: fabric chair wrap

Note: This project will take some trial and error. Test your wrapping technique before trimming your fabric.

  1. Find quilting squares at any fabric shop. Most stores will cut up the ends of fabric rolls into 10×10-inch squares and sell them as quilting squares. (Keller prefers this over buying a huge swatch off the roll, because it means you can have different patterns on each chair).
  2. Cut squares into strips about two-inches wide. Sew the ends of the strips together until you have a longer strip measuring about five inches. (Optional: Iron down the edges of fabric strips so that frayed edges don’t show when wrapped.)
  3. Starting at one side of the chair back, hold the end and wrap the strip of fabric around on itself. This allows you to anchor the strip at one side without having to tie a knot. Make sure you wrap the end tightly so that it doesn’t come loose.
  4. Continue wrapping and adjusting as needed until the entire back is covered all the way across. Then similar to how you first started, wrap the strip of fabric around and then tuck it back under itself. Make sure it’s pulled taut and that the entire wrapping holds.
  5. Using a pair of scissors, you can trim the excess fabric and tuck the end back underneath. This may take a few tries to get it exactly right before you cut the extra fabric.