Hi guys! I’ve been swooning over Mud Cloth fabrics lately, and I know I’m not the only one. While we invested quite a lot in the indigo dyed pillows in our cinema room, I wasn’t quite sure this love affair would last long enough to really invest in, so I went ahead and made a DIY alternative for our living room.
When we first moved in, I really wanted to create a clean white bedroom, but before it really got “finished” I started getting different ideas and impulses. Even though our room is tiiiiiny, I was been craving a bit more colour. So then I did a restyling of my bedroom with Dille & Kamille, and you saw a glimpse of my (then) brand new DIY bedframe.
Like I mentioned before, our room is quite small and I felt like no bedframe ever could fit in here. Well, our old one did (pictures of the bed in our former bedroom over here) but then we got a bigger mattress and we sorta did the whole mattress on the floor thing for a while. But then I realized I’m a grown up and didn’t want that anymore. Apart from the fact that we have the tiny room, I found most frames ugly and quite expensive, so after a lot of back and forth, I decided I was going to build my own.
Once upon a time I bought a set of thrifted chairs. I really liked the shape but disliked the color, but thought that I could do something about that one day. As always, I considered just painting the surface, but a few clawing cat paws later painting the faux leather was no longer an option.
Finding the right fabric was a bigger challenge than expected, but when I was over at Dille & Kamille for my bedroom restyling, I discovered the perfect shade of pink, in a table cloth! As their table cloths are made from thick cotton, I quickly realized this would definitely work. Just over €20 well spent to give my vintage chairs a modern look.
Icame across some beautiful Serena & Lily napkins on Pinterest a while back but they were sold out (plus the shipping and taxes from the USA would probably cost me more than the napkins themselves). Soooo I decided to stamp some napkins myself for an extra touch. They are loosely inspired by the Serena & Lily ones, but painted in stead of embroidered to make things easier. Here’s how I made them!
So, back in 2011 I spent a decent amount of cash on a Proenza Schouler PS1 keepall in the beautiful shade Midnight Blue. I remember the whole experience like it was yesterday. From contemplating what model I should buy to clutching the Harvey Nichols bag while riding the tube on the way home (I lived in London at the time). I must say I was quite disappointed when my dream bag started fading only a couple of months after my purchase. The beautiful blue hue slowly but surely turned into an unappealing, uneven grey.
When I went back to the store about 18 months after I bought the PS1 (I no longer lived in London by then), they told me this was normal and there was not a lot they could do due to the fact I’d had the bag for “such a long time”. I don’t know about you, but the reasons I pay a premium for a designer bag is the fact that it a) will last a long time and b) I will get good service when something needs fixing. Neither of those things were part of the package here, so I was not happy.
Fast forward to 2015, when my beloved bag was gathering more dust than any other item in my closet. My PS1 looked shabby and used, even though I hadn’t used it anywhere near as much as I’d liked. So I felt I had little to lose and started thinking about having the bag repainted. But, because I’m crazy like that, I wanted to try it myself first, and if it wouldn’t work out, I’d just have it painted black.
The risk paid off, and it turned out to be a whole lot easier than expected.
Hi guys, something exciting on the blog today, my first DIY post! As you may or may not know, I enjoy crafting and working with my hands from time to time. Our new home has been an excellent excuse to do so, and while we’re making a lot of progress on the renovation front, I felt that there were too little fabrics in our home. Currently on a budget, I decided to look for some cheap solutions for pillows, rugs and throws.
Meanwhile, Pinterest sparked my love for Handiras, or Moroccan Wedding Blankets, being all picture perfect in cosy bohemian interiors around the world. A little research ensued, and I ended up finding this and this amazing DIY post on the matter. I followed The White Buffalo Styling Company’s guidelines pretty closely, so I’m going to refer you to Lindsay’s post for a step by step guide.
Just a few pointers from me for this DIY:
– Old throw: I ended up using an old cotton mat from my childhood. You should see the other side of this, it’s a brightly coloured affair. Seeing as I’m such a nostalgic person, I loved the fact that I could upcycle something from my childhood and keep it in a constructive way (in stead of just hoarding it in the basement). My rug was 90 cm x 160 cm and quite sturdy and thick, which I think is something you should look for because the strips of bath mat add quite a lot of weight.
– Bath mats: I used 3 maths of 40 cm x 60 cm. Make sure you cut in between the shaggy rows to lose as little fabric as possible.
– Sequin Trim: The only thing that would have made my blanket prettier in my opinion, was if I would have found dulled sequins in stead of shiny ones. However, the silver ones (from Veritas) look pretty great too. I got 8 m of sequins and it was perfect for what I wanted to do.
– Fabric glue: I bought waaay too little glue! I recommend you buy 3 tubes for a blanket this size. The glue I used is from Veritas.
– General: Play around with the width of the pieces of shaggy fabric and get inspired by all the images that are out there. I wanted mine to be quite minimal so I didn’t do anything to crazy with the sequins. I did use them to hide the seams on the bath mats (those are the smaller vertical strips). I recommend you make your entire layout before you glue anything down, that way you can try to play around with the proportions and placing.
So, there you have it! The project took me about half a day, and I’m pretty happy with the result. I’m sure you’ll see the blanket popping up from time to time on the blog as it makes for an excellent rug and throw. If you have any more questions, shoot! Can’t wait to start the next one!