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Hi Everyone-

Well I have been super obsessed with CWD Textiles Mint Fleur Chinoise Fabric. It works perfectly with all the colors I have in our home. White, Navy, Aqua, Coral & Black primarily.

I saw a fabulous post about a year ago from one of my fave blogs A Well Dressed Home and have been patiently waiting to try it. FINALLY- since we purchased our home in September I got to the DIY roller shade project. It is simple and cost effective and oh wait- NO SEW! Yes I work in fashion and can’t sew. That’s me. It’s a goal to learn but for now fabric glue and no sew iron on adhesive tape is my friend.

What do you need to get started?
Fabric Glue- I chose SoBo
Fabric of your choice
Roller Shade – that has been cut to your custom size
Iron
Measuring Tape

I chose to use some fabric that was quite costly… but worked perfectly with my color scheme in our New England home SO to assure I didn’t waste an inch of it- I did a practice round with the same striped fabric from our new shower curtain. If you have the time and fabric to do this I highly suggest it. After all the roller shade is only $5-8/each depending on where you decide to purchase. The first trial was fairly successful but not perfect. The fabric I used was poplin and may be a bit too light weight for this project.

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:: first trial. not actually using (too matchy matchy) but worth seeing how it looked. I learned from my first trial and perfected the real deal::

Okay- now the pressure is on. Time for the real thing…. I chose a fabric that was a light weight twill weave and it worked perfectly for this project. Much better than the poplin trial.

First-  measure your your needs. I found that if I only ever wanted the curtain to hang 22″ max then there was no need to do the full window length of 42″ for example. The less fabric you use the more successful the shade is at 1) rolling up 2) continuing to be made to go up and down.
So I took my needs of a 22″ height and added 2″ of wastage at each end (top & bottom)
The width of the window was 32″ but to assure I was measuring properly I placed the roller shade on the fabric and added 2″ of wastage to either side (left & right)
Total fabric need being 26″ high x 36″ wide.
Cut fabric to your needs and iron. Do this for all windows

Then- I decided to have the shade be “fabric over” instead of “fabric under”- I think it looks more finished and chic this way. So I placed the shade accordingly onto the fabric. :: see below ::

Make sure the back side of the fabric does not have any loose thread, lint or dirt- or else it may show thru and you will never be able to get it off once glue is applied.
Place shade in the center of your fabric and starting with each side…. place fabric glue along the very edge of the shade. Firmly fold over the fabric and secure ::make sure there are no wrinkles:: Do the same thing to the other side.
Then do the same thing to the bottom of the shade. The corners of the shade need to be done very well in order to make a clean point.
Roll the top of the shade back a bit and do the same thing to the top of the fabric- applying glue to the edge of the top of the fabric and then roll the shade over the top edge to secure the fabric-glue to the shade.
::Let Dry:: Learn from me- have patience. Do not blow-dry the glue. This will create shrinkage and wrinkle ::thank you practice shade::

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:: back of the shade once complete ::

Tightly roll up the newly fabric covered shade. Make sure the shade spring has been tightened and place into your window.
Pull down the shade to your desired length and TAH DAH!!!
* Note- if the shade doesn’t stay where you want it then you have to un-roll the entire shade, roll the entire shade back up tightly- and then make sure the spring is tightened back into place. If the spring of the roller shade is not tightened the shade will not roll up or down.

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I like simple curtains in the kitchen. And I am not a fan of the color of natural wood so had to do something to spruce up this space. Currently in the process of painting the walls white and looking for new knobs for the cabinets until the hubs gives me a go ahead to have the cabinets re-done in white. ::this is at the VERY end of the to-do list unfortunately:: BUT this fabric really pulled all our colors together- aqua from the bathroom and shelf, coral from the accents, black from the granite and furniture AND did I mention it has a glitter shimmer all over it? YUP. Any anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with anything glitter.

I did 3 windows in about 5 hours including a practice shade.

Couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

xoxo- SDM For The Pink Lobstah

* be kind and you will inspire others

Happy New Year Everyone!!! May 2013 be full of luck *

So. As I mentioned this “staycation” during the holidays was going to be dedicated to DIY home projects. In the midst of all of my travel it was quite nice to take some time at home and just nest since purchasing the home in September.

I worked on a few DIY projects and successfully completed them. WOAH! – downstairs bathroom re-do, new kitchen curtains courtesy of CWD fabric along with a kitchen chalkboard which was QUITE the hit during the holiday soiree’s and finally putting up a wall of frames ::memory wall:: in the living room.

First Up- First Floor Bathroom Re-Vamp

This bathroom didn’t have any structural revisions it was solely cosmetic. What a difference a little paint and fabric can make! First off- this bathroom was painted GOLD. the same color as every other room in this house when we moved in.
I painted any natural wood – White. Chantilly Lace from Benjamin Moore
Wall Paint is Benjamin Moore Light Mint which I love and have also added to the interior back drop of our built in shelf in the dining room. (see pics below)

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Octopus Hook As Towel Holder- Anthropologie

Pink Bubble Knobs- Anthropologie

Shower Curtain- Custom Made

Now I am working on some wall art- Saving fabulous maps from my travels (similar to below).
I am going to frame them and that will be the wall art- plain and simple. I think photo’s of people or pets in any bathroom is just odd.

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Going into the kitchen is this fabulous built in shelf that I use for all my fave white pottery and sea life details. I painted the back of the shelves the same color as the bathroom which if off of the kitchen for purposes of color flow.

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(after- with paint & decor)

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(close up- and yes still not ready to put away the Christmas Decor)

Light mint is a great paint color- it is a tint of aqua with a lot of white present. Highly recommended for any room,

 

Up Next- a how to on DIY roller shades. Check Back!!

Xoxo – SDM For The Pink Lobstah

* Be Kind and you will Inspire Others

so excited. not only are the colors in this print perfect for my current color scheme, the twill weight is perfect and the shimmer over the print is AMAZ-ING!!! CWD Textiles is one of my all time fave websites for great fabrics.  let the DIY projects BEGIN!!!

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On Friday I went to Brimfield, Ma for the famous Brimfield Flea Market that happens 3 times a year. I decided to tackle the heat and hit the road to search for some fabulous vintage finds for work and home.  I found over 10 AH-mazing vintage pieces for fabric and trim inspiration for Lilly and 4 pieces of furniture for our home that I am SO in love with. I love finding special inexpensive pieces and making them my own. Today’s project was refinishing and painting a 6 legged bamboo chair with caning for my home office.

:: below is where I first fell in love :: only $30 ::

 

:: slowly becoming what it was meant to be ::

 

:: and then the after ::

 

So that was project number one. Still looking for the perfect pillow for the chair but this is definitely an improvement. I cant get enough of bamboo furniture and/or furniture with caning :: hence my collection of caned chairs I painted mint :: you will see what project is next from my fave finds from Brimfield SOON!

LYTM – SDM For The Pink Lobstah

 * be kind and you will inspire others

Off to Paris in the a.m for PV fabric shows…. This is always the best show for spring / summer 2013 butttttt not so much for warm weather. This week I’ve packed lots of dresses, lace, boots and blazers with pops of color in my accessories and nail polish. I’m psyched for the show but bummed the hubs will have to spend valentines day solo. But. Better that I miss Vday vs his 30th birthday. This year the show is a week early and I’m thrilled.  I’d take a bday celebration over Vday annnnnytime.  Love to my hubs….

 

Xoxo – SDM for The Pink Lobstah

Be kind and you will inspire others….

* Rip whitney

 

 

ok. fabric is def the story of my life. work- all fabric all the time. home- LATELY fabric obsessed. I am determined to find the perrrfect fabric for our window treatments in the kitchen to match back to our CORAL stools. I can SO picture my end result. I just need to find a fabric and color I am honestly in love with. WELL. this week we received our fabric swatches from Caitlin Wilson Design and im kinda in love.

option #1 Coral Tall Chevron from Caitlin Wilson Textiles. Yes she sells fabric by the yard.

option #2 Mint Fleur Chinoiserie from Caitlin Wilson Textiles.

SO. CWD has THE best color sense in fabric. All of her colors are current, chic and modern. Not to mention her coral color is a PERFECT match to my coral stools and I am beyond obsessed with mint right now and have been for a couple years now. SO option #2 im kinda in love with.

 

option #3 from Premier Prints Inc.

option #4 from Premier Prints Inc.

So my premier prints options are AMAZING. the weight of the fabric is fantastic for window treatments, pillows, upholstery and its a fab $9.99/yd butttt the color is not perfect… but I LOVE the patterns.

And then we have the CWD options that are GORG. I mean the color could not match ANY BETTER. and option #2 really works with the kitchen. it has a fine black outline along the branch of the flower that matches the granite and island and then I love the mint color. If I am ever allowed the paint the walls WHITE I will be even happier with this print. buttttt it is $50/yd. WOAH major difference.  I mean I source, design, develop and scour the world for fabric as my JOB so to pay $50/yd is hurting my soul. BUT I JUST LOVE THE PRINT.
oh and did i mention it has a little bit of shimmer on it. j’aaaaaadore.

see below pics of all the options and then my numbah one love ON the stool. pretty fab match huh? I KNOW.

what do you think? lemme know

xoxo- LYTM- SDM For The Pink Lobstah

* be kind and you will inspire others

 

so.  I was able to negotiate my way from a neutral to a pink office with the hubs. yes yes yes we are renting but I mean have you SEEN this wall color?  its not even a chic tan. it’s buy one can of gold color get one free. and my office is where I work when in MA so it needs to represent ME and what I do for a living right? SO. last weekend it went from gag gold to ELEPHANT PINK by benjamin moore.  its really a very light pink that is very clean. I like to call it a TINT of pink.  what do you think? for a lilly girl its pretty fitting right? there is a cord to hang all of my lace from and a framed bulletin board (thank you homegoods) for all things inspiring. next project : window treatments: im either purchasing a bee lace curtain panel OR going to continue searching for the perfect solid color – thinking about orange. ill know it when i find it.

AND. any recommendations on where to find a COMFORTABLE lucite or rattan chair with arms?

what gets you inspired?

LYTM- SDM For The Pink Lobstah

* be kind and you will inspire others

The best delivery of Lilly Pulitzer has finally arrived. Spring 11 2/25.  Check it out online at LillyPulitzer.com or stop by your local Lilly Pulitzer store.  There is so much to love. I want it all.  I havent had time to go to the store this week because of our majahhh Spring 2012 meeting but a friend was kind enough to go shopping with my credit card for THE must haves before they sold out. THANK YOU!! 😉 I have bought the elsa top in shorely blue, the whit shift in exbloomsion, the ricci shift in BOTH prints, a couple of the dresses below, the chloe dress in lilet, the whitley skirt in first impression… and I am still hunting down the wyatt dress in peel and eat AND a shirt dress that isnt on the website.  OH and did I mention thats just from THIS delivery. there are 3 more coming! ummmm… hope the hubs isnt reading this post. hehe. but I have warned him for months about my love for this season!!

Not only is Spring 2011 the best season EVER! But I am super excited about this season because there are quite a few fabrics that were chosen for the line that I DESIGNED! j’adore pattern. Getting back to my textile design roots in the midst of all the sourcing & negotiating felt amaaaaazing… Take a peek at below images of the fabrics and click on style name links to see actual style! Our fashion and print designers are. THE. best.

The Reeve Dress & Shayna Dress in vintage papillon lace.
Waiting for it to deliver in navy. SOLD!

Lela Shift, Bowen Dress & Shayna Dress in Floral Lace


Blossom Dress & Adelson Shift in Lilly Lace Jacquard

Mandy Dress in Loopy Lilly Embroidery on Gold Mesh.

Eryn Dress in Silk Organza Stripe. LOVE!
Also comes in yellow so check out  your local Lilly store. I bought it in yellow. TDF!!!!!


Stephanie Shift in Bow Jacquard. I didnt design the jacquard (thats all TORIE!!)
but I developed the concept of an engineered jacquard sourced at PV last year.
Thanks to Dutel!! One of my fave fabric suppliers.

check back for other FAVE updates.

xoxo- SDM for The Pink Lobstah

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