Fabric is my favorite jumping off point in decorating a room. These curtains were the inspiration for the makeover of my kitchen. I found them at Pier One. I bought one and cut it in half, sewing the edge to make my two panels. I simply wanted it to accent the room, not for light control, so I only needed one panel. It was the best $23 spent. I got the rod at Hobby Lobby for $9 with my 40% off coupon. Love Hobby Lobby!
I needed to update the bench and pillows for the new color scheme. I found the striped fabric for $12, and the fabric for the two pillows was $15. I loved the bright blue of the damask print and the quirky whimsy of the bird print. I am so glad my mom taught me to sew. It is so great to create my own projects with the help of my sewing machine. Seriously, I will help anyone learn to sew!
I found a great new way to make pillows without having the exposed seam. Simply cut the front panel to the size of your pillow. Cut two back panels that overlap by about four inches lengthwise. Turn over and sew a seam on one of the raw edges of both panels. Putting right sides together, sew the four sides of the pillow, overlapping the sewn seams. Flip right side out, inset pillow, and voila, no seam showing. Don't know why it took me so long to figure this one out, but now I've got it mastered! It is amazing what inspiration can come from fabric and how great a room can look with a variety of fabrics!