Thursday, March 31, 2011

From the stash: Josie Natori

Don't know about you, but I'm feeling the need to look at something soothing and pretty.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Macy's furniture sale

Macy's furniture sale starts tomorrow and includes lots of sofas that are $200 to $800 off.

Take for example the Landon sofa (above), on sale for $800, compared to Crate and Barrel's Oasis slipcovered sofa (below), currently on sale for $1,700. (Or Z Gallerie's Graham slipcovered sofa for $1,099.)

Here are some more that caught my eye.

The best deal has got to be the Corona sofa (above) at only $600.

Blake sofa, $700.

Chloe Velvet Metro, $700.

Jaqueline, $800. A ringer for Z Gallerie's Pauline sofa, including the nailhead trim, but $300 less.

Martha Stewart's Kent sofa, $1,000.

Martha Stewart's Eaton sofa, $1,000, for the traditionalists.

Morgan sofa, $700

Tory sofa, $800.

Zen sofa, $700.

A rare not-ugly leather sofa: Ralph Lauren's Piedmont sofa, $2,000. (Still not exactly cheap.)

A rare not-too-ugly sleeper: the Dorian sofa, $1,700. Note: West Elm has a similar but less expensive sleeper option with the Henry sofa.

Monday, March 28, 2011

DIY scarf headboard makeover

Give your headboard a makeover with a big tribal scarf.

Amber at Amber Interiors used an inexpensive H&M scarf to give her master bedroom a new look.

See her bedroom three ways here. See her roundup of decor-friendly scarves here.


Jen at Organized Design transformed a wugly IKEA bed and a thousand staples into this cutie for her daughter's room.

Get the how to at Organized Design.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wish it would be warm enough

To open the doors this weekend.

Or wear a spring dress.

But not likely.

Image: Canadian House & Home; Talbots.

DIY no sew pillows

Cassie at Hi Sugerplum! made pillows for her daughter's room using Steam-a-Seam and a few tricks. And, get this, she even did contrasting piping.

This is a great option for those of you who don't have a sewing machine, or those of you who do but are afraid of it.

Get the how-to at Hi Sugerplum!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My DIY: Reversible ruffled capelet

In case you hadn't heard, capelets are the trendiest way to ward off a chill and are perfect for three to five days every fall or spring when it's too warm for a coat but not quite warm enough to skip a wrap of some sort.

If you play your cards right, you can make your own extremely cheap and easy capelet that does not even require a sewing machine.

Did I mention it's reversible?

The trick is finding exactly the right thrift store scarf, preferably a large rectangle with a solid fabric backing, such as the one I found.

If you can't find one, a regular large rectangular scarf will do, although you'll need a sewing machine. Simply cut a piece of solid fabric of the same dimensions and sew together, wrong sides in. Leave one seam partly open so you can turn the scarf right side out. Stitch the hole closed.

Stitch a ruffle about three inches down from the top of the scarf. You can hand sew it with a basic up and down stitch, pulling the fabric down the thread as you go.

I used a sewing machine with elastic thread wound around the bobbin. Hold the thread tightly as the bobbin winds for maximum stretch and later, maxiumum ruffling.

You can close off the front of your capelet with a hook and eye, ribbons, etc.

You are now warm and chic. Depending on where you live and whether you work with Philistines, be prepared to endure questions such as "Which way to the Renaissance?"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


It's probably vain of me to think so, but this reminded me a bit of my new foyer (I even have my own DIY of that Picasso across the hall), excluding the natural light, fancy sconce, table, chairs, wood floor, fresh flowers, etc. etc.

Image: Skona Hem via City Sage.

Monday, March 21, 2011

DIY West Elm pillow

I just had the West Elm pillow that inspired this one in my hand the other day and found it very cute and springylicious and marvelously DIYable for the patient of soul.

Jessica at Sew Homegrown did the DIY, and I think her pillow looks even better than the inspiration.

See her tutorial at Sew Homegrown. Or save yourself the madness of cutting 60 to 80 circles and get the West Elm version on sale for $25 (cover only).

p.s. West Elm also has lots of slipcovered sofas on sale right now.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New IKEA bookcase

We finally took a big first step forward in a foyer makeover first envisioned in 2009. (For the unattractive "before" images and my initial inspiration, see this post.) The wheels of progress turn slowly at Chez Bromeliad.

We bought the newish Expedit bookcase (the one with the staggered shelving) and turned it on its side. I'm amazed at how a big piece of white furniture can lighten up a space.

The accessories and photo frames were all castoffs from the neighbors. The photos are our own.

Sorry I can't give you one photo of the whole thing. I backed up clear into the hallway and it was still too tight for a wide shot. And the neighbors were staring.

The only drawback with the Expedit on its side is that the silver screwheads show on the ends of the bookcase, a detail that greatly disturbed me for about a day.

Do you have any little projects to share or some inspiration you've been sitting on for two years like me? Link up at my Inspired blog party.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Bunny bookcase

I have a new bookcase to style, and this Bunny Williams job inspires me. Whitey tidy with a few rustic sculptural what-nots. I am, however, quite lacking in enormous columns.

DIY faux zebra hide

As the Queen of Fake Zebra, I urge you to check out Danika's fab rug that only took all night long to make. See her how-to video at Gorgeous Shiny Things. She's also giving the rug away.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My new light

Here's my fabulous new Moroccan pendant that came to me free from the blogosphere. Can't show you the rest because it all looks so unaccessorized in comparison.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Inspired in March - Maps and framed collages

Lots of frames. Big maps of Long Island. I think this could come together in a cool way this month.

What's inspiring you right now? Scroll to the bottom and link up projects or inspirations.