Monthly Archives: December 2016

Cozy Home Style For Fall

Fall is here, and with it comes new opportunities to style your home for the new season. This is the time of year when we all start to huddle a little closer together in anticipation of the holidays and chillier weather. At the same time, our interiors reflect this by becoming warmer and more inviting. In this month’s segment of Steal The Look, we’re going to break down this cozy, modern room setting so that you can see which elements might be right for your home decor this fall.

 

With the seasons changing, you will likely be spending more time indoors than out, so the look and the comfort of your sofa will become more important than ever. Selecting a neutral-colored sectional is always a good base to build your living room on because it gives you a perfect foundation over which to lay a colorful arrangement of accessories. It’s even better for fall decorating because many of those neutral earth-tones are fall colors. If you want a modern sectional that is low to the ground, offers soft cushions and is so comfortable that you will never want to get up, look no further than the Harding Sectional from Room &Board.

Take a look at the most recent fashion trends and you’ll notice something exciting: fall is getting more colorful. The best way to bring this bright new trend to your fall decor is with throw pillows. Layering a sofa or sectional with pillows is one of the most enjoyable parts of the decorating process. It can also be one of the most overwhelming because there are just so many options. Cutting down the options is always a matter of personal taste, but there are a few stylist tricks that will make creating the right pillow arrangement a breeze. First, choose an odd number of pillows to place on the sectional (think 5, 7, or 9 based on your ideal comfort level and the size of your seating). Second, look for opportunities to create variation in the sizes and shapes of the pillows. We all love 20 x 20” square pillows, but mix it up a little by throwing in a kidney shape here and there. You can also mix smaller and larger sizes of the same shape. This will help to create visual interest by layering patterns at different heights and on different scales. When recreating this particular color palette and style look for global patterns like batik, African mudcloth, and other vintage fabrics with pattern to layer on your sectional. If you’re wondering where to find these types of pillows, you’re in luck, because I have a suggestion. Visit the pillow collection page over at Studio Matsalla. I want, literally, every single pillow they offer, and chances are, you will too.

Old Denim Jeans into Home Decor

If it’s time to shed your favorite jeans, don’t kiss them goodbye. While jean styles come and go, the denim they’re made of is a workhorse fabric that’s perfect for repurposing. So why not reimagine your old bottoms?

 

To inspire you to get making, here are 11 stylish ways to repurpose denim jeans into something cute and useful for your home.

Dress up a no-frills bench with a comfy denim box cushion. To DIY, you’ll need a sewing machine equipped with a denim needle.

 

Here’s the supply list:

 

  • Multipurpose foam for filling the bench cushion.
  • Several pairs of clean old jeans.
  • Sharp fabric scissors for easy cutting.

 

The first order of business is to transform your old jeans into a flat material you can work with. This DIY shares what you need to know.

 

Next, sew your box cushion. This tutorial breaks down the process into seven easy steps.

Turn your old jeans into a shaggy treat for your feet.

 

Rag rugs like this one made by Lana Von Haught, are simple to DIY using a utility fabric rug liner.

 

So that you know, super soft denim works best. After cutting the fabric into two to four-inch strips, you’ll loop each piece through a different hole in the rug liner and then knot. Here’s Lana’s tutorial.

You’ll need a few things besides tailor’s shears:

 

  • Container to use as a template for your basket. Ama used a small utility bucket.
  • One or more pairs of jeans depending on your basket’s size. You’ll cut the pant legs into long 1-inch wide strips.
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread. You’ll be sewing the denim pieces end to end before weaving.