Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Kim Kelly, Bella Rustica, and her St. Simons Island, Georgia cottage are in the October issue of This Old House magazine.  To get the entire story, go to her blog.  There are also outtakes and the story of what really happening when your home is photographed for a magazine.

Above is a slipcovered Parson's chair that I made.  The shot below shows what the inside back looks like.

The center picture below is the burlap roman shade I made.  Again, not a great shot (for my work) because of the hanging light that's in front of it.  

 This is a better angle to see what it really looks like.  Burlap is not my favorite fabric to work with, but it turned out pretty well in spite of all the 'issues' that sewing on burlap presents.

And last, but not least, the screened in back porch has a (barely visible, unless you happen to be looking for things you've done in someone's home) chaise that I also slipcovered. This is one of Scout's favorite places to lounge.  

The shot below is what it looks like not shot through a screen.

 I just love when work I've done ends up in a magazine.  I never get tired of it.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Below are the new covers, but

 about three years ago, I made chenille covers for these chairs and ottoman.  Recently, my client decided she wanted new ones, partly because she wanted to lighten up the room and partly because they seemed to not fit properly.  Before I went to measure, I looked for and found the old measurements, and thought that would save time this go-around.   A funny thing happened, though, when I thought I'd compare measurements.  They were so far off that I couldn't believe it.  Now, I've been known to make things a little bigger, but 4" bigger?  I don't think so.

 My client liked the new covers so much, that with the extra fabric, I was able to make pillows for her red chairs.  The 1" pleated ruffle is in a contrast linen that I happened to have sitting around.  It matched perfectly and framed the pillows nicely.
 The 3 photos below are the original covers in the chenille that grew over time.  They look nice in these pictures because it is before the 'growth spurt.'  They definitely do not look like this anymore.

So if you decide to use chenille for something, be forewarned that it GROWS over time!