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Monday, September 12, 2011

My Entryway - Roomspiration Begins

It's finally here...Roomspiration begins today.

Today's theme - Entryways.
I wanted to update my entryway to have more of a Fall look using only things I already had in the house...an absolutely no-cost update.   
This was my entryway decorated for the summer.  There were actually a few other items...but I removed them before I took the photo...oops.
I started by swapping out the hydrangea flowers for a clear canister filled with all different items  - all in  fall colors.
It needed something more.  My first thought was books...but not just plain books.  Instead, I took three books and some leftover drop cloth fabric I had used when I reupholstered a chair I found on Craigslist.  I cut the drop cloths to fit each book and folded them to make book covers.  
Then I took some twine and tied the three books together.  
I like to use items in threes and in varying heights when I create a vignette.   Now it was time to change the pillow on the chair.  
First I chose a smaller pillow form that wasn't being used from another room.  I also had some green silk fabric that had been sent to me once when I ordered a free sample of fabric from Ethan Allen.  They sent me at least a 1/2 yard of this gorgeous fabric and I have been wanting to do something with it for a while.
I made this pillow almost completely no sew by using stitch witchery.  I folded the fabric over the pillow form lengthwise.  Then I folded each of the short ends over and used stitch witchery to form a clean edge.  Then I folded it in half with wrong sides together and attached with stitch witchery.  Then I turned the pillow back to the right side (it looked like a sausage casing with two open ends) 
Then using clear contact paper and my Silhouette machine, I cut out a tree stencil.
Then I painted the stencil using Martha Stewart paint and fabric medium.  I inserted an old magazine in the center of the pillow so that the paint did not go through to the other side.  The paint medium calls for one part medium to two parts paint.  I would suggest adding your paint first and then the medium.  I did it the opposite way and it was much harder to get the right consistency.
After the stencil was dry I removed the contact paper.  Then I found this trim in the perfect colors (I can't even remember why I had this trim).  I sewed it to one end of the pillow, sewing through all three layers (the trim and the two layers of pillow).  Then I put the insert into the pillow and pinned the trim to the other side and sewed it on a sewing machine while the pillow was already inserted inside. 
Here is the finished pillow...
finishing off my tour of my fall-styled entryway.

I'm headed over to Abode Love to link up my entryway. Hope you will join in the party as well and do the same.
 Can't wait to see you there.

abode love: a man\

-Judy

26 comments:

3709 said...

It's always the smallest things that make the biggest impact when changing out for the seasons. I love that pillow!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Judy LOVE the idea of covering the books with drop cloth! Think I might be coping you:) Your entry looks beautiful! Martina

Rachel Gray said...

I love the covered books! Looks great! And hooray for Roomspiration starting!

Cindy said...

What a welcoming entryway! Such pretty colors and your pillow is beautiful!

Amanda said...

This is a lovely entryway, the fall updates are wonderful. The idea of wrapping books in cloth is great, as is the job you did on the pillow!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Great job on the pillow! Love the mirror! Beautiful entry! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Kelly @ View along the way said...

What beautiful updates for fall! That pillow is amazing. Seriously, gorgeous. I'm so impressed that you're already on top of fall decorating. I need to get my act together. :)

Thanks for the inspiration!

Ashley said...

the drop cloth caught my eye but then i saw the pillow....i bought a silhouette over 2 weeks ago and have yet to use it...i can't wait to make some crafty things...your house is very pretty!

Audrey said...

How inspiring...the books tied w/ twine...lovely pillow [very precise mini tutorial]...your blog! Blessings, Audrey

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

Oooh, I love the covered books! Great idea!

Sue said...

Nice! I love having books around. And the pillow turned out great, too.

=)

Shan@FamilyBringsJoy said...

Looks great! Isn't even more enjoyable knowing you didn't spend a fortune to get the look? I'm happy with all the entryways that have been linked up today! Happy Monday!

Ange said...

Great fall decorating! :) I love the books with the twine, so simple and elegant. Thanks for joining up for Roomspiration!

At The Picket Fence said...

Your entry is just beautiful Judy and I absolutely love the pillow! :-)
Vanessa

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

Hi Judy,
You have such a lovely home! Thanks for your nice comments on my blog! I am now your newest follower! Can't wait to see what more you have to share!

Dreamgoddess said...

What a beautiful entryway! Very warm and inviting.

Shelia said...

How beautiful and you did a great job on your pillow! I love your pretty mirror too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Simple Dwellings said...

Great job! I love the twine around the books and the beautiful new pillow! It's so fun to change some things out seasonally. I always smile when I can bring out my leaf plates! :) Thanks for your comment on my blog today! It means a lot!

Jo's This and That said...

Love your foyer.Looks great.

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Sometimes the smallest changes make a huge difference. I love your books bound in twine and your new pillow is so pretty.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This looks very nice...I especially like the beautiful new pillow. Super! Havea great day.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your entry is so beautiful and I love the wing chair in there. Such a welcoming piece. The table and decor is lovely and covering the books is such a great idea. The new pillow is fabulous. Very pretty and inviting. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Valencia said...

What a cute idea!

Lindsay said...

This is so gorgeous! The detail on it is perfect! You have a beautiful home. I'd love for you to share this--

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/09/show-share-5.html

Ty and Whitty said...

thank you so much for linking up to my party Show and Share! hope to see you again this week!

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

Ginger said...

Featuring you over on my blog today! :) Thank you so much for linking up to my {wow me} wednesday party last week.

Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts

http://gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/09/take-look-at-you-pillows.html

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