Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

There’s just no place for funky-looking pumpkins in an awesome fall display.  So, after receiving a few questions about Tessa’s fabulously shiny pumpkins I decided it was time to spill the beans on how you can gloss-ify your own pumpkins – and keep them looking great all the way to Thanksgiving.  Sounds pretty great, right?

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

The key to flawless, long-lasting pumpkins (or any gourd) is coating them with an acrylic floor sealer – the sealer not only helps preserve the pumpkins way past their normal life but it also makes them all shiny and gorgeous.

All you need are a few simple supplies:

~ pumpkins or gourds of your choice

~ foam brush

~ Future acrylic floor finish (although any brand will do)

~ towel (to protect your countertops)

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

Once you’ve assembled your supplies, just go to town painting those puppies!  I like to turn them on their heads and paint the bottoms first – after I give them time to try (about 30 minutes), I just flip them over and paint the tops.  And don’t worry if the sealer gets a little foamy when you apply it – once it’s dry you will have a perfect finish.

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

See?  All shiny and happy:

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

I’m really pleased with how this display turned out – all it took was my fancy pumpkins, a hurricane from Ikea, 3 bags of river rocks, votives, and a silver tray.  The best part is that I already had all of these things in my cabinets (except for the pumpkins).

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

Hope you all get lots of enjoyment out of your pumpkins!!

Psst!!  Did you notice our new rug?!?  I’m in love!!!  More about that later . . .

This post is shared with DIY Day on A Soft Place to Land.

Too Fun!!

I’m a happy girl today because IGTBH was featured on The DIY Show Off!!

Too Fun!!

I’m sure you already know all about The DIY Show Off – but for those of you who don’t, it’s an awesome blog dedicated to all things DIY, from renovations to DIY decor, and it’s full of tons of great projects and eye candy.

Right now, oodles of fabulous autumn-related DIY projects are being featured.  Here are a few of my absolute faves – just click on the links to see the tutorials:

Faux Mercury Glass Pumpkins

Too Fun!!

House Number Pumpkins

Too Fun!!

Autumn Candles

Too Fun!!

And to check out the feature on IGTBH, just click here!  Thanks to Roeshel for making me do the happy dance!

HomeGoods Is Dangerous

For my own well-being, it’s probably best if I never step foot into a HomeGoods again – all that place does is tempt me to spend money!!

These $12.99 ikat vases begged to hang out on my mantle:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

These lamps ($39.99 and $49.99) tried to woo me with their curves:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

HomeGoods is Dangerous

The $16.99 pineapples swore that they would be the perfect addition to any centerpiece in my dining room (and the ceramic ones are a great substitute for the pricier Z Gallerie version):

HomeGoods is Dangerous

HomeGoods is Dangerous

I just knew that a set of these festive urns would make a great display on our covered patio:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

This cute little cake plate for $12.99 could be gussied up for any occasion by simply switching out the bow:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

And the graphic shapes of the $2.99 solid plate and gorgeously patterned $3.99 plate would make an awesome statement for a holiday place setting:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

These glossy black urns for $29.99 want to flank a console table in a snazzy entryway:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

And this $29.99 chinoiserie table would make the perfect bar with the addition of a glass shelf at the bottom:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

And everything about this shapely, ebony mirror (for just $19.99) screamed “Buy me!!”  Alas, I didn’t have a good place for it.  Sniff.

HomeGoods is Dangerous

Like I said, a trip to HomeGoods can be dangerous.  Gotten anything great there lately?

Branching Out

It’s not often that you can incorporate the Pottery Barn look into your own home without breaking the bank.

Well, never say never – the latest Pottery Barn catalogue is chock full of natural DIY touches that are absolutely F-R-E-E.  That’s right – zip, zero, zilch, nada.

Here are my two favorite looks from PB – can you spot the free, DIY element?

Branching Out

Branching Out

You guessed it – aren’t those branches stunning?!?  I can’t decide which photograph I love more – the first picture screams “fall” and demands snuggling up with a good book at a cabin in the woods, and the second photo is wintery and glamorous with chunky knit pillows and mercury glass vases.  Swoon.

The moral of this story is that with nothing more than a quick walk around the block you can grab oodles of free goodies to adorn your home – and it’s guaranteed to look totally chic.

Here are the natural arrangements that I whipped up for our home with nothing more than clippings from our front yard:

Branching Out

Branching Out

Are you rockin’ the natural vibe in your home?

First two images courtesy of Pottery Barn.

Napkins & Placemats & . . . Pillows?

On Monday, I teased you guys with a little sneak peek of our den which has undergone a bit of a transformation.  While I’m not quite ready for the big reveal (whew, there are still a lot of things to do!), I thought I’d show you guys how I jazzed up the sofas and added lots of color to the room.

I knew that I wanted new throw pillows on our sofas – the old Pottery Barn ones were fine, but I’d tired of the tan and red color scheme and started craving something a little more exciting.

Napkins & Placemats & . . . Pillows?

See?  Nice, but nothing to write home about.  But I knew that I didn’t want to buy 7 brand new pillows, which could easily have run at least $200 – ouch!  So, I got a little creative.

I was at Crate & Barrel the other day picking up a wedding gift for a friend when I spied these funky napkins and matching placemat.  It was instant love, and I knew they could be transformed into some awesome pillows for our den.  I stopped by the fabric store on the way home and snagged some gorgeous teal linen, and then I got to work!

Napkins & Placemats & . . . Pillows?

I spread the project out over a couple of nights and made 4 20 x 20 pillows and a long 12 x 36 lumbar pillow for the oversized chair.  I’m thrilled with how they turned out!

Napkins & Placemats & . . . Pillows?

Napkins & Placemats & . . . Pillows?

Here’s how you can whip up a brand new look for your space with just a few napkins and placemats:

1.  Take stock of what you already have. I priced out new pillow forms for my pillows and they ran about $10 a pop!  I did find a better deal at Ikea ($2.99), but I didn’t want to make the 45 minute trek to our local Ikea.  So, I just reused the old pillows and covered right over them!  They look just the same as new pillow forms, and it saved me some dough.  And when it comes to fabric, look through your stash of napkins, placemats, and leftover fabric to see if you have anything that you could turn into a pillow cover – not only will it make you feel awesome to find a use for your old fabric, but it can keep some extra coin in your pocket.

2.  Snag your fabric. In my case, I didn’t have any fabric or napkins on hand that struck my fancy so I bought some new goods.  When I bought the napkins and placemat, I already knew that my pillows needed to be 20 x 20, so I was able to make sure (before I bought them) that the new napkins were the right size to cover my pillows.  And have a little fun while you’re at it – pillows are a great place to take chances since you can make them so affordably, so play around with pattern, color and texture!

3.  Put it all out there. In the case of the lumbar pillow, I knew that I was going to use both the placemat and some of the teal fabric to create the pillow cover.  After I split the two sides of the placemat apart using a seam ripper, I laid one piece of the placemat across the middle of the original pillow cover – that way I could measure how much of the teal fabric I would need for each side.

Napkins & Placemats & . . . Pillows?

4.  Pin and sew. Once all the pieces were cut, I just pinned the teal fabric to each side of the placemat – at that point, I had two long strips, each constructed out of teal fabric then the placemat and then more teal fabric.  Then I used my sewing machine to create the seams and connect the teal fabric to the placemat.  The next step was to sew the two long strips together to create the pillow cover – you’ll want to pin the pieces together with the finished side of the fabric facing in:

Napkins & Placemats & . . . Pillows?

5.  Flip it. I sewed each of the 3 sides of the pillow and about a third of the way across on each corner of the fourth side – when I flipped the pillow cover right side out it looked like this:

Napkins & Placemats & . . . Pillows?

The whole reasoning behind leaving part of the fourth side open is that it lets you put your pillow into the pillow cover without having to sew in a zipper.  Alternatively, you could create an envelope enclosure, tie the unfinished side closed with ribbons, or close it with buttons.

6.  Finish it off. Now you can go ahead and shove your pillow into the pillow cover!  The last step is to hand sew the rest of the fourth side closed – and now you’re done!!  Go enjoy your fabulous new pillow.

Napkins & Placemats & . . . Pillows? Napkins & Placemats & . . . Pillows?

So there’s my quick tip on how to DIY your way into a spiffed up new space.  Got any tips for us?

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