10 For 10: Interior Design Trends

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

10 For 10: Interior Design Trends

Photo Image: TraciZeller.com

No need to be frightened by the word "trend" when reading about what's coming in the world of interior design in 2010.  You can use the essence of a trend simply by adding more texture to your room in the form of fabrics and materials or, a add in a little unusual vintage vase to a side table. It's like buying a new pair of snazzy earrings to punch up one of your favorite outfits. Anh-Minh Le, writing for The San Francisco Chronicle, collected 10 trends for 2010

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Steampunked Home

by DIY Maven

ModVic - The Modern Victorian Steampunk Home
Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum of Sharon, Massachusetts took their 1901 Craftsman-style Victorian home and steampunked the heck out of it. The outcome is one of those that make me want to scrap everything and start over, decor-wise. Well, it would help to start with a dwelling of this era, of course. But still....the couple's home is like walking into a dream existence, somewhere between the present and the past.

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French Country Living

by DIY Maven

the garden

When people hear the words 'French Country' they oftentimes think of a room overwrought with floral fabrics and wood with curvy arms and legs, leftovers from Louis XIV. (Two things that make me regurgitate a little bit, actually.) That mental image is far and gone from these pictures, however. This home located in the French countryside has a rough, minimal interior which lets it character speak for itself. It's the kind of French Country I...

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Make a Beefy Bolster Pillow from Old Towels

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

Make a Beefy Bolster Pillow from Old Towels

Let me just share this nifty RE-Use project with you. I'll be showing you how you can put those old ratty towels you're tempted to away to good use. Remember the cool way you used to roll a beach towel with your cute little bathing suit tucked tightly in the middle and ride your bike off to the pool? That delightful childhood memory gave me the idea for this super easy beefy bolster which ends up being a fantastic end-of-the-couch nap pillow and uses those old beach towels that hold so many memories.

Materials and Tools:

Sewing machine

scissors

3/4 yard of fabric

old towels

measuring tabpe

straight pins

cording (optional)

dacron to wrap around towels (optional)

spray adhesive to attach dacron (optional)

needle and thread to close pillow

paint can or something round for a template

chalk

welt cording (optional)

Let's Get Going:

1.  Assemble materials:

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 2.  Roll up old towels and take measurements. Wrap up in dacron and spray with adhesive.

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3. Trace two end circles onto fabric for the ends. Fold in half and make notches for alignment.

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4.  Stitch cording around the outside edges of the ends. Measure finished ends.

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 5. Make it easy, go to your computer and find out the circumference of the diameter of your circle, add one inch and cut out a rectangle that measures c + 1" x length of towel roll + 1". Fold this piece in half, clip notches at the two folded ends. You need to pin and stitch the long opening closed but leave enough of it open to stuff your towel roll inside, at least 10".

6.  Pin the stitched tube (matching notches) to the two corded ends.

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7.  Cut off seam allowance to 1/4".

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8.  Turn right side out and stuff towel roll inside. If necessary, add some dacron to the two ends.

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9.  Pin and hand stitch the opening closed.

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10. Get ready for a cozy nap with your new beefy bolster.

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Bright, Cheery Glam Details to Make Your Kitchen Pop

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Bright, Cheery Glam Details to Make Your Kitchen Pop

Photo Images: Kevin Oreck, Architect Inc.

It's all in the details. Yesterday CocoCozy, my west coast go-to blog, featured knock out photos by her buddy, L.A. architect Kevin Oreck in her Architect's Tour of a Hollywood Regency Home. Decked out cabinet door trim makes these cabinets supremely cool, the three simple white bowls with red fruit add a colorful splash of friction (other subtle red accents below) and that green upholstery on those Regency chairs...lovely!!

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