Pillows by Dezign

This is not a sponsored post, but I was thrilled when Pillows by Dezign offered me a choice of any one of their designer accent pillows to review! Who doesn’t love fabrics by Kravat, Robert Allen, Schumacher… to name a few.

And I’m not kidding, the pillows are gorgeous! There are so many options… linen, velvet, outdoor fabric in colours and patterns galore.

I was torn trying to decide which way to go.

They come in 3 styles, the classic throw pillow, a lumbar, or a bed pillow, and with either polyester fill or down/feather blend. Custom pillows is an option, too!

I was seriously crushing on a large lumbar pillow, but with some family input, finally decided on this gray 20×20″ down/feather. It just so happens I’ve been wanting a pillow for my MCM inspired chair, because like so many chairs of the modern era, the seat is quite deep.

And not just any pillow would do. A lumbar pillow wouldn’t really provide the full back support for a comfortable sit, and the pillow fabric couldn’t be too slippery. Down/feather relaxes the pillow a little more, and that’s what helps it stay put. I’m not a karate chopper with my pillows, but if you wanted to you could!



I love the deep, rich colours of this pillow against the cognac of the chair…

And this is just one of many in the mix.

With their user friendly website, Pillows by Dezign makes sourcing easy and customizing fun. And did I mention, they make decorating affordable, too?

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Thank you Pillows by Dezign!

And thank you for stopping by!

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Burberry Plaid. Do You Live In It?



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Do you live in it?

Burberry Trench Coat

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Classic Burberry Plaid Shawl

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Classic Burberry Scarf

Source: Burberry Scarf 2011

Do you live in it?

Burberry Plaid Blankets

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Burberry Plaid Blanket

Source: Burberry


Do you live in it!

Burberry Plaid on Buildings

Source: Sajkaca Blog

Jens Werner Andersen Artist

Source: Sweet Water Style Blog (Artist: Jens Werner Andersen)

Source: Mockitecture

It all depends on how you look at it!

How do you feel about plaid? You know it’s back, right? And it’s not all Burberry!

The vintage 70s plaids in blends of golds, browns, oranges and greens… well, I appreciate them from a ‘back in the day’ kind of way, but let’s just say there’s always a story to tell when it comes to bad plaid! I bet you’ve heard one or two 😉



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John Thomas Moore: Adjustable Folding Deck Chair

We’re finally rounding the corner on our weather… aren’t we? Soon we’ll be thinking BBQs and the beach.

And with that comes portable chairs like the deck chair.

Adjustable Folding Chair Design by John Thomas Moore

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That’s right. The John Thomas Moore adjustable folding chair.

British businessman, John Thomas Moore (1864-1929), took out a patent for adjustable folding chairs in 1886, though deck chairs can be traced as far back as the ancient Egyptians.

As you can see in the illustration above, the early version of the chairs were made of three wooden rectangles hinged together to form the folding frame. A rectangular piece of canvas in olive green was attached to the frame to form the seat and back support thus becoming the infamous deck chair.

You’ll often hear these iconic deck chairs referred to as the Brighton Beach Chair.

John Moore Deck Chairs on Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach, 1948

And that’s because as you see here, the chairs grew in popularity and became part of the tapestry of Britain’s Brighton Beach.

And as iconic as the chair itself, is the blue and white striped fabric that replaced the original mottled olive canvas.

Vintage Striped John Moore Deck Chairs

Source: Etsy – The Postcard Shop

Moore manufactured the deck chair in Macclesfield from 1887 onward, and by then they had become common place on transatlantic steamers. In fact, Moore supplied the Titanic with 600 deck chairs, of which only six survived the tragic sinking. Apparently, one of these was sold at auction in 2001 for £35,000 (approximately $44,000 CAD!!) and it is believed this chair had been used as a makeshift life raft!

Here you see the deck chairs on the Titanic.

John Moore Deck Chairs on Titanic

Source: Kottke (Francis Browne Photo)

Notice how their design is different from the original design, and includes a footrest?

And here you see a cane back variation of the original design, but with arms incorporated.

John Moore Deck Chair - Titanic Exhibit

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Since the 1940s the adjustable folding chair has made its way onto lawns, cricket pitches, tennis courts, patios and anywhere a portable comfy seat was needed, as you see in this photo.

John Moore Deck Chairs & The Beatles

Source: Meet the Beatles for Real Blog

Any idea who the gentlemen are in the background? 😉

Today you’ll find the iconic British deck chair still scatters the shores of Brighton Beach and beyond.

Deck Chairs on Brighton Beach

Source: Telegraph

And we are fortunate in the last few years to have a version of the British deck chair brought to our very own shores by Vancouver’s Gallant & Jones.

Blue & White Striped Deck Chair

Source: Gallant & Jones – Venice Beach Deck Chair

If you haven’t heard of this dynamic duo, you might want to read about them here.

The Gallant & Jones deck chair is handmade of North American White Oak or Black Walnut, and is available in a number of bright and bold weather resistant fabrics.

Here are a few examples…

Peach Patterned Deck Chair

Source: Gallant & Jones (Janis Nicolay Photo)

Do you recognize this Vancouver beach?

Don’t the chairs look pretty sitting here?

Multi-coloured Striped Deck Chairs

Source: Gallant & Jones (Janis Nicolay Photo)

They’re named from beaches and lakes throughout British Columbia and in Great Britain, and just to show you local examples of that…

Here you see the Kitsilano and Jericho deck chairs.

Gallant & Jones Striped Deck Chairs

Source: Gallant & Jones

I think these would be perfect around our new and improved BBQ area, don’t you? Especially once the plants are all potted up and in bloom.

From John Thomas Moore to Gallant & Jones… these deck chairs have come a long way, yet only gotten better with age!

How about you? Would you like a set of these chairs, too?

I really like the simple construction and lines of these deck chairs, and what I love about Gallant & Jones carrying on the legacy of John Moore’s design are the vibrant fabrics they use. But what I really appreciate is their environmentally conscious integrity around the construction of their deck chairs, and this: with every deck chair purchased a tree is donated and planted through the LOVE TREES PROGRAM. Gallant & Jones – environmentally responsible AND design savvy!

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For the Love of Panels!

How was your weekend? Was Saint Patrick’s Day good to you? We had a quick whirlwind adventure spent with family, and are now getting our feet back under us. And yesterday I spent the latter part of the day finally striking another thing off the ‘to do’ list. My inspiration was spurred on by this recent comment left on my Duvets: Wool or Down post…

I bought the same duvet cover from Urban Barn and on sale as well! Just trying to find curtains, so was trying to maybe find another set to make curtains. We also bought the “Tree Prints” from Urban Barn to hang above bed. Same sort of colours. Anyways, just wanting to see what you did for curtains? [Thank you so much for leaving this comment, Diane!]

I’ve had blackout curtains up for some time now out of sheer (no pun intended 😉 ) desperation for darkness, in spite of the panels being about 8″ too short.

And I’ve had fabric for almost as long to alter the panels and create the additional length needed. Okay, I’ve had the fabric since the middle of July – gasp!

Here’s a look at the fabric that’s been hanging around… waiting… and waiting!

I wanted something that would pull the very small bits of green out of the duvet cover, but it was hard to find the right weight and sheen to work with the existing drapes. I thought about a pattern insert, but again, just had a hard time finding anything in the right colours that wouldn’t overpower the small area of pattern at the foot of the duvet cover.

Here’s what I did with the fabric.

Pretty basic in the end. I left the bottom of the drapes the same length as the bed skirt (15″), and made up the 8″ needed with the two fabric inserts. The gray stripe is slightly wider than the green one, about 1″. I wanted the eye to connect the duvet cover to the stripes, and the bottom of the drapes to feel like an extension of the bed skirt.

Here’s a look at the drapes when they’re closed.

I underestimated how long this little redo was going to take. There are 4 panels, and I opted to leave them separate. I toyed with sewing two panels together for each side, but just didn’t. So by the time I had squared the fabric, cut the strips, sewed everything together, etc., etc., and did the hand finishing on each of the ends (that’s 8 ends x two colours of thread!), my little project took me about 8 hours. A super speedy sewing whiz, I am not. I can get the job done, but don’t ever put me on a production line!

If you want to do something like this and need a great tutorial, check out my friend Carol’s over at The Design Pages.

The best part for me is being able to finally cross this off my ‘to do’ list. I procrastinated because I don’t love to sew (did you already guess that?), and it was easy to ignore the bold white of the baseboard staring up at me every night… I just closed my eyes and it was gone! 😉

What projects have you got hanging around? Any you’d like to close the curtain on?

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DIY Bulletin Board Makeover

I know this DIY project is not a new idea, but I’ve been wanting to cover this bulletin board for a long time now.

It’s a basic cork board, and until this point the only upgrade was clear-coating the wooden frame. And that was done almost a year ago, but then we moved and the rest of the project fell by the wayside. In fact, I wasn’t even sure where, or if it would be hung up after we moved in.

But we have this spot right outside our office that is pretty bare.

I’ve contemplated different pieces of artwork, but the truth is it wouldn’t be seen enough to be enjoyed hanging in this spot.

So today I picked up some Ikat style fabric in colours that will transition the landing into the office space. I wasn’t really looking for Ikat, just a pattern that would be colourful and fun.

Before I could really get going I realized the upholstery nails I planned to use were too long for the thickness of this cork board. They went right through and stuck out the back!

Luckily I had some sheets of Styrofoam kicking around that had been used for packing. So I cut them to size and used wood glue to stick them to the back of the board.

Oops, I think I used enough glue!

This is how much thickness the Styrofoam added to the board.

Ready to roll, I started by ironing the one selvage edge under first. And then I tacked it into place in the center and each corner of the same side.

I ironed the creases for the rest of the folds after the first side was tacked down. I did this by using the wooden frame as a guide for the iron, and ironed right on the board. The crease was facing the wrong way, but it gave me a guide for folding the edge under. Once the edge was folded under and fit snuggly against the frame, I ran the iron over it once more.

I worked my way around the frame, tacking the fabric into place in the centers and corners as I went.

Once this was all done and the fabric in place, next was figuring out the spacing for the rest of the upholstery nails.

Here’s what I went with.

You can see at the bottom how I started with large spacing first, and worked around the frame with it. And then if you look at the top you will notice how I tightened up the spacing, and started filling in around the frame again. Doing it this way helped keep my fabric even as each upholstery tack was inserted.

I decided to add extra tacks to the corners for a little finishing touch.

And then I attached picture wire to the back, and hung the bulletin board up!

Here’s another look at the space before…

And after.

The  plants aren’t usually here though. They’ve been relocated to make room for the Christmas tree. And the tiles on top of the book stand are waiting for me to decide where they’re going.

But I think the bulletin board adds a much needed splash of colour.

So finally, I can cross this project off my list, and just in time for Christmas! And you know, this only took about 2 hours from start to finish including clean-up and hanging the bulletin board up. The question, why did I wait so long to tackle this?

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Mega DIY Projects: Fall Pinterest Challenge Round-Up

With the Fall Pinterest Challenge behind us, we now have a whole new wealth of DIY opportunities before us. Before us, and collected all in one spot. How handy is that? You will find all of these projects at random on Pinterest, the inspiration behind this pin-fest, and now you can see the whole Challenge collection on Young House Love’s blog… well over 600 ideas to choose from!

So I thought I’d share some projects that caught my eye. But these are just a sampling of what caught my interest – I’m sure if you visit the site yourself you’ll find other ideas in there for you too!

With the Holiday Season just around the corner, I found these various wreath options intriguing…

I’m loving this burlap wreath, and might even give it a try.

Our 1st Nest Blog

How about a wreath made from unbleached coffee filters?

Living on Live Oak Blog 

 Or one made from rolled music sheets?

Renewed Upon A Dream Blog

Here’s a similar style, but made from book pages instead…

Not So Newlywed Blog

And I know this isn’t a wreath, but a convex starburst mirror like this can certainly step in if you wish.

Hi Sugarplum Blog

Can you picture filling these decorative apothecary jars made from Dollar Store finds?

The Joy of Decorating Blog

Wine glass lanterns. So simple to create, and you can custom the shade to suit any decor or holiday theme.

Small Home Big Start Blog

Don’t these feathers made from maps look great? Nice way to spruce up a tree 😉

Silly Eagle Books Blog

How about this wall art? The Chevron pattern reminds me of feathers, in a geometric kind of way.

The Embellished Nest

On the note of art, isn’t this cool? The images are graphics and book pages, scanned and blended to become one.

Gardners 2 Bergers Blog

Paint chips and all those colour samples you don’t use… I thought these mobiles were very sweet, simple to make, and such a great way to put the extra chips to good use.

Ruby ReDesign Blog

I’ve been contemplating the DIY capiz chandelier, but how about this capiz drum pendant instead?

Pepper Design Blog

To end on a bright note… I really wanted to share this upcycled lampshade with you. I think it’s awesome!

Merrypad Blog

You really need to check out the DIY steps to see how it’s made. Trust me, you will be impressed! But that can also be said for so many of these projects. There’s a world of creativity out there just waiting to be seized.

I hope you found something here to contemplate for yourself. And if not, remember, these are only my handful of picks from a round-up of over 600 projects. Hop on over to YHL’s blog and peruse the 600+ ideas for yourself. And don’t forget about Pinterest, the foundation where all of this began. Once you start pinning, you won’t look back!

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DIY: Turquoise Throw Pillows Revealed

If you read my post yesterday, you will know that I was sewing all the turquoise pillow covers I promised for Kaleigh’s room. In the end there are 5 turquoise covers in three different sizes, and they are 5 of 14 assorted covers that I promised to make.

Here they are displayed on Kaleigh’s bed.

The only one slated to stay on her bed is the long narrow pillow in the front. The rest have other spots to go…

Up next are the 4 gold damask pillow covers.

Do you have any projects to finish up before the kids go back to school?

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DIY: Sewing Up A Sea of Turquoise

The sewing has begun!

Here’s a little look at the sea of turquoise in progress for Kaleigh’s throw pillows, which I wrote about here and here.

I started with the small 19×9 cover first because I had a template to follow from the old pillow cover.

This was my first attempt to sew an invisible zipper into something. So I bought the invisible zipper foot, but then had to figure out how to attach it to my machine.


The directions were a bit sketchy, but they eventually made sense. Who knew this little foot would make life so much easier? That is once I figured out where to place the needle so I didn’t sew too close to the zipper!

If you look closely you can see the zipper foot in action here.

And I couldn’t have done this without the internet. I printed out step-by-step instructions on how to install an invisible zipper… 3 different sets of instructions! In the end I used this tutorial by Colette Patterns along with a few extra tips from my trusty old Reader’s Digest Guide to Sewing book!

These instructions didn’t leave my side!

And I referred to them often!

But they worked well and got me to here.

I was pretty happy at this point 🙂

After the first pillow was finished I decide to create an assembly line for the last 4 from this fabric. You see, you have to change the presser foot at different stages of the sewing, and I found this to be a pain. I wasn’t buying into the practice makes perfect approach!

Here’s a look at the assembly line.

And the beads of sweat…

Sewing with intense concentration… and a few minor conflicts between Janome and me!

I’ll admit, I had to pick out one side of a zipper, and a few minor casualty spots on two others, but in the end it wasn’t that bad.

Here’s a look at the first pillow.

And here’s a look at the collection of pillows all finished up!

DIY Throw Pillows - Tutorial

Have you tackled your own throw pillows? What tips and tricks do you have to share?

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Got You Covered: Ironing Board Candy

Ironing boards. Function or feature… or both?

If you can’t tuck the board away, why not showcase it instead?


With a fabulous cover, what’s not to love about this laundry space?

Or how about this little zone?


A place for everything, and everything in its place… I think a red cover in this space would really be fun.

Maybe one like this…


What do you think?

Even when the ‘function’ message is clear…


This cover adds a lot of charm and cheer.

Lead us not into temptation… you know, ‘behind closed doors’ could do that.


But instead of a boring board being tucked to the side, this one beckons you in style. I like the attention to detail in this laundry closet!

And when there’s lots going on…


Remember, you can never go wrong with black and white to help pull things together.

Or if the room needs some zip…


This Chevron will do the trick. Love this one!

With so many options out there…



There’s never a reason for your ironing board to be dull.


Or boring, or bland.

What’s covering up your ironing board? Will you be changing it any time soon?

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Throw Pillows & Bedroom ‘Before’

As we finish one DIY project for Kaleigh’s room, another is about to begin. So I thought it would be fun to give you a ‘before’ with all the pillow forms in place . The next time you see them they will be covered in the fabric Kaleigh has selected, which I showed you here.

Here is how we marked the pillow forms so I know what to cover each one with.

Can you tell this is a working list in progress?

Let’s start with the bed.

If you use the legend above you will see the three Euro pillows are slated to be beige burlap…

The two 16x16s in front of them will be in the gold fabric that is on the pine chest…

And then the long narrow 19×9 will be covered in the turquoise fabric.

Can you see the graduated colour of the turquoise? I think this will be really effective on the long narrow pillow.

You can see the pillows on the pine chest are also tagged. Here is a full shot of that area.

The pillows tagged in bright pink are slated to be covered in black burlap…

And the middle one in the turquoise fabric. They are stacked the way K thinks she wants them to be, but we’ll see how that goes once everything is finished. The poster, ‘A Fire Inside’ is Kaleigh’s long-time favorite band, AFI, and she wants this hung above the pine chest.

Are you keeping track of how many pillows have to be covered so far? If you counted 9, you’re right. There will be 14 in total, and here’s where the other five are.

These are going to be covered, three in the turquoise and two in the gold fabric, and placed alternatingly on the sofa.

This star might be sprayed out as well, but Kaleigh’s not sure what colour yet.

She’s thinking of hanging it in her ensuite, but she might opt to have it in her main space instead. So the colour decision will have to wait until the rest of the projects are completed for her room.

And then there’s the TV stand… and no, this isn’t it!

We have found the perfect piece and will be re-purposing it to hold the TV and conceal the PVR. It will be a major project for me, and a whole new blog post… or two! We’re really excited about this project and I can’t wait to let you in on the story behind it! Kaleigh will be working with me, so this will truly be a labour of love times two!

And on this wall we’re thinking of stacking the bulletin boards…

But we won’t know for sure until everything else is in place… well everything other than the TV stand. And we don’t know if we’ll be doing something fun and funky with the bulletin boards or not. Kaleigh already knows what she’s putting on them, and she assures me they’ll be fully covered!

So here is one more look into the room as it waits for each project to be completed…

We’ll be keeping an eye out for artwork and other things to complete the look, but next up are the pillows, all 14 of them, for re-covering! Am I crazy, or would you take on 14 pillows at once, too?

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