Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Fix Mismatched Furniture | Unifying Your Look With Pillows

My home is a never-ending flurry of projects in progress. I am sure you can relate.  So when our 3-year porch project began to look like a porch, I was ready to start using the space.  The major problem was the patio furniture I splurged on when we started the project  - a peach and cream upholstered beige wicker set - did not provide enough seating. Even worse, this patio set was no longer in production so we could not get matching pieces to fill our space.

Porch Pillows | Belinda Lee Designs | Personalized Message  Pillows | Unify Mismatched Furniture


We ended up adding a high top brown wicker table with turquoise and dark brown cushions. It filled the space nicely and the cushions were the same base fabric as our original set, but the color scheme was not quite complimentary.

I had this solved though.  My solution - use pillows to tie the color schemes together. But there was a sticking point - I'm good at making pillows, I am bad at choosing fabrics.

This is where my luck kicks in - as a thank you for sharing my pillow techniques earlier this year - my friend  Anne, of DeCocco Drapes fame gifted me with a gorgeous set of fabric samples. Better than that, the color scheme of her samples married my turquoise and peach color scheme beautifully.  


Rest Porch Message Pillow | Belinda Lee Designs | Personalized Pillows | Unify Mismatched FurnitureDaydream Porch Message Pillow | Belinda Lee Designs | Personalized Pillows | Unify Mismatched Furniture
Relax Porch Message Pillow | Belinda Lee Designs | Personalized Pillows | Unify Mismatched Furniture

Renew Porch Message Pillow | Belinda Lee Designs | Personalized Pillows | Unify Mismatched Furniture


Do you think they did their job in making my porch furniture appear to be a planned set of contrasts versus the mismatched hodge podge it started out as?

Originally posted on the DeCocco Design Blog: http://www.decoccodrapes.com/the-grand-finale-post-on-pillows/

Friday, July 25, 2014

Vintage Aprons and Chickens

I was the recipient of a super thoughtful Christmas gift.  It was a Vintage Apron pattern and the fabric to create it. Really thoughtful, right?   (Thank you Anita!!).
Vintage Apron Pattern Review | Belinda Lee Designs
My sweet model showing off one side of my reversible vintage apron

Friday, July 18, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Come on In and Take A Tour of My Studio (Digitally!)

Welcome to my Embroidery and Sewing Studio! My business started out in a very small 10 x 12 foot spare bedroom and soon overflowed into the dining room.  I worried about sticky fingers on my client’s precious fabric and errant feet on my sewing machine’s gas pedal.
After 6 months of jockeying for space, my husband politely told me I was more than welcome to move my business into the Bonus Room. No one ever used it because it was so far away from the life center our house – the kitchen.Belinda Lee 1