Weekend Project: New bedding

I am constantly working to transform our new house into a chic, country cottage. When I found a few vintage sheets at a local thrift store, I decided to make new bedding for our master bedroom. A duvet cover and two pillowcases later, our bedroom was one step closer to having the vintage country charm I love.

I cut 12″x12″ squares from each sheet and sewed them together in an alternating pattern to create the top of the duvet cover. I used an additional vintage sheet for the back and sewed it to the top leaving the bottom edge open. To finish, I sewed snaps along the open edge and added a duvet from Target.

For the pillowcases, I started with two white pillowcases purchased from the dollar store and scrap material from one of the sheets used in the duvet cover. I printed out the letters in a font I liked and used it as a stencil to cut my fabric. I appliqued the letters by hand and added a few toss pillows to complete the look.

 

I’m so pleased with how everything turned out and the hubby likes it too (despite the girly floral patterns)! According to him it’s “like sleeping at a hotel.” I love him!

Pink Polka Dots

It’s been a great weekend at the Chase house. We’re not ready for it to end! This week was pretty busy with work and dance, so I was excited to get a little free time this morning to spend in my sewing studio. I started with a HUGE pink and white polka dot shirt I purchased for $6.25.  I loved the fabric and because of the size, the length was perfect for a dress. A few minor changes and I had an outfit ready for church, work or a date with the hubby.

Here’s a picture of the original garment:

 

After taking in 7 inches on each side and two inches off each sleeve here’s what I ended up with:

Please disregard the horrible pic of me. I asked the hubby to take this picture and he reluctantly agreed…I hated to keep him from playing ‘Call of Duty’ any longer than necessary and therefore didn’t ask for a redo!

XOXO,

Bri

TGIF & a little inspiration!

Happy Friday, everyone! We finally made it through the week…phew! I wanted to share pictures from one of my all-time favorite articles from Country Living as a little weekend inspiration. The article features the tiny 1,000 square foot home of Lizzie Carney, a stylist/designer for Euro Trash. I absolutely love her colors and style and can’t get over her perfect little dressing room!

Every wall is painted a charcoal gray proving that dark colors can be used in small spaces. Lizzie uses soft pinks and distressed woods as accents and contrast to the dark walls.

The kitchen features a gorgeous chandelier from Belgium and a vintage refrigerator purchased at a Texas flea market.

The dual duty basement is home to the formal dining room and wine cellar. Lizzie created wine storage by stacking Belgium grape gathering plates along the walls.

My favorite room in her house! Lizzie converted her second bedroom into a dressing room/walk-in closet. I love the antique clothing racks that line the walls!

Lizzie’s bedroom features a queen sized antique French bed and another gorgeous chandelier. She creatively hid an odd placed window with floor to ceiling gray curtains.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

XOXO,

Bri

A 2011 Challenge

Happy 2011! I know I’m a little late, but I haven’t had much time to blog lately 🙂 The past few weeks I’ve been working hard towards my new challenge for myself this year. I recently was introduced to New Dress A Day and her concept of giving up traditional shopping and filling her wardrobe with thrift store finds and vintage pieces that the modified/refashioned to fit her style. This got me thinking…the hubby and I are always looking for new ways to save money. We’re dreamers and though we live a very comfortable, debt free life in our new little home, we are constantly looking for frugal ways to stash extra cash in our savings for our dreams. Sewing is a passion of mine and one that is constantly getting pushed to the back burner in my hectic schedule. I thought that a little challenge might force me to not only develop my craft a bit more, but actually make the time to do it!

I decided to modify the New Dress A Day concept to fit my lifestyle. Our lack of closet space in our cute little 1950’s home has left me wanting to convert part of our guest room in to a closet. I’ve decided to forgo traditional retail shopping in 2011 and the only new additions to my wardrobe would be pieces that I make from scratch or refashion from pieces I already own. It’s amazing how many items get donated to charity only to make room for new pieces. There are so many things that can be updated so easily for a minimal cost that it’s almost silly not to. So, here we go!

I’ve already been hard at work and have so much to show for it. I’ve made a blouse, dress and skirt from scratch and have refashioned 3 old sweaters into cute little cardigans. Thanks to the support of an impressed hubby and a talented mom, I just might make it through the year and have a new guest room closet to show for it! Look for pics and updates soon!

XOXO,

Bri

The Chase Chateau

Our niece’s birthday party was a success yesterday and since our house was in order I snapped a few pictures of the updates we’ve done on the house. There’s still so many ideas I can’t wait to get to, but for now we’re pretty happy with our little bungalow! 🙂


Our living room…we got rid of the oversized coffee table and added a cocktail ottoman that’s now home to our blankets and snuggies 🙂


Our quaint little dining room…I’m planning on painting our china chest as soon as I can decide on a color and find a free weekend in my schedule. We’ve been leaving the back door open the past few days and I absolutely love this fall weather and the autumn breeze that’s filled our house!


A view of the kitched from the dining room…Not much has changed since we added the new pantry, but I still can’t wait to paint the cabinets white and add shiny new hardware. I’m on the lookout for a rug that will fit in the kitchen. I’m thinking light blue, but we’ll see what I can find.

Vincent’s ultimate man cave! The room is almost finished now that we added the couches. Eventually, we plan on closing up the window and hanging a large flat screen on the wall. We’re also planning on building a custom bar table to go behind the love seat for extra seating at our UFC fight night parties. If you look closely you can see my hubby taking a cat nap while watching college football.

Our master bedroom…We plan on putting a fireplace mantle on the wall across from our bed and mount the flat screen TV on top of it to add a little extra space. Maybe one day we can add a walk-in closet…we definitely could use the storage space!

The guest bedroom…Eventually the curtains will be changed and ideally this would be my dressing room! Until then I’ll have to settle for my fancy shoe display (pictured below). I’ve yet to write about the dresser I rescued and the $60 DIY make-over I did, but until then you can see a sneak peak of the final product. It’s the bright blue piece next to the bed.

My studio is by far my favorite room in the house. I just wish I had more time to spend in it! I’m still working on getting it organized and exactly how I want it, but it’s getting a lot of use regardless!

Hope you like what we’ve done so far!

XOXO,

Bri

Vintage County Fair

My sister-in-law is throwing a Vintage County Fair birthday party for our niece at our house in a few weeks. I thought the theme was so adorable and I started looking for ideas to decorate our house in the turquoise, red & yellow color scheme. I came across a party featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs and just had to share it. I thought it was adorable!

Escort cards were made from carnival game tickets hand stamped with each guest’s name.

The centerpieces were made from sunflowers in mason jars & a Ferris Wheel with Gerber daisy tucked in each cup.

Each Ferris Wheel listed the ticket numbers of the guests seated at that table. Too cute!

The chair backs were tied with coordinating ribbons to add a little pop of color.

Classic fair food included popcorn, peanuts & hot dogs!

How cute is this pin wheel bridal bouquet? Instructions for creating a pin wheel bouquet can be found at The Sweetest Occasion.

I can’t wait to post pictures from the actual party, but if it ends up anything like this one it will be precious!!!

XOXO,

Bri

 

Friday’s Fabulous Finds

I’ve decided my next major project (when I manage to find some free time) is to turn our guest bedroom into a dressing room. Our closets and attic are already bulging at the seams and the man cave turns into temporary storage for our clean laundry when we aren’t expecting guests. I long for a morning when I can get ready for work without fumbling around in the dark while Vincent and Tasha try to sleep or going through three closets in three different rooms trying to find something that matches! After finding pictures of some pretty glamorous dressing rooms, I’ve decided take on the project for myself (and Vincent)! Here are a few ideas I hope to incorporate…let me know what you think!

This is actually a little girl’s playroom, but doesn’t it remind you of a Betsey Johnson store? I absolutely love the color and the dress-up clothes hanging along the wall!

This one is from Living Etc. I love the dresser and the light blue/pink color combination!

Miley Cyrus’ dressing room was featured in In Style magazine awhile back. I love her idea for shoe storage and you can’t go wrong with pink walls and chandeliers!

Check out Christina Aguilera’s closet (also featured in In Style)

Fashion designer Nanette Lepore’s closet featured in Elle Decor.

Another dressing room featured in Living Etc.

There’s not doubt this transformation will take me awhile, but I can’t wait to get started. Too bad my weekend is already booked!!!! Have a great weekend everyone!

XOXO,

Bri