12 Modern Sofas Under $1,000

Modern sofas are all over interior decorating magazines and websites. I love the fresh and simple look of modern sofas, but often times they can be expensive. So I gathered together a list of sofas that under $1,000.


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6


7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12

 And #13 would be buying an old sofa on craigslist with modern style bones and having it reupholstered. That way you could choose your own fabric and personalize it.


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DIY Pillow with Piping and Zipper Tutorial

This summer, I am helping a client and friend redecorate a room in her home. This is really fun for me considering how she is my first real client! She wants to turn the room into a bright guest room.

She has asked for pillows, curtains, and a bedskirt. I’m including tutorials for how I do each of these, just in case anyone else wants to do something similar.

Pillow inserts (I’m using 22”x22”) * 
Decor Fabric (1.5 yrds for two 22”x22” pillows)
Upholstery Piping (something like this)

*Note: Down pillows are so much better that polyester filled. I bought some polyester a while ago and am just not happy with them. These pillow inserts are 90% goose feathers and 10% down filled and they have a wonderful shape. They are worth the extra money.

Step 1: Cut 2 pieces 21”x21”. The pillow inserts are 22”x22” but I prefer to make the pillow covers 1” smaller so that the pillow will have a fuller look.

Step 2: Round the corners. I started to round them 3” form each corner.

Step 3: Cut longs strips of fabric 2” thick and 84” long. You will have to piece together strips in order to get them long enough. Also, if you have enough material, I highly recommend cutting these strips on the bias. The cord will curve around the corners of the pillows better if you do.

Step 4: Sew the longs strips of fabric around the piping using a zipper foot.

Step 5: With the front of the pillow face up, pin the finished piping around the front pillow fabric.

Step 6: Sew the piping around the pillow, again using the zipper foot.

Step 7: At the end of the piping, tuck the material under and sew over the edge.

Step 8: Serge ONLY along the bottom of the pillow. This step isn’t necessary, but if you are planning on finishing the insides, now is the time to serge just the bottom side.

Step 9: Pin and sew one side of the zipper onto the bottom of the pillow. I recommend using an invisible zipper. It’s ok if your zipper is longer than the material, like mine is. We’ll cut it off later.
Step 10: Take the back fabric piece, and serge just the bottom side.

Step 11: Pin and sew the other side of the zipper to the back side of the pillow. Make sure that the zipper matches up.

Step 12: Now that you have your zipper sewn in place, UNZIP THE ZIPPER (or else you won’t be able to turn the pillow right side out later!). Pin the two sides of the pillow cover together and sew around the edges. Again, use the zipper foot to be able to sew close to the piping. Then serge. You can either cut the extra end of the zipper off with scissors or just serge over it.

Step 13: Turn your pillow right side out and fill with the pillow insert.

And that’s it! You are left with a professional pillow cover with piping and a zipper!

Baby Clothes

I made this baby dress for a friend who just had a baby girl. I’ve actually made 3 baby girl dresses this past week, each for a different friend.  I’ve mentioned before how much I love making baby clothes, but I especially like to make baby girl clothes.  Anything miniature is always cuter!


A few years ago, my husband and I were walking along the Thames River in London, just passed Shakespeare’s Globe theater, when we spotted a charming door painted yellow. I have an image of that door stored away in the back of my mind that always resurfaces anytime I see a yellow door. And I’d love to have one someday. Yellow doors make me smile, and so do most other things that are yellow!

I know I said that red is my favorite color, but when it comes to fashion or interior design, I always gravitate towards yellow first. Yellow emits happiness into the atmosphere.  Yellow also symbolizes friendship, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, and creativity.

In our dining room, we have yellow chevron curtains, and a yellow chair in our living room. My main purse I carry is yellow, I have 2 pairs of yellow shoes, and one of my favorite dresses I ever owned was yellow. Needless to say, I really love yellow.  And I think it all comes down to the way yellow makes me feel happy!

1 J. Crew via Pinterest / 2 Back on Festive  / 3 Gary Pepper Vintage  / 4 Cambridge Satchel via Keikolynn / 5 Tory Burch via Quintessence  / 6 Beach House Decorating  / 7 HGTV

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The Color Red

Since I wanted to write more about colors in design, today I gathered up a few lovely red photos.

I love the color red, in fact it is my all time FAVORITE color!

Red definitely makes a bold statement, and I know it isn’t for everyone, especially when it comes to interior design. However, when done right, it can be exciting and energizing. Red symbolizes love, warmth, energy, intensity, life, and excitement.

Usually, the key with red, is just don’t go overboard. Painting all four walls red in a room, may be too much. But painting a door red or chairs red (like above) is absolutely to die for! And the same goes with fashion. I wouldn’t pair solid red clothing with red accessories, but when paired with other colors, especially neutrals, red is stunning.

What do you think? Is red too bold of a color or would you use it in design?

1 Fashion Population / 2 Boden / 3 House Beautiful / 4 Atlantic-Pacific / 5 Sarah from Classy Girls Wear Pearls / 6 Lauren from a Lo and Behold Life’s cute red door

Using Color in Design

“I wonder if any element of interior design is more personal than color?
 Nothing can more quickly reveal aspect of personality and character
 than the choice – or absence – of color.”
 -Van Day Truex

Let’s talk about color! I’m excited to start a new blog series dedicated to designing with color.  My last series, on small space living, was fun as I wrote about design ideas for making small spaces more livable.  Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to do another series, and I figure that now is the time!

I often consider color when deciding what material I’ll use for making a dress, decor pillows, etc. Often the decision is based on the season, or my mood at the time, or what already matches my decor. And sometimes, it’s a less thoughtful process, of simply picking what colors are available at the fabric store. But these small color decisions, whether thought out or not, make a big difference in the way that the finished products are perceived and the feeling they give.

Color says a lot about personality. Van Day Truex’s quote about color revealing personality can also be applied to fashion. The clothes we wear can often reveal something about us, just like the color we paint the walls in our home may reveal something about us.

I’m excited to explore different colors over the next few weeks and identify some of the meanings and symbolism behind each color, specifically as they relate to fashion and interior design.

Each week, I will post on a different color. And, I’ll begin tomorrow with a post on the color RED!

(Photo from this cute Etsy shop, where the pillows are for sale!)

Navy Blue Decor Pillows with White Sofa

If I had a white sofa, like this beautiful sofa above, I think I’d like to match it with navy blue decor pillows. I just think this room above is beautiful. I also really love the gold accents around the room :)
So, while dreaming about navy blue decor pillows, I found a few of my favorite around Etsy:

1 The Pillow Fight / 2 Bixby Basil / 3 Whitlock & Co / 4 Jillian Rene Decor / 5 Kain Kain / 6 Festive Home Decor

Top image from Loney

All Black

Look how cute this outfit is! She’s wearing all black, which normally, I don’t wear, not wanting to look too gothic, but this outfit doesn’t at all. It looks really classic and chic. And, ironically, I usually don’t gravitate towards big statement necklaces. I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. But I love this necklace here. It completes the look and gives it some interest, which is definitely needed with all black. And finally there’s the clutch. This is another surprise for me because normally I’d never pair black with a brown tone. But, again, I love it here. Having different, contrasting accessories, with an all black (or all any color) outfit is really smart. She looks so cute.  I really want to recreate this outfit for myself!

P.S. Here’s another all black outfit I love.