8.27.2011

pillow talk

happy saturday everyone.  we are off for a wonderful few days in san diego.  i cannot wait to get there.  the temperatures here in redlands have been hovering in the 100's for the last few days with quite a bit of humidity too.  rare for us, thankfully.  but before i leave i want to share with you the completed pillows for my living room.  i absolutely love them.  for the last week i may have been quiet here on my blog but i've been cursing like a sailor while hunched over my sewing machine.  i am not a seamstress nor will i ever be.  i find sewing to be completely maddening.  if you do sew and enjoy it i really envy you.  i do have a little fabric left over and i'm going to make a pillow for the bedroom but it will be very basic with an envelope back.  no welting, no zippers - ever again! 



just as a reminder...what the dining room looks like (like you could ever forget) because when you enter the front door you are standing in one relatively big room that makes up the dining room to the right and the living room to the left.


































i hope you likey.
i'm off and hopefully i will not be burned to a crisp or eaten by a great white shark. 

see you soon.  xo janet

57 comments:

  1. I likey! Have a great trip.
    xo

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  2. It's lovely. Ordinarily I would not want my pillows to match my curtains, but the fact that you have no rug, IMO, makes it work. All your detail is around the room, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

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  3. You have created a lovely relaxed home - gorgeous.

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  4. I do love your style, even though so different from mine yours keeps me very calm and relax, also love your pillows, are perfect.
    Have a great time in san diego!!
    hugs dear

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  5. For someone who does not sew much you did an excellent job. The pillows look lovely. Lana

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  6. Janet, you have amazing style--simple elegance and so serene. You make me long for a smaller home...something cozy and white washed. I think Master Bliss may be getting his paint brush out soon. XxBliss

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  7. Funny, we just got back to San Diego last night from Mendocino and Sonoma. I got a chance to see Adrienne @ Rich Life OAB while I was there, enjoyed meeting her and her husband. Awesome couple!

    Have fun in San Diego, but I'm afraid you didn't escape the heat much. Hopefully you are by the coast because it isn't pretty where we are! (La Mesa) :)

    Linda

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  8. lovely. and you are to be commended on your sewing. my mom, a home ec. major, taught sewing through the years, and I was her ONLY student never to finish a project.

    cleaning my house today and trying to follow your example of clean and uncluttered living...thanks for inspiring.

    donna

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  9. P.S. Gorgeous pillows! You should be proud of yourself...

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  10. Are you kidding? There's PIPING for gawd's sake!!! Really nice job, Janet! I love hand sewing. There's nothing more relaxing, but the sewing machine and I are not well aquinted so when I use it, we usually spend the first three hours learning each other's language.
    I would rather hem curtains on my lap!

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  11. Gorgeous! I sew like you do so I really applaud your effort. May I ask where you got your sofa? I'm looking for one and yours looks perfect!

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  12. I'm totally impressed. I'm going to have to get my machine out and practice.

    I think this is the best your living room has ever looked!

    Have fun in S.D.!

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  13. Love those pillows and your whole living room, especially the bunny pictures.
    I think you are on friendly terms with a needle by looking at that sewing job. I could never do that.

    Have a great time!

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  14. You and me sound very alike, my language is rather choice when I'm sewing, too!
    What a gorgeous result. Beautiful room. I really love that leather pouffe and that etching of a hare.
    Have the most perfect trip, stay away from any man eating sharks and slap on the Factor 50! x

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  15. Magazine ready! I have no clue hoe to sew, but I can curse.

    First step?

    Have too much fun!

    xo Jane

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  16. I hope your time in SD is wonderful. I think your pillows are devine. It moves the brown around the room with out being Matchy-matchy.
    Great job.
    Traci

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  17. Golly your house looks lovely, so peaceful and so pretty, love it xx

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  18. Janet,

    Your pillows are fabulous as is the entire room. It's looking a little fallish with that beautiful vase in the corner filled with....hmmm....I'm not sure, but I like it a lot!

    I wish I could sew and everyone once in a while I'm tempted to learn, if only to make pillows, but then I read this and think maybe not. My family would want to move out every time I pulled the sewing machine out. I need projects that relax me, not frustrate the he-- out of me.

    Annnnyway...have a lovely time in San Diego. It's even a bit hot at the beach. No where near 100 though. Enjoy!

    xo annie

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  19. Job well done. Hope you have a wonderful time in San Diego. I'd love any tips for places to visit or eat. We'll be moving there in late September.

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  20. Your pillows look wonderful and I really love those drapes. They are gorgeous! I like the suitcases now too.

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  21. Janetttttt!!!!! Love the cushions. I am a bad sewer too- too impatient, too slapdash. I subscribe to the just-get-it-done-near-enough-is good-enough theory which doesn't mix well with stuff like sewing! I'm going for a walk. Best of luck with avoiding getting eaten by a shark!! Love Me and the Baby xxxxx PS I do love your home 11/10

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  22. Happy holiday, dear Janet and please don't get eaten!
    Your room looks inspirational.

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  23. They look wonderful. I just love to be creative by sewing, knitting and crocheting, but just don't seem to be able to make the time! Cooking meals, gardening and Baking is about it for me for the time being.

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  24. Your living room (and the rest of your home as well) are so my taste! Love it all! Especially the PB curtains and coordinating pillows! I was actually considering those curtains for my breakfast room, but the window is so big, I don't know what to do with it. If I post a pic online, do you think you could give me some decorating advice? Or anyone else out there in blog land with a keen decorating eye ... I need some help. Thanks!

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  25. Give yourself a big pat on the back Janet because the cushions and living room look fabulous.
    Beautiful, serene and welcoming. Well done you!
    xx

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  26. Beautiful. Just the perfect touch for the living room. Love the white welting. You did a great job.

    Love your description of sewing. I sew out of necessity, not fun. Did my pillow time last month, with trim and buttons, yes, buttons.

    But you have inspired me to make that TV cover I've been planning. Hope you have a wonderful time in San Diego.

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  27. I love your space. The pattern of your curtains reminds me of my bathroom shower curtain. I just love your style! Everything looks great!

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  28. Janet, you might not enjoy sewing, but you are brilliant at it! The cushions are lovely, and you did piping around the edges, plus zips!!! - I sew all the time, but have never figured that one out. Your lounge/dining room is picture perfect exquisite.

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  29. Your living room looks simple AND elegant, Janet! I already liked the PB drapes, but adding the pillows gives the room such polish and a very coordinated look without being too matchy-matchy.
    Husband, Tom, gives it a thumbs up. You've helped pave the way, by your beautiful example, for some things I'd like to try in our home. Thank you!

    Have a wonderful, and COOL, time in SD. Laurie

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  30. Welting?! Oh, I'm so proud of you. :) I love them...they really pull the whole room together. It was already perfect but now it's more.
    I LOVE that table in the corner - how have I missed it before....

    Have a great vacation. Stay away from the sharks! I still need you as a friend. :)

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  31. It's the most beautiful your living room has ever looked on your blog, and I do likey-likey so very-very much!!
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  32. Beautiful and well done you! Hope you are having a wonderful time away too...x

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  33. Hi Janet - The pillows are beautiful! And cording & zippers? Impressive!

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  34. Dear Janet, isn't it gratifying to complete a project before leaving on a trip. The pillows are perfection and add to your already lovely living room. When you return, they will be waiting to greet you and make you beam with pride.
    Have fun in San Diego.
    Linda

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  35. the pillows are gorgeous! so impressed (and envious;) that you put in zippers! I totally agree with Steve.. I don't think your living room has ever looked prettier! love the brown and white!

    xojoan

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  36. Perfect! You have hit the mark with your decorating.

    Have fun in San Diego. Is the Charthouse restaurant still in SD?
    I have eaten at Charthouses in Maui, Ventura, San Diego, Malibu, Westwood and Alexandria VA. since the early 70's.

    All the best,
    Priscilla

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  37. The pillows are lovely, and your living room is now even more charming.

    The thing that struck me most though, is that you had 38 comments! I regularly read about a dozen favorite posts, and yours always has a lot of interest and reponse from followers. You are such a lovely lady and so many of us care about what you are up to.

    A while back you threatened to sign off on your blog. If 38 comments about pillows doesn't reflect your popularity, I don't know what does! You are special!

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  38. The pillows are great. Look terrific with the curtains, pulls it all together. Love it.

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  39. I can't believe it! You did pillows!!!!


    the drapes look so great and the pillows are the cherry on top!

    xo kelley

    PS...doubt there are any great whites lurking about in San Diego...so you are safe for another week

    have a restful vacation


    kel

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  40. Lovely! I hate sewing, too. Karin, lifeinsmallchunks.blogspot.com

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  41. Your home is simple, beautiful and timeless! Safe travels!

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  42. You have a darling home and wonderful designing instincts. I am a sewer and think you did a fantastic job on your pillows. I think you could be a natural and not even know it. : )

    -Maggie

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  43. It looks fabulous my friend! I love sewing but hate dragging out the machine and all of the mess.

    Enjoy your getaway.
    xo~
    T

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  44. I go to your blog for comfort and to feel peaceful. You've done it again with beautiful updated photos of your living room/dining room. The pillows are a lovely touch. I like the luggage look every much. Thank you for sharing.
    Jones in Texas

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  45. Love your blog & approach to life! Your home is beautiful! If you ever think of putting it on the market to sell, I would like to be one of the first to know!

    Kat

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  46. You need your very own tv show!
    pve

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  47. Just came back to look again...the room gets prettier with every glance. WOW. WOW. WOW.
    -Suzanne in illinois

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  48. Everything i just so simple. A simple living is a having a contentment if life. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Hello, what a beautiful house, nice fotos.
    Hope you have a nice weekend.
    Following your blog :)
    kisses

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  50. Your home is just gorgeous!! I love the simplicity and elegance you decorate with. I also noticed you live in Redlands which is quite close to me. I have always loved all the charming homes there just like yours. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

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  51. Just found your Blog through Miss Minimalist. I am addicted! You are inspiring! Love your house...whe did you get your bamboo shades...they are just what I am looking for...

    Kate

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  52. Excuse me for being oh, so late on this post, but I just found your blog through Nina at Mod Vintage Life. I really enjoy the look of your living and dining rooms. I tend to decorate my living room in cream, black, wood tones and vintage also. Love that wicker table in the dining room!

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  53. Not that I didn't believe you - just had to come see for myself! LOL! ... and yes, send it priority please! hehehehhe.

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  54. arte, take it! i hate it! it is so comfortable but since i became vegan it creeps me out. i don't know what to do with it. it is a custom made piece so it was pricey. ugh! it would cost a fortune to ship.

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