Sunday, June 7, 2009

White and a Change of Seam-ery

White, light and clean. I love it.

Well, my "redecorating on a budget" has continued. The budget being the money I made from my yard sale in which I unloaded all the clutter. I found a great pair of white curtain panels at Target on sale. They have a flirty little ruffle edge and are from the Shabby Chic collection. Being a fabric and textile finatic, and loving a little "change of seam-ery," I knew I would transform these two panels into a cloud valance for my home office. So, I got my handy seam ripper, took them apart, sewed them back together horizontally, added a rod pocket, gathered them up and here ya go! I also added some scrolly wall decor and a white bedding to the daybed. I love how this room turned out. Now I only need to paint the green desk white and my home office will be a joy to shuffle papers in. Yeah right! Paperwork sucks no matter how pretty the room!

A few weeks ago, I changed the bedding and curtains in our bedroom. I have been wanting a dust ruffle, but had a certain image in my head as how I wanted it to look. Our bed is really big and we have a feather bed on top of the mattress. It's like sleeping on a cloud! The other day I was in this discount store and found the perfect dust ruffle! It's white and has crochet trimmings and was only $40. Fabulous!! However, even though the package said king size on it, and there was only one package left with king size on it, when David and I went to put it on the bed, it was only a queen. Dag nabit! Urrrrrggg! David said, "now what are ya gonna do?" Again... a little "change of seam-ery." I got my seam ripper, tore off all the dust ruffle part, got a full size flat sheet out of my stash (you never know when you need a flat sheet for something), sewed all the ruffle back on, patted myself on the back and put it on the bed. I love it!

Now all I need to do is make a cushion for the chaise lounge and a few throw pillows. I have some great patterns coming soon for these pillows so stay tuned!

Of course, Chloe takes after her mama and enjoyed redecorating and organizing the hay in the litter box while I was sewing the dust ruffle.
So you may be asking yourself, "how does David feel about having all this white?" Have you ever heard of the statement "just look in someone's closet to see the color they would like to decorate and live with?" Well..... this is David's closet.
Yes.... those are all white tee shirts (mostly fishing tournament shirts). The man wears a white tee shirt almost every day of his life. He likes white vehicles and has the whitest teeth. So, a house full of white decorating is just fine with him and oh so good for me!
bunny hugs,
this week IGF a good seam ripper and the ability to have a little change of seam-ery.


lisa said...


I love this entire post, the curtains the dust ruffle and of course the bunny! Thankfully.... my sweet hubby does not mind the white or the PINK!


Lynette Larson - Campbell said...

Oh my gosh, Shell, the comment with your husband's shirts made me laugh!!! My husband would like your minimalist don't EVEN want to know what all I have!!! Hahaha! Bless your heart for all the altering -- I HATE doing it!

Susan said...

The white tees are a hoot! My husband is total color...I am a leftover hippie...tie-dyed all the way!

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Kimberly said...

Great post. I really enjoyed it. Sometimes I think, when I have to decorate on a budget, I think it comes out even better! Your decorating is beautiful and you are so creative. I like the look of white. Wow, that looks like a lot of white tee shirts. Your bunny is adorable!

Susie said...

Oh Shell, that is just too cute! David's tee shirt closet was a hoot. What a team you are. You were a busy beaver with that seam ripper. I love plan B's dont' you?
Great sew and tell... :)
The Polka Dot Rose

Feedsack Fantasy said...

What a lovely blizzard of white ... love that bed ruffle. TTFN ~Marydon

Patty/PinkHugsSweetShoppe said...

I want to sleep in your bedroom . I love the white , and the fact that it seems so peaceful. I had to laugh seeing all the white Tshirts in your husbands closet. My hubby is just as neat, and if you turn around and see my side its a messy bessy. You were very clever with making it work and good thing we have those stashes.

GARI said...

Your rooms are lovely. I wouldn't decorate in white but I love your rooms.

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Shell,

Always look forward to your posts! The shot of your hubby's white t-shirts cracked me up! He is a big fan of white, I can see! I love what you did to the curtains, daybed and your bed. It looks so clean and fresh!

Have a great week! Can't wait to see more of your decoration posts.

Pei Li

Patricia said...

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SoCal Helene said...

Shell, your place looks divine!!! The picture of your Hub’s t-shirts is too funny! If I should decorate after my hub’s t-shirts our whole house would be black, LOL!!
Kitty Hugs!!


Hef's Mom said...

Your becoming a bad influence on me, I just painted a bookcase from black to pink to suit the bunny lounge and I am eager to paint more!

FrecklesandDeb said...

Looks like you are three of a kind -- redecoratiin and white in your bones! Beautiful pictures -- beautiful home!

We tend to go darker at our house -- a lot of brown. Maybe it has something to do with raisiing three boys! Freckles doesn't seem to mind.

Carol at Clutter Bug Studio said...

Sigh - how beautiful. You are so creative Shell. Loved your post.

gail said...

Hi Shell, I love what you are doing in your home. Its just beautiful. I love looking at all white homes, they are so pretty, cool and peaceful. I just cant seem to give up color though! I love COLOR too. lol Your home is so gorgeous!!! Big huge bunny hugs,,, gail

Carrie Gonzalez said...


Your DH's white shirts had me cracking up! Wonderful post and great finds on a budget. Have a wonderful week!

Cottage Flair said...

You did an amazing job on your "redos". Everything looks amazing. Your decor and home are just beautiful. Love the pic of the white tees. How funny is that?
People always ask me if my hubby minds that our house is all flowers and a lot of pink. I'm glad his closet isnt' full of pink floral tees!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Hey Shell, Love the redecorating you've done. The white is so calm and clean looking. Have a great week!

Tedi said...

Shell, I just love your blog! It always puts a smile on my face. Hugs, Tedi

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

It looks fabulous Shell!! I would LOVE an all white room! But alas I must wait until five boys have grown, lol!!

Youdid a wonderful job!