3.31.2011

vintagey pillow

For the last few years, our living room has had a ton of red in it--a little too much red in my opinion. When a friend who for the longest time knew me only through this blog came to our house for the first time, she told me she was surprised at how traditional our decor was--because it didn't seem to match the aesthetic of my blog at all. I've been so inspired by her complete honesty. It gave me just the momentum I needed to ditch the solid red Ikea throw pillows that have been holding me down and mix up our wall hangings at the same time. It reminded me exactly how important it is to surround yourself with things you love and to make your home a place that is a greater extension of your heart. So this week I stitched together this little throw pillow and am welcoming in a new era: If I love it, it stays. If I don't love it, it goes. It's my goal to swap out all of our living room throw pillows with colors + notions directly from my vintage stash.
Doesn't this one just make you want to lay in the sun, watch the geraniums grow, and drink lemonade all day? It's summer in a 20x20" square. Just what I needed to erase the gloom around here.

17 comments:

Mama B said...

Looks like you mastered the rolled rose! Love it!

Liv said...

Yes, I want to do all of those things. So pretty.

Amanda said...

cute. cute. i would have never thought of matching these textures and colors together. How did you make the yellow flower?

Regina said...

So pretty!! Yes, I need to do the same in my own home... I dream big for my blog, then hold back in my home. I love the flowers!!!

Eliza Jane said...

I love it! It should stay!

Cassie {A Serenade for Solitude} said...

Love it! Especially the yellow crochet!

alli/hooray said...

wow! I love all of the patterns and colors together, it's so pretty.

Shannon said...

It's adorable!!! Can you please please do a tutorial for those fabric flowers? They're just what I've been wanting to make!

Cottage Mommy said...

Love it! So darn cute! You are inspiring me to get going on my pillow making..I have ten 20 x 20 inch IKEA down pillows to sew covers for! What to do? What to do?

Allison said...

Love that pillow!

soveryvicki said...

That pillow is beyond perfect--love all the patterns and textures you mixed!!

Kelly said...

The colors are absolutely perfect for spring! Love it.

Becca said...

Oh I love this Jessica. That's so funny!

I'm in spring cleaning mode and ditching so much stuff. I'm feeling the same way. I only want to be surrounded by things I really love and I want to make more stuff.

Luna is taking 3 hour afternoon naps at the same time everyday woohoo!

casey said...

ya did great!! i love the combo you chose.

Rebekah said...

I LOVE it - so gorgeous you have the best eye it looks so sunny :)!

Colleen / Inspired to Share said...

Awesome! It's so important to surround yourself with things you love - it's an instant mood-booster! xoxo

On Second Street said...

so cute. it will be fun to see what else you come up with. did the pictures come down? :)