Saturday, August 24, 2013

The saga continues...

I have to admit once I tracked Duncan down, he sat neglected in my garage for almost a year.  I was just overwhelmed with the thought of upholstering an entire couch.  So I just put it off, and put it off, and put it off again.  Then when I finally decided to start, I realized I was going to need at least ten yards of good fabric.  I realize that $35 a yard is not that bad for upholstery fabric, but I like a bargain.  I loved this fabric from Dwell Studio in the toffee colorway and found it at my favorite fabric store.  You know I have their sale schedule memorized by heart so I just had to be patient.  I ended up getting it 40% off.  Woop whoop!! 

And then I got to work, removing a million kazillion staples.  I really have no set method to my madness.  I make sure to document every step with pictures and take notes.

This couch once I got it apart was even more work than I had expected.  The springs were gone in most of them and a lot of the webbing was rotted as well. 

At this point, I gave up for a week until Erin had a fit and said it had to be finished and out of the living room.  She loves living with me...
I used this tutorial as a guide for the webbing and spring tying.  My poor fingers were so sore by the end!

Then it was on to the upholstering.  I used the removed fabric as a pattern for the new fabric and started putting it back together.  The cushions once I finished them looked a little flat, so I made down inserts to go on the top.  I really wanted down cushions, but it was just way to expensive and messy.  Those stupid feathers get everywhere!

And the back view.
I do kinda love it.  This was a live and learn project for me.  In retrospect, I would have hired out the spring tying and webbing it was a pain and it's not super comfy since I was a first timer.  And I probably would have chosen a bright solid linen fabric.  I wanted something graphic, but by the time I finished I was already a little tired of it.  Since I have been away for a few months though looking at pictures it looks fresh again, winner!
Before and after

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Design Inspiration

I was so pumped yesterday  I got to help a friend paint!  I know most people are not thrilled by the idea of painting, but that made my day.  I have been dying to make something since we took a trip to Masatepe, where they make all the handmade souvenirs and furniture.  I saw so many people working with power tools; it took all  I had not to take them out of their hands and get to work!
There is just something so rewarding to me about doing physical work. 

I was ready to get back to some house design stuff after that, so I pulled together a couple inspiration boards for my mom's house.  She already purchased the couch I used and they installed the fire place.  Hopefully I will get pictures soon!

The first one is a little brighter and more casual.

The second option is a little more country and probably more suited to my parent's taste.

Although lets be real here, they are never going to go for either one because my daddy needs a
 La-Z-Boy.  I have no idea where my design infatuation came from!

Thursday, August 8, 2013


I have been terrible about blogging since I have been in Nicaragua.  All my usual home improvement, craft projects have been the last thing on my mind lately.  I will admit I do miss my projects just a little bit.  Since I have been here this year, I have seen a lot more tourists than in years past.  I think the rest of the world is catching up to what we already knew, Nicaragua is amazing.  It has been all over travel lists this year especially on "best bang for your buck" type lists.  So here are my top ten reasons to visit Nicaragua.

10. It is cheap.  You can get a room at a nice hotel/hostel in the middle of the city WITH air  conditioning for about $17 per night and a good meal for around $2

9. Fantastic food

8. Rainforest zip line

7. Amazingly friendly people

6. Beautiful beaches

5. Still non-touristy

4. Telica night hike

3. Volcano surfing - where else in the world can you do that

2. Architecture

1. Incredible beauty