Monday, February 20, 2017

Upholstered Headboard

New house = new furniture, I wish at least. My headboard since college has been a not-so-lovely bookshelf/headboard combo. I donated mine before taking a picture, but it was very similar to this. Although mine had the added bonus of a spray painted gold h on the side!  Image result for bookshelf headboard It was wayyy past time for a grown up bed. I knew I wanted an upholstered headboard, and I also knew my budget meant I would have to make it. 
 

I of course love the ever popular Colette, but decided to add a slight wing more like this picture. 







I got to work over Christmas break with my dad's help. I showed him a million pictures, he questioned my upholstering skills and we eventually mapped out the shape.

You will need:
plywood (varies depending on bed size)
jigsaw
string
batting
memory foam
3-4 yards of fabric
staples
staple gun




I measured my plywood to be 3 inches wider than my mattress, so I would have room for batting and to attach the wings.

 

I am all right brain and was ready to just free hand the shape, but my smart Daddy came up with a much better idea. We put a nail at the bottom of the headboard in the middle and attached a string. Then tied a loop in the other end of the string. The string serves as a giant compass so you get an even arch. You can adjust the amount of arch by changing the string length or moving the nail.
One point for the left brainers!
 
My advice is to go slightly more dramatic with the arch. Once you add batting and fabric, the lines are really softened.





I marked each side with one inch lines and used the square to draw a straight line from the edge on each side.


Then use your jigsaw to cut out your shape.



We then added support to the back with 2x4s and to give it more height.


For the sides, we just winged it. pun intended (;  We did double the thickness of the sides to give it weight and glued them together using wood glue.




Now time for upholstery! I came across a memory foam mattress pad on super sale so I used that as my base. The edges will be rough when you cut it to fit the shape, but this will be covered in batting and a thick velvet so it's no big deal.


The back should be upholstered first.
Then the sides.
 

Tipper approves!















Monday, January 30, 2017

Layers of Light

I was so excited when Arhaus asked me to take part in their lighting challenge, because lighting is one the most important features of a house. For me, the key is to layer your lighting. Too often, we just use one layer, overhead lighting. However, it is best to vary height and function.

My basic rule is to use three main layers: functional lighting, a pendant light or chandelier, and lamps of varying heights. This gives you options of different lighting for various activities and casts a more flattering light. Overhead light will cast shadows and is generally unflattering, adding in lamps at eye level helps to counteract this.

Great lighting is one of the easiest ways to add style and character to a room. The biggest style impact is generally made by the overhead light. These are a few of my favorite pendants and chandeliers.

                                                                                                                                             
I would use all three of these together using the rectangular one over the dining room table, the geometric in the living room (maybe two of them depending on the size of the room), and the glass over the island.




I love the wood finish of the round chandelier, it is traditional without being too stuffy.

This beaded chandelier makes me swoon. While some might not consider it traditional, it's neutral colors make it work in almost any setting. I would keep the rest of the room pretty simple like in the room below, and let the light be the star; it adds instant glamour and style.

                         
                 This picture from Arhaus really helps get an idea of the scale and all it's awesomness!

Even better, the Lerato Chandelier helps women affected by HIV in Africa.


Once you have your overhead lighting, then it is time to add in the second layer, lamps. Lamps are like the accessories for your room. They can add a little brightness or interest to any area. 
This tripod lamp has great finishes and details that up the style factor and it works well with almost any decor.
The teardrop table lamp is one of my favorites from this entire post; it is literally like jewelry for your room. The design is sleek and elegant and how can you go wrong with crystal!?!
I love the shape of the rectangular lamp, it adds an unexpected twist and the petite height is perfect for desk top or a sofa table. 
These two really complement each other well. The finial table lamp adds some serious architectural interest.

The base layer is functional, almost every home needs recessed lighting. Something that will give you lots of light when you need it. Recessed lighting is not the star of the show, it should be in the background and set on dimmers to adjust the light.