Sharing how I am getting one of the guests rooms in my house holiday ready and making a pillow with ribbon trim.
I haven’t shown you many photos of the second floor of my home since we moved in. I have been focused on updating the first floor since it is where we spend most of our time. I refer to the second floor as the guest quarters. There are 2 bedrooms, a full bath and an all-purpose room.
With the holidays approaching and family and friends coming to stay, I thought I would refresh the 2 bedrooms a bit to get them holiday ready. Nothing major, just a little color change to warm up the rooms for the season.
The rooms have neutral walls and carpet that I plan to update sooner or later, but for now, I am using red and green in one room and green and blue in the second. I will show you the second room next week.
I only made a few tweaks to the room’s decor, because the focal point of the room is…
…the view of the lake out the sliding glass doors. Even if it’s too cold to go outside on the balcony, friends and family who come to stay with us can sit back and relax and still enjoy the lake from the comfort of the bed.
I got my inspiration to change up the the colors in the room when I received my latest box of decorating goodies from Waverly Inspirations. The box was filled with red and green fabrics, ribbon and paint that can be bought at Walmart.
To make the room extra holiday special, I used Waverly Inspirations chalk paint in the color Crimson to paint over a large art canvas I had hanging in my previous house that no longer fit my decorating style.
Once the paint was dry, I placed a piece of chalk on its side and rubbed it all over the canvas and then wiped it off with a damp towel. This helps prevent “chalkboard ghosting” or previous written things on a chalkboard from reappearing. I used white chalk and wrote the lyrics on the canvas of my favorite Christmas song, Candles in the Window by John Williams. It is from the soundtrack of Home Alone 2.
I hand wrote the lyrics free-hand and didn’t fuss over the fact that it was not perfect. What was more important for me was that when guests read it, they get that warm and fuzzy Christmasy feeling. :-) If you can’t read my handwriting, here are the lyrics:
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York Soundtrack
Candles in the window,
Shadows painting the ceiling,
Gazing at the fire glow,
Feeling that gingerbread feeling.
I can see.
Somewhere in my memory,
Christmas joys all around me,
Living in my memory,
All of the music,
All of the magic,
All of the family home here with me.
I added a faux fur throw over the bed and bought a new tray to hold breakfast…
…or a late afternoon snack of hot cocoa and cookies. The holly is from my yard. There are two types of it, Horn holly, the prickly kind and Burford, the type above. I was so excited when I saw the berries had turned red. Free Christmas decor. YAY!
I covered the plastic pot that the Christmas poinsettia came in with Waverly Inspirations fabric. I will post how I did this in a separate post. The tray table is a hand-me down from Ed’s family. It is quite unique.
To make the color changes on the bed, I made loose pillow covers using Waverly Inspirations fabrics. I did not use a pattern. If you would like to make one for your bed:
- Follow this tutorial to make an Easy to Sew Pillow Cover
- Follow this tutorial to make a No Sew Pillow Cover
For the small throw pillow, instead of using expensive passementerie to trim it, I used the ribbon that came in my Waverly Inspirations surprise box to make “fancy trim” for a throw pillow. For more budget friendly trim ideas, you will find them in this post I wrote on all the creative ways you can add embellishments and trim to pillows, draperies, towels and more.
Here is how I made the pillow.
How to Make a Looped Ribbon Trimmed Pillow
- 1 yard Waverly Inspirations fabric
- 1 roll of Waverly Inspirations 1-1/2″ wide decorative ribbon
- 1- 18″ square pillow form
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Cut two pieces of fabric to 21″ x 21″. If using a fabric with a pattern on it, place right sides together after cutting.
2. Cut the entire roll of ribbon into 2″ long pieces.
3. Lay fabric right side up on worktable. Fold a piece of ribbon in half and pin 1/4″ from corner on one side of fabric.
4. Continue pinning loops of ribbon all around the square of fabric.
5. Leave 1/4″ free from the ribbon loops at each corner.
6. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the outside edge of ribbon all around the square of fabric. Remove pins.
7. Place and center tip piece of pillow fabric face down on fabric with ribbon loops, pin edges together. Sew a 1/2″ seam all around, leaving half of one side open. You will sew this closed after inserting the pillow form. Remove pins and turn the cover so the right sides are out. Press if needed.
8. Insert pillow form. Pin opening and sew closed.
Now the room is holiday ready. Next week I will be showing you how I updated the other guest room in my house. It is going to be blue and green.