DIY Photo Pillow

17 01 2012

I was on one of my favourite websites a couple of weeks ago checking out their trends for 2012 when a came across this gorgeous pillow from Archival Decor.


I love it.  They have a lot of other versions but this is definitely one of my faves.  It costs $245.   Definitely not in my current stay at home mom budget.

So I decided to do a little researching to see if I could do something like this on my own.  First thing I looked up was how to transfer an image to fabric. There are a lot of different ways to do it but my criteria for what I wanted was that I didn’t want to be limited to the size of the image and I wanted it to be easy. I found some great instructions on A Beautiful Mess.  Great Blog.

Next I found some photos that were close to what I was looking for.


I found this one on Flicker


And this one from Etsy via a Pinterest site.

I sent them to Staples and had 11×17 laser copies made in a rich black text ( at least I think that’s what they called it)

Materials needed

A laser copy of an image- You can really do anything you want.  I think my next pillow of my dog Lucy.  Just remember if you are using anything with letters to flip it before its printed or the letters will be mirrored.

Heavy artist medium-  I grabbed a high gloss one and wish I would of got something with more of a matte finish.  After the image is transferred you can put and extra coat of medium on to help protect your image.  I picked mine up at Michaels in the artist’s paint section.  It’s a little pricey so make sure you use your Michael’s coupon they always have for 40 or 50% off.  I have the app on my phone so I always have it with me.

paint brush- any thing

fabric- (I used cotton but I think this would work on anything except stretchy)

water bottle

Soft cloth to wipe it down- I used my Norwex microfiber and it worked amazing but I think an soft cloth or microfiber would work.


Now you can either leave the image as above or trim out the white.  Please note any where you paint the medium it will transfer to the material including the white border.  So you can just be careful when painting in on or cut it out.




After you have put a good thick layer on it press it the spot you would like it on your fabric.  Smooth out any wrinkles.  Then we wait.  A few hours or overnight.  Just needs to dry before you can take it off.

After it has dried spray the back of the paper with water and let it soak in a bit.


Now things get a bit messy.  Just start carefully peeling and picking the paper off.  Be careful not to scratch to hard or your picture will come off.


When it gets to the last bit use your cloth to clean it off.  Keep wetting the image and wiping.   Voila!  Your fabric is ready.  Now you can add an extra coat of medium at this point….just remember if you picked a gloss it will make it shiny.

Make pillows any size, or what ever else you want.


I made these pillows which I love….



At about ten dollars a pillow I’m pretty happy with the results!

Hope you enjoyed.


Door Knockers

11 01 2012

Well, it’s that time of year again when all the decor comes down and somehow everything looks so barren.  The part that bothers me the most?  My front door.

So out on my travels the other day I stopped in one of my favorite local stores, La Belle Vie in Cloverdale.  Sadly she doesn’t have a website but definitely worth a trip for anyone local.  Its a small shop… bring kids with caution.

That is where I found the perfect solution to my door dilemma….

Mr. Owl

He’s so cute and exactly me, and at $17 how could I refuse?

I took some time to look up some more really cool knockers to dress up your door with.

 Anthropologie has this woodpecker knocker for $40.

I found both of these on the Restoration Hardware site. The bear knocker is $39 and the ring ranges from $28- $50 depending on the size and finish you choose.

The horse and monogrammed ring are both from Pottery Barn.  Both are priced at $37

Next is my ratty old door mat….. hope you enjoyed and hopefully inspired.

It’s “Fur” Christmas

29 10 2011

Keep fur on your decorating must haves list. I have found these beauties for you can use when warming your home up for the Christmas season!

This is a seriously gorgeous stocking! I found this on Habitat…a UK site. I would love a bunch a different colors to hang around the fireplace!

This would look sooo good under my tree! Tree skirt is from Arcadia Home.

Wine needs to keep warm too…..fur coat is from Pottery Barn. (the Santa hat is pretty adorable too…great way to dress up a hostess gift)

Why not my whole bed? Looks heavenly… Restoration Hardware!

More from Restoration Hardware….. love the coloring in these pillows

Hot water bottles from Restoration Hardware

A very luxe throw from Zgallerie

Pellicia pillow from Crate and Barrel

Some more beautiful throws from West Elm.

And finally……this gorgeous table runner from ZGallerie….love.

Hope you enjoyed and are inspired to cozy up for winter!

Favorite Wallpapers!

9 07 2011

Trinity says:

O.K. it’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I am completely obsessed with wallpaper.  I love all of the amazing designs that are out today and it is such a great way to put your stamp on a room.  These are five of my favorites that I am HOPING to find space for in my home (number one I have already!).

1.  Cole and Son The Woods

The Woods
This isn’t an image of my home….my room is a work in progress but I will post one as soon as its done!

Honestly I don’t think this one will ever go out of style.  I see it everywhere and love it every time I do.   I have done a feature wall in my office and my powder room in this one.  I really shopped around for this one. The price on can really vary.  I’ve seen as much as $175 dollars a roll!  I found it at for the best price.b On this site it was $68.24 cad and $50 to ship.  The shipping does not go up very much for multiple rolls so for the 4 rolls I bought shipping was $69.75.  This is an amazing deal!

2. Beware the Moon Ostrich Collection
  This probably one of my favorite wall papers for sure!!   This one is going to go downstairs in my games room on a feature wall.  I haven’t shopped around for it yet but at the Beware the Moon website it is priced at 52 pounds and 25 pounds to ship to Canada…..about the same as my Woods paper I bought.
3 & 4  Aimee Wilder wallpapers.
It is very hard to pick a favorite with Aimee Wilder’s wall papers!  These will be so cute in Romy and Gabriel’s rooms!  She is such a talented designer!  She has designed Vans (the shoe), bandages, baby shirts and pillows.  She’s pricey though…..$140 a roll with free shipping is the best deal I could find.  Most of her papers come in different colors.  I’m adding a couple of strong runner ups as I really am having a hard time deciding which ones I should do!  I mean come on…..sumo wrestlers?  LOVE!
5. Graham and Brown “Darcy”
 My good friend put it in her formal living area and it looks amazing!   I would like this behind my headboard in my master bedroom. So gorgeous.   It is currently priced at $70 a roll on the Graham and Brown website….but sign up for their email list and they will send you promotions about twice a year.  They have a lot of really nice wall papers on their site and I find their pricing to not too bad.  Other stores do sell their paper so its worth shopping around.
So these are the chosen ones.  Now if I could just find the time to put them all up! Us moms always have loads of time, right :).  They’ll be worth the wait though!

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