Answers to Most Asked Questions

    You guys are all so nice to always leave such lovely comments on my home.  I so appreciate it.  You also have asked several questions that I have tried to answer individually, however since they are asked so often, I thought I would do a post and try to answer the most asked questions all in one post.

    Drapes - I get wonderful compliments on my Living room drapes.  Here is a close up picture of the fabrics I chose when we moved into the house.  I made the drapes, they are just simple lined panels using two different fabrics and a small loop fringe to edge the header.  Both fabrics were purchased at a discount fabric store and cost about $7. yd.

    The header fabric is a deep chocolate crushed textured fabric with a velvet pattern overlay in a rust color. 

    The bottom fabric is a soft cocoa brown with a small velvet rust design.  The diamond pattern is a really soft cream color.  It is a substantial weight fabric and drapes really well.

    I am also asked about the furniture in the room.  Everything in this room is something that I have had for many years and was purchased for previous homes.  When we moved into this much smaller home, these were the pieces that seemed to work the best, so that's what we used.  I also love the eclectic look it gives the room, collected over time, which is exactly what it is.  The huge mirror didn't seem so huge in our previous home, but it works wonders in increasing the size of this small room.  It actually makes the room feel twice the size it really is.

     Next, I am so often asked to show a step by step of how I change a room from one season to the next, so I thought I would show the changes from summer/fall to fall/winter.

    This has been the look I have had for most of the summer and into this fall season.  I love how light and bright it looks.  Lots of white, bright yellow and orange.

    Here is the room warmed up for fall/winter.  More brown, rust and green.

    Here's how I make the changes.

    A close look at the two chairs in the front window.  White throw and scarf on the table with yellow and orange plaid on the white chair.

    Changed out with browns and rust for the Fall/Winter look.

    All of the accessories stayed the same, I just changed out the white scarf for a couple of brown and rust ones.

    The white throw was replaced with my mink one.

    The plaid pillow was replaced with a rust velvet one with tassels.

    The bright Iris pillows with yellow, orange and green paired with bright orange and green accent pillows.  The coffee table is also draped with an orange runner.  Perfect for the lighter Summer/Fall look.

    The Iris pillows are replaced with some dark brown florals and the orange is replaced with a bright rust .  The table runner is switched out to one made from the same fabric as the header of the drapes.  The brown gives the sofa a warmer-cozier look for Fall/Winter.

    This is a close up of the pillows.  Still using the same basic colors, but now instead of yellow,orange and lime, we have more brown, orange, gold and green.  I think the mix of fabrics always makes a huge difference in any color scheme.  Note that the green and rust pillow both have a pattern, but the brown one makes the statement.  Mixing all the textures together creates a much more interesting look.

    I am often asked about the table cover also.  The top fabric is a rusty/orange pattern fabric that is simply a square trimmed in fringe and cut large enough to touch the bottom of the under tablecloth.

    The bottom tablecloth is a beige with gold and brown in the medallion pattern.  This is the same fabric that my ottoman is covered in.  I made both of the  tablecovers and covered the ottoman. 

    In the dining area the plaid table runner gave this fall arrangement a really light look, and tied the yellow/orange and lime in with the Iris yell/orange pillows.

    The plaid runner is replaced with the rust medallion one that was on the coffee table.  There is still a fall table vignette, but a little more elegant than the previous one.

    The cornacopia is moved to the buffet for now.

    Have you guys been keeping track of all the different fabrics and patterns in this room?

    Drapes - 2
    Pillows - 7
    Window end table - 2
    Round sofa table - 2
    Sofa - 1
    White chair - 1
    Brown chair - 1
    Leather chair - 1
    Total - 17

    I think the mix of all the textures and fabrics is definitely what makes this room the most interesting and pleasing to look at.  Whether it's a summer/fall or fall/winter look, mixing it up makes things fun.  As you could see in both rooms, the accessories stayed the same.  Not one thing was changed, just the accent pillows and fabrics and yet we do have two totally different looking rooms.



    I hope this helps you to make a few changes in your home to create a totally different look without re-inventing the wheel.  That makes decorating fun and keeps the cost down too and I hope this answers most of your questions.

    Thanks for all your lovely comments and thanks as always for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

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