Entries from September 30th, 2016

DIY Cotton Lumbar Pillow

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DIY chambray lumbar pillow // Sarah Sherman SamuelI love the simplicity of one long accent pillow on a bed, it feels finished without being fussy and makes making the bed extra easy.  I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect extra-long lumbar pillow basically ever since I made our headboard (2 years-ish ago), but none have really jumped out at me, so I rolled up my DIY sleeves and got to it.

DIY Tasseled Chambray Lumbar Pillow

Supplies Needed:
1 yard of fabric – I used a cotton chambray
Sewing machine
Embroidery Needle
Cardboard or thick card stock
Pillow Insert

To get started, we made the pillow cover first…

  1. Cut the yard of fabric into three pieces. 1 measuring 14″x36″ and 2 measuring 14″x20″. I’ve created a diagram below to outline the steps as the pillow is so large it is hard to see the details and fit it all in one photo.


2. On the two 14″x20″ pieces of fabric use a sewing machine (or by hand if you are really patient) to sew a hem on one of the short sides (illustrated by the green dashed line in figure #1).

3. Overlap panel A over Panel B (face up, with the two hemmed edges facing each other) until the two panels together measure the same dimensions of the one 14″ x 36″ panel (illustrated in figure #2).

4. Layer the top panel, face down, over panel A and panel B. Sew around the perimeter leaving 1/3rd of an inch around the edge. The panels should be facing inward so once you’ve sewn it, the cover will essentially be inside out.

5. The finished cover should be at least .5″ to 1″ smaller than the measurements of the pillow insert. This way once you stuff it, it will be nice and full and not sad and droopy.

Now on to the tassels!

tassels-diy 1. Cut a piece of cardboard or thick cardstock to a 3″ square. (I used one of my son’s Magna-Tiles® because it was handy and already a 3″ square). Wrap your yarn around the board in taut loops 50 times. (You can wrap it less for a less full tassel but I wanted a short and robust tassel).

2. Slide the wound thread off the board and lie it on a 6″ piece of thread.

3. Tie the loose thread around the middle of the looped thread.

4. Pull ends of the 6″ thread upward and the wound threads downward. Cut another piece of 6″ thread and tie it around the looped thread creating the head of the tassel.

5. Cut the looped ends and trim them all to the same length. Tuck the loose ends of the thread at the neck of the tassel into the body of the tassel.

tassels-640Now do this 11 more times! (I made three for each corner).

sew-tassels-on copy6. Use the tie-off threads and a needle to attach the tassels to the corners of the pillow cover.

cross-stitch-plus7. Once you have all the tassels attached, re-thread your needle with a piece of yarn and tie a knot at the end. Starting from the inside of the pillow bring the needle and yarn out and back in, creating a small +. Tie the yarn off in a knot, trim it and start again to create the pattern of +’s.

DIY-lumbar-pillow26408. And finally, stuff the pillow! I used this 14” x 36” pillow insert.

DIY chambray lumbar pillow DIY-lumbar-pillow4-640DIY chambray lumbar pillowI find king sized beds can be harder to style but this lumbar pillow makes it pretty fool proof. I kept it pretty minimal to let that yummy chambray fabric shine and just like my favorite pair of jeans, the cotton denim brings a relaxed but still stylish element to help complete the overall look.

Shop the post:
Nightstands by West Elm // Curtains DIY dyed, from Ikea // Curtain Rod from West Elm // Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Flower Print by Debbie Carlos  // Rug from Esalerugs.com // Pendant Lamp from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto // Bedding by Parachute // Bed from West Elm (I re-upholstered it, DIY here) // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr // Leather Bench from CB2

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Asparagus & Pea Mini Frittatas

This post was done in collaboration with KitchenAid.

asparagus & pea mini Frittatas I haven’t been cooking a lot, or really I should say AT ALL, since Archie was born but breakfast foods seem like a good way to ease back into it. I’m pretty sure eggs are the cooking equivalent of dipping your toe in the water. Rupert usually makes Archie breakfast during the week so on the weekend I wanted to cook up something a little more special than the usual scrambled eggs, but still something quick and easy. I used this recipe as inspiration and played it by ear a little with ingredients we mostly had around the house. I was happily shocked with how good they turned out! So with all that said, I am excited to share my Mini Asparagus and Pea Frittatas made with the help of my KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender.


12 perfect planters


Let’s face it, I want ALL the plants (and all the planters), the more plants the better right? Especially for those of you in parts of the country where it is starting to get cooler and you’re settling in for the fall which then turns into winter, which can drag on a little too long. I am from Michigan, I remember. So now is the time to start collecting houseplants to make your home a lush green haven which will no doubt carry you all the way through to spring. I’ve rounded up a few of my current faves…


real talk real moms: diaper bag essentials

diapaer-bag-essesntialsThis month’s real talk topic is all about the goods, the diaper bag goods that is. The what we lug around with us and why and it is yet another one of the topics where I feel like I should be the last one giving advice on. I am kind of a serial non-preparer. I will never forget the first few times we left the house after Archer was born (unfortunately it was only for more hospital visits for me or doctors appointments for Arch) but we would walk out of the house without a dang diaper back every single time. The first time was at our first visit to the pediatrician and Rupert ran out the door and jumped into the car drove home to grab it and came back before the doctors assistant was able to finish her sentence saying it’s ok we have diapers and wipes here.

I also hardly ever carry a purse and have been known to lose a credit card or two every couple months once in a while because I usually leave the house with nothing but my credit card in my pocket.

So with that said, I am really looking forward to seeing and hearing about what all the other mamas from our series have hiding in their diaper bags, and what has them ready for every situation.

But in case you are wondering… I have rounded up the things I actually do use, whether I remember to take them or not is a whole different story.


A-frame kitchen progress

kitchen-progress-a-frame-cabin3-copyHiiiiii! Can you tell how relieved I am to finally have some progress to share on our money pit fixer a-frame? Well it seems like aside from the laundry room and a new roof, not much has been done but finally the kitchen is getting put back together, as we speak. Our new contractor has been great so far. He’s our third one! I guess the desert is notorious for squirrely contractors (I probably wouldn’t want to work in that heat either), but the a/c is now working and cabinets and countertops and tile are going in.   READ MORE

laundry room tour, before & after

finished-laundry-tour4-640Things are moving and shaking over at our A-frame cabin. We jetted over there last week to check on our new roof (!) and I shot the finished laundry room while we were at it. It’s the only space that is complete. It’s kind of a funny place to start, but renovations are full of surprises and hey, it feels so good to have one room in the bag. When we bought the place, the washer and dryer were broken and full of standing water, which was just one of the fun surprises we happened on. I worked with Electrolux to give this room an overhaul and get it back into a functional place to care for our clothes and linens. Just wait until you see the before photo!