Customizing an IKEA Hemnes China Cabinet

You know how much I love a good furniture makeover! Sometimes, it’s about a dramatic transformation, like this mid-century dresser, these stenciled nightstands, or my Thomasville faux bamboo bar cabinet. Other times, you just need a few changes to transform … Continue reading

How to Hang a Mirror or Art on a Bookcase

So, my weakness (talent?!) for finding home decor on the street is well-established. Remember when I made over this cute Chinese end table? Well, I was walking over to meet a friend for lunch today, and I saw this mirror … Continue reading

The Cutest and Handiest Zipper Pouches

YEARS ago, I bought a cute zipper pouch ages ago at a Signatures craft fair in Toronto. The size is perfect for sunglasses, lip gloss, hair ties, ear buds, or other little items you want to corral in your purse. Since I recently conquered my fear of zippers when I made the box cushion covers for my new chairs, I decided to try making some of these little pouches myself. It’s such a fun project to use small scraps of fabric and combine colors and patterns.

I followed the instructions from icansewthis, which lays out the steps very clearly. The dimensions for this pouch use 4.5″x9″ rectangles to make a finished size of approximately 4″ x 8.5″

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2x Outside fabric pieces: 4.5″x9″ each
  • 2x Lining fabric pieces: 4.5″x9″ each
  • 2x zipper tab fabric: 1.5″x2″ each
  • zipper
  • Optional: fusible interfacing for outside pieces, if you are using a lighter weight fabric

I made pouches from vintage kimonos, favorite scraps, and also some of fabrics I designed myself. If you want to check out my fabric collection, here’s my shop on Spoonflower. You can have have fun mixing and matching zipper colors and linings!

Happy sewing !

Julie AKA “Jewels”

DIY Tiered Cake Stands From Vintage Plates

My collection of plates and tea cups started when I threw a tea party baby shower for my friend, Nicola, a whole decade ago! Over the years, I have added more treasures to my collection, and I love the stories … Continue reading

Your Home is Your Canvas – Inspirations for Custom Art

I want each item in my home to be meaningful, and custom canvas art is a wonderful way to personalize a space. I’m sharing four custom canvas ideas that I’ve used in my home. This includes several original projects as … Continue reading

A Timeless Sideboard Styled Five Ways

We recently moved into our new house, and I’ve been busy arranging and re-arranging things to get us settled. In this process, I was fortunate to receive a beautiful new sideboard cabinet from Hernest.com. This item was generously gifted, but … Continue reading

Design Crush – Lucy Interiors

Oh wow, I am in love with the work of Lucy Penfield of Lucy Interior Design! She can execute a beautiful modern or bohemian room, but what I’m particularly smitten with is her ability to create space that has the perfect blend of classic and contemporary, casual and elegant, all full of whimsy and personality. This balance is what I am striving for in our home, and I am soaking up all the inspiration!

Here are my favorite elements of her designs:

  • A warm neutral base with walls, ceiling, and trim in a warm white, leaving lots of open space
  • Architectural details like beams and arches, and window seats
  • Black accents, such as hardware or black window and door frames
  • Natural mid-tone wood floors and other natural materials like rattan and bamboo
  • Bright jewel-tone accents in navy, teal, pinks, kelly green, yellow, and orange
  • Color is introduced through art, wallpaper, throw pillows, and patterned rugs
  • Vintage pieces from my favorite styles like mid-century modern and Hollywood glam
  • Fresh flowers and plants

This style is exemplified by her Highland Park Bungalow and Romantic Urban projects, as well as the Lake Cottage. I would happily move into any of these gorgeous spaces! Here are some of my favorite inspiration pics that capture that beautiful and unique blend of styles.

A simple classic foyer, with a fun patterned stair runner and brightly-colored accents
You know my passion for faux bamboo and blue. The green accents are inspiration!
The architectural details painted out in a warm white are making me swoon, all with just the right amount of pink and blue accents!
Here’s a close-up of that same dining room ❤
Lots of warm white, but the teal at the back of the cubbies, paired with the teal chair, with the touches of pink in the art and flowers… you can see why I am in love! Definitely office goals!
Speaking of teal, this accent wall with the white bamboo headboard are perfect!
I put a faux sheepskin on our piano bench, too – I am in good company!
Kitchen inspo – classic white cabinets with that stunning wallpaper lining the cabinets and the complementary tile!
More kitchen love – keeping the cabinets and island classic white, but the pink pantry door and the teal buffet, the natural chairs… swoon!
Cutest laundry room ever. I would love to have a laundry room. Is that weird?
I love these dark built-ins to ground all the color from the toys. Thinking of something like this for J’s room!

Isn’t this all fabulous?! I have always wondered if my blend of styles might be too scattered, but I love seeing how it is possible to bring together traditional and contemporary elements to create beautiful spaces. So inspired!

Julie AKA “Jewels”

More! Bigger! Shibori-Dyed Zipper Pouches

Are you looking for some DIY gift ideas? I had so much fun making the shibori-dyed zipper pouches for holiday gifts a few years ago that I decided to do this project again this time with larger pouches. The small size … Continue reading