Fall Inspirations from Daily Life

I love having a camera on my phone, so I can snap a picture of beautiful things that cross my path. Here ate some the sights and vignettes that caught my eye recently.

Ribbon-embellished throw pillow

Love this throw pillow.  It reminds me of the ribbon-bordered curtains I made for our bathroom.  I would love to try doing this on some pillows for the bedroom.

Ribbon-bordered throw pillow.  Spotted by Jewels at Home.

Ribbon-bordered throw pillow.

Beautifully accessorized bedroom

This is the window display at Plantation on Hayes St. in San Francisco.  It is lucky that I usually walk by early in the morning, when they are closed, or we would be bankrupt by now!  I love everything in this store, including the pillows and nightstand accessories on this bed.  This will be my inspiration, as I work on my bedroom.

Beautifully accessorized bedroom.  Spotted by Jewels at Home.

Beautifully accessorized bedroom.

Elegant grey loveseat

I’m also on the lookout for some seating for our bedroom – a loveseat or a nice armchair and ottoman.  On the list is this Chloe loveseat (also comes in a chair) from Macy’s.  I like the elegant classic look that is still comfortable.  That’s our baby J modeling for me on the chair.  Yes, he insisted on taking his shoes off in Macy’s.

Chloe loveseat from Macy's.  Spotted by Jewels at Home.

Chloe loveseat from Macy’s.

Urban garden patio

I frequently bemoan the lack of space and greenery in our back “yard.”  I was lucky enough to go to an event recently at a lovely home in Laurel Heights, and I was inspired by the back patio, which is although small and paved over, still feels lush and inviting.  I snapped some pictures for ideas when we get around to working on our patio!

Lush urban patio.  Spotted by Jewels at Home.

A little fountain makes the space so calming.

Lush urban patio.  Spotted by Jewels at Home.

Potted trees add greenery to the patio. The warm colors in the stone pavers brighten up the space, too.

Lush urban patio.  Spotted by Jewels at Home.

A little cut-out for plantings softens up the corner.

Lush urban patio.  Spotted by Jewels at Home.

The vines growing up the wall are so lush. Beautiful fountain, river rock, and bench.

Lush urban patio.  Spotted by Jewels at Home.

Small trees in the corners give a sense of greenery and softness.

“Jewels”

Fabric-covered Decorative Boxes

It’s a bit silly that I avidly study “styled” displays of decorative items, because I have three boys who consider it their role to re-style any arrangement I make. Nonetheless, I keep my eye out for great objects and projects to bring beauty into our home. And for now, these are all placed well above the reach of little hands.

Some staples of a beautifully accessorized room are framed art, vases, books, trays, and boxes… I love the look of a stack of beautiful boxes!

I was pondering how to make a set of boxes when inspiration came from the most unexpected source! Remember those three little boys I was talking about? At the start of summer, I ordered three pairs of sandals for them. After they arrived and were unpacked, I found myself with a set of three perfectly matched boxes in small, medium, and large!

With the addition of some gorgeous fabric I found for just $2.99 a yard, those plain shoe boxes became a beautiful display!

Tutorial for DIY Fabric-covered decorative boxes from Jewels at Home.

DIY fabric-covered decorative boxes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • box(es)
  • fabric – I used only 2/3 yard for all three boxes. That’s a $2 project!
  • scissors
  • glue stick – I used this on the outside, for a smooth finish
  • tacky glue or white glue – I used this to glue the inside flaps, for extra security

Here’s the step-by-step:

Tutorial for DIY fabric-covered decorative boxes.  From Jewels at Home.

Above left: Fill in any holes in the box design with scrap cardboard.

Above right: Cut out fabric to fit wrap around box, including the sides and allowing about an inch extra to wrap to the inside.

Tutorial for DIY Fabric-covered decorative boxes.  From Jewels at Home.

Above top: Use the glue stick to lightly attach the bottom of the box to the fabric. At each front corner, cut diagonally to the bottom corner and trim, as shown. Apply glue stick lightly and fold up the fabric onto the front of the box. Fold flaps from the front towards the side of the box and glue them down securely with the glue stick.

Tutorial for DIY fabric-covered decorative boxes from Jewels at Home.

When cutting the flaps at the back of the box, make sure to leave some fabric to wrap the edge of the lid.

Above bottom: Apply glue stick lightly and fold fabric over the back of the box. At each back corner, cut diagonally to the bottom corner and trim, as shown. Again, fold a flap towards the side of the box and glue it down securely with the glue stick.

Tutorial for DIY fabric-covered decorative boxes. From Jewels at Home.

Above top: For the side flaps, fold in the excess, so that a finished edge lines up with the edge of the box.

Above bottom: Apply glue stick liberally, and fold up the side flaps.

Tutorial for DIY fabric-covered decorative boxes. From Jewels at Home.

Above top: Apply glue stick lightly and attach fabric to top of box.

Above bottom: At the top corners of the lid, cut the fabric diagonally to the corners and trim. Left: Apply glue lightly to the front of the lid and then glue a flap securely towards each side. Right: fold the side flaps, so a finished edge lines up with the edge of the lid. Glue securely with glue stick.

Tutorial for DIY fabric-covered decorative boxes. From Jewels at Home.

Above left: Trim excess fabric.

Above right: Use tacky glue to secure the loose fabric to the inside of the box and lid.

And you’re done!

Tutorial for DIY fabric-covered decorative boxes. From Jewels at Home.

Tutorial for DIY fabric-covered decorative boxes from Jewels at Home.

I’m so happy that these boxes are going to add a wonderful touch of color and style to our living room. So, while my newly-crafted accessories have to stay high out of reach for a few more years, I’m tickled to know that those rambunctious boys who usually mow down all my decorating projects can be credited with inspiring this one!

What ordinary objects will you turn into the extraordinary?

Love,
“Jewels”