stockings.

Sean and I have a gorgeous gas fireplace in our living room of the new home. So it seemed fitting that I finally make some Christmas stockings. It is November, already, after all, and I had some amazing Pendleton fabric remnants laying around that I thought would be perfect for the project.

The cuff will have a fold over of tan micro suede style fabric in which I’ll embroider our names.

Hopefully I can finish these soon. I’ve got them both cut out, and one partially sewed. All in time, right?

reupholstered.

Remember when I mentioned I’d bought several Pendleton wool remnants because I wanted to refinish an antique wood bench I bought for my new house?

Well, with the help of my artist sister, this weekend, I successfully decided which print would fit the style of the bench best and got it done. It was mostly my sister getting the curves just so, and the measurements perfect, but her help made all the difference. The end result is a perfectly polished, professional looking reupholstered antique bench.

I can’t wait to find a nice place for it in my new home. Less than two weeks until moving day!

remnants.

I’m a homeowner! Sorry for the outburst, I’m just still beyond thrilled and shocked that I’ve actually made a huge goal of mine come true–to buy a place of my own in Boston city limits. It’s been a long time coming, but I couldn’t be more ready to move into my place.

I closed at the beginning of April, but am leasing back the place to the former owners for 2 months. So, while I await my early June move in date, I’m doing a few do it yourself home decor projects.

I recently found an antique bench that would look amazing under some of the many windows in my new place. Seeing beyond the quilted fabric on top of the piece, I looked at the bones of the piece—beautiful solid wood legs with an interesting shape, and the easy ability to remove the current upholstery on the seat and replace it with something unique, means something to me, and lastly, fitting to my personal aesthetic.

And so, I’ve been sourcing and purchasing pieces of Pendleton fabric in large enough pieces to refinish the bench. I want to have options so I can see which will look best based on size and scale of pattern to bench; I can also use any of the remnants I don’t pick for future items of any kind.

More snaps when I decide and finish the bench.

san miguel.

My mum gifted me this amazing Pendleton San Miguel bedspread and matching pillow shams for my birthday this past weekend. Isn’t it a beauty? I love that, like all Pendleton blankets, it is reversible, and can change the look and feel of the bedroom with a flip.

I’m already looking toward my winter bedding, thanks to Boston’s swift drop in temperature this week.

summer reading.

It’s all about lazing on the porch or the dock with book after book after book in summer. Well, that’s my version of bliss, anyway. Right now, I’m knee deep in this epic tale, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. I’ve read a few others, but this is his swan song, I suppose.