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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Designing Impressions Giveaway

Congratulations to Erin, the winner of the Designing Impressions Giveaway.  You will be contacted shortly.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Little Girls Boutique Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Robin Quick the winner of the
 Little Girls Boutique Giveaway.  You will be contacted shortly.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Designing Impressions Giveaway

Designing Impressions is a precious Etsy Shop filled with hand crocheted charms and accessories.  Allison runs Designing Impressions from her country home near Raleigh, NC. Designing Impressions specializes in amigurumi crochet charms with original designs. The charms are completely handmade by Allison down to their little polymer clay faces.  These plush charms would make GREAT stocking stuffers. Unlike others, these charms use a round body shape which give them irresistible character and charm. Adorn your purse or keys with the great looking animal charms! Teens would love to use them to decorate their backpacks!

 Contact Allison through any of the following ways:

Allison has been so nice to sponsor this giveaway for all of you and offer one of her precious little owl purse charms in this giveaway. Any little girl would LOVE to have one for Christmas!
To Enter The Giveaway do any of the following:
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Visit Designing Impressions and leave a comment below letting her know what your favorite item is in her SHOP -  Please leave an email address if your blogger profile does not provide one.  Allison needs to be able to contact you if you are the lucky winner!  The winner will be announced here on December 20th.

Thank you to THE EVERYTHING SOAP BLOG for the design and format of this giveaway!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Many Uses of Burlap

I LOVE burlap! Burlap is a very versatile fabric that can add dimension, texture and interest to your space. This fabric has gained popularity since the days when it was only used as grain and coffee sacks (even though we love those too). It can now be seen as furniture upholstery, table linens, accent bedding, and drapery fabrics. The great thing about burlap is that is can be added to any space no matter what the style or decor. It goes well with fun and funky fabrics as well as traditional silks. The best thing about burlap is that it is cheap, cheap, cheap! It can be found for as low as $1.50 a yard!!! At that price, it's a trend you can easily incorporate into any space.As an interior designer I love to use burlap in my designs.  It is inexpensive and it adds such a nice texture to your design.  It is also so, French!  Below are some of my favorite uses of burlap.

Using it on a bulletin board is such an easy way to incorporate it into your interiors.  These bulletin boards are from ballard designs but you can easily make these yourself.  Buy and inexpensive bulletin board from your local craft store and just staple gun the fabric around it.  I always put fabric around my bulletin boards.  This one has an extra element of some upholstery tacks.

These drapes are also from Ballard Designs.  I have used these in many of my clients homes.  They again add an unexpected element to your design.

You can upholster funiture with burlap as well.  This chair would be so cute if you stenciled the initial of your last name right in the center of the back.  OOOOOH so Chic!

The one thing you do need to remember about burlap is that it is a natural fiber.  Before you make a commitment to anything, I would recommend you going to your local fabric store and buying a yard of it and making sure you don't mind the texture of it.

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