Sunday, August 7, 2011

EMHE 906 Columbus

Here we go again!  This time I was asked to lend a hand in Columbus Ohio and was able to meet HGTV's Sabrina Soto (her latest show was Get it Sold and now she is on to The High Low Project  )....super sweet and designs on the fly!  Wow!

We met for the design meeting and then headed over to Fabric Farms to pick up fabric
This will be a Christmas episode so the blue shirts for volunteers were changed to holiday colors...mine is:  RED!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Extreme Makeover: Chair Edition - Part II

So the saga of my grandmother's chairs finally continues.  I have found a few minutes to remove the 3 million tiny upholstery nails that held the old fabric literally disintegrated as I removed it.  These are what my chairs look like today.
Next step is to cheer up these tired old chairs with a coat of a creamy white high gloss paint.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

graduation parties and weddings are just around the corner

It’s wedding season and Graduation nears and the party planning will begin.  Now is the time to start thinking about those decorating projects that you’d like to accomplish before the parties this year.
All good things take time, and custom window treatments, bedding, outdoor cushions and pillows are no exception.  Now is the perfect time to begin working on those projects for delivery and installation before the spring parties start.
Also, many brides are now hosting wedding showers and brunches at home.  Maybe Mom would like to freshen things up before the big day?  A new ensemble of pillows for the sofa, or a set of white roman shades in the sunroom can set the mood.
Will you be celebrating a birthday or anniversary prior to celebrating your child’s graduation?  The Impeccable Nest offers gift certificates to help with the budget.  They are available in any denomination and do not expire for a full year from the date of purchase.
Contact me at or through the contact page on my website for information on purchasing gift certificates and free in-home design consultations.
And remember, gift certificates are always a great wedding gift for style conscious newlyweds that will begin making their new house a home together.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spring fever - time for makeovers!

My latest furniture crush:

I have 2 (I'll call them "vintage") chairs that belonged to my grandparents.  They are matching but with very different fabrics on them.  I think one still wears it's original fabric and one has had a wardrobe change.  I love the silhouette of the chairs, but they need serious updating.  So I have been researching and hunting to find the perfect inspiration for the makeover. 

This photo caught my eye while I was browsing design blogs (sorry - I have since lost the link and photo credit) for office storage solutions.

My chairs are currently upholstered with vertical channels.  Not a style that I am very fond of...but the shape of the chairs are almost identical to these with the top of the chair back more closely resembling the one below by Lee Furniture:

The top of the back is curved up and out slightly.
Then I found the photo below on the cover of the February issue of Traditional home and decided that I do, indeed, love the tufted look.  And since I have already purchased two coordinating fabrics and 1,000 polished nickel upholstery tacks that this is the direction I am going to go in. 

I am also crushing on the ring pulls that they attached to the back for pulling the chair out from the table.  No grimey fingers on the top of the chair repeatedly pulling and wearing on the fabric. 
I plan to start tearing down my two beauties next weekend and will keep you updated on my progress with lots of photos, too!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Photo of the day

I "heart" these wool felt hearts strung mobile style.

source unknown

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What can't Martha do?

I recently discovered that Martha Stewart was a fashion model in the early 60's...what else will she do?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Love is Blind

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I would feature the master suite from the Extreme Makeover build that I worked on.  Ty Pennington designed the room with design producer Vanessa with that very day and sentiment in mind. 
We designed and fabricated the custom bedding, pillows and scaldino (the red silk foot warmer at the end of the bed).
The attached bath was extremely beautiful with a large tub, two separate vanities and a glass enclosed shower.  We designed and fabricated a red silk balloon valance that hung on custom decorative hardware that I sourced from Unique Fine Fabrics.  The hardware company was gracious and donated the hardware for this and two other spaces as well.
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The Anderson’s were married on Valentine’s Day.  They also named their seeing eye dog “Valentine”…and here is the dog bed that a couple of the girls whipped up with scrap foam and some batting from my workroom.  The bottom was leftover vinyl so that it wouldn’t slide across the hardwood and the pillow insert was removable for washing.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sister Parrish Style

The following statement is exactly how I, too, approach design.  However, I AM dangerous with a I did originally study architecture and technical drafting! 

"It is only my eye that has helped me. I am still hopeless with that thing called a scale ruler. I love color, but that comes very naturally to me. From the beginning, I never followed trends. If I was aware of them, I didn't care, for I believed as I do now, that rooms should be timeless and very personal. I don't set out to achieve a particular style. And I certainly don't have a 'look' -- just a mishmash of everything that somehow, by instinct, usually turns out to be a warm imaginative, 'living room'."

Sister Parish
Visit the website of Sister Parrish Design here:
I transitioned from designing and engineering windows to dressing them!  I much prefer the creative (yet still quite technical) side to the strictly technical side!