springtime ruffle pillow...

I have been in the process of trying to lighten up our living room as of late...why? Because it was brown...brown...brown...brown...brown. Now, brown is my absolute favorite color - and I think it goes with anything - but it was truly overtaking the room... (this is where I think...umm...why didn't I take a photo of this?)

Anyway, I was reading through Better Homes & Gardens a few weeks ago and there was a designer that was making-over a reader's living room...she (the designer) described the room as "the most boring room ever" and the paint as "the dullest color known to man." Hmmmm...I do believe that I have that exact paint color on my walls. And, like me, the lucky makeover room lady had mostly brown items in her living room. I walked into my living room and tried to look at it with a different eye...I stood at my front door and looked into the room, trying to see it as a stranger might. I'll tell ya...it was terribly boring.

Soooo, now I'm on a quest to change things up a bit...paint will have to come later, but in the meantime, here's a little quick-fix I whipped up last night...

...see...even from this small little glimpse, you can see how everything is pretty much the same color...I'm gettin' there, I'm getting there...baby steps, folks.

New pillows have a way of just freshening up a room...I adore them and find myself switching them up all the time. This little shabby ruffle cover was a cinch to make, and didn't take too long. I think I'll make another (smaller) one for one of the club chairs on the opposite side of the room...anyone interested in a tutorial?

EDITED: Tutorial now available on my sidebar...check it out!
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  1. yes, would love a tutorial on the ruffles...It looks great~~I am new to blogging and to sewing.

  2. I love the ruffle pillow! It looks very springy!

  3. no idea how to do ruffles, would love to see your method!! cute pillow maggie!

  4. 2nd time i've come across your blog to see something so beautiful! This ruffled pillow is darling! xoox

  5. ps - i don't have a sewing machine so where do i place my order? lol xoox, tracie

  6. Fabulous! Ruffle heaven. Love, love! I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back. Just found your lovely blog via All Things Inspired. You are one talented girl!

  7. What a Lovely Pillow!!
    I'm a new follower btw! found you through a linky party! :)

    I Would LOVE a Tutorial!!


  8. I'm in love w/ ruffled pillow and whites are my fav...but I've never seen one (online) w/ this shape! I love it!!!!
    You did a wonderful job and little things add up when you're changing your space!
    Looking forward to more inspiration as you transform your den!
    All Things Heart and Home
    (lovely blog by the way!xo)

  9. That is a beautiful pillow! I love the material you used to make the ruffles - it just adds that extra bit of texture - GORGEOUS!

  10. This is adorable! I have seen this idea done on a shower curtain and I've been wanting to try it...you've given me a bit more inspiration to do so!
    Have a beautiful day!
    ;-D Kathleen

  11. SO pretty! :) I just love ruffles! The white fabric you used is so light; I think it is a great choice for freshening up your room! Nice work! I'm a new follower and I'd love a tutorial!

  12. Your pillow came out great...I've always wanted to try this. great job :)

  13. Great job!! I'd love for you to link up your awesome project to Wow Me Wednesday!


  14. I love ruffles. I love this pillow. It is so clean and crisp and feminine. Great Job. Thanks for sharing. Happy Spring!

  15. Wow! Amazing! I wish I could sew...I need some new pillows and these would be just perfect! I love them!

    I host a Friday link party I would love you to join if you are interested.


  16. I'll bet it lightens the room up a ton! The texture is great. What did you use?

  17. It's gorgeous!! i totally want to try a ruffle on my shower curtain! My daughter got hair dye on it and it looks like someone was shot in there. It's bad. I love how feminine and fabulous your pillow is!! Total inspiration! =)

  18. This pillow is GORGEOUS! i love it

    PS: I'm doing a giveaway on my blog for $20 to my etsy shop, stop by and enter if you like pretty jewelry! :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-spring-fling-giveaway.html

  19. Love this,.....yes, tutorial please!!!

  20. I featured you on my Toast of Tuesday!! Come grab a button!!


  21. That is a fantastic pillow. You make it look so easy I might have to give it a try. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  22. it's gorgeous! awesome job, and i love the femininity of this.


  23. This is so pretty! Thank you for sharing a tutorial. =]

  24. I love this pillow! I am thinking of doing to this to a shade. A pillow would look great on the next near the lamp :)

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