Sunday, August 18, 2013

Adding Burlap To My Lamp Shades & Some More Little Bits

Hello Peeps, I made a little change to my lamp shades in the Family Room yesterday. I tied some burlap ribbon around the white shades and voila....a nice little refreshing change....


I previously had some different "burlappy" ribbon with red stripes glued onto the shades but somehow I got tired of it really fast. Probably because both the sofa pillows and the lamp shades had the same accent  fabric and it was a bit too boring....Here is a BEFORE AND AFTER
 
Also I wanted to show you my new rustic candle holders for my formal Dining Room I purchased while on vacation in Arizona this summer.
  
I have been thinking about giving my Dining Room a new look. I really want to brighten things up. Here is a picture of it (I have never been able to take a good picture of this room, the lighting is tough).
  
 I would like to get rid of the terra cotta accents such as the rug and get a JUTE Rug (see inspiration pics below).
 
Also I would like to cover my dark green Dining Room chairs in a French Grain-sack fabric such as this beauty from Vignette Design
What do you guys think??? I am sure it would be tough and spendy to get custom chair covers made?
On another note, I have been worried about our 11 year old Newfoundland Bruce. He has arthritis and last week he took a turn for the worse. He is hardly moving around anymore and often-times I actually have to slide him on a rug to the sliding glass door so he can go outside.
 He is the best big Teddy Bear ever...what a love!!! We got him on some different meds now and I hope he feels better soon. Well, that's it for today. I LOVE to hear from you and I read each comment!
Christine

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84 comments:

  1. I like the new look. Sorry to hear about your dog. Hope the new meds help.

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    1. Thanks Mary!!!! As of today he is feeling better...so relieved

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  2. The small change to your lamps have a big impact-love it! (And I love those slipcovers, too)
    Your poor dog-he looks so cute!! Hope he's feeling better soon :)
    Susan

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    1. Thanks Susan..he is feeling better as of today!!!!

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  3. What a fun way to change the look of the lamps! Love the color and texture of your new rustic candle holders, great find! I'm so sorry to hear about your little buddy....I hope he feels better real soon! Sending a hug your way...
    moni

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    1. Thanks Moni,he is feeling better as of today!!!

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  4. Tying the burlap around the shades is a fantastic idea! Perfect accent!!!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank ya Mary Alice, small change but effective!

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  5. Your burlap ribbon looks pretty tied around your lamp shades. I love the plans you have for your dining room! A jute rug and grainsack upholstery on the chairs would be gorgeous. If you can use fabric that is not from old grain sacks, it would be less expensive. I think it gets expensive when you use the vintage textiles.

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    1. Thanks Kelly, I am on the look-out for a Jute Rug...checking Craigs List and also some stores.....After that it's looking into slip covers...ohhh if I only had a lot of $$$ and could do it all today!!! LOL

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  6. hi Christine, I do love those grainsack covered chairs! I am so sad about your sweet puppy, so hard to see them suffer...Good luck with your dining room, I can't wait to see what you decide!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks so much Jenna, Bruce is feeling better as of today....so relieved!!!

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  7. Hi, Christine! I love the burlap bow on the shades! It is amazing how just adding a little extra touch can totally change the look of something! I love all your new plans for the dining room! I'm almost, but not quite, finish getting all the red and taupey gold out of my home! I've probably purchased 7 different samples of paint for my dining room but still can't decide on which color!

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    1. Lol Tammy, funny how our taste changes over time...I guess we just get a bit bored and need a refresh every once in a while....thanks for your visit!!!

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  8. Hi Christine. I'm amazed at how much texture has an impact on the look of the room. The new lamp ribbon looks great. Bruce looks completely huggable. I hope his new medicine brings relief.

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    1. Thanks so much for your visit and comment....Bruce is doing better as of today!!!! Mommy is so relieved!

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  9. Love the inspiration pictures for your dining room. It's much more neutral. You could still use terra cotta as an accent, too. Sorry to hear about Bruce; hope he feels better soon. I'm visiting from the On Display Monday link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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    1. Thanks for the visit and comment Christy....will have to go visit you next!

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  10. Cute with the new ribbon - I like it better too! I want to go tie burlap bows on my lamps now! Hmmm, wondering if I have some burlap in my cabinet....

    Sorry about your pup! He's looks very sweet and handsome! :)Julia

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit Julia....Pup is doing better as of today...Hurray for meds....

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  11. Great new look. The burlap is a nice addition. Burlap has a fall look to me.

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    1. Thanks Tammy!!!! glad you stopped by for a visit

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear about Bruce :(. There are few things worse than seeing our fur babies sick. I hope he feels better soon!

    The lamps look adorable btw!

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    1. Thanks Doreen, he is feeling better today!!!

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  13. Hi Christine,
    Thanks for the shout out! Actually, I think you could slipcover your chairs rather reasonably. The feed sacks cost only $27 each. Each chair took three sacks. I did have a professional seamstress make them, but they would be fairly easy to make yourself. Just get a strong needle as the fabric is very thick and tough.
    Sorry to hear about your doggie. Hope he is better soon. ~Delores

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit Delores, thrilled you stopped by...I will start looking for fabric and a rug.....Unfortunately I don't know how to sew...haha.....I wish I did now!!!! So I will have to get them done by a seamstress as well.....Bruce our Newfie is feeling better since yesterday. The new meds kicked in. I am so relieved!!!! Love your blog and all the wonderful inspiration!

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  14. Christine, I hope that Bruce will do better. I know that there is a great med at the vet's office to help with arthritis. We have also had success with buffered aspirin. But they have to be buffered. We love our critters and want to make them as comfortable as possible. I hope Bruce is soon back on his feet!

    patty

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    1. Patty thanks so much for the sweet comment....he is feeling better as of yesterday. Able to get back up by himself...Mommy is so relieved!

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  15. Those little touches mean so much! So cute, and I love burlap:)

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  16. Love your burlap additions to your decor!...and hope Bruce is feeling better!

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    1. Thanks so much Shirley!!! He is feeling better!!!

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  17. Love the burlap, what a great way to dress up a shade. So sorry to hear about Bruce. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  18. Firstly I hope Bruce improves he is such a cuddly dog, give him a cuddle from us. Secondly, I love the burlap additions to your lamps. I can think of this in my own living room for my autumn makeover! xx

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    1. Thanks so much Chel...he is doing better thanks to new meds!!!!

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  19. Awww, hope he's feeling better. LOVE the new look!

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    1. He is doing better thanks to new meds...Thanks so much for the visit!!!!

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  20. Hoping your dog feels better soon. The chair slips are pretty but an inexpensive idea could be to buy the chair slips from Sears or somewhere fairly reasonably and then paint on a faux grainsack stripe with paint and fabric medium, or just tack on some upholstery webbing. Your rooms look great and I really like the little crate with the blanket tucked under the table.

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    1. Elizabeth, that is actually a wonderful idea....trying to find some neutral chair covers and adding either fabric paint or better yet add some burlappy accent fabric somehow.....thanks so much for the idea!!!

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  21. Awe,poor pup! I hope he's doing better. I like the new look though!

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  22. Burlap is always the perfect touch!! PS...now I want to hug your sweet dog :( Hope he is feeling better!!

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    1. Thanks Laurel, he is doing better thanks to new meds....Mommy is thrilled!

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  23. Big hugs on the dog, hope he is feeling better

    I agree with the Burlap, easy to use and looks awesome

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  24. I see Bruce is feeling better in the comments! That is always good news. Love your touches of burlap. I too am in the process of leaving the darker colors behind and brightening things up. Your inspiration pic is great. If you sew it probably would not be too hard to make covers. If not try Etsy sometimes you can find great deals on there from people who just like to create and not charge an arm and a leg. Thanx for joining THT!

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    1. Thanks so much Pamela!!! Etsy is always a great resource

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  25. Looks great! And I think your dining room would look great how your envisioning too! :o)

    PS. I liked you on FB!

    Tania

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and and FB like Tania...will visit you next

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  26. Your lamps look great with the burlap! Love your living room. I think the changes to your dining room would be beautiful, although it is very nice now too. Hope Bruce is feeling better, poor guy. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays!

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    1. Thanks so much Deborah, Bruce is doing better

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  27. Such a cute idea! I'm hosting a giveaway for $100 in throw pillows at my blog. You should swing by and enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/throw-pillow-giveaway.html

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  28. I love the burlap on the lamp shades- it looks so pretty!

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  29. Love burlap! Looks great! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-5.html-chic.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the invite...I just linked up!!!

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    2. I really love this. Actually, I love everything about the room (and your home tour). I just want to cozy up on the couch with a latte and a good book!

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    3. Jazmin thanks so much for the visit and sweet comment!!! Hope to see you visit again!

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  30. Hi, Christine! I am popping over from Twigg Studios - my first visit to your blog.

    I love your tastes, they're similar to mine.

    I would keep your green dining chairs, a touch of green is awesome in a room! :- ) I think they're fabulous.

    I am going to go peruse more of your blog. Take care and have a great remainder of weekend! ~Michele

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    1. Michele thanks so much for the comment LOVE....so thrilled you came by. I think I will get the new rug first, change some accessories and then see about the chairs...They will probably look totally different after things lighten up in there....

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  31. Ah, forgot to say I am so sorry about your whooly mammoth cutie pootch - saying a little prayer - could it be drug combination doing it? Hope not, but that happpens to humans, it sure could happen to pets, I can imagine.

    ALSO, I am your newest follower. : - )

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    1. Thanks so much for that...Bruce is on 2 meds now versus 1 and feeling better.....I will visit you now

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  32. Hi Christine!

    I love the burlap... And the way you've lighted the twigs. It's very cozy looking. I want to get a jute rug for under my dining table too! I think it's the only type of rug that will be easy to clean if I spill something. Hopefully? Sorry about your puppy. I have two puppies, and they both have issues, so I know how that feels! And... I like the chairs the way you have them now, but I know change is fun too!

    Karen

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    1. Karen, thanks for the sweet comment....do you have a blog?

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  33. Hi Christine. I'm visiting from The Tablescaper's. I love how you have changed up your lampshades. And I know what you mean about changing around the DR. I think it is bad for us to blog, BECAUSE there are too many other ideas out there that we like! I'd like to change mine too. I have Victorian but I'm getting tired of the fussy wallpaper and I think I can still make it less fussy but still stay in the realm of Victorian. Sorry to hear about your beautiful dog. Our Buddy is 11 or 12 has the same thing going on. He can still get up by himself but loses his balance quite easily. He is on Rimadyl, but I think it's just a part of old age for him. Golden's are notorious for bad hips. Think good thoughts for them..Happy Weekend..Judy

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    1. Hi Judy, thanks so much for the sweet comment.....Bruce is on Rymadyl too and we now added some different meds on top of it...Luckily he is doing better now....Will have to visit your blog as well now...Thanks Judy

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  34. I'm a big fan of burlap, I love the rustic look of you home too. Thanks for sharing at DIY Sunday showcase.

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  35. Poor, Bruce! I'm sorry he's not feeling well. I bet he is very huggable! Your home is lovely! Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  36. Your living room is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm featuring this gorgeous room today.

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  37. Your House is too good ...
    Thanks for sharing
    Please keep sharing more!!!
    Fifty Shades of Grey

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some comment luv!!! Hope to see you come back soon!

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  39. Awesome touches!! Thanks for sharing at Work it Wednesday:)

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  40. You did a great job! Thanks for posting on Craft Frenzy Friday!

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  41. I am featuring you tomorrow! I love the burlap around the lamp shade! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. oh thanks sooo much, how exciting....will check it out asap!!!

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  42. Also I wanted to show you my new rustic candle holders for my ... rusticcandlelanterns.blogspot.com

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  43. Hello Peeps, I made a little change to my lamp shades in the Family Room ... rusticlampshades.blogspot.com

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