Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Just a quick note to say that I still haven't heard from our giveaway winner, and her profile is set to private. So.. if you're her, email me ASAP! If I don't hear from you by Friday, I'll have to select another winner. :(

Link Love: Blogs

I've had several readers ask where I go for inspiration. While that is an entire post in itself, I do find boatloads of inspiration from other blogs. So, today I'd like to feature a few of my faves.

Daily Reads

High-Heeled Foot in the Door- Camilla is a fairly new designer with a knack for finding unique products. I'm super jealous of the access she has to amazing sources, living just outside of NYC & all. Her guestroom is just beautiful- seriously, go check it out!

I've followed Bryn's journey into the design world for quite some time now, and to say I'm excited for her is an understatement. She has some SERIOUS talent, people. Just wait- big things coming from her for sure.

Seleta is one of my mom-role models. She seems to balance being an amazing mom with design work & staying ridiculously stylish perfectly.

I just LOVE Jenny's work.

Sarah is an old friend from thenest.com Decorating & Renovating discussion boards. She's such a beautiful person inside and out, and that is reflected both in her home and her paper goods work.

Caitlyn is a breath of fun, preppy design air. I love seeing her colorful, punchy designs!

New Friends

Janell is just the sweetest person ever & again.. She does gorgeous work- not just for other people, but in her own home. So glad to have found her blog!

Maureen has a great little shop filled with unique treasures, the Inglenook Decor. We have a very similar sense of style & I just love seeing what she's up to. Oh, and I might have to hire her to help me with this whole drawing/rendering side of design. She rocks, and well.. I need help. :)

Marianne isn't exactly a new friend, I've been following her blog for a while. In fact, she guest posted here a while back. What I love most about her is her boldness in her faith. I was so so happy to have found another design gal with a close relationship with our Father. She's always an inspiration, whether it be through her design work, or through her lessons in faith that she posts weekly.

Joi has a great sense of style & I've loved seeing her house evolve. She's a craigslist queen & if you haven't seen her newly designed office, you're missing out!!

I'm sure there are some I missed.. so don't worry, I'm sure there will be a round two at some point! Of course, I regularly peruse some of the bigger design sites for inspiration, but you'll have to stay tuned for the inspiration post to find out which ones! Have any of you had the pleasure of "meeting" these ladies?

Monday, March 29, 2010

An Ugly Corner Made Pretty

As most of you know, Zane and I are living in my parents’ basement “apartment” until our house is built. Unfinished or partially-finished basements aren’t exactly the prettiest things on earth. Such was the case with a little corner I’d been using to house my sewing/crafting/designing stuff. Here’s how it looked before:

Lovely, right? Today I mounted a curtain rod, hung a canvas-dropcloth-turned-curtain, de-cluttered, added some accessories, and this is how it turned out:

Much better don’t you think? See, when I created this idea board ..

.. it really was just an idea.. but then the rug was on sale, and I’d already ordered the light fixture.. so I caved. No, that collapsible table isn’t quite the desk I want.. but I’m improvising for now. I don’t have the light fixture hung yet as I’m having my dad/Zane do a little re-wiring for me, but when I do, I’ll be sure to show you all a photo.

This little urn turned out to be the perfect place to stash some essential tools.

The opposite side of the desk was the perfect place for some pretty white storage containers.

I used some thin pins to tack up inspiration pieces on my bulletin board..

..And I attached burlap to the center and hot glued zebra-esque ribbon to the frame.

Not a pricey transformation, but it definitely spruced up this little corner! Do you guys have any corners in your home that could use some srucing up?



Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fabric & Picture Frame Giveaway Winner

Please email me with your shipping information and I'll get your fabric & picture frame out to you ASAP! Enjoy!

Friday, March 26, 2010


A couple of weeks ago Zane and I were talking about our plans for the house. When he said he'd like to have exposed beams in our great room ceiling I just about died. Good Lord, how'd I get blessed with such a man?!? I love me some contemporary design, but there's just something fascinating about raw, roughed-up touches! Feast your eyes:

Unknown Source.. anyone know?

Tom Scheerer, House Beautiful

Southern Accents 09 Showhome

Asia Gwis

Tracery Interiors

..yes, I know I just posted this!

Those are just a few of my favorites, but I'm sure you'll be seeing more exposed beams over the next year while we're finalizing our house design plans. What about you guys? Anyone as in love with the look as I am? Maybe you have a great inspiration photo you'd like to share?
Remember, today's the last day to enter the giveaway! Get those entries in!

Monday, March 22, 2010

My Loss, Your Gain Giveaway

Remember when I told you I that I had a fabric mishap that could mean good things for you guys? Well, here's how it went down. I told you here I'd ordered some linen from Pottery Barn to upholster the headboard with.

{sidenote: I just realized that post was written a month ago. Ha.. it only took me a month to get the darn thing done. You're all probably ready for me to shut up about it huh? :) }

The two options were to order by the yard or by 5 yard increments. So, I put '3' in the Qty box by the yard option. And I figured I'd get 3 yards of fabric.

Well, I got 3 yards alright. But, they were separately cut and packaged. And my headboard was just too wide for 1 yard to do the trick. Ugh. Luckily I found a fabric I liked even better (for a headboard) at JoAnns & it all worked out just fine.

So, since I have an excess of fabric (as always), I'm sending some of it your way. One lucky reader will get one yard of the Pottery Barn linen..

And this fabulous 4x6" photo frame.

To enter, you must be a follower/subscriber. Just leave me a comment telling me what you might create with the linen.

For an extra entry, post about the giveaway on your own blog. Just let me know you did so in your comment.

Giveaway ends Friday March 26 at 8:00 PM EST.

Good luck & keep an eye out for what I've done with the fabric I kept. Maybe the winner would want to share some after shots of what they do?

A Fresh New Look

If you're viewing this post in a reader, click on out & check out the face lift Project Pretty just got!

We've got a new header that's totally personalized,

a new look for the sidebar widgets,

a new favicon,

AND, a new web address!!

If you're currently following in blogger, you should still continue to get posts on your dashboard & reader. If you're subscribed through an RSS feed, you should still continue to get everything in your reader. If there are any problems you pick up on, just let me know. For those of you who have Project Pretty bookmarked, you'll be fine for now.

HOWEVER, to ensure everyone keeps getting posts, make sure you update your feeds/bookmarks to the new address: http://www.projectprettyblog.com.

I'm super excited about the changes. What do you all think? A new design highlighting Pantone's color of the year, and one of our favorite fabrics.. does it work for you? We're still far from perfect, so if you have any suggestions, I'd LOVE to hear them!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Headboard: Your Questions Ansered

First of all, thank you all for your sweet comments on the headboard! I'm just overjoyed that some of you might replicate it in your own home. Definitely send me pix if you do! There were a few questions that I wanted to answer in a post of their own, so here it goes:

Cost? Total was about $75
Breakdown: ~$15 plywood, $30 foam, $12 fabric, ~$16 button kits, ~$6 batting, $2 2x4
I already had some of the foam, the staples/staple gun, spray adhesive, and the 2x8, so I didn't count those costs.

How exactly did the tufting work? I'll try to explain again the best I can.
1) I took an upholstery needle & threaded it with wire.
2) I pushed the needle from the back of the headboard out through the front.
3) I pulled one end of the wire out through the front.
4) I threaded that end of the wire through the loop on the back of the button.
5) I wound the thread very tightly around the loop twice & then around itself.
6) I then pulled the wire in the back & had someone push on the button in the front to get it tufted very tightly.
7) I stapled the wire in the back down tightly and pounded the staples in with a hammer to make sure the wire would stay.

Steps 1-6 are shown in my cheesy little paint instructions below. :) Hopefully that helps!

Fabric on the throw pillow? All I can tell you for sure is that I got it at JoAnn Fabrics in the home decor section. I have searched the web for a link or the mill or the fabric name, and I just can't find it. It's driving me nuts, but it doesn't seem to want to be found. If anyone happens to find it, please let me know!

Since I couldn't find you the link to that fabric, I have a post coming up with some fun fabrics I've found that you might just love too.

Monday, March 15, 2010

How-To: DIY Tufted Headboard

Here's the tutorial post you all asked for! I'll try to be as specific as I can, but if I miss anything and you have questions, just let me know.

First off, I sketched the plans.. because you know me.. if there's an opportunity for graphs or spreadsheets.. I'm on it.

Then, I cut a piece of super-large craft paper the width of the head board and folded it in half. I freehanded the curved top of the headboard and then cut it out. Once unfolded, you have a perfectly symmetrical cut. Bliss.. :)

Cut your sheet of plywood to the width of the headboard as well, tape on your stencil at the height you sketched out, and then trace the curve.

Then, take this baby to it: The Jigsaw.

You don't have to do this next step since you're upholstering it anyway, but if you're OCD like me, take a belt sander to it & smooth out any imperfections. Safety glasses recommended.. Penguin pj's & non-matching shirt optional.

Next, use a macho-metal-super-ruler (or whatever they're called) & tape measure to graph out your tufting holes. Then drill with a small-ish bit (I used 1/8" & it worked perfectly).

I picked up some 1" high density foam at JoAnn's in addition to the random foam I already had on hand. Just like good decorating, mix the old & new to cut costs. I pieced it together (yes, it looks rather ghetto now, but it won't in the end) & secured with a light coat of spray adhesive.

I had one of those old "egg crate" mattress pads kicking around that we weren't using, so I cut it to fit the headboard & flipped it smooth-side up. I secured it onto the other foam w/ a tiny bit of spray adhesive. If you want noticeable tufting, you have to have a good amount of padding.

I topped this off with two layers of quilt batting, secured with staples on the back.

Then, it's time for the fabric. Like I mentioned before, I got the fabric in the home decor clearance section of JoAnn's for $7/yd. It's nice & thick & durable- which is important. The tufting is very tight. Therefore, the fabric has to be pretty tough. I wrapped it around the headboard & started stapling.

The corners were pretty thick with all the batting, so they required a little more oomph in securing. My dad had these little "wire staples" that worked perfectly. Total improvisation, but it worked!

Once the fabric was all secured, I began the tufting process. I had already used fabric-covered button kits to complete the buttons (how's that for redundancy?). I used thin wire instead of thread for added strength. First, I threaded an upholstery needle with the wire and pushed it through the hole in the back out through the fabric in the front. One side of the wire was then pulled through the hole entirely. The end was then wound very tightly around the hook on the back of the button.

Here's where you need a partner. One person pulls the wire tight through the back while one person pushes the button in all the way to the wood. Then, the wire is stapled down several times back and forth & pounded in with a hammer. Those suckers aren't coming loose! :)

Repeat that step a whole 'buncha times & you get this:

Lastly, to make things nice & sturdy, I (and by I, I mean me, my dad & Zane) stained & mounted two 2x4's to the back.

We bolted a 2x8 cut the width of the bedframe onto the bedframe itself...

& then bolted the 2x4's to the 2x8.

And, there you have it! The finished product is a headboard that looks like you paid a whole lot more for it & that fun sense of pride in knowing you didn't.

*For those of you new to the blog, we're currently living in my parents' basement apartment while building our new house. Hence, the inadequate lighting & tight spaces.
. doesn't make for the best photos, but it sure is saving us money!


This post is linked up to: DIY Day @ ASPTL; Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage; Make Your Monday @ Twice Remembered; Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch.