4/22/2015

DIY Travel Pillow, Plus a Pillow Cubes Giveaway!


(This post is sponsored by Pillow Cubes)
We are getting so psyched for our Disney World vacation! Jesse and I have been working on stressful projects at our jobs, so it will be nice to relax for a few days. And yes, the way we do Disney is relaxing - it's all about planning ahead, starting with the travel! tutorial: easy DIY travel pillow
When Pillow Cubes sent me a sample insert for review, I thought a travel pillow for B would be a good way to put the product to use. Have you heard of Pillow Cubes? They sell all kinds of pillows in bulk packages, which helps cut down on shipping cost. And, AND they are made in America! Pillow Cubes is a great resource if you need a bunch of pillows for a project. I've been slowly switching our toss pillows from poly to down. I'm almost finished, but if I had known about Pillow Cubes a couple months ago I probably would have bought a case and called it good.

The folks at Pillow Cubes also giving away 12 x 16 sample pillow of choice to one lucky reader, so be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

Supplies for travel pillow:
12 x 16 pillow
1/2 yard of fabric (mine is super soft stuff from JoAnn)
Package of orange elastic (also from JoAnn)

tutorial: easy DIY travel pillowStart by cutting two 13 x 17 pieces of fabric and pinning them right sides together. Sew three sides, leaving one of the short sides open.
tutorial: easy DIY travel pillowOn the side that's not sewn, fold over and press and pin the edge, then sew.
Next, cut a piece of orange elastic (about 9 inches) fold it half and pin the ends to the inside of the pillow along the hem. Use a few tack stitches to hold in in place. These stitches don't have to look good, you will remove them at the end.
tutorial: easy DIY travel pillow
tutorial: easy DIY travel pillowTurn the pillow case right side out and smoosh the pillow down inside it. Then close up the ends using two rows of pins. The second row helps make space for your sewing machine foot, otherwise you'll be fighting the bulk of the pillow.
tutorial: easy DIY travel pillow
Sew along the edge, removing pins as you go. Then trim all the treads, remove the tack stitches and fluff up the pillow filling. Now snuggle up and enjoy your soft and cozy travel pillow!
tutorial: easy DIY travel pillow
Overall, I'm really happy with my Pillow Cubes insert, it's soft, fluffy and well made. Their online checkout was simple and the pillow arrived within a couple business days, easy peasy! If I made another travel pillow, I'd probably go for the down rather than the poly since down tends to compress better, but that was on me since my first idea was to make an outdoor pillow (poly is better for outdoor use) but changed course mid-stream. I hope you stick around and enter the giveaway, if you win, go for the down! ;-)

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4/15/2015

Betty Draper Inspired Office


I've been hoarding collecting Mid Century Modern furniture since college. I'm always searching for something, so I hit up estate sales and thrift shops during lunch and frequently peruse the Mid Century Modern section on Chairish. Back in college, I was just trying to furnish my place on a budget, and I knew I liked "50's style" furniture. I remember my first awesome find like it was yesterday. *Cue cheesy flash back music*

I spotted a pair of  nearly perfect condition wood frame lounge chairs at the Salvation Army. When I asked a shaggy haired kid behind the counter about the price, he shrugged and said "fifty?" I thought he meant fifty each, but he meant for the pair. Oh, the pure joy! A few years later, after an abandoned attempt at re-finishing the chairs, I sold them to a friend. Oh, the deep regret! Whenever I visit her house, I can feel those chairs staring at me "why did you sell us?!" I'm only slightly kidding, of course, my friend loves the chairs and I'm pretty sure she knows I'd buy them back in a heartbeat. Angel, if you are reading this, don't you dare get rid of those chairs!

When the folks at Chairish contacted me about putting together a Mad Men inspired room using items available on their site, I was literally wearing my favorite Betty Draper inspired outfit. Earlier in the day, I had snapped an Instagram pic and cheekily titled the post "Betty Draper gets a job." Total kismet! So, in a fan-fic type moment, I thought, "What if Betty had a Madison Ave. office? What would her rad lady-boss office look like?"

Mad Men Inspired Feminine Office

I think Betty's office would be chic as hell. Modern yet feminine, with pink sofas, gold accents and art that references her past experiences. I'm not sure if she'd serve hard booze though, she's more of a day wine drinker.

Most of these peices are way out of my price range, but it's fun to play around with different looks just for fun and inspiration. I should note that on Chairish you can make an offer on most pieces, so if you live near the seller, you could probably negotiate on price. I think my favorite thing aside from the sofa set is the ceiling light, and the pair of lamps, I have a thing for lamps. What's your favorite piece?

1. Solid Brass Mid Century Ceiling Light
2. Mid Century Fashion Print
3. "Misty Village" Lithograph by Bogdan Grom (not mid century, but I think it works)
4. George Nelson Sofa and Chair Set
5. Horse Head hooks
6. Walnut and Mahogany Mid Century Desk
7. Mid Century Murano Glass Lamps
8. Set of Georges Briard Glasses with Cady
9.Mid Century Italian Bar Cart

P.S. - This is not a sponsored post, I just dig Mad Men, style boards and Chairish.