During the winter months our den usually looks like this:
But it just wasn’t jiving with my spring timey feeling. I needed a little splash of color. So it was quite fortunate that I ran into this little placemat the last time I was at Pier1.
The two sided colorful piece was on sale in the clearance section for…oh yeah….only 98 cents. I loved the colors and couldn’t help but think that perhaps it would look good in our den. Plus, it coordinated with the pillows that I put out in the adjoining living room. I can’t help loving being matchy-matchy….it’s a sickness, I tell ya.
I know that I outlined how to make a placemat into a pillow before…but this time I wanted to do it a little differently. Instead of stuffing the fiberfill directly into the placemat, I ripped open one seam and added a 9″ hidden coat zipper. It was really quite easy and all I had to do was follow the directions that came with the zipper. Then I used the feather pillow insert that was in the previous chocolate brown pillow cover. It actually is quite convenient…because now I only have to store a pillow cover (which takes up about 3 square inches of room) versus an entire pillow (saving me 21 square inches – valuable space for a packrat like me).
While I was sewing the placemat into a pillow cover, I brainstormed other ways to add a little more pow to our monochromatic den. Then it hit me…why not add some flowers to coordinate with our new flowery pillowcover!? Man…I should be given an award for this kind of genius.
Enter our hydrangea bushes.
The hydrangea bushes we planted last year were in full flourish and were quite robust with blooms. Aren’t they divine?
I cut a handfull of stems and plopped em into a blue bubbly hurricane vase I scored at Goodwill for $8. It was so simple and beautiful. Plus, it coordinated with our new pillow perfectly (see the big blue hydrangea on the pillow?).
So that is how our den got an under-ten-buck makeover perfect for welcoming the warmer months. Pretty cool huh? I like it like I like bacon-wrapped-bacon. The question is…do you love it? How bout them hydrangeas? I never met a hydrangea I didn’t like 🙂 Or perhaps you are just excited about turning one of your placemats into a pillow cover? Or maybe you have another method for saying Hola to the summer months…do tell.