Actually, no real geometry was used in assembling these quick home-made garlands for a friend’s bachelorette weekend in upstate New York. I used brown bags from the grocery store and cut up a bunch of haphazard triangles, while watching the West Wing (working my way through all the seasons for the third time). I probably could have taken out triangles that had writing on them, but nothing says “celebration” like “CONTAINS 40% POST CONSUMER CONTENT.” Also, I like how the writing and little bits of red print broke up the garland.

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Once cut up, I just fed the triangles into the sewing machine, using regular sewing thread, and voila. Basically, the quick budget and brown version of this or this.

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Happy accident

A year or so ago, we got a mid-century modern lounge chair from Yesterday’s News in Carroll Gardens. It’s Danish-inspired, made in Yugoslavia. The cushions were rotten, so we left those behind and figured we would eventually get around to making new ones.

I got the foam to make the cushions (from here, they were friendly but I think buying online would’ve been cheaper), but I just couldn’t find the time to sew covers. Recently, my mom volunteered to help out. We wanted to do some kind of yellow fabric and she found a nice mellow linen, but miscalculated the amount of fabric she needed. Because she came up short, she used this charcoal fabric she had laying in her fabric scraps. I love, love, love how it turned out. Happy accident! Also, I have a really talented mom.

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Ribbons in the sky

When we moved into my current apartment, my bedroom was the previous tenants’ children’s room. They left behind dark navy curtains, made from a kind of linen-cotton-poly blend. Boring, but free fabric! This is the story of what happened to those curtains. (I’ve got you hooked, don’t I?)

Sad before picture of my bedroom

I thought that at some point, I wanted to build out a headboard, maybe something like what Daniel at Manhattan Nest did many moons ago here with an army surplus blanket and an Ikea frame (man, oh, man, is that fella talented or what?! have you seen his recent kitchen reno? un-flipping-real, but I digress). At the time, I was working a lot of hours, so it seemed overwhelming to pull off a proper headboard. Also, I don’t actually ever sit up in bed reading. I’m either lying completely horizontal, or I’m not in bed at all. Come to think of it, this might be a chicken and egg situation: do I not sit up in bed because I don’t have a headboard, or do I not have a headboard because I don’t sit up in bed? While we all contemplate these deep questions, I’ll move on with the point of this post.

I had seen these types of ribbon garlands on Pinterest: here, here and here, for example. At first I thought they looked too girly or sloppy for my taste. Nevertheless, I decided to try the same, but monochromatic because I was trying to stick to white, navy and black for my bedroom. I had the old navy curtains lying around from the previous tenants, so I just shredded those, tied them to a piece of twine and strung it above my bed where a headboard might go.

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I’ve been living with it for a while now and still happy, though a headboard is not out of the question.

I’m gonna let Stevie slow-jam the end of this post for you.