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This weekend I spruced up our lampshade that sits on the bar in the breakfast nook. This was a quick and easy project that started after I repainted our kitchen walls (yes, the same walls I painted less than two years ago…more on that later).

I LOVE how it turned out. Chevron, of course, in navy this time and it pops off of the green curtains so perfectly! The grey walls make a world of difference to me as well. Here is how I did this project that took about 30 minutes…

When we moved the furniture back in and started hanging things on the wall again, I realized the lampshade was blending into the cork mirror way too much for my taste and it needed a quick little update.

These are the supplies you’ll need: lampshade, fabric (I cut off part of a large piece of fabric I already had, I think it was about 1/2 yard), scissors and hot glue gun. I used the Premier Prints ZigZag Twill Blue off of Fabric.com. It was only $7.48/yard but less than that for this project since I only needed half of that amount – score!

For me, the first step was to remove the old fabric that I had used. While I do love this fabric, it was a little too blah for a small corner that needed some pep and pizzazz. The navy chevron is much better!

To start, cut the fabric into four section for each of the four sides of the shade. If you try to just roll the shade on the fabric, it won’t be straight so it is better to use four sections and glue each individually.

You’ll end up with four sections just like this. Two for the large sides and two for the small sides.

I worked with the two large side pieces first. I placed the shade on the big piece and cut off any massive excess so there wouldn’t be an extra-large seam glued on the inside of the shade.

To make a nice edge without any sewing, I folded a small seam and glued it using a thin bead of hot glue. I folded it again so that the inside of the first fold was tucked under again and all you could see was the first, nice seam. This was then folded over the lip of the shade and glued on the inside with again, a thin bead of hot glue.

Once one side was glued, I moved to the other side and followed the same instructions: fold, glue, fold, glue, fold and glue. The only problem with this side of the lamp are the metal spokes where the lightbulb goes.

All you have to do is cut a little ‘v’ in the fabric to fold on either side of the metal piece and it will fit perfectly without flapping up and over the side of the shade.

The corners are a little trickier but by folding and tucking them into the corner, you should be able to get the look you want. For me, there is no right or wrong, it just has to look right to you. None of my corners are the same (oh, the horror!) but I think it looks just fine!

For the side pieces, I wanted a clean look so I glued the edges down and made a nice seam on all sides. This big piece attached to the side of the shade with hot glue. The bonus of this technique is that it covers up the edges from the large side pieces that had already been attached.

And when you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful and ‘new’ lampshade! I love how this looks and finally stands out from the cork mirror behind it.

The angled chevron works for me against these traditional, big patterned drapes. I love the contrast between the two of them!

Here is a final look at the before and after of our kitchen lampshade. Let me know if you try something similar – I would love to see a picture!

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I know I’ve said it before but Tonic Living is one of my most favorite websites for fabric. They have a never-ending supply of inspiration and pure beauty! I love browsing their new arrivals and drooling over some old favorites. (and no, I’m not paid to say this – I wish! – I just really love their site)

This navy chevron? No words. I think you all already know how I feel about chevron, especially if you follow me on Pinterest, but the thick navy with the smaller multi-stripe grey? Absolute perfection. I want to use this and need to find a place for it in my house, ASAP!

Orange. My love. If you are new to my blog, you should know right now that orange and I are BFFs. As a very proud Oklahoma State alum, I wear/live my orange with loud pride! I love wearing it and love having it in my home. This year is a perfect year to be an OSU fan – orange is everywhere for home and fashion! This greek key print does not disappoint, especially in my favorite and most beautiful orange.

This links pattern is very cool. They have it in several colors but I think I like this taupe-tan the best. It could very well be a possible candidate for some chairs in our house. I’m still debating but I love the neutral color and very fun pattern that is different than anything else I have in the house.

Have you found some fabric you love lately? Let me know your favorite resource as well – I’m always looking for something new!

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I am so excited for warm spring and summer weather, especially our vacation to Hawaii! It is all that’s on my mind lately, even though we still have another four months to go.

I saw a preview for Gap’s ikat collection and I became instantly obsessed! These shorts are amazing and perfect for this year’s warm weather. I love ikat and the fact that the print is on affordable clothing makes it even more amazing.

These blue ikat chevron shorts are my must-have for this summer so now my legs have to cooperate! I am doing really well on one of my New Year’s resolutions and have kept up a good routine at the gym. This year, I will be ready for shorts as soon as the warm weather hits! Last year, it didn’t happen until the end of the summer so this year I will be ready by the beginning! If these shorts aren’t motivator enough, I’m not sure what is.

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Chevron Obsession

My obsession level with the chevron print has been escalated to a whole new level. Thanks to Pinterest, my love is now extremely unhealthy. What once was just a fun thing is now really bad because people email, text and Twitter me when they see the print!

Take this dress form. Just your average dress form except for that fun little print going across it. Dang you, Pinterest!! Of course I had to repin this image and save it for future use and future fun. I would slap this print across my whole home except for the fear of looking like a fun house to friends and family!

And now, there is even holiday chevron! Of course I’m going to have to attempt this once the temps finally come down from the 100’s. How can I see this and not want to try it?

What about you, are you obsessed too or already over it?

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Today, I am currently coveting this awesome chevron chair!

It is from Urban Outfitters of all places and I love it! It comes in this teal color as well as light grey and golden yellow. This teal color is my favorite and the best part? The chair is only $279! You would spend at least that on reupholstering a pre-existing chair, what a deal! I love the wooden legs too, so pretty.

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Remember when I couldn’t find the grey and white Chevron fabric I wanted? I found it thanks to a lot of help from you guys and my mom (seamstress extraordinaire) sewed them into curtains!

Red alert – my camera is on the fritz so these pictures were taken with my iPhone. Beware the quality photos coming your way!

My favorite handymen, my dad and husband, helped hang them in our dining room and I am in love!

They add the perfect extra ‘something’ to the room, even in its unfinished state! I have more I want to do to the room and this helps get me motivated to finish it.

I am so obsessed with the pattern and this seals the deal that it is L.O.V.E. love! I wonder how long the Chevron trend will last? I hope for a while because these curtains are awesome!

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Weekend Project

This weekend I am so excited to tackle a project for our second living room (aka Conner’s man room) and have a new room! I know we did this already but I’m not satisfied with how it looks (are we ever?) so I’m making over some furniture and attempting a gallery wall.

I am starting the project using this Chevron stripe as a pattern and stencil. I really, really hope it works because the picture I have in my head looks so good! When the image is clear and right in your head there are only two ways for a project to go – even better than the image or really terrible. Lets hope it is the first and I have a great makeover to show you next week!

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