Wednesday, July 27, 2011

pretty chintz fabric in bookcases

 Can you say Gorgeous? 
Well that is how I feel about how the bookcases came out after I 
lined them with vintage chintz drapery fabric on foam core boards.
 I measured each shelf and cut a piece of foam core slightly smaller than the size
and then wrapped it like a gift and secured it with special duct tape on the back.
I cut it right on the carpet with a box cutter type blade and a straight edge.
You can do this if your carpet isn't a million dollar type carpet and doesn't have a loop pile.
 It was a fun project, giving me a lot of bang for the buck!
I love those kinds of projects where they don't take too long
yet really change the mood of a room.
The nice thing about this, if you get tired of it, the panels can pop right out.
 The overall feeling is soft and romantic. 
This vintage chintz is a Mario Buatta fabric in the dreamiest of powder blue,
sprinkled with pinks, lilacs and creams and greens.
 Look what else I made~a pillow for the sofa.
 This pillow is in the same fabric and has a zipper back and pom-pom inserted trim.
It feels very cottage to me.
If I could marry a pillow, I would say "I do" to this baby.
 This is an old English tin in pretty pink that I found last week 
at the White Home Collections antique shop.
I really enjoyed putting things back on the shelf.

I was so inspired by the photo of Annette Tatum's living room bookcases, 
I knew eventually I would try it for myself, and I am so glad I did.
Oh, one last picture, since Dillon got in on a post solo recently,
 Tobey asked for his turn~

61 comments:

  1. Wow Amy, you really work fast! I love, love, love it! Beautiful.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  2. They're BEAUTIFUL! And i want to marry the pillow too. What are you... Wonderwoman!!? I've never seen someone get projects done so fast!

    Cindy

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  3. Oh you are so right, it is beautiful. Such lovely fabric and it turned out stunning. Hugs, Marty

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  4. You don't fool around, do you, Amy?! : ) Love it! I was hoping you'd go with a lumbar style pillow, too. It looks great with the pompom fringe.

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  5. Love the fabric on the shelves and the pillow. And Dillon makes it look extra cozy!

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  6. Oh Em Gee!! LOVE! And the pillow! PERFECTION!!

    Great addition to the room!!

    Lou Cinda ;)

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  7. I LOVE it! And what a great idea to do it on removable board. Although I'm not sure I'd *ever* get bored of the lovely pattern you've chosen. Gorgeous!

    Sarahx

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  8. Your bookcases are beautiful Amy! I Love it and that pillow is just gorgeous.

    Have a wonderful evening,
    Gail

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  9. I'm swooning... and love the pillow - yes, a great cottage look with the pom-pom trim.

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  10. You made quick work of this project. Looks amazing. The pillow.....love the detail...meaning the top stitch after you put in the trim. Nice. Crisp.

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  11. Looove it! Looks great Amy. The pillow is my favorite part!!

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  12. So pretty! Love the pillow!

    Donna

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  13. Amy- GREAT JOB!!!
    Have a Pretty day!
    Kristin

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  14. Amazing how gorgeous it came out. Soooo Romantic. You must be going in and out of that room looking at it with a big smile on your face. I know I would;)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  15. How gorgeous!! I love the fabric. Your living room looks so beautiful.

    Kathy

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  16. I love it!those colors in the floral with your room in whites, so serene and romantic!XO Christie

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  17. Amy - I absolutely love it...and that is a different fabric than I orginally thought it was! GORGEOUS!!! xo Diana

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  18. Amy, you sure work quickly. Get r done! I love them. The whole room looks so good. That pillow is wonderful. Thanks for linking again.

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  19. OMG can you say gorgeous?? It turned out so beautiful. Way to go girl!

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  20. I was so thrilled when I checked back and you had finished the project. Yes, I can say GORGEOUS! I'd give my right arm for several yards of that fabric. Nobody did it like Buatta, the prince of chintz.

    Do you plan to paint the mirror frame? I like the shape of it over the sofa.

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  21. Wow! Now that's a project with a punch. It completes the mood of the room.

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  22. This really looks so pretty and I love how you matched the couch pillow. Would you mind telling me where you got the ruffled couch cover? I need a cover and I think yours is so pretty. Thanks so much!!

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  23. AMY.....ONE WORD....SPECTACULAR!!!!!! Wow this might be my favorite project of yours yet, You have outdone yourself my friend. I love this and am going to have bookmark this so I can include it on a post to ponder post...so deserving. Enjoy your beautiful work!

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  24. Very pretty and romantic Amy I love how creative yoou are!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my $150 Giveaway from Dr Perricone!

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  25. Hi Connie, I would have written you an email, but I have no address~however I am pondering the mirror. I also bought a blue mirror that is a little brighter than the draperies I cut up for the bookcases. At the time, I thought I would hang the drapes somewhere in the house with the blue oval mirror....so should the mirror be blue? Or should the mirror be in kind with the drapery rods and overhead chandy? Not sure yet...

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  26. Very pretty and the pillow to boot. Lucky you.

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  27. Great idea. I have beautiful remnant fabric and now I know just what to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. Oh Amy...it is absolutely gorgeous! That's a great photo of it too! The lighting is perfect to really see it! Love the pillow accent too! Great job!~Hugs, Patti

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  29. All I can say is you have a gorgeous living room, it looks like it was from a magazine and that fabric is GORGEOUS! YES, you got a lot of bang for your buck!

    Carol

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  30. I love it! Can't believe you will tire of it anytime soon. And the pillow is gorgeous! Pom-poms, piping, and a zipper? I'm impressed! And all from a set of drapes...

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  31. Wow! I love it and the pillow is beautiful too.I might have to copy this someday!

    Carolyn

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  32. Hey, Amy! I love the way this turned out. I love seeing pattern and/or color in the back of bookcases and this is just PERFECT for your home!

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  33. So pretty!! Just found your site through "NO Minimalist Here" Love it!

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  34. It's perfect Amy! And you did SUCH a great job. Did you ever notice how I don't take close ups of my projects like you do? There's a reason!
    Stacy
    PS...you can't marry the pillow if I marry it first :)

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  35. Oh...I love that fabric in the room. It's just perfect in the bookcases. Love that mirror too...I'm sure its next on the list to be painted. It has such pretty details. The pillow is adorable. Love the pom poms on it.

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  36. I agree...it is gorgeous! I'll be keeping my eyes open for some beautiful paper like that to try this project too! And it looks like it would be easy to change out to clean or change fabric. Thanks for sharing. Vanna

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  37. SUCH a great idea! And I agree with you...it's wonderful to do a project that gives you a lot of bang for your buck and is easy too.

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  38. Thanks so much for sharing. That is a great idea and I think I am going to try it. So cute. Karie

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  39. Amazing Amy! The whole room is just FAB!

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  40. I'm going to be completely honest....so I need to apologize. I cringed when you said you cutting the drapes!!! I thought you were crazy. I am so sorry....you knew what you were doing the entire time....well worth the snips it took to complete the project!!! It's beautiful...and that pillow....great!!!

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  41. Very pretty fabric with a very smart application. I might try this for our open kitchen shelves. Ever going to do a post about that piano? As a musician, as well as a decorator, I'm curious...and as a wife of a piano tuner/technician, I'm curious :-D Would love to know if you play; what kind of piano it is; how old is it; etc. etc.

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  42. What a fantastic job you did with your bookcases. The fabric is lovely and you have accessorized the shelves perfectly. Love the pillow, too... 'YAY' for the pom-pom trim. :) Your room is dreamy!

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  43. Hi Amy, I just love it! What a great find those curtains were and the pattern is just gorgeous. I think your shelves look devine now and the matching cushion finishes it off beautifully! take care, Maryann

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  44. Amy, I know I'd probably paint the mirror frame blue. Think how pretty it will look with the lovely pillow on the sofa.

    The arrangement of accessories in your book shelves compliments the fabric nicely.

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  45. Love the pom pom pillow and the fabric is simply beautiful in the bookcases, Amy. As always, beautiful!

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  46. I love this idea! totally changeable and removable if you to switch it. Love the whole room and Tobey just really accents your home! And life for I am sure!
    SHerry

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  47. I am visiting via Romantic Homes.

    What wonderful bookcases!

    Have a happy weekend!

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  48. Wow Amy, what a beautiful idea...The bookcases look stunning. Loved it! Plus you had enough fabric left over for a sweet little pillow...Don't you just love it? What an awesome way to repurpose that gorgeous vintage drape. Thanks for sharing with me.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  49. Just when I think I have had it with florals, and just want everything white and cream, you make me fall in love with them all over again by posting photos of your BEAUTIFUL bookcases!!! I could look at those cases all day, they are absolutely lovely - thank you for the inspiration.

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  50. Amy, This is gorgeous! I am in love with the vintage fabric and it just fits your room beautifully. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  51. Hi Amy, I'm scratching my head, because even tho I "follow" you I just haven't been here for a while. You're decorating is "just my style" and I've looked back thru your posts loving every single inspiration! I'm adding you to my sidebar so I can stay up to date! Love these floral fabric inserts, they just add so much to the feel of your room! xoxo Debra

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  52. That looks fabulous!!! I love it and would your mind if I 'borrow' the idea for my bookcases?? and I can see the marriage potential in the pillow for sure ;)!!!
    Hugs to you you bikey chick!
    (next to this box is you and Mr MaisonDecor on a motor bike and under that you are the cowboys couple! You do wear many hats don't you ;)!!)
    Jen xoxoxoxoxoxox

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  53. Great idea. It gives such a nice punch of color in the corner. And I love the chintz you chose.

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  54. I couldn't say no to your dogs either. So cute! I'm assuming that you made the pillow. The material is just gorgeous. I put embossed wrapping paper on the back of my old book shelf. Now I want to paint my bookself, but I have to see what color I'm going to do in the bathroom, since that is the room it's in. It was my sister's idea to put it there for all of Natalie's and my "junk".

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  55. Wow, that is an absolutely gorgeous room! I love it!

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