Look what eBay sent me a couple days ago:

It’s a cute little turkish pillow!  Note to self:  When ordering something on ebay, pay closer attention to where the package will be coming from to get an idea of how long it would take to arrive (in this case it took 20 days or so, which meant I was checking my mailbox with more and more frustration for 20 days.)

I like the little guy, although he could stand to eat a sandwich or two and get a little bigger, but he is still a more than welcome bit of color on my grey, light grey, slate grey, white, and black bedding.

I suppose I haven’t explained my thoughts behind the drab bedding choice.  My thought was that the neutral background would provide a blank slate to decorate the bedroom around.  We can now simply change our little throw pillow friend or add/switch up the rug situation for a whole new color scheme.  I really wanted all white bedding, however, we tried that with our first set of sheets and I learned quickly that it is very challenging to keep white sheets the same bright white forever.  I assume black would be just as bad, if not worse – simply think about a black car, it shows everything – so grey it was.

We don’t have a rug in the room now and honestly it might be a little while before we do much more furniture purchasing, well, because, we gave our notice and will be moving out of Unit B at the end of July.  DUN DUN DUUUUH.

I promise I will still have plenty to blog about, don’t go running away!  Plus it also means we will have a entirely new place to arrange and decorate -YAY!  Oh, and we might have a garage sale coming up… which will be fascinating since I have never tried to throw one of those together on my own, please feel free (translation: please, I am begging you) leave me a comment with any advice.

I know you need a little more bloggy meat than this, I do apologize for the brief posts lately.  More to come my hungry little turkish pillows.


I haven’t forgot about you, my dear, dear bloggy-friends.  It has just been one of those rough n’ tough, thank-god-for-two-buck-chuck kinda weeks, and therefore I have not been able to give this blog the tender love it deserves.

This also means that this has to be a super quick post — ugh sorry, I know it’s still really early in this blog’s lifetime to be having a short abandonment period, but I promise I will return shortly and with goodies!  Goodies=posts in this situation, in the case that it wasn’t obvious.

So in support of being real quick-like with this whole thing, let’s talk about someone else’s amazing project, shall we?

I am sure you are all familiar with The Brick House.  If you aren’t, I don’t know what is wrong with you, but you have a lot of catching up to do because it ranks up there with Manhattan Nest and Door Sixteen as far as amazing, kick-ass home improvement and interior design blogs go.  And if you don’t know who those other two are, you better just cancel all your plans for the weekend, because you MUST read them all, from like original post to most recent.  They represent everything that my cute little baby blog would like to be someday.  Anyway, The Brick House, who is like my idol when it comes to design and style, had a friend of hers sew this amazing cushy headboard thing, inspired by the dreamy Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.  (I haven’t ever been but would love to go — wink, wink, handsome husband of mine)

photo by The Brick House

Anyway, read her post, read her whole blog, and stay-tuned for when I become a slimy copy cat that is totally going to make one of these myself.  Or at least attempt to.



Welcome back Duvet lovers!

I hope you have prepared yourself for some excitement, because here it comes:


Materials – For a Queen Size Duvet Cover

Approximately 5 1/2 yards fabric for top

Approximately 5 1/2 yards fabric for underside – or you could simply do all one fabric, 11 yards

Two spools of thread – one matching each fabric


One of those cute tomato pin cushions, or  some other equally adorable pin cushion

About 10 Buttons (or Snaps/Ribbon to close duvet opening)

Seam Ripper

Fabric Scissors/Rotary Cutter and Cutting Board

Tape Measure/Yard Stick

Sewing Machine

Ironing Board


Buttonhole Sewing Machine Foot

Sewing Needle

A glass/bottle of wine

A free evening or three

1.  Determine how much fabric you will need

First, measure the length and width of your duvet insert, or if you have a duvet cover that you know fits your duvet well, sometimes it’s easier to measure this rather than the fluffy duvet insert.  Mine is for a queen size bed and measures 90″ x 90″.

I did some research before-hand and I knew that the linen fabric that JoAnn’s carries is 54″ wide and cheaper, cotton/quilting fabric can be closer to 40-44″.  I knew that I wanted to do use two different fabrics, linen on top, some boring cotton on the underside – because I am THAT cheap, but if you can swing the price for full linen, please do it and I will congratulate you, jealously.  Please note that while I really think linen is the best bedding choice, you obviously don’t have to use linen.  The reason I love it — aside from its organic look and the fact that it almost looks cozier when not ironed or tucked in all fancy — is that it seriously gets softer every time you wash it.  Because I used linen fabric I know that I will be able to keep this for a very, very long time and that it should only look nicer with age.

So knowing the width of the fabrics and the size of the duvet cover I wanted, I did some simple calculations.  I also know that at the fabric store, fabric is purchased by the yard which is 3 feet or 36″ – I am sorry for this much detail, I am sure plenty of you know some of this stuff already, but just in case someone out there lives under a rock (with an internet connection?) and doesn’t know these things, I am adding all the detail I can.

Since the width of the fabric wasn’t enough for the whole width of the duvet (and JoAnn’s doesn’t have such girthy fabric) I knew I was going to have to do a couple of pieces.  No offense meant to anyone that disagrees with me – but one seam down the middle would be totally UGH-LY.  Actually offense meant, it seriously would be weird and yucky and you should be embarrassed if you disagree.  Anyway, to eliminate unnecessary sewing, I figured I would do one piece down the middle that was the width of the fabric and then two smaller pieces on the side with the difference to make the full width of the duvet.

Here is a little visual for my calculations – obviously not to scale:
Now that you have calculated what you need, head to JoAnns or your fabric store of choice and get going!

2.  Sewing the top and bottom of the duvet cover

Before I start sewing anything I always wash and dry my fabric to do a pre-shrinking and I highly recommend doing this, especially for such a big project.  It would be a sad day if you spent all the time sewing and making your beautiful duvet cover only to throw it in the wash to have it shrink.  After the wash, iron out your fabric, measure and cut your pieces.

** Because I got solid fabric, my fabric didn’t have a wrong side or a right side, so to keep my head straight as I sewed the pieces together I used a white fabric pencil to mark the “wrong sides”

I sewed my pieces together using a two/double seam process (I believe this is something called “French Seams,” but I choose to call them “Freedom Seams”).  What this does is eliminates all raw, cut edges, so you don’t get those wild individual threads popping out anywhere.  You definitely don’t have to do this as it does take about twice the time, but if you want a more finished product I would recommend it.

Starting with the top of the duvet, I took piece B and laid it out, then pinned A and C to either side along the length with wrong sides facing.  I sewed these three pieces together at a 1/4″ seam with B, the wide piece in the middle and A and C, the smaller pieces on the sides.  A-B-C, as in the calculation illustration above.  Once that first seam was completed, I cut away the excess fabric along the seam like so:

Now I folded A and C in along the seams to have the right sides facing and ironed along the seam.  Pin the right sides together along the seam after ironing and sew over both lengths.  Once this is complete, the right side of the piece will have two normal looking seams and the underside will have a nice closed seam that simply needs to be ironed to the side.

Repeat this same process for the bottom side of your duvet cover.

Now you have two giant squares! Yay!

3.  Sewing the top and bottom of your duvet cover together

Lay out the bottom of your duvet cover with the right side down.  Place the top of the duvet cover on top of your bottom piece with the right side up, in other words, so that both wrong sides (with all the seams) are together.  Pin the right and left sides together and sew using 1/4″ seam.  Now flip the cover inside out and repeat the double seam process along the two sides.

What I did next was iron (again, I know, sorry.. so much ironing, we are ironing champions) and then looked closely at which end was more aligned and determined that to be the top.  You obviously don’t have to do this if you are the perfect fabric cutter or sewer, but for me no matter how precise I try to be I always have one side that is a little crooked or squiggly or taking the bus to crazy town.  Because we fold over some fabric to hide our buttons and button holes we can also hide any perfections here, so leave the reject side for the bottom.

Repeat the same process you did with the sides to the top – pin and sew the wrong sides together, trim excess fabric from seam, flip, iron, sew again, iron (for the 7000th time).

Hooray, what progress!  Almost have a full duvet cover up in here!  Now we just need to…

4.  Close this bi-atch up

Along the last, unfinished side of your duvet cover, fold the fabric in (towards wrong side) 1/4″ all along the edge.  You know what’s next, folks.. IRON.  Make a second fold, another 1/4″ in along the edge, iron and pin that down.  Sew to complete a nice hemmed edge along the bottom.

Because I am sure you aren’t yet sick of folding or ironing, let’s do it one more time!  This time fold up the fabric 1 and 1/2″ all along the edge and then get your iron on.  OK, seriously, I think ironing is done now, if you would like to go destroy your iron in some field somewhere, a la the copier in “Office Space,” go right ahead, I’m not stopping you.

I decided to use buttons on my duvet cover because it was what I was the most familiar with.  That being said, there really are a few options here:

– Buttons

– Sew on snaps

– Ribbon (tie your duvet closed)

– Zipper

– Velcro (I don’t know if anyone actually has done this but I suppose that it would work)

I would say that the first three are the most common.  Zippers can be really annoying to try to fix/replace if they break, and it’s generally expensive to purchase a real long zipper.  Obviously the bigger the opening in your cover the easier it will be to put on or remove.

Moving right along – I am going to walk you through buttons.

For a queen size duvet, or our 90″ X 90″ example, I recommend using about 10 buttons, but you can do as many or as few as your heart desires.  I find that about an 8″ space between buttons does the job nicely.  Along the top piece of your duvet, on the folded under inch and a half, use a fabric pencil to mark where you want to place your buttons.  You don’t have to do this for the whole bottom, but because I had 10 buttons and I was doing 8″ spacing, this was exactly enough to go the whole length.  If you want a smaller space, simply flip the duvet inside out and sew along the edge on the portion you would like to close.

Once you have marked where you will place your buttons, do the same on the bottom of the duvet.  This will mark where your buttonholes will go.  Once you have an X or a dot where your buttonholes will be, take a button, place it on the mark so that it is right in the middle of the button and mark the width of the button – this will be your start and stop guidelines for the buttonhole.  Repeat on all the buttonholes.

If you know how to sew buttons or buttonholes, you can skip this next part, but if not here we go:

          4.a. Buttonholes

This tutorial will be for a newer sewing machine and a buttonhole foot.  This makes the process very, very easy.

First, switch out your sewing machine foot for the buttonhole foot – each sewing machine is different, check your manual for instructions.

Place one of the buttons into the back of the buttonhole foot.  This will tell your machine how long to make your buttonhole.

Always practice a buttonhole on a scrap piece of fabric before trying it for realsies.

I also cut a small rectangle of iron-on (grr sorry, need that dumb iron again) interfacing on the underside of the fabric where each button will go.  This will help strengthen the buttonhole.

Taking your duvet cover, place the folded edge of your fabric under the presser foot of your sewing machine.  Note: If you don’t want your buttons to be visible, only sew your buttonhole through the one layer of fabric, not through the two layers created by the fold.  Line up the bottom line of one of your buttonhole markers with the line on your buttonhole sewing machine foot. Turn on your machine and program the setting for buttonholes (again, different on every machine, see your manual).  Now sew, the machine will do the rest.  Once the needle has gone up, zig zagged back, created a parallel line and zig zagged back, ultimately returning to its starting point, raise the needle, trim your thread and grab your seam ripper.  Between the two parallel rows, insert your seam ripper, and cut the length of the buttonhole.  Boom, buttonhole complete.  Repeat for remaining buttonholes.

          4.b. Buttons

I recommend doing the buttonholes before the buttons, if you skipped ahead because you felt like doing buttons first, go back – you cheater!  The reason I start with the buttonholes is because the buttons are easier to move.  Once you have made a buttonhole it is pretty permanent.  As I add the buttons, I first line up either side of the fabric to make sure my markings are still aligned.  If they aren’t, I will adjust the button to align with the buttonhole.

Thread a needle with about 2.5 feet of thread.  Tie the two ends of the thread together.

On the mark where your button should go, use two pins and insert them as X, like so:

Holding the button on top of the pins, bring your needle through the underside of the fabric through one of the holes.  I had buttons with four holes and chose to do two parallel rows of stitches but you can also chose to do an X or other pattern depending on the number of holes in your buttons.  Bring the needle from the top through the second hole and the fabric.  Do about four or five loops.  Repeat on the second row of holes.

Now bring the needle from the underside of the fabric through to the other side, but not through the button.  You will have to put your needle almost parallel to the button to sneak it through.  Once you have pulled your thread through, remove the pins and circle the button about five times.  Make another circle around the button with your thread but this time pull the needle through the loop you create to make a knot around the button.  Under the button, bring the needle back through the fabric again to the underside.  Thread the needle through the loops of thread from the button and tie a knot, repeat once more.  Cut the thread near the needle and double knot the two pieces of thread.  This should create a really strong button.  That sucka isn’t going anywhere.

Repeat for the remaining buttons.

5. Take that beautiful new duvet cover and shove that duvet insert in there! 

6.  Grab your dog/man/woman/she-man/child/bottle of wine/Twighlight life-size cutout and have a total snuggle-fest on your new, awesome, homemade DUVET COVER!

Move over Martha Stewart, we have some crafty-ass mother truckers up in this business.



This last weekend, Jenny and I went on a very exciting adventure to a land called “Santa Monica.”  This is a great place, not only because it is in beautiful southern California, but because they have a West Elm.  And even beyond that — the Santa Monica shops almost all allow doggies, which means the bitches of the house got some hang out time. Enjoy the video games Mister Alex.

Here are some of the goods we walked away with, such a successful lady-date:


Hey, hey, suspense seekers!

Duvet cover is DONE!  Pop the champagne, throw a party, kiss your lover!

Here are some teaser photos while I complete the tutorial write up- sorry for the bad lighting and the camera hog, Jenny thinks she belongs in Hollywood.

Check back soon, soon, soon… for the step by step details.

Happy Tuesday!

Until next time sexy people.


Hello there friends!

I am very proud to announce that DIY PROJECT ONE is in full swing!  Get ready for some serious homemade linen duvet cover action real soon!

While I complete the actual doing-it-myself process, let me briefly explain what brought on this little project:

When we got married, we naturally did the whole registry thing, absorbed a lot of hand-me-downs, and bought a couple miscellaneous things for the place, one of them being a duvet cover.  It really is a very pretty duvet cover and has served us well, but it was very cheap and I am having a heck of a time keeping the white parts white.  Basically, my current duvet cover is a great friend that I just don’t like that way.

After about a year I began searching and searching for the perfect duvet cover.  Throughout this search I was able to identify what it was I wanted, but unfortunately also came to realize there is no way we could afford it.

Now, I know there are affordable options out there, even attractive, affordable options, but I just can’t get the look of my expensive dream bedding out of my head.    

If anyone is curious as to what I currently have or are looking for a truly affordable and attractive option, see what I mean by going to right now and check their shiz out.  I mean it, click the link and browse your little heart out.  Their bedding has very simple construction, is generally pretty cute, and you can’t really argue with the $60-100 average cost.

Here is a great example – and yes that says $40!  I would actually buy this as a backup if my current one hadn’t already accepted the job.

So the dream duvet….. sigh.   Here is a little of my bed-spiration:

1. From, love the grey with the white and whatever is going on with those leathery things.  2. Not the color I am thinking but love how it is working here, from 3. Lovely grey linen from Cisco Home,

Apartment Therepy did a wonderful little post on the top ten sources for linen bedding a while back,  While the post was great it only made me realize further that there was no way we were going to break that much bank for a duvet cover.  (The top ten sources have prices ranging from $250-$500+ for a queen duvet cover)  I also looked closely at as they were having a sale on their linen duvets and I briefly considered trying to convince Alex that $200 was reasonable, but based on how the conversation went in my head, I never even brought it up.  Side note: this act of thinking through conversations prior to having them with my husband, has probably already saved my marriage like 47 times – and we have only been married for a year and a half.

Long story short, this is where the plotting began.  I thought about what I wanted, about the perfect color, the desired simplicity, and ultimately decided this is something I could do myself.  And great news folks – I can already tell this is going to be wildly successful.  In summary, I say ‘suck-it!’ fancy-linen-duvet-cover-making-companies, I’ll make my own — and you should too!  Actually, fancy-linen-duvet-cover-making-companies, no hard feelings, because one day maybe I will be rich enough to let you make my duvet covers and you really do have some lovely things, but until then, sorry you don’t get the Moore’s business.

So check back soon for the Duvet-it-Yourself tutorial, because it is going to be a riot!  Jenny is so excited that she is about to pee herself.  That, or she wants a cookie, who can tell, really?

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