Welcome back to Flawed yet Functional! Emily Stauch here with another project from my DIY habit: sewing! As you may know, I think having a creative outlet that fills you will joy is important as part of a healthy life. While I don’t get to spend tons of time creating (and I’m guessing you don’t either!), I like to share what I make here on the blog to inspire you to carve out time for the hobbies you love. Today I’d like to show you a set of custom flanged Euro shams I made for our master bedroom!
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I recently received an email from Myquillyn from Nesting Place (LOVE her philosophy on decorating so check out her blog and books!), and it talked about how to decorate a home you don’t love…one room at a time.
That made me think about my own home decor adventures of late. While I don’t hate my home (in fact, I’ve written much about loving my imperfect home!), it has felt like I’m making so much progress in creating a lovely home. Do you know why?
I’ve only been focusing on one room!
All of my DIY projects lately have focused on our master bedroom, and it has made a world of difference not just in that room (it is actually turning into a peaceful safe haven!) but in my satisfaction with my efforts.
Home decor is many times the bottom of my priority list. Things like cooking, homeschooling, and household chores always come first (well, not always, my house is a pit sometimes too!). So to have the feeling of making progress in one area of my home is a major win for me.
Custom Flanged Euro Shams
On to the reason I’m feeling so satisfied with my home progress: new custom flanged Euro shams!
A while back I picked up Euro sham pillow inserts from Ikea (similar with FREE shipping). They are down filled and an EXCELLENT price. Then I did what I do best, I left them in a closet for years. Yep, not an exaggeration. I let them sit for a very long time. I knew I wanted three across the head of our bed, but I didn’t have a vision for the type of fabric, color scheme, or even the style of sham I wanted to sew. So they just sat.
Don’t Wait For Perfection
This master bedroom refresh all began because of a hand-me-down bed from my grandma’s estate. It was the springboard I needed to spend some time and effort to make Dan and my master bedroom a beautiful safe haven for us.
Making the bed is something I’ve always put some effort into. Even when we only had a mishmash of mismatched blankets and pillows (wait, when? I mean still…today…), I would layer pillows at the head of the bed and blankets are the bottom. I believe a little effort goes a long way even if you don’t have the perfect color combination or correct size. Use them anyway!
With the new bed in, a fresh coat of paint, and new lights and picture, I knew it was time to sew those shams! Even though I don’t know what the exact drape color will be or if I will change out the blankets tomorrow, I moved forward with the shams.
But…Try To Have A Rough Vision
You don’t need perfection to make your home beautiful, but as you work through each room, keep your rough idea of where you want the room to end up in mind. This will help guide your decisions yet still leave flexibility for when you find the fabric/rug/table you LOVE but is different from the original plan.
I envision using these same pillows year round, and since I change out my blankets from season to season (which means the color changes all the time), I wanted to keep these shams neutral so they’d look great no matter the season.
I also wanted to vary the textures in the room, so I went searching for a neutral colored fabric the showed some soft texture.
My local fabric store had this off-white fabric. It is neutral and not stark white which is what I was going for! Of course, it had to be a remnant so I have no idea of brand, color, or even how to wash it! Ha! I’ll dry clean them just to be safe, but even the employees had no information on the fabric. Oh well!
I just love a good before and after. Look at how far it has come!
That’s my latest adventure in making our master bedroom beautiful, cohesive, and a safe haven for Dan and me. You can do the same in your space! Do you have a project that is lying around just waiting to be finished? What project could you finish this week to bring satisfaction and love for your home?
Check out the other updates to my master bedroom!