more on HGTV project

First off, sources…

Yes I nailed holes into my freshly painted walls.  Many of these frames and prints are from my bathroom and master bedroom collage(s) including the nude sketch;;

I must say, when HGTV’s online editor contacted me about this project I tactfully said “this project (creating a headboard) isn’t for me” because I have limited sewing skills and NO carpentry skills.  But then I thought if i could find a simple enough bed i could do an easy very easy pillowcase style slipcover. NO STAPLES and NO BATTING.  I also know that good looking fabric and a monogram can go a longgg way so I committed to the project.  Lucky for me, my friend Robyn  had just bought a CUTE little bed she found at a thrift store..THANK YOU ROBYN..this was 2/3 of the battle. I almost cried when I saw it, i could not have imagined a better bed for this project..and it is twin so it was easy to haul around and set up here and there when i had time to work on it…

Cute huh? I love the little cabriole legs on the footboard!

 Notice above, the chalkboard says FIVE days before Christmas! I’m not complaining but does anyone know how hard it is too sew with an 18 month old man child running around…its interesting.

OK it was a mess, i mean just look at the huge playmobil pirate ship and Christmas decorations in the background. Remember “outside the lens” there is often least when it is at my house! But thankful my mom came and helped with the kids the weekend I tried to knock out the project…here she is modeling a sewing technique neither one of know much about..making ties! Actually she was pretty good at it…

The linen option below is linen not can tell by the wrinkles..i love the monogram font..its similar to a fishtail font. 

I tried moving the bed in front of the window to get better light but i just did not like the angle. It was a gloomy day when i shot most of this…i thought i might have to set it back up another day but it worked out i was able to get enough shots.

There is the cute footboard leg peeking out from under the chipper slipcover…

I am not going to lie, this was a crazy project to tackle over Christmas but the people at Scripps Networks are so nice and it was fun.  Thanks to my mom, friends who sew and photography friends who answered numerous questions, and my husband for helping me pull this off..

Oh and my number one photography asst.. He was enamored with the tripod!

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  1. I have a similar shaped headboard and I could definitely make the linen style with the ties. You Rock!

  2. I loved this project and all the details you have shared. Glad you said yes 🙂

  3. OH love this! I have an iron bed which I love but sometimes you want to change it up. This is an easy ( I say that lightly since my sewing skills are really limited! ) update! Thanks for sharing! I think I’ll give it a try! Love that bold pattern. Been one of my faves. Have a great weekend!


  4. Shirley @Blue Gate Farm says

    I am so proud of you!!!! What a big project!!! I did not know that you could sew. Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. These turned out SO darn cute. I’m really thinking of doing something similar for my bed to dress it up a bit! Brilliant!

    AND…I’m awarding you the “Stylish Blogger Award” for your inspiring and fab blog! This award is passed on from blogger to blogger. I received the award from someone, and I’m passing the award to you. Part of this award is to write seven things about yourself (in your blog post) and pass this award to 15-ish other recently discovered blogs you think deserve this award too.

    You can see my post and the link for the award here:

  6. Cool! I love the “behind the scenes” look – just to prove to myself that chaos happens to everyone! The bed in the family room with the sewing machine on the table next to it is perfect. Everything is beautiful!

    Great job, I will def be using this technique in the future!

  8. I love seeing your behind the scenes and can’t believe you pulled this off right in the midst of Christmas! Everything came together beautifully Holly~ bravo!!

  9. another reason i need some basic sewing skills! so cute.

    and the bedskirt as a coverlet? brilliant!!

  10. I love this idea! I have a wrought iron sleigh bed in the guest room. I wonder if this would work for it. It would take a little more to get the size right. Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated!

  11. Omg this is the cutest ever!!!!!!!! Sooooo great! I love the styling.

    Ok where did that fabulous lantern come from????? It’s gorgeous,

  12. Great project, great final product!

  13. I love the chipper fabric! I can’t believe it’s only $9.98 per yard.

  14. Holly – I haven’t visited you in a while and I had no idea that you were featured on HGTV! Congratulations!!

  15. Great job!

  16. What size bedskirt from PB? I am dying for coverlets for twin beds but worried they won’t hang to the ground…. Thanks!

  17. Hey Holly!

    I just made one of the “paper” roses you had in a previous post! How cool. A friend is giving her mom a surprise party and is using a rose theme….these will be cute for some kind of use in the party! Oh, and I’m making the birthday banner! Thanks for your inspirations!

  18. How did you make the coverlet using the PB bed skirt? I’m trying ti figure out how you got the length. Thx! What a great blog.

  19. I liked your first post about the headboards so much, but I have to admit that I loved the “outside the lens” post even more. It’s a given that you have a great style and a knack for decorating, but this is the kind of post that makes me feel like I’m reading the blog of an old friend. Thanks for sharing the sources for all of the cool goods. I’m going to look for that yellow flower pillow at Target. I usually don’t make it to that section when I make my Target runs…I’m usually stuck in the baby section buying diapers or something boring like milk or bread. As always, very inspiring 🙂

  20. I have been obsessing over a way to temporarily prettify our headboard until we can afford a new one!! this is a great solution…I had one of those “omg you idiot, WHY didnt you think of that” moments after i saw this!! its a simple and easy option! Since its only temporary and will be the product of a person who cant even turn a sewing machine on…i will opt for hot glue and a curtain panel thats hiding in the closet! YAYY for creative geniuses!!

  21. I am still stunned that you pulled this off. Big time stunned. So you were five people in one: the designer, the worker bee, the set stylist, the photographer AND the mama! All during Christmas! Impressive to say the least!

    Happy Monday!

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