Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Time Travel Thursday #28 - Craft Turned Home Décor


Welcome to the 28th Time Travel Thursday linky party at the Brambleberry Cottage.

Are you ready for our next trip back in time and into the future?

Then let's get this party started!

At the beginning of December of last year, I shared pictures with you of a guest room—from a model home I had worked on back in the 80s.

Then at the end of December, you got to see some of the detailed designs of the master bedroom from that same model.

Over the years, many of the pictures of my past decorating endeavors have disappeared—to who knows where.

 But I found a few more from this particular model and thought I would share them with you.

The floor plan of this small house consisted of three bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, and a great room—no separate den or family room.

The fictitious family created to build this home's décor around was a young, newly married, working couple, with no children.

Since there were no children in this scenario, and no separate room for things like TV viewing, one of the bedrooms was designated for that purpose.

A small-scale sectional was placed in the room—on the diagonal—with an armoire directly across from it that housed the television and stereo equipment.

I made the Roman shades and four pillows from a linen fabric that complimented that of the sectional. 

I wanted at least two of the pillows for this space to be a bit more unique than the square ones I had created for the other rooms.

Having sewn since before my son was born, I had accumulated quite a variety of home décor patterns from which to choose my design.

Unfortunately, none of the ones I had on hand provided that special little touch I was looking for.

So I decided to browse through my craft patterns and came upon this.

"Hmmm!  Round pillows would be a novel idea," I thought.

Now remember; this model was decorated almost twenty-four years ago.

So what may seem commonplace to us now—like round pillows—was once a unique idea.

As I began to craft the pillows, I noticed that by filling them only partially and compressing the top and bottom together, the pumpkin pattern—which is what I had chosen to use—took on the shape of a star.

I liked that design even better; and as you saw in the picture above, it's the one I ended up using for the pillows.

While many of you are quite adept at using crafts to decorate your homes in novel ways, some of us had to stumble upon the concept of "crafts as home décor".  ; )


  1. I made a covered headboard back in the 80's and at the time I had a bedspread made to match. The bedspread is gone but I am still using that headboard and still love it. To keep it stylish I change the cording on it to match whatever colors I am using in the room. Love your post today. You are so talented. :)

  2. Love the star pillow, and how it references the geometry of the sofa!

  3. Your pillows turned out great! HOw fun!! Christie

  4. Beautiful and warm home!
    Greetings and kisses.

  5. Dear Liz, beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing:-)
    Thanks for hosting a great party, hugs Biljana

  6. I am your newest follower. I just linked #25 - the Victorian Chair - looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  7. Great idea for the pillow, use what you have on hand. That must have been so much fun decorating model homes. I don't dare walk through them anymore because I'd want to re-do my entire house.

  8. Hi Liz...

    Did you ever think back in the 80's when you were taking these pictures that you'd be using them on a blog one day...To think you didn't have the internet back then either to help with inspiration or ideas....Pretty funky room.

    Thanks for hosting!


  9. Thanks for your kind comments at Mel's Cabin today. Visit me any time to follow my progress at Mel's Cabin

  10. I love the crafted pillow you came up with. Necessity is the father of invention for sure. What a great example of using what you have and a little imagination to get the results you want. Happy Weekend!

  11. Yippee!! Another link party!! I,m a new follower thanks for hosting


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