stuck inside…working on my bedroom

Since were stuck inside and unable to get a car out for a few days I did get some stuff finished up for my bedroom. And since I couldn’t leave my house I had to rummage through random things I have stashed away to make a few new things. I started with some pillows for my bed. In my head I want a beautiful, classy bedroom. One that people walk in and say, “Wow Ashley, this is gorgeous.” The reality is I start making things and despite my best efforts at clean and classy my random self emerges and the result is far from what was in my head….and people say, “Well, this is different.” or “It is very eclectic and unique.” I think ‘eclectic’ is the nice way of saying, “Ashley, your room is really weird.”

Maybe one day I’ll achieve clean and classy. For now I’ll just go with weird.

I started with making pillows. I confess to all you experienced seamstresses I did not use one ruler or measuring stick. I never changed my thread from light teal despite all the fabric being different colors and I totally made up what I was doing as I did it. Perfect pillows, no. Will they work, yep….just don’t examine them closely.

I made the pillows out of random fabrics and trims I’ve been collecting. The fabric above I scored on my crafting weekend with the girls. Most of the others are from flea markets. I got some new old sheets from JaneSays Vintage. I found a bag of about 500 yo-yos (round fabric things) already attached together into large squares for $2.50 for all of them! I just pinned one square to a pillow.


The patchwork/striped sheet/ hankie pillow reminds me of Anthropologie.

At least I tell myself that so I feel better when people tell me it is ‘different’ or ‘unique’. πŸ™‚

Well the pillow making took one evening. The next day I just started nailing and hot gluing things to the wall across from our bed. I only had 4 things to hang, but ended up rummaging the house and filling up the wall with a bunch of junk little things I enjoy looking at. I still need to paint a few frames, so I’ll share more pictures of the wall later. Chris was doing taxes while I was hanging things. I yelled to him, “Hey babe, I just nailed a bunch of junk to the wall.” He responded, “I don’t doubt it.”

There was one spot on the wall that I needed something tall to fill. I couldn’t find any frames, but I did find a crocheted hanger I picked up a long time ago. I thought I’d make a little mobile like thing to hang on the wall. Like many things in my home, it was inspired by Dottie Angel. I had some scraps of old postcards from my perpetual journal project (I never throw away scraps of great paper). I trimmed them to my desired size.

Then I laid them out on the table under the hanger with some lace trim to decide spacing and order.

Finally, I stitched them down the middle (still with that teal thread because I was to lazy to change it)

Fun little wall hanging and it fit that empty spot perfectly.

And that was a little bit of what I did during our week stuck at home. There is supposed to be more snow tonight so I need to make a run to Hobby Lobby and the fabric store to stock up on supplies for more projects!

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  • Cat from Constant in Chaos - Those are beautiful! so creative!
    xo, cat

  • Laurie J - I love the front teal pillow with all the swirly flowers on top. Did you make the individual flowers? DIY in the future?! πŸ˜‰

  • Aunt Sandy - I for one, love what you are doing. It looks like something right of the pages of Fine Living. (and it’s not weird, it’s great!) Makes me want to just lay down and cuddle up in it all.

  • Trish - super cute… not weird at all!

  • amanda torres - I love that your home makes you happy. Who cares if people think its different. I think it’s cool and unique. My opinion is the only one that matters anyway πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsey - I love, love, LOVE your style! I think different and unique are good, cookie cutter-bad! I am also ripping off your floor idea because I loved it so much and we are doing a cheap remodel of our basement!! Thanks for all of the inspiration and ideas!

  • Lindsay - How creative and beautiful! It’s all so great!

  • Yanet - LOL, hush up, girl! Eclectic is great. You’re great! You’re in you own classy class. And in the words of Martha Stewart, That’s a good thing. πŸ™‚

  • lesley graham - so fun! love those pillows. they are so springy and lovely. that little photo wind chime is great too. love your blog girl.

  • Johanna - Hi, I’m a (relatively) new follower. I started following after I was linked in to your daughter’s bedroom a few weeks ago. First of all—LOVE her room. Your post today is great too. My style is different—because I don’t have one :(. I love looking at the beautiful things you make, the memories you piece together—how artful it all is. You’re talented, and I hope just a little of your creativity will sneak into my brain and help me turn my ho-hum into something beautiful and different also.

  • Kim - What you do in your home inspires me! I love your style!

  • Kelly - I can’t say I’m really a fan of clean and classy. I suppose I am in other people’s homes but not in mine. In fact a friend & I were recently having a conversation about her husband’s decorating opinions and she said “He wants everything to look like it’s out of a magazine.” To which I responded “Good thing he doesn’t spend much time at my house. It would drive him crazy!” and then she said “Yeah well some days I would really like a little less Pottery Barn and a little more….what you have.”

    Made me laugh! πŸ™‚ I think your bedroom is coming along wonderfully! I can’t wait to see the big reveal!

  • Pamelotta - Okay, I’m officially coming out of the woodwork to say that you need to give yourself just a teensy weensy bit more credit here. I don’t like to toot my own horn when it comes to things that I don’t feel took a great deal of creative energy or hard work. Even if something was hard, if I enjoyed it, I have a hard time claiming it as an achievement. What I’m really trying to say is, you may not think you have a gift, but you do. It’s a gift for seeing things before they actually exist and being resourceful enough to make them a reality. I envy that. In fact, I do more than envy you, I copy you. I haven’t had time to do much of anything with my house lately, but when I do, it will look very “Ashleyanneish”!

  • Danielle - That is awesome! I love your style!

  • Cassie - I absolutely hate changing my thread: there are a lot of projects around my house with non-matching thread.

    I am in LOVE with your pillows!

  • annie - At this point I wouldn’t worry too much about being classified as “weird” – I think a home should reflect it’s inhabitants. I have far too many pictures on the walls and I have fabric covered homesote everywhere so I can tack up my kids art and postcards from friends and family. I love being surrounded by what I love – so how can that be weird? You know that if Anthropologie had your pillows on display they’d sell them for $50 a pop – labels seem to make all the difference. Embrace what makes you happy and you!

  • Debra - I have to say, I like your style way more than clean and classy πŸ™‚

  • Katie - Beautiful! I totally know what you mean about the classy thing, though. Every time I start to redo a room, I want a clean, classy, lots of white look. Every time I end up with a multi-coloured, mismatched, fun look. It’s hard to break the pattern… but your room is absolutely perfect so far!

  • candace - that hanky pillow is NOT weird….it’s fabulous. and i’m a total sucker for yo-yos. and who cares abou the thread, teal is a fan-stinkin-tastic color!

  • ryanne - Just like you find inspiration at dottie, I and all of your readers come to you for inspiration. I love the pillows on your bed, I fell in love with them yesterday. Can’t wait to see what you accomplish with this next snow.

  • Ruth Ziegenmeyer - I gotta tell ya, LOTS of people come into my house and say similar things. I just choose to believe they mean – wow! You are so creative. I wish I was that brave! And I remember how when I walk into a home, or see pictures online of similar houses I think – WOw! How can I do something similar in MY house!? I think your pillow are stunning. I am now goint to sew a table cloth into curtains after feeling inspired!

    PS – I rarely bother to change the tread in my machine – it just has to wait until it gets used up. Unless its for something really special. I figure since I decorate with many similar colors throughout my home, even if it doesnt match THAT item, it’ll match something in the room and look like i did it to make them relate better to one another. I doubt it works, but I will continue to do it for the rest of my days

  • Marie - Those pillows are BEAUTIFUL.I especially love the one with all those little round thingies.

  • tiffani - i think i know what you mean about trying for the ‘nice and clean/classy’ look and then ending up w/the ‘eclectic/unique’ look:) but hey, isnt’ that what feels the best when creating that ‘unique’ space w/your own hands?! p.s. your room is so anthro and that to some of us is the best kind of clean and classy space!!

  • Angela Carter - I would so buy those pillows! you should open up a shop! πŸ™‚

  • Tess S - my mom is queen of “oh, tess… that’s very creative. so unique. hey! come take a look at what she did here.”
    which often translates to: “oh, tess… that’s very strange. so weird. hey! come take a look at how weird this is and we can talk about it later when she’s not here.”

  • Hoosier at Heart - You did all of that? Really? I was pretty proud of myself when I finished a load of laundry and I have nothing really to show for it. Dang. I’m making something today, even if it’s just making someone smile.

  • Maggie - Hi! I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I’ve been reading your blog for awhile. I wanted to tell you two things…

    1) Your array of pillows are very lovely. I just learned to thread my sewing machine that I got for Christmas and am vey excited to whip up things like them someday!
    2) I’m also stuck inside during all this crazy Tulsa weather. Finally made it out yesterday to Hobby Lobby and am already quickly depleting the small stash of supplies I bought. πŸ™‚

  • jami nato - makes me want to go redo my bed. it is ONE degree outside so maybe i should stay inside and do this. wait, i don’t know how to sew. ha.

  • Lacy M. - I like it all!! If I put any of that in my house it would look a mess but I love it in your house!! I love the bright lighting in your home.

  • pam heggie - That pillow is VERY Anthropologie! πŸ™‚ And I don’t think you need to make excuses for any of the AWESOME things you make, that’s why WE follow your blog, because we love YOUR style…not everyone else’s! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see more of your bedroom!!!!

  • Carol - Bohemian chic vintage really describes your style. It is beautiful and unique just like you are.

  • Krista @ Blue Eyed Yonder - I secretly wish you would be snowed in for at least a month, there’s no telling what jaw-dropping creations you would cook up. Love the pillows, love the mobile, love this blog!

  • Joy Frameworks - Can’t wait to see the finished wall! By the way, I prefer eclectic to classy πŸ™‚ Keep it coming!

  • meg duerksen - rock star.

    i just ran to walmart for sewing supplies and now i am hunkered day for the rest of the day in our snow storm. πŸ™‚

  • Brooke Leigh @ First Avenue - Your pillows are adorable love! Very vintage & clean vibe you have going on with your bedding choices. It looks fantastic though! Most people couldn’t pull it off, but your fabric choices pull everything together. =)

  • anne c - I love your style…I find it really hard to have motivation when its cold and snowy outside. I am too focused on the fact that the weather stinks. wish I could find some motivation around here…I admire you haha πŸ™‚

  • Loren - I feel your pain about the sort of backhanded compliments. I grew up in the ‘country’. Where everyone is super polite and nice to everyone else. The words ‘you are an interesting and unique person’ were written in my high school year book so many times I thought it was some type of collective joke. Every time I make a decorating decision that I thing is classy and awesome someone says ‘Well that’s… different!’
    These pillows are beautiful don’t let anyone say otherwise.

  • Linda Johnston - I love the little looks into your home. I think you have an amazing vibrance. It is classy with a beautiful twist of whimsy! Don’t change your styler!

  • Ruth - I just discovered “yoyos” for the first time this weekend at an antique mall.

    Also, you pretty much (from what I have seen) have all the elements of my dream house. I live in a little condo, and so I do not have the ability to really follow my obsession with chairs and pillows and blankets. So I love your house. It is so full of brave creativity and character all tied together in a classy, colorful way. That looks like you actually can live in it. So many houses have beautiful creativity that looks uncomfortable to sit in/near/on. But you have little kids living in and on your creativity and love that. I aspire to have at least one spot in my condo to look as fun and full of life as your house does. Thanks for sharing!

  • ali - Oh my! I love, love, love (did I mention love?) those pillows! And I love your house! Can I come visit? So colorful andh happy! Have a great day Ashley!

  • Jennifer Blair - I love those pillows! They are so cute!

  • CharlaL - love your pillows!!!

  • amber - Those pillows are awesome. Awesome that your taxes are done. I thought it was awesome being locked in my house, getting to work on projects that have been waiting for my attention. And now, I’m planning a Hobby Lobby run before our next ice/snow storm (which is not really all that awesome), & really want to make some pillows thanks to you!

  • Dawn - I LOVE the pillows! Your husband sounds like mine. He told someone when we ran out of furniture to paint I would do the cat!

  • Heather - i’d take weird over classy any day. πŸ˜‰

  • Christina - This post made me laugh multiple times. I love your wierd! haha. I also love that your hubby is supportive of you and your design style.. and all your projects. He must love you tremendously πŸ™‚

  • Elle - I am in love with the pillows. Just smitten with them. And my “cool and classy” bedroom is beginning to feel a bit boring in comparison.

  • Courtney Henson - I love your pillows! And I think the hankie one is my favorite…very inspiring! I have a bunch of vintage hankies and I have made pillows with them but never mixed with other fabric like that. And I think you are right…very Anthropologie! And for all those people who think you are “weird” you are just ahead of your time…a forward thinker…very Anthro!

  • Abby C. - I love the pillows…I want them for my bed!!!!! It totally speaks to me

  • Tracie - I say let your bedroom be whatever you want. If you love it, then who cares what other people think. I have no decorating instincts at all and so I am always interested in what other people come up with!

  • mandie - Ohh! I LOVE it! And your patchwork pillows remind me of some cute little hotpads that I just started making for my etsy shop, and I tell myself(and anyone else who’ll listen) all that time that they’re very anthropologie! πŸ˜‰

  • Maegan - I have the same problem – always wanting to be clean and classy- and then it not being that. I guess I’m not as classy as I think. Your creations however end up gorgeous! I love the pillows.

  • Jacqueline - i think it’s a happy space. love all the pillows. so inviting, makes me want to take a nap while i listen to all my littles knock on the door and basically ravage the house. super job using what you have on hand. very inspiring.

  • Beth - this is exactly how i sew. ain’t no shame in it!

  • Ethel - If this is weird, I LIKE weird!!!!!!!

  • Carol V. - Oh I love it all! Don’t let people telling you that it looks different or unique make you feel bad. It’s absolutely wonderful! I”m not sure what your idea of a beautiful classy bedroom is, but I think homemade is always more wonderful and comfortable and “homey” feeling.

  • Julie - Weird is a good thing. Love all the pillows.

  • sarah k - I think it’s very glamorous and fashionable. And I think your room, especially, should be a place that makes you feel happy and at home and relaxed when YOU walk in. Heck with everybody else. πŸ™‚ (p.s. I also think Anthropologie when I look at those pillows–so I’m going to say that the people who call it “Weird” just don’t know what’s cool these days. πŸ™‚

  • Courtney - I’ve only been reading your blog for a few weeks, but I think it’s a shame that you don’t consider your “look” clean and classy. You have 4 young kids and manage to pull off painted white floors!! It doesn’t get any cleaner and classier than that!

  • Jessica E - I LOVE the pillows… “weird” is just about the LAST word that comes to mind… you are totally inspiring me to try and make a first pillow. Sewing is not a natural talent of mine πŸ™‚

  • sara's art house - I love the pillows! Wow. everything is so cute! (and classy πŸ™‚

  • Carissa - “Maybe one day I’ll achieve clean and classy. For now I’ll just go with weird.” You crack me up. Yes, you are weird. Definitely not “clean” or “classy” (please note sarcasm). P.S. – When you get tired of projects on your house I have a whole house full of projects you can come get started on over here. I HATE decorating! I would seriously set you free on my house! One can only dream…

  • Michelle - people say i’m ‘eclectic’ too. some of the same people ask me to help them make decisions in their own homes. . . so i take it as a compliment- you should too!

  • Sarah - Ashley! That patchwork pillow is auh-mazing. to die for. good work!

  • Cindy - Wow Ashley… LOVE the pillows! Also love that you’re not scared to do what you like. Looks GREAT (not weird) just GREAT!!!

    I have made dresses for my girls using the sheets!
    love the room!

  • Courtney Ann - Oh my goodness. I COMPLETELY adored scrolling through your many posts. Your style is wonderful. And may i just say i’m always going for clean and classy and end up the same as you, “eclectic”. People walk into my room and say “Courtney it’s so…’you’ ”

    And i technically know how to sew correctly, but who in the world has the patience? I always make it up as i go. My sewing teacher and grandmother would frown upon it. haha
    Great blog. xoxox

  • karen - i think your room is lovely!! πŸ˜€ if we were neighbours, you’d be able to see my room is totally random and eclectic too. from the looks of all the comments, we all will totally understand and dig one another’s eccentric styles πŸ˜€

  • Jennifer - Ashley, I copied your valentine idea. I just couldn’t help it! It is so cute! Hope you don’t mind. Please take a look if you’d like. And along with everyone else… your style is amazing!! I too always want clean and classy and I just don’t know how to do that. Your style inspires me. Thank you.

  • Shannon Phillips - Your bedroom is fabulous! I love it and it is even more fabulous in person.

  • Cynthia - I just wanted to caution anyone using hotglue on drywall. When you want to take it off, it will pull the sheetrock right off with it! I won’t tell you how I know this, but it is really horrible:(

  • able mabel - Oh my word!!! That is so neat. Each and every pillow!!

  • Pamela - Your bedroom is eclectic and unique and I LOVE it! It is what I would love to have if I was creative enough to pull it together.

  • mer - i completely adore your style! my inspiration folder is filled with images from you (a lot from before i even found your fabulous blog)… clean and classy is nice i guess, but i’d take textured, bright and homey anyday – just like i love my people! πŸ™‚

  • Bambi Pro - I just found you and love your style. Great photos of the kids and love how you are doing books for each child. Thanks for inspiring.