Year of Change Reveal {October}

It’s the end of October and time to reveal this month’s Year of Change challenge with our blog friends Life on Virginia StreetRosa Beltran DesignsCommona My House and guest designer Krystine Edwards.

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I have been so excited about this month’s reveal! The challenge was to add fabric to a space. We teamed up with Tonic Living on this one and got to add fabric from their amazing selection to our homes. If you aren’t familiar with Tonic Living you need to check out their website. They carry the most beautiful fabrics and they are all very reasonably priced. Read on to see how Erin and I incorporated their fabrics into our homes in very different ways.

{Erin’s project}

The project I decided to take on for this month’s Year of Change was to upholster my son’s IKEA bed. It’s been on my list of projects for some time now and having a great selection of fabrics to choose from Tonic Living was just the push I needed to get this done. This IKEA bed that he has in his room is nothing fancy, just a basic wood frame that has served us well through several kids. When deciding on a fabric to cover the bed with, I didn’t want to go with a patterned fabric since he’s already got a lot of other patterns going on in the room. I chose this charcoal gray fabric to use as the main cover for the bed and got this gray and white fabric to accent. Here’s the bed before:

robot boys bedroom_Suburban BitchesSee all those patterns going on- I really couldn’t bring in another one! As far as upholstering this bed- not going to lie, it sucked! First I covered the bed with batting to give it some cushion. Then I  just started stapling fabric around the end, the headboard, and the side rails. The worst part was trying to get the screws to connect all the pieces back together since now there was more volume to all the pieces and the screws weren’t quite long enough. Hours of my life were spent cursing and swearing at those screws and I’m pretty sure if my son ever jumps on the bed the whole thing will fall apart! So with that vote of confidence, I’ll skip providing any bed upholstering tutorials and just show you the finished product.

gray boys bedroom | suburban bitches upholstered IKEA bed | suburban bitchesI mentioned that I also picked up this gray and white fabric to use as an accent. You might be wondering where those accents are? Well, I did a little tufting on the headboard with some fabric covered buttons (even though the headboard is really short and the pillows cover it) and I also made some double welt cording to cover up staples on the legs. Like so:

DIY tufted IKEA bed headboard | suburban bitches


DIY upholstered IKEA bed | suburban bitches


DIY upholstered IKEA bed | suburban bitchesI want to thank Tonic Living for graciously sending us fabric to use in our homes. This bed in my son’s room looks like so much more than an IKEA bed now that it is covered in gorgeous fabric!

{Tricia’s Project}

I’ve always wanted a banquette in my breakfast nook. Kitchens look so much cozier with one and I knew if we had one we would have perfect meals together, the kids would never fight and our little guy would never scream again. That’s what a banquette can do for a home but sadly for more than three years I couldn’t figure out how to make one work for us. The space was just a little too big for something cozy and there was a door that we had to contend with too.

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Last spring I was flipping through the latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens when it came to – I didn’t have to have a banquette that wrapped around the three sides. I could just run it the length of the one wall. Eureka! I actually called my carpenter that day to hire him for the project. There was no contemplating I just wanted it done.

I love how the project turned out (you can read more about it here).

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But it was rather boring and literally just faded into the woodwork without any fabric. I had grand visions for the cushions and pillows I was going to make for it. Those ideas stayed as visions for months on end. Then we teamed up with Tonic Living to sponsor this month’s October Year of Change challenge and I knew exactly where I wanted to use their beautiful fabrics in my house because it was their Neo Toile in Indigo that was fueling all my visions for this space! Little pagodas on fabric make me swoon.

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Isn’t this the most gorgeous fabric and so perfect for my house? Why yes it is! This became the starting point for my banquette. Tonic Living has a great feature on it’s blog – when you choose a fabric in the sidebar it shows you options of other fabrics that work well with it.

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I used it to pick out three other fabrics for the pillows and cushions. I always get a little worried that I’m not choosing fabrics that work well together and this takes all the guesswork out of matching fabrics. In addition to the Neo Toile I chose Tuscan Linen in Navy, Tuscan Linen in Banana and Naga in Blue.

I’m not always the speediest when it comes to sewing so I opted to hire out the cushions but I surprised myself by sewing all the pillows myself in just two afternoons. Yay me!

I made two different pillows from the toile to showcase different scenes.

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And this is my banquette in all its fabric loveliness!

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I used the Tuscan Linen in Navy for the cushions and the Naga in Blue for the welting.


The pillow to the left is the Neo Toile in Indigo and the center pillow is the Naga. I realized too late that I should have picked a couple more patterns for pillows. The pillow to the right is a fabric sample that I fortunately had on hand and that was just big enough to be a pillow. It worked perfectly with the Tonic Living fabrics.

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This side of the bench is the Neo Toile and the Tuscan Linen in Banana.

I also made a small pillow from vintage Hmong fabric that I had on hand. I’m going back and forth on whether I like it there or not.

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Gail from Sparrow House of Design created the cushions for me and I think she did a beautiful job.

tonic living kitchen banquette

I was so happy to add the banquette to the breakfast nook and move onto our perfect lives but it was so beige and boring (my design nemesis). The addition of some beautiful fabrics completely transformed the banquette into a cozy, enticing spot. I plan to give it a test run this evening with a glass of wine and a good read. Tonic Living’s fabrics are very reasonably price so adding fabric to spruce up a space is an easy and affordable option. Thank you Tonic Living for making my transformation possible. Be sure to check out their website and all the fabulous fabrics they are constantly adding. If you don’t feel like doing a project yourself check out their pillows and design services. I think one day soon I might just need a new shower curtain made from this fabric.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the gang created at Commona My HouseRose Beltran Designs and Life on Virginia StreetKrystine Edwards this month’s guest designer ran into some technical difficulties so her project will be coming along a little later. We’ll update this post when it’s done. Have a happy weekend everyone!





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