Sofa Dining

I’m daydreaming about redecorating my dining room. It is so much less expensive than actually decorating.

I’ve long been a fan of built-in banquettes. They look inviting and allow for an extra guest to squeeze in.

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Apartment Therapy

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This one below is probably my favorite of the bunch. Perfection.

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The problem is tho that banquettes are such a commitment. You can’t just move the furniture around if you change your mind. That and the cost of hiring a builder have always kept me from actually ever implementing this decorating concept in my own living space.

Which is why I’m delighted to stumble upon the trend called sofa dining. Why have I only just heard of this? This one below is nice. Maybe just a little too austere.

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This one looks comfier. Maybe a little too “country” looking for me.

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My Notting Hill

If you Google “sofa dining” or search on Pinterest you’ll see examples like the ones above. Much of what I found was too fancy and overstuffed for me. Perhaps the solution is a DIY dining sofa. This Maple Sofa by Farrah Sit & Rebecca Atwood is great inspiration. You’d just need to raise the seat to be table height.

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But now I need to hire a builder again. 🙂

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Plushie Halloween Costume

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Hey, Look! I did it!
I made a Halloween costume from secondhand plush toys. Ta Da!

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Savers invited me to create a Halloween costume from items I found at my local Savers thrift store.  I wanted to create something that might make people smile. We all need an excuse to smile nowadays. Amiright? I pitched the idea of creating a Nick Cave-inspired costume using secondhand stuffed toys. I half thought that they’d hate the idea, but they totally dug it. Woo Hoo!

 

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Thank you to my son, Douglas, for modeling the costume.

 

As I said, I took inspiration from the artist, Nick Cave. I love his work! Years ago I created a costume that was an homage to his sound suits. This time I was inspired by his recent show at MASS MoCA and his costumes made from stuffed toys.

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There isn’t much in the way of instructions to share. I was allowed to pick out $75 dollars worth of plush toys from Savers. I hand sewed them all together into this shape. Once I got going it was a welcome therapeutic distraction. It was good for me to ignore chores and screens and focus on a creative project.

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It the end, I think it accomplished what I hoped. Watching my son jump around in this suit made us both smile. Happy Halloween Everyone! And thank you, Savers, for the creative challenge.

 

Rubbish to Runway

Last night I attended the annual Rubbish to Runway event in Salisbury, Massachusetts and I’m so glad I did. It was a lovely, family-friendly, community event, with little girls, dads, and seniors strutting the runway. The event is a fundraiser for a remarkable organization called Long Way Home.

Long Way Home is dedicated to bringing a more prosperous and sustainable future to the community of San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala where our students can walk a path of civic connection and economic success. We educate in a freethinking, democratically ordered educational system that attends to the whole child. Graduates become self-directed and self-sustaining community members.

It was a challenge to take good photos of the models  (for me anyway) on the runway because the room was so dark but I did manage to sneak backstage and get some close-up shots.

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This lovely young woman modeled a crochet dress made of plastic bags.
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This 71-year-old firecracker wore a dress made out of packaging material. Note the jelly heels!

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I absolutely adored this fabulous young woman and her upcycled gown. She was totally game to make the best of the situation for our impromptu fashion shoot. We walked down the backstage hallway until we came upon this orange ladder. A perfect accent to her gown. Magnifique!

Follow Rubbish to Runway on Facebook so that you can be alerted about future events. This years event was sold out!!!

xo jam