anytime i get the wild thought that i want to spruce up my living room, i usually start with coasters. the living room is literally where we do the majority of our living... naps on the couch, movies at night, dinner at the coffee table, k dumping out her toy basket and playing, me writing on my laptop... the list goes on & on! for some reason, with this last move to our new townhouse, the redecorating bug bit me really badly, and i literally wanted to start over. so, basically, within the confines of our budget, i did! and of course, i started with my little obsession with coasters.
i usually do little quilted ones, but for these, i tried out a reverse applique idea that i think turned out really cute! especially paired with the dotted fabric. i absolutely LOVE that amy butler dotted fabric. i'm doing the room in a mix of mostly tan and orange, but with a little dark brown and just a touch of green for fun (of course, the ones with green are not pictured yet because they are still sitting on my sewing machine, not quite finished). now they have a place of honor on our coffee table in the little baskets that house our remote controls and the random pens and cluttery-stuff that collects in the living room.
the more logical thing would be throw pillows, but i have a strange intimidation of them. if i just sat down and did it, i'd probably find that they were the easiest thing in the world, and why didn't i do it sooner? aren't they kind-of like giant coasters with stuffing? but now the loveliness of the throw pillow offerings on etsy are wooing me, despite the fact that it would be much cheaper to make them myself, and i have an obscene amount of fabric just waiting to be used! maybe i will get brave this week & just go for it!