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Top Posts of 2012

28 Dec

As we come to the end of 2012, let’s take a look back at my top 5 posts of the year. Now, these aren’t my top posts but yours. The ones that you, my readers, have clicked on more than anything else.

#5

I Have a Hot Pink Chair!

a.k.a. The post where I tell you how I finally dyed a slipcover I already had, despite my debilitating fear of RIT dye, to make the hot pink chair of my dreams.

What I learned from this post making the top 5: You like hot pink as much as I do! And you like DIY projects, too.

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#4

Lily’s Rainbow Birthday Party

a.k.a. The post where I gave all the details of Lily’s colorful 4th birthday party.

What I learned from this post making the top 5: Good kid’s parties are appealing even if you don’t have kids. Or…”rainbow party” is a very powerful search term. Yeah, it’s probably that.

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#3

Rainbow Cake: If I Can Make It You Can Too

a.k.a. The cake that’ll impress with one simple secret weapon (shhh…it’s food coloring).

What I learned from this post making the top 5: It seems like you really, really like rainbow cakes and rainbow parties but I know the truth of this post’s success. It’s the secret weapon in the pic below. Some of the top searches that brought you to Sue at Home are: Aqua Sky Kitchenaid Mixer, Kitchenaid Aqua Sky, Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Aqua Sky, Kitchenaid Aqua Sky Mixer…you get the point. Looking back at this picture, I can see how bad it is and I promise that I’ll write a nice big post all about my glorious mixer soon with lots of beautiful glamour shots! (FYI: I got mine from here.)

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#2

DIY: Lengthening our Master Bedroom Curtains

a.k.a. How a trip to the tailor (don’t-think-I’m-fancy-it’s-just-my-dry-cleaner) helped me make cheap too-short curtains into floor-to-ceiling stunners.

What I learned from this post making the top 5: I get it, you really like DIY. I promise more in the new year.

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#1

And the number one most-clicked on post was….

Pin of the Week: Dressing Up Your Stairs

a.k.a. The one where I talked about painting, carpeting, and just about anything to do with stairs.

What I learned from this post making the top 5: Who knew you were so obsessed with your stairs? The only search term that topped variations on the Kitchenaid Mixer search was “painted stairs”. I hope this post gave you lots of good inspiration. I’ve yet to do anything fun with my stairs but hopefully I’ll get on it soon.

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So,  what can you expect from Sue at Home in 2013? I’m thinking more DIY, monthly posts about my mixer, and possibly a new feature… Stairs of the Week?

XO

Sue at Home

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I Have a Hot Pink Chair!

26 Sep

I have been wanting a hot pink couch or chair for like ever. Remember when I showed you all those dreamy pink pics and told you I was thinking about dying an old slipcover I wasn’t using? Well, I did it!

Here’s the best part: this renovation cost less than $10. That’s right! Ten buckaroos! How, you ask? Well, I already had the chair and a pale pink slipcover. The chair is from PB Teen but unfortunately for you, they don’t make it anymore which I think is a crime to humanity because it’s comfortable, cute and cheap and for quite a while, they were offering slipcovers in different fabrics and patterns. When I got the chair, I picked up three velvet covers: white, bubblegum pink, and pale blue. (What? I figured the chair could be used in other rooms so I wanted to have options! That’s normal to buy three, right? ) Of course, I’ve only ever used the white one.

I decided to use RIT dye in fuschia. The directions called for 1 package of dye for every pound of fabric so I went for three since my slipcover was nearly 3 pounds. I couldn’t find a bucket big enough so grabbed this color-coordinated (!!) storage bin at Home Depot and got to work. First step, fill the bucket with 9 gallons of hot water:

Then I mixed 3 packages of dry dye with 6 cups of hot water and stirred it very well until all the dye dissolved. (Note: it did not stain my measuring cup. Bonus!)

Then I added the mix to the dye bath and stirred. (Please note that I did all this on my deck and I was wearing rubber gloves. They are not kidding about the staining possibilities so take all the warnings seriously! If you don’t believe me, come and ask the few pink dots on my kitchen countertop.)

Before adding the slipcover, I pre-wet the fabric in hot water so the color would penetrate the fabric evenly. (Having the lid to the storage bin was helpful for this step because it gave me something to carry the wet fabric on.)

And then in it went! Next up, I stirred and stirred and stirred for about 25 minutes. If you’ve never pushed a sopping wet pile of velvet around with a paint stick before, I can tell you that you will use muscles you didn’t even know you had. Ouch!

Next up, I rinsed it in the utility sink (which is now pink) in my laundry room. First in warm water, then cooler until it ran clear. This was another special type of muscle torture that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy! Then the scariest part of all – into my beautiful new-ish washer it went! (Don’t worry. The washer came out unscathed.)

I gave it an air-only dry in the dryer and ta-dah! Here is the finished product!

My wise husband (who so kindly signed off on this project before I did it and then called it “awesome” because he knew how excited I was about it) was the one to point out the patterned pillow was a little too much. So, I stole the Je T’aime pillow (similar here) that used to live on our bed. Much better, don’t you think?

I love how the pink looks against the dark teal walls.

The color came out so even. I’m actually mad at myself for being so scared to do this for so long!

I love the way it pops in the room.

Maybe now guests will sit in the chair. They were always kind of scared of it when it was white.

Oh happy day! I have a hot pink chair!

XO

Sue at Home

Disclaimer: Please do not dye anything hot pink in your home without running it by your significant other. I’ve learned that though there are many people who like the looks of hot pink furniture, there are not a lot of people brave enough to go for it. And there are many, many more people who are terrified of it. Thankfully, my husband is comfortable enough in his sexuality to not be so concerned about a little pink in his house. (Though maybe he should because I could possibly love this chair more than I love him. Kidding, honey!)

Pin of the Week: Pink Chairs

13 Aug

It’s no surprise that this week’s Pin of The Week was repinned. I mean, it’s a hot pink chair! Who doesn’t love a pink chair? OK – maybe the men in our lives don’t but I’m here to fight that notion. Look at this pic. Sure, the chair is pink but the rest of the room isn’t. Those grey walls and black desk are totally gender neutral. Quite simply, pink makes people happy. So, here’s my challenge to you: Show me the man who has lost his masculinity by having a pink chair in his house. What? You can’t find one? Yeah – I didn’t think so.

I saw my gorgy Pin of the Week on Mimi + Meg but it’s originally from a High/Low feature in Style At Home. Can you guess if this is the high or the low?

Let’s take a look at some more pink chairs and sofas (and even a bench and table combo). Do you love them? Are you brave enough to put one in your home?

I saw this baby on Small Shop in a guest post from Amelia of Colour Bloc. While zipping through the hundreds of blogs on my Google Reader, this image stopped me in my tracks. A pink chair does it every time! Love the nailhead wall and the almost highlighter tone of the chair.

I love this color against a dark wall. Is it dark chocolate? So sleek and not stuffy at all. via Apartment Therapy

This modern chair is a welcome surprise in that traditional space. And that disco ball on the shelf makes me cry happy tears. via The Househome

Welcome home! via Lonny

I’ve always loved this picture. It’s so luxe but looks like such a well-lived room. Maybe cause there’s a kid standing on the pink sofa! I love that little section of pictures on the wall. It keeps the room from feeling too fancy or precious. via ELLE Decor

This is an oldie from my Pinterest board and the link isn’t working anymore (anyone know the source?) but I had to include it. Those chairs really warm up a somewhat cold space. Sidenote: check out that 2-way couch. Great for entertaining but not much else.

This one was from Luxe and Lillies though I don’t know the original source. It’s so cozy and pretty. This is pretty much my dream room. (I just discovered that there are no less than 4 pins of this room from various angles on my Me Likey…home stuff Pinterest board. Oops. Guess that shows the love!)

Rita Konig via The Estate of Things‘s one simple magenta chair surrounded by a fabulous gallery wall and a gorgeous bar table is well…nothing short of spectacular.

The Hotel Belle Juliette in Paris (can you think of a more girly name than that?) features a room in the same palette as Sophia’s, lavender walls with hot pink. (You can see Soph’s room up in my blog header.)

I love a fancy pants hot pink sofa or chair paired with ultra modern stuff. via Small Shop

What a happy dining room! via Adore magazine

A lipstick chair is perfect for a feminine dressing room/closet. A girl needs to sit down to put her fancy shoes on, right? Via Tinsley Hutson-Wiley Interior Design

One of my favorites ever though it’s really too antiquey for me. And I think Pablo would draw the line at the green wall and feminine mirror! From my Me Likey..Home Stuff Pinterest board but the link isn’t working. I know I have the tearsheet of this somewhere too. (Anyone remember the source?)

 Even something more utilitarian can be pretty in pink! via This Pretty Space

This color saturated chair is SICK in an otherwise neutral space. From designer Tamara Kaye-Honey via Bitohoney blog via Design Manifest

So, here’s the thing: I want more pink in my house. I’ve got a hot pink cashmere throw on the sofa and of course, there’s this in the bedroom and this in the dining room but that’s not enough. At least not for me! I have this chair with a white slipcover in the living room. (See it below in this picture from Christmas-time. Guess I need to take some more recent pics of my living room!)

I got it at PB Teen a few years ago and sadly they don’t make it anymore. When I bought it, the slipcovers were on sale so I got three of them: white, pale pink and pale blue. I figured I could use the chair in one of the kids rooms in the future but the colors of the slipcovers are all wrong. So, I’m thinking: could I get brave and dye the light pink slipcover darker pink? I mean, it’s sitting in a bin in my make-shift linen closet so why not? And if it comes out horribly, I still have the white one that I love.

The scary part is not the presence of a hot pink chair in the living room. It’s the dying part that terrifies me. I’ve always been scared of the idea of dumping some dye in my nice washing machine. I mean, that’s the thing that takes dirt out of clothes – not puts color in! Won’t it dye my washer? Anyway – I’ve decided to be brave and go for it! And you know I’ll bring you along for the ride…

Update: I did it! I dyed the slipcover! And it’s EPIC! Check it out here

Please follow me on Pinterest to see all the pining fun!

And check out my other Pin of the Week features here:

Dressing Up Your Stairs

Wallpaper In Tiny Bathrooms

Blue Blue and more Blue

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Maps as Decor

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. What do you think of my new header? Too much of the kid’s rooms? Please let me know in the comments!

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