Well my friends… it’s been awhile since I got creative. However, thanks to an inspiring tea towel design I spotted, that instigated a new Wild Flower Seeds grain sack pillow which ended up sending me into a full-room spring makeover!
It’s about time something sprung me into action. Thank-you little Ikea hack!
My new spring decorating motivation was inspired by one of my super creative stencil retailers, Missy Haye Collective, located in Kimberley, British Columbia.
Missy stenciled with these grain sack vintage-inspired tea towel designs (aren’t they darling?!) These are being sold as ready-made with the options for stencils or workshops. Check in with Missy to see what she’s currently offering!
And while all of these tea towels are must-gets, once my eyes landed on the neutral ones, well… I HAD to have that as a pillow in my life!
Thanks so much for jumpstarting my creativity again, Missy! I just LOVE the looks you’ve created!
The spring living room project
Once visioning the pillow, the living room winter decorating was quickly stripped down…
… and then I brought up neutral props to dream up some fresh, new changes for spring decorating.
I’ve long dreamt of adding a board and batten treatment similar to my bathroom walls HERE. So I placed boards I already had against the wall to get a feel for it. It’s neat! But I’m still deciding.
Since I already knew how the pillow would look, I also brought in a TV tray to make over, gathered some plant-inspired decor with an antique flower dryer, started dreaming up a bench along the picture window I’ve wanted forever… hmmm… maybe stacked, repainted trunks for a new coffee table using a gorgeous new forest green colour I have in mind… and on it went!
But you know the drill… while a full room makeover is exciting, it takes time. So that means it’s one small project at a time to get the job done!
So today I’m sharing the pillow. I chose that first because it was quick and easy, and a little instant gratification is incredibly motivating. Which was just what I needed.
So here’s how I made it!
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Make this Wild Flower Seeds grain sack pillow
(find a local Fusion merchant HERE)
Brush: Bennett Professional Chalk Oval #35 (pictured far left) From: Canadian Tire
For this pillow, I used a newfound brush picked up from Canadian Tire in Canada. I don’t always stick to ‘stencil brushes’ for stencilling. In this case, I think it’s a wax or boutique chalk-like paint brush. But I loved it!
I’ll let you know how I like the other supplies as soon as I try them out!
How-to stencil the pillow:
There’s a video at the bottom of this post that shares all the stencil steps. However here’s the written version:
1. Place something waterproof inside the Aina pillow cover so the paint doesn’t bleed through. I used a plastic bag.
2. Position Wild Flower Seeds stencil on top of the pillow cover, and secure with masking tape.
3. Load the stencil brush with paint, then off-load most paint onto a rag so you create a dry-to-the-touch stencil brush.
4. Tap or swirl the paint onto the pillow cover.
5. Add a Grain Sack Stripe (G4L) to the left and right side of the logo. Using long even strokes, paint the stripes. (best seen in video)
View many other pillows I’ve designed HERE
Learn more about how to stencil HERE
The finished pillow
And I cannot tell you how much I LOVE how the Wild Flower Seeds grain sack pillow turned out! Isn’t it the cutest?!
This particular Ikea Aina pillow cover has a cool linen texture that resembles a vintage grain sack. Even the tone is right on to what I was going after when this stencil was originally designed last spring!
And I love how Fusion’s Ash stenciled up. It offers a faded black look which is perfect for a vintage-inspired design!
My chosen spring aesthetic will be neutrals and antiques with a splash of green to chime in with new growth and the great outdoors.
So thanks to this little test run, now I can’t wait to decorate more of this room!
I just think right now is a really good time to deep-dive into an inspiring new project.
Because there is nothing more freeing than getting lost in creativity while making your home pretty at the same time!
Plus… it feels normal. And I think we all need a little normal-icy in our lives right now. wouldn’t you agree?
Click above to view a short video of the pillow stenciling process!
Have you started spring decorating yet? What are you working on?
And if you have any suggestions for my room direction, feel free to chime in! What would you add to the space for spring yourself?
Some other spring projects: