Basketweave Slipper Chairs

Some of you who have been following me for a long time know that I have never been one to shy away from a good slipper chair. But a PAIR of slipper chairsthat are on super good sale?  Stop. There’s no chance for me to pass. Get in my online cart, little babies!

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I’ve been wanting a new pair of chairs for our (super dark) living room. I needed something petite enough to fit the tight space and that’s really light and airy to help brighten things up. But, you know, I HAVE CHILDREN! White stuff does not stay all that white for long in my house with four young kids and our giant poodle, Linus.

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Enter these white basketweave beauties. Guys, they are outdoor chairs! Which means the white will stay white. Sure, it’s not fancy leather or the traditional cotton webbing you usually see on these MCM chairs (a la Jens Risom). The straps are a nylon material, but I don’t think they look cheesy. That bright white just calls to me. And the acacia wood frame is truly A+.

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I figure worst case scenario, I put them outside. Best case scenario, I love them until the day I die and then my girls fight over who inherits “the vintage white basketweave slipper chairs.” (not likely, I know. Give me some slack guys, I literally unpacked these from the chairs from the box like two hours ago and I’m still on a buyer’s high.)

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CLICK HERE if you want in on my stress-free white slipper chair club! 20% off right now with the code SUNFUN!! I think the sale ends tonight though, so move fast.

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PS They also have a dining chair version that I am SO TEMPTED by… But how much webbed furniture is too much webbed furniture? Will we ever know?

 

Easy Shibori Tutorial and a Pillow Giveaway!

Shibori patterns are EVERYWHERE right now! I am obsessed with this loose, organic look that’s created through different methods of folding and binding fabric before dyeing. What I didn’t realize is that it is incredibly easy to DIY!

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I really wanted to do a pillow for my house and a baby blanket or two (I have SO many pregnant friends and family members right now!), but after doing a couple and realizing how easy it is to mix dyes for custom colors, I went crazy. My girls and I dyed dresses, t-shirts, onesies, bedding and tea towels on Saturday morning. No fabric item in my house was safe this weekend! :)

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Rit Dye invited me to try these shibori projects and share them with you, and I couldn’t wait to experiment! I love Rit Dye, which is completely non-toxic, and use it often for home projects that range from dyeing curtains to overdyeing rugs like the one in this photo. You can use all-purpose Rit Dye on any natural fiber (even wood and paper!) and I always have a selection of colors in my laundry room to refresh dulling clothes, especially black or dark denim jeans. You can grab your bottles in the laundry or craft aisle of practically any store – Michaels, Joanns, Walmart and even my grocery stores all have Rit Dye!

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There are 32 base colors available in powder or liquid (the liquid is my favorite!). It is SO easy to mix the base colors to make your own custom color! You can even color match to a Pantone color with their custom color formula tool HERE! How genius is that?! These are a couple of formulas that I mixed over the weekend and had great results!

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I used 100% cotton products in these projects here, but Rit also has a line called Rit DyeMore that works for synthetic materials too (including PLASTICS!). You also don’t have to use items with an all white background like I did here. Just keep in mind, the base fabric color will mix with the dye color to create a new color – the rules of color mixing apply.

To get started, you’ll have the best results if you wash and iron the item you want to shibori dye. The ironing is not a necessary step, but I liked the patterns of the items I pressed the very best! I used these cotton swaddling blankets and these white cotton pillow shams, though truly, any solid color fabric item will work!

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There are a million different ways to shibori dye to achieve different patterns (and I can’t wait to try more!) but the two I focused on here are what I’m calling the fold and bind method and the fold and clip method. With both methods, the first step is to fold the fabric item in flat, tight accordion style folds.

I have to admit, I was most nervous about getting the folding right at first, but I learned pretty quickly that there’s no need to stress! Do you remember making paper fans when you were a kid? The fold – flip – fold – flip thing? You do the exact same thing with shibori! You literally can’t screw this project up, as long as you accordion fold every time! Just remember that the shorter the length of your folds are, the tighter your pattern will be in the end.

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For the fold and bind method you’ll want to find two matching pieces of wood or even foam board that will act as the bookends for your folded fabric bundle. The fabric under the bookends will be bound up so tightly that the dye will only soak up around the edges that are peeking out. So pick items for your bookends that are about the size of the pattern you want in the end. Smaller bookends work great for pillows, but I’d use something closer to 4″ wide for swaddling blankets. I used just some random things I found around the house for bookends, though you can easily get craft wood from Michaels or Home Depot that will work great!

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To see the end result of this pattern using a paint stirrer snapped in half (!), check out the center green image in the formula round up above!

You can use your bookend pieces to help you know how big your folds should be. You will fold it the long way, like a paper fan, and then again the short way (all accordion style folds), so that in the end you have a stacked bundle. You can fold in a triangle shape or a square/rectangle shape. Square folds give you a grid pattern and triangle folds give you an asterisk pattern. Again, the smaller the fold, the smaller the pattern!

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Triangle fold! I cut two triangle pieces out of foam board for the bookend pieces here.

 

After folding, you place your bookend pieces on either side and bind everything up really well with cotton or jute cording. The pattern will be more distinct if you bind the folded bundle very tightly.

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This square fold will make a grid pattern.

The fold and clip method is even easier! You just fold the long way and then clip the edges with binder clips. My favorite results (like on the lilac gray pillow on my sofa above) were made with a mix of large binder clips and the mini ones! The more clips, the busier the pattern.

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Grace made this t-shirt using the fold and clip method all by herself! She’s 11, guys! Shibori is SO SIMPLE!

The liquid bottles of Rit Dye make it really easy to make small dye baths. Since Rit Dye is non-toxic and won’t stain ceramic or porcelain sinks or bowls if they don’t have cracks, I just used a big mixing bowl in my kitchen sink. I followed the super simple instructions on the bottle and boiled some water, added salt and played with different combos of colors to get the end result I was after. You don’t have to use huge quantities of dye to get results, especially with these smaller batches. The more dye you use, the more saturated the end result will be. But for some of these lighter pastel colors, I only used about a tablespoon of dye! Even the saturated colors didn’t need more than a quarter cup of dye.

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My best tip that I hadn’t thought of before this is to use a paper towel to check the color and saturation while you’re mixing your dye. If it’s not saturated enough, add more dye. Too saturated? Add more hot water. It couldn’t be more simple!

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Once your dye color is spot-on and your fabric is folded and bound up, you just submerge the fabric in the dye bath. Obviously, the longer you leave it in, the more saturated the color will be. After experimenting a bit, I figured out it works best to keep the bundles in the dye for only about a minute to keep the bound up part dye-free and to make pattern high contrast.

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Once you pull the bundle out of the dye bath, rinse it out for a few minutes under cold running water while still bundle up, then unwrap it and give it a really good rinse until the water runs clear.

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I let this grid pattern (made with the fold and bind method using wooden squares) sit a little too long in the dye bath, so instead of a white center, I got pink. BUT I LOVE IT! That is truly the best part of these shibori projects, you will be surprised at the results every single time! And every single time it looks GREAT!

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The most exciting part is taking off the binding after the dye has been rinsed out. It’s like unwrapping presents on Christmas morning.

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Do you see the soft lines made by cotton cording I used to bind up the squares? SO PRETTY!

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I love love love the blushy color that I made with 1 quarter cup of Petal Pink, 2 tablespoons of Sunshine Orange and 1 tablespoon of Pearl Gray! I used it over and over again for tea towels and euro shams for Claire’s room and for a couple of baby blankets, like the one below in Margot’s room. I used a triangle fold on this one for a subtle asterisk pattern!

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To finish up and set the dye, you’ll just want to run your items through the wash with regular detergent. And that’s it! If you want to go the extra mile, you can you this Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative to help the color set further. I can’t wait for you to try this yourself! I’m warning you though – it’s addicting. I’m dying to get my hands on more white cotton pillows! And in the meantime, I’d LOVE to give away one of the pillows I made today! To enter, leave a comment here with your favorite Rit Dye color and I’ll choose a winner one week from today!

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Thank you to Rit Dye for sponsoring this post! Learn more about Rit Dye HERE and click HERE to see where you can find Rit Dye near you!

Indigo Obsession

I just want to say a quick THANK YOU for your great support this week with the launch of Jenny’s Print Shop! I’m so excited to keep sharing these new prints and framing and displaying ideas with you all! Many of you have been tagging me on Insta with sales on frames or an image of a really great gallery wall and it makes my heart skip a beat. I SO appreciate your genuine support! I love this community. :)

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Also, a ton of you have been asking me about the indigo pillow on my bed!

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It is an African indigo pillow I bought from a local shop, but there are tons of sources online! I’m obsessed with the soft worn in colors and patterns! (PS stay tuned for a DIY shibori tutorial tomorrow!)

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1 – Indigo Bench – 2 – Shibori Wallpaper – 3 – Black or Blue dot+stripe pillows

4 – African Indigo lumbar – 5 – Shibori Tray – 6 – Striped napkins

7 – Indigo coral lampshade – 8 – Asterisk shibori pillow – 9 – Indigo and coral pillow

10 – Shibori art prints – 11 – Indigo with tassels pillow – 12 – Indigo splatter platter

13 – Dark indigo lumbar – 14 – Shibori Hair bows – 15 – X-pattern lumbar

16 – Dark and light striped pillow – 17 – Shibori Chair – 18 – Dark and light striped lumbar

19 – Dots and Stripes lumbar – 20 – Dog Bed

Jenny’s Print Shop

Hi friends!! I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that Jenny’s Print Shop is now live! We’re starting out with over 50 original art prints, with more coming very soon! For occasional emails about shop updates and a BUY TWO GET ONE FREE coupon, join the mailing list!

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Since 2007, my goal here on Little Green Notebook (and also through my work at Domino and with my interior design clients) has always been to inspire you to be thoughtful, intentional, adventurous and creative with your home projects in a way that makes you feel proud of your home and doesn’t break the bank! I hope Jenny’s Print Shop feels like an extension of that work. I’m so happy with these images that I’ve been collecting for many, many years and I can’t wait for you all to have access to them so you have use them in your home however, and wherever you want!

HOW IT WORKS:

Jenny’s Print Shop is a digital print shop where all original, high resolution prints are just $15 each. Immediately after making your purchase you will be emailed a link that allows you to download your images to your computer and then print them however you want! No need to pay for expensive framing with limited sizes and finish options. You have complete flexibility to use the images the way you want to use them!

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PRINTING:

I hope it goes without saying, but you are welcome to crop the image however you want to suit your needs. In every listing on the Jenny’s Print Shop site, I have included a Dimensions Ratio so that you know what standard frame sizes can be used without cropping the image. Again, you can crop to suit your needs, but the listed ratios are meant to help make things easier on you!

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There are obviously a million ways to print your images, but here are my recommendations, mostly driven by price and quality. Please, please, please join in on the conversation here in the comments on this post and share what has worked for you! I will continue to update this post over time as well!

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SMALL PRINTS (8.5 x11″ and under):

I’ve had some luck using my own home printer (this is the one we have and love) with high quality photo paper. I usually just do it when I need something very fast and I’m too lazy to get my rear all the way down to Costco. :)

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MEDIUM PRINTS (11×14 up to 20×30″):

Costco is such a great and affordable printing resource. Their website is easy to use, I have found the print quality to be amazing, and you just cannot beat the pricing. The smaller sizes are laughably inexpensive (just a few dollars each). A 16×20″ is only $6.99 and a 20×30″ is just $9.99! You can choose to pick up in store or have them ship to you for a small price.

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Walmart, Walgreens, and Target photo centers also print up to 20×30″ though I have found that quality varies more greatly with these photo centers and the cost is usually double that of Costco’s prints.

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LARGE PRINTS (Over 20×30″):

I love MPix (or Miller’s Lab if you can register for a business account), but so far, my very favorite website for printing REALLY large prints has been Aspen Creek for color accuracy and price.

Though Aspen Creek generally only takes a couple of days, sometimes I’ll use Kinkos if I need an oversized print that same day. You’ll pay a bit of a premium for the instant gratification (between $7.99 and $12.99 per square foot), but I think the quality of the prints has been great! One other bonus with Kinkos is you can call your local store and ask for their store email address and just email the file directly to them with your print size. It’s incredibly easy.

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ENGINEER PRINTS

Kinkos is also a great place for getting black and white Engineer Prints, which can be up to 36×48″ and only cost a few dollars to print because they are printed on cheap paper (think printer paper – not Fuji Film!). It’s usually not a great option if you are printing an image with a large dark section. You’ll see lines in those areas and it will look sort of funky. I actually really love using engineer prints though, especially when you’re going for sort of the vintage, grainy look. The ANN STREET print here below is a $3.50 engineer print.

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FRAMING:

One of the reasons I felt strongly about not offering physical prints or framing at this time is I really like giving you guys flexibility with the prints now and in the future. You will have your digital print files forever! And you can print them multiple times for your own personal use. Maybe you found a great frame at a thrift store for just a few dollars. You can save hundreds of dollars on custom framing by printing your JPS image to fit the great frames you already have!

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Then say, maybe down the road you move to a new house and you want to use the same image, but in a different size frame. NO PROBLEM! I suggest keeping your original download files on hand, but as of right now, you will be able to download the prints through the emailed links over and over again. I’m really hoping people don’t abuse the situation and share the files (and for this reason, we will be keeping track of the number of times a link is used to download an image), but I also want you to have continued flexibility of use over time more than anything!

I think there is a time and a place for all of the following framing options! Please share in the comments if you have any other suggestions!

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CUSTOM FRAMES:

Obviously, custom frames are amazing, but you pay through the nose. Even the tiniest framing jobs will be close to $100. The larger sizes will run several hundred dollars, even for simple frames. I have a local framer in Mesa called Matage Framing that I love and use often and I choose them over Michaels and Hobby Lobby because they can beat the big box stores custom framing services in price, speed and workmanship. I think that would be the case in most cities as well.

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SEMI-CUSTOM ONLINE FRAMING:

Services like Framebridge and Simply Framed are awesome. You just upload your Jenny’s Print Shop file and they will deal with the printing and framing for you. There aren’t a whole ton of frame options, but all the classics are there and their services are relatively inexpensive and pretty fast. I’ve used both of these companies before for client projects and have been happy with both.

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BIG BOX STORES:

There are a couple of standard size frames from stores everywhere in the US that I keep coming back to over and over again because they are cheap and so easy.

Hobby Lobby has a line of white frames that I really like and the largest size (27×40″) ends up being less than $40 with a coupon. Take note there isn’t a hanging mechanism on the backs of these frames though for some infuriating reason, so you’ll need to add a couple of D rings and a wire before hanging. :/

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Michaels has some great large options as well, but my favorite is a 20×30″ white frame that is like $20/25 with a coupon and works so perfect with the 20×30″ Costco prints for only $9.99! You literally could buy a print right now (how about this customer favorite!), upload it to Costco’s site and during the hour it takes to get printed, swing into Michaels for a frame and have a beautiful new piece of huge art hanging on your wall practically no time later. BOOM.

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Urban Outfitters sells these great wooden hangers that are SUPER easy to use and can work with any size print!

IKEA frames just might end up being more of a pain for you in the end because of the cropping you will likely have to do to fit the European sizes, but they are cheap, it’s true! I am sad they don’t have the wood Ribbas any more, but the white and black ones are great. I also really like their 24″ square frame!

Target probably has my favorite frame. The proportions of their frames are just right for me! (it’s everything I love about the Ribba, just not as thick/deep!) My only complaint is the largest size is 16×20″ but the $18 price tag makes up for the lack of sizes.

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VINTAGE FRAMES:

Some of my very favorite oversized frames in my own home were thrift store finds.  Just look for the frames holding really, really ugly art for the very best deals! :) I got this brushed brass 30×45″ frame from Goodwill for only $5.99! It looks amazing with the black background of my FLORA print!

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Like I said, I’ll keep updating this post with links and ideas. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy JENNY’S PRINT SHOP!! It has been a labor of love for many months now, but I know there are some kinks to still work out. Please let me know if you have any issues with the site and I will do my best to fix them!

Lastly, THANK YOU for your amazing, amazing support over the years. I can’t tell you how much love I feel for all of you. Even though I’ve been busy with the print shop lately, my focus will continue to be on my blog. So please stay tuned for more design posts coming your way!! I’m so glad you’ve been a part of the LGN community as it continues to grow and evolve. Here’s to ten more years of Adventures in Design!!!

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