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Tie-Dyed Tablecloth Tutorial

Look at me, following through on my promises! Well, one of them anyway – I still owe you a couple of other tutorials. Which are also at the top of my list, but … you know. First things first and all that. Yay for tutorials!

So even though the hyphenated words “tie-dye” are in the title, this is actually really cool and works just as well with my great-grandmother’s china as it does with a hipster, antler centerpiece. I mean, I guess that’s the whole point of it – it’s indie enough to keep things from getting too serious, and chic enough to support the fancy stuff. It’s right there in the middle, just where it’s supposed to be.

diy tie-dyed table cloth _ drop cloth as tablecloth

Yes, that’s a drop cloth.



  • Canvas drop cloth (I purchased this 8oz version from Home Depot)
  • Paint (I used regular ol’ house paint in black – it was even gloss paint, whatever)
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Rope or string
  • Scissors
  • Rubber gloves (not necessary, but nice to have)
  • Something to protect your work area – plastic shower curtains are great
  • Iron

diy tie-dyed drop cloth tablecloth tutorial _ zebra pleated tie dye


Begin by folding the drop cloth into an accordion shape – because of the massive size, I folded it lengthwise first and then pleated it. Tightly secure it with rope or string around the pleats, wherever is needed – the fabric is stiff, so I recommend wrapping it a few times before tying each knot. Trim any excess string. Next, combine the paint and water in your spray bottle (less paint; more water – about a 1 to 8 ratio) and shake to combine. The more water, the fainter the dye, but it’s also less crunchy that way.* Now cover your work surface – you’re about to make a giant mess. Spray the entire drop cloth with the dye bath, being sure to soak every exposed surface. Don’t worry about the pools of paint collecting on your plastic work surface – they will dry. Allow the drop cloth to dry for a couple of hours – it doesn’t have to be completely dry when you unfold it, but you want to give the dye sufficient time to set. Now cut the strings and unfold. If you’re happy with the design, you’re all done! Mine looked a little bare, so I refolded it, being sure to expose more of the untouched areas, and repeated the process. There’s no right or wrong way to do it – just play around until you’re pleased with the pattern. Once it’s completely dry, iron it to smooth out the wrinkles and set the dye. No worries about washing – the dye is in there – it’s not coming out. :)

* Note: if you’re worried about the crunchiness-factor, you can use a paint made specifically for fabric dying, or add a fabric paint medium, like this one from Martha Stewart. For my purposes, it totally wasn’t necessary, but it’s an option.


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Thanksgiving What-What

Oh man, I hope you all had a really lovely, fun Thanksgiving. We had SO much fun – at least I did. I hope that because, and not in spite of, our Thanksgiving ending in a 1980′s dance party, our families will allow us to host again next year. That’s how all of our dinner parties wrap up, now that I think of it. Frankly, I can’t help myself. I’m pretty much never satisfied until someone starts dancing around and laughing hysterically. And that someone is ME. But when the evening began, we were all completely respectable and dressed up and the table looked like this:

thanksgiving table _ green white gold gray _ rosemary place setting _ pine cones

It was looking a bit too spring-like, with the white and green tulips and rosemary at each place setting, so I added the pine cones at the last minute. I had originally wanted tiny pink pumpkins, but the grocery store was out of them and I didn’t feel like going to a fancy nursery and spending a million dollars. And once the light went down and the candles were lit, it looked much more cozy and autumnal. Plus, I didn’t want to go too far with a harvest theme, because the dining room is pink and blue and green with a lot of pattern and stuff – it would have been sensory overload. The tablecloth is just a drop cloth I bought at Home Depot and then tie-dyed. I KNOW. It’s rad. I’ll write a tutorial soon, I promise. And the candles are those prayer candles you buy at dollar stores or grocery stores, which I taped off and spray painted gold. Easy. And the most important element, in my opinion, is SPACE FOR FOOD – that’s what it’s all about, dudes.

Special *high five* to my awesome mother-in-law, Jeanne, who POLISHED ALL OF OUR SILVERWARE while I prepped food the day before. AND gave us all of our crystal glassware when we were married. Pretty amazing, right?

I sort of can’t wait for next year.


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What the Shizz: Guest Room Resources

You dudes are the best. Thanks for leaving all of those super sweet comments about the new guest room! A few of my girls asked me where all of that junk came from, and so now I’m going to take a million years to write up a list of resources, ’cause I’m guessing a few others are also curious. Even though I should be brining a dang turkey. P.S. I’m going to set up my Thanksgiving table today – you should watch me do it on Instagram, dontchya think? I’m VERY excited about it. Okay, so here we go:


Paint color: Peachtree by Behr — This color is at once amazing and very tricky. We’ve used it on our living room walls as well, and it changes so much throughout the day. I like that the color can stand on its own, but also act as a neutral with a million different colors. However, if you’re just looking for a hint of peach, I highly recommend you go a shade or two lighter on the paint chip. It’s darker than you think it’s going to be unless you have tons of natural light in the room. It also needs a few coats even with the primer-blend paint, so plan accordingly.

Canopy and window drapes: Ritva curtains from Ikea with additional black, grosgrain trim

Floral sheets: vintage from Etsy

Red Kantha quilt: Ebay — The quilt is reversible and made from vintage saris. I cannot love it more – it’s completely gorgeous in its imperfections. I ordered from this seller and the shipping was fast with the most adorable packaging. Highly recommended.

Velveteen lumbar pillow with greek key trim: DIY


Light fixture: Floral paper lantern — I bought this thing a million years ago, but a quick google search for “floral paper lantern” will give you a large selection. I like this ikat example from Luna Bazaar.

Black storage ottomans: Target

Rug: Erslev rugs from Ikea, hand painted (tutorial coming soon!)

Sheepskin rug: Ikea

Paintings: vintage – found at antique stores

red vintage secretary hutchAll of the furniture was collected over the years from Craigslist and alleys, previous apartments etc. Except for the amazing red secretary, which was a birthday gift from my parents. Holy cow, you guys. I LOVE IT. When they first got it in at their shop it was a dingy grey wood – totally not exciting at all. I begged them to paint it red and now it is so delicious, I could eat it right up.

Love you so much, sexy red hutch. Love you.

Of course, let me know if you have any other questions about the space. I can’t say enough just how much I love it. And it really did come together with stuff we already owned, which makes it even more special, I think. I only purchased the items mentioned in the first panel of this post – and the sheepskin rug – pretty good, right? I swear it’s that paint color – everything goes with it.

Anyway … it’s time to get my turkey rub on! I hope you have the best Thanksgiving ever and you do things that make you happy. xoxo



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Guest Room Makeover: Complete!

Keith’s mom gets in this afternoon and I’m sooo excited to show her our fancy new guest room. I want her to feel exactly like an adolescent girl in a Wes Anderson movie. I expect her to pout and play records and make cool, perceptive comments throughout her stay, which shouldn’t be too hard since she’ll be sleeping in this room:

peach bedroom guest room feminine vintage

peach feminine guest room bedroom_canopy bed_les touches rug

It’s way, super feminine and quirky and bold and smart. I love it. I want to sit in here all day long. This is the room I wanted to create last year before the miscarriage, and I’m so glad I allowed myself to get it out. The process has been really therapeutic, actually –  it’s hard to readjust back to your everyday life after you imagine it changing so dramatically. The apartment felt so different and unfinished to me – sort of empty and disjointed. I don’t mean to get weird here or anything – this is a post about decorating a dang guest room – but going forward with some of the changes I had imagined a year ago feels like I have gained back some control in my life. I love this room and I love thinking about the awesome people who will sleep here and hopefully feel super special in it. And I also love that we already owned most of this stuff and practically everything else was DIY. I’ll be writing tutorials for the canopy and the rug (both are super easy and make such a huge impact), but in the meantime, check out the entire slideshow below:

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Cute, right? xoxo


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Wedding Pics! Sylvia and Ryan

Ooh la la – fun stuff today! In all of the craziness this summer, I never got around to showing you pictures from all of these amazing weddings. I’m still waiting on some, but I’ve gotten bunches of adorable ones, and I’m sooo excited to share them. I mean, let’s face it, if you’ve recently planned a wedding and then gone into the wedding industry, your eyes have maybe glazed over and then eventually fused shut to wedding photos in general. There are just SO MANY wedding pictures online. But I always, ALWAYS cry when I see pictures of my brides. First of all, they are always so gorgeous. Second, they are always so happy. That’s my favorite part – seeing them so in love and just bursting with complete joy. I’m just so humbled and moved. Every. Single. Time. I mean, look at these cutie pies!

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I want to jump into this photo, knock them both off of the bike and squeeze those cheeks silly. It sounds very aggressive, but it’s exactly what I’m picturing in my head. So. Look out or something.

veronica sheaffer_custom chicago bridal

chicago custom bridal_1950s style wedding dress_veronica sheaffer

So cute and so fun. And doesn’t that dress just come to life on Sylvia? I mean, it looked good on the hanger and everything, but that’s nothing compared to the girl. She owned it. Case in point:

1950s style wedding dress_chicago custom bridal_veronica sheaffer

MOVIE STAR. Congratulations, Sylvia and Ryan! You are both adorable and I recommend locking your doors at night, ’cause I’m coming to squeeze and kiss you both in your sleep.


[Images by Johnny Knight]

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Sneak Peek: Dean’s Vintage Wedding Dress

Okay let’s just ignore the fact that I’ve been gone a long-a$$ time and pretend it never happened, ‘kay? Oh man, I have soooooo much to tell you about now. LOTS of wedding stuff, LOTS of house stuff AND an amazing tutorial. Wha- what?

And I’m going to start with a major sneak peek.

veronica sheaffer _ vintage wedding gown restyled _ boho lace

BOOM. I mean, you guuuyss. Look at this! I can’t take credit for the design – my super stylish friend, Dean (who I go on and on about, I know), found this amazing vintage dress on Etsy and it just happened to fit her like a glove (both in size and style – like, nothing on Earth could be better suited for this adorable girl). And she brought it to me for some minor adjustments. For instance, it originally had long sleeves, which was super cute, but a little too covered with the high neckline and everything. It also had no pleating or slits or anything at the bottom, so she kind of had to scurry around in it. So funny. Lucky for us, the pattern in the sleeves perfectly matched the pattern in the skirt, so I was able to use one of those (cuff and all) to create an inverted kick pleat at the hem. You would never know it wasn’t original, right? Then we followed the dotted pattern in the lace to make those cute, little scalloped edges in the cap sleeves. Her mom suggested the covered buttons down the back, which were just the icing on the cake. SO CUTE.

You guys will die when you see the pictures from the actual wedding – I’m just telling you now. It was EPIC. It was so epic that one day you will see the photos everywhere and your fingers will bleed from so much Pinteresting. I don’t even know if I should be showing you these little bits just yet, but I can’t wait. And she’s currently honeymooning, so I can’t even text her real quick and ask. Oh well. I can’t wait, Dean, I’M SORRY!

It’s just too cute.


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Evening Wear!

Oh man, I have soooooo much to tell you about, and I have no idea where to start, so let’s just jump in with this shizzit:

veronica sheaffer _ bridal designer _ evening wear _ luxury cool navy

veronica sheaffer _ evening wear _ blush pink gown _ halter _ silk tulle

veronica sheaffer _ gray evening gown _ silk tulle _ ethereal

If you try telling me that your brain did not just explode, then you sir/madam, are a liar. I will be the first to say I loooooove theeeeese. I love the gowns (duh), but holy cow, the images done broke my heart. And then I love the gowns again. Remember when I asked that hypothetical question about color? It wasn’t hypothetical. Surprise! And I took your advice too, ’cause we’re lovers and you have such good taste. Didn’t they turn out so well? I maybe couldn’t take the gray one off when I finished it – it was too pretty. If I had been able to zip up the others by myself, I would still be wearing those too. All of them.

And of the course the images. Whaaaaat? I have proposed to the amazing Billy Rood more than once – he’s so good, I can’t stand it. I don’t understand why he doesn’t want to be brother husbands with Keith. We need to be together forever. And the lovely Krystyn Johnson and Samara Toby of Bridal Beauty Chicago have once again made my tiny ideas come to life in the most gorgeous ways. Love them so much. And sweet Molly from Ford Chicago . . . I have no idea what to say. She’s perfect and sweet and stunning and talented. Kisses all around.

Please, PLEASE, go check out the rest of the images – I’ve uploaded them all onto Pinterest here – I’m dying for you to see them. And oh, how handy, now you can repin them a bunch of times! In the meantime, I’ll meditate on “pinterest sensation” and let’s see what happens, ‘kay?

[Images by Photographer Billy Rood; Hair/Makeup by Bridal Beauty Chicago; Molly from Ford Models Chicago; Veronica Sheaffer gowns]


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Buddleia Veil for Caitlin

Yesterday was pretty awesome, you guys. I mean, I was at work the entire time, but I got all sorts of fun news by email and phone and then I spent the last two hours hanging out with adorable, sweet Christine. She kept me company while I put the final finishes on her gown, and then we squealed and jumped around a bit and she took it home with her. I’m so bummed I forgot to take a picture, but she has promised to send some from the wedding, and those are always better anyway. I can’t wait to show you all how amazing and beautiful she is! But for now I’ll just show you how amazing and beautiful this is …

veronica sheaffer _ beaded bridal headpiece veil _ art deco style wedding

veronica sheaffer _art deco style beaded bridal headpiece veil

It’s the Beaded Buddleia Veil from my Fall ’12 collection for lovely Caitlin in NY. She chose it to wear with the Elysium gown from Bhldn for her wedding (just days away!). It’s such a great pairing, don’t you think? She had the veil cut really long too – I’m so excited to see how it drapes with her gown. I’m so excited to see her too – we’ve never even talked on the phone, but I know she’s just the cutest. I can tell.

I can also tell today is going to be another awesome day. I’m heading out in a minute to pick up dresses from the sewing contractor, and I’m soooo excited to see them. It’s always so fun to see the new stuff come together!


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Sneak Peek: Sylvia’s Dress

Umm … so I’ve been wearing a brace on my wrist on and off all week, ’cause it’s been really (REALLY) sore, and I just now took the brace off and … something is … not good. Like, that weird giant bump was not there this morning. Good thing I’m going to the doctor in two hours. Anyway, that’s not why I started this post, but holy cow please send some major positive voodoo whatever or something, because I need my right hand right now. Moving on to much more fun stuff …

Someone’s getting married this weekend! Her name starts with an ‘S’ ends in an ‘A’ and the middle part will be wearing this adorable thing:

veronica sheaffer _ custom chicago bridal _ sari fabric wedding dress

I can’t wait to show you pics of Sylvia all dressed up. Errybody start swoonin’.

And praying for my wrist.


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Custom Headband for Sylvia

I took the day off yesterday. Woo hoo! And then we went and bought a car. Double woo hoo! I really wanted the super fancy model with the leather seats and side mirror defrosters and sun roof and everything, but we decided to save our money and go with a more practical option. And when I got into our new car this morning, I felt pretty baller anyway, so we clearly made the right choice. Once the keyless entry and then the actual keys will no longer open the driver’s side door and one of your tail lights is busted and your spare tire is stolen and the brakes grate every time you make a turn, every other car in existence feels better than what you’ve got. So we’re pretty much living in the lap of luxury now.

Anyway, the other exciting moment this weekend was when Sylvia came in for her final fitting. Do you remember a million years ago when she brought in this beautiful embroidered sari from India and asked me to use it in her wedding dress? Well, just wait until you see what we did with it. That fitting was seriously a thrill – the dress is gorgeous inside and out, and completely amazing on Sylvia. And to top it all off, I made a headband using different elements from the sari, cut and pieced together to create this really cool layered design:

veronica sheaffer _ custom bridal headband _ embroidered paisley sari headpiece

I really like this. A LOT. And I loved making it. I mean, I’m sort of bummed that I’ve got calluses on two of my dainty fingers from all of the hand sewing I’ve done this summer, but that’s the stuff I love doing most – the really detailed, delicate work. And I’ve been really lucky to have so many projects like that lately. Keep ‘em coming! And make sure you stop back in to see the dress. You guys, it’s really awesome.

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