Sunday Reading

August 12th, 2012

Hello friends, just popping in to share some of the latest articles I’ve written over at BH&G, I hope you enjoy the recent posts, click on the buttons below to read them.


Also, there are two fantastic books recently released, take a peek at my reviews of Color: The Complete Guide for your Home and New Cottage Style, both welcome additions to the collection of design books on my bookshelf, filled with many inspirational images and plenty of helpful decorating advice.

Finally, some technical news, if you happen to love an image you see over on the Centsational Style blog, hover over it with your mouse and you’ll see the new “Pin it” button appear to make it easy for you to save the image or article to your Pinboards!

Oooooh, fancy!

That’s all for today folks, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend,


X Leg Bench (Guest Tutorial)

August 9th, 2012

Hi everyone, I have a special guest today!  I love a great DIY project, especially this one that combines power tools, beautiful fabric, and nailhead trim to create a custom X leg bench (or ottoman) for extra seating or staging around the house – X base furniture is a favorite of mine, offering a stylish alternative to straight legs, and the smaller upholstered benches look especially fantastic at the end of beds.  Today, I invited Jennifer of The Chronicles of Home to share her technique on how to make your own X leg bench.

“Hello CG readers, I’m so thrilled to be guest posting for Kate today, on one of my all-time favorite blogs, while she’s on vacation!  And perhaps equally excited to be sharing a tutorial with you on how to make this cute X-leg upholstered bench.

Whether you call them X leg stools, X leg ottomans, or X leg benches, they’re extremely versatile pieces that can be used for extra seating anywhere you need it because they’re so lightweight and moveable.  They can be stored away against a wall or under a table when not in use, grouped around a coffee table, used as a coffee table alone or in a pair, or grouped at the bottom of a bed.  The possibilities are practically endless!

I’ve had my eye on a pair of them for my living room for awhile now but decided I wanted to try my hand at making them myself instead of buying them, both to cut costs and because I love making furniture and seeing how things go together.  My two primary inspiration pieces were these:

I liked the chunky legs on the bench at left and the streamlined, nailhead-studded top of the one on the right.  I tend to be a visual thinker so took an old piece of cardboard and drew a sketch of the finished piece.  I’d recommend doing the same so you have a reference to be sure your angles are cut correctly.


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