Now back at home I got busy - Dan helped too - we installed stair runners purchased from Dash and Albert on both sets of painted stairs. These back stairs are narrow in width so the runners covered the entire surface as if we carpeted them. Installation was fun and easy! I also painted the kitchen from a golden brown to a glowng and velvety off white. Off white seemed the obvious choice (after dozens of color sample were painted on to try out - colors like amber orange, pale sage gray, and various light yellows or golds) because the cabinets are antiqued pale yellow and the island is sage blue gray.
A couple days ago I went to a wonderful fabric store in Exeter NH called the Handkerchief Company. It's a large three story former old house jam packed with bolts and displays of every type of decorating fabric. I have bought all my house fabric there for the last 19 years and we have had several pieces of furniture upholstered or slip covered there as well. More often than not I find just what I am looking for on the third attic floor where all the bolts are 9 bucks a yard; 6 bucks on Tuesdays. I went looking for a fabric to make a master bathroom valance to replace the one I put up years ago. I brought a few dried blue/purple hydrangea petals and the wall paint chip hoping to find a fabric to pull them together but thought it would be unlikely. Hidden in piles and piles of bolts I found the perfect match - 6 bucks a yard.
link - via kniveswithwifes blog - they are quick and easy to throw together.