So we all have our addictions, right? Some big, some small, some fairly benign, and others life altering. While I’ve somehow managed to avoid the big ones, I think all my fellow designers out there would back me up when I say that being a designer of any sort is basically a marathon of one small addiction after another. We’re stuck in our own personal hell (nawww… heaven, really) of one obsession after another. Colors, fonts, textures, patterns… the list goes on and on. And once we get our mind set on something there’s just no stopping us until we find the perfect thing to fill that void. This week’s obsession? Pillows. What do you do when you find the perfect set of pillows for your apartment, but don’t feel like spending $60 a piece? In my case, while browsing Lulu & Georgia I fell in love with these bohemian, denim wash pillows and had to call my sister to talk me off the ledge. Luckily, we came up with a simple DIY for a fraction of the price. First step: Amazon Prime. Second Stop: Michaels. 1) Linen Pillow Cases 2) Fabric Paint / Ink 3) Sponge Brush or Bristle Brush 4) Stencils These ended up being remarkably simple. We mixed the paint and ink, hoping we’d get a nice washed out denim look. Next, we lined up the stencils and securely taped them in place. Then using a stippling (dabbing) motion, we applied the paint! For the solid areas of paint we brushed lightly, keeping some of the underlying linen peeking through. The options and patterns are completely endless! Now I just gotta try not to make stenciling my new obsession, or things could get a little cray around here.