Posts tagged ‘Curtains’

March 14, 2011

World’s Shortest Hiatus

by Cait

Good news everyone!  I’m back from my whole dramaticI’m taking a break” thing.  At least for now.

We haven’t done much in the way of house-related projects recently, unless you count washing dishes and opening & closing the curtains.  Robert is on spring break from school this week, I am working on a header for a friend’s blog, and then there was some much-needed bike riding, laying on the beach, hanging out with friends, and reading by Robert’s parents’ pool sprinkled into the past few weeks.  (Apologies to those of you who still have snow.  Hopefully you will be slightly less annoyed if I mention I didn’t actually swim at the beach or in the pool?) 

We did move this chair into the art room in front of the roll top.  We’re thinking about spray painting it a brighter, glossy  yellow since I’m not above bastardizing painting wood that was pretty gnarly to begin with.

We added more stumps to our stump graveyard.  A piece of curb appeal for which I am sure our neighbors love us.

I have recently resisted buying a discontinued West Elm Manzanita Wall Art on eBay, which my wallet thanks me for, but my mostly bare walls do not.  I have also all but changed my mind about the living room curtains I have yet to make.  I still want to use my Lotta Jansdotter stencils, but I’m having cold feet about the fabric I bought (it is nothing like the gorgeous linen on the left below), and since my recent love affair with Fabric.com I have painters taped several swatches on the wall (occasionally they fall off while watching Criminal Minds, which is kind of hilarious).

The current plan is to go ahead with the stenciled curtains as planned, and then ignore the eye-rolling from Robert while I try to order this and/or this before they go out of stock again (ok, so they only have 2 yards left of the one on the right, so I probably won’t be getting that anytime soon).

 

Maybe I will take a picture of the other swatches I have taped to the wall for y’all soon.  Though that would probably discourage me from finishing the stenciled curtains.  And if someone could please go ahead and remind me to post pictures of my snazzy birthday gifts from last month, that would be greeeeat.

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February 23, 2011

Curtain Master

by Cait

Please excuse the terrible pictures in this post, Robert needed the DSLR at work today, so I’m using old pictures and ones taken with my phone...

Although we like our Ikea curtains in the bedroom, my recent crush on Fabric.com means that I decided the bedroom needed new curtains.  Last night while Robert was in class I decided to be productive and get them hemmed.

Here is a (terrible) before picture of the window beside our bed.

You can see a tiny glimpse of the back porch out this window.

After I finished the first curtain and hung it up I realized just how much we need some sort of lining (or maybe bamboo blinds) before we hang the second curtain, because our neighbor’s garage light shines right in the window beside the bed.  So right now our room has really mismatched curtains.  We are a classy lot around here.

While looking for bedroom pictures for this post I found the ones I took of the second West Elm sconce after we hung it.  Oops.  So here that is…  (And also? I typed “scone” first, and now I really want the petite vanilla scones that Starbucks has/used to have… Mmm…)

February 22, 2011

Corner Office

by Cait

I was ridiculously excited last week when my backordered fabric arrived from Fabric.com about a month early.  I wasted no time in making three panels for the art room and while we were at Ikea this past weekend we bought clips to hang them.  I don’t know that I love the look of the clips, but I do enjoy not having to stand on a chair to open/close the curtains thanks to the fact that they slide easily.  (Ok, who am I kidding, I rarely opened the old curtains, I mainly left that task to Robert.)

As a quick reminder, here is the before.

Art Room

And the (hurriedly taken before the sun went down yesterday) afters.  (We’ll take better photos this weekend.)


The fabric we used is Premier Prints Suzani Slub Texture Yellow/White, and we like it so much that we’re using Premier Prints Suzani Chocolate/Natural in our bedroom.

Aside from the curtains, we are making very slow progress on this room.  We having painted the closet or started on the new closet desk (the hairpin legs arrived, but we couldn’t fit a 96 in counter top in a Beetle with three adults- go figure).  As far as what to do next, I’m thinking about having the metal side chair powder coated (it’s pretty rusty from living in my parents garage, and the idea of something tougher than spray paint is appealing), or picking/ordering a rug.  I recently found one on Overstock similar to the West Elm Ferris rug, but I think I’m still leaning towards jute or sisal…

February 17, 2011

Curtain Wrap Up

by Cait

We’ve been a bit curtain crazy around here over the last month or so.

There has been a lot of cutting…

Yes those are my hands & our curtain fabric, but that is not our floor.  Long story.

And ironing…

Notice we got a new-to-us ironing board and a new cover.

And admiring…

Helper Dog admires the library curtains.

And not freaking our while watching Criminal Minds...


And in case that wasn’t enough curtain-action already?

The 5 are swatches and the bottom is for the bedroom. Somebody stop me before I order again.

I promise we’ll be back with a real post about the art room curtains (and maybe some info on how we made the backdoor curtains if anyone is interested) soon!

January 30, 2011

Office Space

by Cait

Since in haven’t ordered the curtains I wanted for the art room yet, I have enjoyed daydreaming about other rug and curtain options.  Especially when my mom, sister and I spend the better part of an afternoon emailing about inexpensive rug options for my sister’s 500sqft apartment that she’s moving into in April (design board of that coming soon).  I like to imagine that my art room is the fair-haired cousin to Sara @ Russet Street Reno’s art room (because her art room is dead sexy and I like thinking of myself in the same sentence as her since her house is amazing.  Have you seen her woman cave?  Love!)  Truthfully though, our art room is a messy mish-mash of styles and no where near as awesome as Sara’s turned out.

Since I am already in love with Urban Outfitter’s Woodland Garden curtains and I know I like natural fiber rugs I am considering this sisal rug from Overstock.  Initially I thought that a 5×8 rug would fit, and was going to go with the Ikea Tarnby that y’all know I love so much, but then I did a test fit with the 4’4 x 6’5 Ikea Gislev we have on my side of our bed (because the measuring tape is in the shed and I am lazy) and realize that a 5×8 would be WAY too big.

Then I realized that the vision I had for the art room is a bit girly, and since Robert uses the computer in art room’s closet for watching YouTube and looking up parts for the CJ-7 homework I should probably make the space gender neutral.  Plus, I would need to shorten my beloved Woodland Garden curtains from the top (since they don’t come in a 63″ length) or the patterned part would hang behind the Ikea Jonas desk (although ours is white) we use as a project table.  Though Robert liked the idea of the Woodland Garden curtains too and shortening them is not a big deal, I figured we should probably take the opportunity to make the art room/office a shared space, rather than just my taste.  I considered wussing out using the same curtains from the library, but I didn’t want to use the same statement-making curtains in more than one area (which is why we’re going to stencil curtains rather than use those for the living room, too, actually).  I figured picking a color to paint the closet would be a good starting place.  Since the room is already a bit of a bold color (Valspar’s Reflection Pond) we knew it needed to be bold so that it stood out.  Robert’s favorite color is red, but since I didn’t want to paint any part of our house fire engine red we decided a slightly more muted color might work best.  I was thinking something coral-y without too much pink and Robert agreed.

I looked through my old Pottery Barn Colors paint decks and found a color called Morrocan Spice by Benjamin Moore  in the Spring 2010 one.  We will probably match it to Valspar, since we love their paint (and it’s cheaper).  Then I found fabric that was similar to the curtains we both love in the library and took advantage of a sale that made it $5.58 a yard (with a 15% off coupon code from Retail Me Not on top of that).  Buying fabric sight unseen is probably a bad idea, but I ordered online-only curtains and they were awesome, so much finger-crossing is going on about the fabric.  I’m thinking that a natural weave rug is still the way to go (especially with the busy curtains).

The closet office is currently rocking this bungee chair I’ve had since high school, and a shower curtain (image from Urban Outfitters, ours is from Target and came with hooks) that we bought to use for something on the back porch but are making due with since we took the bifold doors down.  After the fabric I ordered arrives we’ll pick out something to make a closet curtain.  The desk surface is an Ikea Vika table top and L-brackets (which was about $15 total), but it doesn’t span the entire closet (we were going to put shelves on one side), we made it a little too high to work comfortably and we feel like it’s going to come crashing down when we lean our arms on it (although the L-brakcets will hold up just fine).  The closet is just over 8 feet long (97 inches) and 24 5/8 inches deep, but the longest Vika surface is only about 80 inches long, so we’ll need to DIY a work surface with something from Lowe’s or Home Depot that coordinates with the Jonas desk.

Swivel chair image from here, basket image from here

To go with the paint colors, fabric and rug mentioned above we are thinking about:

  • Swivel Chair – We have a chair in the shed that I rescued from the side of the road that I’m hoping to refinish and use in place of the bungee chair.
  • Other Chairs – I think that the Crate&Barrel Delta could be a good option for two other chairs; they are certainly easier on the wallet than trying to find two Emeco Heritage chairs, but a bit more than we want to spend.  We may just end up redoing the fabric and/or color on the existing chairs.
  • Desk – As I mentioned, we have to DIY a desktop and in looking for legs for the closet desk I found the  Vika Moliden legs that would coordinate with the Delta/Emeco chairs.
  • Shelving & Storage – Over the desk I’d like to put a shelf similar to Ikea’s Lack shelves with storage boxes or baskets.

Is anyone else thinking about how to organize their home office space?

January 9, 2011

Post Holiday To-Dos

by Robert

Like some crazy people out there most people, we often make lists of things that need to be accomplished on the weekends (and occasionally these lists are a bit ambitious).  This weekend, that list revolved mostly around taking down Christmas decorations and some general clean up that hadn’t fully taken place over the holidays.  In the interest of not reinventing the wheel, we have linked to other blogs who did great posts on a couple of these subjects.

Also for the sake of irony (and because we didn’t post one earlier), here is our Christmas Tree.


Need To Do This Weekend

  • Quick whole house clean up
  • Caulk living room windowsKatie Bower on Weatherizing for Winter
  • Pack up indoor Christmas decorations & take down tree Rebecca on De-Christmasing (lots of other blog-world-peeps have posted on this subject, but Cait & I read this one most recently…and liked it)
  • Take down outdoor Christmas lights
  • Put door sweep on  back porch screen door to keep damn leaves out
  • Scrub kitchen&bathroom floors
  • Paint trees on living room wall
  • Recycle grocery bags and newspapers

Would Like To Do Today/Soon/Before We Die

  • Finish backdoor curtain (I ironed, it’s her turn now)
  • Start living room curtains
  • Stencil doorway between dining room and kitchen

Cait will be back later with another post about the backdoor curtain and one about why our library looks like this (which is sad…and may involve a floating rug for which we would rather not be hated) :

December 27, 2010

Living Room Curtains Revisited

by Cait

Edit: After I posted this morning, the West Elm curtains sold out again (probably because YHL apparently wants them too, and reposted their new master mood board this morning).  Now I really, really need suggestions! 

For the year and a half that we’ve lived in our house, the living room windows have been bare.  This really didn’t bother us too much at first (you can’t really see through them from outside anyhow, since our house is off-grade), but recently it has been annoying me.  I chalk this up partly to the fact that our neighbor recently bought a chain saw and ended up cutting down a tree on the property line that had been making our backyard very lush and private.  (I think he bought the chain saw and then wanted to cut something down, so he attacked the poor, defenseless, shade-and-privacy-providing tree. Thanks, guy, now we can see your house from ours.  Ugh.)

I still have not taken a new picture.  The recliner is gone now.

Also, imagine less greenery in the third window from the left.

Since I had recently posted about wanting new curtains for the library and art room, a few people wondered where I’d hang the West Elm ones I mentioned when I confessed that I have fallen hardcore in love with graphic print curtains.  Well, as you may have guessed now, the ones I was considering were for the living room.  (And I envision them with bamboo blinds as well, sort of a la YHL’s old living room, minus the light-and-airy.)  When we discovered they were out of stock decided to use the library’s old curtains (more about its new curtains soon) until we found something that we a) LOVED and b) could afford.


Well, West Elm brought back the 84″ curtains (ok, technically they are allegedly going to be available 1/17).  Insert explative here.  Thankfully(ish) I still do not really want to buy eight 48 x 84 inch panels, even at $19.99 with free shipping.  Moving on…

These Vilmie curtains are $29.99 for two 57 x 98 inch panels, which makes my wallet cry a whole lot less.   I kind of love them, but I really wanted grey, especially with the accent wall I just painted (I haven’t done the trees yet, but I’ll try to post pictures of the grey soon).  I swear Ikea had a grey graphic print curtain that I LOVED but I guess they are gone-zo.

So, getting to my point…  Remember how I said not to recommed similar curtains?  I lied.  Pretty please with extra whip and sprinkles, help me find something similar to the West Elm curtains!  I canot stomach spending that much, my BFF RetailMeNot has failed me this time, and I am le tired of scouring The Interwebz (all the curtain options are running together).

PS- I really want these curtains from Anthro, but I am not paying $128 a panel because oh-my-god-do-you-know-how-much-that-is-for-eight-panels?! Insanity.

December 14, 2010

Dodged that Bullet!

by Cait

I think I may be falling in love with graphic print curtains.  I blame the guest bedroom  (and the ones I mentioned on our Christmas wish list post).

My newest love?

These Geo Leaf print curtains from West Elm.  Now, explaining the title of the post, the length we would have needed was $19.99 a panel, which made my love for them even more dangerous.  The saving grace was the fact that they sold out in the length, and our windows that I was considering them for are 105 inches wide and these panels are only 48 inches.  Phew!

Has anyone else ever been relieved when something goes out of stock?

Now, please, don’t anyone suggest similar curtains, my wallet may not be able to take it!

November 19, 2010

Panel Judges

by Cait

Does anyone have Urban Outfitters curtains?  Robert and I are considering new curtains for the art room and the library because sometimes our blue and white Alvine Trad curtains from Ikea look a little too “granny”.

Woodland Garden Curtains from Urban Outfitters

Woodside Block Print Curtain from Urban Outfitters

If price weren’t an option I’d buy these in a heartbeat (the first one, although it would have to be shortened, for the art room and the second for the library).  The problem is that they are sold as single panels and we’d need three panels in the art room and five panels in the library.

I’ve also looked for curtains at Ikea, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Crate&Barrel, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Linens ‘n Things but nothing has really jumped out at me.  I’d love some opinions on UO curtains.