So you remember a week-ish ago when we “played pillows“? Probably not. Heck, I almost don’t remember it it’s been so long ago! Bad blogger…bad bad blogger. But I have a reason! Goooooood things are happening around these parts…super good things which I can’t quite spill the beans on everything just yet but come back later this week for some of the biggest news! Eeek! Anywho, after playing pillows I realized I wasn’t 100% happy with the turquoise curtains which have been with me since my first apartment circa 2005. So I traded them in for some sheers and shades…bam! An updated living room!
I love the final result, although it took as few steps to get there. I originally thought I would nix the turquoise-competing-for-attention-with-the-pillows curtains for some white sheers.
The shears came from Target…naturally. Where else do curtains come from?! The best part of the curtains is that they’re el-cheapos. We’re talking $7.99 for an 84″ crinkled, sheer white curtain panel.
After hanging the curtains it still felt like something was missing, and the sheers weren’t quite as good as the turquoise curtains in the tv glare blocking department. The window behind the couch is directly across from the tv which makes early evening movie watching a bit more difficult. Our Caddyshack watching ability is clearly compromised.
So I went on a
man hunt shade hunt. We had gotten woven shades from the Home Depot before (they’re the shades we installed in our master bedroom), so we started there. But alas…they only had 60″ wide woven shades and they were in the clearance section. The Depot did however have some bamboo shades there but at $35 a shade, they were a bit out of our budget. Next stop Lowes, where we found almost exactly the same shades for $13 each. It pays to shop around some days.
So we adopted them. Three of them to be exact, in the lighter of the two shades.
We had intentions of hanging them inside the casing of our window, which meant shaving down the 30″ wide shades to fit our 29-1/2″ window. But shear laziness set in (that happens when you spend all your waking moments when you’re not at your day job building iPad stands for your Etsy shop). And we experimented with hanging the shade on the outside of the window.
It was a perfect fit. I was a bit worried that they would look out of place or awkward hanging out outside the window, but once the sheers were layered back on top, it would soften the harsh edges and mask the awkwardness.
So we measured, marked and screwed in a pair of sheet rock screws (we always have those laying around) into the window trim to hang the blinds, which had a pair of triangle hooks attached to them for hanging purposes.
Up went the shades and the sheers were returned to their rightful position for an updated living room and parlor.
I’m not gonna lie, I absolutely adore how adorable the bamboo blinds look when combined with the white sheers in our living room. It gives off this easy breezy
beautiful Cover Girl coastal vibe in our living room. Between that and the hula girl postcard ledges, Maine Cottage style media cabinet, and lobster art, we’re bringing the Maine coastal vibe in here. Ironically not on purpose.
Total cost of the project, dressing up three windows in two rooms, a whopping $87 ($48 for the curtains and $39 for the shades). Now I’m really starting to feel this room come together. If only I could work up enough energy to refinish that living room floor in a dark walnut stain like the rest of the floors around it. Small victories, folks, small victories.
Pssst…Coming down the pipe at you this week here at the Roost, we’ve got a big old Inspired Design Challenge recap coming at you along with a roundup of all our July projects and a couple spray painting projects. Tis the season for spray painting! But enough about us, how you doin’?
So while I was galavanting around Atlanta…scratch that…the Hyatt in Atlanta for the Haven conference, I learned a few important things about myself. One, I truly am meant to be a blogger/creative business owner…two, I can handle 7+ hours in an airport waiting for a flight as long as I have my laptop and a blog post/project to work on…three, I am HORRIBLE with accessories! Like hanging my head in shame I’m so bad at accessorizing my own home. While I may be bad at accessories, I am damn good with an orbital sander! But I came back home from Haven invigorated to accessorize the snot out of our house and really start fine tuning some of our spaces. No sooner did I get home, but I was off on the great pillow hunt of 2013 to update our couch with some fresh, colorful pillows…bam…updated couch in your face!
We have a pretty colorful living room thanks to the postcard ledges with the hula girl postcards, so there really wasn’t a color that was off limits. With the pile of pillows home with me, I proceeded to “play” pillows for the afternoon, switching up combos until I found one that I loved! So here’s Option 1:
Pssst…In completely unrelated news, in the last couple of weeks we’ve been featured on a few other blogs including Knock Off Decor here, Ten June here, and most recently at Thrifty Decor Chick here. Thanks ladies for all the bloggy love!
Welcome back ladies and gentleman (or ladies and my dad and Colby since I’m pretty sure they’re the only “gentlemen” who read this blog), for another exciting rendition of the Inspired Design Challenge. Hootie hoo let’s get this
party challenge started! This week’s inspiration store….wait for it…Anthropologie! Man do I love Anthro! I have to admit that until last summer, I was an Anthro virgin. But then on a trip to Boston, I dragged Colby into a store and shopped around for a few minutes. I would have stayed longer but the store was about fifteen minutes shy of closing time. You can read all about our Boston adventure here. There may also have been a first-timer-in-West-Elm situation as well. But enough chit chat, let’s get to the goods with the Anthro project reveal:
And of course the inspiration was the ranunculus swirl Anthropologie shade. Do you guys remember this image? From back here?
And how I was going to wrap a lamp shade like the rosette shade? I bought the lamps, the shades, the fabric but barely got started. So when the Inspired Design Challenge rolled around it kicked my butt into high-rosette-making gear and I finally tackled the project. Which is totally time consuming….just an FYI for anyone out there wishing to recreate this. It took me three beers and four Red Sox games to finish just one shade!
So here’s the how-I-did it, first up the supplies:
I made two lamp shades so I picked up a pair of el-cheap-o shades from Target (I think they were about $10 each) and a couple yards of yellow outdoor fabric for about $10 total thanks to a sale and a coupon. Other supplies included a hot glue gun and a fabric cutting system. Trust me, the fabric rolling cutter thingie (can you tell I’m not a sewer?!) saved my sanity for this project!
The first step was to cover the shade completely in the yellow fabric. This provides a nice base so if your rosettes don’t 100% cover the shade, no white will poke through. I first traced the lampshade by rolling it along the fabric and tracing the edges with a fabric pencil. Then I just cut it out leaving about 1/8″ to a 1/4″ excess that will later be used to wrap the fabric around the edge of the shade.
And then it was hot glue time. I started with one edge and hot glued all along the straight edge. Once that dried, I rolled the fabric around the shade and hot glued the other seam, folding it over first to make a nice, crisp edge. You don’t really want jagged fabric-ness and fraying to be the seam you show so folding over the fabric prevents this.
To finish around the edges, I ran a bit of glue just under the inside of the rolled up part of the shade, folded over the fabric, and kind of tucked it into the rolled seam/glue. I worked in about 4″ increments all around the shade so I had time to tuck before the glue dried.
And voila…a fabric covered shade!
Now came the fun part, the rosette part. To make the rosette I used about 1/4″ strips of the leftover yellow outdoor fabric in various lengths. This is the reason why I used outdoor fabric, was for the rosettes. The fabric is somewhat stiffer so it helps hold the floral-ie shape better. So using my rotary cutter, I cut a ridiculous mound of rosette strips.
And then just started making away. I started the process by rolling about an inch of the fabric into a little bead, hot glueing that bead together so it would stay, then glueing it to the shade. Then using that bead as the center point, just wrapped it around in a rosette fashion tucking each layer of the flower behind the first.
Until I had a rosette that looked something like this:
Honestly, that was probably my worst one. I got a little bit better the more I made them. So I just kept wrapping rosettes, gluing them directly to shade as I wrapped, and varying their sizes so they weren’t all exactly the same until I had this:
I chose yellow fabric to kind of go with the “8-10-12″ wedding table number art hanging beside Colby’s nightstand in our master bedroom. Speaking of…shameless plug…it’s almost our anniversary…eeeeeeek! I can’t believe it’s been a year already! Man it went by fast!
So here’s the full bedroom shot. Excuse the poor photography. It was one of those oh-em-gee my flight for Haven leaves like now and I still haven’t packed and I’m taking pictures of this room anyway because I need to even if it’s bad light kind of situation. I’ll take better pics eventually…maybe after I finish shade numero dose.
Speaking of, in an effort to keep it real, this is what my nightstand/shade looks like:
Forehead…desk. I kind of ran out of time. I couldn’t believe how time consuming hot gluing all those rosettes was going to be like. But I’m totally going to blame Haven and our Etsy shop Roostic and not that I may have gotten sucked into HGTV star along with a Duck Dynasty marathon. Those shows just makes me happy, happy, happy. Hopefully I’ll finish the shade soon. Actually, it may have been a good thing that I haven’t yet finished both shades because at the Haven Conference (a DIY blogging conference that I JUST got back from) I learned that I’m basically a styling/staging/home accessorizing nightmare and I want to make a conscious effort to glam up and style some our spaces better, starting with our nightstands. I sense that our digital alarm clocks, especially my hot pink rubber one (seriously?!) will be getting the boot.
So now that I’m done my monologue ala Tina Fey Saturday Night Live style, it’s time to bring in the big guns and my fellow Inspired Design Challenge hosts.
And of course their lovely inspiration:
- Lindsay from Life Of Splendor
- Kristin from Bliss At Home (Kristin’s project will be up on Wednesday)
- Sara from Embrace My Space
- Jennifer from Brave New Home
So go check out their amazing projects, show them some love, and tell them I said hi! Next up on the Inspired Design Challenge, our last week of project goodness, World Market. You can get a sneak peak of my project on my Inspired Design Challenge Pinterest board.
Pssst…So I’ve mentioned this about a gazillion times, but how about one more time for the cheap seats in the back. This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia which was amazing! It was a conference geared toward DIY and design bloggers. I got to meet some blogging superstars, learn a few things, hob nob with some vendors/sponsors, but most importantly, make some new blog friends. In fact, I got to real life meet Kristin from Bliss At Home along with Lindsay from Life of Splendor. But I’ll share more details about the conference later this week.
I’m about to let you in on the deep, dark, inner workings of my brain, particularly with my thought process. Women and small children, those who are pregnant or who could become pregnant should use caution before proceeding. Officially consider yourself warned. This evening…we’re talking about curtains with and underlying theme of my indecision. And it all started with these guys.
I went to Target the other day with a shopping list that included “tea, rubber gloves for cleaning, and some Goose cookies”. Somehow I ended up in the curtain aisle after a brief stint perusing the sheets. Dang you Target (she says while shaking fist in air)! It’s like that cartoon on Sarah’s blog post about our Target edition of the Inspired Design Challenge. Isn’t that crazy?! The cartoon was about impulsively buying curtains and I JUST impulsively bought curtains! Target gets me every time. I couldn’t resist the pair of coral curtains, which were $24 a pop and we could use some curtains for the Etsy office, right?!. The poor window was naked…a Will Ferrel “we’re all going streaking” kind of naked.
So home I came with my pair of coral curtains and a basic, $10 curtain rod, ready to put Colby to work on hanging the suckers. Simple project, right?! No such thing! We LOVE hanging curtains on the studs. Especially since Goose has a habit of yanking on the curtains while he’s “protecting” us from evil yard squirrels. But alas, the studs around this wall were completely off center and generally out of whack. One stud was just above the trim and the other was about a foot off.
So we improvised and tried our hand at some super heavy duty, you can swing off this sheet rock screw like a monkey, anchors. This was our first go around using the anchors and so far so good on the ruggedness quotient. To install, it was just a matter of drilling a hole into the sheetrock using a spade bit, inserting the screw with the “wing part” into the wall. And then tightening the whole thing up until the curtain hanging bracket is flush and tight with the wall.
And tah-dah! Coral curtains in the Etsy office!
I love them! Stupidly, ridiculously love the coral curtains in this space….however….of course there had to be a “however”, I already had this fabric kicking around:
I had picked up the fabric for around $20 during a not so recent Jo-Ann’s fabric sale and got just enough fabric to make curtains for this space. Mind you, this was back when we were going to turn this room into a guest bedroom with a daybed in front of the window, complete with tons of white, squishy pillows for lounging. And this fabric was going to be the big pop of color, curtain fabric. But now that we turned the space into a workspace, design plans have changed. But I still wanted to give the curtains a chance, so I quickly snipped the fabric in half to make two panels, and clipped the panels up onto the curtain rod.
Please excuse the fabric pooling on the floor. I still have yet to sew these bad boys.
Hmmm…I kind of like these curtains too. I sense a dilemma brewing. This has the potential to rival the great “which spatula do I buy debate” of 2002. Do I get the spatula with slats? Or the solid spatula? Hmmmm…three hours later (I kid you not) I still couldn’t decide and came home with both spatulas. Both of which I’ve used up until Goose became a part of our lives and decided spatulas ranked right up there with meaty bones on the yumminess scale.
So if I keep the green/yellow curtains in the craft room, what to do with the coral curtains? They were clearly not going back to Target. They’re just too pretty for that and were destined to live in my home. Then I remembered the dining room and the black plaid curtains in there.
I’ve been thinking of replacing them for a brighter pair. Coral is brighter than black. Situation solved.
Swoon! I love those curtains! I swear since replacing the black plaid curtains with the coral curtains, the room feels brighter and more dynamic. It’s like all of a sudden there’s life in the room and the windows no longer just fall flat. The coral really makes the room pop.
So here’s the worst part of this dilemma…I love the coral curtains in BOTH the Etsy office and the dining room. What to do, what to do?! Do I keep the coral curtains in the dining room and the green/yellow curtains upstairs in the office? Or do we put the coral curtains back upstairs and bring back the black plaid curtains? Or maybe go a completely different route in the dining room? Oh decisions how I loathe thee! Save me!
Pssst…I just have to mention, I’m about to head to the Haven Conference and am SO ridiculously excited about going! If you’re heading to Haven, let me know so we can meet up!
Once upon a time we had a yellow bathroom with cute little labeled towel hooks. Then, one day, the big bad Goose came along. And he huffed and he puffed and he pulled those towels down.
Until he ripped out a couple hooks (only one of those hooks is still properly secured). For some reason, Goose has a nasty habit of pulling down our bath towels and proceeding to roll in them. It’s the same move that he pulls when he’s busy rolling in dog turds (sometimes his own) and dead snakes. It’s a real charming quality of his (she says sarcastically). So it didn’t take very long for Goose to pull down enough towels that the towel hooks started coming out of the wall, bringing bits of sheet rock down them them.
But I can’t blame the wonkiness of the towel hook labels on the dog. That’s my bad. No…not really. More like poor luck. For some reason, they just won’t stay straight. Maybe it’s because we only used one nail to secure each hook label to the wall?! In retrospect, we probably should have used two nails. Anyway, towards the end of the yellow bathroom’s tenure, we were pretty much over the towel hooks and labels and we were ready for a change. So after we finished patching the old hook holes and painting our bathroom minty green, we were ready to give the space the hook up (see what I did there?!).
We actually wanted to install two sets of hooks in our bathroom. One set of hooks to replace our old towel hooks underneath the built in shelves. And another hook on that little, sliver of a wall between the vanity and the shower. We’ve never had a hook there and thought it would be a good spot to hang shower-in-progress towels.
So the other day while I was cruising the School House Antiques Mall in Brewer, I came across a couple of items that would fit the bathroom hook bill. First up, an old hat rack.
It’s accordion style meaning that you can expand it and contract it for different heights and widths. I couldn’t resist it at a price of $12. Although I wasn’t a fan of the color, which is nothing a can of spray paint couldn’t fix.
At another booth in the School House Antiques Mall, I came across this black, cast iron hook for $7 and promptly added it to my shopping basket with the intention of making it our shower towel hook. No more towels draped over the shower curtain rod! Yippee!
It’s one of those triple, swiveling hooks and I have been jonesing over all the colorful versions of them on Etsy for quite some time. But who says I couldn’t spray paint my own triple swivel hook?!
After a long winter with a serious lack of spray painting, I was going through withdrawals (curse you spray paint fumes and your addictiveness!) so it was time to break out a can. It was the first pseudo nice weekend here in Maine and just barely warm enough to spray paint things outside. So I set up my painting station, whipped out a can of spray paint (leftover from another project), and officially declared spray painting season open!
Before painting I gave the hat rack a quick scuff job with some sand paper. Then it was just a matter of layering on about five super thin and even coats of spray primer/paint in one. I let the hooks dry for a few days, making sure they dried completely and the finish hardened up (since they would probably be exposed to a decent amount of wet towel moisture). Then it was installation time. And true to form, Colby whipped out the laser level to make sure we installed the hat rack turned towel rack, straight. He’s such a stickler for levelness.
Colby leveled while I properly positioned the towel rack on the wall. I held it in place while Colby simply nailed the hat rack directly into a couple of studs (the other use for the laser level/stud finder).
That was one of the problems with the old towel hooks, we didn’t install them to studs and just used sheet rock anchors. Under normal circumstances (as in if Goose didn’t exist in our home), the hooks would have held just fine. But after daily wear and tear from the pooch tearing down our towels, the anchors just couldn’t hold up the hooks anymore. Good thing our dog is cute! Sheesh!
Next it was time to install the triple swivel hooks. This one was a bit different. The hook had two holes in it meant for a pair of screws but didn’t come with screws. During spray painting, I hadn’t thought about picking out a pair of screws from the workshop and spray painting them too, you know, to match. Nope…completely forgot. I blame the paint fumes! Turns out that Lowes stocks all kinds of colored screw heads. So during an emergency “I’m out of Etsy shop supplies because those darn stands keep selling out” trip to Lowes, we also picked up some white headed screws (not to be confused with those white heads of your teenage years).
Then it was just a matter of picking the right spot for the hook, eyeballing its vertical/horizontal spacing, and screwing it to the wall. Easy as pie (mmm…pie).
Here’s the after shot of the bathroom with the new hooks installed (I know…you can BARELY see them…but they’re there if you squint really hard).
It’s a subtle change to the space visually but has a GINORMOUS impact on the functionality of our bathroom. Although breaking the three year draping-the-towel-over-the-shower-curtain-rod habit is HARD! But if that’s the worst of my habits, I’ll take it.
So we’re inching ever so closer to having a done bathroom! It feels so weird…especially where we were sporting a plywood vanity for oh…three years! And because I can’t resist checking things off the to-do list, here’s where we stand on our bathroom list:
Find a dresser/buffet to convert into a bathroom vanity(we found a buffet on Craigslist for $75) Hack up said dresser and paint it(vanity hacking post here and here during installation; the vanity is painted Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore which you can read about here) Demo out the old “temporary” vanity that had been in our bathroom for nearly three years and patch the sheetrock(vanity demo go boom…note…Colby challenge me to spoof the KFC “Game Day Bucket Go Boom commercial in every post…challenge accepted) Prime and paint the bathroom wall a cool, minty color(we painted the bathroom Mantis Green by Benjamin Moore)
- Add bead board above the built-in shelves and paint the bead board and the shelves glossy white (for shame that we haven’t yet painted the bathroom built-ins…it’s been three years!)
Build a first aid cabinet for the space above the toilet paper holder(we didn’t build it though…we found it…for six bucks…here’s the post)
- Organize, organize, organize!
Build shelves for the blank wall space beside the vanity
- Build another shelf, maybe one out of driftwood, to hang over the back of the toilet
Find or DIY some interesting towel hooks
- Finish off the space by hanging a little art and accessorizing here and there (I’m sensing some Etsy art I’ve been drooling over in our future!)
- Patch the cracked ceiling (kind of broke it while working in the attic) and paint it
- Replace the light fixture with something fun and less boob-light-like
Oh so close to done done. But I’m starting to feel the itch to move on to another space for a little while. And I’ve got a big switcheroo planned for the not so distant future. We’re talking a flopping the craft room with the guest room so the craft room becomes the guest room and the craft room (and Etsy shop office) moves into the guest room space. Still with me? Good. Stay tuned for details.
Pssst…How about you guys? Have you been adding any finishing touches to a space lately? Or do you also get the “itch” to move onto something else when you’ve been working on one thing for too long?