Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chevron Curtains and a living room update

After much debate over the fabric choices that I shared with you fine folks HERE, I decided to go with one  of my favorite and trusted prints, the blue and antique chevron print from to make extended length curtains for my living room and kitchen.

I bought the fabric on clearance and lined 4 pieces with blackout drapery lining that was also on clearance at Joann's.  It makes the curtains extra thick, and they really do black out any light.  They also help to keep the home more energy efficient. I raised the height of my curtain rods, and opted to use curtain rod hooks for a more airy feel.

I love them.  It's amazing how much bigger the rooms feel with my curtain height extended. 

I've been holding off on showing them to you because my kitchen and living room are still very much in progress, but this way you can enjoy the ride with me.  Here's the status so far.

We added a custom cut glass top to the dining room table that I shared with you all HERE to protect it and to allow for much easier cleanup after each meal.  This investment was so worth it to me.

I treated myself to this darling fork and spoon for my birthday (purchased on sale from Hobby Lobby) instead of my originally planned "EAT" sign above the sink.  I saw them while browsing and decided that a fork and spoon say EAT just as well as the text does. 

I added some small plates above the buffet, and will hang that fabulous silver tray above them soon.  I found that baby for $5 at Salvation Army all tarnished and couldn't believe how gorgeous it was once I polished her up.

The real dilemma in my kitchen right now is the bar stool situation for the island.  That story is going to be reserved for an entire post.  Hold on to your seats, my friends.  Try your best to just ignore what's going in in these pics at the island... :)

In the living room, I basically sold everything that was in there before with the exception of my couch and coffee table.  I wanted to start with a completely blank canvas and build up. 
Here's a few of the living room "before" decor.  I was so done with all the dark colors in the orange/red/
brown tones.

The couch was positioned the other direction, facing towards the large wall where the espresso colored entertainment center was, closing the space off between the kitchen and living room.

Here are the changes we've made so far in this room.

I got this fabulous new rug from my sweets for my bday, and added a few new pillows. 

Don't look too closely at the pillows because many of the "covers" right now are just loose swatches of fabric waiting to be sewn.  You get the idea though, right? I am very aware of all of the geometric print action that's happening, but I think it will all come together once all my pillows are finished (with more prints coming in) and the items that are really going on the wall have been hung.
On the main wall opposite the kitchen, I would like to build a huge custom unit from floor to ceiling with lots of moulding, but my hubbs and I are trying to figure out how to do it ourselves and decide if we're brave/dumb enough to attempt it on our own.  I think we are both. 

This poor space over here is where we currently have everything shoved so that we can still watch sesame street every. blasted. morning.  Yup. 

That's it, friends!  There's the very long version of what could have just been:

"Remember the curtains in these two rooms before?

this is the WAY before shot... like right when we moved in :)

Here they are now!"

Loving you for listening to me ramble on and on when I should be showering/cleaning/grocery shopping/sewing my pillows/choreographing/the list goes on and on forever...



  1. i love your choice of fabric its gorgeous xxx

  2. LOVE the curtains! the room now looks so much bigger and brighter.

  3. Great redo! Just gotta tell you how hard I am laughing. I wanted to buy some Annie Sloan chalk paint. I had heard that you could buy it in Park City. I googled to see where. It took my to your give away. Only after I had done all 4 things for a chance to win did I notice that it was clear back in August. So you will see crazy woman posts on your give away. lol! Got a bit of finger exercise there didn't I? Glad to be following you anyway. Guess I'll just have to head up to P.C. and buy my own paint.

  4. So nice to see someone from Utah in the blogger world and soneone who appreciates the treasures of the DI! Lol I'm pretty new to blogging and would love your input and tips! I look forward to hearing from you!

  5. I love your new curtains, they are beautiful. And I just love your blog girl. I'm so confused with what style I'm thinking about going with. I want to update my whole house. Have you checked out centsational girl? She bought ikea bookcases and made a complete built in for her home. Good luck =)

  6. Hi, friend! I love the redo :) Btw, I'm admiring all the creativity here. Can you please join me at my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

  7. I never thought of eating on glass tables. I always thought it would be to dangerous because the glass would fall. I like the idea though of it being easy to clean up. I'll have to tell my mom about this because she always gets upset when her pretty table cloth gets stains on from food.

    -Zane of ontario honey /

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