It’s Curtains for Us!

Despite our lack of posts lately, no this is not a call for canceling the blog. We have just literally been up to our eye balls in curtains lately!

You may recall my post about some changes we’ve been making around the house, namely in our bedroom. We are doing a slight re-design of our old style. I mentioned in my last post, we had a funky black and neon green/yellow-colored duvet with black headboards and black curtains. This all went with the gray or metal-colored walls we chose for our old house.

In the new house, we’re lightening everything up! We chose our new bedding from West Elm. It’s a light aqua color. ( Pardon the not-so-fancy cell phone snaps…only way I was going to get this post out the door :-) )

West Elm Bedding West Elm BeddingAnd, after much debate and many curtain purchases, we finally settled on a winner!

Bedding from West ElmNate Berkus for Target Curtains Nate Berkus for Target CurtainsWe went through several curtains – some from our basement that were leftover from previous place and most others from Target. The nice thing is, we can order plenty of things from Target online and easily return them to our local store. Thus, we tend to order mass quantities of things, see if they make sense in our space, narrow it down and return all the losers to the store. That’s exactly what we did with these curtains.

We have a bit of an awkward window situation in the bedroom. We now have central A/C (thank all things that are good!), but the vent is on the wall in this room. We could have gone with floor-length curtains, but the curtains would be swaying about as the air blows. So, we went with our tried and true clip ring method!

Hanging curtains with clip ringsSeriously, never worry about length, type or style when curtain shopping! Just go with the colors, prints and patterns you like, decide on the texture and how much light you’re looking to block/not block and buy clip rings. Here is my easy, alteration-free curtain picking policy:

#1 – Length does not matter! You can easily fold down the top of the curtain to your desired length and clip the rings along the top for a quickie alteration!

#2 – With clip rings, opening and closing curtains is a breeze! They slide very well on your curtain rod. No annoying pocket rod situations with curtains that don’t easily open and shut. This is especially important in the bedroom where you are constantly opening and shutting curtains. At least we are (is that normal)? Anyway…

#3 – Hardware, don’t care. I tend to love hardware. The look of the clip rings is definitely a look I’m going for. Modern, clean, functional, styling, a bit industrial yet charmingly classic; they are an ideal match for our style!

Almost completed bedroom DIYSo that’s why we’ve been up to our eye balls in curtains lately. Up next is our headboard restyle. We’re going from dark and boring to light, bright and (hopefully) colorful! The headboard may even involve some curtains too, believe it or not! Keep with us to find out just what I’m talking about in my next follow up post!

This and That

Long time no post! Summer has been dragging us in many different directions; it’s wedding season, time to hit the beach and just so hectic in general. We can’t slow down! However, we have a few mini projects on the horizon around the house..

We have this delightful little corner at the end of our kitchen cabinets, right before the entryway to the house and around the bend is the hallway. The previous owner had a huge fish tank that fit perfectly in this space. Nothing against fish, but I was looking for a much better use of this little space!

I just have a quick after photo, but check out what we’ve done here:

DIY and home improvement style

  1. This shelf holds a bit of history for us (and some knickknacks of course). It was an ugly brown shelf once – in our old house – when our mantra was “down with brown”. We painted it white and then brought it with us to the new place.
  2. The stool was a quick Target purchase. We’re using it as a spot to place our bags, but it could easily double as a seat when entertaining several guests.
  3. The basket also came from Target (love that place)! You can never have too much storage, especially stylish storage!

I think all that’s missing from this little corner now is a few hooks. I could see a few specialty hooks right below the shelf. Even if they go unused, they would at least be artsy and fun to look at. We’ll see what we can find!

We also have a bit of a bedroom re-style going on. Here’s a snap of our old bedroom setup/style for reference:

Our remodeled bedroom

We know we want to re-do our “headboards” (not pictured above, but they are currently just plain black), get some new curtains and a new duvet + pillow cases. We started with the easy part – the new bedding. We loved our old bedding, but it just doesn’t go quite right with our beloved Wavescrest. So, we opted for a lighter-hued subtle print from West Elm:

West Elm BeddingMy thought process here is to keep everything light and airy. My plan for the curtains is similar and my idea for re-doing the headboards is to switch out the black that went with the old style, to something big, bright, bold and floral. I want to keep the patterns and colors within the bedding and curtains subtle so I can really play with the headboards, but I don’t want to go all drab either. We’ve been impulse buying tons of curtains, trying them out and returning them. I have a few on the way – hopefully one will be a winner!

Check back for my next post to see what we ended up with for our bedroom curtains!

A Room of a Different Color

We’ve already talked a lot about painting in house #2, especially since that’s what we have been doing non-stop since we got the keys. We told you all about our love for using National Trust for Historic Preservation colors from Valspar and what the heck a “Hotel St. Francis Clay Angel” is, but we still just have so much to say about paint!

In our last house, we painted cabinets, doors, ceilings, trim, walls, tiles…you name it, we painted it! You can read about all these projects here:

Painting Walls
Painting Ceilings
Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Painting Doors
Painting Trim

Needless to say, we had a lot of leftover paint from our first house, so, naturally, we wanted to bring it along with us in case we found a need/want for it in house #2. We are definitely glad we did because there are a few colors we re-used in the new place!

Valspar’s Wave’s Crest

You may recall, we had 2 bedrooms in house #1. At first, we used the 2nd bedroom as an office. We originally painted this room a bright yellow color and quickly realized it was just too much. Then we started our subtle revolution! That’s when we fell in love with Wave’s Crest. We ended up revamping the office and turning it into more of a guest space, added some new, sophisticated bamboo blinds, a futon and the calming touch of Wave’s Crest.

Wave's Crest Office

We loved Wave’s Crest so much, we decided to bring this color into our master bedroom at the new house. This color is so interesting! In house #1, it really looked like a very light, blue-ish gray or slate color. In house #2, it looks almost minty green! Perhaps it has to do with the color of the floors. In house #1, the floors were darker and in house #2 they are more of a light maple color. Either way, we found this to be quite fascinating. I didn’t think I could love Wave’s Crest more, but I think I do now. ;-)

Master Wave's Crest

Valspar’s Vanilla Steam

In house #1, we used Vanilla Steam when we painted our kitchen. We painted the kitchen tiles with our favorite go-to white color, Du Jour, and used Vanilla Steam to paint the walls above the tiles. This color is somewhat of a greige (gray-beige). However, it can pull a slight pinkish hue, depending on the light.

Final Painted Kitchen and Tile

In house #2, we used Vanilla Steam in our dining room. There is so much light in this new house (which we’re really excited about!), so Vanilla Steam is perfect here. It does give off that almost pinkish hue, but I think overall, it flows very nicely with the rest of the colors in the house so far!

Dining Room Vanilla Steam

Behr’s Fresh Day

This is a bathroom color, through and through! We used Fresh Day in the bathroom of house #1 and we used it again here in house #2. The serene feeling of a blue hue in the bathroom is calming and, well, clean! The before and after going from the previous owner’s green color to this lovely light blue is dramatic! It makes the mirrors and cabinets look completely different and we love it!

Bathroom before and after

Valspar Fresh Day

We like to be adventurous, but we learned (the hard way) that if you’re too adventurous you end up with bad color flow from room to room. That’s why this time around, we opted to go for clean, subtle hues that were true to the classic, beach-y Cape Cod style of this house. We branched out with new-to-us colors like the sandy-hued Hotel St. Francis Clay Angel for the main living spaces in the house, as well as La Fonda Ecru, used in our small spare room. All in all, every color we are using in this house is true to the era, true to the home, and truly our style.