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.

Chair, There and Everywhere

Wow, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Like we said, big projects have really slowed down around here, and between the holidays, work, traveling all the time to see family and friends, we just haven’t gotten around to posting. But, you’re in for a treat because all that time off from posting means we’ve got a little extra material to share with you, so there will be another post coming from Andrew pretty soon after this one! Let’s get to it…

Seating has always been a predicament in our tiny house. You may remember when we decided to part ways with our love seat as Part 1 of turning the office into a guest room. Well ever since then, we have to admit, we’ve missed the additional seating. If it’s just me and Andrew, the main couch is perfect. But if we have guests, it could be a little awkward to squeeze them in the middle of the couch between us. We love our friends, but seriously, that’s just a little too close for anyone’s normal comfort level.

First of all, neither of us could stand the fact that our desk chair was on wheels, scraping up our pretty floors that are, in the grand scheme of things, still in their infancy. We had been looking for a better desk chair that wasn’t on wheels, but nothing seemed to really call to us. In a chair, we like comfort, but style as well…we wouldn’t settle for just a cheap folding chair. Most chairs online and even at Ikea were just a little too high in price. I mean, come on, it’s a chair!

Long story short, we noticed some pretty cool chairs pop up at Target that seemed perfect and they were only just about $30. We jumped right on this since we knew something like this would sell out quickly. It’s a good thing we did because they were gone by the following week! Meet our new desk chair:

Desk chair from Fresh Nest Blog

Not only did we get a new desk chair, but we also decided to add a new comfy chair to the living room AND even a new slipper chair in our bedroom! We found these beauties on Wayfair.com.New denim lounge comfy chair from Wayfair Our new slipper chair

Now we have another seat in the living room and this one was SO easy to put together; it took about 5 minutes. This makes room for 6 in the living room right now with the new desk chair, old Ikea chair (now fashioned with some lovely accents), the new comfy chair and the couch.
Maximizing living room space with seating

As for the new slipper chair in our bedroom, that was an offer I just couldn’t refuse. We also got this chair from Wayfair, on sale for just $89. Most slipper chairs we were seeing were well over $100 a pop. I am constantly frustrated with the lack of places to put things in our bedroom. We have my dresser, but the cable box for our TV lives there and that really limits my surface space. I really wanted a chair that would fit in without taking up too much space, so that I could lay out my clothes for the next day or just sit down while I tie my shoes. These were just minor annoyances, but adding the chair has been great. I was worried it would be too cluttered in such a small room, but I think it is just fine and it gets the job done, that’s for sure.Our new slipper chair

We O.D.’d on chairs and we don’t care! Now we have more seats for our guests and nice accents, to boot!

Curtain Call

When we moved into our house just under 2 years ago, the living room was one of the first rooms to be painted. From there, we quickly purchased and hung new faux wood blinds, as well as some white curtains. I’ve never been thrilled with shorter curtains, but because we have baseboard heaters, I always felt like we shouldn’t have long, floor-length curtains. Boy was I wrong.Here’s a quick preview of the before and after:

Before and after, modified 84 inch curtains

There are so many options for hanging curtains, you should never have to limit yourself. I have seen other people hang floor-length curtains in homes with baseboard heaters, so it shouldn’t be an issue. However, I decided to come up with an easy solution that would allow me to have the 84 inch curtains I really wanted. Thus, I give you…

How to Modify 84 inch Curtains with NO Sewing and Just 4 Simple Steps

You will need:

  • 84 inch (or any length, really) pocket rod curtains
  • 1 pack curtain clip rings per curtain (in my case, it was 4 curtains, 4 sets of clip rings, 7 in a pack)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Tape measure

1. Iron curtains – This is the first time in the past 5 years of apartment/home living for me that I have actually decided to iron my curtains and it really paid off. Continue reading to learn why this is so important, but trust me, you do not want to skip this step!

Ironing curtains2. Use your ironing board as a sort of staging area to fold the top of your curtains down as much as you would like to modify the length. In my case, I knew I wanted to modify the 84 inch curtains by about 10 inches.

3. Open 1 pack of clip rings and lay them out along your curtain to get an idea for spacing. Ensure the clip rings will be evenly spaced and then clip!

Curtain clip rings

Curtain clip ring

4. Hang your curtain and repeat as needed, depending on how many curtains you are modifying.

Modify 84 inch curtains, hang and style like a pro

No sewing needed whatsoever and utilizing the curtain clip rings allows you to make the curtains any length you want. You can’t even tell they have been modified and, in my case, they are right above my baseboard heaters, just where I wanted them.

Modified 84 inch curtains

Now, why was it so important to iron the curtains? First of all, they definitely look so much better when they are ironed, that’s obvious. But what’s really important is, ironing the curtains allowed me to really style them like a pro. To achieve the clean, sophisticated look seen here, I pinched the curtains at the very top between each clip ring and followed the fold all the way down to the bottom.

Styling curtainsStyling curtains like a pro

Creating this accordion-like effect really makes the curtains look like curtains and not just wrinkly sheets tossed up on a curtain rod.

Curtain clip rings really are the answer to curtain modification as far as I’m concerned. I don’t own a sewing machine and I’ve used “no -ew” products, but nothing works quite as well as the curtain clip ring method! Now, in the future, I can have my 84 inch curtains or I can modify again to any length I’d like.