Monday, May 14, 2012

Master Bedroom Curtains

When we first built our house I was so excited about the beautiful windows we chose.  After living here for a couple of months the reality set in that the large window in the Master bedroom would not be easy to cover.  At first I chose the stylish option of sheets.  Certainly not beautiful but they did the job of providing privacy.  I would like to tell you that these sheets only stayed up for a little while as I waited on my new window coverings to come in but the sad truth is they were up for 2.5 years.  The problem you see is that I  have a very hard time making up my mind.  Combine that with the fact that there aren't that many options available to non designers.  Joni of Cote de Texas has written two very informative articles on window coverings.  After reading them several times I felt equipped to tackle the job.  I highly recommend reading them if you are working on window coverings.
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My first stop was Calico Corners to check out there window hardware.  As luck would have it my local store was transitioning from carrying hardware in the store and going to special order only.  They were clearancing out the remaining hardware they had on hand.  I found two rods by the antique drapery rod co. in antique gold for $11 a piece.  A steal.  The only problem was that one rod was 6 inches longer than the other.  Thankfully my very helpful husband was able to shorten one rod and rethread it.  I ordered the brackets and rings and we were on our way.  The next step was the actual curtain itself.  The first attempt was Restoration Hardware's Thai Silk Tonal-Stripe Drapery in silver sage.  I was not happy with this look especially for the amount of money it was going to cost.  So it was back to the drawing board.  
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I brought sample after sample of fabric home but couldn't find just the right one and I had no clue who was going to actually make these curtains once a decision was finally made.  Another year somehow passed by.  Recently I learned that a local store, Nell Hills, makes curtain panels.  I was able to find a fabric from there store that I thought would work and I placed my order about 5 weeks ago.  Kit, my installer (aka my husband) was able to hang them this weekend.  I have to say that I'm very pleased with the way they turned out.  As always there are things I would do different.  I should have installed the rod at the ceiling and had the curtains made long enough to hang from there.  I'm trying really hard to let that go.  These are double width panels made from 100% linen fabric.  I had them black out lined and I think that really helps them to hang beautifully.  In the end these panels were a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the Restoration Hardware panels and I'm much happier with them.      
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Estate Sale Find

Last week I scored a Restoration Hardware Hampshire lounge chair and ottoman at an estate sale.  I brought it home sprayed it off with the hose and washed the cushion covers and it's like new.  My family and I have really been enjoying it!  Now I just need to add some plants!  

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Landing


Until recently the only thing on the walls in the upstairs landing were these two pictures.  I purchased this set of antlers from Gwen at the Mission Road Antique Mall a couple of years ago and finally got around to hanging them up.  This seemed like the perfect spot for these intaglios as well.  I think an upholstered bench would look really good here too!


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Alex Papachristidis




One of my absolute favorite interiors is the New York apartment of jewelry designer Fruzsina Keehn decorated in collaboration with Alex Papachristidis.  I'm not sure when this apartment came into my radar but I do know it was love at first sight.  It is the epitome of chic!  
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I quickly saved these images to my computer and look at them when I need some inspiration.

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Well as luck would have it I stumbled upon more images of this chic space via New York Spaces magazine.  I was surprised to see how the apartment has changed.  I thought it was perfect before.  
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I'm loving the chevron pattern stenciled onto the floors throughout.  AMAZING!!
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It looks as if the mirrors that once hung in the master bedroom have been moved into the living space.
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And the nudes that once hung in the living space are now in the dining room.  I'm loving that light fixture.
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So what do you think?  Which version is your favorite?


Monday, April 16, 2012

This is what our family room looked like shortly after we moved in a couple of years ago.  I haven't shared many pictures of this space because it hasn't been my favorite.
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This is what it has evolved into and looks like today.  For me the biggest difference has to be the rug.  The colors of the larger rug were really dating the room.  There are plenty of things I would still like to
add or change but I'm definitely liking it better.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Cafe curtains are everywhere these days.  From magazines to model homes to pinterest.  Here are just a
few I've seen lately.

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I'm not sure who to credit for this photo so if anyone knows the source please let me know.
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Lisa Luby Ryan
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via heirloom philosophy

I had a yard of Windsor Smith Riad in clove sitting in my closet so I decided to give this project a try.  Overall I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I still need to order another yard of fabric to do the other panel but I'm not sure I'm loving this fabric in this space.  I looked high and low for the perfect rod to use to hang these.  I really didn't want anything that had finials or that was too big and bulky.  I ended up using these cafe rods from rejuvenation hardware in oil rubbed bronze.  I needed something more substantial then the rings they carry so I picked up a set at a local fabric store.  They were much cheaper as well.      

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I'm very happy with the rod and would use it again.  The fabric I used is linen and then I also lined them and I can tell that this rod will bend a little once I get the other panel up.  Rejuvenation did note this in the description on their website that these are intended for lightweight fabric.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cool Kids Bath

I came across this bathroom while browsing Atlanta real estate.  What a perfect set up for a kids bathroom.  I absolutely love the trough style sink and what a cool shower/bath combo.  I bet this mom has no problem getting her boys to clean up!  
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Eric Cohler


Recently while searching through Charleston real estate listings I ran across this home in the historic district with interiors by Eric Cohler.  I was immediately smitten.  I tend to associate his work with more modern interiors but this space obviously leans more traditional.  

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All images Carriage Properties.
The above images left me wanting to see more so I did a little digging and found that his own home in Charleston was published in Veranda in 2009.  Sadly I wasn't a subscriber at the time so I don't have a copy of my very own.  His personal residence definitely has those modern touches I was talking about and I love it just as much as the one above.

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Images courtesy Veranda Magazine.