I just came across a beautiful new read from North Carolina blogger, Amy Leonard (she just started blogging last week!) called Design DNA. I spotted an image that I just had to share with all of you, it’s this beautiful dressing area with shutters made using antique Indian screens. There is very little I wouldn’t do to have these in my home. I may even turn tricks. (kidding!) Imagine returning from a long day, stepping through doors like these into your dressing area or bedroom? Or, better yet, having these on the front of your house. These are positively grand. I need to seriously stop gazing at this image because it’s driving me nuts that they don’t belong to me! :)
(image via design dna)
If you’re already planning for a Spring spruce up, consider this…
It’s great how little improvements can make a huge impact on your space, isn’t it? Our decorating goal for 2007 should be to get creative in decorating instead of heading for the easy out – things that are already made and ready to install. I don’t mean we have to go nuts here, but let’s at least try out a few new ideas, okay?
One thing that comes to mind are window treatments. You can use tea towels as cafe curtains – a no sew version is to add clip rings to the tops and put them on a rod. Easy. Linens are pretty, and look for a tea towel that is around 17 x 22″. Two of these are all you’ll need for a single window.
Or, if you need curtains for your bedroom or living room, you can use a twin sheet to create a single panel (or a full if you like more of a gather). Just flip the sheet upside down (depending on the pattern, of course) so the wide hem puddles on the floor and the thin hem is at the top, where you will simply add clip rings to hold it onto a rod. You can also hang the sheet the correct way if your pattern demands it, with the wide hem on top, just open up the hem on each side of the sheet and put a rod through the newly formed pocket. Again, very easy and no sewing machine required.
If you have a good eye for print and pattern, your sheet curtains can add a lot of beauty to your space.
Not a fan of DIY? Well, try to change that. You’ll save a lot of cash and, funny as it may sound, it’s a huge self esteem boast to do things on your own – no matter how simple. Some people are a bit snobby when it comes to doing anything for themselves, others would never admit to using sheets. But think about it, a sheet is a textile right? It wasn’t a sheet until someone made it into one. Before that, it was on a bolt like every other textile out there. So lighten up if you find yourself overthinking things a bit too much. It’s fabric, get over it. :)
This is sheeting from The Company Store, it’s called Hexagon, and it just so happens to be on sale right now…
Can’t find sheets that appeal to you, or perhaps you’re looking to use something different like chenilles, velvets, brocades, or heavy cottons? A quick change for any living space is to add simple tab top or rod pocket curtains. Although this may not be a DIY project, it a budget solution for a tired room. Try to locate some inexpensive $20 panels. Target has some beautiful and inexpensive ones, so do other stores likes Pier 1, even the Martha Stewart brand at Kmart is nice. A simple curtain swap for Spring can breathe life into a tired space without breaking the bank.
Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to give your space a quick facelift. With bed sheets, you can create a cozy grown-up space in a single afternoon.
Good sheet resources:
Martha Stewart Everyday at Kmart
Thomas O’Brien for Target
Garnet Hill (the GH outlet store in the mountains of New Hampshire is the best if you’re ever up that way.)
Bed, Bath + Beyond
The Company Store
L.L.Bean (they have some of the best colors for solids, pale blues and greens, for instance.)
Tip: Always wash sheets after purchasing them, as this will soften the fabric and help remove the creases. Apply a hot iron before hanging. 200+ thread count cottons work best. Avoid sateens and flannels.
Please measure your windows before purchasing. Some windows are much larger than the standard sizes found in most homes, and others are much smaller. BTW – If your windows are tall, you can always take out the wide hem for extra length or look for extra long sheets.
Travel + Leisure, a magazine that I have been hooked on since 1989 (my friend Judith gave me a gift subscription as a teen), is known as the leader in directing thousands in the right direction when it comes to planning the perfect vacation. As a reader for 18 years, they have helped me put the dollup of whipped cream on all of my travel plans, that extra touch that I may not have ever known of had I not read about it in their magazine. This is why I am so excited to tell you about the new title from Travel + Leisure magazine, a gorgeous 287 page book called, “100 Greatest Trips”.
Categorized by country, from the United States to to western Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and beyond, this book is jam packed with hundreds of beautiful photos arranged neatly around quick bites of information (it isn’t text heavy) in clean, modern typeface.
Inside you’ll find everything from shopping expeditions to culinary tours, driving vacations, beach getaways, art and culture explorations, outdoor adventures, travel tips, mini-guides, and listings of recommended hotels, restaurants, shops, galleries, musuems, and tour operators. The best part, everything they suggest seems to be within my budget! Score! (This isn’t too common in most travel books, as they tend to cater towards the money crowd.)
Shot by some of T+L’s award-winning photographers, it’s one of those books that grabs, and keeps, your attention. It’s one that you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again, it’s almost a cookbook for travel. I love it because there are so many delicious interior shots that it gave me loads of inspiration. I highly suggest it either for yourself, or to give as a gift.
decor8 gives it: 5 stars
newsstand price: $34.95
amazon price: $24.12 (and comes shrink wrapped, so you can crack the spine. I know, I’m a dork, but I love being the first person to open a book.)
available here at amazon.
(images snapped by holly becker for decor8)
I’ve actually never done this before, but I figured since it’s a new year, why not see what you all think about decor8 before I start planning for ’07 and beyond, right? Your thoughts mean so much to me, so if you have a moment, click here to take an anonymous survey – only 10 questions, short + sweet!
I’d like to add that many of the questions ask for you to answer them in your own words, so please do that and be careful not to skip over them. Thanks!
Thank you so much, I’ll see you tomorrow! :)
(image from 10 cent designer. it’s not a survey monkey, it’s a sock monkey, but i thought it was far too adorable to pass up.)