Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Roman shades from mini blinds.

With so many themes of love around the Internet, it's only right that I share my love for blackout curtains.  I lined the curtains in the guest room and one set of curtains in our bedroom, so the logical next step was the office, which doubles as another guest room with its twin bed.  The true logical next step would probably be the second set of curtains in our bedroom.  I am debating those, I'm just afraid I would never wake up if it's too dark and comfortable.  

The office had roller bamboo shades, or shades that looked like bamboo.  Lots of texture, but virtually no light blocking.  I really had to search my pictures for a before shot here, and then nearly missed the shade because it virtually disappeared in the day.  Ignore the bad cat.  It was disappointing, but predictable, because I bought them quickly and was looking at style over function.  


All that was before blackout curtains proved to actually work.

I wasn't about to line the see-through roller shades with blackout fabric because, again, style, or lack thereof in this case.  My go-to long curtains wouldn't work in this room because of the desk.  My only option was roman shades.  I think.  All research on this topic was done in my head, so there may be another great option out there that I don't know about.  Please don't tell me yet though, I still want to bask in the glory of these curtains for a little while yet. 

I knew I would make the curtains because I've never seen an off-the-shelf curtain fabric that I've liked.  Again, I spend very little time looking at those sorts of things, so my lack of options are directly proportional to the lack of effort and time.  I poked around on the Internet and figured I would follow Martha's instructions.  As I usually do, I left the web page open on my computer for a week, my computer slowed from lack of shutdown (but how would I find the page again otherwise?) and I finally forced myself to read the tutorial.  It was going to be hard.  The comments were discouraging, and with the aforementioned lack of patience, it was out of my wheelhouse.  After more searching, I found a great tutorial on Honestly WTF, which I honestly don't read enough.  I can't decide if I intended on that pun. 


I followed the tutorial exactly, making only a tiny adjustment at the end in order to wrap the fabric around the mount when finally hanging these on the wall.

At first, I also left the roller shade underneath.  I thought I'd like the layering, but on a skinny window, it was too much.  It's also worth mentioning that the roller shades stopped rolling up.  It became a manual roll, and when underneath another shade, that's more work than necessary.  Those were removed, so I have another wood filling, sanding and painting project in my future.   For posterity purposes, here's a terrible picture obviously taken at nighttime.   


The fabric is from Minted.  I'm obsessed with that site, and launched myself at it when I learned they were starting fabric options.  It's more and more difficult to validate pillow purchases, but a window shade application was new and exciting. 


I'm so pleased.  Sew pleased? The tutorial required more precision than I usually exhibit in matters of sewing, but it was necessary when my fabric was exactly two inches wider than the window.  I'm extremely proud that I didn't mess this up.   


That being said, the measurements are precise and the shade is the exact size of the window.  The lack of overlap means there's a bit of light that sneaks through, but even still, the impact is impressive.  This is mid-morning, with the other window open to cast enough light to take a picture.  I even pulled the bottom of this window shade up a bit to get some more light.
  

Now to address the glaringly obvious need for crown.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Picture This: Week 6, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

February 1, 2016

Bruce and his new shoot.


February 2, 2016

Haircut! It feels so fresh after cringing over my split ends.


February 3, 2016

Ain't no party like a Will Smith party [invite].  That may be the only use of ain't I can condone.


February 4, 2016

Judgment. 


February 5, 2016

Is it the introvert in me that easily angers at the lack of Door Close button?


February 6, 2016

Tobogganing was one of the more exhilarating experiences I didn't expect.


February 7, 2016

I'm proud of these curtains for multiple reasons - the most being the precise measuring it required, but more importantly - that I didn't mess up.  That's a sort of patience rarely found in me, so I'm beaming.  


Monday, February 1, 2016

Picture This: Week 5, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.



January 25, 2016

It makes it seem so fancy.


January 26, 2016

In all my time in DC, I never made it to the Tombs.  As of last week though, I made it next door to the 1782 Restaurant and maybe one of the best dinners.


January 27, 2016

Jonas the blizzard meant work pants and snow boots.


January 28, 2016

Flying.  Really, really grossed out by the hairs stuck between the window panes.


January 29, 2016

Henry, the sleepiest little cub.


January 30, 2016

I've stalked this doorknocker for years. Literal years. Thanks to Bri, I finally made it mine and cannot wait to hang on the front door.


January 31, 2016

Two years after starting, we're working to finish the office.  Zach framed in the shelves with baseboard, and I'm applying poly, though with mixed feelings as it's turning the shelves an ugly tint of yellow.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Quick industrial shelves.

It finally caught up to me and hit me in the face one morning: our bathroom wasn't us. I'm not sure why it took so long - probably the distractions with other house projects, but the realization was timed perfectly with my Pinterest notifications exploding with people repining some shelves I had pinned two years ago.  I hate Pinterest notifications like this and was going to use this venue to also figure out how to rid myself of them, but now decided it might be necessary because I forget what I pin. 

The room was lacking metal. That, and the bulb vases as the only decor were too delicate.  We love metal, particularly when paired with wood.  We have the stump side tables with hairpin legs (which I don't believe have made it to the blog because I cannot locate them here), the metal light fixture over the dining table (also not on here), the kitchen shelves and the campaign nightstands in our bedroom - for their little bit of metal.  It's interspersed throughout the house, but not in the bathroom.  The bathroom only had a wood frame on the mirror and that natural element wasn't offset with the metal element we so enjoy.

After trip to Lowe's, and then Home Depot because Lowe's didn't have all of the floor flanges, we were installing.  First, I had taped strips of painter's tape to the wall to figure out the width and spacing of the shelvesThen we installed the floor flanges with anchors.  It was probably overkill because we installed each screw with an anchor, meaning each pipe is held with four anchors and each shelf then with eight, but it helped to quell Zach's anxiety, especially when I didn't allow brackets to attach the shelves to the pipe.


The shelves are 10 inches wide by 15 inches long.  We picked up a six foot piece of 10-inch wide whiteboard at Lowe's for a couple bucks.  The pipe totaled $60 at Home Depot.  We found that Home Depot and Lowe's were cheaper than Ace.  We also grabbed the anchors while shopping for the pipe to make sure the screws and anchors were compatible with the sockets in the pipe.  All in all, about $80.  To seal the shelves, I gave them two coats of teak oil that I had on hand (but originally grabbed at Lowe's).  It's used on boats, so it'll do well to protect the wood in a humid bathroom. 

After giving the teak a day to dry and soak in, I loaded up the shelves. You know I was counting down the minutes.

The print is from Two Twenty One.  I played around with the sizing and colors though to fit better in the frame.  Everything else was in the bathroom before, with the exception of the egg crate.  Those hold my earrings and were in the bedroom.  This is better reminder to accessorize

The shelves are centered between the mirror and the tile of the shower.  This means they're offcenter above the toilet. 


It's probably not so much that they're off center but that the toilet is off center.  Removing the toilet though, it's obvious they're where they're supposed to be.

   
I'm obsessed with the addition of these - it's much more convenient now to provide for guests (you don't have to rummage for toilet paper!), I think the plant will be happier, we added some art, and the shelves themselves add our aesthetic.  It's not a view you ever see (I was stretched across the shower, my back in the corner, curtain pulled overhead to get this angle), but I like how everything works in the vanity area now.  I need to paint the cupboard still.  I also moved the candle after dwelling too long on the towel catching on fire.


The shelves don't extend beyond the toilet tank, so you're not in danger of hitting your head or bumping them.  The wood sits on the pipe, and because of careful leveling, double checking, and then triple checking, they're stable.  If you were still concerned, a little pipe clamp, wrapped around the pipe and secured to the bottom of the shelf would hold it in place.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Picture This: Week 4, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.


January 18, 2016

Quick project: bathroom shelves.


January 19, 2016

One month of marathon training all but necessitated more of my new favorite running socks - a sort of favorite I never thought I'd have.


January 20, 2016

Creep game strong.


January 21, 2016

We have no idea how he got up there.  It must not be a normal occurrence though, because he cried instead of getting down.


January 22, 2016

Girl Scout cookie game strong.  I'm the $60. I don't have many sources and get desperate.


January 23, 2016

Finally, finally, FINALLY we have our Cavs apparel! 


January 24, 2016

It might be my favorite wall. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bedroom rug.

It should come as no surprise that I'm really into rugs.  I've fully bought into their power of changing and defining a room.  And when we flipped the living room rug, it was even better.    Unsurprisingly, I'm constantly, passively searching for rugs.  My original intention was to move the living room rug to our bedroom, replacing the living room with a larger rug, potentially the striped IKEA from the basement.  The office was always floating as an option, too. None of this was urgent though, as the rooms are largely unfinished, and we have plans for built-ins in the living room, making the space more difficult to imagine.  These run-on sentences are probably making this hard to read.

I also had my eye on vintage rugs.  Reading more on their merits, I'm now convinced that if they're proven to last so well over the years already, they'll last well to a beating underfoot in the house.  I even started working Zach toward the idea, because the cost difference is significant.  It doesn't help that our living room rug was a steal.    

Are you picking up where this is going?

Just before the Christmas holiday, and just before we left for Pittsburgh, I bought a vintage Moroccan beauty from a Cleveland interior stylist.  It was an investment, but it could work in the office, bedroom, basement - it had versatility.  It helped that I had a rug pad ready; I ordered it in preparation for kitchen runners that never showed. 


I'm so in love with how the colors play in our bedroom.  


Inadvertently, it seems one of our house colors is orange.  I would have never expected it, but I like how it's working so far. 

The rug is wool, estimated to be about from the 1940s.  Look how cool the tag is! 


Kay, don't tell me if all these Arabic words tell me I bought a fraud.  I'll be crush.  Jen, she finds so much of her stuff at Cleveland estate sales - we need to get on that scene.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Picture This: Week 3, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

January 11, 2016


Bachelor and wine.


January 12, 2016


The pile of projects is growing. 


January 13, 2016


Cleveland looks a lot better in the snow, the white layer covering the construction.


January 14, 2016


I love happening upon moments when they're the best of friends. That's slight sarcasm.  After this, Copper stared at me, begging me to take Henry away.


January 15, 2016


Third Fridays at the 78th Street Studios.  It was an awesome event and so many cool artists were open, talking and selling their art. 


January 16, 2016


Copper wasn't feeling too well after shots, so we took a movie night in over tobogganing.  It wasn't terrible to beat the wind.


January 17, 2016

I have been reading this book, off and on, through multiple starts, for ten years. Finally - finally! - I finished.  That, and I enjoyed it this last go-round.  It was challenging, but great. Thank you for letting me borrow it so many times, Veronica.

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