Thursday, May 4, 2017

DIY Drop Cloth Curtains with Birch Tree Rods


We finally have curtains up in the living room!
Homemade from drop cloths...and hanging from skinny little birch tree rods.

It took a while to get these done...mostly because I am still scared of my sewing machine - even though it wasn't really that much sewing - but my mom really has to coach me. 
Or just let me watch her ;) 



As you can probably tell, on our gigantic bow window they are still pretty much just decorative. 
They do cover almost the whole thing when closed, but we've never really needed to close them. 
The beauty of living in the country. 
The only people that probably see us are neighbors driving by at night.


After quite a while of trying to figure out how I wanted to hang them, we decided on grommets and some extra thick jute. Which was nice, because it added some needed extra length as well as another texture. It also helped bring a rustic element onto the curtains themselves, so they work better with the very "rustic rods". 


The bow window took an entire birch tree, which was a little tricky to find, but the smaller window only needed a section of one, so it is quite a bit straighter.


BUT, guess what? One of the things I really love most is that the tree above the big window isn't perfectly straight. It adds a bit of whimsy. 
I like the perfectly imperfect look of nature.


So this picture shows the ugly, gigantic, black hole that is the TV, but now you can get an idea of just how big the window is, and see how the rod dips down a little.
For the record, it does really bother me that the TV is currently half way blocking the window. 
In a perfect world there would be enough room for the corner hutch in the dining area. 
In the real world, the solution will be to move it to the other corner and slide the TV fully over. 
However, that is kind of a big project because I have to take my millions of breakables that are crammed in there out, and well, it's just not high on the priority list when there will be a little baby joining the family in less than a month!


Maybe it will be a summer project if my baby is a really good napper and my husband feels like using his muscles. ;)


Another reason it took us so long to get the curtains up was that we had to wait until we could get to IKEA to get the rod hooks. Which requires a trip to the cities for us.


The bow window display is forever changing - although I kinda like how this collection of random things came together, so it will probably stay for a while...especially since I'll be busy learning how to do mom things and not sure how much time I will have for decorating for a while.


I'm a lover of natural light and getting as much sun into the house as possible, so all of my curtains are light and filter the sun. Actually I usually just use sheers... :)


I think I forgot to mention the other obvious reason I love my curtain rods and decorating with nature...

Because it's FREE!! 




This really is a very frugal way to do curtains.
Drop cloths are not at all expensive, rods were free, and the IKEA hooks were under $5 I'm pretty sure. Grommets and jute are also pretty cheap.
When you add it all up, wayyy less than the cost of curtain panels from just about any store.
Plus, they are custom.


Thanks for stopping by to check out my curtains! 
They add another texture to my neutral world - which is so important when decorating with neutrals.
And, they just make the living room feel quite a bit cozier and homier I think.


I hope you are all having a wonderful start to spring! 


Blessings, 
Olivia






Sunday, April 9, 2017

Little Lilli's Shabby Chic Nursery

At the end of January my husband and I got to take a mini vacation down to Georgia to see my best friend, her husband, and her NEW BABY LILLI!! 

Lilli's momma is a shabby-chic decorator extraordinaire.
Aside from admiring all of her home decor (hopefully I can manage to share the rest in another post) I spent most of my time asking her all kinds of questions about mom-hood. 

Have I mentioned on the blog yet that I'm pregnant?
Well... I am. I've only got a couple months left until Lilli's future husband ;) is ready to be born. 
And his nursery is currently non-existent, so with baby stuff on my mind I'm finally getting around to showing you Lilli's. 


I loved every little detail in this room! 
(which was good, since it was also our guest room for the week - Lilli actually sleeps with mom and dad)


A dried flower display that hung above a chair in the corner...
It's hard to tell in my pictures, but the wall color is actually a soft green.


I LOVED the little vintage baby clothes above the crib.
(I recently found a vintage baby girl outfit at the thrift store and bought it, cause I'm confident I'll have a girl eventually...and you just don't pass that kind of stuff up.)


Baby shoes are the best! Do they actually wear them? I'm not sure. But I still liked looking at them all on this little ladder right next to our bed.


There was our super comfy bed next to some lovely vintage nighties. 


Why don't we still dress this pretty??


I just started laughing when I saw this picture again...I was so little! I think I'm like 22ish weeks in this picture. I felt huge then...and I feel like a whale now. So...what am I going to feel like in another month??


I stole this picture from Kayli's facebook, but I wanted y'all to see what used to be where our guest bed was - a gorgeous buffet used as Lilli's changing table.


And this is Lilli! The cutest, chunkiest, sweetest, little girl. 
And she has the best little shabby-chic wardrobe to go with her room too. :)


Here I am with Lilli - I think she was around 9 or 10 weeks old at this time.


A little blurry, but is she not the cutest!?


And my sweet Kayli ~ she got us all dressed up and took some maternity pictures for us.
She's an awesome friend, decorator, hostess, and new mom!

And the next time we get together for a mini-vacation we will probably have little toddlers that can play together! I'm excited to be joining her in the adventures of motherhood.

I'll work on getting my little boy a nursery and some pictures of it up...cause isn't it fun to look at little baby stuff!? 


Have  a blessed week,
Olivia