Thursday, August 21, 2014

3 Tips for Perfect Designer Curtains

It's been a long time, y'all. I've been out sick the last couple weeks. I fought it for a week but I couldn't escape. None of us could. And so I've been offline for a bit.

But I'm back now!

So. Curtains. Let's talk about hanging curtains. And how almost every store and catalog gets it wrong. It's one of my pet peeves because it means that I can never find what I want in the store. They have too short curtains hung just level with the window frame.


Just, no.

If you want your curtains to look like they were hung by a real designer, here are the three tips to remember!

1. Hang your curtains high. Higher curtains create an illusion of height and make a bigger impact in a room. Imagine a grand old room with large windows and dramatic loooong drapes covering them. Like something from Pride and Prejudice. You can get that big impact with modern curtains just by hanging them higher.

Unless you have a super high ceiling or a funky angle near the windows, curtains to the ceiling are amazing. My house has standard 8' ceilings so I hang my curtains as high as they will go, almost to the ceiling and at least a foot above the window frame. This is why I can't buy curtains in a normal store because I need extra length to reach the floor. If you have a super high ceiling, hang curtains about 6-12" above the window frame. Too much space between the rod and the window might look a tad awkward.

2. Get the right length. Standard curtains are 84". Since I raise my curtains higher, I need 95" curtains. Because of the extra length, my curtains puddle a bit on the floor. I happen to like puddling curtains which is great for me because I'm kinda lazy and don't want to take the time to shorten them. If puddled curtains aren't your look, buy longer and have them hemmed, or get some iron-on fabric tape to hem them yourself.


Too short curtains are like a man walking around in too short trousers with a suit coat. Your curtains should always be right at floor length or longer. The only time shorter curtains are even allowed are for windows over sinks and built-ins, like in our nursery. You can even pull off long curtains over heaters if you layer them over blinds for privacy, hang them wide, and/or pull them back out of the way.

If your windows are shorter(like ours upstairs), stay away from the short curtains! It will only accentuate the shortness of the window. You want to create the illusion that your windows are bigger than they are. Hang them high and make sure that they at least skim the floor at the bottom.

3. Hang curtains wider than the window frame. This adds to the impact and the illusion that your windows are bigger than they are. Plus, it lets in maximum light! If your curtains are open, no part of them should be over the window. My rule is at least six inches out from the outside of the window frame. If you have a window that is butted up against a wall, hang the rod as close as you can to the wall and extent it out at least 6 inches on the other side.

In our master bedroom, we have a big double window and a small single window. It felt off balance. To "fix" it, I hung the curtains over the small window exactly like the ones over the big window. It created a backdrop for our bed while also making the small window look bigger and balancing out the room.

Also notice the long curtains with the short windows. Imagine if I'd used short ones that stopped right under the window sill!

Next time you're tempted to buy those 84" curtains, just say no! Many times you can buy the same curtain online in the longer length. Do what the designers do. Hang those babies high and wide and see how much of a difference it makes in your room!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Inspiring Creativity :: My Top 5 Favorite Sources of Inspiration

Every creative has their muse. I've discovered I do a whole lot more creative thinking when I surround myself with great inspiration sources. And the original ideas I come up with are better as a result. This is part of feeding and nurturing your creativity!

I have a few favorite places I like to hang around that inspire me.

1. Pinterest - This one goes at the top of the list. It's like a buffet of ideas. And you don't have to pin everything either. I've become way more selective in my pins over the past year or so that I have been using Pinterest. I've even gone back to old pins and weeded them out.

Sometimes, I might not use a particular idea that I've found on Pinterest, but it will get me thinking in a direction I would have never thought of before. That's the great thing about inspiration. And that is creativity.

2. Better Homes and Gardens - I love, love, love, love Better Homes and Gardens! It was the very first home magazine that I was exposed to, back when I was a young warthog. Loved it then, love it now. I still check out their magazines when I'm in line at the store or at Barnes & Noble. And there's the website too, which is full of fun things, pretty pictures, and fabulous ideas!

3. Nesting Place If you haven't checked out The Nesting Place, then do it. Do it now. Probably my absolute favorite blog! Myquillin(The Nester) shares her home and how things don't have to be perfect to be beautiful.

4. Young House Love Another favorite of mine! John and Sherri are DIY'ers at Young House Love. A lot of what they do is pretty ambitious to me, like laying flooring and building pergolas, but they break down the steps and how they go through the process of making their plans come to fruition. But it's not all big DIY projects. They have easy ones too.

5. TV We don't have our TV hooked up to an antenna, much less cable, but I do love me some home shows! If I am anywhere that has cable that I can control, you will probably find me watching HGTV or the History Channel. I watch it like other people watch sports. There might be insults, yelling, and eye rolls. Especially for that one guy that always decorates in purple. Seriously, dude, pick another color from time to time.

So there it is! My 5 favorite sources of inspiration. Do you have any others you would add to the list? Where do you like to go to get your inspiration? Leave it in the comments!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

July Review {2014}

Yep. Another review to take us into the weekend! I hope your week has been great! My week was spent with a clingy toddler and a teething baby, which means not a lot has gotten done this week. But I wouldn't trade them!

I would like to at least put away the laundry that has taken over my bedroom. Because that would be great. Oh well. 'Tis a season that will pass all too soon.

On to the July Review!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Inspiring Creativity: A New Ongoing Series

I get a lot of people telling me that I am creative and that they are not. That they have ideas, but have a hard time fleshing them out and making them work. It makes me sad that so many people have convinced themselves that they aren't creative when, in reality, everyone is creative!

I think a lot of times, we get overwhelmed with the task of decorating our homes. We hoard every item we have and feel like we have to keep it all out all of the time. We feel the strain of a small budget. We are paralyzed perfectionists, awaiting that perfect light bulb moment. We convince ourselves that we don't have an eye for design and so we quit trying to get better.

We sit on a throne of lies.

True, we all have strengths and weaknesses. But weaknesses can be strengthened. Creativity must be nurtured and exercised to grow. It is a struggle for me too.

And so, I've decided to start an ongoing series on creativity.

Inspiring Creativity: A New Ongoing Series

This new series will focus on creativity, tips, inspiration sources, and just going for it! Since it will be ongoing, I'll be posting on the subject from time to time, whenever the mood and inspiration strikes. I hope you will follow along and be inspired. Not just by pretty pictures that aren't realistic, but that you will truly be inspired to, in the immortal words of Ms. Frizzle, "take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!"

Because that's what real life inspiration is.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

June Review {2014}

Review time! Time for a look back at June to see what was up! I know, I know, it's over halfway through July already. I missed putting it up sooner because we were gone on vacation for two weeks. And then I needed a week at home to recover.

So the time has come! The time is now! If you missed some posts, this is your chance to catch up!

5 Tips for Decorating with Vintage Furniture

Toy Car

Agen Ikea Wicker Chair

Guest Room

Nautical Summer Mantel

I'm super pleased with how June's posts went. It was one of my favorite blogging months! I hope you enjoyed it too. 

Do you have any suggestions for the coming months? Anything you're wondering about or would like me to touch on? Leave a comment or send an email and let me know!

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