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Making Ready Made Window Treatments Better

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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I know we would all love to be able to afford custom window treatments for all of our windows. But I also know that is not practical or affordable for many of us.

A trick I have learned is when purchasing ready made curtains from the store, always buy double. Most all ready made window treatments are only 50-60 inches wide. Yes, they will cover your window according to the measurements, but it just does not look right. They will look store bought (and cheaper) because they are so flimsy:

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Do you see how thin they look?:

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But if you buy double panels for each side and sew the two panels together, you will have a nice width of 100-120 inches:

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They look soooo much better. And yes, it is a little more expensive, but imagine how much more custom window treatments would cost.

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Do you double up on your window treatments? Don’t you love the fullness of them? Beautiful!

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My Furniture Arrangement and Why

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A reader friend recently wrote and asked if I would show the other side of my condo living room to see how the furniture was arranged:

“What do you have on the other side of the room from the large window?  Is there a wall there?  What furniture did you place there, if any?  Does your little side table sorta overlap the fireplace or is there room between it?”

Well, here is the other side of the room across from the windows:

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This is a large, long living room area. Our TV was a main factor in deciding what the purpose of room will be used for. I am not the greatest fan of the TV over the fireplace, but it does make the best sense for arranging this room. (Plus, that is where all the cable and wires were.)

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My first goal for the room was to walk in and have your eyes drawn to my pretty chairs, the windows and beyond:

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I will tell you, that when I took photos to show off my new chairs in front the window, I had my husband move ‘his’ chair out of the way. No one wants to see that big, clunky chair in my nice photo shot:

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This is my husband’s favorite comfortable chair to watch TV and movies. He lives here too, so it is only right. lol. I push it out of the way the best I can and try to disguise it with throws and pillows.

My spot to watch TV is on the sofa. There were not a lot of options where to place the large piece. Either in front of the windows, or maybe between the living room/dining room area:

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But I thought that big, empty wall was just crying out for attention:

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So that is why the furniture was arranged this way. It is comfortable, pretty and functional. We also entertain in this room, but we seem to hang out more on the other side of the room with guests which I will share later this week.

Does anyone else have these ‘special’ (man-chair) pieces to work around?

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Reupholstery Magic

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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Remember these chairs I found by the side of the road and wrote about reupholstering here and here?:

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Someone just threw them away! I found a fabric I loved at a good price and had them reupholstered to these beauties:

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I just love them. Love the fabric. Love walking in and seeing them. I love chairs.

The room is finally coming together!

Before:

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After:

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What do you think? I also wanted to let you know to check your local grocery store for the azalea plants just coming in. I bought these below for only $10.00 at Stop & Shop:

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Such a happy room now!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Sneak Peak of Turquoise Kitchen

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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Do you remember about a month ago, I wrote about helping my sister-in-law try to convince her husband that a turquoise kitchen would look so beautiful in their home?:

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I had put together some photos of turquoise kitchens which helped him visualize the room better.  Elaine loved this cheerful turquoise:

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So we tried a sample board around the room:

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Do you see the turquoise color coming out in the chair?

And I am happy to announce that he agreed to paint the kitchen with Gem Turquoise from Behr:

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It came out so pretty! I love how well it works with both the stained wood as well as the white:

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Love it! Can’t wait to see it decorated. Great job Bill and Elaine. Bill, aren’t you glad you agreed with us? What do you all think of this color with both the white and the stained wood?

If you need help selecting wall colors for your home, contact me today.

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