Sunday, December 26, 2010

A White Christmas

So it's actually the day after Christmas, but considering it started snowing early yesterday evening, I'm calling this a White Christmas!  The first one we've seen in Charlotte since 1947!  Anyway, it's a beautiful winter wonderland that I'm enjoying from inside my warm and cozy living room :)

Ok, I braved the cold for a few quick shots from outside....


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lonny Look-Alike

A friend of mine, Danielle from Bella Vita, recently posted about her Love of Lonny Magazine.  I had never heard of Lonny, so I went to check it out and was amazed by all the gorgeous inspiration pictures.  In the Living Room section, I came across this picture.  Recognize anything????

Yep, I have the same curtain panels in my dining room!!  I recently gave you guys a sneak peek of them (click here) and still haven't posted a picture of the final outcome.  So, now is as good a time as any.... 

First, a couple pictures of how I made them.  I just measured them out and then used some of that fabric glue/tape that you can find at any craft store to give it a finished seam.  The key to getting them the right length is to do the top and side seams first, then hang them on the rod with the clips you are going to use.  Once they are hanging, you can easily just fold over the bottom at the level you like and hold it together at that spot with a binder clip or whatever you have handy.  Then simply take the curtain panel back down to iron on the fabric glue for the bottom seam.  I like them to be touching the floor, but not actually resting on the floor - pretty much the same way I like my jeans :) 


And here is the final outcome... I love how they look with the rustic pieces and the pop of red as the accent, but I also can't wait to try changing out the red with the sea glass color that is shown on the walls in the Lonny picture.  Seems like this pattern and color can go from rustic to glamorous in an instant!

Here is how they flow with the rest of the living/dining area....

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fun with Poinsettas

The fireplace mantle filled with bright red poinsettas...

I also added a couple stems in the little bookcase nook...

And finally, one in the bathroom...

Isn't everything more festive and gorgeous with poinsettas?!  Ok, adding a little red ribbon, candles, and white lights doesn't hurt either :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ikat Love

Here's a quick sneak peek of how the new dining room is coming along, I'm loving the big bold ikat pattern in the fabric I chose for my DIY curtains! More to come soon!

From Calico Corners, this is the Kalah fabric in Blue. I got it when they were having a sale, plus when I ordered a sample from the store, it came with a coupon, I think another 10% off. So, if you are buying a lot of fabric from a store like this, its a good idea to have them send you a free sample just to get the discount!