Wednesday

Bamboo Shades to make your windows look larger

Before we even bought our new home, I started filing away images of ideas for window treatments.  They offered to put blinds throughout the whole house for us (at an additional cost of course) but we declined because I knew I wanted something different, at least in a few of the rooms.  There are some rooms where blinds just make the most sense so we did install them ourselves in those rooms, but I wanted to do something different in the family room. Our old house had larger windows with pretty crown molding.  That was one of my favorite things about that house.  So when I walked into this house with basic, average sized, windows (even though they are great) felt a little squatty.  


(before we moved in)

So to fix that problem, I went on the hunt for some roman shades that would be slightly wider than the window and a little longer too.  I ended up going with these from Home Depot.  I needed them to be roughly 48" by 72" and I just couldn't find any that size in our local stores.  I had a little trouble finding that size online too, so I was happy to come across these.  I really like the color.  It's not too yellowish or too brown.  The color is called driftwood and it's pretty much the same color as driftwood.  Appropriately named I guess. :)  They actually match my dining room light perfectly.

I snapped a pic of the sample they had in the store and it's a pretty accurate depiction of the color.   


I hung them using the same method I mentioned here and it really made it much easier to hang them and get them all even.  I ended up hanging them about a foot higher than the window to give the illusion of a longer, taller window.




Don't judge my pictures too harshly, taking pictures of windows is quite the feat!  I've only noticed one negative so far with the shades.  They are a little see through.  I may end up adding a blackout lining if we feel like we need a little more privacy, but for now I'm loving them!

Friday

Affordable King Size Beds

We've talked about getting a king size bed for the longest time.  We've had a queen size since we got married and I'm ready for a little more room.  My husband is a big guy, and although he'll deny it, he kind of likes to hog take over the bed. :)  We held off on buying anything until after our house sold because we definitely didn't want to have to move it up and down the stairs twice.  So now that we are getting settled in, we've started searching for something new.  I've always dreamed of having an upholstered bed so I knew that was the route we would go.  I thought about DIYing one.  I almost always go that route.  In fact, most of the furniture, if not all, in our home is DIYed, from Craigslist, or thrifted, but when it came down to it I realized it just wasn't worth the frustration and hastle.  At least not right now.  So I've been scouring the internet and local stores to try to find the best deal.  I found a few that were ok locally and a few that were great but not in the budget.  Ultimately I found the best deals online though.  We finally settled on one from Wayfair. (number 1 below)  I think it actually ended up being the cheapest of all of them.  I wanted something classic that I would easily tire because we plan to have this bed for a long time.  This one fit the bill and was neutral enough to work with pretty much anything, which is great because I still don't have a definite plan for what I'm doing in there.  They also offered free shipping, no tax, and a 10% off coupon if you signed up for their emails.  So it ended up being a great deal.  Here are a few of the other contenders in case you are in the market for one yourself.

    
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I'll be sure to share the deets when it arrives!

Wednesday

IKEA VITTSJO hack

I've always loved the clean lines of the IKEA VITTSJO series and the fact that they are oh so easily hackable.  I bought a few before we moved with plans to use them in our office.  Then when we sold the house I decided to just hold off until we got settled in our new place.  

It didn't take me too long though to whip out my can of gold spray paint and get started on these once we were mostly settled in.  Here's a what I started with.


Here's what they looked like after a few coats of gold spray paint (Rustoleum Gold is my fav).  I also used a clear spray coat as well to give them a little extra protection.


The shelves were a combination of glass and the black/brown looking "wood" that IKEA uses for a lot of their furniture.  I wasn't a fan of how that was working with this piece, so I used some marble contact paper that I had leftover from my daughter's play kitchen makeover to cover the boards.  It is the Marble Carrara Gray contact paper from Design Your Wall.  I highly recommend this stuff.  I'm always amazed at how much it looks like the real deal.  It's also super easy to work with.  I had trouble getting it straight on one of the pieces and was able to reposition it several times without messing it up at all.

So after a little work, it turned out like this!









Overall, I'm really happy with how they turned out!  I think I'm most excited about all the storage and the opportunity it gives me to be more organized.  I'm so much more productive when I know where things are.  There is still so much more I'd like to do in this room, but I feel like I'm off to a good start.  

And just in case you thought I had my act together, here's what the other side of the room looks like.  Just keeping it real :)  We will get there eventually!


Thursday

The Easiest Way to Hang Curtain Rods

If you follow me on instragram (dwellingsbydevore) you saw that we closed on our new home last week.  Yay!!


  I couldn't be more excited to have the hard part behind us and the fun decorating stuff ahead of us.  Since we are moving into a new build we are in the process of hanging curtain rods in almost every room.  So I thought I'd share a little trick with you on how I hang curtain rods really easily and get them even with no measuring.  It seems like no matter how many times I would measure and try to get it exact it would never come out perfectly and it would drive me crazy.  So my mom and I came up with the idea to make a template.  We used this on all the curtain rods in our old home and I'm doing it again this time around.  It's so much easier!  And if you're like me and don't want to have to wait on another set of hands to get it done, you can easily do this by yourself.  

All you do is just cut a piece of paper, cardboard, whatever you have laying around to the size you need it to be.  Then you just place it by the window like so and make a mark in the top left corner where you want your screw to go.  As you can see it doesn't have to be perfect.  I had to tape some paper together because we are still unpacking and I couldn't find a big enough piece of paper.  


Then on the opposite side you just do the same thing.  For the middle support I just measure to the center and then use the paper to determine how high to put the bracket.  

It makes it go so much more smoothly and so much faster, which is always a plus in my book.  Here is the rod I put in my living room.


I'm planning to add some bamboo roman shades too, but I just can't find the right color/size combination yet.   I actually used two separate curtain rods on this window to create one long rod.  I didn't want to have to order a special long rod so I grabbed two of these 80"-120" rods at Homegoods for a great price and pieced them together.  It worked perfectly and left me with an extra rod for our guest bedroom.  I was so excited that it all worked out the way it did.  I'm hoping to share a preliminary house tour soon, so stay tuned for that!


Monday

BSHT Favorite Room Edition

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, we spent majority of the weekend packing and finalizing a few things.  You truly never realize how much stuff you have until it's time to move it all!  I've been busy craigslisting and weeding through stuff to make it a little more manageable.  Thank you for your sweet comments about our move, I can't wait to share more details with you all!

  
Today I'm taking part in a fun series from Lindsay at the White Buffalo Styling Co. You may remember the fall and Christmas home tours from last year.  This year we're kicking it off by sharing our favorite room in our home.  If you are visiting from All Things Thrifty, Welcome!  I'm so glad to have you here!  

It was hard for me to narrow it down and pick my favorite room in our home, but I settled on our dining room.  It's the one room in our house that most reflects my current style.  My style has stayed mostly the same over the last several years, but it's always evolving.  That's one reason I'm so excited to be moving.  It's a blank palette and a chance to start fresh and incorporate new ideas.  

Our dining room is a mix of earthy elements, lots of texture, and a little bit of glam.


I recently moved our chairs from our breakfast nook into this room and I'm loving the new look.  It really opens up the room and adds a nice metallic element.  It's hard to tell from the picture, but the railheads on the table our chrome so it ties that in too.





This light (affiliate link) is one of my favorite parts of this whole room.  We are actually taking it with us when we move because we love it so much!



I recently moved our fiddle leaf down to this room too and it's doing surprisingly well.  I don't have the greenest thumb, but it does pretty well if it gets enough sunlight and a good watering every few weeks.  



The entryway is connected to this room so I thought I'd share a few pictures of it too.



If you're interested, you can find more info about these spaces here.

If you want to follow along with the rest of this series be sure to hop on over to Not Just a Housewife and check out her beautiful home!

Friday

Good News!!

I hinted that I had some good news to share and I'm ready to spill the beans!  Most of you know that we've had our house on the market for a while now and I'm so excited to tell you that we have finally sold it!  About a month ago we switched to a full service listing and we got an offer soon after that.  We were trying to sell it with a flat fee service before and I think we just weren't getting the exposure we needed.  Anyways, we are thrilled and so excited to move forward.  We are actually closing on our current home in about a week and moving into our new home around the same time!  I can't wait to share more details about the new place and do a little preliminary home tour.  At first I wanted a fixer upper, but there just weren't any in the area we wanted in the price range that we wanted so we ended up finding a new build that is perfect for our family.  :)  My husband isn't really all that into the DIY scene and really wanted something move in ready and I can honestly say there is something really nice about moving in and not having to do anything right away.  The way everything worked out was such a huge answer to prayer and through so many things that happened we can see that this is where God wanted us to be.  Thanks for sticking around during my slow posting.  I'm so excited to have a new blank palette with lots of new projects to share!


Thursday

Pillow Placement on a Sectional

We have a basic sectional in our living room and sometimes I find it hard to figure out the pillow placement for it.  Do you make them symmetrical?  I'm a bit of a symmetry freak and find it hard to vary from that sometimes.  I've been wanting to change things up on my sectional so I found some inspiration images to show how you can mix things up on a sectional.

1.  Use multiples of 2 or three different pillows and scatter them around the sectional.  I think this creates a really comfortable feel, yet everything feels really cohesive.



2.  Use lots of different patterns in a complimentary color scheme with more pillows in the corner.  This appeals to the symmetry lover in me, but helps fill up the entire sectional.  



3.  Create interest by using several different pillows in varying sizes and shapes.  



4.  Choose pillows that are all the same color with varying textures.  This really helps break up the large sectional while still letting the other pieces in the room shine.    



5.  If you're not crazy about having a ton of pillows on your sofa, try using two oversized lumbars to fill up the space.

  

When it comes to pillows on sectionals, I really think more is more!  If you don't have enough pillows on your sectional it can make the sectional seem like a sea of one color and it can start to feel like it's taking over the room.  That was at least the case in my own home.  I love using pillows to really express my personal style and love for pattern.  They're easy to change out with the season or as my tastes change.  After looking through these images I think my sectional is calling out for a few more pillows!