Monday, March 12, 2012
Do you ever look back at old pictures and think, "What was I thinking when I asked for that haircut?" but a moment later feel better when you realize how great your thighs looked in those shorts? I had one of those moments when an image from a post I wrote two years ago, Easiest Window Update Ever started getting a lot of attention on Pinterest.
I cringe when I see the state of my dining room at the time, but I'm cheered up by the fact that so many people were inspired by the idea-using tablecloths as an inexpensive alternative to curtain panels. As I mentioned in the post, tablecloths are the perfect solution when you don't have a big budget but your windows are bare. Not only are they affordable, but they are available in a large assortment of colors, patterns and lengths and they can be laundered.
A word of caution though: Shrinkage. Avoid that problem by buying your "panels" in a length slightly longer than what you'll need for your windows and prewash them. Sadly, mine shrunk, but I can still use the tablecloths for their intended purpose. Hmmm, now that I think about it, I could make pillows out of them, recover seat cushions....Excuse me now, I have DIYing on the brain.
Go here to see my most pinned post.
What is your most "pinned" post? Share a link here or better yet, write your own "My Most Pinned Project" post.
Friday, March 2, 2012
One of the major issues that I have in my great room is a lack of lighting. Easy fix, just get some lamps and I'm good to go, right? Not so fast, I don't have end tables on which to place those lamps. I'm on a mission to find the perfect side table to pair with my accent chairs to make lighting issues a thing of the past. Because I don't want the tables I choose to compete with the detail on the side of the chairs I'm looking for a table with a fairly simple shape. Below are a few examples of tables with shapes that I'm drawn to:
Besides the fact that I don't want the tables I choose to compete with the detail of the chair, I need to keep in mind the finishes of the other pieces in my space and the dark wall color before making a selection. I'll also need to find tables sturdy enough to hold a lamp as well as ones that are the proper scale in relation to the chairs. After looking at a close-up of one of my chairs and a couple shots of the room, which table do you think would work best?
(Oh, keep in mind that I'm open to changing the gold finish on the coffee table.)
I have a favorite among the 6 options, but would love to hear your opinion, it might change my mind.
Have a great weekend!