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DIY

Love this post from Design Sponge, Sewing 101: Curtains. It is a step by step tutorial on how to make a simple set of curtains.

I’ve always made things myself because first of all I love to make and create things, second of all its cheap! My problem though is that I’m really terrible at following a pattern or planning out the piece I’m going to make. I more or less like to wing it. But in the long run it works out!

For example: my kitchen curtains.

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Yum

Finally finished sewing the roman shade in my kitchen! I had bought panel from Anthropologie because I loved the print and the colors.  Then I bought a neutral roman shade from target to use all of the hardware and viola! I created a masterpiece!

As you can see I also loved it in the other color story because that’t in my living room. At first I was afraid to use the same print in two color stories in two separate rooms, but now I’m really happy I just went for it.  Plus I have a set of summer curtains for the living room, that I haven’t had the time to sew yet.  

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I really want my boyfriend to build a wall on the top of the cabinets, so that the ceiling feels taller. I think it just looks distracting as it is right now and I can’t really use that space above. Right now I have just shoved some flower vases up top because I have no other place to put them.  And I would LOVE to get rid of that nipple light. I have no idea what would work there.  I already canned one, because there were two in one room! Gross. I replaced it with a ceiling fan, I understand ceiling fans are bad, but it gets sooo hot our place during the summer and this one is really small and kind disappears because its all white and simple. I’m not in love with it, but it was the best one I could find.

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Hmmm.

I received another fabric sample today. I recently order about 12. It is pretty nice but it leaves me even more indecisive about what I’m going to make our kitchen window curtain/shade out of.  I really need something because I’m so tired of having our neighbors see me walking around my apartment in my jundies.  I’m sure they love watching me as much as I love watching them. Jack and I have created character personalities for them. Starting with “naked guy” who yes walks around naked and its pretty horrid as the window only showcase his naughty bits. The “bachelor” who Jack named because we have never seen a significant other, nor him leave his TV lounge chair. And of course “the mexicans” (sorry if that sounds offensive, its not, they’re Mexican) who all watch TV together and walk around shirtless.  Yesterday they were fan smoke out of their apartment with towels in their briefs.  It makes me think of the movie Rear Window, which is a favorite of mine. Fortunately, I’m not watching any murders.

Check it out. Our neighbors windows: Top window-Mexicans. Bottom two- Bachelor. Sorry I did not include the naked guy.

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oh yeah, I almost forgot. The fabric swatches. These are the ones I’m trying to decide between.

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The deer one I think will go well because it  will play off of the black and white accents that are already in the room. I have black countertops and a white backsplash (that I can not change.) I have hung images of black and white photographs and etchings.  The other one is a graphic print that is the same exact color of my dishware.  It also is close to the blue color of my bedroom walls which you can see through the french doors in the kitchen. The next picture was taken about a month ago, I have since finished painting the walls, changed out the rug in the bedroom, moved the bed to the other wall and put molding on the french door. Jack built both the door and the wall that is in. The kitchen and bedroom were originally all one room.

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Paint Exploration

As I continue to decorate my new apartment I have moved on to the kitchen. I am having huge issues with finding the right paint color, or rather the right color at the right price. I have found my “dream yellow” however, a gallon of it will cost me a whopping $79.50. Nice. Thanks Farrow & Ball for being in England. Hasn’t the pound dropped? Well anyways, this color has been suggested to by the Farrow & Ball book, as well as reinstated by Apartment Therapy to be a great color for smaller rooms.  My kitchen being 10′ x 10′, is a small room.

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The other problem with this color is that it’s impossible to find a substitute. Pale Hound is a warm/neutral/cool yellow all in one. When you look at it on the wall its a beautiful warm yellow, put next to another yellow, it has a green undertone and put it next to a green there is a clay undertone. There is just so much depth in the color, its so hard to recreate.  First I looked through all of the yellows available by Benjamin Moore and there wasn’t one that had a similar tone or depth to the F&B color. I also checked Pratt & Lambert, no luck. Then I got this great idea to go to the Green Depot, because I was told this place will match any color swatch. Its eco-friendly and its only $40.00! So I went for it. Too bad, they couldn’t create the color either. I’ve ended up with a color that looks like Pale Hound on paper, but on the wall looks is a weird green. Its so strange and I’m so bummed that the paint has to be $80.00 a gallon.  So my search continues, should I just bite the bullet?

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Pale Hound is used in the dining area. Its so pretty. xJavierx

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