A Procrastinator’s Guide to Design {New Curtains}

Procrastinators guideDesign is hard.
Change is hard.
Decisions are hard.
Perfection is hard.

75% of those statements are false but I’m guilty of believing all of them. I have great ideas and the best intentions but I wait until I’m sure, confident and know it’s going to work out perfect.

That is 100% stupid, 100% of the time.

If you’re not familiar with The Nesting Place, you should be. “The Nester” is my muse to overcome my procrastination paralysis. Not only is she brilliant but her designs are breathtaking. She is completely inspiring but a perfectionist she is not. She has built her entire blog empire and even written a book to teach us that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” Can I get an amen?DSC_0417

Read her blog. Read her book. You will start getting stuff done.

I wanted new curtains. I found the fabric and procrastinated to buy it. Sometimes there are consequences to procrastination and this time my consequence was the store was out. Thankfully, it is 2014, so I ordered it online after taking days to get over the devastation.fabric curtains home sweet here

As soon as that box arrived do you know what I did? Did I overcomplicate things and start sketches of what the panels would look like? Did I spend hours researching the best lining for that type of the fabric and the morning light we get? And then more hours trying to find the best price? Did I measure 47 times to plan the best proportions and flow of the pattern?

That’s what I wanted to do. But I seriously thought about the Nester’s famous words. “It doesn’t have to be perfect…”

curtains how to living room home sweet hereI surprised myself.

I opened the box, unrolled the fabric and folded it in half. I cut it down the middle. I didn’t even take the time to dig out my fancy fabric cutting scissors. I clipped it up on top of the old curtains and hid the edges as best as I could.

And just like that, I had brand new curtains.curtains how to living room home sweet here

Progress is better than perfection.curtains how to living room home sweet here

I will hem them and line them and make them prettier someday, but for now, I have new curtains and I love them with all my heart. I did something and it felt great! And you know what? It is pretty!curtains how to living room home sweet here

There are plenty of times to wait and weigh all your options. If you need a new couch- sit on every one your buns can find before making that investment. If you want to pretend you are Joanna Gaines and knock out a wall- by all means, make sure your house won’t fall down. If you don’t like your name, think it over before becoming Princess Consuela Banana Hammock. ;)

But, curtains- those are EASY. You don’t even have to sew them. You can change your whole room with a few yards of fabric, a pair of scissors and some drapery clips.

How do you want to change your home? Are you waiting to (gasp) put nail holes in the wall? Are you afraid of that new paint color? Are you just not sure if your furniture really works best there? Do you just not know what to do with that space?curtains how to

I’m the worst procrastination offender out there so if I can make some “faux curtains,” in about 2 minutes and be oh so happy with them, there are no limits to what you can accomplish.

You won’t hear me say this very often but put down that to do list, stop making plans and do something. What are you going to accomplish today?

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Fabric Lined Bookcase

The first time I walked into this house, I saw exactly what the little area at the top of the stairs was destined to be: a cute little reading nook. Faux built-ins, a comfy chair and fun lamp were all I needed for hours of reading fun.

It was one of the first spaces I “finished,” meaning put in some cheap Big Lots shelves, styled them to the best of my ability, added a flea market comfy chair and pretty lamp and really enjoyed it.

For awhile. Then I started to crave more. Those wow details that were missing. While my shelves were styled ok these were still plain old Big Lots shelves that needed some love. I made lofty plans to cover the backs. I bought (and returned) gift wrap, searched fabric after fabric, and even decided to paint it the same color as my office hutch. I changed my mind every single time. It was paralysis. Nothing was “the one” so it remained plain.

Until I found this lovely fabric at Joann.

You might remember that from my little casual Fall tablescape and while orange was not what I was thinking, it just so happens they had it in black. You know what is even better? This was quilting fabric that was on sale and I had a coupon taking it down to just over $2.50 a yard. Yep, you read that right just over $2.50 per yard. Nothing better than cheap graphic fabric.

So I recovered it. I actually did it! I made up my mind and I made it happen. This takes some time, but it’s a really easy process.The result: it was worth the wait and paralysis. 

Seriously, this cost less than $20, took a couple of hours and it is one my most favorite results ever. A few things about the details…

  • I heart graphic black and white- always have and always will. I have phased it out in some areas of the house in favor of more muted geometrics and greys, but when in doubt that’s where I need to go. All those fabrics and papers considered, returned or doubted were florals, too colorful or too “much.  They were not me. This is me.
  • But it’s not too bold. The small scale of the pattern keeps if from being too much. It doesn’t get too crazy with all the books and goodies on the shelves. Graphic and dramatic up close, muted and calm from a distance- perfect!
  • Bonus points for anyone who noticed I haven’t finished the middle shelf yet. It took a trip to two Joanns to get enough fabric and I haven’t finished it yet.
  • Double bonus points for anyone who is super crazy observant and noticed the shelves are NOT in the same place. I got crazy a rearranged the entire room, but that’s a story for another day.

Once I pulled the trigger, this was an easy project. I could not get to Joann fast enough to use that coupon; however, the process was long and taught me a lot:

  1. If you don’t feel it- wait it out. It really is ok. Look around, test your options and the waters but if you don’t love it, don’t do it.
  2. When you finally make up your mind- just do it! Go all Nike on it.
  3. Go back to what feels like you. For me it’s black and white graphics, for you it may be pastel florals but that’s what makes style so personal.
  4. If you love it, walk by it daily and tell it. This means people, pets and fabric lined bookshelves.

Look What I Planted: Summer Garden, Part 4

Let’s just start things off with a confession. I am that crazy girl who stands in the backyard and just gazes lovingly at her little garden. I may do this multiple times a day. If there is anything wrong with this, I don’t want to be right.

My little garden makes my day, clearly, multiple times a day. Come to my house and you will have to walk outside and take look at the progress. Even if you were just here yesterday, or 5 minutes earlier.

So, if you saw my garden where we last left it, you probably remember it looking like this: 

You may be wondering if I’m loving my little bed of dirt that much, which wouldn’t be totally out of character for me BUT it is not the case this time because look what I got… My mama and I made a little trip to our favorite nursery (if you’re in Middle Tennesse- It’s Needhams in Mt. Juliet.) They have a great selection of really healthy, beautiful plants and we had a coupon. Can’t beat that.

So let’s start planting! I had a lot of plants and wanted to make the most out of my space so a grid would work out perfectly. I measured everything off…

… and placed a little nail at my marks and then tied some yarn to it on each end. Yes, twine would have worked a lot better, but I had yarn. Use what you’ve got, right?

I did this on both sides so it ended up looking like this. 

Then I repeated it the other way until I had a super pretty grid. I got so excited to start placing my plants I forgot to take a completed grid picture, but you get the idea. I played musical plants until I finally got them in place and started planting. This little guy even joined me for a bit. And by joined me I mean nearly scared me to death when he jumped in my pepper square. But he was cute, so I let him stay awhile. 

I planted and watered and whispered nice things to them and now I just watch them grow! I did tomatoes and peppers in this row and left room for my sweet pepper seedlings that survived the great fall when they’re finally ready. 

Herbs are in the middle, lettuce on one side and then the items that need to climb and/or spread out- cucumbers, squash, etc. on the outsides. I have visions of fresh herbs and veggies all summer, don’t you? If you notice the little marigolds around the outside, I do that to keep out pests. It’s always worked so I hope it does this year too. #fingerscrossed

And that is what I’ve planted so far! If you noticed there are still a few blank squares, I have  great plans for those but I’ll share that another day so be sure you come back. And if you’re visiting from Centsational GIrl’s link party Welcome and if you’re not- head over there and see a whole lot more planting going on! 

Growing Candles: Wheat Grass Craft

I don’t know what my problem is with white candles lately, but I just can’t leave them plain. I painted some and liked it so much that I couldn’t stop there! I just so happened to have some more plain white candles, but what to do with these? 

I ran across these from Martha but where to find beautiful green wheat grass? hmmm..

Oh yeah! My Easter centerpiece! So I just trimmed off some…

and started sticking it to my candles with rubber cement. It’s that easy, you just smooth as you go (and get really sticky fingers!)And then just let them dry in the updside down (again, while watching UK basketball in the background. GO CATS!) Then you just trim them and put them on a pretty candle holder and Spring has Sprung!  

Too Much, Too Little, Just Right: Painted Candles

Part of the “Springification” (pretend that’s a real word, please) of the living room was to tone down the red and play up the springy green. When I updated the gallery wall, I took out all the red there. So this little corner was a bit much.

I realize they are just candle sticks, but they were too red! (and also too crooked. Note to self: straighten before pictures!)

So I tried white.

FAIL! Too white.

And then I remembered these beautiful striped ana candles  I saw on Design*Sponge. Lightbulb. The colors weren’t exactly what I was looking for but why not paint my plain white tapers? Ok, good idea!

So I taped them off…

Then I painted them with some leftover wall paint (Valspar LaFonda Olive. I love it!)

and used the candle holders to hold let them dry.

(You may ask why an accident prone person such as myself was painting in the middle of the living room floor and I have a simple answer. It was a Sunday and my National Champion Kentucky Wildcats were embarrassing Baylor) 

When I finally peeled off the tape, the green was a bit intense against the stark white

So I added a soft coat of white acrylic to tone and down. (with hope of also cleaning up my messy lines. Perfectionists, look away)

This is another one of those projects that didn’t turn out anywhere near perfect BUT I really like it. They’re neutral, but still interesting. What do you think- don’t they fit much better now?

(just a note- I have no idea about how safe painted candles are to actually burn so I’m not even going to try it and if you paint some too, I encourage you to refrain from the flame as well. Switch to the plain whites when you light them. The flicker of the candlelight will totally cancel out the blahness and I firmly believe that blahness beats a visit from the fire department any day. You can trust me on that, I’m the daughter of a former fireman.)