Simply Embellished Window Treatments

I'm still slowly plowing through our long list of wants in the guest suite. For a reminder, click here.

This past weekend I decided to focus on the window treatments.

Here's where we started...

I picked up this valance from a big box store shortly after we moved in. I never really loved it, but the price was right, so it came home with me.

When we decided to update our guest suite, I knew the valance would be one of the first things to go.

This whole project kicked off due to my local Crate and Barrel closing - they were literally selling everything in the store. I managed to pick up a display curtain rod and rings for a bargain basement price.
It was a sign - time to start in on the curtain project.

You may recall this photo from my sink skirt post last week.

Target curtain panel in natural linen.

As you may expect, I used Stitch Witchery to create a one inch hem across the bottom. Easy. I hung the curtains, stepped back to take a look and thought - BORING.

I definitely needed something to take these curtains up a notch.

How about this...

Upholstery webbing
It's natural, slightly rustic, with a slight French feel to it - perfect!

I won't go through all the ins and out of attaching this, because we all know I used Stitch Witchery. And to be honest, you're probably getting sick of hearing me sing it's praises!

But I will tell you that I doubled up to ensure a secure hold and I left about an inch at the top and bottom to fold over and secure to the backside of the drapes.

So, what do you think?

Are you diggin' this little something extra - a bit more texture and interest?

It's subtle, but still enough to be interesting, right?

Of course, I love it.

Let's hear what you think?

Until next time,

Skirting a Footed Sink, a Pottery Barn knock-off

Yesterday I showed you my guest suite bathroom mini-transformation and promised a tutorial on my no-sew, pleated sink skirt.

Here she is again...

In case you were curious, I took inspiration from Pottery Barn.
Check it out...

Not bad, right?

Anyway, here's how it played out in my world.

I started with an inexpensive pair of 96" curtains from Target, that I originally purchased for our guest bedroom window.

Fortunately due to the window in our guest bedroom requiring short curtains, I was able to cut 30" off the bottom. The perfect amount needed for my 29" high sink!

After ironing, I got out my trusty stitch witchery and gave them a 1" hem.

This is where it starts getting interesting. I knew I wanted some sort of gathering or pleating, but seeing as I don't sew, I really didn't know where to go from here. After a bit of time spent researching, I discovered iron on shirring tape. I found mine here.

Are you familiar with shirring tape? I wasn't. But just like stitch witchery, it can be ironed into place. The top and the bottom are corded; simply pull the cords and scrunch up the fabric.

It was so easy and took all the sewing work out of making pleats!

Voila, pleated skirt - no sewing necessary!

Next, it was just a matter of attaching sticky backed Velcro to the skirt.

And then attach it to the sink itself!

I used two panels to allow for a split down the middle for easy storage access.

I am so happy with the outcome of this little project. It really smartens up the look of the bathroom and provides that extra bit of storage that we really needed.

Now, I just need the rest of the bathroom to transform itself!
Think that can happen?

Until next time,

Cheap and Cheerful Vanity Update

We had a great time at our annual cocktail party this past weekend - I'll be sure to post some photos and recount some of the unexpected surprises of the evening later this week.

But in the meantime, I'd like to share this quick vanity update from our 3rd floor guest suite.

Here are a couple shots of the before:

Sink, before

Medicine cabinet and light, before

This bathroom still has a long way to go, including a new paint job - but we did manage to tackle a couple of the more glaring issues.

The faucet had a slow drip and no matter what we did, we just couldn't fix it. And believe me we tried!


So after a couple hours of this, we ended up with this...

That's better!

Finding a light to fit this space was a tough one - can you saw awkward!
This $13 beauty from Lowe's will do the trick!

I made this no-sew pleated skirt to cover the base of the sink.
Check back later in the week for a tutorial!



Still aways to go, but we're making progress!

Until next time,

Guest Suite Hallway Nears Completion

It's been a couple of weeks now since I have mentioned our guest suite updates, but that doesn't mean that they aren't moving full speed ahead. Especially now that we have the real motivation of some very special guests coming to stay in February.

Here's where we left (click here for a refresher) you...

Not cute

And here's where we are today...

Two coats of wall paint, one coat of ceiling paint, a coat of primer and two coats on the trim! Just typing it all wears me was quite the painting project. Not that I had anything to do with it, Mr. DD did the whole thing himself. What a star!

I shopped the house and had a little fun accessorizing our newly painted white shelves! Recognize that mirror? More to come on that little change.

Even the door knobs have received an update. Out with the dated brass and in with an updated oil rubbed bronze, which will coordinate well with our new fixture, whenever I get around to ordering it.

Carriage House Chandelier

I'm loving this carriage house light from Ballard Designs...decisions, decisions.

The hallway has been transformed with just a couple cans of paint. It's no longer dark and boring - now it's light, bright and an all together more welcoming space. Ah, the magic of paint!

Until next time,


The Guestroom: Stage 1

As you may have noticed in my resolutions post at the beginning of the week, the guestroom received a kick start from Mr. Designing Domesticity this past week.

A couple of things happened...

You probably noticed the lovely window in this photo. It's an old school, single pained, natural wood window; meaning it allows lots of cold air in during the winter and hot air in during the summer - not really the combination you'd generally be looking for. So...

it's out with the old...

and in with the new!

Although all the other windows throughout our home are wooden, we opted for your standard vinyl window in this case. It's a third floor attic conversion so we wanted a highly efficient and low maintenance window, which equals vinyl!

The second thing accomplished in the guest suite (notice the name upgrade!) is the addition of the blue wall color to the hallway.

Goodbye boring and beige...

Hello Mr. Designing Domesticity...

So far only the wall color is complete. The woodwork has been primed, next step is paint; perhaps this coming weekend, we'll see. I'll wait to do a photo when the hallway is nearing completion. You'll just have to will I.

But the good news is that we are almost done with 2 of the 6 steps I have planned for the room. Progress!

Now, you've seen 2 of the 4 projects listed on my broken resolution post - 2 more to go; 1 of which will definitely be done for the BGR reveal next week and the other, I hope to share later next week as well. Stay tuned...