Monday, January 11, 2021

Pretty in Pink Foyer

I painstakingly finished hanging the pink Anthropologie "Thin Air" wallpaper in the Foyer this past weekend.  Not sure why I thought going around three arches with wallpaper was a good idea. But luckily Joe came to the rescue with brand new razor blades.  As you recall I did one wall late last year and Santa brought me two more rolls for Christmas so I could appease my anal retentiveness and my need for continuity.   So it went okay, but I highly recommend a pattern that doesn't necessarily need to line up, unless you don't mind spending gobs of money on wallpaper and don't mind a lot of waste. I am pretty frugal by nature at least when it comes to throwing things in the garbage so I was happy I could use every last inch of this wallpaper. 


We really have two foyers, since I'm standing in the first one with gray stripes by the front door looking into my pink one.  Joe says this is my Winchester Mystery House. If you don't know the story of Mrs. Winchester, she was constantly changing her house without the help of any professional so things were haphazard. It was meant as a compliment that I can continue experimenting at my leisure in what things make me happy.  I don't follow rules, just having fun and learning as I go. 

I still have a cute little pink poinsettia in the foyer. The last of the Christmas Decor. 


My boys aren't really keen on the color pink and floral designs.  But hopefully if they stare at this house long enough they will come to appreciate it. Insert evil laugh *here.*



I need dining room Chair advice!  I am tiring of these ruffles on the Parson chairs. I can either try to find Parson chair covers that are more modern and tailored. Or I can try to find some pretty vintage arm chairs.  I will keep you posted. 



I am so happy to have this finished. Wallpaper is quite frankly a pain in the @ss.  I guess that's why they recommend professionals tackle this.  

I'm off to frame some new art.  Happy Monday!

xo

Cathleen

 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Café Curtains in white

Our Formal eating area overlooks the living room and it flows in one big space.  The idea of having café curtains in this area is two fold. One to create some privacy from backyard and to still allow light into the living room. I love curtains and don't really like blinds, but these large windows make it quite difficult to open and close drapes.  


When I stumbled upon Rejuvenation and saw these brass café curtain rods and rings I knew they would work perfectly in these windows. I wanted them to be inside mounted and also to match the curtain rods at the tops of the windows. Here is a link to these custom fit rods and solid brass rings. I needed four rods and 40 rings for 4 windows. The white drapes are from Wayfair and I love that they are sheer but provide total privacy.   



I had put to throw in a photo of my new coffee table book that really cheers up my living room in the new year. Veranda's "A Room of One's Own."

I got a new throw pillow from West Elm too. I hit up the after Christmas sale and found a few treasures.  It has a pretty metallic material that goes great for January. It's called the Watercolor Fragments Brocade Pillow.


The café curtains look great closed or open. I love how the rings make them easy to open and close too (as opposed to inserting the rod into the fabric.)






With all the  holiday decorations gone, I'm loving just a few simple garlands of lights and black pom poms on the mantel. I also kept some dried golden hydrangeas. I don't want to part with them. 


In the eat in kitchen I also added a brass café rod, but this one is a long tension rod from Home Depot. This window is approximately 70" wide so Rejuvenation didn't have that width.  I used 4 of the curtains from Wayfair. 



Hope this inspires you to use Café Curtains in your home. I think they're back in style!
xo
Cathleen





 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Persian Rugs

Happy New Year!! Spent the whole day on the 1st of the year putting away Christmas decorations, cleaning, and displaying some new items for the new Year!  A few rugs from Turkey came, a beautiful runner in pinks and blues for the upstairs hallway and a "prayer" rug for entry way into the kitchen. 


I absolutely love the quality of vintage rugs. You can't even compare them with new rugs. They were built to last. This runner is from the 1950's and has minimal wear.  I purchased a thick rug pad to go underneath to both protect the floor and the rug from more wear. 


This rug is 11' long by about 3' wide.  It really brightens up the hallway.


And downstairs I got this 4' by 3' prayer rug in teal.  I love the color so much and it brings life to this little space. 




I'm waiting on one additional rug for the kitchen and in the meantime, I will be adding more wallpaper to these curved walls. Wish me luck!



xo
Cathleen
 

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