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Home Decor: Curtains

We had some just awful & gross blinds on our gorgeous original windows in our living, dining, & master bedroom. They were just covered in filth & dust and no amount of cleaning was bringing them back to my sanitation standards. They also were bulky and stuck out several inches from the actual window casing. This hid the original detail and took away from the charm of the craftsman woodwork. We recently went to a friends new home and I just loved her new floor to ceiling curtains. She said she got them from West Elm and I was immediately stuck on the idea of getting new curtains. I checked out the website and they were offering 20% off all curtains and so I scrounged up the last of my Pottery Barn gift cards from the wedding (Pottery Barn owns West Elm so you can use them there too!), convinced my husband they were a "must have", and made the big purchase! I had no idea, until recently, that curtains cost so much money. I was literally in shock. I thought it was worth the splurge for really good quality window treatments. I went outside my usual grey + white color scheme and went with yellow. Yes, yellow! They totally warm up and brighten up the space and contrast against our dark woodwork on the windows, baseboards, and fireplace.

You can find the curtains here. I got the 108" length. These were 20% off when I ordered them, unfortunately it looks like they are no longer on sale.

I was really eyeing a curtain rod from West Elm too but got a reality check from my hubby and found a very nice substitute on the Bed Bath & Beyond website. It is a similar style as the original one that I liked but 1/3 of the price. Add a 20% off coupon and who could resist that! I ordered these with some wedding gift cards as well. To sum it up, I only spent $30 out of pocket for this whole project!

You can find the rod here. I got the 36-66 in adjustable rod in brushed brass.

When the curtains arrived this week I was so excited, I just couldn't wait to get them up. I began the process of ironing each of the 4 panels. Two panels for each window. (Curtain tip: each panel is sold separately... yeahhh that makes the cost go up pretty quick!) My theory is it is better to put in the extra effort to iron the curtains now rather than try to steam them later when they are already hanging up. Even though this took me several hours - I am so happy I took the time to do this. They really look high end and fresh without big creases in them.

 
 

My husband and I removed all of the old hardware associated with many sets of blinds (most that were not still in existence) and the actual blinds themselves. We cleaned the windows and woodwork. Next we began the process of deciding where we wanting the curtains and how they should hang. We measured, leveled, and marked the spot then measured, leveled, and marked again. We tend to be thorough especially when drilling holes into our plaster walls. We then used a drill bit to drill holes in the wall for the anchors. Next we screwed in the actual hook hanging mechanism. I cleaned up the debris on the floor and window sill because I didn't want any dust or wall debris to get on our new curtains! I recommend this step after drilling into the wall on both sides. Finally we strung our curtains on the rods and slid them into the hooks. We measured how much of the rod would be hanging on the outside of the hook on each side to make sure it was symmetrical then locked it in place with the screw that came with the hardware.

Sounds pretty simple, huh? Our biggest challenge is always just getting started and determining the order of steps. For this project specifically it was deciding which drill bit size to use and getting enough leverage that high up to actually drill a hole into our paint over several layers of wallpaper over plaster over who knows what walls. 

Our house has some amazing natural light, however, it can almost be blinding at times. See why we needed some curtains?

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Home sweet home.

Chelsea
 

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Home Decor: Cozy Living Room Essentials

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Home Decor: Cozy Living Room Essentials

I love all things cozy! I have spent the last few weeks changing out decor to create a comfortable living room for us! Below are few of those cozy essentials!

{Plush Throws}

Ladder + Throws

I absolutely love throws and cuddling up on the couch. I am naturally cold natured so I really love throws. White throws just brighten up the room and invite you into cozy.  I gravitate towards throws with texture that look pretty, as well as, keep you warm. Pottery Barn is my go to for the best throws around. Below are links to 3 that we got for our wedding and are easily my favorite throws of all time. {Pictured to the right}

White Faux Sheepskin, Faux Fur Throw, Chennile Basketweave Throw

{Decorative Wood Ladder}

I was on the hunt for a creative way to store all my throws. Baskets tend to take up valuable square footage and clutter up the room. I ended up finding my decorative wood ladder at my favorite antique mall in Denver for $25! It is in great shape and has an American Indian flare to it, which I love. This provides a vertical design element in our living room & displays our cute throws.

{Wood & Metal Coffee Table}

My vision of a cozy living room includes a metal + wood coffee table! I must I totally stole this one from Brit! She has wonderful style and I am constantly asking her where she got everything inside of her home! I usually am met with "World Market" or "Restoration Hardware Outlet"! Wish I had her vision. Anyways - this one is from World Market. Link is below, although I think it is out of stock now. 

Aiden Coffee Table

{Galvanized Tray}

Tray + Chicken Feeder + Book

To go with the mix of wood & metal in our living room I added this galvanized tray from William Sonoma. I love coffee table decor and am constantly reminding myself not to clutter it up!

Galvanized Round Tray

{Farmhouse Element}

I love Fixer Upper, as I am sure you all do! Joanna Gaines has a natural touch for all things farmhouse, rustic, & industrial that illuminate cozy. My farmhouse element in this room is this chicken feeder I also picked up at my favorite antique mall in Denver! I love it - I have no idea what I am really going to do with it but for right now I love it right where it is!

{Coffee Table Book}

Maybe I am too southern but I think coffee table books are essential to a homey living room. I have three coffee table books that I rotate in and out. Two were bought for me by my husband and include pictures of puppies. I love puppies. period. Shake & Underwater Dogs. They make you giggle and saw awww! The third book is one from my best friend, Kaci. She got me this book after I oohed and awwed all over it when we were shopping in the Stockyards in Fort Worth. It is called Goodnight Cowtown and its one of my favorites. It is a sweet reminder of my time in Cowtown! Coffee table books provide your guest something to look at while you are still throwing the last minute clutter in the closet or pulling something off the stove!

What are your cozy essentials?

Livin' & Lovin' -

Chelsea
 

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