More Ikea Curtain Upgrading

Yup…I’m back on a Thursday to chat, once again, about curtains.  You’d think making tab-top curtains into grommet-top curtains would be enough DIY crazy-ness for me, but I had one more trick up my sleeve.

You see…when I first pulled together the inspiration board for my son’s big-boy room, I was in. love. with those green Mimosa Curtains from Zgallerie

…so bold, so the perfect green, so graphic, so statement making…so way too expensive for a kids room.  The more I thought about it, the more I decided that while they were totally awesome in their bold, green, graphic, statement making-ness…they were a bit too grown-up for my son’s room.  I wanted something with a touch of bold, green, graphic, statement making-ness…the key was figuring out how to get it.

Not long after I gave up on my beloved Mimosa curtains, I became transfixed with the idea of wide stripes incorporated into curtains.  There were several gorgeous examples of this around the web for inspiration but the one that really held my heart was this one found over at Sarah Macklem’s blog, The Yellow Cape Cod.  They were bold and graphic and fun and totally awesome…

…but I was still smitten with those Mimosa curtains from Zgallerie.

Then, one night while I was flipping through my Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts book, I came across a tutorial for these amazing color block shower curtains:

EUREKA!!!  I thought.  I love the linen.  And I love the wiiiiiiide blocks of color.  What if I did a wide block of the Mimosa curtains at the bottom of standard, linen curtains?  I immediately headed to Pinterest to look up some wide stripe curtain inspiration and came across these lovely examples:

(found on Song of Style and credited to Lonny Magazine, but without any further linkage)

I will admit…when I came across the above picture of a playspace designed by Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise, an LA based design firm, I was smitten.  It is the perfect amount of whimsey, not to mention, the perfect ratio of linen to pattern.  So…I found myself a great set of halfway-decent, relatively-inexpensive linen drapes from Ikea, cut off the tab tops and made it a grommet top, and then went about adding about a third to the length by way of a pair of the Mimosa curtains from Zgallerie  (using the block shower curtain instructions from the Sewing Book) and here’s the final result:

I’m so in love with how these came out and even more in love with the fact that I got to have a fun, graphic drape in my son’s room without having to shell out for four panels of the too-expensive-for-my-blood Mimosa panels.

Have you ever modified store-bought curtains to further customize them?

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Inspiration Only: Vignette

Inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places, as was the case when I stumbled upon a storefront that was styled in the most genius manner:

Post 27 recently hosted a gallery event in their retail space entitled Vignette. The result? Dazzling vintage ephemera and classic furnishings paired together in a swoon-worthy combo.

My favorite look is the above image featuring clipboard wall art, quirky typography and a fall-inspired color palette.

Ahhhh, this will be one for the tear sheets indeed.

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Creative play…

Today I thought I would take a break from my “What I saw in…” travel series and share the work of Jonas Jungblut with you. I was recently in Santa Barbara with two good friends (yes, I do love to travel!) and picked up the Santa Barbara Magazine to check out the arts scene there. I was immediately struck by the organic quality of Jungblut’s sculptures. Untitled (shown above) is made of driftwood found along the beaches in Santa Barbara. I suppose you could interpret this sculpture in many ways, but after reading up about Jungblut – originally from Berlin, Germany – being exposed to the gritty guerilla street art scene perhaps explains a lot. On the other hand, when the sculpture is set on sand, with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop, it tells a very different story.


A balancing act… not an easy task to achieve indeed, especially with a piece like this, 476 (shown above) are made of beach pebbles. I feel I could sit on the buff all day and just bask in its tranquility. The quiet delicacy of his work is, dare I say, contagious. Lately I’ve been feeling the need for (more) balance in life and the crave for quietness.

{ Photography by Jonas Jungblut / top / bottom image scanned from Santa Barbara Magazine Summer 2011 }

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The Burning House

I first read about The Burning House on Poppytalk and have been enamored ever since. The site begs fellow creatives to answer photographically: If your house was burning down, what would you take with you? The answers range from quirky to thought-provoking and are perfect to peruse while settling in for the evening with a hot cup of tea.

Of course, we must ask you, dear readers: What would you take? For me? My dogs, laptop, charger, fleece blanket, lip balm, toothbrush, an extra fine point Sharpie and my passport. So predictable, yes?

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Numbers by Bocci…

No. 28 / photography by Robert Keizure

Very much in awe of these pendant light fixtures designed by Omar Arbel of Bocci. Can’t decide whether I like them displayed alone or in a cluster. Each has its own organic quality that I’m really drawn to. When hung by itself, it’s so visually subtle and quiet that it allows the room to have a life of its own. Oh but when they are clustered like a pendant chandelier, they become the center stage… everything in the room revolves around the cluster. The floating and almost candle-like effect is mesmerizing. Quote, due to the organic nature of cast glass – hand crafted and inherently imperfect – each piece produced is entirely unique from any other piece, unquote. Well, I beg to differ on the “inherently imperfect” bit. I think they are quite perfect indeed, in all their shining glory – with bruises, bubbles and all.


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