Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Look A Likes: Desks

It seems like I've been on a constant search for furniture lately.  Why am I looking at desks you ask?  Don't you have one for your office already?  You'll find out soon enough.  Anyway, I saw one at Restoration Hardware that is gorgeous!  I've been digging the industrial look.  Now we all know I do things on a budget so the $695 price was no where near my budget.  I found a similar one at Target.  It's $100.  The Target version is a little shorter in length, but a great affordable alternative.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

GE Lighting Home Makeover Giveaway

A while back I was given the opportunity to try some GE Reveal light bulbs.  I love the white light they cast off instead of the usual yellow glow from incandescent bulbs.  It's amazing the impact that lighting makes in a room.  Just changing an ordinary bulb to a GE reveal bulb made a huge difference.  The colors are more vibrant and less muted than a room using a standard bulb.

Like me, many consumers have a hard time trying to decide which bulbs and lighting are right for their home.  Choosing the right bulb for each room can be easy if you remember these four steps: pick the right fit, choose the right brightness, select energy savings and lifetime of the bulb, plus the right color and effect.  GE has created three infographics along with some videos to help you along the way to a brighter home as you compare bulbs and consider the four steps.  Please visit the GE website for more information.

You can also watch this fun and stylish video featuring four hip tastemakers discussing the importance of good lighting and how quick and easy it is to do afresh lighting makeover for 2015.
You can enter using the rafflecopter below to win one of these three great GE Lighting Home Makeover packages:
Beautify House Makeover Package - $200 worth of GE bulbs 
Beautify Room Makeover Package - $100 worth of GE bulbs 
Bathroom Makeover Package - $30 worth of GE bulbs

  • Contest is open to US residents only
  • GE is only providing the product, not running the giveaway
  • Giveaway ends on January 30 at 12:00 pm PST

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Monday, January 19, 2015

DIY Fabric Trimmed Curtains

This project has been on my list for a while and I can finally check it off.  We had plain white curtains from Ikea hanging in our master bedroom.  I loved the simpleness of them but I wanted to jazz them up a bit.

I went back and forth between trimming the curtains down the sides or adding fabric on the bottom like I did in the nursery.  The trimmed idea won.  I started late Friday night.  I wasn't sure how much I would get done but at least I had gotten a start.  We have four windows in the room which means a total of eight panels to trim!  Was I crazy for wanting to do this to so many panels?  After figuring out the first one, I got on a roll and didn't want to stop.  I had gotten five panels done when I noticed it was 1:00 AM.  Time to turn in and start again in the morning.

To trim the curtains, I picked up a twin bedsheet from Walmart.  It gave me a ton of fabric for a cheap price.  Instead of choosing a plain gray sheet, I chose one that had a pattern for more texture in the room.  I also used fabric glue, scissors, and measuring tape.

Here's how I trimmed the curtains.

1. I laid out my sheet on the floor.  I wanted three inch strips so I measured four and a half inch strips to start.  This gave me room for the three inch strip, a half inch seam on one side, and a one inch seam on the other.

2. On the seam that would be on the outside, I wanted it it look finished.  So I rolled the fabric in half an inch and rolled half an inch again and ironed.  In total, I rolled it an inch in.  I did this all the way down the strip.  I was going to just lay the fabric on top but I thought this way would look more professional from the front.

3. I flipped the fabric right side up and measured three inches across.  I folded it at the three inch mark and ironed.  

4. Again, I continued this all the way down until my strip was complete.

5. I laid out my curtain panel and laid the strip on top, making sure the double rolled edge was towards the outside.  Flip the edge of them both over together.  Tuck the edge of the curtain inside the fabric.  Apply a line of glue and press down.

6. I glued this edge all the way down.

7. Flip the panel back over, right side up.  Starting at the top, I just cut my fabric a little longer and tucked it so it had a finished edge.

8. Begin gluing the fabric down to the top of the curtain.  I must say I was pretty impressed with this fabric glue.  Why haven't I used this before?  Way easier than hem tape.

This is what it looked like all glued down.  Don't forget I did eight panels but it went pretty quick.  Once I found my rhythm, you couldn't stop me.

Look at the results!  I love it.

The curtains frame the window now.  They look so much more tailored and polished.

The room is starting to fall into place.

I'm glad I finally completed this and checked it off my list.  The curtains make a statement in the room and give it a more luxurious feel.

So much better right?

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