what i’ve been buying

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a treasure Monday post.  As you can imagine, picking is slow this time of year due to the weather.  That hasn’t really stopped me though.  I’ve attended a few auctions lately.  And have been scoring at the thrift store in the fabric department.

Typically I am rotating chairs around the house from room to room but lately it has been window treatments.  Which, by the way, are really difficult to photograph due to the lighting.

I love finding vintage linens in excellent condition…

Is it the year of the pom pom?  I feel like they are suddenly every where.  I am not complaining!  I am falling right into this trend and fortunately I am finding vintage pom poms.  Even better!  I modified a pair of drapes as valances in my guest room.

vintage window treatment

On the same day, I came across a pair of perfectly coordinating twin flat sheets that stand in as curtain panels.  No sewing needed!

vintage window treatment

Of course this new found “window treatment” caused a domino effect.  I’ve been passively looking for something like this for the guest room so I happily took down the green plaid panels.  We are currently playing with them in my parent’s guest room.

vintage window treatment

After finding the sweet yellow and orange pom poms, I came across an adorbs set of brown pom pom curtains.

vintage window treatment

How could I resist them?  They are also a candidate for my parents house although I wish I had a place to hang them in my own home!  The size just isn’t right.  Shucks.  They are so whimsical and cute!

vintage window treatment

Moving along to my favorite find though…a set of vintage sage green toile drapes.  You might have caught a glimpse of these on my instagram last week when it was love at first sight.  Swoon!

They are the perfect size for my dining room window which has now caused yet another complete domino effect.  I’ve been wanting a green dining room since we moved in nearly 2 years ago.  These drapes have finally kick started things around here.  Now I’m on the hunt for the perfect contrasting valance.  I’m trying a few things like a new to us antique area rug.  I painted the table.  The list goes on.  I’ll share everything when I’m finished with the research and development stage.

In 2014.  Kidding.  I can’t wait that long to pull it all together in the dining room.

vintage window treatment

I will be sure to share what I learned about hanging drapes.  Like old school drapes that your grandmother had.  This is a new topic for me.  Stay tuned for that post on Wednesday.

vintage window treatment

What vintage treasures have you been finding lately?

the little nook that could

Last week I showed you around my office.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  Today I am here to talk specifically about the little nook in that room and how it got to be so darn charming! 

An advantage to a Cape Cod style house are these dormers that poke out of the roof. 

On the inside, dormers carve out little spaces that can sometimes be difficult to decorate.  Here’s how it looked prior to moving in any furniture or hanging window treatments.  It was just asking for a cozy window seat.

And that’s how the retro orange bench found a home. 

I layered it with pretty pillows – my favorite accessory for any room!

But what I want to show you is the no sew/no drill window treatment that I installed.

I started by finding 2 matching vintage blankets for just $4 each.  Sheer luck to find a pair!  This option was so much cheaper than buying new curtains.  The orange and green pattern played into the office color palette nicely.

Because of the architecture of this little nook, I was able to suspend a long tension rod between the adjacent walls.  No drilling necessary.  Plus a bathroom tension rod is also much cheaper than curtain hardware.

Before hanging the tension rod, I added the curtain hooks to the rod.  Then I simply folded over the blankets turned curtains until they were at the desired length.  See? I just hid the excess fabric behind the curtain. 

And clipped the curtain hooks onto the fabric at even intervals.

I’m very happy with how this little, low-budget project turned out!  The entire window treatment cost less than $40.  The curtains even seem to make the window look wider.  Plus that bench, oh how I love!

I may never learn to sew at this rate.  Do you have any other no sew project ideas?

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office tour

Comin’ atchya live from my home office today! 

As a part time blogger and full time work from homer, I spend no less than 80% of my waking hours in this little yellow room so it is important that I get it just right.  Althought I still have a few projects on the horizon for this room it is close enough for a reveal so come on in.  Let me show you around.

I’ve had this little table for years.  A past roommate left it behind.  I can’t tell you how many times I considered selling it.  I’m so glad I didn’t!  The table is perfect for crafting and I don’t care how much paint/ink/glue I get on it plus it takes up minimal space. 

The vintage area rug was found at an estate sale in the spring.  I knew then that I wanted the color scheme for this room to be orange, green & yellow.  The rug seemed to be a heavy, dark anchor for this otherwise light, bright room.  Plus it was hand hooked and in great shape!

This might just me my favorite vintage little nook in the whole house.  It is a close second to the sunroom anyway.  Remember the orange bench?  I have to tell you that I get the most feedback on that find.  What a score! 

The bench looks even better surrounded by these textiles.  The only splurge and only brand new items in the entire room are the yellow rosette throw pillows.  I found them at Target on my Missoni mission by another designer.

Let’s move over here and take a peek at the few modern pieces in the room.  I found this armoire on sale a few years back and it now hides most of my craft supplies. 

I like having a few dark espresso accents in the room like the coordinating frame that displays my print of Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss that I got on a trip to Vienna after graduating college.  Who knew Gustav’s colors would go so well with my office?  Oh and as you pass by, high five the antique glove mold that I found at the Brooklyn Flea.

Meet the girls.  The grey antique dressform is Cecilia.  She is a big boned girl who is adjustable in size.  Did you spy the old wine rack down there on the floor?  It holds fabric scraps.

Isabelle is our petite dressform.  She’s a Singer made mold that replicates an actual (skinny) woman’s measurements.  The original model’s name is in the mold.  Cree-py.  But these girls make great props.

Ok, reversing sides of the room now.  Remember the dyed coffee filter wreath?  Here she is again.

The reality is that I spend the majority of my time at this little built in desk.  I love the architectural charm that is original to our 1949 house.

The desk is adjacent to the printing station which is housed in the vintage green cabinet.  Don’t you love how I hide all of the office clutter?

And how could I not mention the pulldown school map of Pennsylvania?  This map has influenced and shaped the color pallet of the entire room.   

I am not sure which feature I love more.  The orange & green school map or the orange bench on the opposite wall.  What do you think?

Ok well thanks for visiting my office!  I will keep you posted on upcoming projects in here.

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