Friday, June 8, 2012

Wallpaper and Petunias (not in that order)


I have exactly two blissful hours to myself this morning. Here are my thoughts, in random order.

* I have a strange thing for overexposed flowers.
* I love living in this little town. It feels like home to me. I don't really want to leave.
* I'm excited to move and fit ourselves into our new town. I'm ready to leave.
* I was made for walking. There. I said it. I'll never be a runner.
* I hope I can find a nice, tranquil, safe walking path in our new town, because life makes more sense after a brisk walk.
* I like to jog for tiny bits and pieces of the walk. It makes my calves feel purposeful.
* I never thought I'd like living in town so much. Surprise! I love hearing lawn mowers and cars and kids on bikes through the open windows.
* Peanut Butter Captain Crunch  can almost seem like a healthy breakfast if you think about it hard enough.
* I should probably fold those blasted socks.
* I can shower and get ready without disturbances such as yogurt throwing or toothbrush licking!
* But I kind of like being lazy in my sweaty walking clothes.
* Public libraries rock my world.
* So does this girl.
* Sometimes the best way to get a niggling thought out of your head is to just say it out loud. (A text works in a pinch, too.)
* Will my wallpaper arrive today?

You heard me right. I made my first official house purchase last week. It is a roll of wallpaper. After losing innumerable hours of my life to peeling seed packets, cows, horses, Victorian flowers, foxes, seashells and ivy from countless walls, I have now thrown myself yet another curve ball and decided to wallpaper the desk nook. Cory is beyond exasperated.

I  haven't told you about the desk nook? Well, I'm pretty excited about it.

I found the wallpaper by accident last week, while kidding myself into thinking Anthropologie might have some great clearance bargains on curtains.


What do you think? It screamed my name, what with the gray pin-stripes and the watercolored blooms of indeterminable origin.

The original price for one roll was $128. Ha ha ha ha ha! Oh, that'll have me laughing for a while. The clearance price? $35. I only needed one roll. I am pumped.

But back to the curtains. Any thoughts? The living room has 3 windows, which means I need 6 panels, which means that I need to find something pretty economical. I'm looking for something in a fun color, with a larger-scale pattern.

Something like this middle fabric.

Attention all seamstresses: Is having curtains made an economical option? The fabric is Waverly brand and can be found on sale at JoAnn's. How would I know how many yards of fabric I would need?

Help a sistah.

In other news, it's Friday! And the sun is working its magic on my soul. We'll be spending our evening watching Calvin smack a baseball around. What's your plan, Stan?

48 comments:

  1. I take the width of the window and multiple by 2 or 3.... but, then again, mine are made out of burlap :)

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  2. I'm a super big fan of the Young House Love blog by Sherry and John. Sherry did a great tutorial on no-sew curtians that you might want to check out. Side note- LOVIN" the wallpaper!
    http://www.younghouselove.com/2010/02/nursery-progress-getting-the-hang-of-it/

    -Ceci Loves

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  3. Have a good friend around who knows how to sew? Try trading services with her, that's what I would do. I've sewn for lots of people and I always charge a arm and two legs, but if someone wanted to make me a nice dinner or two I would do it for free!:)

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  4. Love your thoughts and two hours of time to yourself does sound blissful. I would make each panel 1.5-2 times wide the amount you're wanting to cover. As far as length, measure where you want them to hang and then add 5 inches or so for a hem and a little puddle. Hope that helps!

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  5. urban outfitters has some supa cute curtains! http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/category.jsp?id=A_FURN_WINDOW

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  6. well that made my comment spaced all wonky, huh? ps, cute wallpaper! and totes acceptable for a nook.

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  7. DIYing drapes was probably one of my biggest mistakes. Not because sewing them was a big deal (hello all straight lines) but bc I'm so extremely horrible at math. Home dec fabric isn't cheap. 7-8 yds @ $15+ a yd and I should've just gone to Target. But if you don't need too much fabric and you've got a 50% off coupon for JoAnn's, I say go for it!!

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  8. If you could get the fabric for cheap on a sale day I would say go for it!! Love the blue print!

    Enjoy your alone time :) It never happens enough!

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  9. I think the simplest way to sew your own would be to make panels the same width as the fabric (is is 60"?) and just use the selvage edges as the finished edges of your panels. Hem the top and bottom and use clip hooks to attach to your rod. I am not a patient sewer (don't even dare call myself a seamstress like my mom is), so I went with drop cloth curtains instead of sewing this time around. I love them.

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  10. Okay, well this comment was meant for this last post which I read on my phone and because I hate typing comments on my phone, I did nothing and now I cannot remember the brilliant and articulate affirmation I was going to send your way. The nutshell of it is this: I SO related to every word of what you wrote. I agonize over the ways I spend money on frivolity (like the amazing Encyclopedia Americana vintage crate I spent $12 on yesterday) while children are starving. And even though we are giving and helping, it still doesn't feel like enough and yet we still have too much. Somehow I think I'd be comfortable with a list of what's okay and what's not. But then that would be the law and God's written that on our hearts. It's a journey and it looks different for all of us. Like you, my home is my art and I love to study and create beauty in all sorts of places. And now I'm just rambling! Please forgive. Just wanted you to know that I hear you loud and clear and I love you for your honesty. : )

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  11. Oh and I love the blue and white fabric. I think it'd be a fine choice.

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  12. love love the wallpaper...makes me wish i wasn't a renter, i am sure i could find a nook to wallpaper.
    as for curtains...try looking at nice canvas or heavy weight shower curtains as a curtain option...just a thought.

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  13. Dude. I feel for ya...so many decisions, so little time! LOVE that wallpaper...I didnt even notice it had pinstripes! *sigh*
    Ok, since you (and me) are lovers of all things clearance and sale, did you see the large scale curtains on CLEARANCE at Anthro?

    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/880068.jsp?color=grn

    I am loving the green and blue print...lined in cotton, a slight purdy pleat and only $30/panel. Oh, did I mention the happy words: MACHINE WASHABLE :D

    Oh, check out these fun guys from Target:

    http://www.target.com/p/mudhut-maya-window-panel-cream-55x84/-/A-14030397

    http://www.target.com/p/boho-boutique-mosaic-brocade-window-panel-blue-green-54x84/-/A-13907026

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  14. I'm also a walker--NEVER a runner. And I'm good with that. :) LOVED your post yesterday about balance--I love making our space feel like home--and I like changing it up--but it is so hard to know the balance between buying say, a candle, vs. sponsoring a child. Also, I have that gray-striped shirt! (I had it in navy-stripe, too, but it became a crayon in the dryer casualty.:( )

    Have a great weekend! (LOVE the wallpaper--and what an awesome deal!)
    ~Gini

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  15. I like the curtain fabric on the bottom just because roses are always so beautiful. Loved your little blog today.

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  16. CB gave great advice. Just pick your length and hem top and bottom to fit. Could even glue the hem and add ring clips for easier install.

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  17. My only curtain recommendation is IKEA. But then, that's the solution for me to a lot of things...

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  18. In general, I think that having curtains made/making your own is not the most economical option. However, I always make my own anyway :) It really depends on how picky you are and, of course, if you have to pay someone to make them or if you can get the labor for free.
    FYI- www.fabric.com carries a lot of Waverly fabric and usually has lower prices than Joann, plus you can always find a 15% off coupon online AND they offer free shipping and free returns if you don't like it! (Promise I don't work for them... I'm just passionate about bargain fabric)
    As for calculating yardage- if you just want two curtain panels for each window that fall approximately to the floor, you will want to buy 6 yards of fabric per window.
    LOVE the wallpaper! I'm so jealous that you have the guts to wallpaper!

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  19. I love living in this little town. It feels like home to me. I don't really want to leave.
    * I'm excited to move and fit ourselves into our new town. I'm ready to leave. --- made me SMILE!!!!!!!! so completely indecisive yet somehow perfectly soothing. :)

    i'm debating between a night at the dirt track with the family or a relaxing evening at home just me & the babe. she was so squirmy-wormy last night at the VBS program...i'd hate to lose her down between the bleachers.

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  20. uhhh oops. "boss man" that would be me. didn't realize i was logged in under my husbands business account that he never uses.

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  21. haha...I'm TRYING to become a runner...being a walker is just EASIER!!

    I hope you find a nice walking path too!!!

    I've got a giveaway going on! Come check it out!

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  22. 1) THere is nothing I hate more than seeing someone use a toothbrush outside of the bathroom or using it in a weird way. Your "licking a toothbrush" comment made my skin crawl!!
    2) LOVE the wallpaper
    3) Thanks for the shoutout to public libraries
    4) I made outdoor curtains for K. Weiss from that exact same fabric and used the selveged edges like CB said (and she used clips to hang), but you'd probably want to reinforce the top hem with special drapery interfacing. I would not do it again. I am not a precision seamstress, and it made me so nervous to do it for someone else! I'm thinking about 5 yards should do ya.

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  23. Yardage depends on how long the curtains need to be, but grab a joannes coupon or catch their 1/2 off sale and it can be very affordable. simple curtains are a straight hem on each side away (come on, you can do it!) rod, drape clips, and one width (56") on each side of the window is sufficient if the windows are approx 36-38" wide. they will close for privacy but if you're going to have them open most of the time they look fine one panel wide. wider windows might need two panels sewn together, floor length takes about 2 yards per panel:>)

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  24. I sew a lot, and most of my curtains are from Ikea or Target. The other place that has curtains that I really love is World Market. It is usually cheaper to buy curtain than buying fabric to make them. For our first apartment, I decided to make my own curtains and went to Wal-mart and bought fabric for just our kitchen window and spent over $40 on fabric (we were super broke college kids) and from there on out, I have usually just bought curtains. My exception to that rule, is when I have used sheets that I found on sale to make curtains.

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  25. Have the drapes made!I make my own & I know it can be difficult for a novice. Drapes ALWYS look best when hung at ceiling height. It expands the room.So measure from ceiling to floor, add 2" for top hem & 4" for bottom hem. And by all means, have them lined! They will look better, hang better & won't fade. I just hate to see you spend good money on such beautiful fabric & have them fade. Skinny rods are all the rage, so go to your local Lowes or H.D. & buy metal conduit pipe. You can cut it with an inexpensive pipe cutter, spray paint it black, buy the mounting brackets, clip rings and finiales @ the Lowes. The finiales sold almost anywhere will fit sm.rod. Also, it will take about 10-15 clip rings to hold on width of lined drapery fabric. Sandy

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  26. fabric.com is a great place for fabric. Also Morris & Daughter is a good online sourse for fabric. Actually check the tag at JoAnns to see the name of the design. It's sometimes printed on the salvage also. Then just google it to see who has the best price.

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  27. The middle fabric brings joy to my heart. It is a childhood garden of precious memories mixed together with "i'm a grownup now". Love it.

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  28. I don't know about where you live but our local dry cleaner has a seamstress on staff that not only does hemming etc, but also will make curtains, pillows etc. Who would have known? Again, don't know about yours but ours does a fantastic job and more reasonable than any other seamstress. May be a thought to check out...

    I like the fabric you have chosen : )

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  29. I love the wallpaper! Very you...and it's on sale, holla! I know not a lick about making curtains, otherwise I would love to help you out :)

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  30. I can not commit to wallpaper. There are way too many choices. I like watching those episodes of British house tours where those tiny homes are full of large printed wall paper and it gets even louder from room to room. I always say I want to live there. Barry always says he's rather die and live with Jesus than that hideous wallpaper. We even each other out I suppose.

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  31. Amen to the peanut butter captain crunch.

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  32. O dear. I love public libraries and I am currently trying to make my daughter adore them just as much as ME! :)

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  33. http://www.curtainsmade4u.com/ Posted by House of Fifty I'm not sure how inexpensive it would be though and you have to find a fabric you like

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  34. I can't see the pinstripes - maybe I need more coffee - but I love the cute flowers. AND, THE PRICE. Oops. that wasn't intentionally capitalized, but the decision to leave it there was ;)

    Just drove an hour each way to pick up the 14 year old from an all night party at church. Not a lock-in, but a lock out. Long story. He's wiped. Must have been a good night.

    Plan? Dishes, wait for the hubs to get back from work. Maybe go tot he butcher. Cook some beets from a farmer's market. Be a slug.

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  35. ok can i just say that since you admitted you are a walker not a runner...i love you even more!! i am a total walker surrounded by runners. it gets lonely. also, the wallpaper...i wouldn't have chosen. the fabric i would. but i'm here to tell you, i think it will all rock when it's complete! love your style and your heart!!!

    love,
    your walking friend

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  36. Here is the rule for knowing how much fabric you need for panels. Measure the the length from where the rod will be hung to the floor (standard is usually 94-108) add 10" to that # for hemming purposes x 2 (2 panels p/ window) divide / by 36 (ft in a yard). That # is how many yards per window and then multiply by 3 (3 windows).
    I just made panels for almost every room in my house & generally what you are looking at is 6 yards per window.
    Big investment, but so worth putting your stamp on your home. Check online sources. I love HouseFabrics.com & Fabricguru.com for great prices. Also fabrics by Premier are great, inexpensive fabrics w/ great prints & colors.

    Ex: 96" + 10"= 106 x 2/36 = 5.88 yards per window (2 panels). Three windows 5.88 x3 =17.64 ****17 1/2 yards

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  37. Looks like the curtain advice is covered...phew! The wallpaper is SO you. Glad you splurged...or rather got an awesome dealio:)

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  38. I could make you some curtains out of dropcloths and we could stamp them with a big fun stamp and paint! They would be cheap and fun!

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  39. random but true fact: i saw that EXACT wallpaper during an online photography class by Jasmine Star... && it looked good!
    http://www.jasminestarblog.com/index.cfm?q=foundation+of+love&x=0&y=0

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  40. my solution for your windows: vertical blinds that look like shutters. it's what we have! super cheap, too. if you must use wallpaper, well then i'm glad it happens to be so pretty.

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  41. A) Clearly these women have you covered on the yardage question. 2) LOVE the blue fabric, but your curtains have to be long if that pattern is going to count, and d) wall paper is for those who know themselves well. I do. I love wall paper. There is no tom foolery with it. No take backs. Do it sister.
    My plan? I did a major trash bag declutter with 45 gallon trash bags in my house. I filled four. Not with give away items. With junky toys and torn clothes and ratted shoes. Thems a lotta trash.

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  42. Hi! I'm new to your blog, through the Nester's recent link. This is a beautiful little space here on the web!

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  43. Hey Shannan,
    If there is a Home Goods near you take a look there for curtains. My local Home Goods recently started carrying curtains and I found some great panels for my living room for $19.99 a pair (I need 3 pairs). I

    Audrey

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  44. I just bought panels at Target for 14.99 a piece (holla!) that are very similar to that last picture. Unfortunately, I can't find them online but they are in the picture in this link (http://www.target.com/c/curtains-blinds-shades-home-decor/-/N-5xtu4). They are the blue/cream print ones to the right of the white panel in the center. Got all that? Anyway, they are surprisingly well made and a great material. Why I can't find a link to the exact ones, I don't know. They would be perfect! And they're super economical!
    Good luck!

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  45. I found that same exact wallpaper and thought the same exact thing! "This is too beautiful and good to be true. Surely my house NEEDS this somewhere!" Alas, it just does not go with my decor no matter how much I want it to. Please purchase it and then blog about it with my blessing!!!! ;)

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  46. Fabric is my weakness and I love your choice in the middle. I have gotten some curtains at World Market, I love many of their curtains. I posted about my fave curtains that I got there recently. I so need to learn how to sew so that I can make my own curtains. You can also use twin sheets in a great print that you love and use them as curtains, just use the clips on a curtain rod.

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  47. Hi! I have to say I have zero idea of how blogs work or if it will let you know you have a comment on an old blog post, but I simply can not leave a comment about blinds under your most current and beautiful (as always) post. So, I tried to find one resembling what I need to ask you about and found a post on curtains. We are looking for exactly the kind of blinds you have in your living room and haven't had much luck. I found some very similar ones at Lowes but they said those particular ones will not come without a valance- which I do not want and it doesn't look like you have. So, that is my loooong winded way of asking if you could tell me where you got your blinds from. All that aside, I LOVE, LOVE your blog. You are such an inspiration in so many ways and I'm embarrassed my first comment on here was about blinds because I have cried several times reading your always beautifully written posts on all things life and God and love related. In fact I just signed up for AIM tonight or I would have posted many a time before ( I have an aversion to all things technical). But thank you for any help you can provide, it would be much appreciated!

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