Curtains for Lila

Well, kind of. It’s actually curtains for the bathroom and a blog post for Lila’s mom, but “Curtains for Lila” just has a sweeter ring to it, don’t you think?

Because Kevin and I are the biggest procrastinators¬†ever (it’s true, we both had to repeat biology together in college – our academic record says it’s because we procrastinated and didn’t study for our exams, but we all know the truth is that Kevin just wanted another semester of studying the human body with me ūüėČ – see what I did there?) we’ve decided that maybe we’ll get more done if we just focus on tiny little projects throughout the week instead of dreading a huge, long to-do list on the weekends.

We’ve been trying this method out for about two months and so far we’ve installed a toilet paper holder and make a pair of curtains, so yeah, I’ll let you be the judge of how well that’s going.

AAAAAAAnywho…CURTAINS!

You should start with this “before” pic so you know what kind of nonsense we were working with. Here’s the random curtain we found in our linen closet that we put up as a “for now” option when we renovated this bathroom almost 2 years ago:

hah.

I bought this sweet little pair of panels from Ikea awhile back, the print is on the verge of being too girly for Kev, but he let it slide.

I followed this tutorial as a guide, it was especially helpful because oddly enough using two panels on this window turned out to be way too wide, especially because I wanted to make sure I could open the panels to let some natural light in. Example A:

Then we just took that one panel above, cut that sucker in half vertically, made a finished edge with the iron on hem tape and…perfection!

Cute right? It still kind of bums me out that we have to use a suspension rod instead of a traditional curtain rod because of the weirdness of the window (see how the left side sits flush with the wall), but we’ve definitely come a long way since we first moved in. This bathroom was a beauty, huh?

Yay for pretty little $5 curtains. And yay for Lila ūüėČ

A Little Hallway + A Little Paint = 4 years

I’m no mathematician, but I’m pretty sure 4 years is a really long time to paint an 8 foot hallway.

Let’s go back to the beginning…

When we first moved in to this house 4 years ago the very first thing we did was paint the living and dining room. Now, when you’ve never owned a home, or ever really “decorated” a home, it is extremely challenging to get started. So we did what I’m pretty sure at least 50% of first time home-owners do (right? just tell me I’m right, even if I’m not) we picked paint colors that matched our furniture. Ugh. Just, UGH. Huge mistake, don’t ever do this. BOOOORRRIIINNGGG.

Then we sulked around for about 2 years talking about what color we would repaint (I talked, Kevin rolled his eyes) until finally we realized that our to-do list was way too long right now to focus on repainting and we should just work with it. Don’t worry, I WILL wear Kevin down one of these days and we WILL repaint ;-). So for 4 years our little main hallway off the living room remained stark builders white until we finally decided that we weren’t repainting any time soon so we should just make the hall feel as cohesive as possible.

The hall went from this:

(notice how awkward it looks when the living room paint job just stops and doesn’t continue through the hall)

And now, to this!:

What a difference!

I still hate the color, and we still need to rip out the old molding and install new baseboards (which explains the paint all over the current ones, we aren’t THAT messy people!) but it’s a nice temporary fix. Makes the space just feel a little more cozy. Next up we need to replace that awful¬†light. I’ve narrowed it down to three options so I need your help! Which one do you like the best?

1. Bushel pendant from Shades of light. I LOVE this one, but would it look odd to have a hanging pendant in this space?

 Bushel Basket Lantern

2. Mama’s got a PB gift card burning a hole her pocket, AND only one month left of our registry discount! Plus, I love how this option is semi-flush (a seriously underserved lighting option in the marketplace imo)

3. Love these two flush mounts, but still hate that they’re descendants of the boob light.

 

Help a girl out, vote in the poll below!

 

ps – MODERN FAMILY IS BACK TONIGHT!!!! AAAHHH!!! Dear big man/woman/vampire upstairs, thank you for fall tv. Thank you, thank you, thank you!