Monday Morning Love – Wild for Etosha

Good morning everybody! I hope all my fellow Canadians are enjoying the Thanksgiving long weekend. Happy Turkey day!

Do you guys know Meredith Heron? She’s an amazing designer here in Toronto (she also recently spoke at BlogPodium) and she’s one designer whom I’d love to shadow for a few days – the pictures she posts on Instagram of the fabrics and finishes she’s mulling over? Amazing.

Anyways, about a month ago Meredith tweeted about a giveaway she was going to have later that week on her blog and naturally I responded:

Meredith Heron Twitter Conversation - Sept 16

(BTW – this video explains things in case you’re confused by the leopard bra and trapeze swinging reference)

It turns out the giveaway was for 2 double rolls of Thibaut’s Etosha wallpaper, and as amazing as that is, what’s crazier is I won!! Woot! The lovely people at Thibaut have sent me a sample of each of the five colours the paper is available in so now I need to pick one. I’ve decided that I’m going to use it in my bedroom, and I think I’m just going to do the one wall behind my bed, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten in the decision making process.

Etosha is quite a bold pattern which is a bit of a departure for me, but after poking around the internet and finding some lovely spaces in which the paper has been used I’m excited to see it in my place.

Nursery by Sarah Richardson Design for Sarah 101 - Season 2. It's also the nursery of Janice at Life Begins at Thirty, Right?

Nursery by Sarah Richardson Design for Sarah 101 – Season 2. It’s also the nursery of Janice’s son at Life Begins at Thirty, Right?

Kitchen by New England Design works via Subzero-Wolfe

Kitchen by New England Design works via Subzero-Wolfe

(Meredith Heron has also used it a couple of times – this post from her blog shows a recent project).

Here’s what I’m working with (apologies for the unmade bed – it was laundry day yesterday) :

Photo from the SweetSuite10 Instagram of a bed with wallpaper samplesThe available colours are black, green, beige, grey and pearl. You can’t tell from the picture but the pearl has a bit of silver metallic shine to it. I don’t think the black or the green are a good fit, but I’m still undecided on which of the other three is my favourite. My eventual plan is to get a new headboard in a rich green, but for now the one I’ve got will stay. What do you think – which colour is your favourite? Which should I choose? Would you ever use the black one?

My First Attempt at Pinch-Pleated Drapes

I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I’m a bad blogger. I start all sorts of projects (sometimes I even finish them) and then don’t blog about them until months later. Here’s one such project which I first mentioned in March.

You may remember last year I asked for a little help in figuring out how much fabric I needed to makes drapes for my living room. I was planning on buying some lovely fabric and wanted to make sure I bought enough given there was a pattern, and the window is rather large. I bought the fabric and then had a bit of a nervous breakdown at the thought of trying to actually makes drapes as I’d never attempted them before. Adding to the panic – I wanted to make pinch-pleated drapes – not the easier tab or rod pocket style, and I wanted them to be fully lined. I decided a trial run was needed to assure myself that a complete novice could do it.

My bedroom windows were elected for my first foray into sewing drapes, and I collected my supplies. I decided to keep it as simple at possible and stuck with a plain white fabric (I think it was this, and this was the lining). While it wouldn’t allow me to practice matching a pattern, the plain white best suits the design plan I have for my bedroom. I also wanted simple drapery hardware so I chose this rod and finials from Ikea because they were simple and inexpensive.Bedroom Curtains - pleats

Bedroom Curtains - touch the floor

Just touching the floor

This isn’t a how-to post simply because there are a lot of really great tutorials on the web about how to sew drapes. I mostly used this one by Kristi, and I relied on YouTube to teach myself how to sew a blind hem. This tutorial video was pretty good, and I practiced for a while on scrap fabric.

Bedroom curtains

My new 8ft tall pinch-pleated drapes

My new 8ft tall pinch-pleated drapes

It was a lot of work, but in the end I’m quite pleased with the result. More importantly I’m not quite as nervous to try making drapes for my living room. What do you think? Do they look okay? Have you ever sewn pinch-pleated drapery panels, or other types of window coverings?

Scenes From My Weekend

I went into this past weekend with rather grand plans to get all sorts of stuff accomplished.  Friday night started with me deciding at 11pm to do this:Instagram - Stripped Louis XVI chair (1)That’s one of the ugly green chairs I talked about in my last post – it’s looking better already isn’t it? I only did that to one chair though (I’m sitting in the other as I type this), and I still need to clean it up and fix some dings and marks, but at least this project is finally moving in the right direction – right?

Saturday morning found me going completely crazy and heading to Ikea to pick up something I needed for another project I’m working on. I knew what I wanted, so while it was busy, I managed to cruise through pretty quickly and get out relatively unscathed (with only 2 unplanned items coming home with me).Instagram - Ikea Flags

That other project? Making some drapes for my bedroom. In the fall I bought some gorgeous fabric for drapes for my living room, but I’ve been too scared to touch it since I’ve never sewn drapes before. I decided that a trial run was in order, and the bedroom got elected as my guinea pig. I’ve never sewn anything more complicated than a straight line, but I’ve gotten rather ambitious – hopefully at the end I’ll end up with some fully lined, pinch-pleated drapes. To that end I spent a good deal of Saturday watching YouTube videos trying to figure out how to sew a blind hem. Instagram - Youtube - how to sew a blind Hem

So far the project has elicited some sailor-approved language from me and I’ve run out of band-aids for all the times I’ve stabbed myself in the fingers with pins. Also – I now completely understand why custom drapes as SO expensive!

Sunday was St. Patrick’s Day, and while out running errands I spotted this cool ride:Instagram - Emerald Green VW Van

I then headed for my home away from home – Home Depot. I was there on Thursday, and then back on Sunday. Two trips for two completely different reasons, and both times I  spent more time there than I should have. Am I weird to like exploring there? I always seen to find new things to look at.Instagram - Home Depot Canada

I had planned to going home after that to work on my drapes, but a little something happened to derail my plans.

My boyfriend D became an uncle for the second time, so we headed to the hospital to welcome the new bundle into the world, which I think is a perfectly excellent reason not to have gotten the drapes completed.

How was your weekend – any projects started or completed? Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

 

These aren’t resolutions. Really.

After my not so stellar attempt at resolutions in 2012 I vowed I wasn’t going to make that same mistake again. Nope – I wasn’t going to make any sort of resolution or list or mental note or anything related to things I wanted to get done in 2013. And then I got an email on January 2nd.

Apparently sometime in December Apartment Therapy posted that they would be running what they’re calling the January Cure, and I signed up. With statements like: ‘If you are ready to whip your home into shape, get it clean, organized and under control, we’re here to help – let’s do it together! … we’ll send you emails from January 2 through February 1, giving you all the info you need to know to follow along, stay motivated and complete your assignments. By the end of January, you’ll be sitting pretty in a clean, fresh, organized home’ can you really blame me? I mean who doesn’t want to live in a clean and organised home? I certainly do.

Anyways, I signed up and then kinda forgot about it, that is until I got my first email about it on January 2nd. The task? Make a list of the things in each of the rooms in your home that you want to change. Drat. My not-making-any-resolutions-or-lists-in-2013 vow lasted about 30hrs into the New Year. Oh well. I’m a glutton for punishment so I made my list of things I wanted to change in each of the rooms in my home, and unsurprisingly discovered that quite a number of them are the same as what was on my list from last year. What’s a little different this time is I was supposed to keep the number of to-do items per room to 3-5 which forces you to prioritise what’s most important – the changes that will make the most impact. Here’s my list:

Foyer

  • Organise front hall closet
  • Organise linen closet
  • Change overhead light
  • Add a rug

Bedroom

  • Organise closet
  • Add window coverings
  • Get two matching bedside tables
  • Paint the walls

Bathroom

  • Organise medicine cabinet and under the sink
  • Replace the shower curtain rings

Living room

  • Organise the bookshelf and media cabinet
  • Add more lighting
  • Get some more storage
  • Add window coverings
  • Paint the walls

Kitchen

  • Organise my cabinets – make better use of limited space
  • Paint the ceiling
  • Update the lighting
  • Remove the weird (ugly) wall organiser

Dining Room

  • Repair walls and paint
  • Get more storage
  • Add window coverings
  • Change the overhead light

Its funny that when you only list 3-5 things per room the list seems rather manageable even though some of the things will be big jobs (I’m looking at you dining room walls). You probably noticed that the first thing for almost all the rooms is to organise. I’ve got so much stuff that isn’t organised in any particular way (Er, I guess that  means it’s disorganised) that I can’t find anything (my tape measure for example).

If you’d like to join Apartment Therapy’s January Cure you can click here, and in case you want to know what you’re getting yourself in for, here’s a schedule of everything you’ll be asked to do.

PS – Yesterday’s task was to create an ‘outbox’. Mine’s done, and I’m hoping it will soon be overflowing.

Apartment Therapy's January Cure - Day 2 - complete

Apartment Therapy’s January Cure – Day 2 – complete