Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hanging Pictures The Nautical Way

Steve grew up on the water and he loves boats,  especially sail boats.   We have owned
several,  but none since the last one ended up twenty feet in someones front yard
during Hurricane Ivan.  Though there are no sail boats in our near future,  (sorry hon)
we can still decorate our new home with nautical touches.

I saw this idea at Restoration Hardware and knew it would be the perfect way to hang
pictures in my husbands office.

We attached boat cleats to the wall and added rope. Looking at these pictures I think the large
print would look better with a white mat.  

I'll share the rest of the office as soon as Steve finds a desk he about picky!
Right now he is using a really old rusty metal and wood folding table from dad's garage. 
Our daughter in law visited a couple of weeks ago and asked if we got the desk at Restoration
 Hardware.  I had to laugh, but it does look a little like something RH might sale.  This doesn't
change my opinion though and it still has to go.

Thanks so much for all your kind comments about our new home.   If you missed any of the post
you can catch up HERE, HERE  and HERE.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dressing up Ikea Curtains

Thank you so much for all the kind comments on our bedroom tour.  

We are loving our new home with all the windows and light, but finding curtains for these
wide and high windows has been quite a challenge.  The options for ready made 118" long
drapes are limited and the cost of custom is outrageous. 

Ikea to the rescue!

I bought two pairs of Ritva curtains and added bias tape to dress them up a bit.

This was an easy project using Stitch Witchery,  just a little time consuming.  If you can sew this project could probably be done a lot quicker.

Using iron on tape add two rows of  bias tape approximately 2 1/2"  apart across each panel.  Make sure the OPEN side of the double fold bias tape is facing the center.  This way you can tuck the smaller pieces of binding tape in the opening to create the design.

I am happy with the results and have already bought two pairs of the same Ikea curtains for the family room. 
Not sure if these will be left plain or dressed up with a stencil or some type of trim. 
Now there are only six more tall windows to dress! 
 Any suggestions?

If you missed the tour of our new bedroom you can see it here.  Thanks for visiting and 
I hope you have a wonderful week!