my living room curtains

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I get a lot of questions from people asking where I purchased my living room and kitchen curtains.  I can't help but chuckle because of the answer.

They're plain white, queen size, flat sheets from Target.  These, to be exact.  Yep.  That's it!  You see why I'm laughing now?!  I originally intended this to be a temporary fix, but it ended up growing on me and I decided to keep it.  Added bonus: If they get dirty I can just toss them in to wash with a little bleach.  Bada bing, bada boom.

Maybe the reason they look a little fancier is due to how I have them clipped.  I folded over the top hem of the sheet and created a couple of pleats every few inches with my fingers.  I held the pleats in place with a clip ring from the backside.  Pretty darn simple.

I don't pull these curtains shut (we use the blinds for privacy) so if you do, you might want to run a needle and thread through the pleat to hold it in place and even stitch it onto the ring for added security.

The first time I moved out of my parent's house I used black sheets as curtains in the place I was renting.  14 years later and not much has changed :D

LIVING ROOM SOURCES:  chairs // sofa // lumbar pillow // coffee table (similar look here) // metal accordion table // rug (no longer avail - similar here and here) // bamboo blinds // white drapes // DIY lacquer tray // 3 round mirrors (sold out - similar here) // glass candle holders (here and here)

KITCHEN NOOK SOURCES:  chandelier // DIY bleached wood table // chairs // DIY floor mirror // bamboo blinds // white drapes // basket // rug


some favorite designers

Thursday, January 21, 2016

There are a couple of designers I've been really into lately, and I think you'll like them too.  I pretty much live under a rock though, so you've probably already found them YEARS ago ;)


They have a big portfolio with lots of pretty.  They're on the California coast so there is a definite coastal look to everything, but I love the black that's always thrown.

These from the West Bay home are my favorite.


I just recently found Kelly Nutt through her Instagram.  She's also on the California coast.  Apparently I'm drawn to that look right now.  Her portfolio is stunning.

I think the Seashore Residence is my favorite in her portfolio.  But then again, they're all so good!

There's definitely a reoccurring theme with both of them.  Lots of white walls, natural/rough wood, black hardware, and neutral textiles with just a little bit of color tossed in.  I like it, I like it a lot.

Do you have a favorite? 

our powder room

Monday, January 18, 2016

I guess the fancy term is powder room, but we just call it the hall bathroom.  I've not purposely been holding this bathroom from you guys, it's just hard to photograph due to it's tiny size.  I posted a photo of it on my Instagram over the holidays and afterwards I figured I might as well try to get some pics taken.  Most of them were taken with my head squished up against a wall :D

Here's what you see when you first walk in.  The sink is to the right of the door.  Through the archway is the toilet nook.  

One of only a couple of changes we made to this bathroom since moving in was switching out the builder's grade flush mount for this hexagon pendant from World Market.  I wish I had a before for ya, but trust me, that alone made a big difference.

I have an old ladder leaning against the wall for magazine storage.  It's nice and slim so it doesn't take up any space on the floor and helps fill up the wall.  And yes, the only magazine subscription I have is to BH&G :D

Above the toilet are some bird prints I found while at Round Top last year.  I love those little guys.  The frames are both from Target.

Ok, back to the sink.  Since we have a pedestal sink in here, storage is limited.  Actually, isn't happening at all.  But for a powder room all you really need to store is toilet paper.  I'm using a large basket I found at Homegoods to store it in plain sight for guests.  No one wants to have a TP crises while visiting someone else's home, amiright!

The light fixture over the sink is builder grade, the same ones that are in all the bathrooms.  You can find it at Home Depot for an awesome price (I'll include it in the link list at the end).  The builder's grade, plain flat mirror was swapped out for this pivot mirror we found at a Pottery Barn Outlet.  I repurposed the old mirror to make Izzy's inlay mirror.

That's it!  Pretty simple in there.  But, I don't think you need too much to make a powder room great.  My must have's for a good powder room:

  • pretty hand towel
  • hand soap with a nice scent 
  • fresh flowers (or even easier - yard clippings) to give it some life
  • extra TP in plain sight for guests
  • a candle can go along way too (you know what I mean), but I don't worry about not having one in here since it's the bath the kids use on the regular.  No need for a fire!

SOURCES: mirror // hexagon pendant - discontinued (similar here) // vanity light // faucet // hand towel (similar here) // basket - Homegoods (similar here) // ladder - flea market (similar here) // bird prints (Round Top) // frames 


best of crazy wonderful | 2015

Monday, January 11, 2016

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years!  

I know some of you may be new here, so I wanted to start off this new year of blogging by taking a quick look back a last year.  Below you'll find some of my favorite projects from 2015.  Some times I think I haven't done too much and that the year slipped right through my fingers.  Looking back through all of last year's posts made me realize how much I actually did get done.  While I don't have any set plans for our home this year, I'm eager to see what ends up happening as I work my way through unfinished rooms and half finished projects.  

Thank you to everyone for joining me along the way!  












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