For me, this year has been all about curtains. I have fallen head over heels in love and no room feels complete without a seriously fun window treatment. Although I am a big fan of making your own curtains (tutorial to come soon!), these curtains from Ballard Designs are noteworthy.
Again, they fit with numerous different design aesthetics and could go in a bedroom, office or dining room. They are good medicine for my split personality design condition too. Available in three pretty and versatile colors (chocolate, gray, persimmon), these linen curtain panels boast an intricately embroidered trellis design.
Above photos by Ballard Designs
Now, these curtains start at $179.00, so they aren’t a steal by any means. However, I think they are an investment that you’ll never regret. And for those of you who winced when you saw that price, stay-tuned for my make-your-own curtain tutorial coming up next week – no sewing skills needed!
Awwww, hooks. I have them in my bathroom (for hanging towels), in my closet (for hanging necklaces) and in my kitchen (for hanging my cloth grocery bags). Hooks are not only useful, but they can quickly jazz up a wall for very little money.
Where do I find my hooks? Feast your eyes on this website – hooklady.com. The options are endless. Seriously, endless. Hook Lady has cow hooks, plant hooks, vintage hooks, bird hooks, nautical hooks, coat hooks and anything and everything else you can think of.
All above images are from hooklady.com
Hook Lady also carries signs, door knockers, shelf brackets, doorstops and plant hooks. Again, if it has the word hook in it, Hook Lady has it. Hook Lady has something for every design style too – modern, traditional, contemporary and just plain weeeeeeeeiiiiiird hooks are available on her site.
Saturday was the first day Portland hit 80 degrees. We have finally finished hibernating! The parks, sidewalks and garden centers were full of people. It was a beautiful sight.
We did a number of things around the house this weekend, and I couldn’t decide what I wanted to blog about until I picked up this piece of furniture (yes, it’s another cheap Craigslist find):
Yes, that’s a sewing machine in the table and no I do not plan on actually using it. But it looks pretty cool, so I think I’ll keep it in there for now. The thing I love most about this piece is its hardware. My mom often teases me that I spend more money on hardware than the actual furniture piece, and I am happy to report that won’t be the case this time.
What’s my plan for this piece? It’s going to go right by our front door and serve as our entry way table. I’m fairly certain I am going to paint it, but my options seem endless at this point. Here are some inspiration picks I’ve gathered…
Image from decor pad
Image from mabelshouse.blogspot.com
Image from decor pad
Image from decor pad
Your vote? Should I keep it conservative (white? black?) or go bold (gold? teal?)? More to come…
I can’t remember when I first ran across The Good Mod, but if you like old junk like I do, it’s pretty darn sweet (notice I said sweet and not cheap). They offer vintage furniture and art decor pieces from the 1920′s – 1970′s and carry items designed by Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Svend & Madsen, Arne Jacobsen and many, many others. They buy and sell one-of-a-kind pieces and have over 7,000 square feet of space packed with very expensive junk.
Anyway, I share this special store with you because it is not only insanely awesome, but it’s also a Portland-based company (don’t worry, they ship everywhere) who is pretty big-time in my book. And, selfishly, I’m sharing it with you because I am currently drooling over this piece of furniture:
It’s a mesh shelving cabinet on castors and would look mighty darn fine next to my new desk, don’t you think?
It’s a match made in heaven, with one small hiccup. One of these mesh cabinets is $1095.00. When I first spotted these cabinets, I thought this number was just the item SKU. HA! It turned out to be the price and it’s darn right laughable how out of my price-range it is.
Before I throw a tantrum and kick and scream that I can never own one of these cabinets, I want to show you guys what else The Good Mod offers…
Above we have a danish modern sofa, Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs, and an industrial aluminum file drawer cabinet.
Pretty nifty, eh?