I’ve really been enjoying DIY Days all summer, and I’m glad that Kimba is continuing them through the fall. I do better with accountability. By knowing I have that Thursday deadline, and the expectation that I’ll be posting it on my blog, I am much more likely to get my house projects done. As a bonus, I’m having fun, feeling more creative, and making my home beautiful.
For over a year now, I’ve been reading Nesting Place and learning how to use creativity and frugality to decorate. The Nester’s motto is: It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. It’s a lesson for all of us. Once you embrace that message, you can do no wrong. It has inspired me to take risks in my home and with my own creativity, and I so appreciate it.
One of my favorites at Nesting Place is the section on Window Mistreatments. Just by arranging fabric, often with pins or hot glue, you can achieve amazing results, at a fraction of the cost of traditional window treaments. My living room has odd windows; they’re wide, they’re so high off the ground that the kids can’t see the deer in the back without standing precariously on something, and I’ve had trouble finding anything affordable to cover them. Once I saw Nester’s false roman shade, I knew that was the answer. I went looking for fabric and fell in love with this one; the blues and greens match the colors in my living room and the sand-colored walls. I like that it’s whimsical without looking childish. I ended up using a tension rod at the top because there wasn’t enough wall above the window to place tacks. I still want to re-do the pleats to make them more even (or I could ignore my perfectionist tendencies).
One question for all of you–should I add some trim to the bottom? Fringe seems too formal for this fabric, but I don’t want anything too playroom. Know what I mean?