As I am working my way through my house of 6 months, I am trying to update and add my style to each room. I am trying to get one room updated before jumping to the next project, but it is kind of hard since I have so many plans and ideas for every room and I am eager to make the changes.
I’m really happy with how things are coming together in the dining area. I pass through this space many times a day. It is the hub of the house. I am really beginning to like what I see.
If I had a big decorating budget and could choose the items I love and not worry about the price, decorating would get done a lot faster. I do a lot of online shopping and return items until I find just the right items for the best price.
The chairs were exactly what I was looking for, I found them at Pier 1. They are called Kubu Dining Chairs. The table is from my previous house. I painted the trim two weeks ago, but still have to remove the painted wallpaper from the wall and then give the walls a fresh coat of paint.
Over the weekend after getting back from an 11 day trip to help our daughter move to Virginia, there were a few packages that came for me. As a blogger I get a lot of packages delivered and when I order stuff on my own, it can sometimes get overwhelming the amount of deliveries I get. I was on a first name basis with the UPS and FedEx guy after the first week of living here. :-)
Anyway in one of the boxes were white bamboo Roman Shades that I had ordered from JCP. I tried a few other shades before these, but none had fit the crank-out casement window in my kitchen. I am excited that these white bamboo shades did, as well as fit my style and budget.
They are called Woven Wood Bamboo Shades. Using an online coupon on the JCP site they were under $30 a piece for 27″ x 64″ sized windows.
In my grand scheme of things, I wanted the windows to be unadorned like the windows are in this kitchen, but the sun comes in way too bright in the morning in my kitchen. I needed to find something that would filter the light when they are down, but not block the open view when they were up and not in use.
I did have to do a small tweak to the bamboo shades to get the valance on each to lay flat. It was stiff and popped up exposing too much of the underside of the shade.
Nothing a little hot glue couldn’t fix. I simply ran a line of hot glue under the valance where it meets the shade. Once the glue was in place, I pressed the valance with my hands to hold it in place until the glue cooled.
Much better. :-)
These casement windows from Pella have angled molding around them. It makes it very hard to get a good inside fit. I could have went with one long outside mounted shade, but it would have to be custom made to fit…and that would have been way over my budget.
Since I decorate mostly with white, I do like the texture the bamboo shades add to the mix to provide interest.
One more project down.
Yesterday I also enjoyed the more relaxing parts of decorating a house…
…with all the rain we have been getting the past few days, the hydrangeas in my yard are flourishing.
I clipped some to bring into the dining area to add some color while the space is getting a makeover.
I could not be happier with their color. :-)
If you have hydrangeas and want to bring them inside without them wilting, I wrote a post about how to keep them perky and fresh for a long time. You can find the post here: How to Cut Hydrangeas So They Won’t Wilt
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