Cafe Curtains

Last week I posted a pic on Instagram requesting help/opinions on cafe curtains in our den. This is a back room that has a view of our patio area, car parking, and an alley. What I love is being able to see the ancient trees and the green that accompanies it. The alley itself lends our backdoor to acting more as a front door for neighborhood visitors. The main reason I NEEDED something on the back windows is the one too many times a visitor has come to the backdoor and I'm still in my pj's. I have to hit the deck and crawl out the room to change before getting the door or holler for the kids to get it while still laying on the floor. It's not becoming for anyone and something had to be done. I adore a good cafe curtain in a kitchen or a bath, but honestly haven't seen it done much in other parts of the house. I needed to keep my solution rather cheap with this being a rental and all. I had in my stash 15 yards of white gauzy linen from an old project that never happened. I thought I would give it a go and I am so pleased I did! A few people recommend hanging them from the top mullion, but it obscured my view of the trees too much and that is one of my favorite things about this house. Not 100% sure I made the right call, but I like the soft filtered light and just enough privacy that I can now run out of the room instead of crawl. It even became a no-sew project. One layer of the linen was still a little too sheer so I simply folded them across the top and sort of let them hang over the simple rod. I love a simple and somewhat free project coming to fruition.

room sources: linen for cafe curtains in white | cafe rod in bronze | sofa in charcoal | black bucket chair | gray ikat pillow Lacefield {this is more budget friendly though!} | cross pillow bought locally | marble top table is an antique | metal kids chairs | bookshelves from ikea {used to be in our old office} | baskets | roses from the Mr | lamp was a Home Goods find {similar to this, just not at that price and mine may not be quite as fabulous}


October Dreaming...


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I can't believe it's already October! It has me dreaming of my fall uniform, chai lattes, Auburn football, leaves changing, and the overall crispness in the air. Fall was made for me!


The Kids Hall

The kids hall is tight, but I managed to squeeze in our rather narrow cabinet that used to live in our old dining room. It now serves as a library for the kiddos and the cabinet below holds toilet paper and towels for the kids bath. The chair is from Ellie's old room. It doesn't really serve a purpose, but I am not ready to part with it so here it sits. Above is a Wheat Field print that used to be in our living room. The ship kite just makes me and flying weather is right around the corner! The light I am not in love with, but this being a rental home makes this the least of my concerns. It is not as awful as the ones that were downstairs and although I am sure I will change it I will wait till the downstairs is complete first. 


KJ's Room

The kids rooms are clean. Enough said right? It made for a perfect time to snap some pics to share. I still need to add art in KJ's room once I find it, but for now he is quite pleased with it. I let the kiddos be in charge of decorating their own rooms this time around. KJ knew what he wanted... red, blue, orange, and gray. Yes, that was the only part of the vision he shared with me. Come to find out he also may be the most picky boy I know. He would not sway from what he had in his head and in the end I was rather impressed. To be honest there were a few times I had my doubts. It's fun, preppy, and everything has a place which fits him to a tee.

First off we HAD to paint the space and have the plaster walls repaired. They were quite a mess. {before's here} I would share the color, but I can't recall for the life of me! It's a really light gray though. We also added new romans from Home Depot. I thought about having them lined, but we did not need the privacy and the kiddos like to be able to see the trees and squirrels. As for decor most things came from the old house. The bed, antlers, chair, ottoman, side table, and ikea bookshelf were all in our old house in one room or another. The rug is new since his got ruined in the old house flood.

The bedding took us forever to find. We went to every local shop and spent hours scrolling through online shops. We happened to come across this quilt at T.J. Maxx and he LOVED it. He also grabbed the throw there too. The orange pillow was from Home Goods. The bird pillow I made him when he was a baby.

His side table is an ikea rast dresser with knobs he found locally. The lamp was a fun find with the orange cord since the placement of the outlet leaves the cord exposed. My boy also has an infatuation with air plants. When he spotted this hanging glass orb locally he was too giddy for me to pass it up. It actually hangs on cable tv wire that some brilliant person drilled through the wall. Can't pull it out without leaving a hole. Next best thing was to give it a purpose.

The ikea bookcase thankfully made it through the flood in decent condition. It still is his favorite piece. I also love how organized it keeps him. The wire baskets we found at bed bath & beyond. These also took quite the search to find the ones he found to be "perfect". The black chair we used to have in our old tv room. The only addition I made without asking first was the fun string lights by Bright Lab.

sources: rug from Rug USA | grid sheets Target | cross pillowcase Target | white lamp Target | desk lamp Target | black chair Amazon | orange lumbar West Elm | moose hook West Elm | string lights Bright Lab | orange bed pillow found here |


Well aren't you pretty...


We are not in the market for a new bed, but this one had me at hello! The lines are just beautiful. Our bed sits in front of windows that overlook our porch. This would prompt me to actually leave our bedroom blinds open during the day just so I can gander at the back while on the porch. I think it would also look amazing floating in a bedroom. Well, if you had a room big enough to handle a floating bed that is.