Sunday, August 17, 2008
"Window " Dressing
Today is Nester's Window Mistreatment Party. I posted a few of my other "mistreatments" before, but today I decided to share my favorite decorating decision. Anybody can make granite and crown molding look nice, but transforming a "modern in 1982" apartment takes some creativity.
To prove my dedication to the Mistreatment Club, I took the curtains down just for a moment to share the ugly truth known as "before."
While I love how my kitchen opens to the rest of the apartment. I didn't love just how open it all was. Who wants to be in the sitting area gazing at the back of my toaster oven. I have kitchen clutter people!
What I wanted to create was a small window.
Ikea to the rescue! I got some Ikea curtains and hemmed them with iron on hem tape. I bought two five buck cafe rods and stretched them as far as I could. This way I could get super close to the ceiling. I have camouflaged the back of my kitchen counter. Another perk is that it hides both my dust buster and my vacuum.
It also created a "visual wall" for the hanging basket which doesn't always look this coordinated.
My favorite part is the ball fringe on the "valence" part. That fabric is part of the hem on these curtains! I used safety pins to rig "rings" for the curtain rod.
For more can do decorating inspiration, check out The Nesting Place.