Monday, March 22, 2010

Weekend Projects

I hope you all had as great of a weekend as we did. Between the beautiful weather and birthday parties we did manage to do just a few projects. Since we moved in (almost 3 years ago) we have needed curtains for the kitchen window. As it goes around here, I could not decide what fabric to use and then answer came to me- literally. This fabric was ordered accidentally for a client and when it didn't work I knew exactly what to do with it.....I have to say I love it. My husband and I both really like the industrial look so we had a rod cut from pipe at Home Depot and the rings are just metal clips.
We have so much beautiful pottery (mainly The Good Earth, Peter's and McCartys) and I hate that is stays out of view most of the time so I am working on ways to display it. This Good Earth fish was the first to find a home on the wall. Above the entry to the dining room, I love that is so visible. I am thinking about doing a whole pottery wall but it makes me nervous (I would hate to break one).
Among other new things is a pair of iron lamps made from an antique railing and a picture of a church from my Dad's most recent trip to Europe. I couldn't find shades I loved so I painted these from Target a gray and they look pretty good.
Not sure why it looks funny in this picture...
This weekend I was looking around my house and I realized as much as I love serene monotone interiors, I need pattern and color. While I could look at homes in only whites and neutrals all day, for myself it seems I need a little more. For example the living room curtains, they are bold and quirky but I really love them....
This surprises me since in magazines I am always drawn to the more subtle rooms. One last edition was the metal pot on the porch (can you see it outside) that holds a recent gift from my wonderful Mother-In- Law, love the pot, the plant and her!
Here is a picture of the curtains closed (not that they ever will be really), see what I mean- I must be a pattern person after all.
PS- Look for a giveaway involving something related to the fox print above very soon.

43 comments:

Laura Casey Interiors said...

It all looks great, you had a productive weekend! I love those iron lamps and your grey lampshades!

charmaine said...

Wow, what a productive weekend. You did a great job! Love, love everything!

The Zhush said...

Love productive weekends like that! Your curtains worked out perfectly...what a happy mistake!

bluehydrangea said...

Love your kitchen and living room curtains!! I need curtains in a big, bad way but just can't make up my mind!!! I am so jealous!!

Southern Aspirations said...

love the curtains! And totally agree on the monotone/neutral piece. I could just dreamily stare at white rooms but know that they would drive me crazy over time. Need color!

paula said...

Marianne I can't get over how beautiful everything is! Such a smart idea about the lampshades. I looked forever for a gray in that shade, but could not find any so I settled. Now I wish I hadn't:( Oh, and too funny about your need for color. I can look at it all day but cant live with it.

How about I bring the coffee to your house one day soon? Ha.

style chronicle said...

A productive weekend indeed!! It all looks fantastic! I too gravitate towards solids so I have to remind myself to layer with bits of pattern and texture.

Staley Mc said...

I love the fabric for the curtains! Everything looks great!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Very good productive, stylish weekend!!! Don't you just love it when something comes together w/o all the agony?

Design Esquire said...

Love the kitchen curtains - they look amazing. You had such a productive weekend!

JMW said...

Those curtains are fabulous! Love what you did with them!

ashlina said...

very productive weekend i see! i love your new curtains! that fabric really gives a nice punch. isn't it the best feeling when you finish home projects....?

A Perfect Gray said...

LOVE the curtains and the painted lampshade is the bomb!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

The curtains are fabulous! ( So is the gallery wall I see in the background! ) xo

Flick, said...

I love the curtains, they go perfectly! Just the right amount of pattern. And I love the lamps, funky, rustic... Yum.
ps. can I have your mother in law?
:)

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

Love the curtains and your sweet birdhouse peeking through in the backyard

{Amanda} said...

Wow- that lamp is to-die-for! You did perfectly with that shade. And can't wait for the giveaway, would love to use that fabric too!

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

You certainly had a far more productive weekend than I did! Good for you. I love those kind of weekends... and everything looks great! :)

Design Actually said...

Sounds like you were busy, everything looks great! I especially love your new kitchen curtains.

LindsB said...

love the fabric you went with for the curtains, they look great in your kitchen and add color and pattern!

Kim said...

oooh, the new curtain fabric is fab! And, I love the fish above the doorway. I've been on the hunt for fun finds to hang above my doors.

Chic Coles said...

That fabric is fabulous! Blue and white are my favorite color combination and it works so well in your kitchen!

Katie said...

You were all over it this weekend! Love the curtains! And that LAMP! Something about iron that I love...
I agree about Mccarty, etc. I think it's a Mississippi thing. I use the bowls for potted plants, and the plates for candles, etc.

Kerry said...

Well done on the curtains, they look fab. Also, I really love those lamp bases and what a great photo your dad took...cleverness must run in the family. And that fox picture is fantastic.

Kristin said...

Isn't it wonderful to finally get things done!! Looks great!!

Suz said...

After being without electricity for a while, nice to catch up on all your posts. I really like your curtains and your lamp! Also the pink flower headboard from your other post is amazing!

Lauren said...

Marianne- love your style & all of the pretty graphic punches!!

I know what you mean about loving monochromatic rooms from mags but wanting somethign different in your house. it's a constant push & pull for me!

big hug & can't wait to see more!!
xoxo

Stephanie Sabbe said...

looks good lady! Love your cute backyard. I miss my yard:)

Averill said...

I love your kitchen curtains -- that bold geometric pattern in white and navy is totally up my alley! What's the print called?

Meals by Misty said...

Great curtains! We had a busy weekend as well. Painted the nursery and put the crib together. Fun stuff :) I collect pottery too...Peters and McCartys. I keep it hidden in my china cabinet because I have no where else in my little bungalow to show it off!

LAURA!!! said...

Love your curtain choices and painting the lamp shade --- genius! Totally doing that! Thanks for the great inspiration as always.

sara said...

Wow, you had a VERY productive weekend! I love the kitchen curtains, they fit the space so well. The lamps are fantastic, too!

Hamptontoes said...

I like the geometric design on your window treatments...perfect!

nestegg said...

Looks awesome! Love the cafe curtains!
xoRH

Viera said...

One busy girl. Looks great.
Love geometric design.
X
V

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

love the window curtain fabric! your LR curtains are great too, as is your porch swing--i'm jealous! :)

ps--i've added you to my blog roll--don't want to miss out!

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

What time is lunch served?? Love that fabric, it looks great. Those lamps are just stunning as well. Thank you for sharing!!

Emily A. Clark said...

Fun kitchen window treatment! I like it with your rug.

Deliciously Organized said...

I love your choice of fabric! It looks wonderful...so does the rest of your place! You need to post more pics of your home!

kanishk said...

what a productive weekend. You did a great job! Love, love everything!
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Alexandra Rae said...

Love your whole house. I expecially love the Chippendale railing on the porch. Lucky.

My Interior Life said...

Those curtains are awesome! And I love those gray lampshades you made. Lots of inspirations - thanks!

Heather said...

Your post really resonates with me - I've always been drawn to soothing, natural, neutral rooms. But we bought our first house last June and I've gone crazy for color - the kitchen is now a retro red, the entry is pumpkin, 2 different greys and patterns in the living room... Maybe it's all those years of renting and not being able to paint the walls?