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Ikea Ritva Curtains

I’m always looking for cheap ways to add drapery to a room.  Drapery can be an expensive purchase and even more expensive when you add curtain rods.  I was perusing the internet looking for cheap but nice looking drapes.  Here are a few photos that caught my eye and would you believe these drapes are from Ikea (DIY in different ways of course!):

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Last week, I made the long jaunt to Ikea.  This time it was a different experience because my husband and three kids came.  Let’s just say it wasn’t quite the same and I don’t think I will ever do that again.  The kid’s club was closed so we were stuck walking the aisles with three whiny kids.  I was there solely to hunt down  the Ritva Curtains and see if they really did have the look that good in person.  Oh, and grab a cinnamon roll!

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Let’s just say they didn’t disappoint.  Even though they are 100% cotton, they have the look and feel of a linen texture.  They come in white, black, gray, medium brown and red.  And as you can see from the examples above, so many ways to personalize.  If you’re looking for drapes for your living room, bedroom or a kid’s room it’s worth the trek out to Ikea.  Check back on Friday and I will show you a DIY project I’m going to attempt with these drapes (maybe I should say, my mom is going to attempt).

 

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Client Project Update: A Breakfast Nook

Back from a week’s vacation…so so good to get away and feel some sun on the skin! We went to Orlando for a couple of nights and a day at Magic Kingdom and then headed out on a four day Disney cruise. Tell ya what…Disney knows how to do it right. Overall, I thought the experience was great–the boat was spacious, the kids club was amazing, the food better than decent, the service was impeccable and everything was very clean. The kids loved it. We loved seeing our kids love it. If you’re sensitive to crowds and loathe schedules, I’d definitely look at other options though–this was our first time doing a cruise at all and there are definitely people everywhere and having to follow their schedule for things like dinner might not be for everyone. The idea of a big floating city can be a little freaky (especially given all the stories lately about cruises!) but I tried not to think too much about it. From a design perspective, the rooms are really well planned. We were on the Disney Dream and here’s what our room looked like–we went with my MIL and had an adjoining room that was a mirror image of this one.

Disney Dream Cruise Room

We decided not to get a room with a balcony because of the kids, but there was a huge porthole window that was just as good. There was a queen bed and then the couch is turned down into a single bed and behind the chair there is a murphy bed that housekeeping also turns down every night if it’s needed. The curtain pulls across to separate the two areas. We had them put a pack and play in our room and the baby slept great with the curtain pulled. So, in the end, would definitely recommend the cruise just go into it knowing that it won’t necessarily be a totally relaxing vaca if you’re going with kids.

Ok on to the update on a client project! We’ve been working with a family to update their kitchen/family room area which included a corner they’d designated for a breakfast nook. We’d previously presented options for chairs to go with the Aria table from Room & Board we recommended and they ended up going with the molded Eames chairs. Here’s what we’ve done so far–LOVE how it’s turning out and they’re super happy with the choices made so far.

Contemporary breakfast nook

After finalizing the table and chairs, we did custom cushions for the banquette in a neutral Sunbrella fabric (they have three kids!) and now we’re moving on to the next part which is adding some color, interest and softness to the corner with pillows.

Our clients like greens, blues/greys and reds/oranges. We could do something super eclectic and mix all the colors, but  they want to keep things simple and relatively monochromatic, with just a little color added in. Here are three options we’ve put together for them…

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Green Orange

 

 

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Greys

 

 

 

Breakfast Nook Pillows Brown Orange

 

Which would you choose??

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Serena & Lily Does it Again

I finally sat down last night to browse the new Serena and Lily catalog.  I must admit, while I love the store, I don’t usually flag a ton of pages because I think their price point can be a bit high, but last night my catalog looked like this:

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And while yes, their price point on many items is still high (I don’t mean outrageously high for a home but maybe high for a home with three young kids!)–I couldn’t resist sharing some of the items I love and wish I had unlimited resources to buy.

Love, love this raffia side table–it can be a bit beachy or modern.  It also comes in a coffee table.  Would love to see it in a child’s room or nursery.

raffeta table

Oh, how I wish I was in the market for a new headboard.  This also comes in white and would be adorable in a girl’s bedroom.

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This side table would great next to a bed.  It has a slide out top–for when you need the extra space.

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Love this side table and it’s sleek design.  Perfect for small spaces when you just need a spot to set down a drink.

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Finally, a shower curtain that can be playful enough for a kid’s bathroom but not look too juvenile when it turns into the guest bathroom.

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Perfect accessory for your mantel, dining room table or buffet.  Love that brass!

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While I marked lots of items I would love to buy, I also marked so many pages that had beautiful rooms.  I was so happy to see lots of light wood tones making their comeback. The cafe chairs paired with a casual, clean line table works so well together.

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Love the dark wall color with a light wood tone bookshelf.  It’s the metal and leather details that make me love this clean-lined bookshelf.

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How pretty is this serene bedroom?  Makes me want to change the dark walls in my own bedroom.  The overall neutral color palette is soothing and my favorite thing about this room is that brass triple sconce!  I’m a believer that every bedroom should have sconces…get rid of those table lamps and free up space on your nightstand!

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These days people tend to shy away from pink in a nursery but these horizontal stripes doesn’t make the room feel too pink.  And of course, the bubble gum color artwork keeps it playful and fun!  Don’t be afraid to use different tones of the same color in a room.

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 Adore this bedding for a little boy.  I’m a sucker for seersucker!

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Their friends and family event is going on right now which gives you 20% off with the code HEART20.  Happy shopping!

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