Monday, June 21, 2010

Prettying Up the Place

I know many of you have been blogging for years, but the whole blogosphere thing is a recent addiction hobby of mine. One of the first blogs I started following was Donna's Funky Junk Interiors. I was amazed at how Donna can take something completely ordinary and change it into something really cool! I don't think she would be offended if I said that sometimes the "ordinary" is quite junky! If you haven't been to her blog, check it out! I love her little home office out of an entertainment center, her mattress springs as a memo display, the shutters and gates throughout her house and a certain window decoration.

That I copied. Shamelessly. 

It's flattering, right? When other people take your ideas and use them in their own way in their own spaces? I know I love it when someone says that something I did was just what they were looking for and they want to do it too! Right?!

Besides, Funky Junk Interiors is one of those professional seeming blogs. She's just so polished and experienced and all of her projects are so cool! Not to mention the amazing photography! Please, do yourself a favor and read the entire post at FJI.

Case in point: Donna's window treatment. 

Photo from Funky Junk Interiors

Here's my window before:

Bare window and eye-sore of a stud!

Yeah, we took out a partial wall to give our table enough room in the kitchen. That's another story for another time! But the weird thing to the left of the window is a stud partially sticking out of the wall. I painted it the wall color and put that little stained glass piece on top to hide a hole. Yeah, I know, it still looks dumb!

Enter Donna's window treatment above, adapted to my taste and what I had on hand. 

Prettied-Up Window

I love it! It works to conceal that sticky-outy stud, and it pretties up the window! I didn't have a drop cloth laying around, and at first I tried folding over a tan sheet and using the clothes pins, cuz that's one of the elements I liked so much about Donna's curtain. But it just. didn't. work. Then I remembered these lacy curtains we inherited when we bought our last house. The hanger I used is the kind that unhooks at the bottom so you can slide dress pants onto it, so I threaded the curtain onto the bar. 

I threaded the curtain onto the hanger

After the whole set-up fell down a couple times (two little boys, remember?!), I tacked it up with a nail thru the hook at the end of the hanger. 

MUCH better now!

Do you see another reason why this works for us? We don't exactly have the need for privacy here! That's an advantage I love about living in the cornfields country!

Thanks, Donna, for the inspiration on how to think outside the curtain rod!

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~ Ellie


  1. FJI is one of my favorite blogs ever and I have copied a thing or two from her. I do think it's a compliment to her. You did a great job. I think your version is a softer look and it's perfect to hide your little wall imperfection.

  2. This turned out lovely! I wouldn't cover up that view either awesome ..
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

  3. It looks great! And I have a view very similar to yours. :)

  4. It looks great men. Try using a thick material like velvet in the living room and keep the bright colors and materials for the room.

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