Happy New Year everyone! Just out of curiosity, who has all of their holiday decor put away? Okay, if you answered yes, you can all can move along to “the pit of misery.” JK….obviously, we don’t have ours put away. Although, we did read that its perfectly correct to leave up Christmas decorations until the epiphany. Which is tomorrow. (Actually, it was yesterday, as the blog post got delayed) However, some religions celebrate the season of the epiphany until Lent. We are going with that for today. Instead, we are going to move right along and figure out what we are going to replace all of the decorations with so we don’t have that cold mid-January drab look when we finally get around to putting Christmas back in the attic. We have both decided we are refreshing drapery panels in our family rooms. So what is a better first blog of the new year than one all about drapery rods and hardware.
Is it really week #4 of the One Room Challenge? All we can say is those talented, ambitious participants who are knocking out walls and taking names: more power to you! We are struggling just deciding on layout and window treatments! But, we are newbies. So we are going to cut ourselves some slack. Sometimes we just say, “this is our practice round”.
So here is where we are at: we made a few furniture choices. We went with the World Market white desk. Here’s a little progress shot. At least now with a desk and a make-shift desk, we can still get some work done! Also started organizing samples and supplies in the closet. Why is it during this middle weeks you feel like your working so hard, but it just feels like a big fat mess?
Well, we didn’t quite make the link up for the One Room Challenge last week. We swear we are not slackers! Kim spent Spring Break with her daughter in California, visiting her son in LA; galavanting around and doing fun things like this:
Wow! A week can sure go by quickly when you are doing the One Room Challenge ~ yikes! So this past week was spent a lot on inspiration as we tried to figure out exactly the design and functionality of this space.
Our functional needs:
- comfortable work space ~ looking for couple of swivel chairs that are comfortable, yet stylish.
- Some sort of futon so Kim’s daughter still has a place to sleep when she comes home!
- Place for samples, supplies, envelopes, stamps, etc that are easily assessable.
- at least one working desk
This could be difficult as its not an overly large space.
So, after many seasons of saying we are going to do the One Room Challenge, but in evidently remaining on the sidelines, it is time. Although we can get a little ambitious sometimes, we decided for our first project, no knocking out walls, installing flooring, or heavy construction; just converting a bedroom to a home office, so our office no longer resides on Kim’s kitchen table.
Today, we are veering of course from the usual Window Treatments 101. Instead we will discuss another common application for our window treatments. Specifically, making and installing low profile roman shades for doors.
Over the years, we have made a lot of window treatments. This might be why Kim, during her “making window treatments on a pingpong table in her garage phase” used to have a memo pad that said “I do windows, etc.
Based on this drawing, it looks like she was doing window treatments in the early 1900’s. One our most popular window treatments, as seen in our etsy shop, is the roman shade. This style complements windows perfectly, providing instant style, color and privacy. Well, today” we are moving on from windows to discuss the “etc”. That would be doors.
Happy New Year!
Wow, can it really be a new year?! Filled with wonder and promise and pressing questions such as, “will any of my resolutions last past the end of the month?” Who am I kidding? My new motto is,
With the final few days of summer coming to a close, I felt the need to scour the grocery store for any fresh fruit hanging on the to season. Rather than a sweet treat, I was looking for something with a little sweetness, a little spiciness and a lot of zip.
Always a fan of traditional salsa, adding fruit gives it more depth, and just the right amount of sweetness, while adding a couple of jalapeños definitely gives it the spice it needs.
Grilled fish, beef or pork tenderloin become transformed with some tangy peach salsa spooned over the top.
Add some black beans and the salsa can be a meal in itself.
It’s even great the traditional way, scooped up with chips, which is exactly how my daughter ate it.
4-6 plum tomatoes, diced
1 bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
1 medium red onion, finely diced
6-8 peaches, diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper or to taste