July 20, 2009

on a little bit of decorating...

the shelf of my dreams.

Okay, can we just talk about this shelf for a second? (Or maybe an hour?)

When I decided to pop into World Market last week, I had no idea I was about to come face to face with the shelf of my dreams. I have been looking around for a table or shelf in this exact shade of teal for the last year. I kid you not. The thing is, I've been trying to incorporate more color in my decorating - but I like just a punch of color here and there. I thought, "How utterly delightful would a teal piece of furniture be right now?" (Pretty darn delightful, if you must know.) When I saw this shelf on display, I nearly squealed with pure, unadulterated joy! And I decided it was destiny because it was on sale, I had leftover tip money and it was the very last one available in that color.

my new teal shelf.

I spent the vast majority of Saturday afternoon framing photos and arranging them on the shelf with other random things. (I'm totally weird about setting things up and organizing shelves - even though it doesn't look that impressive, it took a while.) It ended up being dedicated mostly to the wee children in my life (nieces, nephews, little sisters), which I'm totally okay with. All of my favorite portraits are of kids, anyway, so it's nice to have a place to display all of them. (Now I just need to visit my sister so I can take some updated photos of her little munchkin!) In any case, this shelf is basically my happiness at the moment, and every time I see it I smile with glee. I can't even help it.

new print!

I also added a few other things around our place - this framed print is from an etsy shop called sparkle power. It is incredibly adorable and whimsical and is hanging above our stove. Every time I see it, I'm going to be all, "FOOD! THAT'S WHAT I'M WAITING FOR!" (Or maybe that's just funny to me. That could be the case.)

our fridge collage.

I updated the photos on our fridge, too. I love that our fridge is basically a big scrapbook. Again, it took me entirely too long to figure out the exact layout I wanted, and I don't think my husband even noticed the change. Ah, well. Every time I go to get something from the fridge, I admire my friends and family and the wonderfully rounded edges on half the photos.

new summer-y napkins.

While I was drooling over the teal shelf at World Market, I also picked up these adorable napkins. I've never been one for cloth napkins, because the very thought of rubbing dirty hands all over beautiful fabric makes me break into hives. However, these were too pretty to pass up - they were also on sale for $4.99 for a set of four! The color is just perfect for the season.

And I guess I can always hide them during dinner. You know, so I don't ever have to wash them.

Anyway, I also bought these napkins so I could use the other two to make the cutest curtains in all of humanity:

design on a dime - my version!

I'm totally stealing my sister-in-law's idea for these, because ever since seeing the ones hanging up in her kitchen, this idea has been lurking in the back of my mind. When I mentioned on twitter about needing cheap curtains, someone mentioned the curtain clips again and I knew I just had to do it.

Do you understand how incredibly cheap and easy this was? Since the napkins were on sale, they were an incredibly good price, and I just had to pick up a cafe rod and small curtain clips at Target. I figured out the total cost, and the grand total for everything comes to about $10.50. THAT IS INSANE. And I love it.

new curtains.

I think I need to do things like this more often. It makes me excited to come home. It makes me happy to live where we do, for the time being. We don't need a big, fancy house - our cozy, little duplex is just perfect for us right now.

63 comments :

  1. LOOOVE this post. omgosh, the curtain idea is GENIUS!!!!! I love how they turned out!!! And that shelf is adorable, i love the color...i haven't been to World Market in so long, this makes me want to go visit them!

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  2. I've been doing the same thing in our apartment! Makes you feel content even if just for a little while.

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  3. I've been doing the same thing in our apartment! Makes you feel content even if just for a little while.

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  4. World Market is my Graceland. With less rhinestones, maybe.

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  5. I ADORE that bookshelf. ADORE IT!. WANT IT. NEED IT. Okay calming down now. But that color is simply beautiful.

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  6. Oh! The shelf! It is gorgeous, and the curtain idea is fricken awesome! I may have to steal that idea.

    And to tell the truth, I have never been to world market, now I am scared too, I already blow too much money at tuesday morning and the home section of tj maxx! I love pretty bargains!

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Especially that teal shelf. I may be coveting. Just a teensy bit.

    don't you just adore a good find? I do. It makes me happy all day long, especially when I see how whatever I bought fits into our little home.

    and that curtain idea is genius. I may have to steal it!!

    you've got great style, wishcake :)

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  8. I just love the teal of that shelf and just love how you decorate, you have such great personal style. And the napkins for window coverings makes me wish I had a window in my kitchen right now, I love that idea oh and they are orange which is such a wonderful color.

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  9. I'm super meticulous about arranging shelves, too! It's a wee bit Monica Gellar of me. But my shelves are pretty.

    GAH! I adore you.

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  10. cute cute cute! LOVE the bookshelf and adore the curtains too. well done grasshoppa:)

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  11. world market is a BIG FUCKING WEAKNESS OF MINE but, and ps the pics are fab, love it all.

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  12. You are so brilliant, you have no idea.
    Oh how I need a little home to call home. If only to make curtains out of napkins. Swoon.

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  13. That is beautiful, especially that bookshelf. And I love the curtain/napkin idea. I might try that in our apartment if I see some too-beautiful-to-be-true napkins!

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  14. I have a bookshelf exactly like yours. It's very good.

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  15. I love love love those napkins/curtains! How I wish I had known about those clips when I was making our living room curtains!

    And I think there is one of those World Markets in Orlando or Tampa...which makes me sad because if I were home, I could run over there and grab one of those shelves. I love it!

    I totally agree about not needing a big house. We have a tiny little cookie-cutter house on an AFB but I've managed to make it feel like ours.

    (And how cute is it that you not only arrange the pics on your fridge, but round the corners?!)

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  16. These ideas are so gorgeous. I especially love the care you give even to your fridge. I need some cheap curtains and I like the idea of the clips: fantastic. You've inspired me!

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  17. omg i love those shelves!!!!!!!!..im going to steal ur curtain idea... hope u dont mind :)

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  18. I want the shelves! WANT! Also, your matching things makes me happy! Stuff should always match!

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  19. You're being very creative! Those curtains look really cute and it's such a great idea. And that bookshelf is gorgeous! The colour is fabulous. What a great pop of colour to have in your home.

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  20. That's a great idea for curtains. Thanks for sharing! I love all your finds. Our fridge isn't magnetic and I'm always a little bit sad we can't do a scrapbook in our kitchen too.

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  21. I just might have to buy one of those shelves for myself...

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  22. Isn't it nice to come home to somewhere lovely? I'm hoping to make our apartment in Boston just as cute as your place is.

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  23. These are all too beautiful! I love your pretty things =)

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  24. World Market is amazing. They have some of the most beautiful furniture.

    Also, LOVE the curtains!

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  25. Ack! Now I want to decorate everything! I'm moving in a couple of months though so I'm trying to hold off until I get in the house. You're making it hard on me ;)

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  26. Aw, love this post! So nice to see how you're continuing to make your house (or duplex! ;) ) a home.

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  27. I am loving teal/turquoise/cornflower and orange/marigold right now (haha, I know that's pretty broad). I wish we weren't renting a craptastic house right now, but this post is definitely making me want to re-do some things around here. So creative, you are ;)

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  28. Your new little pops of colour are gorgeous... you've got a great eye. We all knew that already though.

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  29. I absolutely LOVE this bookcase. So much that I need to go to World Market today after work. NEED TO.

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  30. i love it! i'm a bit obsessed with teal right now and i've always loved all shades of orange! very cute!

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  31. Oh darling, I love all the work you have done! I wish I had that shelf, and I really wish that I knew about those clips for curtains! I actually velcroed a shower curtain as a regular curtain for the windows, cause that's all I had! It's one of the cloth like ones, though, so it looks better than it sounds =)

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  32. umm...the curtain idea is amazing and once i have the cute over sink window my heart longs for i am definitely going to have to steal this!!!

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  33. I love those curtains, now I want to make some just like them! So, so lovely!

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  34. Dear wishcake,
    Please come decorate my apartment.
    PLZ.
    xoxo,
    BelleRenee

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  35. Renae Meredith7/21/09, 8:10 AM

    You gave me a great idea. I have a lot of cloth napkins. Can't pass up the vintage ones! What a cute idea to hang some up as a valance in my kitchen. Thanks.

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  36. AHHH, I love it all! Those colors are the exact ones I was thinking of using for my family room re-do.

    I am obsessing over those napkin curtains, I'm not gonna lie... that print is adorable!

    How crafty of you... You win!

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  37. I love all of your great design ideas! The curtains = fabulous. I have never heard of curtain clips before but I will definitely watch for them going forward. I LOVE the bookshelf too and will not go out and buy one since I don't need it but ooo do I want it! =)

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  38. Please come to Vancouver and decorate my house. I love what you've done with your duplex =)

    And the teal shelf? Perfection.

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  39. ok, this is fabulous...the teal shelf and the napkins for curtains idea?! I love it!

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  40. So...when are you decorating MY apartment? That is, when I actually get my own apartment...but STILL!

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  41. the curtain idea is awesome I had never thought of that before. And that bookshelf...so cute. :) I just moved into a bigger place and I'm having so much fun decorating!

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  42. omg i love your teal bookshelf. i just got a light teal-ish quilt and it is amazing!

    i also love your curtain idea and the color that it adds to your kitchen. great job!

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  43. What a cute shelf!!! & I love the cloth! You have such good taste. Home projects are so much fun!

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  44. That is a great shade of teal! Not to bright!! I love your shelf :)

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  45. Very, very, very, cute napkin curtains! I adore the design.

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  46. i love that curtain idea!! so adorable!!

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  47. i cannot BELIEVE no one has commented on the ROUNDED CORNERS of the shelves. hahahaha. i love you.

    you're a brilliant designer, wishy. everything looks perfect and homey. :)

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  48. Cry. All of my local WorldMarkets closed :( I shall live vicariously through you.

    The curtains are adorable! Love!

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  49. love the shelf! and cuuute napkins/curtains! and what a great deal you got on them as well :)

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  50. I'm so stealing that curtain idea when I redo my kitchen this fall! :D ADORABLE!

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  51. Those napkin curtains are genius and I am SO doing that!! Thank you so much for posting about it!!!

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  52. I love it! I love the muted teal and orange colors. It fits. :)

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  53. What an adorable idea! Lovin the shelf too!

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  54. Can I tell you how much I love home decorating? Always love creative new ideas.

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  55. Those curtains are adorable! Eee!

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  56. I love those curtains! Orange is the best. That shelf is really cool too, i would love it even more if its in orange.

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  57. I am so insanely jealous! That shelf is GORGEOUS and the those napkins and matching curtains are adorable! WANT WANT WANT. Seriously.

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  58. I love the shelf! Thats so adorable. Going to the World Market and finding stuff on sale is just the best thing ever! I follow your blog and don't comment much but I couldn't help but say something about how adorable it is. I just started blogging more and find inspiration in your writing =) http://softontheinside.blogspot.com/

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  59. I NEED TO MAKE THOSE CURTAINS! Let the search for adorable napkins begin. (Never would have come up with that idea in a million years.)

    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us, Kerri!

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  60. hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

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  61. I am experiencing some serious kitchen envy right now. Soo cute! I'd love to use that teal color in a kitchen, it's so cool and neautral while adding a splash of color.

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  62. must not forget this when we move. 47 days and we'll be in Berkeley, CA and all we're taking needs to fit in 396 cubic foot uhaul. so i will need many cheap alternatives that look this good. Gracias!

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  63. I love the shelf! As well as the curtains, that's a brilliant idea!

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