August 11, 2009

on, well, more curtains...

view from the kitchen.

So, apparently I don't have much else to write about except for my recent love affair with curtains. (Seriously, I keep asking myself how I possibly survived for so long in this duplex without curtains. Where have I been? Living in a curtainless nightmare, is where.) Anyway, for those of you who don't really care about curtains, please enjoy the above photo and notice the fact that one of our chair cushions is on top of the table, which I only noticed after uploading the photo and was too lazy to change.

Judge me? Why not.

In any case, these curtains are my hero. Or maybe I'm my own hero for actually hanging them by myself without disfiguring the wall in the process. For the record, I don't do well with do-it-yourself projects. I always over-think everything. And I'm kind of a wimp. And I freak out easily. Here is pretty much how I handle things like this:

  1. Stand in curtain section of World Market for full twenty minutes.
  2. Wander away from curtain section, to avoid looking obsessive.
  3. Pretend to look at candles, but really continue obsessing about curtains.
  4. Curse self for being such a non-decision-maker.
  5. Finally make decision, finally pay, finally drive home.
  6. Take curtains and curtain rods out of packages and admire them.
  7. Stare at window.
  8. Stare at curtains.
  9. Stare at curtain rods.
  10. Feel confused.
  11. Get Jay's tool kit; decide on hammer, screwdriver and some other bits and bobbins.
  12. Try about seventeen different ways to get plastic wall anchor into wall.
  13. Google "how to use an effing wall anchor without killing yourself".
  14. Text mom and ask why dad can't live in our closet in order to be available for these sorts of projects.
  15. Feel sweaty; make a margarita.
  16. Manage to get first wall anchor in; borderline scream with joy.

And that's kind of how it went for the next hour. It took me far longer than necessary to get the entire project done, but afterwards? I felt like I wanted to call everyone I knew and tell them how I just hung curtains all by myself and that they should probably buy me a drink or at least a cookie.

I couldn't stop staring after them, once I was finished. I feel like they complete the room just perfectly! Here is the final result (much to my complete and utter joy):

the dining room.

(I swear, the duplex is not a colorless void, as it looks in this photo. I blame the lighting.)

new curtains = love.

So, yeah. That's my story. Anyone want to come help me hang shelves when I finally get some for my crafting nook? I'll make you a margarita. Because I have a feeling we'll both need one.

60 comments :

  1. I could live in World Market and be completely content with my life. I am sure you understand.

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  2. I practically squealed when I saw those photos! Your house is so insanely adorable! I think that you have just a perfect amount of color in there, and it's so incredibly warm!

    If you and Jay ever need a house sitter while you go on vacation I totally volunteer. That sounds totally creepy, haha, but I'd love to have half of your decorating skills!

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  3. I am totally in love with those curtains. I might have to go myself to stand in World Market.

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  4. I cannot lie, that is my exact process for doing things like this. Wander around the department (or store) so as not to look crazy, all the while wondering which one I should buy.

    They look fab! And our house is a bit of a colorless void (I'm wokring HARD to change that!) but yours looks super cozy and warm.

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  5. and PS: I'm TOTALLY going to World Market in Orlando when we go home. Had you not blogged about it, I would't have given it a second thought!

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  6. I've never been to World Market but those curtains are adorable. It would have taken me forever to figure out how to hang curtains. Thankfully my brother is always willing to lend a hand.

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  7. they look lovely, great decision! and hurrah, girl power for hanging them. at least you finally made a decision and went home. often i fill an entire cart (usually) at target, and abandon the cart because i can't committ and check-out. yeah, so all those wonky random carts you find filled to the brim, that was me. and if i do take it home, i still can't decide and return it.

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  8. Those are absolutely adorable! And I love the curtain "story", so cute! I kind of want to come live in your duplex with you and Jay... but not in a creepy stalker way, just in a your-duplex-is-so-cute-I-could-live-here-forever kind of way. Yep.

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  9. They look beautiful! I have never been able to get a plastic wall anchor in before... so I've given up and not used them every time.

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  10. i love your house! CUTE! :D

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  11. beautiful dining room!

    and the curtains are lovely :)

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  12. Love the curtains. You did a great job hanging them! Now I feel like I need some. My house is khaki, on khaki, on khaki with a couple throw pillows. :)

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  13. Good story - what's a DIY project without a drink afterwards?

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  14. Wow, I love your curtains! good job hanging them up! I would've failed, pretty sure.

    I loved the framed "Jay and Kerri: always and forever" (is that what it says?) on top of the left curtains in the second photo. It's beautiful!

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  15. Sounds like my do it yourself projects... Looks infinitely better though. Love the pattern you picked.

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  16. Your curtains are lovely! Hurrah for DIY skills!

    Also, it please me to see your fridge in the first picture. You can tell people have full lives when they have stuff stuck all over it!

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  17. OMG That looks so so good!! Wow, it looks like a magazine spread. Those curtains are perfect for that space!

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  18. very cute duplex! i love your decorating style!

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  19. Those are FABULOUS curtains and I am loving that room? Want to come design me apartment? Please?

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  20. wow. do you want to come and decorate my place?

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  21. i'll come help you hang shelves if you come to jersey and help me decorate my new house. i'm overwhelmed already!

    the curtains look great though, i love the leaf pattern! :)

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  22. Super cute!!
    That's also my shopping process when it comes to stuff like that. Only I have two children in towe. Yah, try making a decision on curtains while trying to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider and talking about Superman. LOL
    And yay you for using anchors. I never do and pay for it later.

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  23. I too always over think, EVERYTHING and freak out easily. They look great! Making decisions sucks but they look great!

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  24. I'm LOVING those curtains! I will soon have to be making my own curtain decisions and I think I may take your margarita advice.
    Your house is gorgeous, you have amazing taste. Between that teal shelf and these I'm not sure you can really go wrong. Keep up the good work!

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  25. Your duplex is simply the most gorgeously decorated thing I have ever seen!
    Fun fact: I was in World Market yesterday, and I am pretty sure I was awkwardly standing and staring at some of their large wall art, mirrors, and little sterling silver pear weights for my kitchen table. I realized I looked a bit suspicious and wierd. So I meandered around the store, only to end up staring at those things again.

    Yes, World Market has a certain way of captivating your heart and making you look like a freak. I guess what they say is true, we are all fools when in love.
    =D

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  26. Pretty! Though I'm not surprised, your entire apartment seems adorable.

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  27. Oh my goodness! I am completely impressed with your craftiness and that you were able to hang the curtains! They're so cute!

    Nice work, lady.

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  28. Seriously, those curtains are awesome. And I wish my house was as lovely as yours - although with a hundred kids occupying it, why even bother?

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  29. They. Look. So. Good.

    Lately, we've been on the verge of buying a townhouse, so I've been obsessing over things like curtains, countertops, throw pillows and the like.

    Your post brought joy to my dismal day! Thanks!

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  30. I love your curtains and your living room/dining room. In fact, I love everything you show us in your duplex!

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  31. Random question, where did you get your turquoise vase? I love it, and it would be ridiculously perfect for my kitchen. Thanks!

    (Beautiful curtains, beautiful blog. I'm a newish reader!)

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  32. I think what I need is a drill. Do you have one? If not, we should get one to make our home improvement projects easier.

    Also, I will buy you a drink and a cookie. What are you doing Sunday afternoon/early evening?

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  33. i love these!! you have inspired me!! painting my bathroom this weekend...i have had the perfect blue swatch box painted on one wall for over a month now and even though it's not curtains it's following through with a project that will change and MAKE the room!!!

    i love your dining room!!! (and no i am not crossing my arms and huffing in complete jealousy...really am not)

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  34. I'm absolutely in love with what you've done with the duplex.

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  35. You, your duplex, and those curtains are ADORABLE.

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  36. Those look fantastic! I first hung curtains over my blinds in an apartment I lived in shortly after college . . . I did it for extra privacy initally, but was amazed at how much homier my place seemed with them up. They make a huge difference!

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  37. I love those curtains!!! How cute!

    You should go for those shelves that have the level in the box and you hang that on the wall and then the shelf on it. I swear by those. I know I found some of them at Kohl's. Very cute!

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  38. I love it!!! I didn't know World Market would have such cute curtains like yours. I'd definitely do the same thing. I recently did it this past week with paint. Returned 5 different cans because I was indecisive. Dangit!

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  39. Your place is gorgeous. I love the colours you've chosen: my dream. We have darker woods here but I'd love a table and chairs your style. It's so sweet. And the curtains: I would never pick such a pattern but it suits perfectly. I think your indecision is just part of your creative process: you chose just fine!

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  40. I don't shop @ World Market. My Cousin worked there for 2 years. Well, now I guess I'm gonna have to go check it out!! My boyfriend thanks you :) LOL.

    I want those curtains! And I want your decorating skills aswell!!!

    Love your place! :)

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  41. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the curtains!!!

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  42. um i love those curtains and i love the jay and kerri you have hanging up. seriously you are so darn crafty and i bet your place is just all sorts of adorableness.

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  43. You're so cute! I wouldn't know the first thing about hanging curtains, so good for you for rocking it! They look brilliant :)

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  44. I went to Michael's yesterday looking for some of those...pussywillows?? Anyways, they didn't have any. what. the. heck.

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  45. i ADORE those curtains, your house is SO FLIPPIN CUTE! I love the little pops of color everywhere, it's just so cozy there! After seeing you tweet about those curtains I went to World Market the next day and stared and touched them...I have no where to hang curtains right now but it took all that I had to not just buy them to save for the next place we live!!

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  46. It looks fabulous! Great choice on the curtains!

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  47. Yes please! Buy me a plane ticket and I'll help you! I love DIY projects and putting things together. :)

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  48. I love those curtains! I may have to run out and get some!

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  49. LOL it's okay, they do look great!:)

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  50. yay curtains! and ps, i'm sad we didnt get to meet up boo.

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  51. I love the curtains! Your house is so adorable! I want a house to decorate!!

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  52. Oh my gosh...those curtains are gorgeous! Great job!

    I have been looking for some that are see through...I bought some and when it blocked out the light I hated them!

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  53. Such a beautiful makeover! I love your little home, it seems so coordinated- just like you!

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  54. Oooooooooooh, they do look cute. I like the soothing colours of your room, if I'm being honest. People don't value monotonous tones enough, IMHO!

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  55. I just stumbled across your site and it's so cute. Your curtains are fabulous and your place looks very cozy!

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  56. Those curtains are amazing!! (And I love the shelf you picked up a few posts back...and the napkins as curtains!). You have such an eye for decorating...I love it!

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  57. Love! Looks so light, airy and clean!

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  58. I love your place! It has lots of personality. Why aren't there World Markets in NY? =(

    PS: Is that vase from West Elm? I tried to by it (or one just like it) but it sold out so fast.

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