Blame it on Goodwill!
My hubs and I put up this new DIY "Bed & Breakfast Inn-style" bed canopy last weekend.
And it's Goodwill's fault.
Seriously, it is. :)
And here's why ...
I found these Old World-ish gold drapery tie-backs at the La Jolla Goodwill a few months ago and ...
I stored them under our bed in a bin, not knowing what I'd use them for.
But knowing I would use them somewhere in our little abode, sooner or later, because well ....
They were just too pretty to pass up, and they "go" with our home's Old World-ish cozy elegance look.
And so, here's what happened one day, my friends ...
In the same bin under my bed, I keep scads of white flowy sheer rod-pocket white and ivory drapes in every size and length from about every single place we've lived in over the years.
Partly I keep them all, every time we move, because some never fit quite right on our newest home's windows so I keep adding to them and then I mix and match the next go-around of a household move.
And partly I keep them because I use them for other things like chair tie-backs or dining table covers etc., because just like your fave little black go-to dress in your clothing closet ...
Sheer white drapes just simply go ...
And if you don't use them on your windows, they make a great bed canopy too for not much $ outlay.
These gorgeous knobs were also part of the four-piece Old World-ish set of drapery hardware from Goodwill and I had my hubs hang them on the wall because I thought they were just too great of architectural interest to not display somehow, even if they're not being used for something functional.
Aren't they nifty as a little architectural accent?
My hubs is very precise when it comes to measuring.
And he always uses a level tool.
Which sometimes drives me a little crazy, because walls are often crooked, so the item being hung, although perfectly "leveled" with the level, (according to the Man of the House), looks annoyingly crooked, (according to the Lady of the House), who prefers that things be hung so they look straight to one's eye, vs. to the "exact numerical science" of the husband's level tool. :)
Well, that's what you get when two OCD-ish personalities -- one left-brained numbers guy + one right-brained creative word lady, marry young and nest together ... for nearly 35 years now.
In other words ...
In other words ...
You learn the fine art of marital negotiation. :)
The other challenge with this particular project was that I'm simply not tall enough (5' 8") to hang these curtains at the top of our 10' walls. But guess what? My 6' 2" husband is tall enough, bless his tall-man heart.
So guess who did the hanging labor, and you know who ...
directed from the floor below.
There simply was no other DIY way, because when you're that close up physically to the hanging of the drapes, you can't see how it really looks from the floor.
So if you try this, it's really best to have two people in on the deal.
Tell your husband I said so. :)
All diligent attempts, (numerous!), at doing some kind of romantic-looking fantasy loopy thing on the rod like we did last year ...
Because of reasons I no longer remember, but it was something to do with that particular curtain length or such.
And so, after much trial and error, we, (i.e. he), simply wound the drape around the rod and tied it on the ends in a knot.
With me directing from the floor.
But of course you already knew that. :)
Alas, when we were all done with this project, we both were happy with how it turned out and we actually like it even better than the other "canopies" and headboard-y things we've hung together before ...
I told you we're both a little OCD-ish. :)
And yes, we're both also incurable romantics, each in our own unique way.
We're feeling even more like we're sleeping at our very own cozy Bed & Breakfast Inn now.
So we're thinking that all we need to do in the future is install a jacuzzi tub for two, like this one.
Or this one. :)
And put out some strawberries, champagne, plush new monogrammed towels, and cozy spa robes.
Ah, be still, our Bed & Breakfast inn-obsessed heart. :)
The little cream and brown floral pitcher on my nightstand?
Two of them in perfect condition, marked down to just $8 total.
LOVE La Jolla's Goodwill!
After we finished our bedroom project we were tired and hungry.
And so we dined, (in spirit anyway!), at this little charming table, with its incredible seaside view.
And yes, I bought this elegant picture, already nicely matted and in a lovely gold frame, at ...
Glorious, glorious, Goodwill.
Celebrating the art of simple, charming, elegant living!