DIY cozy nook

when we first moved into our home (almost 3 years ago now!) i envisioned a cozy little nook space in this area! plants, linens, fresh flowers, & flickering candles.

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as a vivid dreamer...sometimes my ideas stay in my head longer than i'd like to admit ;) but last month a beautiful bunch of friends coming to visit gave me the spark to say "kyle let's finally freaking make this nook!"

my home rennovation ideas = GREAT
my home renovation skills = MINIMAL

but kyle green has no shortage of handiness + brilliance so he & a friend made this idea come to life in ONE afternoon!!! & it was soooo affordable!

- the bench seating is all plywood! built into the wall. 
- the table was an IKEA refresh. we took the original tabletop off & replaced it with a lighter wood, to match the benches. for simplicity + budget sake, we kept the frame! (might sand it down in the future!)
- cushions are IKEA outdoor chair cushions, covered with drop cloths AKA cheap linen ;) 

i'm just in love with the space! it's as cozy as i dreamt up in my mind. hope this weekend project of ours inspires you to let that creativity flow in your own space!

DIY Outdoor Curtain Nook


Our house is a fairly small & cozy space, with a yard that matches the small category, but not the cozy one. Up until recently, our fenced in side yard became a catch-all area for stuff that didn't quite make it from the house to the garage, messy potting supplies, various shovels, & most unappealingly, our Great Dane's very great bowel movements ;) You get the picture. It was pretty dumpy, very disorganized, & overall not a place I wanted to spend any time in. 

After growing tired of not utilizing the space (however minimal it may be), I decided it was to time to spruce it up & add some coziness! After throwing around a bunch of different ideas in my head, I landed on maximizing the space & creating a homey, nook-like area with Blinds.com curtains, to have fires in the wintertime, or grill out in the summertime.

Scroll along to see how the project went down!

Here are the curtains we used: click here! They are Blinds.com Easy Rod Pocket Curtains in Raw Silk Crepe Lily (same ones we used in our living room curtain project, if you remember that project!)

I love these curtains because they're a beautiful shade of white with a sheer texture that gives a very flow-y feel to them. After choosing the curtains, we purchased the rest of the materials at Home Depot, which included thick wire, a few hardware pieces to fasten the wire ends into loops, and eyelet hooks to install into the side of the house as well as two wooden posts we had put in awhile back. The key to this setup is to have four different anchor spots to hang the curtains from, & thus create the enclosed, nook area. Our particular space butts up to the side of our house so we used the house as 2 of the anchor points & previously installed posts as the other 2. This could look different depending on your space, for instance, a high enough fence would do the trick.

The first step of the project was measuring out the wires, creating the loops, and then drilling and installing the eyelet hooks and wires, as seen above! Once the anchors were in place, we added a hook to the corner of the wires, & then begun to string the curtain panels onto the wires. With thick wire, I recommend putting a small piece of duct tape on the end to protect your fingers as well as to assist in the wire sliding through the rod pocket without snagging the curtains. After the curtains were strung through, we looped the end of the wire & added a hook. 

Next up, hang those curtains! The final task was finishing touches. We chose to add some globe lights, a thrifted woven rug, chairs, & a fire pit of course. I truly love the final look & cozy feel. Our side-yard went from a hodgepodge storing area to a homey nook to relax in, thanks to some creativity & Blinds.com curtains! I'll be taking over the Blinds.com Instagram this week, so follow along to get a chance at winning a $100 gift card! Use the code abigailgreen to get 20% off your order until 2/28.

As always, thanks for reading. May this project inspire you to make the most out of your small spaces too. 

DIY Leather Curtain Tabs


After installing excellently made/designed blinds from Blinds.com a number of months ago in all of our windows, I decided it was time for some custom curtains in our living room, in hopes to brighten it up as well as make it feel more open! I began to envision the kind of curtain that would achieve this look, all the while knowing that I wanted to put my own spin on it—DIY leather tabs. Because my previous experience with Blinds.com was so wonderful, I decided to collaborate with them again on this fun project. I was given a personal designer and after receiving different sample fabrics from her, I decided on a set of these beautiful sheer, white draperies from them! The selection, ordering, and shipping process was so seamless and fast.  Sometimes you have a vision for things and it turns out waaaaaay different than you expected. Other times, it turns out as expected or better than expected. This project was definitely the latter! The leather tabs complemented the drapery fabric wonderfully, and the combination of the two complemented the other textures/tones in our house too. Here's how we did it!

What we used:
△ Blinds.com draperies - linked above!
scrap leather from Tandy Leather
leather hole puncher
△ scissors
△ screw driver
△ nickel colored screw posts
Hugad IKEA curtain rod

What we did:
1. Create sample/template leather tab, 2 inches thick. Length depends on how much of a drop from the curtain rod you'd like! Use a pen or marker to draw it out, then cut it.
2. Trace template tab on fresh part of the leather and then cut out. Repeat as necessary! We made 20 total—10 for each curtain panel.  
3. Lay curtain out flat on a clean surface and measure out the spacing for each leather tab. Make a small marking where each one will go. We placed ours about 8 inches apart!
4. With your scissors, cut a small V-shaped hole on each of your markings. This is where the screw posts will go through.
5. Starting on the end, begin screwing leather tabs in place. Set it over the cut hole, so that about 1/2 inch of leather extends onto the drapery from below the hole, and then use your leather puncher to make a whole through both sides of the leather tab. 
6. Insert nickel screw post through all three holes (leather, curtain, leather) and then screw in the backing from behind. Repeat this for each leather tab!
7. Hang your curtain rod using included instructions, and then gently string your curtains onto the rod! Space them out as you prefer. 

Thanks for reading along and feel free to comment with any questions about the process and materials!