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!

The curtains we used 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 curtainsI'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. 

November & All that She Brings

November is here, which means Autumn officially is too. I swear I can smell it in the air & feel it in my bones. I feel like I start to take life a little more seriously every November (in a good kind of way). I love how the physical change of the seasons manifest such inner change in us humans. November is helping me remember. I remember dreams I've been burying under the covers of apathy and fear. I remember recipes I've been wanting to try (or make again) for months. I remember how healing the pre-sunrise a.m. can be. A melancholy (yet somehow) whimsical coziness has come upon me. The dichotomy is intoxicating. 

The other day I came across these sentiments about this eleventh month & found them wildly appropriate:
"In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones.
Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers.
They know it is time to be still...

In November, some birds move away and some birds stay.
The air is full of good-byes and well-wishes."
- Cynthia Rylant

Here are some Autumn-esque things I've been:
R E A D I N G
 Moonlists. An online, running collection of lists by 3 new women, each new moon. Created by Leigh Patterson (who adapted the idea with permission from a National Geographic photographer). It's such fascinating content that you should just read them right now instead of me attempting to do it justice. Most inspiring content I've consumed in years—hands down. 


L I S T E N I N G  T O

W E A R I N G
Outrageously soft, high-quality sweatery goodness from Rosewood Boutique

Here are the items pictured above:
Slit or Miss Sweater
Grey Striped Top
Plaid/Check Shirt

I feel like these shirts incorporate all of the coziness of November that I mentioned earlier. Soft, comfortable, flow-y. I specifically haven't taken the slit-or-miss sweater off in 3 days because it's like a blanket hugging you! I learned about Rosewood from a friend of mine. The husband & wife team behind this company, Kathryn & Cullen, are a baller team who are kind, adventurous & downright fun. After an excellent 5 year run in business, they are closing shop & heading to Bali to become digital nomads.

The best part about all this? A HUGE sale. Site-wide. If you were in need of some Fall coziness like me...click on over to their site & use the code ABIGAIL45 to get 45% off your whole purchase!

I got the pleasure of talking to Kathryn about the Rosewood journey they've embarked on, as well as the new one they are beginning with each other & their two little girls! 

1. How did Rosewood Boutique come about? Any significance behind the name?

In 2011 we moved to Pittsburgh from Nicaragua and had $0. Starting Rosewood was a “NO” to corporate life, a “YES” to possibilities, and kind of a shoulder shrug to consequences.  

As for the name, Rosewood Inc. does a lovely little line of boutique hotels - but we found that out after the fact. Also, Rosewood is the name of the town in Pretty Little Liars. I became buds with the author of the PLL book series - but again - only after being Rosewood Boutique for like 4 years.

2. So, your fam-jam is going to Bali...How long will you be there & what are your hopes for the travels?

2017 is a year of jubilee - Bali is just the kick off! After 2 months there - a beach month in Sanur and a yoga month in Ubud - we’re going to Vietnam, Portugal, Ireland, Mexico...basically everywhere that makes us be like, “GASP!” [big eyes emoji]

Where will we end up? We don’t know, but humdrum is not in the cards. Sorry humdrum!

Me and Cullen are probably writing a book about it all - no doubt a sarcastic slow-clap for all those young, single digital nomads - but being honest, all people really care about are our two cute sweeties, Isla and Gisele. They’re launching their own pajama line in the next few months. An artist friend is hand drawing and painting the patterns, which are sooo dreamy.

3. Now that Rosewood is closing shop after an awesome 5 year run, what are 3 things you've learned while owning & operating this quaint Pittsburgh boutique?

Love this question!

True, my business skills got stronger, but I’m most proud of the ways it taught me to be a better person.

Let Challenges Punch Themselves in the Face. Early on I was bothered when an upset customer threatened to smear my name all over town. And she did. Not only did people rally to my defense, she came in the shop the other day, dropped $400 and acted like nothing ever happened.

Help others as much as humanly possible. I’ve now helped 7 ladies launch and monetize their businesses - cray-zay! Now is a great time to be alive and a great time to be in business.

Sometimes quitting can be a power move - so long as it’s a “yes” to the next thing :)

Keep in touch with Kathryn!
Kathryn@RichHouseMedia.com
Darling Let’s Travel

Thanks for reading along, guys. May your Novembers be all kinds of melancholically whimsical 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 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
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! View a video of the curtains here