DIY, Inspiration, Interior Style, Nature & the Coast

being resourceful

So I decided recently I would like some curtains for inside the hall door – have always loved the idea, so this January, with next to no budget, I finally got around to making them.

I went to Helen Turkington’s fabric outlet and bought a lovely tweed material – it was from their lovely remnants cupboard so I bought a couple of metres for half the price.

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I already had some heavy linen so it was just a case of stitching the two lots of fabric together – making sure that the lovely herringbone went on the top where it would be seen…

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Then off to the beach to collect driftwood  – particularly in a Y shape

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Y? because I had a plan to make my own rustic curtain rail – fitting in with the textures of tweed & linen

I bought some dowelling in the local hardware shop and limed it

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I also got two wooden knobs which I also limed and we screwed them to either end of the dowelling after it was cut to size.

….not before stringing it with remnant curtain rings that I bought loose from the local haberdashery after kneeling down and rummaging in a big box full of odd rings.

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With the brackets screwed to the wall, it was just a case of placing the new curtain rail on top

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I was amazed when I closed the curtain after putting them up. It was a stormy night outside and I instantly felt cosier but not only that, the hall stopped being an entryway and became its own room.

People who are familiar with my little house are aware of how many rooms I have (not many!) so to have an extra useable space in the evening is fab. happy days!

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A little window shutter

In all this heat, it is nice to keep the upstairs South-facing rooms as cool as possible. So while I was away at the weekend, I came home to find this had been made for me, as a surprise, out of scrap fire wood. I adore it – especially the little shelf for displaying found objects, fits in with my ethos of things being functional and decorative. The most magical thing about it is was to go upstairs at dusk last night and look in to the darkened room…. all you could see was the diamond shape. Perfick.

DIY, Interior Style

A little window shutter

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DIY, Interior Style

Curtains that are not curtains

I have been meaning to put up some linen curtains on the long window upstairs. There was already an old curtain rail installed to it was just a case of getting curtain crocodile clips (which are one of the best inventions in the world) and choosing a throw from my vast collection that was in keeping with the simple feel of that room that I am currently working on – I chose a loose linen with a simple double stripe. Add a bit of driftwood and hey presto! Summer Curtains. Image

 

The joy of this method is that you are not committing to these curtains forever. In the Autumn I will probably change them for a tweed or woollen  fabric – it will take five minutes.

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While I do love bespoke curtains in an elegant setting, sometimes they are too much when you are going for a simple informal feel. 

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source – acoustic garden

 

Maybe they are not there to block out the light or add privacy but perhaps just to screen an unsightly window frame. 

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They may not even be covering a window at all but creating a partition 

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or substituting a door…

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source – casa brutus

 

Whatever way you choose to hang your fabric, it enables you to build another layer of texture to a room.

 

 

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