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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Floral & Gardens, Interior Style

Making an Entrance 2

I am working on creating a large hallway for a client at the moment. We are making it from a redundant dining room that originally was off the small original hall. A space for greeting guests, to take and put away their coats, take off muddy boots and instantly feel welcome and at home. But why not make the space more than just a corridor to the rest of the house. If it is a bit narrow it could be a galleried space to display your art

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or if you are lucky enough to have a big hallway, perhaps to enjoy pre-dinner drinks – why not  make a bar out of an old cupboard?!

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I dream of having a hall big enough to house a table in the middle

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Whatever the size of your hall, there are some things which I feel are essential….

Fresh flowers

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Ambiance….

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a mirror to check yourself on the way out

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and like I said even if you only have a tiny hallway like me there is always room for some sort of welcoming display no matter how simple.

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p.s. source of images: house beautiful, country living, me, and scrapbooked from pinterest with no credits I’m afraid.

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