Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Still Learning...




I confessed earlier this year that I stink at scrapbooking. And, although it's hard to believe (Ha! Yeah, right!), I stink at home decor, decorating, interior design...whatever you want to call it, I really need help. I have a hard time "seeing" a room finished - I don't even know how to get started, much less have a vision of what a room will eventually look like.

So, you can imagine how stressed I am to have lots of empty rooms - blank canvases, really - and very few ideas on how to fill them. I have been reading a lot of decorating blogs lately and I added some to my blog list on the sidebar in case you would like to read along. There are a whole lot of really smart, creative and frugal women out there who like to decorate. And, they use really great photos - 'cause I'm a visual learner! And, I am copying them shamelessly...ahem, I mean... I am using their creativity and homes as inspiration for my own!

One of my favorite home decor blogs is The Nesting Place. "The Nester" is such a funny writer and she has great pictures and great ideas. One of her favorite sayings is "It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful". How great is that? Sometimes my perfectionism gets in the way of my attempts to make our house a home. I don't even try if I know it can't be perfect.

So, I've begun to try and embrace this attitude and I have created my first set of window treatments for the boys' playroom. How sad is that? I wait 10 years to try something besides blinds and I start with the playroom! But, I decided any mistakes wouldn't matter so much in the playroom! The Nester calls what I have done (and what she does) window "Mistreatments"! She uses beautiful fabrics, decorative trim, upholstery tacks, and lots of hot glue to create window coverings in her house. No sewing involved! And that is a good thing since I don't sew!

Here is my first attempt:


Not too bad, right? This was what I did:

I picked out cute vintage firetruck fabric after about an hour (or two) of looking through the fabric store - I was struggling with finding a print that wasn't too baby or too grown up since the boys share the playroom.

I bought denim panels at Wal-Mart and hot glued the fire truck fabric to the bottom. I covered the seam with some red ribbon. Yep, I glued it on too!


So, I am making some progress with my perfectionism problem, because I am actually happy with how they turned out. Now I just have a few hundred more decisions to make - thank goodness we'll be living here a while! It may take the next 20 years!

P.S. I also shamelessly borrowed the idea for using our old shelves from the entertainment center in the playroom as storage!

15 comments:

Brooke said...

I am so proud! Look how cute that is!!

Melanie said...

I love it! Will you come do our playroom?

Kimba said...

Those look fantastic! Seriously! They're perfect for a playroom. I'll bet you would be more comfortable with decorating if you just start trying things out.

Don't be afraid to make a mistake. It's just paint or fabric or whatever. In the big scheme of things it's not important so just have fun.

kristi_temple said...

So Cute! I love it! I may have to steal your idea for my boys' playroom.

melissa*smith said...

I love, love the vintage print! Where did you find it? And the denim panels from Wally World are perfect! Great, great job!

Self Confessed Lamp Tramp said...

That is so fun!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

That looks great! My little guy would love the firetruck fabric.

~ Sarah

Brooke said...

you are so popular!

Nic @ ScrapMeSilly said...

That fabric is perfect!!!

Deb said...

You did a great job with those. Glue will save the world I tell you. Can't sew.. glue. Have a cut..glue. Hungry...glue. Oh, no that is what we don't want. Can't wait to see what else you make with that handy glue of yours.

jeanne winters said...

They look fun! The playroom is what I'm working on now, too!

Bonita said...

Count me in as another decorating-challenged person. However, it looks like you're well on your way to being excluded from that category. You did an awesome job with your first mistreatment!

Darcy said...

These look great! Perfect combination of fabrics!

Hautemama said...

Well done! It looks great!

The Newbie said...

I really like it! Great job, I have a large play room (boys) that needs some serious mistreating but because of the size, I've felt intimidated/overwhelmed? You've given me the inspiration to get er done! :) Thanks.