Thursday, May 13, 2010

Drop Cloth {Curtains}

When we first moved into our rental house, there were certain elements to the house that SCREAMED rental.

Is it just me, or are recessed kitchen ceilings waaaay out of style?? Who needs that much fluorescent lighting anyways? (or any at all). Or how about the plywood kitchen cabinets and walls and walls of white paint? Hmmm....

I guess I can't blame the owners...there's just some things you have to install when you own rental properties to make them affordable, long-lasting, and renter-friendly.

Over the past 4 months of living here, I've learned to work with what I've got and live with the things that I can't change. It's amazing what seems to "disappear" once you live in a place for awhile...this can be a good thing or a bad thing. In this case, since there are things my landlord definitely won't budge on...with a capital's a very good thing. :0)

Let me interject here...I don't want to come across as ungrateful or that I don't like where we live. Actually, I really love it here and there are so many more pros than cons....but of course, being the domestic/home-decorating girl that I am...I do want it to reflect 'me' more than our landlord....which means a little changing here and there.

Anyways...onto the reason for this post!

This is basically what our living room window looked like when we moved in....

...except white.

I didn't take any "before" photos...but this gives you an idea. It's funny though...all the photos I saw on the Internet displayed living rooms in an attractive light with these blinds.....when in reality...they sorta look like a tacky office building window covering. Just my opinion though. ;-)

After reading Layla's blog on how to install "drop cloth curtains" (go here) I knew that was just the thing I wanted to give that window an update. They're so cheap and easy, too! What could be better?

Here's my "after" photos:

Much better, yes?

The only thing I changed was to add the cuff on the top. I measured the length I wanted for the cuff (with extra for a seem allowance) and cut. I then flipped the panel around, and sewed the right side of the cuff down on the wrong side of the long curtain panel. This way when I ironed it on the crease where I sewed, both the cuff and the panel's right sides would face the front. It sounds confusing...but was actually super easy.

A word to the wise though, if you decide to go this route with your curtains, make sure you know when you're at home depot that you're getting two drop cloths made from the same fabric and that there isn't a big seam horizontally through one of your panels. All you have to do is look closely on the side of the package to see if there is a seam across....and look at both panels closely side by side. Other than that, easy breezy!!!

Have a beautiful day,


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

To Italy & Back

Matthew & I had a dinner party the other night....

The theme was Italian. :-)

I dripped candles down old wine bottles
for an authentic Italian look...

...and clustered small bouquets of mini
red roses in clear, glass vases.

I wish I had a picture of the delicious
Caesar salad we had...

...or the Chicken Parmesan and crusty
Italian bread....

...but I don't.

But what I do have is memories of a wonderful night,
with wonderful friends and wonderful food.

I'd say it's a fair trade. Don't you??

Have a beautiful day reliving the memories
you love most,


Thursday, May 6, 2010

{Apple Chicken Salad}

As mild Spring weather gives way to warmer days ahead,
there's nothing more refreshing than a cool,
crisp, chicken salad.

Tucked inside a chilled romaine leaf with
carrots and whole wheat crackers as companions
on the side.... can't help but welcome the sunshine's
warm rays coming through the windows.

I'd say it's the perfect compliment.



{Apple Chicken Salad}

2 Cups cubed, cooked chicken
1 Cup celery, chopped
1 Cup apples, chopped
1/2 cup soft raisins
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Mayo, about 2/3 cup
Salt & pepper to taste
Dash of curry (or fav. seasoning)
1 rounded teaspoon light brown sugar

*Mix well & enjoy! :)
Would be delicious inside of a sandwich as well
with fruit on the side.

P.S. What's your favorite Springtime lunch? Do tell!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

In the Garden {Giveaway}

Dear Friends,
Head over to Lola B's blog for your chance to win this
pretty giveaway of garden party necessities from
none other than Anthropologie!

All you have to do is leave a comment!

Have a lovely Tuesday,


Monday, May 3, 2010

Flowers for a Happy Day

I had the privilege of doing flowers for a beautiful wedding this
past weekend for a client of mine...

The Bride's bouquet was designed using
calla lilies, gerbera daisies, roses, spray roses
& hypericum berries in cheerful citrus colors.

Small Maid's bouquets using one variety of flower
made a stunning presentation wrapped in
coordinating ribbon.

My company, Gail Gaffin Designs, is still in the "bud" stage....but I look forward to seeing it "blossom"! (How's that for a floral analogy?)

And whether I'm doing a wedding...or simply designing for my home... job is work when you're doing something you love.



P.S. What job do you have or had that was more like play than work?