I had a huge list of things to post here until I checked and realized I forgot to update the list after posting my last blog.
But I have done a little bit.
Namely, I hemmed and added trim to curtains for two rooms in my new house:
These green velvet drapes got a subtle blue/white lace trim on the edges and will be hing in the dining room.
Below: Burgundy velvet drapes were going to be for the master, but since I’ve bought a velvet chaise and sofa, I figured they add some weight to the living room to balance out the furniture. They got a simple off-white cotton lace trim along the bottoms.
Of course, I haven’t painted yet, so I’ll have to take them down and the curtain rod needs to be a good 6″ higher.
Anyway, I added the paisley sheers from the old house’s living room. These might be too short once I raise the rod, but if so, they’ll go up into the master and I’ll use other sheers for in here.
I haven’t gotten much further in curtain-making or trimming, but I do have teal curtains for the mudroom/nook, which will have some fun jumbo rick rack trim added in tropical colors and I’ll also add some pompom trim around their edges:
Also in tropical colors, I have the family room curtains and sheers. Some assembly required:
In other house stuff, I changed the plain fake gold knobs on the laundry room cabinets to something a little more interesting:
I’ll probably paint or stain the cabinets something a bit more interesting, but at the rate I’m going, that won’t happen til July.
In other house happenings, I’ve bought and/or ordered the first few items of furniture. I got this dining table at the Brick on clearance ($150!), and it was the exact measurements I needed, plus it has the sort of rustic/distressed look I was hoping for:
It might be a tad dark, but if so, some day in the summer I’ll white wash it. For the most part it will be under a tablecloth anyway.
I also have a navy sofa on order from the Brick:
And a red chaise from Wayfair (would have liked to have the sofa in red as well, but oh well):
Also from Wayfair, a huge rug:
I swear it’ll all make sense when it’s together.
Also, the yellow rug was a bit intimidating, but if I got it wrong, it can always go into the family room, which has a citrusy color scheme, and then there’s a turquoise and red/pink rug I have in mind as a backup option.
We had a fun little discovery wherein what we thought was a wall under the stairs but with a weird plywood coating rather than drywall turned out to be simply a piece of plywood.
Before (taken at house inspection, so that’s the seller’s furniture):
Looks pretty convincing. We really thought it was an actual wall with just the other side being done in plywood to be cheap.
Looks way better open, and it gives much easier access to that space. I plan to get a cat and a dog, and I can put their beds under there. Plus, it opens up a space such that they can chase each other in circles throughout the first floor.
Apart from that, I’ve been trying to get things organized. I started with all my assorted embroidery threads last week:
And in the last couple days my father has almost finished fixing up the upstairs storage room, so we should be able to paint that in a day or two, and thereafter I can actually get some of the clutter up into there and out of the living room and family rooms.
So, I fetched a bunch of storage bins, aqua for Christmas crap and coral for Halloween crap, and set to filling them. There are ten in all (6 Christmas and 4 Halloween), but I just took pics of a couple:
And that was about it, other than I haven’t knitted anything in ages, so I cast on for this two-color brioche that was on the cover of Vogue Knitting recently. At the rate I’m going, it might stay as just a cast-on for ages, but at least if I feel like knitting I have something I can grab: