It has been nothing less than a sewing frenzy over here, friends. After living in this apartment for close to five years, and complaining about the mini blinds in the windows the entire time, I have put my fabric stash and sewing machine to good use these last few days. I used both this print and this print to make curtains for the living/dining areas. They both have a light, ecru background and lend both privacy and a soft filtered glow at the same time. I love spring here in LA mostly because the angle of the light is extraordinary. The way it shines on the verdant and lush landscape this time of year makes everything sparkle. This morning as I was waking up, the first rays of light started to make their way into the house and I had this overwhelming memory of Christmastime in Michigan. I couldn't shake it, nor identify what was making me feels this way. Then it hit me. The light colored curtains where causing the windows to glow white and it dawned on me that each winter of my childhood, when the North was covered in snow, all that would come through our windows back home was glorious, bright, white light. Isn't it wonderful the way something as simple as a few straight sttiches on a panel of fabric can transform a whole room? My mind immediately jumps to asking myself why on earth I did not do it sooner.
There are new curtians in the kitchen,
on the side door,
and in the studio! All of the panels are very straightforward with a five inch hem on the bottom and hung on $5 tension rods from Target. Remember these? In all of the curtian hubbub, they got moved to their new home in the bathroom where they are doing a nice job of infusing a pretty boring and utilitarian space with a pop of color. And afer the curtains, I busied myself with making pillows. The two large scale prints are from Jessica Jones. It is an upholstery weight that I have had sitting around for quite some time and waiting for the perfect use. I am pretty sure that I found it. Sometimes it pays to procrastinate. I love the way the pillows tie in with the art above the couch in both color and theme.
Oh, and I have been wanting to share these with you for a while now. Several weeks ago we picked up three smaller rugs and layered them together to act as a larger rug in the living room. They are vintage handwoven textiles from Thailand and we picked them up at the Santa Monica Airport Flea Market. They move around a lot and Zipper ruffles them up a bit, but that is sort of the comfortable, less than perfect look we had in mind. I was going to stitch them together to make one larger rug, but I have decided that I like the flexibility that layering them affords. I have a feeling that a little further on down the road we may get a larger, more proper area rug and move these smaller ones throughout the house, or even hang them on the wall.
It feels wonderful to transform our space. At once, it is more comfortable, inviting, and reimagined - just in time for spring!