Category: Agree Or Disagree?

How Much Would You Pay for the Perfect Accessory?

October 6, 2018

If you found the perfect accessory for your home, could not find anything better because it was so perfect for what you needed, would you pay anything for it?  I thought I was in the ‘Absolutely’ group until I found an item I really want to buy is above my ‘reasonable’ price range and I can not justify the purchase.

This is my story: I found THE perfect window treatments for the windows in my spare room project here.

I keep looking at them:

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Perigold

Aren’t they so beautiful? So me.  They are perfect. Perfect color, perfect print, perfect everything. The problem is that they are  $793.00 per panel! Yes, you read that right. That is only for one. Is that unbelievable? No wonder I do not shop Perigold often, only when I have a high end client where money isn’t an issue. That client is not me unfortunately. I love them but I have to be reasonable. (But I want them!) So now that I found exactly what I want, I thought I would look around online to find similar, ( but not as expensive!):

I looked on Etsy and found these which are nice and colorful:

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Etsy

The price for a pair of these are £318.82, which I had to look up in American dollars and the total would be $415.06 in today’s exchange rate. That is for a pair. They are a good width at 50”. Since I am using them only as decoration, there are blinds already installed, 50” is a good width to lightly bunch and hang on each side of the window for color and softness.

I found these window treatments at Overstock:

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overstock

I was considering this set, but they remind me of Spring too much. And I don’t like the peach in them at all. The price for two pairs, to hang two panels per side for fullness, is a total of $78.20.  It figures the ones I like least are the least expensive.

I do love these from Birch Lane:

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You know I love navy blue and navy would work well in the room. This weekend they are only $58.00 for the pair with free shipping.  Excellent price with great reviews. Decisions, decisions…..

If you were not aware, a lot of accessories and home décor at most stores are having big sales for the Columbus Day weekend!

I looked at Pottery Barn for my windows-  Good place to search if looking for solids- not patterns.

Wayfair has a large selection as does Joss and Main, but did not find anything I was looking for.

Pier One had nothing of interest.

Macy’s has a lot of different choices, but none that came near the original I was looking for.

Bed, Bath & Beyond also has a large selection, but nothing near my original Perigold look.

Do you drive yourself crazy like this when shopping online for yourself? I usually start searching at the bottom price items and work my way up to the most expensive. Oh, why did I have to see those first window panels from Perigold? haha Unfortunately, they have to be taken off the list. The Overstock pair is also off the list, just not crazy about them. I did order a sample of the Etsy curtains and I will see if they work well with the carpet. I will keep you updated.

Are you looking for new window treatments? I try to use panels in a room if possible for color and to soften the hardness of the walls and window. I hope I have given you a few online places to search. Remember this weekend is a good time to buy because of all the sales going on.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Reminder Tip When Using Ready Made Curtains

February 3, 2018

I sometime wish I could afford to have all of my window treatments in the house be custom made. Wouldn’t that be nice to have someone to come into your home , give you great ideas on what would be the best look for your windows, measure and then come back and install these gorgeous, perfect window treatments? Who wouldn’t? Yes, there are custom window treatment specialist to hire, but the price is usually so high.  Right? I have had custom treatments done in my home but not often because of the cost.

So if you are like me, I buy ready made curtains. One tip I wanted to remind you of is when purchasing a pair of panels, always buy TWO sets, (two panels for each side of window). Yes it is more expensive, but the look is so much more pleasing, almost as if they were custom made.

Here is an example I am working on now. I did not follow my own advice and only purchased one set of two for my office window. Thought I could get away with only one panel on each side:

office win

They look ok,  but not really special. Kind of chintzy is what I thought:

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They just bothered me because I knew I could easily fix the problem. So I bought another set of two panels and tried them out:

office window project

Much nicer and fuller.

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office window2

So much better, don’t you think? I might like to get a longer rod, or extension piece in the middle of the rod:

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So I can extend the curtains more out toward the wall:

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new office windowsIt is all in the details! Remember this trick next time you dress your windows with panels. I will keep you up to date as I work on my new office. A new room to decorate!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly

Another Example Of Why Darker Paint Colors Look Fabulous with Stained Wood

December 17, 2017

I have been not only getting ready for Christmas this past week, I have also been moving to my new, full time home in New Hampshire:

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       Today:

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It has been a crazy couple of weeks, but I am really enjoying myself. I think part of this joy might be that both my kids and the new baby Jameson is coming to spend Christmas here! I can’t wait!

Anyway!   When we moved one of the bedrooms upstairs around, I wanted to use this wood headboard we brought from our previous home in RI that both my husband and I love. When we put against the wall, I really was struck how beautiful the wood looked with the wall color:

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This paint color is Ben Moore Gentleman’s Gray 2062-20. A beautiful mid- tone turquoise blue.Read More

Pantone’s 2018 Purple

December 9, 2017

I am sure you have already heard this week on social media that Pantone has announced it’s color of the year for 2018:

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Ultra Violet 18-3838. Pantone chose this complex color to reflect a “complex” time. According to Pantone, Ultra Violet is a “provocative yet thoughtful” color. Historically, it’s been associated with nonconformity and spirituality. Pantone also believes this color symbolizes new possibilities and a hopeful future.

I am sure you have also read mixed reviews. People either are liking this color or giving it a definite thumbs down.

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But I guess that happens every year, right? I myself love a gorgeous purple! I always have. I would not paint a whole room in it:Read More

Trending for Fall- Red Orange

July 31, 2017

This bold color is everywhere! From the runway:

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And you know when a color is so prominent in the fashion industry, we are right behind in interior design:

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Useless Corner Shelves

June 27, 2017

My daughter Meg has been preparing and getting her new nursery ready! I am going to be a grandma for the first time! 🙂 I have been helping her with different design suggestions in the room such as paint color and window treatments. But then she asked me what I thought about corner shelves:

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When I asked her what she was going to use these corner shelves for, she said  that she needed shelving for baby supplies, books, etc.  I told her to take another look at them and think of what could possibly fit on these little floating shelves:

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Nothing! Nothing fits on these tiny, miniature, fake shelves.  A waste of time, money and space I told her. It is not possible to put anything on these small shelves but maybe a little bud vase:

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Most floating corner shelves are rounded and are approximately 12” in radius. What can you possibly fit on a tiny shelf like that? One little 6” vase? So impractical. (Can you tell I am a little biased against corner shelves?) 🙂

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I convinced her to use the wall space next to the corner of wall. Even a couple of wall shelves at only 24” wide will give you much more room to place items:

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Wall Shelf

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She is going to buy three of these 36” shelves  and arrange over each other. She will have a lot more valuable space on her shelves than she would have on those tiny corner shelves!

So if you are thinking of purchasing floating corner shelves for your home, please reconsider. They are pretty useless and do not even look nice.

That’s all I have to say on corner shelves. Anyone a fan of them? 🙂