Curtain Call

When we moved into our house just under 2 years ago, the living room was one of the first rooms to be painted. From there, we quickly purchased and hung new faux wood blinds, as well as some white curtains. I’ve never been thrilled with shorter curtains, but because we have baseboard heaters, I always felt like we shouldn’t have long, floor-length curtains. Boy was I wrong.Here’s a quick preview of the before and after:

Before and after, modified 84 inch curtains

There are so many options for hanging curtains, you should never have to limit yourself. I have seen other people hang floor-length curtains in homes with baseboard heaters, so it shouldn’t be an issue. However, I decided to come up with an easy solution that would allow me to have the 84 inch curtains I really wanted. Thus, I give you…

How to Modify 84 inch Curtains with NO Sewing and Just 4 Simple Steps

You will need:

  • 84 inch (or any length, really) pocket rod curtains
  • 1 pack curtain clip rings per curtain (in my case, it was 4 curtains, 4 sets of clip rings, 7 in a pack)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Tape measure

1. Iron curtains – This is the first time in the past 5 years of apartment/home living for me that I have actually decided to iron my curtains and it really paid off. Continue reading to learn why this is so important, but trust me, you do not want to skip this step!

Ironing curtains2. Use your ironing board as a sort of staging area to fold the top of your curtains down as much as you would like to modify the length. In my case, I knew I wanted to modify the 84 inch curtains by about 10 inches.

3. Open 1 pack of clip rings and lay them out along your curtain to get an idea for spacing. Ensure the clip rings will be evenly spaced and then clip!

Curtain clip rings

Curtain clip ring

4. Hang your curtain and repeat as needed, depending on how many curtains you are modifying.

Modify 84 inch curtains, hang and style like a pro

No sewing needed whatsoever and utilizing the curtain clip rings allows you to make the curtains any length you want. You can’t even tell they have been modified and, in my case, they are right above my baseboard heaters, just where I wanted them.

Modified 84 inch curtains

Now, why was it so important to iron the curtains? First of all, they definitely look so much better when they are ironed, that’s obvious. But what’s really important is, ironing the curtains allowed me to really style them like a pro. To achieve the clean, sophisticated look seen here, I pinched the curtains at the very top between each clip ring and followed the fold all the way down to the bottom.

Styling curtainsStyling curtains like a pro

Creating this accordion-like effect really makes the curtains look like curtains and not just wrinkly sheets tossed up on a curtain rod.

Curtain clip rings really are the answer to curtain modification as far as I’m concerned. I don’t own a sewing machine and I’ve used “no -ew” products, but nothing works quite as well as the curtain clip ring method! Now, in the future, I can have my 84 inch curtains or I can modify again to any length I’d like.


 

Dressed to Kill…or to Be Really Organized

We have officially stepped up our organizational/storage game. Last weekend, we were traveling to Jersey City for a friend’s birthday and we couldn’t resist a “quick” pit stop at good old IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ (the closest IKEA to us). As I mentioned in my last post, (which you can read here), we devised a plan for moving our dressers around + purchasing a new one to create more storage space. Here’s a quick re-cap:

We had 1 dresser in our office dedicated to a lot of Andrew’s clothes.
Office IKEA Malm Dresser

We had another dresser in our bedroom, which was for my clothes:
Bedroom IKEA Malm Dresser

The idea was to move the dresser in the bedroom, into the office, and place the 2 IKEA Malm dressers on one of the larger walls in our office, pictured here with the keyboard, pre-move:
Office wall

We purchased 1 new, 4-drawer IKEA Malm dresser for the bedroom. So I have gained 1 drawer and Andrew has technically gained 3! Wall space in our bedroom is limited, so we figured if we can’t go out, go up! The 4-drawer IKEA Malm dresser was just the right height to fit right under our wall-mounted TV, so we didn’t have to move that at all (whew)! Here’s what the bedroom dresser setup looks like now:

IKEA Malm 4-Drawer Dresser

Is it me, or does the room somehow look bigger?? You probably can’t really tell from this picture, but for some reason, this dresser makes things feel a bit roomier. Maybe because it’s taller than the previous it’s drawing my eyes up, creating the illusion of more space? Or maybe I’m just lost in space, who knows…either way, I love it! My things are at a better level and, of course, I gained an extra drawer. Now I can stop over-stuffing drawers and lay my clothes neatly…at least until I go on another shopping spree.

As for the office, the new setup looks like this, ‘music nook’ and dressers on the inside wall, respectively:

Office music nook Office with IKEA Malm dressers

This I really love! We have definitely lost some floor space in this scenario, but this just makes more sense to me. I think this wall was meant to have these dressers spanning the greater part of it. In addition to gaining 3 more drawers in this room, we have also gained some more surfaces. I can’t wait to spice this space up with a little more decor. We’ve got some great plans for the surface of the dressers, as well as the wall space above them. As of right now, we’re thinking of definitely adding a table runner across the width of the dressers. Then maybe some new framed artwork and some other decorative finds. For the wall, we’re definitely thinking of finding a cheap/old mirror to gussy up and eventually hang above, maybe with some other accents around?? We’re not quite sure yet, but we’re pretty excited about this new take on the office.

Stick with us as we make more DIY and design decisions in our Fresh Nest! Andrew’s got a great post coming up about a project he tackled recently. In the meantime, follow me on Pinterest to see what’s inspiring me lately AND ‘Like’ us on Facebook to see some “behind the scenes” photos from our life.


Thinking Spring

I’m not complaining, because this winter has been super mild compared to our last two here in New Jersey, but I could use a little Spring right now. It’s actually been pretty warm and bright these past few weeks, but I think I’m missing the lack of color and the extended amount of daylight the most.

To continue our interior door project, Andrew spent this past Sunday afternoon getting the bi-fold doors hung (more to come on that very soon). We usually do all of our shopping together, but I didn’t want to tear him away from the door project and I was sort of idle so I headed out to the stores. When I’m left to my own devices I tend to get a little compulsive I guess, but I’ve been talking about this for awhile…bringing home some fresh flowers. It’s a simple thing, but not something we normally do. However, as I said, the lack of Spring around here had been really getting to me, so I picked up some lilac-colored “Spider Anastasia” while at the store.

Spider Anastasia

Spider AnastasiaIt felt Springy just to buy them and it’s brightening the mood, at least in the kitchen. I had no rhyme or reason with the choice of flower, but I do love the light lilac color and the price of $4.29 may have had something to do with it. 😉

Some other Spring things; we also went to check on the lighthouse at Sandy Hook when some of our friends visited this past weekend.

Sandy Hook lighthouse

You may recall our post about another visit to Sandy Hook from not to long ago. It was super warm out and the clear, bright day offered some great views of NYC.

Sandy Hook observation deck - view of NYCIt may be the “dead of winter” but it sure doesn’t have to feel like it. I guess my natural instincts are kicking in and I’m being tricked into thinking it’s Spring with all the mild weather we’ve been having. Let’s hope we can get away without any big snow storms this year! We’re almost there!

As I said, stay tuned for a post about our bi-fold door installation in our office. Look out for that sometime later this week and if you’re feeling the winter blues, Think Spring; buy some fresh flowers, light a Spring-scented candle, or just get out and try to see a little nature.