Actin’ Kinda Shady

You better believe that’s a Destiny’s Child reference, yes sir. We’ve been totally shady lately, but not the mysterious kind (although maybe we are a bit mysterious?). More like we don’t know what to do with shades in our office. I have this vision that we will have roman shades, bamboo, with some sheer curtains to soften things up a bit. So far, all we’ve got are the bamboo roman shades, but I must say; this is a big improvement:

Roman shades before and after

As you can see, before we had the cheap-o, white vinyl blinds. They got dirty, they look tacky and they just fell flat next to all the lovely white trim we recently painted. So we were on the hunt for some inexpensive bamboo shades and our search finally ended at our trusty old home improvement store, Lowes. These allen + roth faux bamboo shades have the natural look we were seeking. According to Lowes online they are made of paper, but it looks like bamboo so that’s all that matters. These were pretty cheap at $20 per shade and we only needed two so it worked out pretty well.

At the same time, we were hunting for some inexpensive sheers and they finally turned up at Big Lots. However, once we got down to hanging them, we realized how small our window space was. Basically, the window on the right is so close to the wall, it makes no sense to have curtains.

Home office window treatments

Thus, we go back to the drawing board. I definitely love the shades – I think they go really well with the soft blue/almost white paint (Valspar “Wave’s Crest”) and the almost navy/floral rug we have under the desk, in the center of the room. I think the space is really coming together, but I do think we need something else for the windows. We have one curtain rod hung, so we might as well see this through! Perhaps just a valence or swag curtains?? Or Andrew?

Andrew goofing off


Huh? What would you choose??

Stay with us to see what happens with this office decor project! Keep following us on Facebook and Pinterest as well to see what we’re up/what inspires us!

One of two things…or both?

So I recently went to an allergist. I’ve had seasonal allergies all my life, accompanied by a post-nasal drip that just never goes away. I had been seeing my doctor, trying to figure out what I can do to calm my symptoms and they finally sent me to a specialist.

It was a very interesting experience, to say the least. I was initially really nervous because I had seen a seemingly painful allergy test on TV where they lay you on your stomach and stick you with a ton of needles all at once. The skin test I had was so easy and actually kind of enjoyable! I got to see exactly what I’m allergic to. Check it out…


Needless to say, I’m highly allergic to numbers 1 – 18, which included all the outdoor stuff; grass, flowers, trees, etc. Number 17 was Bermuda Grass and the reaction from that test spread all the way up my arm! Looks like my lifelong streak of no grass-cutting will continue!

Here’s the rest of the test…

AllergiesNumbers 19 – 35 included indoor stuff; mold, mildew, dust, etc. 26 and 27 are dust mites. Who isn’t allergic to dust, really?

My major takeaway from this is I need to find an allergy treatment that works for me and just stick to it. My secondary, house-related takeaway requires one of two things…either I stop doing yard work all together or we get hardwood floors! Or maybe…BOTH?!

Truthfully, I won’t stop doing yard work. I was just out Sunday night hacking up the earth trying to rid the ground of pesky dead(ish) ivy vines. It was a HUGE stress relief. Yard work is good like that. There’s a method to the madness and you are allowed to be actually mad about the work! It’s fabulous. I actually enjoy picking up sticks because it’s a really great workout! Have you ever done full on squats for an hour straight? Go pick up sticks in your yard and you’ll feel the burn!

To the hardwood floors comment; it’s definitely on the top of our “to-do” list. When Andrew ripped up a good chunk of our living room carpet to install our makeshift landing, we revealed some pretty decent looking hardwood. After speaking to some of the adults in our lives, we’ve come to the conclusion that having the floors re-done may actually be within reach – like this year or early next year reach!

Long story short, not much has changed having been officially diagnosed with tons of allergies to trees and such. The best part about it is that it will spark the motivation we need to prioritize projects. Maybe hardwood floors will be next!