Wow! I forgot how great it feels to finish a project in my house! Part of the reason I got into for real decorating is because I constantly tweaked things in my own home and I loved doing it. As life has picked up speed those little projects keep getting pushed further and further back. So I challenged myself last week to accomplish a quick project in my den this weekend and the self-imposed pressure actually worked. I wanted to find some art to fill a couple of walls in our den because I was sick of looking at the blank space. I also wanted to do this fairly inexpensively which means it had to be a DIY version or something equally as cheap. Luckily I am an accessories hoarder, I am constantly buying random frames, vases, boxes, candles, and lots of other stuff so I basically just went shopping in my house.
I wanted something balanced over each chair to fill all that blank boring wall.
Ideally I would like to paint but that will have to wait until I choose a rug.
I had some faux boxwood letters that I picked up at Hobby Lobby the other day that
I thought would be fun in this space.
Then I just raided other parts of the room and my house for the other side.
I came up with these two frames which had just been awkwardly hanging by my front door anyways.
I think it gives the room nice symmetry.
I also decided to make a quick change to my curtains that I have been meaning to do forever.
We have had some deep teal velvet curtains up since we moved in and for whatever reason they have been pulled back with hooks which I hate! It looks old-fashinoned to me.
I grabbed some ring clips and hung them with those. I also took down the pull-backs and let them hang straight down. It was two quick and easy fixes that really changed the look of the windows.
Eventually I may move the rod up and add some type of trim to the panels but again that will depend on the colors I choose in our rug.
I need to get on that rug, huh?!
Using ring-clips allows me to squish the curtains to the sides further than when they were bunched up on the rod so I am not losing any light.
So I accomplished a quick fix to my den which is motivating me to do even more of the little projects on my list. Especially since this one cost me next to nothing. The letters were $16 total, the ring clips were $5, and I already owned everything else. You probably have all kinds of things in your house that you could rearrange to other rooms to create a fresh new look without spending a dime. Or maybe you could change the style of your curtains by switching to ring-clips or simply pulling the curtains from the pull backs and letting them hang straight down. Or my favorite easy change is to move your curtain rod up to just below the ceiling to create extra height in your room. Just make sure that the curtains don’t get too short; they should skim the floor with no more than an inch between the floor and panel.