Sunday, April 22, 2007

What Was I Thinking??


Obviously, I wasn't. A year or so ago, I went to an Holiday open house. Of course I came home with all sorts of ideas I wouldn't "normally" do. Must have been the Holidays or something. The next time I want to do something non-traditional, please just sit me down and have a chat with me.

I have never been "into" window treatments and have always preferred just basic blinds with a valance or cornice. I like a little lace on some windows to soften the blinds; but other than that, I don't do much else. Now I remember why. It gets OLD!

Please note the eyelash and bead embellishments I added to my lace blinds in my family room after returning home from that above-mentioned Holiday open house. Of course, the hub was out of town and there was no one here to say "Whoa girl!" And, having never embellished blinds before, I went for the heavy-duty permanent glue. Wonderful. I loved it. I even "antiqued" the cornice a little. I was so very proud of my accomplishment--for about, say, six months. Then, dun dun dun, you know--out of date. These eyelashes and beads have been bugging me for the past year. Today, I did something about it. It was no less an operation, I tell you. (Folks, never--I repeat, NEVER!--use permanent anything when it comes to decorating. You WILL eventually change your mind on the look no matter how much you love it at first, trust me.)



I first began tugging the stuff off these gorgeous linen blinds that I had purchased from a now-defunct catalog (Rue de France). Then I thought I better not pull too hard and ruin the linen. I sat and thought and thought. I didn't want to put any chemicals on the fabric so I thought perhaps heating the glue would soften it enough to pull the two layers off (yes, I did the beaded seam first then the eyelash seam on top). It worked, pretty much. I still had to exacto knife some and use tweezers to pull the tough little buggers off, all with the precision of a brain surgeon. It worked pretty well. Although you can notice (well, me, I can notice) where it was, I doubt most won't see a thing. I have tried to cover it up with the little cornice that came with the wood Venetian blinds. I also moved the white cornices over here and put the faux ones on the other two doors. It works.

I like it. I like that clean look, again. I think after returning from Riverside and looking around my house, it seems a tad "cluttered" to say the least. I think this week, I'm going to try and de-clutter my family room. It's looking overdone to me. Every time I see some tchotchke I must have, it normally ends up in the family room. I think the bookshelves are a little overrun with "stuff." (hehe, Please don't notice the Wisemen still out!)


This is my chore this week. Spread the wealth to other places. I am very reluctant to take any of my prized possessions to Riverside, Lord forbid there is ever a hurricane that demolishes it; but I think I have room to move some of this stuff to other places in the house--can any one say "box it and put it away?"


The hub is out back barbecuing for the first time this year! Yea. He is making grilled chicken. I can smell it and my tummy is just growling! Yum!!

7 comments:

Susie said...

Taking off all the trim looks like a job and a half!!
Bet you're glad that's done!!!
It looks a little more like BBQ weather there than here. We've got sun, but lots of clouds and wind. Homemade chicken pot pie for us!!
xo

Beth said...

You crack me up Girlfriend. I have dones things like that before, and then, a few months later, I am like "why did I do that" I bet it was tedious work pulling that eyelash stuff out. I have been de-cluttering for the past year, except in the Art room,,total clutter there. We worked out in the yard all week-end. Can you believe the difference a week made in the weather. Hugs to you Rosie,,,I will write you bout lunch this week.

cityfarmer said...

I adore how you captured the smoke from the grill...and your family room looks darn cozy

Janet said...

I did that with some lampshades! But I just threw them out and got new ones. I think the blinds would have been a different story though. They're beautiful! And I love your family room.

We had chicken too but not on the grill....it's been chilly and drizzly all day.

The Woman said...

You must have the patience of a saint! Definitely more patience than me! LOL

I don't like clutter either. I try to keep things plain and simple.

I can smell the bbq from here! Was the chicken tasty? MMM

Vallen said...

You are a role model. I would have just stopped looking at the shades and cried now and again.

"Early Bird" said...

Wow...I can smell that chicken...let's cut it up in strips and make some frajita's!!

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