Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hap(py)hazard Home

In the book A House to a Home by Jemima Mills (can a name be any cuter?!?!?), the rooms are so how I live. Yes, there's a side of me that might want something different in terms of the landscape of Chateau Gahan, but the bottom line is that I'm a busy working mom, with a big dog, lots of projects going on, loving to bake, a constant influx of thrift finds invading the sweet innards of this place we call home, not enough time to clean and pick up the way that I would want, the list goes on and on. The rooms in this book validate that it's OK that I live like I do. This is one of the books that I love most because the rooms are cozy and lived-in, filled with family and love. There are injections of color that probably don't follow textbook decorating rules. And furniture placement probably goes against everything preached in interior design classrooms. And these people live with the occasional dust bunny that they, like me, look at every day and don't have the energy or desire to rid of.

It's what inspired me to make the kitchen curtains in the ken out of lavender gingham. It fits the decor I like to call "hap(py)hazard home." It's random and it makes me happy (and it was easy, except for the part about getting the sewing machine set up). I used muslin for the white cafe curtains and strung them up using eye hooks and a white-plastic-covered wire. The gingham curtains are up in a similar fashion except I used metal wire.

Call me kooky. But my house is a home.


Brenda said...

My home is filled with things I love. Nothing is expensive. I find a place for my finds, disregard decorating "rules" and throw caution to the wind! My home is filled with color, whimsy and is me. What more could one ask for? Everyone has dust bunnies and a few cobwebs. It's called home instead of "showroom" for a reason.

Denise said...

I totally agree! I have more stuff to do than hours in the day to do them. I always have good intentions, but don't always follow through!

The curtains are perfect.


Songbirdtiff said...

Your home is very sweet, indeed. There's no right or wrong way to decorate. My first priority is to make a home, however it turns out. :)

Kb_Mal said...

You've been a busy poster this weekend, Dawn! All your new finds/projects are great! Teach me how to make beautiful curtains!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I think the most important thing is to have your house filled with the things you like, and not something a design book says you should like. Your home looks loving and cozy. Jackie

Honey said...

I think they are fantastic!!! :)

Lisa said...

I love your home! The curtains are awesome.

Gretchen said...

I love your new curtains in your "ken". I have red & white gingham curtains I made in my kitchen window. They just make me smile and feel happy when I see them. I think yours will too.


Sarah said...

OMG. I love the old spice can with a succulent planted in it!
Vintage Lily

aimee said...

i love how the light makes the curtains look. i also love your little plant! so cute how you have it growing in that spice tin!

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