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Take Your Rooms from Meh to Marvelous with New Curtains

by Jennifer Wieland
Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse
Thank you to Eclipse™ for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

I have been slowly working my way through rooms in my house. Trying to update them from when we bought the house over fifteen years ago and I had no idea about decorating a house to my now favorite, mid-century modern style. My dining room in particular has been an eyesore made even worse by the fat that it’s the room you walk into when you walk in the front door. They have really made a huge difference in taking my stuck in a rut, meh, 90’s flashback dining room into something more modern and fitting with the look I’m ultimately going for in my home. 

 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Trying to Escape the 90’s

A few years ago I was on a kick, trying to brighten up the look of my house. I knew even then that something as simple as changing out your window coverings could do the trick, and boy, did I need something to do the trick! My dining room has one longer, regular width window and the other wall is almost entirely window. When we bought the house originally, it had come with vertical blinds on both of the windows. After years of use and probably too much abuse from kids they were rather haggard looking. They were also a dull, drab oatmeal color. (I know you are totally envisioning the utter dullness this look gave my dining room.) Pair that with your classes 90’s oak table and chairs and you get the idea, everything just sort of blended into each other. 

How did I cure this oatmeal and oak monstrosity you ask? Oh, I slapped up some yellow curtains. If I want to be precise they were citrine. The color looked beautiful in the package. I put them up one night and I liked them! The next morning? Ugh, not so much! You see, when you have giant windows, whitish walls and golden oak furniture and you put up thinner, yellow curtains it gave everything a yellow tint. I’m not a blackout curtains type of gal. I like to see some light but these were too much. I also was not happy that I could see all of the wood separating the panes in the large window. It cast weird shadows that just did even less for my dining room. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Ding, Ding, We Have a Winner and It’s Blackout Curtains

I recently replaced my dining room chairs after two of my old ones bit the dust. I went with a classic church chair in charcoal grey. I still have my table but stay tuned because I am going to be building my very own dining room table soon. I’ve already ordered the hairpin legs for a total mid-century modern look. In the meantime I’m hiding the 90’s monstrosity with a table-cloth so it doesn’t detract from my gorgeous new curtains! 

I wanted curtains that had some pattern or details to them instead of just a solid color. I also wanted to get a longer curtain. I had 84″ panels up already but I had read that panels that drape the floor give a more dramatic look and I am nothing if not dramatic. I also wanted some teal, turquoise or grey in them. I spent days searching, trying to find the absolutely perfect Eclipse™ curtains. I was down to two styles. I liked both of them but there was just something missing. Then I hit the jackpot! I tried a few more sites online and came across some Eclipse Curtains that I knew were IT! The Benchley Thermaweave Blackout Curtain Panels from Eclipse™ were perfection!

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Once the arrived I knew I had made the right choice just looking at them in the packages. I was still hesitant though because i had thought that before only to have my bubble burst. I wanted to put them up right away but then the kids got sick (Thank you back-to-school cooties!) and then I’ve been battling not one, not two but three medical problems since the beginning of October. (Getting old really stinks sometimes!) A few days ago was the first time I could really move around for more than brief snippets of time, wasn’t at a doctor’s appointment or having tests run. I jumped at the chance to finally get these Eclipse™ curtains up. After everything that’s been going on I needed something to put a smile on my face. 

The New Eclipse™ Curtains Wowed My Crowd

I put the new Eclipse™ curtains up a few days ago and when I did I stood back and looked and smiled like an idiot. They make such a huge difference in the look of my dining room and what you see when you walk in through my front door. Even better, that giant wall of window which is an old, drafty original to the house is now less drafty! 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

As each of the kids and the husband came home that day I heard nothing but exclamations of, “Wow! along with how great the room looked and what a huge difference it made. These beautiful Benchley Eclipse™ curtains have made such a huge difference in the look of my dining room. They have also made an area of my house plagued with drafty, old windows warmer than it was before. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

If you’d like to learn more about Eclipse™ products visit their website. There you’ll be able to learn about the different types of curtains, learn how to measure and find retailers. If you want inspiration to turn your rooms from meh to marvelous then be sure to follow Eclipse™ on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram

 

 

 


Small Kitchen Storage Blogger Picks on Wayfair

by Jennifer Wieland
Small Kitchen Storage Blogger Picks on Wayfair.com
I am a Wayfair.com Homemaker but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

My kitchen is tiny! It’s small and pretty narrow with a bizarre layout. (Hello! Who puts the refrigerator, stove and sink all next to each other?) I have very little prep room and for a family of my size I definitely don’t come close to having nearly enough cabinet storage. I dream of kitchen storage. Fantasize about a walk in pantry to hold all the foodstuffs and gadgets I desire. Most of all I wonder what it would be like to have a clear and clutter free counter top. That’s what makes teaming up with Wayfair.com such an exciting treat for me! Wayfair.com has allowed me to select what I think are the best small kitchen storage blogger picks on Wayfair!

Take a look at my blogger picks and see why they are on my must have list for any small kitchen to free up space, create new space and learn why going vertical is the key. 

 

Small Kitchen Storage Blogger Picks on Wayfair.com

Kitchen Cart with Natural Rubberwood Top

Kitchen Cart with Natural Rubberwood Top

A kitchen island cart with a natural rubberwood top provides a great work space for prepping food but the wheeled cart and shelves make it easy to tuck away when not in use and provide additional storage for kitchen items.

Americana Kitchen Pantry

Americana Kitchen Pantry

No grand closet like space to store cans, boxes and kitchen linens? No problem, just add this beautiful kitchen pantry to help keep clutter off of the counters.

Multipurpose Wall Storage

Multipurpose Wall Storage

Free up the classic kitchen eyesore, the junk drawer and give yourself back a drawer to use for actual kitchen items. This wall mounted unit will make a great home for pens and pencils, tape, batteries, scissors, mail and takeout menus while keeping it all pretty.

Wall Mouned Pot Rack with Grid

Wall Mouned Pot Rack with Grid

Pot racks add a touch of old world-class to a kitchen but low ceilings and small rooms may not work well for them. This wall mount option works to correct that. Free up cabinet space by storing pots, pans and lids while using the shelf for your cookbooks.

Pegboard Panel

Pegboard Panel

Turn your kitchen ware into art while giving it a home. You can hang up anything from pots to mugs.

6 Bottle Wall Mounted Wine Rack

6 Bottle Wall Mounted Wine Rack

Wine connoisseurs whose collection is limited due to finances and space will find this wine rack perfect! You can store your wine bottles, wine glasses and the shelf at the top gives you additional room to store other items like spices or knickknacks.

Corner Radial Wall Shelf

Corner Radial Wall Shelf

Corners are often forgot about spaces. Utilize them with these pretty shelves and claim the unused space for your pretty pitchers and vases.

Obar Kitchen Multi Storage System

Obar Kitchen Multi Storage System

Everyone has a paper towel holder in their kitchens but most take up valuable real estate on the counter. Leave the counter alone and get this wall mounted unit that is sleek and also stores your plastic wrap and aluminum foil to free up additional drawer or cabinet space for you.

 

 

 


Free Holiday Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
Merry & Bright Printable

FTC Disclosure

As I’ve already stated, I am on a mission to decorate a ton this holiday season but to do it on a budget. I think this project is the most budget friendly one I have done and it is cute, quick and easy. All of those are things I love. Plus the little monsters here have a harder time reaching things hanging on the walls. Of course, knowing them though they will climb something or throw something to hit it.

A quick and easy way to add some seasonal decor to your home is by framing a printable or two and using them on the wall, mantles, tablescapes, etc. These add a nice touch and are inexpensive. You can get frames at the dollar store to frame the prints in. You can create your own holiday printables or find loads of them online. Pinterest is a great source for them. Today I will even share my free holiday printable for this holiday season.

I wanted to keep the saying simple but something that would work across the holiday board. I think the one I picked works well for any home and the colors I went with were not the standard red and green for just this reason. I picked red, blue, silver and white so that it would be winter holiday neutral.

Merry & Bright Printable

You can download and print your own Merry & Bright Printable below by clicking on the link. Remember, if you do not have a color printer you can easily have it printed at an office supply store. That is what I did and it cost me some change. So for under $2 total I now have a holiday piece that can grace one of my walls.

Merry & Bright Printable

 



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