A Little Fix in the Sunroom, Plus a Sneak Peek

Sunday, September 23, 2012

P.S. The pictures in this post are super grainy and terrible. It's been gloomy and rainy all day so it's technically not my fault. Oh, you forgive me? You're sweet. Let's be friends.
P.S.S. My blog header is under construction because it's sudden fuzziness was driving me crazy. Alex says he will help me fix it but I can't bother him right now because he's in the kitchen making me supper and if my wish comes true he might be making my all-time favourite sweet potato fries with chipotle dip. (He won't let me in the kitchen because he likes when his suppers are a surprise.)
P.S.S.S. I am still working on those questions and answers but my self-diagnosed ADD has dictated that I post about the sunroom today instead.
So, the sunroom. Awhile back I bit the bullet and ordered five tie-up shades from Pottery Barn to add some softness to the vertical blinds that we already had in there for privacy. I am still absolutely smitten with those tie-up shades and SO glad that I splurged to get them.
{Note: I had a reader email me and ask where I got the tie-up shades since they are not on the Pottery Barn website. So sorry I didn't reply directly but the email was lost somewhere in my inbox. :S As far as I know, the Pottery Barn shades are no longer available. Although when I was stalking them a few years ago, they disappeared off of the site and then became available again later on. So, you never know!}
Back to the shades. The extra rolled up fabric used to be straight, however over time started to sag like so:
One day when Alex was taking for-e-v-e-r in the plumbing aisle at Home Depot (snore), I spied some wooden dowels as I was wandering around aimlessly. I bought five of them, took them home, and...... let them sit in the basement for months.
Until today!
I measured my tie-up shades and marked each dowel a 1/2 inch shorter. Alex cut them with his some-kind-of-saw and I re-rolled the shades with the dowels inside.
Ahhhhh, much better. I know this isn't a huge project or anything, but it always feels great to cross a little something off of the list.
Now, here's for the fun sneak peek. In the summer, Alex, Coop, and I went on a little road trip and I hinted that I bought something AWESOME while I was in cottage country.
I ended up buying some..... antique corbels!
I thought they would add some interest to the doorway that leads from the living room into the sunroom.
Today I took a picture to see how it would look. Yes, I had to be in the picture to hold the thing up. No, I did not brush my hair. Nor did I put on any makeup. Sunday laziness at it's best folks.
Anyway, here is the plain doorway:
And here is the doorway with some awesomeness:
I still have to give the corbels a good cleaning. I am debating whether or not I want to give them a spray with some sealer or not. Then we will have to figure out the best way to hang them up. I'm excited.


  1. I have those curtains too in my kitchen. Mine sag also, I'm going to try this...great idea! Oh, I love the instagram picture of Coop!

  2. Fancy! I've been trying to figure out a way to fake this look for awhile now, but I have to admit, the real antiques might just be worth it. Can't wait to see them all hung up!

  3. Funny thing is I got the same curtains, but the tie ups were not sewn on. I use them as they are though. I got them on sale, so that must be why. Defective.
    Love the chippy wood corbels. I think they will look great in the doorway.

  4. Lovely corbels, Cooper is so cute and getting so big.

  5. Those corbels are fantastic!! They are going to look amazing hanging up in the doorway. Something Sarah Richardson would do, and I would never think of myself. You go, girl!!

  6. Mmm. LOVE the Corbels!!!! I want some! :) Forgive me if you see them at my house soon! I'm really not copying you!

  7. love the idea of the corbels there! and you look so tiny post baby!

  8. You were a genius concerning those curtains! Great idea! And those corbels are going to add so much charm and personality to your sweet home! :)

    xoxo laurie

  9. Ahem... WHEN do we get to see that new jute rug in action???? Dying over here! Shades look great, corbels awesome, but I want jute, jute, jute goodness!!!! (And like how things normally go with me, I bet you did show us a peek of your living room with said rug and I missed it... and am now making a complete fool of myself.) So glad I started following your blog! And a bit jealous of your surprise-cooking husband. Mine would say, "Surprise! I boiled water!" haha

  10. I love the idea of corbels but in my opinion the ones you chose are too big for where you want to put them. I guess I need to see the finished project, I could be totally wrong.

  11. It's looking really good :) Please show us more pictures soon!!!

  12. love the corbels, leave them the way they are! They look perfect that way and I never thought of getting those but that is what our doorway is needing! can't wait to see what you do

  13. Just a thought...if you are planning on leaving the corbels how they are, I would pick up one of those lead-testing kits at Home Depot or Lowe's to check if there is any lead in the paint. My only concern would be any chipping/flaking of the paint if there is any lead paint remnants on them—in that case I would definitely spray them with several coats of some kind of sealer, just in case!

  14. Those are going to be gorgeous!


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