I have been able to squeeze in a few projects that take no longer than an hour to complete or install. I've been wanting to replace our blinds for a while. When we first moved in I bought some pull down blinds to fit each individual window pane for our bay windows (shown below.) They looked nice but became more of a chore to open and close 7 individual blinds everyday. I began to do my research for some new blinds, which ended up taking me over a year to make a decision ......
There are soooooo many options for window coverings.... I took my time as I didn't want to make a mistake again. I got sample after sample. I knew I wanted something easy to clean. Something light filtering. Something private, at least during the day. Something that blocked the hot sun. And something that fit my style. After researching and sampling, I finally put an order in and went with a couple of black solar shades.
I have loved black and white for 10 years now, and I don't see that changing for a another 10. So I was pretty sure about the color and liked that it was a bit bold! Modern is not my first choice in design, I have a classic/country, almost Ralph Lauren style. But I have felt the need to add some modern touches to keep the room fresh. I've seen solar shades in modern homes and at first I wasn't sure if it would fit mine. But like I said I did a lot of research and took time to evaluate our space. So with a little risk with a lot of confidence, I pleasantly found they added just the right amount of balance.....
One thing I love about these solar shades is you can see right out without opening them. And when the afternoon sun beats in I can close them, and still have a view with my room cool and darkened. Another thing is they are completely private during the day. Kinda reminds of an interrogation room. I put my face right to the window from the outside and couldn't see a thing in.
You can see in at night, so we pull the curtains for complete privacy.
Slowing down a little gave me some time to evaluate our projects, time, energy, and budget. One decision I have made was to give up upholstery. I had to put some project boundaries up and this one I must say I'm not going to miss. I can upholster but I don't love it. And I really don't love how much time it takes. I will allow myself to do easy projects, like kitchen chairs. But anything that takes weeks to accomplish is out!
"You can do anything but not everything", has been one of my favorite quotes lately.
So with that boundary is place I bought a new chair from Ikea for our living room. It's more modern and really comfortable. To keep it personal I put a cashmere throw on it and made a new throw pillow for it.
I'm sure we will be back to full board projects again, but I'm hoping this little break gives us just the wisdom we need to continue on!
Living and learning,