Tag Archives: curtain

Who would have thought?!

Typical me… right after I prettified Miss E’s bedroom, I decide now might be a good time to move her in with Master W. And when I decide something, it pretty much has to happen right away. So, this weekend it is, as long as all goes to plan. I have my fingers crossed the grandparents will be delighted to have Master W sleep over on Friday so we can ease Miss E into her new space without a disruptive big brother on the first night.

In preparation, I have put up a curtain in the kids’ room (see, I’m calling it the “kids’ room” – there’s no going back!) so they won’t be able to see each other from their beds. From tiny babies they have not slept if they can see anything going on around them.


There it is! It hangs an ugly few inches off the floor, but I’m turning a blind eye because of its temporary nature. As soon as the excitement (aka sleeplessness) over new rooming arrangements wanes it’s coming down.

Miss E’s cot will sit to the right… the beanbag will have to find a new home.


The curtain is a cheapo eyelet style from Spotlight. Cheapest I could find actually – $23.99, on sale now. I hung it on some basic curtain wire, from 3M Command hooks. I did say temporary didn’t I?!


It might be even more temporary than I planned – a few good tugs and the whole thing will probably come down. So far it’s lasted a couple of days with no attempts to swing off it – maybe there is less monkey in my kids than I sometimes think…

In case you spotted a couple of new additions to this bedroom in the photos above – here’s more:


One pom-pom garland strung around the window. I couldn’t just stop at the one I made for Miss E’s party.

And here’s the second piece of art we’ve hung on the walls:


It’s a cross stitch Mum did for my brother a “very” long time ago. I had a matching girl version but I don’t know what happened to it…

Kind of cute I thought! My first thought was to paint the frame, but I like how it links in with the manrobe on the other side of the room, so it’s staying as is.

Wish us luck for a peaceful weekend…!

An eye for detail

I’ve always had an eye for detail… comes with being a sensitive being and it’s like looking in a mirror sometimes to see that in my son. He doesn’t miss a thing!

One thing I’m super-keen to cross off the list is window furnishings… And hardware is just the start. Here’s a collection of inspiration images I’ve been squirrelling away (as much as you can squirrel away in the public realm of Pinterest).

Clockwise from top left:
– Romantic door knob style hold back by Urban Outfitters (no shipping to NZ sorry locals)
Industrial curtain rods from West Elm (alas these are far too impractical to ship far and wide but I have been scouting for bits and pieces to DIY… watch this space)
– Bright painted rods and decorative finials via Babble (an easy DIY unless you can’t manage a spray can)
– DIY your own industrial style rod and fittings as per BHG via Megan Brooke Handmade (such fittings don’t appear to be so easy to come by in NZ…?)
– Aww sweet! A wee bird to perch on high and keep an eye on things. This one from Land of Nod (I’m waiting for them to ship to NZ too!).

While noticing such detail does make the world a more interesting place, it can be hard when it comes to decision time. As you can see I am somewhat eclectic in my design tastes. I pretty much like everything!

At this stage I’m thinking pretty straightforward and planning to DIY a metal rod with basic brackets from Bunnings and spray paint the lot (I will be careful and not rush it!) in a dark pewterish finish. I could be easily tempted into spraying a different colour on the ones for the kids room though… not to mention the master bedroom.

Rods (ie. great lengths of raw steel) just may be getting picked up today (on Andre’s to do list) so there will no doubt be some time spent at Bunnings choosing brackets and then I’ll patiently get spraying this weekend. Let’s hope so!

What is your window hardware style? Simple and let the curtains speak up, or do you like the opportunity to add a little quirky flair in the details?