Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Softening up a Corner

I can't believe it is 2012 already!  
I hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Years.
I want to thank everyone for their supportive comments on my last post.  I know we all go through this and it is just so wonderful to know that we are not alone.  The biggest struggle for me is to not give in to my fears and I know that I will take a few steps backwards, but as long as I am making up that ground and then some, I will be good to go. :)
Also thank you so much for the wishes and prayers for my hubby's surgery this week, he was touched by all your kindness and caring.

 As we are waiting for our first snow storm here in Michigan, which is very odd and made for a long break with the kids not being able to go sledding or make a snowman or snowball fights, I wanted to cozy up a little corner in my family room so I went to good 'ole Walmart and picked up four, $4.00 sheer panels and a double rod to hang them on.  I think I paid 25 bucks for everything.

Here is what my little corner looked like before.

I loved the opened window but it just needed something.
Growing up I can remember my Grammy's windows and the way that she hung her curtains.  They were always soft and so pretty as they draped to frame the window but still let lots of light in.

So I thought that that is how I would do this window.

It covers the window enough to make it cozy yet I can still see out and light can still come in.

I then used twine as a tie back and

attached some very special shells, thank you Sandra. :)

 It gives me the beachy/airy/cozy look that I was looking for. 
Can something be airy and cozy at the same time?  Hhmmmmm.  ;)



Shabby soul said...

It's all much more soft and complete now. I like your corner!
Happy new year

Anonymous said...

Your little corner is lovely - it is so cozy and beachy too, well done Michelle!

gpc said...

How pretty! It is no small task to make things look both warm and beachy, especially during the dreary Michigan winters!

NanaDiana said...

It looks really, really nice, Michelle. I do think it is airy and cozy looking at the same time.

Do you know that storm bypassed us completely again? We have just a trace of snow on the ground here. A very weird winter so far- xo Diana

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Michelle. I am loving the effect...its always the simplest of touch that brings about a major difference.

Good to see you in all your creative spirits. I would so love that shell thing you hung. Did you make it? If you have, is there a tutorial?

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Happy New Year again-love your corner it is very airy! We have spring like temps here, too. Very weird.

Between You and Me said...

love your new panels...they look great!

they really soften up that corner!

Vicki said...

It looks great! I love it with the curtain. It makes it so cozy.

Hartwood Roses said...

Ya gotta love Wally-world for curtains and rods! That's where we got the sheer panels and cafe rods to decorate our pavilion for our daughter's wedding last summer. A lot of impact for not a lot of money!

I know what you mean about loving bare windows ... something about bare windows in winter just SEEMS bare, tho. A quick sheer panel provides a bit of cozy, and your light is still there. Love the shells!

designchic said...

I just love it...makes such a difference. I always say that curtains are like the jewelry of the room and yours are beautiful, and what a deal!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i LOVE the twine tying it back! so soft and pretty!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

I love it too! But I'm noticing that shutter divider- what is hanging from that? Yummm - and how did you attach the shells to the twine? It's always those little details that make me unsure how to proceed w/ a project.

A Vintage Vine said...

Love the corner, hope Hubby is doing good! Enjoy the snow, I am wishing for some here too!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

That looks perfect! How pretty. Ok, you have to tell me what that long thing is thats hanging from the screen/folding door?

Anonymous said...

I think you just invented "airy and cozy" at the same time, Michelle! Looks so pretty ~ I have some sheers hanging in our bedroom that I'm no totally crazy about so I just may have to try your idea!

Red Gate Farm said...

Very pretty! Nothing like plain, white, gauzy curtains! It took me forever to find just the right ones that can billow in a spring breeze... since you're expecting snow I hope yours won't be doing any billowing!

Happy New Year,

High Street Cottage said...

Michelle, that looks lovely. I have wispy sheers in my guest room and have always loved the fact that there is some privacy but you can still view outside. I loved how you draped them from side to side, and the entire spot is so cozy. The table is gorgeous too:)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The curtains are so perfect! I wonder if they would work in my bathroom. I have wide wooden blinds...white and have been looking for something to complete the window! I love these! Happy New year! ♥

Robin said...

Your new curtains really finished off the corner. I love the way you've hung them and stayed true to your style with the twine and shell tiebacks. Lovely idea btw.

Pamela said...

Looks so tranquil and beautiful! Happy New Year!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I think it looks cozy. Bare before...cozy now.

In the summer time...I think it would still look nice, instead of bare or cozy, we could call it breezy- {smile}

either way...pretty!

Tanya said...

It looks beautiful! The curtains complete the look. Exactly what our living room needs...new curtains :) Beautiful as always.

Kristin said...

It's just the right touch of soft and pretty! Love it!!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

It looks perfect! What a good idea to use the double rod! I love your cozy little nook :)

Claudia said...


Your corner looks so pretty. It looks so soft and cozy.
Thank you for sharing.
Happy New Year!

Heaven's Walk said...

Gorgeous, sis! Here in MI, windows need a little softness, a little more of a warm feeling, to cozy up a home. You have perfected the look! :) I've been spending a lot of time visiting some Swedeish blogs lately (which I'm LUVING), and your sweet corner looks like something right out of one of their homes! ♥

xoxo laurie

Tricia said...

Ohhh, I think those curtains are the perfect touch. It does seem cozy, yet airy all at the same time.

We've barely had any snow here either, and let me tell you, after the horror of last winter I'm loving it. A brown winter suits me better than a white one :)

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

It is lovely, Michelle. The curtain tie back is perfect!

beachcomber said...

so beautiful michelle!!!

Amy Kinser said...

Hey girl. You know that you just seem to have an effortless touch, don't you? Everything you do looks just wonderful.

Tell me how you have those curtains hanging. They look overlapped or something at the top.

Also, I love that lamp behind the chair.

Amazing...as usual.

Hope your husband is doing great! Keep on keeping on, my friend.

PS...I noticed that you have some etsy shops listed on your sidebar. May I ask if you charge people to put those there or do you just do a few of your favorites?

michele said...

...it can when it is dreamed up by YOU. that's exactly what you achieved--brilliant!


Finding Home said...

So lovely my friend, as always!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

so soft and lovely.

Debra from Bungalow said...

Love your corner, I mean I really do love it. It's so soft and serene. A perfect spot to curl up and watch the snow fall.

Come on over and enter the giveaway for a great cleaning product that I love.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YES!!!!!! THIS IS IT! I did the same thing in my living room and OH, the feeling in there is hard to leave!!!! EXCELLENT JOB DEAR MICHELE! Anita

koralee said...

So beautiful...love it....you do have the magical touch dear one...hugs for a blessed New Year. xoxoxo

Jenni said...

I love how you hung the curtains, Michelle! So whimsical and dream like, I think. :) And that is so unique and clever to add twine and seashells! I will have to remember that, because it is beautiful! {And I do think things can be cozy and airy at the same time, definitely!}

I hope you had a good Tuesday, and that you have a restful night, too! :)


Anonymous said...

Are you on Twitter Michelle?

Privet and Holly said...

I always swing
between the open
window look and
the softening and
coziness of drapes.
I think you hit the
right note, Michele!

Sending you hugs
for a joy-FULL, healthy
and Happy New Year!

xx Suzanne

Pam said...

Oh how pretty. This is how my mom did our bedroom windows when I was little. So fresh. I am really enjoying your blog and so glad to have found it!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Very pretty! Looks so breezy! I missed your last post but glanced back over it. I related to a lot of it. We all go through seasons. One season gets us ready for the next. Hope your new year is full of new blessings!

René said...

Happy New Year to you Michelle! I hope you had a nice time with your family over the break. Loving that you used twine to hold those sheers back.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi lovely girlie,

It looks BEAUTIFUL!! A friend of mine had curtains like that in her bathroom and I always envied them!! Now I can envy yours too - yay me!! ;-)

Happy New Year!!


Val said...

You have a magical decorating touch!

Deborah said...

Oh my sweetheart, it is so
l o v e l y!!!
What a beauty it adds to your "already gorgeous" corner.
I love how you draped it..it looks so elegant!
I love the twine and special shells you added too!
Your posts always make me smile :)
Love you so!

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxoxooxoxoxooxox

A Cottage Muse said...

That is the perfect touch for your cozy corner Michelle!

No snow here yet either...not since October!

Sylvia said...

Your corner is adorable , stylish and delicate . I love the soft touch of the curtains .
Thank you a million times for you warm , kind words . I appreciate your friendship .
Sending love your way

Kelle Dame said...

Just go-jus Michelle! It's such a cozy corner! Happy New Year to you too!

blessedmom's simple home said...

Your curtains look beautiful, now I want to get over to Walmart :)
I'll be praying for your hubby and his recovery. I hope his surgery went well.

Kellie Collis said...

What a lovely touch! The twines are also pretty! Enjoy the fabulous day, Kellie xx

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a soft and cozy corner...now go and enjoy it:)


Rayanne said...

Happy new year!!!
This is so fresh and lovely, I really like that shelf.
Thanks for the visit sweet friend!

Anne said...

Absolutely perfect, Michelle!

The Single Nester said...

Really love the window treatment and hope that all is well on the home front.

Calypso In The Country said...

What a fabulous way to soften the corner! It looks beautful. I am drawn to anything that has a beachy vibe! Hope all is well with your husband! Don't send that snow this way!

Michelle said...

Hi Michelle; Gosh, I read your post about the sheers and you sound like me. I did that in my living room a couple of years ago (put sheers up just to have something light and airy up there). I LOVE your tie backs with the twine and sea shells - just perfect. Then I read your post before that about your inner struggles and that along with your music geeez, you actually made me CRY... right before my youngest got off the bus! That hasn't happened in so long. I think we all have these struggles. I feel like time is flying by lately, like the world is spinning too fast and I need to slow it down somehow so that I can catch up! You're a wonderful person, I hope you feel contentment soon. I also hope your husband's surgery went well and that he is recovering fast. Let us know how that goes okay? Take care and thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting (I seem to have lost my 'following' by not posting so much anymore!). Take care of yourself dear friend,
New England Style

ReFresh ReStyle said...

It is perfect! Love the beachy, breezy, cozy look. Hope all is well!

Laura said...

Such lovely and important details....
Happy 2012 dearest.

Brandi said...

Happy New Year, my friend! Glad things are going well for you and your family. My son has been hoping for a little snow this winter, but I doubt we'll get any. I love the way you hung you curtains and still allowing all that light to shine through.

Desire Empire said...

Pretty pretty. Love your tie backs.

Jessie Saxton said...

These pictures make me wish for summer so badly! I know it has been a VERY mild winter thus far...but nothing compares to summer (sigh). Beautiful home, Michelle:)


Green Willow Pond said...

Mmmmm...your curtains look so soft and dreamy! I love how they softened up that corner and the light coming in just glows.

I bought some sheers on Amazon before Christmas and still haven't hung them. I need new rods and just haven't gotten around to shopping for them. Yours look so pretty, I'm inspired to get mine up.

Have a lovely day sweet friend. {{hugs}}


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