San Diego Magazine: Office Organization

I recently put together a trends piece for the March issue of San Diego Magazine that offers tips for designing & organizing your home office (spring cleaning time is almost here!). I also included a collage of inspiring office additions – many of the pieces which represent a ‘dream’ office space in our office/guestroom remodel – that pull together a very gender-neutral (but pretty!) organized office space.

Here’s the inspiration board I created:

And just for fun, here’s the published spread (find the online issue – as well as the eight organization/decorating tips & tricks – here on pages 82 & 83):

I also wrote an article on a beautiful “ultra modern” home here in San Diego by famed local architect Jonathan Segal:

A fun read if you love contemporary design and architecture!

Now if I can only find that beautiful wood desk from Layla & Grayce at about an eighth of the price… it’s stunning :) and would make an excellent addition to the new office. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

You can find the February San Diego Magazine edition on masculine and feminine bedroom inspiration boards here.

Project Nursery: Sewing the Curtains, Part 3

The curtains are up!

– UPDATE – (Thanks to all of your lovely responses about how low the curtain rods in the images from earlier today were hung – I absolutely agree, how did I miss that? and prefer rods hanging higher as in this bedroom makeover – and have moved the rods several inches north! If you’re reading this post for the first time you don’t have to see the low hanging curtain version ;) )

There’s just one final step in finishing my mammoth-of-a-project lined drapes, and that’s hemming these babies (here’s links to Part 1 and Part 2). To get a more accurate read on where these drapes hit the ground (so I can hem just above that mark) I’ve added the curtain rings ($4.99 a set at Target) to the tops of the panels and am letting them sit in this position over the weekend to let the heaviness of the fabric stretch out.

After that they’ll get another set of pressing (don’t worry, those wrinkles will go away and the folds will be a bit more defined) and a final trip to the sewing machine. Woohoo!

Go ahead and ignore that broken light sconce hanging out of the wall below. That’s a few items down on the list!

Just in case the curtains are showing up a bit orange on your screen, here’s how they’ll look when matched with the crib bedding that’s in the works.

The actual color of the curtains is above on the right, the new bumpers will  be the stripes in the middle, and the skirt will be out of the fabric on the left. All found here at Thibaut!

Now one more question – to valence or not to valence?

Does it add a little something special? Or too much? My photoshop version isn’t great, but it’s a rough idea of what it might look like to include a valence. The jury is still out on this one.

Almost there. Hopefully the awkward lighting in this post will make the big reveal later that much sweeter. Fingers crossed.

If you’re catching up on Project Nursery, here’s a link to the sewing the curtains part 1, part 2, nursery fabric board, curtain fabric selection, rocking horse find, new pendant light, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.

Project Nursery: Sewing the Curtains, Part 2

Back to the sewing machine we go to finish off the curtains for the new nursery! Check out Part 1 here for an intro to the project and the first steps in sewing lined drapery panels.

Just before the weekend we left off at Step 6, where the lining is initially pinned to the top hem of the drapery fabric in preparation for sewing the two panels together.

I followed Janell’s tutorial carefully (I’m quite the sewing novice) and if you’re searching for in-depth directions on how to accomplish lining curtains, I recommend hopping on over to check it out.

Step 7: Sew along the newly pinned top hem of the drapes and flip fabric over. Press newly connected fabric + lining.

Step 8: The process of sewing the lining to the sides of the curtain fabric is a bit tricky. In fact it took me quite a few ‘trial’ attempts (with pins rather than the machine) to figure out the best way to handle this inside-out-contorted-fabric conundrum.

The goal is to hide the thread lines into the side hems and to do this you must pin the fabric accurately, turn the panel inside out and then sew. For the pinning of the lining to the panel to be intuitive to me, I began by casually pinning the lining to the fabric and turning inside out to check out how well it lined up (the first few times resulted in bunched or waved fabric across the panel so I definitely recommend playing with the pinning before you make your stitches permanent with the machine).

The above image shows how the lining will ‘fit’ into the top and side hems of the curtain. To get that lining underneath the overlapping curtain hem, you must pin the curtain inside out. But use the casual above pinning as a guide to show you were to pin when the fabric is inside out.

You can see in the next image that the fabric was pinned with the edge of the lining to the edge of the curtain fabric and then flipped inside out. I’m showing the pinning (which is hidden when it’s inside out) to demonstrate how these two fabrics connect edge to edge (when you flip it right side out, the large side hems will come back!).

Step 9: Using the pins as your guide, sew your side panels together. Since both sides need to be sewn top to bottom (if one is sewn bottom to top you’ll end up with wavy fabric – I know it’s awkward though), one side should be fairly easy:

And the other will be much more difficult (is there any easier way to do the opposite side without stuffing your entire drapery panel into your machine?):

Challenging!

Step 10: Press out all of your hems and admire your work!

I should have a full curtain shot here to show you the result :(. Even though most of the side panel areas turned out clean and smooth, there was the occasional pucker and error:

I’ve learned plenty of lessons during round 1 – next time I have a better idea of how to correct these little errors. But a little hand sewing will fix most of these buckles in a cinch.

I’m pressing everything out now and hanging the curtain rods! The new lined panels will be up very soon. Woohoo!

If you’re catching up on Project Nursery, here’s a link to the sewing the curtains part 1, nursery fabric board, curtain fabric selection, rocking horse find, new pendant light, vintage wall art addition, changing table makeover, nursery wall striping tutorial, painted animal project, the initial inspiration board and the before picture posts.

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