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Our living room is slowly chugging along, and with every new addition, we find ourselves saying, now this makes a big difference! The blue sofa and rug were game changers, and hanging our over-sized art helped to keep the room from feeling too bottom heavy. And most recently (and better yet!) – curtains!


A few months ago, we began the process of installing all new solid interior doors, and at the same time, we dove into the living room baseboards. We ripped out the teeny, tiny existing boards and continued with our taller choice, and while we were at it, we gave the first floor picture window substantial trim and an 8″ sill, too:


To be honest, it took us a while to really knock it all out, as we were also shuffling around outdoor projects. Rather than try to push all the trim at once, we’d cut and install on a work night, spackle the next day, caulk the night after that, and paint another. It felt as though we were moving at a snail’s pace, but it made the task much less monstrous and got us where we wanted to be eventually. Slow and steady, slow and steady. (We’ve already discussed doing the studio baseboards the same way; we just have to start!)


Before starting on the sill for the living room, we knew we’d eventually be adding curtains, and we wanted to emphasize the height of our tall ceilings (they come in around 10′) by hanging them as close to the ceiling as the panel lengths would allow. With that in mind, we added the same chunky header to the window that we’d been doing for our doors, simply so the gap between the top of the trim and the rod wasn’t too large.

But! As for the curtains themselves, we teamed up with the super awesome, super friendly crew at West Elm (hang tight, they love you, too!). We initially thought we’d want curtains that brought in a small touch of pattern, and we were leaning towards these panels, but after seeing them in person, we realized that the undertones were too warm for our tastes. After discussing everything from pattern to blue to gray, we landed on tried and true clean, white panels. White panels never disappoint! They play so nicely with that trim we worked on (and worked on – we will never undermine the effort that goes into an entire room of trim ever again!), and to keep things interesting, we paired them with this over-sized rod in brass. We had hoped for brass clips as well but took a chance on glossy black, and we are loving it!


After washing and drying the curtains, we hung the rod as high as it would go while allowing the curtains to almost touch the floor. And rather than clip the rings to the top of the panels, we stuck with this old trick of faking a pinch pleat by attaching them behind the panel. We also chose to hang two panels per side (so we actually have four curtains up there!) to keep things looking extra full.


Scott has been on the brass train with me for a while now (love that guy), but at first he was worried it might be too shiny/not shiny enough and actually – could it? – clash with our entryway light. Luckily, the rod is a perfect match (hooray!), and as we’ve begun pulling colors and elements from other connecting rooms the flow in our house is feeling right. (Now to get those chairs upholstered in non-scratchy fabric!)


The best part? Not only did West Elm team up with us, but they said, let’s team up with a reader, too! And so together with West Elm, we’ll be giving away a $300 store gift card! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. The giveaway is eligible for residents of the US and Canada and runs through Monday, August 11th until 5pm CST, and the winner will be announced within this post. Good luck and happy entering!

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This post is in partnership with West Elm. We were gifted the cotton canvas panels, oversized rod in antique brass and metal curtain rings. Thank you for supporting those that support us! xx.

  • Haley - August 6, 2014 - 6:51 AM

    It’s a great feeling to put up the soft touches. The room is looking great and the dinosaurs fierce. Thank you for the opportunity for the gift card!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - August 6, 2014 - 6:56 AM

    Oh, right. I never seems to remember to check the prompt on these things until I already commented. I’m a fan of oil rubbed bronze or copper with a traditional look, although I do love the industrial look too. Curtains, Cotton Canvas Bazaar Curtain – Belgium Blue.ReplyCancel

  • Kay - August 6, 2014 - 7:01 AM

    I’ve actually been eyeing the Pinwheel Linen curtains for awhile…though I see now that West Elm has a bunch of new curtains! Something to consider…ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - August 6, 2014 - 7:06 AM

    I love how everything is coming together! I especially like the tall baseboards.ReplyCancel

  • Renae - August 6, 2014 - 7:06 AM

    Your room is looking great! Awesome giveaway!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - August 6, 2014 - 7:08 AM

    I love the Canvas Bazaar Curtain in Belgian Blue, and the midcentury wooden rod is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - August 6, 2014 - 7:10 AM

    Definitely love the plain white curtains – those are always my pick!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - August 6, 2014 - 7:13 AM

    Love the plain white in the midst of all the other bold statements!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - August 6, 2014 - 7:20 AM

    I would choose all the west elm curtains! I love that store. The white is looking great in your room and I am obsessed with that blue couch. I love following your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Meg - August 6, 2014 - 7:24 AM

    My husband and I are still renting so white curtains give us the flexibility to have our window treatments move with us!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - August 6, 2014 - 7:29 AM

    I’m not in the market for curtains right now, but I have been eyeing the Jay Street Birra Duvet Cover + Shams for a while now and would love it for my master! I love your progress with the house!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Orr - August 6, 2014 - 7:29 AM

    Ohhh, we need new curtains. We are using horrendous 80′s curtains we found when we moved in! The old owners left them. I am in LOVE with the Rosette Tile Burnout Curtains in Platinum. Gorgeous! (This mama also needs some new towels for the kitchen and I love the heirloom tomato tea towels!).ReplyCancel

  • Maria - August 6, 2014 - 7:31 AM

    Looks gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - August 6, 2014 - 7:41 AM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE WEST ELM! Whew. I can’t decide whether I would actually buy curtains for the nursery I’m putting together, or use that towards the chair I have been coveting for two years.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - August 6, 2014 - 7:42 AM

    Your house is just beyond! When can I move in??? :) Also, fingers crossed for West Elm card! I’ve been eyeing a bed!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Chaotic Domestic - August 6, 2014 - 7:44 AM

    Having a hard time picking! I like the plain white curtains, but also like the scribble. I’ve been trying to choose curtains for our nursery and really need to get more decisive because we’re running out of time!ReplyCancel

  • Sadie Smith - August 6, 2014 - 7:44 AM

    I’m so excited to see what you guys do with your new chairs! (And I’m moving from Chicago to Florida next week and that West Elm giftcard would be awesome!)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Anderson - August 6, 2014 - 7:45 AM

    The curtains looks awesome! I love the curtain rod with the School House Electric light! West Elm is my favorite store so I’m keeping my fingers crossed! I would buy a new leather chair for our living room!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - August 6, 2014 - 7:45 AM

    Love it! I’m crushing on the Velvet Pole Pocket Curtain and the exact rod you chose. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - August 6, 2014 - 7:49 AM

    You guys have awesome taste- this room is coming together beautifully! I just bought a new coffee table from West Elm and I’m loving it. I’d love to get a new desk chair from there, too!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Arroyo - August 6, 2014 - 7:54 AM

    After finally getting an apartment to call my own, I’ve been desperate for new curtains to really make the living room space feel more ‘mine.’ I gotta say, the Moorish Tile Printed Curtains at West Elm just seem to keep calling my name!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - August 6, 2014 - 7:59 AM

    We just moved into a new house and curtains are our current ongoing dilemma!ReplyCancel

  • Christy G. - August 6, 2014 - 8:01 AM

    Love the new curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 6, 2014 - 8:01 AM

    The curtains look GREAT! I recently put in white cut-out curtains in my living room, and the improvement is understated but soooo appreciated by those living in the apartment ;) Now I desperately need curtains for the bedroom… I think I’d go with something luxe in color, like the Velvet Grommet Curtain in Regal Blue (similar to your couch!), or maybe an understated pattern like the Brushstroke Ogee Jacquard Curtain.ReplyCancel

  • Erin@Suburban Bitches - August 6, 2014 - 8:06 AM

    Looks great! Love that curtain rod!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - August 6, 2014 - 8:07 AM

    Wow, I’d never have picked that curtain rod up off the shelf but it looks fantastic in your space! I love the way the curtains frame the window and add some polish without a lot of visual weight. I’ve loved west elm’s platinum linen curtains for a long time, so I’d probably pick up some of those!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - August 6, 2014 - 8:08 AM

    I’ve been eyeing the midcentury curtain rods for a while now, and the brushstroke ogee curtains would work so well in my living room!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly H. - August 6, 2014 - 8:08 AM

    Your curtains look great! I’m in the market for new rugs and West Elm has some that I think might work.ReplyCancel

  • Bridget - August 6, 2014 - 8:09 AM

    I love the mid century wooden rod with the ikat key curtains in horseradish!ReplyCancel

  • Chantel - August 6, 2014 - 8:14 AM

    I’ve been needing new white curtiains!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - August 6, 2014 - 8:14 AM

    The Moorish tile printed curtains are beautiful. Love the textureReplyCancel

  • Chantel - August 6, 2014 - 8:16 AM

    or maybe I need grey? I love the Cotton Canvas Curtain in Steel!…with the polished nickel rods.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - August 6, 2014 - 8:19 AM

    LOVE the trim! Great (painstaking) work there!ReplyCancel

  • Christa - August 6, 2014 - 8:19 AM

    I’ve been meaning to put up curtains in our bedroom for the 2 years we’ve lived in our apartment and this post was a huge inspiration for me! I hope to get them up this weekend!



  • Kristin - August 6, 2014 - 8:19 AM

    I like the Cotton Canvas Stamped Dots.ReplyCancel

  • Adam - August 6, 2014 - 8:20 AM

    Looks great! Sometimes, simple is best.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - August 6, 2014 - 8:22 AM

    Always love white curtains!ReplyCancel

  • erica - August 6, 2014 - 8:23 AM

    i love the stamped dot curtains! and id take any hardware to replace the crappy ikea rod we have now that keeps falling apart!ReplyCancel

  • Katy O. - August 6, 2014 - 8:24 AM

    Love how your home is coming together! I especially love how the front door ties into the couch — I know you talked about it yesterday but you can really see it in today’s pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - August 6, 2014 - 8:28 AM

    So funny, I have been lusting after those same “canvas printed” curtains for my bedroom!! And I really like the mid century wooden rod!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I hope I win!ReplyCancel

  • Adee - August 6, 2014 - 8:30 AM

    I love the Moorish Tile Printed Curtain-subtle pattern adds visual interest without overwhelming the space.ReplyCancel

  • Jess - August 6, 2014 - 8:30 AM

    I should know by now but it still always surprises me how much curtains really add to a space, no matter how simple. Looks great!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - August 6, 2014 - 8:34 AM

      Oh, and I already have the West Elm Scribble Curtain in Midnight Blue and the polished nickel rod in my living room.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - August 6, 2014 - 8:37 AM

    I love the Claude Medallion curtains. I would pair then with the gunmetal rod. Great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - August 6, 2014 - 8:43 AM

    I like the oversized rods and the cotton canvas etched grid curtains. Looking great there and love the dinosaur prints by the way :)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie O. - August 6, 2014 - 8:45 AM

    Getting ready to move! Dreading the packing/unpacking, but can’t wait to cozify a new space!ReplyCancel

  • carrie @ brick city love - August 6, 2014 - 8:45 AM

    That rod really caught my eye! Looking good, guys!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - August 6, 2014 - 8:45 AM

    Wow I’m not usually a white panel curtain kinda gal but those look great!
    And I’ve been eyeing those etched grid curtains ya’ll decided against for my bedroom! I think they’d look great on WE’s mid-century wooden rod. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 6, 2014 - 9:18 AM

      I do think that would make a great pairing!ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - August 6, 2014 - 8:47 AM

    I’m drooling over the cotton canvas bazaars! So fabulous! Love West Elm!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Creecy - August 6, 2014 - 8:53 AM

    Industrial Pipe Adjustable Rods + Linen Cotton Curtain in WhiteReplyCancel

  • Ann - August 6, 2014 - 8:53 AM

    I have so many different furniture needs – the gift card would help so much!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke D - August 6, 2014 - 8:55 AM

    Love the curtain rod and ring choice. I would buy the zig zag curtains in yellow for a pop of colourReplyCancel

  • Amy - August 6, 2014 - 9:00 AM

    I don’t need curtains so I’d get the hex side table. :) Hopefully that’s allowed. Your trim looks lovely. Nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra - August 6, 2014 - 9:00 AM

    Love the oversize rod that you chose! I’d snag that in polished nickel and the ikat links panels – perfect for our guest room!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - August 6, 2014 - 9:01 AM

    Been a long time since I’ve seen someone “fake” a pleat, love it!ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaK - August 6, 2014 - 9:01 AM

    Gorgeous! The curtains look great and let all the gorgeous details of the rooms and trim shine.ReplyCancel

  • Fara - August 6, 2014 - 9:02 AM

    I recently stopped in our local brick and mortar West Elm, and loved SO.MANY.THINGS! Included a beautiful jute rug that would be great for our living or dining room!ReplyCancel

  • Heather B - August 6, 2014 - 9:04 AM

    I’m loving the Brushstroke Ogee Jacquard Curtain!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca S - August 6, 2014 - 9:04 AM

    I’ve been looking for curtains for our master bedroom and the Claude Medallion Flocked Curtain ones would be perfect. I just found out there’s a West Elm in Montreal. I’m so excited to go check it out.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey d. - August 6, 2014 - 9:06 AM

    Ooh, I have curtain paralysis right now… We just put the same cellular shade in our kitchen that you have and it’s wonderful, but I need curtains for the living room. Trying to decide between pattern and color or simple and white is tough!ReplyCancel

  • Trista - August 6, 2014 - 9:09 AM

    We are in the process of moving. It would be great to have a little money to buy new curtains or decor for the new house.ReplyCancel

  • Lorie Smith - August 6, 2014 - 9:09 AM

    Love the Velvet Nailhead Curtain – Horseradish with a Mid-Century Wooden RodReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 6, 2014 - 9:18 AM

      That would be AMAZING. We do love ourselves some velvet…ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - August 6, 2014 - 9:12 AM

    I love the new curtains and for that matter, everything you have done with your house!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla - August 6, 2014 - 9:12 AM

    I repainted our trim a little bit at a time too, and it’s the best feeling when you finish that!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - August 6, 2014 - 9:13 AM

    I’d love the cotton canvas zigzag curtains in blue lagoon.ReplyCancel

  • molly - August 6, 2014 - 9:14 AM

    I would have to choose the same white curtains, I love them!ReplyCancel

  • AlisonG - August 6, 2014 - 9:16 AM

    I would love a gift card please!ReplyCancel

  • Cammee - August 6, 2014 - 9:17 AM

    I could use this so hard. I am eyeing two twin beds from West Elm and this would help. Love the curtains and everything you have done to the space.ReplyCancel

  • Michael T - August 6, 2014 - 9:18 AM

    probably go with the Cotton Canvas Ikat Diamond Curtain – Horseradish and the pin adjustable rodReplyCancel

  • Sara - August 6, 2014 - 9:19 AM

    Looks great! These curtains make such a difference!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - August 6, 2014 - 9:21 AM

    Love everything you guys do! I’m a new follower this summer, and always look forward to your updates! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tori - August 6, 2014 - 9:25 AM

    Looks great you guys! Love West Elm too!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - August 6, 2014 - 9:25 AM

    The room looks so good! And I love how the curtain rod ties in with the ceiling fixture. Good work! Thanks for the chance to win – West Elm is one of my favorites!!ReplyCancel

  • Merris Davey - August 6, 2014 - 9:26 AM

    Love West Elm!!ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie - August 6, 2014 - 9:28 AM

    I really like the Cotton Canvas curtains in white or steel, probably with the Mid Century Wooden Rod hardware!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - August 6, 2014 - 9:34 AM

    I would go for the metallic dash curtains in white, I think. And I love what you’ve done!ReplyCancel

  • carriegel - August 6, 2014 - 9:36 AM

    I really love their linen curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristina - August 6, 2014 - 9:37 AM

    I would never have thought to have fun with/let the curtain rod pop like that, but it looks SO GOOD!ReplyCancel

  • Nicholas - August 6, 2014 - 9:37 AM

    Digging the Velvet Nailhead Curtain in Putty. I would pair it with the Oversized Adjustable Metal Double Rod in Gunmetal.ReplyCancel

  • Phong Tran - August 6, 2014 - 9:39 AM

    I like the white panels as well but hardware-wise I’d go with white as well.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - August 6, 2014 - 9:40 AM

    I’m totally digging West Elm’s Mid-Century Wood Rod and the Cotton Canvas Ikat Diamond Curtain in Horseradish as well as the white cotton canvas curtains you chose in the end. None of my windows have any treatments whatsoever, so perhaps it’s about time!ReplyCancel

  • Nate - August 6, 2014 - 9:46 AM

    The bold stripe curtains with the mid-century wooden rod!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - August 6, 2014 - 9:49 AM

    perfect timing just a bigger home with room to grow and now we need furniture!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - August 6, 2014 - 9:49 AM

    I think I’d also go for the white curtains – we BADLY need some in our bedroom & I wouldn’t want them to clash with our patterned duvet so the Cotton Canvas Grommet Curtain would be perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa B. - August 6, 2014 - 9:54 AM

    It’s really coming together guys! Great work! West Elm is like my candy shop. Whenever I’m in a city with that has a store, I make of point of setting aside time to wander around and drool/touch/sit on everything in the store. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Z - August 6, 2014 - 9:56 AM

    Your house is coming along SO nicely. Love seeing the progression. We’re trying to decide how high to hang curtains in our living room right now, and this is the inspiration we need!ReplyCancel

  • Jyll - August 6, 2014 - 9:59 AM

    Everything about this room makes me smile. I love all the vibrant colours (even the scratchy chairs!)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - August 6, 2014 - 10:03 AM

    I’m liking the luster velvet curtains in platinum with the oversized metal rod.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - August 6, 2014 - 10:03 AM

    I loooove the Pinwheel Linen Curtains and the Industrial Pipe Adjustable rods–a fantastic combination of hard and soft.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ 702 Park Project - August 6, 2014 - 10:06 AM

    I love the scribble curtain in midnight! It’s always so hard for us to find affordable drapes for out 100+ inch windows. I love West Elm’s selection!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen DeSouza - August 6, 2014 - 10:11 AM

    That mid century rod is something I’ve had my eyes on for sometime!! I love the Colorblock linen curtains but the solid white panels look divine and would be beautiful against our grey walls.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - August 6, 2014 - 10:11 AM

    Love the curtains and how they give the room a finished look! I’ve never thought to do double curtains to make it more fuller. Good idea!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh - August 6, 2014 - 10:11 AM

    Love your website!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole S. - August 6, 2014 - 10:14 AM

    LOVE the look of white curtains. Can’t be the fresh, clean appeal.ReplyCancel

  • Cate - August 6, 2014 - 10:16 AM

    Oooh! The regal blue velvet pole pocket curtain with an sheer ivory linen underneath. We have mustard-y colored walls and a grey-beige midcentury sofa…it would look amazing. And that midcentury wooden rod is to die for!ReplyCancel

  • c.g. - August 6, 2014 - 10:21 AM

    I’ve been eyeing up those curtain rods for some time now – great to see them!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - August 6, 2014 - 10:21 AM

    I love the colorblock linen curtains! They’d go well in our new living room (after our renovations).ReplyCancel

  • Renee D. - August 6, 2014 - 10:22 AM

    I love the crisp white cotton paneled curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - August 6, 2014 - 10:28 AM

    Things are really coming together! I’m loving the deep blues.ReplyCancel

  • Liberty T. - August 6, 2014 - 10:33 AM

    I absolutely love West Elm and all of their fantastic bedding and curtains. I would love to decorate my whole home with their mid century style!ReplyCancel

    • Liberty T. - August 6, 2014 - 10:41 AM

      I actually have the Scribble Curtain in Feather Gray and the Oversized Adjustable Metal Rod in Brushed Nickel in my living room!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy G - August 6, 2014 - 10:33 AM

    I love West Elm! Curtains look great, and truthfully I really like those chairs (I know you mentioned reup them in gray, but the color is a fresh air).ReplyCancel

  • Missy G. - August 6, 2014 - 10:36 AM

    Ok, so looking for which curtains that I would chose… scrolling, scrolling, scrolling… then STOP. No need to look past the velvet nailhead in Horseradish. LOVE THEM. And the wooden rod pictured with them.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 6, 2014 - 11:04 AM

      Haha, love that combo too!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - August 6, 2014 - 10:41 AM

    It’s coming together great!ReplyCancel

  • Cair - August 6, 2014 - 10:46 AM

    I enjoy following your projects in your beautiful house. Do you have a floor plan posted anywhere? I’m having a hard time figuring out what’s where.ReplyCancel

  • Cair - August 6, 2014 - 10:50 AM

    Oh, and my curtain choice is Linen Cotton in Flax.ReplyCancel

  • Amelia @ House Pretty Blog - August 6, 2014 - 10:57 AM

    I love the velvet pole pocket curtains in regal blue, especially with the oversized metal rod. Your curtains look fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - August 6, 2014 - 11:01 AM

    I’ve go with the Claude Medallion curtain.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - August 6, 2014 - 11:02 AM

    I love the Ikat Ogee curtains in ivory/platinum. I actually ordered some of that fabric by the yard a long time ago to make some pillow shams, but never got around to it. Right now it’s acting as a makeshift cover on the bench at the end of our bed… but curtains would be perfect! Love the industrial pipe rod too. Love your new white curtains! And am seriously in love with your navy blue front door!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Traniello - August 6, 2014 - 11:09 AM

    Lately I’ve been eyeing their Velvet Pole Pocket Curtain in Regal Blue!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Covington - August 6, 2014 - 11:09 AM

    Love your tips on balancing the room, not keeping it too bottom heavy.ReplyCancel

  • ellen patton - August 6, 2014 - 11:22 AM

    I like the paint colors you chose!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Grode - August 6, 2014 - 11:25 AM

    I love the look. Keep the photos coming! I love watching the progress. I have been eyeing the cotton canvas frost gray curtains at West Elm.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - August 6, 2014 - 11:28 AM

    i’m generally a fan of dark curtain rods with patterened curtains. i have had placeholder curtains up for several years though, so i definitely need to get my act together and get some real curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - August 6, 2014 - 11:33 AM

    The curtains really pulled the room together, and it’s still light and bright. Love your style!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - August 6, 2014 - 11:38 AM

    I love so many of the organizing items and the baskets are to die for. Far to many items to list just one.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - August 6, 2014 - 11:45 AM

    I would choose the Scribble curtains with brushed nickel hardware!ReplyCancel

  • Jody - August 6, 2014 - 11:50 AM

    Loving the Linen Cotton Grommet Curtains in white with a brushed nickel rod, would be perfect for our living room!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer I. - August 6, 2014 - 11:52 AM

    I am loving the bazaar print curtains! I want those for my laundry room!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Pokora - August 6, 2014 - 11:57 AM

    Love the curtain progress. In fact, I love ALL the progress you’ve been making! I can certainly appreciate the blood, sweat and tears you’ve put into branding this place. Your endeavors to turn a house into your home are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing every step of the way!ReplyCancel

  • Maria S - August 6, 2014 - 12:01 PM

    I’m a fan of subtle, so I like the simple adjustable metal rods in brushed nickel or black, with the round metal curtain rings. As for the actual curtains, I’m still loving grey chevron or stripes, although the solid linen curtains are just gorgeous… I’ll take them all!ReplyCancel

  • courtney - August 6, 2014 - 12:05 PM

    I love the look of white! I tried some but they kind of looked like sheets… these look substantial! I’d try the Cotton Canvas Curtain in white!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 6, 2014 - 12:31 PM

      I definitely think the weight and quality helps to avoid the sheet look!ReplyCancel

  • Brad - August 6, 2014 - 12:07 PM

    Love watching the space come together!ReplyCancel

  • Mis - August 6, 2014 - 12:11 PM

    I love love love the gold rods paired with the white panels! Spectacular!ReplyCancel

  • Jen N. - August 6, 2014 - 12:15 PM

    Velvet Grommet Curtain – Dove Gray with the Industrial Pipe rods.ReplyCancel

  • Kamille H - August 6, 2014 - 12:23 PM

    I shared your blog with my mom to show her a budget-friendly way to have large scale art and she was impressed!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - August 6, 2014 - 12:51 PM

    I’m moving into a new house, and this gives me so many great ideas!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly McK - August 6, 2014 - 12:55 PM

    I love the white cotton canvas curtains!!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce H. - August 6, 2014 - 12:55 PM

    I love the curtain/rod combo that you guys chose! I didn’t even realize they were the clip type of rings since you fake pinch pleated them.
    Question – I know you guys are drowning in baseboards and trim, but are you thinking about adding crown some day?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 6, 2014 - 1:52 PM

      We’d love to! We’ve talked about a lot already, and we’re running into funny issues with uneven ceilings, so we’re not sure if it’s going to play out well or just be a nightmare. So. Many. Unlevel. Things!ReplyCancel

  • Casandra - August 6, 2014 - 12:55 PM

    Love the new curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy T - August 6, 2014 - 12:59 PM

    Love West ELm! I need new Living room curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Wilson - August 6, 2014 - 1:01 PM

    I love the mid-century wooden rod paired with their Cotton Canvas Bazaar Curtain in Belgium Blue. I’ve been eyeing those curtains for some time now.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - August 6, 2014 - 1:12 PM

    I really love the Cotton Canvas Stamped Dot curtains with the Mid-Century wood rods. Perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Emily R. - August 6, 2014 - 1:32 PM

    I like the Scribble curtains in Feather Gray, and the rods they show them with – rounded with flat ends.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Jowett - August 6, 2014 - 2:03 PM

    I love those gold curtain rods. King Midas himself would envy them!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten - August 6, 2014 - 2:09 PM

    I love the white curtains! I’m thinking of doing the same for my nursery.ReplyCancel

  • Emilie - August 6, 2014 - 2:16 PM

    I’d probably pick the sheer linen curtains in white. Natural, airy fabrics are the best!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - August 6, 2014 - 2:17 PM

    Cotton canvas stamped dot + Mid century wood rods! Thanks for the giveawayReplyCancel

  • Roxanne - August 6, 2014 - 2:21 PM

    Love West Elm and would love to win so I could get a few awesome pieces!ReplyCancel

  • Angelina - August 6, 2014 - 2:23 PM

    I’d put it towards a chair:) or lighting:) we just bought a rug that we are super happy with.ReplyCancel

  • Aaron - August 6, 2014 - 2:26 PM

    Navy linen! Or white sheers.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa P. - August 6, 2014 - 2:36 PM

    I love the metallic dash curtains in white!ReplyCancel

  • Ana S. - August 6, 2014 - 2:50 PM

    I’d go with white sheer curtains… love the look!ReplyCancel

  • Laura S - August 6, 2014 - 3:20 PM

    I would go with the pintuck white curtains and the industrial pipe rod!ReplyCancel

  • Marangelie - August 6, 2014 - 3:35 PM

    I love the crisp white ones! great choice! your home is such an inspiration! thanks for sharing with us! :)ReplyCancel

  • Erica A - August 6, 2014 - 3:51 PM

    I’d like exactly what you’ve got!! We’re moving into a new house that needs a lot of window coverig help.ReplyCancel

  • LK - August 6, 2014 - 3:52 PM

    I love West Elm, especially their fuzzy pillows.ReplyCancel

  • thelady - August 6, 2014 - 3:59 PM

    love the curtain/rod comboReplyCancel

  • Julia - August 6, 2014 - 4:02 PM

    I really love the Cotton Canvas Printed curtains & the mid century rod!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - August 6, 2014 - 4:07 PM

    I love the look of linen curtains, so I’d pick the linen cotton curtain in flax w/ the mid-century wooden rod.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole L - August 6, 2014 - 4:24 PM

    Beautiful curtains! Our guest room needs some privacy in it, so I’d love to pick up a set of Belgium Blue Cotton Canvas Bazaar Curtains and hang them on a french rod (which really needs to come in more finishes!)ReplyCancel

  • jan - August 6, 2014 - 4:29 PM

    I LOVE the brushstroke ogee curtainsReplyCancel

  • TulumChica - August 6, 2014 - 4:35 PM

    From West Elm’s great selection, I would choose the Cotton Canvas Bazaar curtains in Belgium Blue with a black Pin Adjustable Rod.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn - August 6, 2014 - 5:05 PM

    I love love love their mid century curtain rod. I think I’d pair it with the navy velvet curtains, but their black out curtains look surprisingly lovely and I might prefer those (living in a city means streetlights outside our windows, we’ve gotten pretty used to it, but I wonder if we’d sleep better if we tried to block them out). Fantastic giveaway and I love your curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Annie - August 6, 2014 - 5:12 PM

    I love the pinch in the bag trick and double paneling the curtains on either sideReplyCancel

  • Gina - August 6, 2014 - 5:27 PM

    Love your chunky baseboards and moulding!ReplyCancel

  • Anna M - August 6, 2014 - 6:02 PM

    I love the Ikat Links silk curtain and the Claude Medallion Flocked:)ReplyCancel

  • Eliza F - August 6, 2014 - 6:05 PM

    I am in love with the Pinwheel Linen curtains in Stone White/Slate. If I could get them at 108″ they could brush the floor! And I’d pair them with… the oversized adjustable metal rod, although my husband would want the industrial looking rods!

    I cannot wait to see what you do with those thrifted chairs.ReplyCancel

  • Griffey565 - August 6, 2014 - 6:06 PM

    The same as you! We’d love to upgrade our white ikea curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - August 6, 2014 - 6:20 PM

    Looks dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - August 6, 2014 - 6:25 PM

    We just moved and have either cheap roller shades or lace curtains (four kinds. One has ducks.) on every window. I would loooove some new curtains.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 6, 2014 - 6:42 PM

      Oh, man. You have to frame the lacy duck curtains! As an ode.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - August 6, 2014 - 7:50 PM

    Love how the living room is coming together!ReplyCancel

  • Erika - August 6, 2014 - 8:17 PM

    Linen Cotton Grommet Curtains with a brushed nickel rod would be amazing in my sunroom!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - August 6, 2014 - 8:59 PM

    I would love either the velvet nailhead curtains in Horseradish or the canvas Stamped Dots ones. As for the rods I would love either the MCM one or the french rods.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - August 6, 2014 - 9:33 PM

    This post had perfect timing! I was literally just looking at West Elm’s site yesterday thinking I am in desperate need of curtains, a rod, and throw pillows for my family room. I would LOVE to buy the Linen Cotton Grommet Curtain in white for our giant, uncovered family room window.
    I love the rod you guys chose, I am all about gold hardware!

  • Cindy - August 6, 2014 - 11:02 PM

    I have long loved the scribble curtain pattern.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany S. - August 6, 2014 - 11:21 PM

    Love the vibe in your LR! I’d have to go with the white solid outdoor curtain and industrial pipe rods in brushed iron as I souls really love to cozy up my front porch.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Rigotti - August 7, 2014 - 12:08 AM

    I love your website, for a variety of reasons– the clean lines, the color of the music nook, the entry way tile floor and the rescue puppies (I have one too). So thanks, for great content and the opportunity to win a great prize!

    I really like the copper curtain rod (not a huge fan of the back with it), but I don’t know what curtains I’d choose. We are moving soon, and as soon as we buy a house I’m going curtain hunting!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 7, 2014 - 9:12 AM

      Thanks, Kelly! That means so much to us. Happy house + curtain hunting!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - August 7, 2014 - 12:38 AM

    I love me some white curtains!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Bedard - August 7, 2014 - 12:44 AM

    I am so enjoying following your blog! You two have so much energy and enthusiasm!ReplyCancel

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  • sara - August 7, 2014 - 5:23 AM

    I have West Elm’s velvet curtains in blue bookmarked… I would love to win a set of those!ReplyCancel

  • caroline [the diy nurse] - August 7, 2014 - 9:09 AM

    the french rods!! dont you think they would be perfect above and below a window in an RV? With hooks on the top and bottom of a curtain? We are waiting for our house to sell before traveling the country in an rv- I’m always on the look out!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 7, 2014 - 9:15 AM

      Just reading your comment gives me wanderlust like crazy. Excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Tillery - August 7, 2014 - 9:33 AM

    A West Elm is opening in my city just two short weeks from now and I CAN. NOT. WAIT. Wahoo! I’m loving the color blocked linen curtains for great light diffusing in a living space, I’ll have to check them out!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie W - August 7, 2014 - 9:50 AM

    Love the blue chevron curtain panels paired with the gold rod you have!ReplyCancel

  • Christa - August 7, 2014 - 10:35 AM

    Loving the mid-century wood rod and the mustard ikat diamond curtains.
    Your living room is turning out AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 7, 2014 - 10:57 AM

    ORB curtain rod and semi sheer neutral curtainsReplyCancel

  • Steph H. - August 7, 2014 - 11:22 AM

    Totally the same rod and then also the metallic dash curtains in platinum!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda - August 7, 2014 - 11:26 AM

    The setup you have are exactly what I would choose from West Elm. *swoon*ReplyCancel

  • Kala - August 7, 2014 - 11:44 AM

    I love the luster velvet in stone and the mid century wooden hardware. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Trilby C. - August 7, 2014 - 12:02 PM

    My goodness – it’s coming together so nicely!! I love following your progress.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - August 7, 2014 - 12:17 PM

    Our old house in Evanston is in desperate needs of curtains….like every window!! We still have up the scrap lace that the place came with, hello privacy! :-PReplyCancel

  • Trish - August 7, 2014 - 12:19 PM

    It would definitely be the stamped dots curtain with the midcentury wood hardware!ReplyCancel

  • Misty - August 7, 2014 - 12:46 PM

    Oh wow, do I ever need new curtains! My 2 year old $20 ones are looking more then a little warn (sliding door = fur baby in and out). I think I would use the chance to add some colour and go for the Blackout Curtain in that beautiful blue hue and maybe some sheer whites with the oversized adjustable double rod. :)ReplyCancel

  • Dede Jackson - August 7, 2014 - 12:59 PM

    Love the scribble curtains and the oiled bronze hardwareReplyCancel

  • Jessica - August 7, 2014 - 1:04 PM

    I love the dotted chevron curtains and the midcentury wood rod!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer P - August 7, 2014 - 1:11 PM

    I love the cotton canvas Stamped Dots Curtain with blackout liners and the double metal rod in gunmetal. It’s the perfect match to my living room!ReplyCancel

  • L - August 7, 2014 - 1:54 PM

    We recently bought the scribble curtains in Leek for our master bedroom. For hardware, the midcentury wooden rod is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - August 7, 2014 - 2:12 PM

    Yes! this room is coming together so well. Quirky + traditional = my jam.ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - August 7, 2014 - 2:22 PM

    I love love love the feel of your house! I look forward to seeing the progress and drool with envy ;)ReplyCancel

  • nancy - August 7, 2014 - 2:31 PM

    I’ve already got / love West Elm’s pinwheel curtains. So thrilled they make 9-foot panels!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - August 7, 2014 - 2:31 PM

    love this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen N - August 7, 2014 - 3:12 PM

    Love West Elm — the curtains, sheets are perfect! Even the furniture, I’ve got a side table, mid century desk and the swivel chair. all are perfect! And addicting, I need more!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - August 7, 2014 - 3:19 PM

    Love this post! This is exactly the curtain / hardware combo I want to use in my living room!ReplyCancel

  • jackie - August 7, 2014 - 3:19 PM

    love the bazaar curtains and oversized metal rodsReplyCancel

  • Trude - August 7, 2014 - 3:22 PM

    They look awesome, really love the curtain rod! Thanks for such a great giveaway! I fell in love with West Elm’s sheets after feeling them up (heh) at the LA store, I just have yet to pull the trigger.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - August 7, 2014 - 3:28 PM

    Oops, forgot to mention that I really love the Moorish Tile sheers, so lovely! I saw the Midcentury Wood rod on another blog recently and just loved it.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - August 7, 2014 - 3:30 PM

    I would love some outdoor curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Mattie - August 7, 2014 - 3:40 PM

    I love west elm window treatments. I would choose the printed dot curtains with either the mid century or industrial hardware.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - August 7, 2014 - 4:14 PM

    I am loving the brushstroke ogee jacquard curtain panels and the brushed nickel pin adjustable rods. BUT I am also saving up for the mid-century desk in acorn.ReplyCancel

  • Taryn - August 7, 2014 - 4:14 PM

    I love all things West Elm and need curtains for just about every room in my house…I need them all!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - August 7, 2014 - 5:27 PM

    So hard to decide!!! I *do* love those metallic dash curtains though…..gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - August 7, 2014 - 7:16 PM

    (West Elm’s mid-century wooden curtain rods are gorgeous! Perhaps with the luster velvet curtains??)ReplyCancel

  • Allison Ryan - August 7, 2014 - 7:21 PM

    I love the velvet and mid century rodReplyCancel

  • Michelle - August 7, 2014 - 8:22 PM

    Love your blue sofa and the airy curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - August 7, 2014 - 9:33 PM

    I love the mid century rod I actually have the same one. Its very large I was taken back but love it! do you have to purchase more curtain material or is one on each side (left and right) enough?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 8, 2014 - 9:22 AM

      We have 4 panels total – 2 on each side for some extra oomph!ReplyCancel

  • melissa lynch - August 7, 2014 - 10:36 PM

    I like the pich-pleat idea! Right now, I’m debating the french rod and the industrial pipe rod with the platinum linen grommet curtains for my office re-do.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - August 7, 2014 - 11:43 PM

    White curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - August 8, 2014 - 7:19 AM

    Oh MY…so many choices…I think a linen curtain but not sure? Great selection….ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - August 8, 2014 - 7:28 AM

    The scribble curtains have been a big hit in our kitchen, so much so that we had to leave them when we moved houses! Need to buy more and then find out which room they are going to live in at the new casa.ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis Ensign - August 8, 2014 - 7:35 AM

    Your living room is really coming together and looks so inviting!

    Confession: I have the same curtain rods from West Elm in brushed nickel, but they are doing me no good packaged up and under my bed. Ugh! Seeing how great yours look is enough of an incentive for me to do something about that situation this weekend.

    I don’t need curtains at the moment, but I’m in desperate need of new dinnerware….so that’s how I’d spend the gift card!ReplyCancel

  • Robert Huff - August 8, 2014 - 7:55 AM

    You have done a great job and thank you so much for the step by step instructions – your space is fresh, crisp clean and inviting!
    Robert – Hotel inspired LivingReplyCancel

  • Kathleen DeBlasi - August 8, 2014 - 8:39 AM

    I would choose the Velvet rod pocket drape in French gray with the French rods for my Master Bedroom. Thank you for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Heather G. - August 8, 2014 - 9:29 AM

    Curtains look great! …but so do the floors. I searched for a post about them, but I couldn’t find one. Can you point me in the right direction? Or, tell me if they’re new/refinished and the color? I bought my first home this past winter. I love almost everything about the house except for the light wood trim and door. It’s a mid century house with that milky yellow wood color – yuck! I think light floors like this could help a lot.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 8, 2014 - 9:37 AM

      Hi Heather! The floors were already here when we purchased the home, so we don’t have much information about them. We did need to patch in a small section of our second floor landing, and we just went to a local floor retailer until we find a good match.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - August 8, 2014 - 9:41 AM

    Love the Craftsman style casings!ReplyCancel

  • nancy - August 8, 2014 - 10:18 AM

    the cotton canvas curtain in steel and the over sized rod in gunmetal!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay H - August 8, 2014 - 10:55 AM

    The living room looks great! Now I need to redo all the casings in my house!ReplyCancel

  • rachael - August 8, 2014 - 12:58 PM

    Love the curtainsReplyCancel

    • rachael - August 8, 2014 - 1:00 PM

      Sorry, I never checked the prompt. I would choose a cotton canvas curtain and a white rod.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - August 8, 2014 - 1:32 PM

    We have those same West Elm curtains in every room and love them…although after seeing your pics now I want those rods!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - August 8, 2014 - 1:42 PM

    Love this! This is a great giveaway! Your windows are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - August 8, 2014 - 4:04 PM

    I’d do the french rods with Cotton Canvas Ikat Key Curtain – Horseradish.ReplyCancel

  • Brandy Taylor - August 8, 2014 - 4:46 PM

    I can’t wait to win this bad boy! So many West Elm wish list items…ReplyCancel

  • Shirley S - August 8, 2014 - 4:53 PM

    This is the first time I’ve commented (the giveaway contest was too tempting), but I’ve been following your blog for a few months now. It’s so exciting to see how your house is coming together! Your living room is looking great…I especially love the oversized dinosaur prints! So unexpected and cool. Thanks for sharing all your projects and design ideas!

    So….West Elm curtains, let’s see. I’m falling for the cotton canvas bazaar curtain in Belgium blue for my white bedroom wall. Would be awesome framing the palm trees in the distance (live in LA although I used to live in Chicago…i do miss it!). I’d pair it with the mid-century wooden curtain rod. Done and done. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 8, 2014 - 5:01 PM

      Thank you for the first time comment, Shirley! It would be fun for you to do a pair of prints – one of LA and one of Chicago?ReplyCancel

  • katecooks - August 8, 2014 - 6:00 PM

    I love West Elm! I’m really digging the Cotton Canvas Geo Lattice Curtain and think it would look great with the polished nickel metal rod!ReplyCancel

  • Juliet Fajardo - August 8, 2014 - 10:12 PM

    I really like the gold curtain rod!!ReplyCancel

  • Bridgette R - August 9, 2014 - 2:29 AM

    The mid century wooden rod is amazing! The Velvet Pole Pocket Curtain – Dove Gray would be so lovely in my house!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - August 9, 2014 - 6:25 AM

    OMG! Having JUST went under contract on our new house, this giveaway couldn’t be more perfect! I have spent many a night drooling over curtains on the West Elm site, dreaming of which ones will go in which room! EEEEE! You guys have the BEST giveaways!ReplyCancel

  • Tonia - August 9, 2014 - 9:16 AM

    What a difference bulking up the trim made! Love the gold rod from West Elm and entry light.ReplyCancel

  • Lendy - August 9, 2014 - 9:40 AM

    I also like the clean white curtains or the luxe platinum!ReplyCancel

  • Mariaelena - August 9, 2014 - 10:08 AM

    I like the mid century wooden rod and the cotton canvas bazaar curtains in horseradish!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - August 9, 2014 - 12:05 PM

    This is so great! That $300 would do my place some good! **Fingerst crossed!**ReplyCancel

  • jina - August 9, 2014 - 12:49 PM

    Absolutely love the rod! And West Elm is my jam!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - August 9, 2014 - 1:18 PM

    I would get the mid century wooden rod and the dark iris velvet curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda G - August 9, 2014 - 2:54 PM

    Love Love the Cotton Canvas Bazaar Curtain in Platinum! The oversized rod in gunmetal is my fav rod! Thank youReplyCancel

  • Adithi - August 9, 2014 - 3:21 PM

    I’m loving west elms’ cotton canvas stamp dots curtains in grey with the french rods!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Jewkes - August 9, 2014 - 4:08 PM

    I love your room!!! The curtains make such a huge difference! We are moving into a fixer upper in a couple weeks and I can’t wait to make it my own. I’m definitely going to be adding the same West elm curtain rod to my living room. Thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey - August 9, 2014 - 7:23 PM

    Wow! The white panels really frame the room. West Elm is my go to for great touches to add to a room. I have the linen panels and brushes nickel rod in my dining room. The panels hang wonderfully and look custom made but without the price tag.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - August 9, 2014 - 7:33 PM

    Love love love your blog. Your style and your photography are so inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Yancy - August 9, 2014 - 9:11 PM
  • Ashley - August 10, 2014 - 7:10 PM

    I love the cotton canvas stamped curtains!ReplyCancel

  • erin - August 11, 2014 - 7:54 AM

    the cotton canvas would look great in my family room!ReplyCancel

  • RugSource - August 11, 2014 - 9:26 AM

    Love the way light matches the curtain rod – spot on! I think this curtain works really well with the rest of the room. Since you chose bold colored furniture, white curtain and bright walls are very good choice.ReplyCancel

  • MIchele L - August 11, 2014 - 10:13 AM

    Curtains: Cotton Canvas Kitak Key Curtain in Horseradish with white sheers. Hardware: Oversized Adjustable Double Rod in brushed Nickel.ReplyCancel

  • britt - August 11, 2014 - 10:25 AM

    This room is amazing! The gold curtain rod inspires me to use something very similar in my design. :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily R - August 11, 2014 - 10:34 AM

    I love West Elm. I walk by one on the way home from work and am always in there looking at their accessories. This looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Brandy - August 11, 2014 - 10:42 AM

    Those are the exact kind of curtains I want in my living room. My living room is yellow!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - August 11, 2014 - 10:47 AM

    Gotta love those West Elm curtain rods. Great color!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - August 11, 2014 - 10:58 AM

    I love the White Linen Cotton Curtain paired with the Mid-Century Wooden Rod!ReplyCancel

  • Monica - August 11, 2014 - 10:59 AM

    I would choose a stainless rod and dark blue curtains, since our living room accent color is dark blue. I love what you chose for yours, though!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 11, 2014 - 11:07 AM

    Needing curtains in my livingroom!ReplyCancel

  • Gloribell - August 11, 2014 - 11:11 AM

    LOOOOOVE that lamp. Where is it from?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2014 - 11:28 AM

      The light in our entryway is the Satellite 6 from Schoolhouse Electric!ReplyCancel

  • Jan - August 11, 2014 - 11:14 AM

    I love the pinwheel linen curtainsReplyCancel

  • Steffanie - August 11, 2014 - 11:22 AM

    I’d love the Scribble Curtains for our living room!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Frances - August 11, 2014 - 11:26 AM

    Their velvet curtains look amazing. I particularly love the steel color.ReplyCancel

  • Gabrielle - August 11, 2014 - 11:31 AM

    I’m loving the French Rods from West Elm.ReplyCancel

  • eileen marie - August 11, 2014 - 11:41 AM

    We already have the oversized adjustable metal rods in brushed nickel in our bedroom, but I have been seriously eyeing the mid-century wooden rods & the luster velvet curtains in platinum -so luxe!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - August 11, 2014 - 12:13 PM

    Love the white panels! I would have picked the same ones!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette - August 11, 2014 - 12:30 PM

    The industrial pipe rods and the cotton canvas curtains!


  • Carey - August 11, 2014 - 12:37 PM

    I have been thinking about curtains for my living room for about 8 months. I finally have a wall color up now and I thought I wanted a pattern but now I see that something clean and crisp will be the best choice. I like the Cotton Canvas in white or the Color block Linen in white and feather gray.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Jeffords - August 11, 2014 - 2:08 PM

    I Love the white curtains and they look Great with your furnishings!! You can’t go wrong with anything West Elm!ReplyCancel

  • lisa - August 11, 2014 - 2:13 PM

    I’m loving the mid-centruy wooden rod and the rosette tile burnout curtains!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - August 11, 2014 - 2:18 PM

    beautiful job on the curtains! (and the new, blue mailbox, too!) I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah k - August 11, 2014 - 3:28 PM

    We just bought new curtains and rods. While we ended up with a cheap-ish black rod, I wanted to make pipe rods like West Elms Industrial Pipe rods. And I really like the Brushstroke Ogee curtains!ReplyCancel

  • […] P.S. Make sure to visit Yellow Brick Home for a chance to win a $300 west elm gift card! […]ReplyCancel


This is the story of a painted front door, yes, but it’s so much more than that!

It’s sort of silly to keep reminiscing on how far certain areas of our house have come in the last year (while others have remained completely stagnant), but as we check off another to-do on the list, we can’t help but stand back and say, remember when?

Remember when our front door (and patio, for that matter!) looked like this? And remember when we had our contractors install the new door and transom window, only to find rotted wood, asphalt siding and long forgotten side lights? All of that was almost a year ago, and it’s so easy (and better, probably) to forget that sloppy curb appeal we once had. But the biggest perk of documenting this home’s journey is digging up those old photos, looking up past posts and seeing those long forgotten befores. When it’s easier to see piles of mess around the house, it’s so nice to be reminded of how far you’ve come!

Cheers to that, right?

All that to say, let’s skip the deep archives of the front door’s past and fast forward to where we were at the start of the summer. Raw wood! Broken lights! And now? Blue! A stained patio, working lights, a clean door mat and color!


What you can’t see above is that our transom window does display our address, but I smudged that out because, you know, internet. However, for those wondering, we did move forward with House Number Lab and chose the Americana in matte gold. The numbers are stunning – worth every penny! Many of you suggested we do it this way (thank you!), and since so many old Chicago homes display their address this way, we were sold! Our results didn’t disappoint.

As for the door color, we’ve mentioned a few times that we were leaning towards Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, which is the same color we used on our interior closet door. We got it color matched to Sherwin William’s paint, and although we think it reads a bit more blue than the Farrow & Ball swatch, it’s no matter! It’s a navy that we’re loving.

Last fall, we actually painted our garden unit’s door this same color, so now we finally have a matching pair of doors! This was before the worst winter ever, and we used PrimeRx Peel Bonding Primer tinted to a medium gray (an adhesion promoter) and DTM Acrylic for the color. The primer is extremely thick, which was unexpected the first time I used it, but it really does the job! Since this combination lasted through the never ending cold without any flaking or peeling (there were several days in a row of double digits below zero), we felt confident using the same on our front door, too.


With the door finally painted, it’s extra (extra!) nice to sit on our porch swing – the best seat in the house! Our potted plants are growing like weeds (good weeds?), and so far, our porch stain has been completely scratch resistant to the pups. The only downside is that the lighter color gray does show footprints more than we’d like (we feared it would), but honestly, it’s the outdoors! It’s to be expected.


You might remember when we debated painting the interior of our door the same navy blue as the closet (although, I believe we were between a few different colors at the time), and we decided to just go for it! It adds a much needed dose of contrast in the entryway, and we especially love how all the navy blues tie together – from the doors to the couch and back again. (Too much navy? Never!)


While painting, I made the decision to not tape off the mullions from the glass, and you know what? I’m not convinced that was the best choice. It was a nightmare scraping the paint from the windows without needing to do a bit of touch-up after the fact, but I think in the end, you just can’t win with a handful of teeny windows. Even though a headache ensued and there was more foul language than I’d care to admit, it turned out alright in the end! (As it typically does; just breathe!)


And now that this to-do has been officially crossed off, this leaves just one more item for the outdoors – the pee pit!

Paint/Stain the porch floor
Finish the staircase hand rail
Top the downstairs cinder blocks with caps
Install a path from the pavement to the side of our home, alongside the garden (NOPE)
Porch swing!
Paint the front door
Paint the staircase – that is, once the pressure treated wood has dried (next year?)
Make a “pee pit” for Jack + CC

Scott has already made me slightly nervous by suggesting that I’m underestimating the amount of gravel and strength needed even for our small pit plans (me? Underestimate? Ha!), so we’ll see. If all goes well, we’ll get it completed this coming weekend and really check off the exterior list – that is, for this year!

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - August 5, 2014 - 8:22 AM

    The equity from the exterior alone is mind-blowing. What a gorgeous house you are creating over there.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - August 5, 2014 - 8:31 AM

    Ok, I’ve got to ask, what the heck is a pee pit?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2014 - 9:15 AM

      A place just for Jack and CC to do their business, rather than in the grass or all over our new boxwoods!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - August 5, 2014 - 8:42 AM

    Isn’t it amazing what a little bit of paint can do! LOVE this transformation and the colour is SO gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - August 5, 2014 - 8:54 AM

    The blue is really working well with all the other exterior elements – even the plants in the front yard (bringing out their slightly blue tinge)!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - August 5, 2014 - 8:56 AM

    Love, Love, Love. It looks fantastic. My main question is about this “Pee Pit”…is it like a dog urinal? Are they used to urinating/defecating on gravel? I can’t help but imagine a stinky hole when I picture this pit. I hope I am wrong! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2014 - 9:15 AM

      Ha, that would be grosss… it’s mostly for pee for the front yard (we’ll be making a larger one next year hopefully for the back yard), but it’s not a hole, exactly. Once we figure it out ourselves this weekend, we’ll definitely share the process!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - August 5, 2014 - 9:07 AM

    love the transformation!!! what’s the name of the color you used on the door?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2014 - 9:14 AM

      Thanks, Monika! It’s Hague Blue, a Farrow & Ball color that we had color matched to Sherwin William’s paint. They have the Farrow & Ball catalog in their system, so all we needed to do was give them the name of the color we wanted, and they could mix it up!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - August 5, 2014 - 9:13 AM

    I love that blue, it looks amazing! I’m convinced, everyone needs to paint something Hague Blue.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - August 5, 2014 - 9:13 AM

    I love that door, it’s the perfect pop of color!

    I can’t wait to see what you do for the pee pit, that’s something that Boomer really needs.ReplyCancel

  • April Brown - August 5, 2014 - 10:36 AM

    The front of the house is looking lovely. The doors look stunning and as everyone else has said, I love the colour. Very good choice.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ 702 Park Project - August 5, 2014 - 11:10 AM

    That’s the perfect color! LOVE the blue! It makes such a huge difference.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - August 5, 2014 - 11:37 AM

    So, so good!!!! Love seeing the transformation :)ReplyCancel

  • Erin Haslag - August 5, 2014 - 11:37 AM

    That blue – so perfect! You and Scott and the 4-legged babes are going to have so much enjoyment on that beautiful porch this fall when the weather is perfect for being outside. Happy constructing this weekend!!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - August 5, 2014 - 11:45 AM

    Wow! That looks amazing!! I have a question regarding the primer you used on the door. What benefits does it have over a regular primer?? I am going to be re-finishing our front door (inside and out) due to a terrible job done by the original house painter 7 years ago (he used the wrong paint and it STILL HASN’T DRIED/CURED!!! It is still tacky and comes off on your fingers after 7 years, its unbelievable!) and I want it to last this time.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2014 - 12:40 PM

      That is insane! Wow.

      The PrimeRx was recommended to us by Sherwin Williams. When we bought our door, it specifically said that an “adhesion promoter must be used,” and that’s what the employee at SW told us would do the trick! Even though it’s super thick in the can, it spreads easily, and because the garden unit door still looks freshly painted (especially after that beast of a winter), we’re thinking it really works!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - August 5, 2014 - 12:03 PM

    What a great view of how all the blues tie together in the interior! You’ve got me eyeing all of our plain doors now…ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - August 5, 2014 - 12:36 PM

    it looks AMAZING!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - August 5, 2014 - 12:37 PM

    Soooo pretty!!!!
    Also, good to know about prime Rx, I’ve been putting off painting our interior doors because I just know it’ll be such a pain to sand and prime.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 5, 2014 - 3:29 PM

    LOVE the navy door! (I have a navy door also, so I might be biased) It looks so fresh and is such a happy, yet “sturdy” color. And those lights are perfect! It is easy to forget all the progress you make unless you look back at old pictures. We always have a tendency to just focus on what still needs to be done…You guys have done a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia - August 5, 2014 - 7:03 PM

    Hi! Just curious if you used Windex on the window panes in the door before attempting to scrap off paint? I only ask because Katie at Bower Power just posted about this exact thing! She said at the end of her post that she would never tape up windows again. I would still be SOOO hesitant not to tape, so if you tried the Windex method, and it didn’t work for you, then I would know I don’t want to try! If you hadn’t heard of this method, maybe something to try in the future?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 6, 2014 - 9:23 AM

      Ack! We would have loved trying out that trick! I will definitely have to keep that in mind for the future. If I were you, I’d definitely give it a try – or if you do decide to tape, pull off the tape while your paint is still wet so you don’t risk pulling up paint that you want to stay.ReplyCancel

  • Monika - August 5, 2014 - 7:39 PM

    So lovey and I’m completely smitten with that shade of navy. I had been considering painting my front door in glossy black but definitely am reconsidering this gorgeous shade now. As for your perennials which are awesome by the way, think of them as ‘weeds you actually bought.’ They do better that way. :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - August 5, 2014 - 10:43 PM

    OH this is beautiful. I love that shade of navy and I need to find something that I can paint this colour in my apartment.ReplyCancel

  • Miranda - August 7, 2014 - 11:34 AM

    I’m really excited to see your DIY for this pee pit. We don’t have a large back yard at the moment (until we have the funds to rip out and rebuild one of the decks we have in the back of our new house — yes there are multiple back there!) and I want to get her to do her duty in one section so we can enjoy what we do have without any of that business everywhere.

    Can’t wait to see it! (Who knew someone could get so excited about a place to do the deed?)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 7, 2014 - 12:14 PM

      We’re just as excited. Who knew?!ReplyCancel

  • qlkowa - August 8, 2014 - 6:37 PM

    Elegant entry!ReplyCancel


So far, summer has been knocking it out of the park with yard sales! Most recently, we’ve been on a very serious, very daily hunt for a pair of chairs. I’ll absolutely admit that we have a chair problem (I believe I need to use two hands just to make note of all chairs we have stashed in each room!), but the bigger problem is that while some of them will make a great side chair in, say, a bedroom, we’ve yet to find the perfect duo for the living room. Or studio for that matter!

I’ve been on a mission to find an affordable set of chairs for both spaces, especially with fall fast approaching – meaning, more family visits, more friends in town and holiday fiestas. Affordable is the key word, as our project list is forever growing, but at the same time, we refuse to settle. Never!

For a handful of months, we’ve been making the rounds on Craigslist, Krrb, Chairish and various Facebook groups. I’ve been trying to remain patient (ha!), and then two weeks ago, I received a text from Scott: There’s an estate sale in the ‘hood today! Go on your lunch break! I did, and I found chairs! Fast forward to this past weekend, and Scott came in from a coffee run to say: There’s a yard sale in the ‘hood today! Let’s go! (That Scott, always full of good news). And then? We found another pair of chairs for the studio. Hooray!

Want to see?

ONE. Our intentions for the living room are to have chairs that are comfortable and movie-watching-worthy, but not overstuffed or large. With the bold patterns already taking center stage (we’re looking at you, rug!), we preferred to keep the chairs the same (as opposed to mis-matched styles), and ideally, they’ll be in a soft, neutral color. I picked these up from the estate sale and stuffed them in our wagon:


The current nubby fabric has got to go, but we have samples on the way! (We’re leaning towards a super soft gray, if only to liven them up with a pillow or two.) They’re not too small, definitely not large, but truly, just right. The Goldilocks of chairs! We put them in place for now (ugh, the overwhelming color palette is making me all sorts of itchy!), and they’re a great fit for the space and exactly what we had in mind (well, minus the scratchy mustard upholstery). They weren’t a steal, but at $240 for the pair (this is the part where we sigh and say, oh, Chicago!), even with new fabric and foam, they still give new chairs a run for their money. We love, love, love them.


TWO. The more recent yard sale turned up these two, initially spotted by Scott who shot me his glance – you know the kind? Look! To your left! We took a seat, and while I’m not convinced the wire seats are the most comfortable (although Scott thinks so), that’s an easy fix with a soft cushion or pillow.


They’re not real brass, but the imperfect condition was too cute to pass up! While I initially argued that the last thing we needed was more chairs, I imagined them in the studio and then shot Scott my glance. You know, the one that says, yes! He was on board from the get go, and we brought them home for $10. (Only later did I realize why they looked slightly familiar; they’re the curvy cousins to these guys!)


Of course, the studio has a long, long way to go (um, baseboards? A rug? Door trim!), but we’re really enjoying the more lighthearted and fun vibe we have going on upstairs. And on a somewhat related side note, while we’re thinking the guest and first floor work rooms will be the next bigger projects we’ll tackle, I’m really looking forward to bringing the studio up to snuff. Perhaps we’ll squeeze in a few updates as they happen; I’m determined to make this space shine.


Our recent finds have officially forced us to begin combing through our furniture inventory, fine tuning what can go and what can stay. We’re being quite aggressive with it, too! What may have worked in our condo might not be the right choice for this house, and we’re finally letting go of some items that no longer make sense for us.

Clutter be damned!

  • angela - July 31, 2014 - 6:52 AM

    Absolutely adore both sets of chairs. I think the first, in a pale gray would be ridiculously cozy for TV watching. :)

    Angela @ Number Fifty-ThreeReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - July 31, 2014 - 8:30 AM

    I actually really love the nubby yellow…but you’re right, it doesn’t work with the couch. Great finds!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - July 31, 2014 - 8:48 AM

    Love the shape of those chairs, and I don’t mind the nubby-ness too much either. Have you thought about painting the fabric? There are lots of tutorials out there… but usually the end result is a bit stiff, and if you want these to be comfy hangout chairs, maybe that’s not the best option. But it’s definitely budget-friendly. ;)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 9:21 AM

      Great suggestion, but I think the fabric may be a bit too nubby for that… and we really want to make them great and durable for the long haul, rather than a quick fix :)ReplyCancel

      • Laura @ Rather Square - July 31, 2014 - 9:28 AM

        Totally understand, especially since these chairs are going in your main living area and will get a lot of use!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - July 31, 2014 - 9:17 AM

    I have to say I love the first set of chairs- nubby fabric and all! They are just so festive.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 9:22 AM

      They are festive, that’s for sure! But a bit too primary-color-overload for the living room we think! Perhaps if we had a neutral couch and a more neutral rug? We’ve never been huge fans of blue, red and yellow together. The shape of the chairs are perfect though!ReplyCancel

    • Kristy - July 31, 2014 - 9:26 AM

      Call me crazy but I like how it looks all together. The colors in the chairs and couch are in the rug- I love it! But I like a lot of color.ReplyCancel

  • David Vargo - July 31, 2014 - 9:55 AM

    I agree with Kristy. I really like the chairs nubbines and all. I like how they look with the whole package.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 10:05 AM

      Hmmm… perhaps I should clarify ;) The fabric isn’t in the best shape, and the striped pattern has pulled in areas over time (which would drive my type A self batty). They also have the strong scent of perfume, and overall, we’d prefer a clean start!

      So happy you all are loving them and embracing the nubs though!ReplyCancel

      • Kristy - July 31, 2014 - 10:11 AM

        Well darn! The chairs really are a fabulous style and I’m sure will look super cool in the fabric of your choice. Love the legs. You were so lucky to get two!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 10:20 AM

          Ack, thanks! I almost couldn’t believe it when I spotted them. BOTH of them. We’d been on the hunt for so long!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - July 31, 2014 - 9:57 AM

    I absolutely love those chairs exactly as they are! But then again, I have bright yellow gold damask vintage chairs in my living room right now. :) I think some curtains could pull that all together but they would look amazing in grey linen as well. Any colour really! They are just fantastic chairs – what a score!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - July 31, 2014 - 10:13 AM

    Can’t wait to see them in grey, will it be a velvet grey ?
    I really laughed reading the “you know the kind” part. And I love your new wire seats !
    It reminds me of those you have on the outside. Btw, what did you do with the furniture of your condo’s patio ?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 10:22 AM

      Not velvet this time, as we don’t want velvet overload in the living room. We do have a bunch of durable Sunbrella fabrics on the way, and I am dying to get them in the mail! I think today, maybe…

      We still have the furniture from the condo, but it was an old Ikea set, and they are SO weathered at this point! We may end up putting them in a yard sale since we no longer have a need for it.ReplyCancel

  • natasha - July 31, 2014 - 10:59 AM

    I love the first pair, they are perfect, and … just what I NEED!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - July 31, 2014 - 10:59 AM

    Per usual, I’m jealous of what you score at sales in Chicago. Great mid-century finds always get snapped up by dealers in St Louis! Both sets look awesome in your space. I can’t wait to see what fabric you choose for the downstairs chairs.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity - July 31, 2014 - 12:22 PM

    Great scores. I have to admit, I actually really like the yellow upholstery and think it works great in your room.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - July 31, 2014 - 1:00 PM

    I love both sets, but I ADORE those wire chairs. Fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Cara@theprojectaddict - July 31, 2014 - 5:08 PM

    Love all those chairs especially the yellow ones. I even like them yellow. I so wish my husband would text me about estate sales! He is not in to them or collecting old furniture. If you have a sale I may have to make the drive although I don’t really need more chairs either!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie @triple7recycled - July 31, 2014 - 7:50 PM

    I love that sofa in your studio! Would you mind sharing where it’s from?!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 1, 2014 - 9:48 AM

      Thanks, Jessie! We got it on Craigslist years ago, but it’s the Loring Sofa from Room & Board. We’ve always loved the lines on that thing, and it’s super cozy!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - August 1, 2014 - 9:05 AM

    love, love, love both sets!!ReplyCancel

  • Deb - August 7, 2014 - 9:49 PM

    Love those wire chairs, so cool! I’m out in the NW ‘burbs and need to find some good estate sales!ReplyCancel