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This post is a sort of last hurruh! from the entire archive of summer outdoor updates – from our decision to rebuild our front steps, which led to the replacement of our concrete pad, to planning our garden and the ultimate decision to nix a front path and go for the grass. After all that, Jack and CC now have a pee pit!


From the first time we mentioned the outdoor pit, we received a handful of puzzled comments and emails: A what? In short, it’s simply a designated outdoor area for our pups to do their business. It saves the grass and our newly planted boxwoods, but most importantly? It’s so simple and upped the curb appeal one more notch. (And it will further keep the appeal going strong as our grass, hopefully, stays green!)

With every decision that was made along this summer’s journey, we kept the pee pit in mind. (Weird? Maybe.) At the start of the season, we knew this would be the year we’d have a privacy fence installed, so when fresh concrete was poured, we asked our contractor to keep about a foot-and-half-distance between the edge of the pad to the start of our soon-to-be fence. This would be the home of the future pit:


All the supplies can be found at any big box hardware store, and while the materials and tools list is short, you’ll likely need a lot of it to fill the pit properly. We wanted our pit to run from the front fence to the front edge of our house, which was less than 30 square feet.

Weed block cloth
Pond pebbles / larger rocks
Pea gravel / smaller rocks

Measuring tape


WHAT WE DID. Our fence and slightly raised concrete acted as the outside edges of our pit, so if you’re building from scratch, you could always dig out an area of your lawn and use edging to keep the stones in, or you could pick up 2x4s to create any shape you like and have a raised pit! In our case, we planned on a 4″ deep bed for Jack and CC’s outdoor potty. This would allow for a 2″ base layer and 2″ top layer, which had up picking up 9 bags each of pond pebbles and pea gravel. It turned out to be a little too much, so we were actually able to extend the pit a little further beyond the front of our house.


After scooping out any remaining weeds and dead leaves, we used scissors to cut the block cloth to the width and length of our pit, which will prevent unwanted plants from pushing their way up. Starting with the pond pebbles, we poured them in, bag by bag. Any larger, rockier stone will do, as this acts as a drainage layer. While Scott poured, I used a shovel to smooth everything out.  Side note: There were a few small areas where the fence was slightly higher than the ground, so we stapled the cloth to the bottom of the fence to prevent spillage into the neighbor’s yard.


Once our drainage level was filled out, we laid down another sheet of weed blocking cloth. This time, the cloth is used to prevent your top layer from seeping into the cracks of the base level. From there, we poured our bags of pea gravel on top, and I smoothed them with my hands. (Um, does anyone else find it ironic that we used pea gravel for our pee pit?) Just like any type of larger stone would work for the drainage layer, any smaller, fine stone would work for the top!


And done! It took us all of an hour to complete the project (two and a half hours, if you count the trip to pick up supplies), and we’d say the hardest part is the heavy lifting; those bags of rocks are heavy.


You can see below that the gravel stops a few feet beyond our house, and eventually, we’d like to put a little fence or guard that’ll separate the front of the home from the back. Alongside the length of the house, we’ll be laying more gravel – mostly for peace of mind, as the garden unit windows can see out. Decorative pebbles are nicer than dirt, right? That’s a project that we’ll likely tackle next summer, once we get going on the back yard! (We’re already excited and nervous just thinking about that mountain.)


Of course the trickiest part is getting Jack and CC to actually use their designated area, and to do so, we’ve been clicker training them!


The idea is to use positive reinforcement – we give a nice big hooray! and toss them a treat while sounding the ‘click!’ – to let them know that peeing along the fence is good! (So good!) CC has been our stubborn little lady since the day we brought her home, but Jack has been a clicking success, so to speak, for years. He’s already shown CC how to, uh, use the pit properly (Hooray, Jackie!), and we know it’s only a matter of time before our little Chunk catches on, too.


As for maintaining the pit, rain will keep things odor free, however, a rinse with the hose every now and then helps. If they choose to forgo the ‘pee’ in ‘pit’ and opt for something else, it can be picked up and discarded as usual!


We have a good handful of months ahead of us before cooler weather settles into Chicago (oh, please!), so here’s hoping that grass stays green, the clicker clicks and the pups get a big round of applause with every potty break.

Can any other pee-pit-users chime in with tips? Successes? A funny story or two?

  • Valerie - August 12, 2014 - 8:07 AM

    Your wonderful pups inspired my fiance and I to adopt a rescue this past week. Lola is a schnauzer mix (I think the other half is pittie based on her build/brindle color). She is 9-12 mos old and a little loveable ham dispite her tragic first few months. Do you have any tips to share on how you got your pups acclimated to you/your home? Is there anything specific you found worked well for you?

    Thanks for having such a wonderful blog- we are DIY-ers as well and this pup is our next big project!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 12, 2014 - 10:12 AM

      Congrats on your newest addition! You have no idea how happy this made me. Is Lola your first pet? We’re big proponents of clicker training (which is really fairly simple to master), and we correct issues as we see them happening – not after we’ve stepped into a puddle and the dog has no idea why he/she might be in trouble (that’s just confusing). Our friends have a great dog blog that delves into a lot of useful information: Two Pitties in the City, and we also enjoy Love and a Leash (dig into her archives for tips and also heartwarming foster and adoption stories). So happy for you!ReplyCancel

      • Valerie - August 13, 2014 - 7:54 AM

        No- but she is my first rescue that I didn’t get as an 8 week old puppy and my first dog that I am raising in a city (or a 2 bed condo for that matter!). Fortunately we have plenty of parks to take her to but she’s not quite ready for off-leash play at the dog run. We definitely have work to do on not jumping on furniture- so we will have to give clicker training a try!

        Thanks for everything you do :-)ReplyCancel

  • caroline [the diy nurse] - August 12, 2014 - 8:43 AM

    You are my hero! This is brilliant. So pinning this for when we settle down :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelley - August 12, 2014 - 9:11 AM

    Love this idea! Just curious though – does the weed blocker impede drainage?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 12, 2014 - 10:08 AM

      Nope! The weed blocker is something that is used for a lot of landscaping, so it allows water to pass through, but it prevent weeds and unwanted grass/plants from popping up.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - August 12, 2014 - 9:46 AM

    This is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - August 12, 2014 - 10:47 AM

    I really like the pee pit idea, especially cause it will save your lawn and gives your pups a designated place to go even when it is cold (just a few stairs down from the front door is so convenient!)

    We dont have any dogs (one day!) but we have three kitties who have a “catio” off the side of our house that they access from a door in the basement. Because apparently my cats are lazy they quickly turned their catio floor into an impromptu pee pit (amongst other things) and we had a gross mess on our hands. We ended up putting down 12X12 concrete step stones in alternating colors or terracotta and gray to cover the bottom, preventing them from continuing to be lazy when their (very clean) litter boxes are mere feet from the basement entrance into the catio.

    Congrats on the yard- it looks amazing, and along with your gorgeous porch updates. Your house is really coming along! Thanks for sharing the journey with all of us!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 12, 2014 - 11:34 AM

      First, I LOVE the idea of a “catio,” but that’s terrible about the impromptu kitty pee pit! There are little worse messes in the world than kitty pee. No bueno.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - August 12, 2014 - 11:29 AM

    Are either of your dogs kickers? Kahlua likes to kick up the grass with her back legs after she does her business and my former dog did that as well. I love this idea but am wondering if she would kick all of the gravel out of the pit.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 12, 2014 - 3:52 PM

      Sometimes – not always! – Jack will kick. I suppose I’ve seen CC do it once or twice, too. We haven’t experienced yet on the pit, but I imagine it would absolutely kick up a mess! I guess it’s not so bad if that does happen though, as we can just sweep the pebbles back into the pit. If you have an all-the-time kicker, building a taller “fence” around the gravel could help!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - August 12, 2014 - 11:46 AM

    I’m kind of embarrassed to say I always knew what you meant with the peepit! lol I have three about the size of yours. I have two that use the gravel, but one always always goes on grass. It’s just her preference, I guess, no matter how many treats she gets in the gravel! Oh well. I might break out that clicker again, you are right, it’s kinda weird but it does seem to get their attention. I had a rescue about 6 months one time, couldn’t get him to do much of anything. A trainer said start with the clicker, his name, and treat. Turned out the poor fella didn’t even know his own name! Once he connected his name with himself, he was much more willing to listen. Yay clicker!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - August 12, 2014 - 12:01 PM

    I guess our entire yard is a pee pit for our Ridgeback, since we only have rock (no grass anyway) here in Az. My son’s pittie stayed with us for a while and really had to be coaxed off the patio and into the rock. (Of course he’s a little goofball anyway, and convinced that random things like muffin pans are out to get us, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.) I’m glad yours seem happier with the idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres - August 12, 2014 - 3:40 PM

    We live in the country, so the whole world is a pee pit for our pooch. I had a bit of a freakout on the weekend because I thought he was taking himself for a walk while I was gardening, but nope. He was just wandering into the soybean field so that he could do his business. Such a conscientious fellow. His weird hang-up is that he likes to pee and poop up high. So if he was at your place, you can bet he’d be aiming for the fence itself, not your beautiful gravel.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 12, 2014 - 3:43 PM

      Eh, it’s not so bad if it gets on the fence. Just not the grass! ;)

      I grew up in an area where we had a huge corn field behind our house. Our pup was free to do whatever he wished! In the city though? We find strange things to obsess over.ReplyCancel

  • Monika & Sam - August 14, 2014 - 10:22 PM

    Brilliant! Now…care to come out to a Colorado and show Sam how that whole pee pit thing works? Gold star for you guys for getting the fur kids to do their thing where you want them to.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - August 21, 2014 - 10:49 PM

    I love your puppy posts. Your dogs are so darling! I can’t get enough CC; she is so precious! <3ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 21, 2014 - 11:34 PM

      Thank you! She stole our hearts from the first meeting. Love that girl SO MUCH.ReplyCancel


This wasn’t on any of our outdoor to-do lists, but it was such an easy facelift to up our curb appeal. By no means is it perfect – it’s still a dented, old mailbox! – but it’s a major improvement over what we had going on before:


Our sad mailbox is welded onto our front gate, so it wasn’t as simple as undoing a few screws and attaching a new one. We considered going the new route, but the effort hardly seemed worth it (right now), as it would also require an unwanted dance with the post office of transferring locks and coordinating proper keys with our mail lady. A few months ago, I even called our local branch to ask what would be required, and the helpful woman on the phone sounded exasperated just explaining the protocol! When I asked if it was within our rights (not to sound overly dramatic, but Chicago has a lot of strange laws) to just paint the box, she said, go for it!


It looks like someone had glued something to the front at one point, and old names were written on with permanent marker. Despite scraping, scrubbing and fingernail picking, the metal still looked absolutely filthy, so we used a combination of Goof Off (for a final cleansing) and spray paint to get it looking, at the very least, cuter!


We discussed a handful of options for the color – Red? Emerald green? Soft blue? Hot pink! (kidding!) - but knowing that our neighbors would be seeing it much more than we would, we wanted something a little more safe and unoffensive. We even considered going with black to blend in with our fence (which admittedly could use a new paint job as well), but nixed that for something a little more fun. Why not? It’s just a mailbox! We’ve used Montana brand spray paints in the past, and it holds up really well (it’s made for all-weather graffiti artists!), and after going through the colors available, we both agreed on the color ‘Neptune.’


This brand of spray paint is known to have better control, so I didn’t have to worry about taping off too much of the fence. A few sheets of paper did the job! Once dry, it’s a slightly brighter and more green blue than our front door, but they’re similar enough that they also play well together!


Before starting the job at all, I did still have to ask our mail lady to keep the box unlocked so we had access to the inside to remove the locks, making it easier to spray paint. When I told her our plans, she said, I can’t wait to see what you do!, so hopefully it’s one of the more cheery stops in her daily routine now. (On a side note, wouldn’t it be fun if it was the norm to have the brightest, most colorful mailbox? Houses would look so happy! Getting your bills could be tolerable! I call pink!)

Eventually, we may upgrade our mailbox altogether, especially since we don’t need three separate locks. But for now? Cute!

PS… You’ll now be able to find us over at Bali Blinds, where we’ll be blogging alongside an inspiring crew of contributors! Check out our latest post – and update to our DIY Suds – because yup, we’re still using ‘em!

  • Jodi - August 8, 2014 - 8:29 AM

    SO CUTE! that’s great that your mail lady is excited to see it, too. =)ReplyCancel

  • Cammee - August 8, 2014 - 8:32 AM

    I can’t even believe that is the same mailbox!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - August 8, 2014 - 9:08 AM

    Great updating idea! We’ve got a really old purple (yes) rusty metal mailbox that I am thinking of painting, but it’s also really bent out of shape. Probably better to just get a new one. Maybe I’ll get a plain one and paint it something fun.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - August 8, 2014 - 9:48 AM

    Speaking of crazy Chicago laws, since it’s illegal to sell spray paint in stores in Chicago, where did you get this lovely shade of blue spray paint? (I.e, who sells this brand?) (ie how far into the burbs were you forced to venture, haha, the dreaded burbs!)

    • Kim - August 8, 2014 - 10:18 AM

      So true! I should have mentioned that. We got this at the Blick’s Art Supply in the ‘burbs. Scott works in the (farther away) ‘burbs and can pick it up on his way home from work, but in a pinch, you can at least go to Evanston and go to the art supply stores there to get your spray paint fix!ReplyCancel

    • Nicole S. - August 8, 2014 - 11:17 AM

      I frequently order spray pain from Amazon to fulfill my Chicago spray paint needs. Super easy!ReplyCancel

      • Katherine - August 8, 2014 - 2:24 PM

        Oh, Cool. I guess I never thought of Amazon for spray paint! Thanks guys!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity - August 8, 2014 - 12:13 PM

    Huge improvement. So fun!ReplyCancel

  • Uncle Brain - August 8, 2014 - 1:43 PM

    Hey, was that color my idea or yours? Doesn’t matter, I am going to pretend is was mine since it looks so awesome. HA!

    I think I will send you a letter just so it can hang out in that box for a few hours.

    Also, the dinosaurs were the right choice as well–so much fun! And the drapes… sheesh, I can’t even keep up with the commenting. You guys are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 8, 2014 - 2:05 PM

      Thank you, Uncle Brain! Looking forward to seeing you SOON!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - August 8, 2014 - 2:09 PM

    OMG, so easy and such a fun change!

    Do you still separate the mail for your downstairs tenant? Also, how is that working out?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 8, 2014 - 2:18 PM

      It’s going great! If anything, we worry that we’re the annoying neighbors to THEM (all the power tools and dogs running above their heads…). Also, their mail gets delivered to one of the 3 compartments in the mail box. :)ReplyCancel

  • q - August 8, 2014 - 6:36 PM

    Well done! Looks like the new one; suits to the door.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - August 10, 2014 - 8:53 AM

    Looks great! I love the color!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - August 11, 2014 - 1:35 PM

    We just got back from Iceland, and we LOVED the bright houses there. Whole houses the same color of your mailbox, topped with bright red roofs! Gray homes with blue roofs! White homes with red trim! Pink doors! Lime green houses! We loved it all, and are now contemplating painting our red brick house. I wonder what our neighbors would say to a whole house in the color of your front door….ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2014 - 2:02 PM

      That sounds AMAZING! I grew up in a small town where a lot of the houses were different crazy colors. I’ve always loved the charm in that!ReplyCancel

  • […] a little bit of elbow grease and the perfect shade of spray paint, the folks at Yellow Brick Home refreshed their mailbox for a pop of color and curb […]ReplyCancel

  • Lander Electric - August 14, 2014 - 5:39 PM

    Can’t get enough of a good DIY. This change looks really good and matches your door. Now, that’s a neighborhood mailbox I can get behind.ReplyCancel

  • Kaileen Elise - August 28, 2014 - 12:30 PM

    Love it! Looks so great… and I’d definitely love to check mail if I were you.ReplyCancel


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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

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