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Quick New Curtains

I whipped up a couple of new curtains yesterday for the front door and window using an ANNO LJUV sheer panel from IKEA. The fabric was a little tricky because the flower petals are stiff and the rest is a very soft mesh, but I used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine (a first for me) and that worked well. I think that slipping another café curtain rod (I use the $3 cheapies from Target) along the bottom will help the window curtain hang more smoothly.

The front entry seems to get so much more light now! Well, that’s probably also because I took the screen door off. I was feeling industrious yesterday.

Our Entry & Stairway

The walls of our front entry and stairway were clad in knotty pine when we moved in. We weren’t fans, to say the least. I wrote about priming the wood back in August of 2007, but I realized recently that I neglected to follow up with the finished look. Our baby gates went up this weekend, but I took photos before I installed them.

Before & After: Our Front Entry & Stairway

Our Front Entry & Stairway

The paint color is Campground by Behr, and the fabric on the door and window was from IKEA, as was the little pink rug. I love the beautiful doorknob on the door to the living room, and I’m pretty fond of the vintage paper punch we use as a doorstop.

Our Front Entry & Stairway

Our Front Entry & Stairway

I hung a small painting that I made and put up a cute switchplate from Anthropologie. Above the railing that we installed, I hung four Syroco panels scored on eBay.

Our Front Entry & Stairway

And here, a lovely shot of just how crowded this little area gets when you actually open the front door. Now imagine a baby gate on the bottom stair that swings out into the space. Nice.

Our Front Entry & Stairway

At the Back Door

Brandon setup a little area near the back door for our coats and shoes (and a leash too).

At the Back Door

This is where the stairs are that lead down to the basement, right next to the back door in the kitchen.

The hooks and shelves only cost about $15 total (from IKEA). We should have done this a long time ago.

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