Cushions Galore

So, I’ve kind of decided that, for the new place, I’m not going to buy any stopgap items. I have enough to make it, and I was out of work for long enough to become exceedingly frugal. Anything I buy is going to be something I want to keep for a very long time. As such, I haven’t found much I really want to acquire, but I’ve spent a lot of time window shopping for housewares.

I guess I’ve settled on a sort of Deco/Nouveau/Craftsman bastardized bungalow theme for my decorating. I think it’ll look good in this house, and if I do move and/or buy a place, I expect to look for a bungalow of some sort which means it’ll all transfer over. (I note at this point that this post is far too full of commas.)

So I’ve already mentioned the Liberty of London for Target comforter set I got. It’s sort of a large paisley print in grey and teal and mustard yellow, and I’m trying to play off of that. The next logical step? Pillows. Throw pillows, everywhere. I guess technically the next step ought to be curtains but I still haven’t found any I like (currently planning to make some of muslin with nice fabrics at the hem… someday). Plus, I don’t have curtain rods, and I want to see if I can make the existing hardware work.

Anyway. Pillows. I spent about a week poking around, looking at fabrics, changing my mind about what I wanted. I finally narrowed it down to four fabrics, which I bought a little of today on Etsy. Zack is bringing my sewing stuff down this weekend when he comes to visit (YAY).


A New Birdhouse

I know this blog has been neglected for, oh, months and months, and I do apologize. I go through phases with blogging; sometimes, I’m convinced everyone must really want to know about my dinner, and sometimes I think really nobody must care.

At any rate, I am now living in Pittsburgh again, thank God. I’ve got a real job for the first time in years, and I just moved into a new place this month. It was built in 1930, and it’s got some fabulous Arts and Crafts stuff going on. Everything needs a little TLC, but it could be potentially the most awesome place ever… if I can keep myself on track.

I’ve been reading other blogs, and embarking on fruitless searches for window coverings I actually want to pay for, sheets that don’t clash, and ways to organize the kitchen. I think I may be blogging again, here, so that you all can see the transformation as the house takes shape. Also, I have my own kitchen again, which means more cooking.

So, if anyone’s out there: What would you do first? I’ve got a bedroom, a giant living room, a kitchen and a bathroom to make my own. I did manage to score a sweet comforter at Target (Liberty of London for, etc.) so I can at least base the bedroom around that, but otherwise I’m kind of at a loss. Curtains ought to be the first priority, so the neighbors don’t have to witness me, half-dressed, drying my hair to get ready for work. What would you do first?