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This is my dining room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

This is the exterior and entryway of my house as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Kitchen Photographs

October 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my kitchen as of September 2013, enjoy!
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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 5 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

New Blinds, Finally

September 16, 2013 — 2 Comments
Happy, happy day! I finally got new blinds in the living room!
Soooo goood right?? While I was grateful that my house came with blinds on every window (seriously, that was amazing), they were all of the $4 vinyl variety. Not my favorite obviously, but they kept sun and people’s eyeballs out. That is until Bob systematically destroyed the blinds in the living room. He kept getting his paws caught up in the cords and yanking them down. After buying four new blinds for the living room (it was only $16 but still, they are ugly and I hate buying ugly things as place holders) I said enough was enough and I refused to buy more. When he broke two more a few weeks later I held my ground. And then… well, a year later I still only had two out of four blinds in the living room, but Bob totally learned his lesson.
But, my long game paid off because when I finally decided I had enough money to buy the ones I wanted (it too me a loooong time to decide what I wanted, here is a post about that) they were on sale! $140 later (sounds like a lot but it totally isn’t for blinds, trust me on that!) and new blinds were at my house. Of course, it didn’t occur to me until after they came that I would have to hang them, boo. Thankfully, they came after my cast came off (oh yeah, my cast is off!!!!) but my wrist was/is still really stiff so I wasn’t sure if I could do it myself (drilling is hard for me on a normal day). I asked my brother to help me hang them some time and he said yes, but in typical Jasmin style I randomly decided one day that I couldn’t wait another second and that I was going to hang them that moment. And I did! The process required a lot of cursing and two-handed drilling but the end result was totally worth it. Now, let’s revel in their glory shall we?

They are also thermally lined (not sure what that means, but it sounds good) so they provide great coverage at night.

Needless to say, I’m extremely happy that my wait is over.

I don’t like blinds. Growing up I never had them. My parent’s house is in a neighborhood but for whatever reason we only had curtains in our bedrooms. College was my first experience with blinds of the aluminum variety. I remember I had one friend who would come into my room nearly every evening and chastise me for not closing my blinds. She was appalled that I wasn’t more worried about people seeing me. Then after college we lived together for three years and I got really good at closing and opening blinds at appropriate times (thanks for the life lesson friend, oh and also for teaching me how to load a dishwasher!). Now I realize that blinds are a necessary evil because if you want to have big beautiful windows that let in sunlight during the day, conversely you will need something to block all the people of the world seeing your business at night.

So my blinds situation… notice anything wrong with the picture below?

If you’re keen you may notice the four little eyesores around the window trim. Ugh, those things have been staring at me and mocking me for months!
Back when I first moved in all four windows in the living room had matching blinds. They are cream vinyl blinds from Walmart. See how long the string hangs on the window on the left side of the picture? Yeah, well Bob tends to get tangled up in the cord like once a week, I know, I should hook them up or something because he might strangle himself, but I’m just a terrible pet owner. All that to say Bob has broken several blinds over the past year and even though the replacements are only $4.00 I’m really tired of buying them all the time. So I moved the blinds from over the couch to the front windows in the hopes that those two will last me until I replace them with something better. You may not be able to tell from these pictures but the house next door (behind the couch) is really close to mine. Like six feet away close (good thing they are nice people!) and thankfully there isn’t a window directly across from mine so I haven’t been too concerned with replacing those blinds. There isn’t a good angle to see inside those windows from the street so I don’t worry about it too much.
The Point: I need new blinds and I can’t make a decision about what kind to get. I’ve thought about switching to curtains instead, but here’s the thing about curtains: you have to get the kind with a lining for them to really be opaque and those kind are more expensive. Plus, I’d have to buy two rods and then there is the issue of one set of windows being ideal for curtains (the front windows) but the other set not so much (I think it would look too crowded to have curtains bunched up back behind the couch and faux sofa table). So I’ve ruled out curtains for now. On to the blinds issue: I’m stuck. I am usually a very decisive person, ask me anything I will give you a decision almost immediately, but of all things blinds are what have got my decision-maker stuck.
Oh wait, I actually did buy some and they were awful.
I bought these faux wood vinyl blinds from Target (here) a few months ago and I hated them. So back to the drawing board I went.
I really like the look of bamboo blinds, but the problem with the affordable bamboo blinds is that they are unlined.
Ignore how ugly these rooms are and just look at the blinds. I like the look and texture of them but they are straight up see through and I ain’t got time for see through blinds. That’s like wearing a see through shirt, what is the point?? So my final option is this:
White fabric roman shades… (I don’t want the brown but that is the only color they show with a close up shot) I think I like them. These are from JC Penney and they are $40 a piece (here). What I like about them is that they are a simple clean white 100% cotton (which goes with everything) and they are lined with thermal foam which cuts down on drafts (which would be helpful since I have single pane windows). I’m like 80% sold on them. What do you think? What would you do? Come one people give me some help!

This week I did two mini updates in my kitchen. I love it when little updates make a big impact. In this case one update made a big impact and the other one was more for my own benefit. Since this home was built in 1925 it has a few little cute features that don’t come in newer homes. One such feature is a little shelf built into the kitchen cabinets.

While I like this little shelf I’m never been truly sure what to do with it. At first I just piled little crap on it.

Cute shelf, cute stuff, and yet… still bland. Then I had an idea, what if I paint the background of the shelf? That could be cool, right? I could paint it a great accent color and then do some other stuff, but I thought a pattern would look cooler than a solid color. But painting a pattern is hard so I thought what about fabric? I dug through my scrap fabric and found a piece that was perfectly sized. Next, I got some scrap cardboard and cut it to the size of the back of the shelf, then I wrapped the fabric around it, and voila!

This piece of fabric is from the IKEA ‘As Is’ section for only fifty cents. I really like the fabric background but the styling is a little random in this shot. This fabric stayed up for the past few months but then I slowly got tired of it. Which is just fine because it’s just fabric wrapped around cardboard shoved into a shelf so I just took it down. I went through my scraps of fabric again and found another one that I liked and wrapped that around the cardboard and put it up.

I like this fabric a lot better (it’s also from IKEA and only $0.50). The black color grounds the shelf. The styling is getting better but it’s still a little amateur. Don’t worry I’ll keep working on it 🙂 Yay, for $0.50 updates! On to the next update…

Do you notice anything weird in this picture? No? Well, that’s because this next update is really only for me. If you look closely at the bottom of the blinds you may notice that they are stacked about five inches high… this has annoyed me for months. I bought standard sized blinds because that is all I can afford and while they fit the width of the window, the length was all kinds of wrong. First of all the windows in the kitchen are casement windows which means they are on hinges and the open up like this (Source):

Why wouldn’t I just show you a picture of my actual windows opening up? Because they are painted shut. Yeah, I know super lame. I hope to some day get them un-painted (however one does that) because that would be cool but for now they are shut for good. Anyway, back to the topic at hand, the blinds. I replaced the vinyl blinds that came with the house because they were disgusting. I picked these faux wood white blinds. I really like the blinds except for the fact that they are way too long. And while this bothered me I had no idea what to do about it. That is, until I read this blog entry about how to shorten them. I mean seriously, saying that this blew my mind is an understatement. I was so excited! There weren’t really directions on how to do it but I didn’t really care I just started cutting crap because I like to life on the edge like that.

I lowered the blinds all the way and cut the strings between the bottom piece and the last slat. Then I pulled out all the slats I didn’t want anymore, cut the strings below the last slat, and tied them back together.

It looks so much better! I highly doubt anyone besides me would ever notice the difference, but it makes me so happy! Even better? This update only took about ten minutes and cost me zero dollars 🙂