DIY Lucite Curtain Rod and Greek Key Trim Curtains

I am so excited to share this DIY project with ya’ll!!  I will have a full tutorial up soon, but could not wait to show you the pictures.  I wrote about my love of lucite rods here.  However, they are ridiculously pricey.  So, taking the lead from fellow bloggers (the original was from Grace at A Storied Style), I DIY’d my own.  The brass standoffs are actually for ballet barres and the lucite is custom from a company called Nationwide Plastics out in Texas.  These pictures do not do justice to how lovely it looks in person!

Lucite Rod 3


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I also decided to DIY myself some greek key trim curtains.  Using inexpensive Ikea curtains and greek key fabric, I created a high-end look for sooo much less.

Lucite Rod 5


Lucite Rod 2

What do you think?  I am so pleased with how they turned out!  I waited forever to do curtains on this big window because it was so big.

Stay tuned as I will have a full tutorial on how to DIY the curtain rod and the curtains!





DIY Dyed Lampshade

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Hi everyone!  I thought I would pop in this weekend since I actually had time to get to one of the DIY’s on my to-do list!

A ways back I found this steal of a lamp at Marshall’s.  It was only $26 and is a 30 pound crystal Drexel Heritage lamp.  Yes, you read that right $26 and it was originally $130!

I fell in love with it and knew I would find a place for it.  I have plans brewing in the back of my mind for Audrey’s (my youngest) big-girl room.  I plan on doing it in palette of grey and pale pink and I have been picking up things for it here and there.




The only problem was that the shade the lamp came with was this cream (almost yellow) color, and it did not go with my envisioned palette.  So I decided to try to dye the lampshade.  I figured I could always buy a new one if the project went terribly wrong, so I really had nothing to lose.

Here is what you will need:

  • Rit Dye- $2.79 (can be found at most craft stores).  I used a soft color called Pearl Grey.
  • Salt
  • Hot water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Ribbon or trim (optional)



Here is what you do.  I don’t have photos because you want to move fast when you do this and I didn’t want to end up with stained clothes or a stained kitchen!

  • Using gloves, add the Rit Dye and 1 cup of salt to very hot water.  I used the hottest tap water I could get, but if you need it hotter, you could always boil water and add it. I did this project in a stainless steel kitchen sink because it was the only place that would fit my large drum shade.  It is also important to note that you should not do a project like this in a bathtub.   It can stain the porcelain.  You can use it in a washing machine or a large bucket  if you are dying clothes or larger items of fabric.
  • Use a spoon to ensure the dye is completely mix in.
  • Test the dye with a scrap piece of fabric or a paper towel to make sure it is the right color.
  • Let the object sit in the dye for 10-30 minutes depending on how dark you want the color to be.  I had to rotate mine in the dye several times to ensure even coverage.
  • Rinse or wash the item in cool water.  I just rinsed mine with cold water a few times to make sure the die was gone.

I also recommend making sure then entire work surface you are working near is covered with trash bags or some plastic lining because the dye can stain.

Overall, I am very impressed with the Rit Dye.  My biggest concern was that it was going to add too much color, but it ended up being very subtle.  Here is a before and after.


I then simply glued on some Greek key trim and I feel like I have a really elegant lamp for my little lady’s room for only about $30.


Lampshade 1

Have you ever used Rit Dye?  I think it would be great to use to dye inexpensive white curtains or even an old duvet cover.  It comes in a variety of colors so the options are endless!

Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick and Thrifty Thursday Head on over to see all of the inspiration!

Waste Not Want Not

So, I was puttering around the house over the weekend and I had a stroke of genius.

The bedding in my bedroom is the Hotel Collection bedding from Macy’s that we got for our wedding many years ago.  If you got married anywhere around 2004 you have probably seen it or have it!  It was super popular.  It is color block in a light beige.  It is so old I couldn’t even find pictures of it!

I love it and it has held up well for almost 10 years.  However, I was growing a bit bored of .  That was until I ran into some of the extra Greek Key trim I used for this curtain project!

I had a bolster pillow that was just screaming for some love, so I used Fabric Glue (Fabri-Tac) to easily glue on the left over trim.

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Not a bad update for costing me nothing.  I have also added more texture and pillows in the same color scheme to my bed in order to liven up the bedding.

Here is how it looks now with a few updates!

Bedding watermark

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I am so glad I held on to that small amount of left over trim.  I knew I would use it someday.

Waste not want not!  Happy Monday everyone!!


DIY Greek Key Drapes

I have always loved Greek Key pattern and was inspired by the lovely images below to create my own DIY version of these curtains.  I love the endless color combinations!

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Custom made designer drapes were not in my budget, so I got creative and took some ready made curtains from Ikea and added some Greek Key trim from M&J Trimming to get the designer look for less!Here is my final result:

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M&J Trimming has more than 50 styles of Greek Key Trim available. It comes in both 33 millimeter and 60 millimeter. The 33MM starts at just $9.99 per yard!!

I chose the 60 millimeter in Optical White/Gold.

MJ Trim Gold


I sewed it on myself and I am beyond proud of myself that I can sew a straight line!  However, you can also use fabric glue to adhere the trim.

The curtains are the Vivian curtains from Ikea and they are only $9.99 for a pair!  At that price, I used four so that they looked very full.  You could also use ready made curtains from Pottery Barn, World Market, Target, or go big and make your own!

Here are some of my other favorite trim colors from M&J Trim.  The possibilities are endless!


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I loved the way these turned out and they perfectly finish off our breakfast room!  I am seriously considering ordering a different color and making drapes for my bedroom!  Heaven help me . . .


If Money Were No Object

I need quite a few new pieces of furniture in my home and a console table is one of them. Most of my living room furniture is what I call “placeholder” furniture.  Meaning it will have to do until I find the right piece at the right price.

I have been longing for a new console table to put behind my couch.  I was browsing One Kings Lane and found this one.

greek key console

It combines two of my favorite things:  Greek Key and Marble!  That is probably why it costs $2,855.00  Just SLIGHTLY out of my “console budget.”

I found it in the Vintage and Market Finds section on One Kings Lane.  Did you know that they have new sales everyday on vintage and antique items?  It is like an online Antique Faire.  Love it!!

Have a wonderful weekend!


If Money Were No Object . . .

In the spirit of TGIF, I will be starting a series of posts every Friday that highlight what I would buy if “money were no object.”  It will be a bit of an escape from always trying to find the “look for less.”  In a Pinterest world, you can pin beautiful homes and decor that might never be yours, so why not indulge the spirit and pretend to buy what you would if you could??

Up first, is a piece that has a special meaning for me.  I am a huge fan of Hollywood Regency style and have always loved bamboo style mirrors. My parents have a beautiful white bamboo mirror in their entryway.  They received it as a wedding present – so cute!

I have waaaay to many mirrors in my house to splurge on a new one.  But, if I won the lottery today, I would buy this beauty I spied on One Kings Lane

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For $399 it could be mine!!

I really intended to only have one object of desire featured in these posts, but as I perused One Kings Lane, I found so many treasures to fantasize about.  I just HAD to post this one.  We have been toying around with having our two girls share a room and using the extra room for a home office.  Of course, that means finding two perfectly girly and chic matching twin beds, right??

Well, if money were no object, I would be nabbing these from One Kings Lane:

Beds Louis XVI-Style Beds

And  . . . they could be mine for $3,500.  A girl can dream, right?  Sadly, my darling girls will probably be slumbering in made-over thrift store finds!

I could spend hours searching around One Kings Lane for home decor.  I wish I lived at 1 Kings Lane.  What do you think?  Have you ever found an amazing score at One Kings Lane?