Sunday, December 28, 2008

Handkercheif Curtain and Other Ideas from Mom

We went to my mom and dad's house for Christmas dinner, so I snapped a few photos to share with you. Mom and dad bought an old home that had been converted into apartments...thinking to live in the ground floor and rent the other apartments. Soon enough though, they realized they liked using the whole house. They left the apartments in case they want to rent them in the future...this creates a couple of mini suites in the upstairs of their home. These photos show the bedroom from one of the apartments upstairs. It's fun to go stay there...like staying in an inn!

The color combo you see here came from using the suggested color harmonies from the old Martha Stewart paint line at Kmart. Martha and her people did a great job of showing good color combos. Our Kmart doesn't carry paint any more, but I think Sears does have Martha paint.

Another corner of the room. My mom is the thrifting queen...almost everything in her home is a treasure she found somewhere. And my dad can repair most anything thing...so if she finds it and it needs a little work, between them they are able to fix it up better than new.

As you can see there is some work needed on the old plaster walls. Mom said they will get to it someday, but she went ahead and painted anyway...that way they have pleasant rooms to use in the meantime. I wish I had done that with my old house, because sometimes it takes a lot longer to get to some of those repairs than you would think.

Another part of that room. This house has neat some great features like the lamps on the walls. Some of the original shades had been replaced with cheap dime store shades... they found some more suitable vintage shades at garage sales and antique shops. We've found the antique shops are usually more affordable than some of those restoration places that sell new replacements.



These two photos show the window treatment in the kitchen of that apartment/guest suite. Mom has a huge collection of hankies... she pinned them to the top of a white valance using a straight pin in one corner of each hankie. It looks so cute and it's easy to take the hankies off when they need to be cleaned and ironed. My mom and dad have a ton of great ideas, so you will probably see me posting some more of their house in the future.

11 comments:

vintagewindow said...

You have a very lovely home. Your moms curtains are adorable. What a cozy retreat for guest. I would love to stay there myself.

Happy New Year

Kris

Renee said...

What a lovely home! It looks really welcoming.

Dot said...

Their house is so homey. I would love to stay there also! And what a great idea to use hankies in that way.

Judy said...

I love to stay there and I'm tucking the hankie idea away for future use. Your mom is very creative and should have her own blog to share any other ideas she may have.

pedalpower said...

You're right...she should have her own blog, but I can't even get her to use email or anything to do with the computer. I wish I could, because I know she'd love looking at everyone's blogs too....sometimes she does by looking over my shoulder.

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I love the house. I love your Mom's ideas! And I really love that you shared with us. Happy New Year! ~Mindy

Me said...

I've seen the hanky idea before but never done so beautifully - having a large collection is clearly beneficial.

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

So cute! Can't wait to see their other ideas!

Awesome Abby said...

So THATS what I can do with all these hankies I've been collecting over the years! I LOVE it!!!! :) Thanks for visiting my blog, and lemme know how the walking/exercise thing goes for you! I'm going to click the "PAY" button tonight...eeeeek!

Tracey said...

thanks for the great idea.. I'm going to see what it looks like in my bedroom. I have a very little house..so not many rooms to choose from. I may also frame all of them and do a wall like a quilt... we'll see. But thank you for helping me out and giving me some great ideas!

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a lovely house! Love the creative idea with the hankies on the window!