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An Adorable Studio Apartment Tour & An Announcement

An Adorable Studio Apartment Tour & An Announcement

An Adorable Studio Apartment Tour & An Announcement

An Adorable Studio Apartment Tour & An Announcement

An Adorable Studio Apartment Tour & An Announcement

An Adorable Studio Apartment Tour & An Announcement

This adorable studio apartment is the home where one of my daughter’s friends and fellow interior design classmates, Michaela (of Michaela Noelle Designs), lived while finishing her design studies. I’m showing her home to you today not only because it is SO cute (not your average college apartment, right?) but because I have a special announcement about Michaela and I wanted you to be properly introduced!

An Adorable Studio Apartment Tour & An Announcement

My lovely daughter Courtney (on the right) recently graduated with her degree in Interior Design. Yes, I’m so proud of her (as I am of all three of my kids!). Michaela (also lovely, and on the left) graduated in the same class and is a good friend of Courtney’s. They are both so talented in many ways and have great taste … not to mention they are two of the sweetest girls you’ll ever meet.

Courtney not only helps me here on The Inspired Room with projects, collages and design ideas as well as now working full time for Restoration Hardware, but was also very involved in the design of our recent kitchen remodel. It is wonderful having a trusted opinion and fresh perspective! I valued her guidance, help and input so much while we were working on the kitchen, not to mention it was so fun working with both of my girls on a big project like that!

My other lovely daughter, Kylee, has evolved into my project manager and she keeps me on task (something I desperately need or I would chase after far too many shiny things) as well as being the creator of some of the amazing hand drawn art and recipes you might have seen on The Inspired Room. I’m very blessed to have such a creative and supportive family! I love working with my girls — I feel so blessed!

One of the things we have often joked about, though, is that they need another sister.  When the three of us get together, ideas start flowing and we can’t even keep up with ourselves. Haha! Yes, they have a 13 year old brother we adore but so far he doesn’t share our enthusiasm for decorating or DIY projects. Humpf. Although I will say he is pleased with the results of some of our projects like the ice cream party so there is hope for him.

While we are absolutely thrilled with life right now as it is, there are always more dreams and things we want to do than hands to do them. We love being creative and doing projects and expanding what we do. We thrive on that energy. It is just how we are, thus the dream of another sister!  After all, there are only so many hours in a day and we all have outside jobs or volunteer work we care about so we don’t have endless time to keep up with our ideas. So that is where Michaela comes in!

An Adorable Studio Apartment Tour & An Announcement

After a recent meeting at a Seattle cafe (with big mugs of coffee — how many of our big ideas are born, haha), it was concluded that Michaela may in fact be my girls’ long lost sister. So now you know. We are adopting her.

HA! Well, no. Not really, but we are going to include her and her awesome ideas on The Inspired Room, so that is almost the same thing around here, right?! Starting next month she will officially be a part of our team of girls here, helping us out once a month with some adorable DIY ideas and posts on entertaining that I know you will love and be completely inspired by.

We think she has amazing ideas and great style that will be a great complement to what we do here! We are thrilled to have another sister on board who is as enthusiastic as we are about design and blogging and life — we know you’ll love her too.

Home Tour — Designed by Michaela along with her roommate Alexa Osgood. Photo credit: Monica Wang Photography

{Easy DIY} No Sew Embellished IKEA Curtain Panels

{Easy DIY} No Sew Embellished IKEA Curtain Panels

Remember awhile back when I got my new bamboo shades for the family room? Well, I STILL love them. I’ve been especially loving them all summer because when the sun pours in hot I’ve been able to lower them to keep the house cooler. Even though I loved the windows with just the shades (for how they look as well as privacy and temperature control), I still wanted curtains to soften the room and add another layer of warmth and texture.

But finding affordable and and unique long curtains is not always easy. In my office I splurged and got some gorgeous crewel Anthropologie curtains. Even though they were not cheap, I haven’t regretted it. They really are beautiful and bring so much personality to my office. I smile every time I see them.

For my dining room curtains, I had some fabric leftover from curtains in a house we lived in years ago.  We were able to give them added length with a band of blue at the bottom. They turned out great and I love them.

{Easy DIY} No Sew Embellished IKEA Curtain Panels

For the family room I decided I didn’t want any pattern or vivid color, my goal was to just soften the room and frame the window a bit. I didn’t want the curtains to be the personality of this space, rather they were going to be in a supporting role. While I do love color and pattern, sometimes too much can be distracting in a room that already has enough going on to keep your eyes happy! But a little detail that doesn’t scream at you can be nice.

I really love a cozy home in Fall and Winter so while my style in this house might be a little more summery, I am wanting to keep the seasonless details that make a house warmer and snug in those colder months.

{Easy DIY} No Sew Embellished IKEA Curtain Panels

I’ve had trouble finding long affordable curtains for every house I’ve ever had and we’ve had to custom make them or add to them in some way to get the look I wanted. Fortunately this time IKEA had just what I needed in the way of affordable long curtains, except for the fact that they were a little on the plain side and STILL not long enough! EEK!

I almost always like to hang curtains higher than the window frame so while they may have been fine if I had hung the curtains right at the top of the window, visually I wanted these panels hung to the ceiling. And that is why they were too short!

{Easy DIY} No Sew Embellished IKEA Curtain Panels

So armed with some iron on stitch tape to avoid sewing, my ever-so-helpful mom who has made dozens of curtains for me in my lifetime cut up an extra jute sheer striped curtain panel from World Market that was just sitting around my house (an extra panel from this curtain project) and attached it to the bottom of the IKEA curtains.

Voila! Instant touch of personality and one of a kind style, not to mention enough length to reach the floor. Score!

{Easy DIY} No Sew Embellished IKEA Curtain Panels

My mom will not like me showing you the back side of the curtain but I will anyway just so you know, it doesn’t have to be perfect to look good on the front side. Of course you can sew a border on the bottom of curtains to lengthen them if you want to (that is how my mom did the dining room curtains and these panels with burlap trim for me). But since our border fabric was so light weight it was perfectly fine to use iron on tape (you can find the iron on fabric tape at JoAnn’s Fabric or any other fabric store)!

{Easy DIY} No Sew Embellished IKEA Curtain Panels

After some ironing, the curtains were done and looking good! I was worried that I wasn’t going to like curtains in here since I actually loved how the room looked without them. But I do really love how it quietly finished the room.

If we had a house with an amazing view out the window I don’t know that I would care about having curtains as much. But since I like to focus our attention inside rather than outside at the view especially in the dreary days of winter, curtains can make a room complete!

{Easy DIY} No Sew Embellished IKEA Curtain Panels

You’ll also notice that I opted to make the curtains stationary and just used a short rod on either side rather than a full curtain rod all the way across. With all the molding and window trim, I didn’t want to have a long rod adding another line across the windows, nor did I want a huge rod with big finials to call attention to it.

I just used a regular short curtain rod from Lowe’s and only overlapped the rod slightly on either side of the window to let the most amount of light into the room. I am definitely pleased with how it turned out!

{Easy DIY} No Sew Embellished IKEA Curtain Panels

Now I’m about to tackle living room panels! My living room window is SUPER tall so I’m having to add on quite a bit of length to my curtain panels. But this time my mom is not up here to help me, darn, so I’m on my own!  I’ll report back on how it goes!

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