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February 20, 2013

how to: double shower curtains

I filed this photo away to reference one day if/when I can have a lovely bathroom custom-made: I love the two-panel shower curtain. Panels are nearly always my window treatment of choice, I love how they soften harsh lines. They look soft and warm in the bathroom, too. And I'm particularly fond of the nice metallic clip rings instead of crappy plastic. 

Then it occurred to me that this look was way easy to mimic:
just move the shower rod up and use window panels instead of a shower curtain.


See how nice this looks? It didn't take a custom stone surround to make the double-panel look work. The panels frame the shower stall beautifully AND they're hung nice and high, making the ceilings seem taller and the room more grand.

I decided to try it out, since I had an extra pair of curtain panels laying around. I bought a black tension rod (wanted it to look like an actual curtain rod, but the old shower rod was white... black helped) and hung it high enough so the curtains barely brush the floor.

No windows + bad lighting = it looks suuuuper ghetto in this photo, but I wanted to show you I actually did it.

The bathroom feels warmer and grander. And I promise it looks good in real life-- try it and you'll see!

February 18, 2013

10 MORE Resources for Affordable Decor

My post about 10 favorite resources for affordable decor quickly became one of the most popular posts on my blog. Seems you like cheap decorating as much as I do! So I put together a list of 10 more places to shop online... including my secret obsession and a couple surprising sources.


Garnet Hill doesn't have a huge selection, but it's all classic stuff. They have great cotton rugs that come in a new pattern every season.

Fabric.com nearly always has the best prices on yardage. The selection goes in and out of stock (I think it's an overstock/ type of place, but I've never noticed any damage) and it's not high-end, but you can usually find Premier Prints, Waverly, Robert Allen, etc.

La Redoute. People. You should be thrilled I'm sharing this one because I've never divulged this source to a soul. There are always at least 20 things I'm crazy about at this French store! The only downside is the $20 international shipping unless your order is $119+, then it's free. So stock up and you're good.

The Container Store sells bins, boxes, and organizational wonders of all kinds.

JC Penney, who would have guessed? I've found hidden gems several times, especially in the Cindy Crawford line.

I'm so glad Zara Home has an online shop for the USA now! They have an excellent selection of bedding, pillows, and cool accessories.

Spoonflower is basically designer fabric knock-off central. Users upload their own designs, which you can have printed onto different types of fabric. My favorite shops are Holli Zollinger and Domesticate.

HSN used to have a Nate Berkus line. Now they don't, but it's still good. There are lines from Carlton Varney and Colin Cowie, and a good collection curated by House Beautiful. 

CASA.com carries some great brands in most home categories (except furniture). They give free 2-day delivery for orders $49+, which is kind of amazing. And bonus, I have an affiliate coupon for you:


Modcloth has fun, retro-inspired accessories. Great for dorms, teenagers, or a little dose of fun... along the lines of Anthropologie (but cheaper) or Urban Outfitters (but less vulgar).

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So that's a total of 20 of my favorite shopping sources. Get to it!
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