VIP Home: Blank Canvas Syndrome (Curtain Fest Part 4)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

Being the daughter of an artist, I was able to witness blank canvas syndrome first hand. I remember my mom leaving a canvas blank for hours…sometimes days…even weeks! Furniture pieces would sit unfinished in our garage until she had a brilliant idea on how to refinish each of them. At the time, I did not truly understand why the blank canvases were so frustrating to her, and why it was such a struggle to find the inspiration to paint, sketch, or think outside the box to create the unimaginable.

It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.

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Now that I am older, I understand why it was and still is sometimes hard for my mom to depict her inspiration onto a blank canvas because I, too, struggle with taking my scattered ideas and organizing them to “paint my blank canvas”–whether it be styling an artistic photo shoot or an outfit series. Currently, I am having Blank Canvas Syndrome with a room-dividing curtain in my apartment–It is pretty yet boring…It is boundless yet teeming with limitations. It is blank yet full of ideas.
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Speaking of full of ideas…I have had several great ideas–well, ideas that seemed great at the time–that were total epic fails. Bedazzling it, sewing vintage buttons on it, painting it, tie dying it, tea staining it, and the list goes on…but none of those things truly fit my vision for the room-dividing curtain. So, it is still hanging between my kitchen and my closet functioning but not satisfying to the eye. What shall I do to make the curtain more fun and colorful? Hm…I am not quite sure yet…perhaps I need to call in the professional–aka Mom *wink*–to see if she has any ideas on how to spruce up my boring white curtain. Lord knows the last time I did not call her in for help…I painted one wall in my kitchen 1950’s powder pink before I realized it looked…terrible…it looked like a–a–Oh…I will continue about that DIY disaster another day + pictures *wink*
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Do you any ideas on how I can DIY my room-dividing curtain? Comment on this blog post, write a comment on Facebook, or email me your ideas. I would love to hear them!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Curtain Fest Part Two…Cute & Creative DIYed Curtains for a Small Kitchen

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

This week on VIP Home, I am continuing my Curtain Fest series by showing y’all how I transformed my tiny apartment kitchen window into something totally adorable by using a simple curtain rod, cafe hooks, and dinner napkins.

When I first moved into my apartment–sans blinds and curtains–I was a bit overwhelmed with the lack of privacy and the amount of money it was going to take to create not only a barrier from the outside world, but to also make the barrier adorable and fun. The size of the kitchen window made it extremely difficult to find cute and colorful curtains to match the sunshine walls + all the curtains I found were too pricey for my shoestring budget AND  I wanted something precious. I accepted the challenge. Then, I realized that I needed to call in the professional–aka mom *wink*–for a brainstorming session.

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After lots of dud ideas, we finally found a winner–why not use patterned dinner napkins and hang them like valances?! BAM–and curtain fest part dos was born. So, my mom and I made our way to Bed Bath and Beyond–where we picked up a curtain rod and small cafe hooks, and SteinMart–where we picked up seven square dinner napkins in two complementing patterns. Playing with patterns on a small DIY project like this is a great way to spice up your space without burning a hole in your pocketbook in the process *wink* This project cost about $50.00 total–that’s the curtain rod, small cafe hooks, and dinner napkins. The total would have been a little bit less had I remembered to use my Bed Bath and Beyond coupon *wink*

Now, check out this short tutorial on how to fold the dinner napkins as seen in photos:

 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

 

 

VIP Home: Curtain Fest Part One…3 Ways to Transform a Simple Cable Curtain

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

This week on VIP Home, I am kicking off my month-long series “Curtain Fest” by showing y’all three different ways to transform a simple cable curtain by only using clothespins + scarves from my wardrobe. Talk about a frugal way to spice up a space *wink*

So…what is “Curtain Fest” exactly? Well, every Monday in June on VIP Home, I am going to show off the different curtains in my apartment–some I DIYed, and some I bought because they were too fabulous to pass up *wink*  Now–let’s take a look at the video to find out how the VIP DIYed her closet curtains.

Example 3: For this scarf combo, I did NOT use any clothespins. I knotted each scarf and overlapped  each one to create a more whimsically effortless look.
Example 3: For this look, I did NOT use any clothespins. I knotted each scarf and overlapped each one to create a more whimsical and effortless look.

When it comes to tackling a project like this, remember that styling a room is no different than styling an outfit! To read more about how styling interiors and a wardrobe are one in the same, check out my article in The Trussville Tribune here.

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Stay tuned to VIP social media for a very special announcement coming soon! The VIP team cannot wait to share the awesome news with y’all! :)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn