Guest Post: How to Instantly Update Your Home with New Curtains

The home is precious; it’s where we feel safe, secure and happy. It’s where we can truly be free to relax, be ourselves and lock ourselves away from outside distractions.

Why curtains?
Curtains are much more than just pieces of material that keep the light out in the morning and retain the heat at night; curtains are a tried-and-tested method of home decoration.

As well as being functional, they also make the room seem softer. This may sound like an odd thing to say, but the truth is that a window without curtains or blinds can really make a room look harsh and the angles of the window frame are sometimes at odds with the peaceful and calming feel that many people want their homes to exude.

Simply put, curtains are a simple and instant way to update any room in the home.

Pick a great fabric
When it comes to new curtains, the fabric is a chance to go wild! Do you want bright colors, or soft pastel shades? Do you want to try out a new, bold contemporary style or something more understated and traditional?

The choice is yours, but if you pick a fabric that you want, a material that you adore and simply cannot live without, then use that to form the starting point of your home’s beautiful new look.

Find a new texture
Your curtains don’t just have to be an accessory; they can be the focal point of the entire room. So, if you’re looking at getting a new pair of curtains, it’s also a chance to look at injecting the room with new colors and textures.

Textures, such as flocked cotton, silk, wool, velvet and sheer materials can breathe new life into an old room, adding lots of different layers and movements to the room.

Make your room a success
Before you start looking at curtain fabric, make a floor plan, and look at where the light comes in, where large pieces of furniture will sit and how many windows there are.

If you have lots of windows in one room, think carefully about the type and color of fabric you want, as dark, pattered curtains will make the room look too busy and dominate the room, which you don’t want.

There are many ways to update your living space, but buying a new pair of curtains is a good way to get started, and you can find more at Tesco.

Image by: love Maegan, used under Creative Commons license

VBS 2012 – Bug Zone: Transformed by God’s Love

Tomorrow starts our VBS week at church. I am really looking forward to it. Normally, I teach the older kids, but this year I opted to teach the little ones. I am the lucky teacher in the 2s and 3s classroom. That means I get to teach Parker’s class. He can’t wait, and neither can I!

Thursday night, my classroom helper, {and dear friend}, and I went over to the church and spent several hours decorating our room. It turned out SO great that I just had to share it with you all.

Here is our door. It’s the only thing not done. It will soon say, “We want to BEE like Jesus.”

Here are the four sides of the room. I just love our balloon clouds, paper plate daisies, and our tree!

And here’s a closeup of my FAVORITE part of the room. The Beehive:

Didn’t everything turn out so cute? I just love it all. And I think the kids will really love it too. I think it’s just perfect for their age group. I had so much fun putting it all together with Ms. Alecia. It makes me smile every time I look at it. 🙂

Is your church doing VBS this year? What’s your theme?