Catching up on the little home projects….

I am sharing my small home projects because I want to keep myself motivated to keep accomplishing…  I used to be obsessed with home decorating – nearly every day, I would be working on a project (to the point where my online friends thought I had a serious obsessive compulsive issue ;)) … then, I became incredibly busy with my photography business and didn’t have time to keep up with anything.  Now that I am getting a little control of my time, I have a boatload of things to do…..  I will have a curtain theme for a while here…. mine are so outdated.  I’m not a huge fan of curtains, but some rooms seem to need them to soften up the look a bit.

I don’t have a great before shot but you can see the simple curtains in my kitchen.  I’ve had these same ones for 12 years.  Of course, I did occasionally take them down and clean them, but it’s time for a change!!!  These curtains have leaves and little berries on them (blech – not my style anymore).

I’ve wanted to use these hanging votive holders above my sink for a while now.  I think they just add a nice pop of color.  If you remember, they actually used to be in my second photography studio.  Well, we have a few accents – like the light fixture, that have a stained glass feel.  The berry/leaf curtains are terrible with that look.

Curtains are so easy to make.  I simply made a hem on the top and bottom of the fabric, then the curtain rod I use has little clips and rings – so I didn’t even have to make a pocket for the curtain rod.  Super easy.  (I could have done this no-sew with simple iron on hem tape….

I chose black and white curtains as I wanted the colors in the accents to pop.  

While it was just one of those little projects – it made a huge difference in the kitchen.  It’s definitely brighter.  I’m always asked about this neutral color I have in my house – many of my rooms are deep colors but this neutral runs through the center of the house – it’s Wheat Bread by Behr.  I believe it is that perfect neutral to tie deep tones together.  It’s not yellowy and it’s not pinkish that you find so often with beige tones… it’s between a beige and gray.

So this weekend’s plan is to do a lot of closet and cabinet organizing…. soooo much to do, but it feels so good to get things done.


About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.

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