My building was built in the 1920's and at the time it was somewhat of a "scandal" because it was one of the first non-brownstone apartment buildings on the block. There's great molding, high ceilings, real hardwood floors and large windows just to name a few. But, like older places it has its quirks too (and rodents - I saw a mouse a few months back, but he hasn't shown his face in awhile, thank goodness!).
Since moving last year, I've quickly tried to make it feel homey. It's hard when you are renting because nothing is definite. I'm not quite as brave as some bloggers out there, who are renting and renovating. To me that just doesn't make a lot of sense. But, there are small things you can do.
I don't think I'll ever really be "finished" with decorating but that's half the fun. There is always something more to be done. Last week, I decided to tackle the bathroom. The bathroom in this apartment is nothing special, but has potential.
Here is the window as it was before. Very bland and boring. Aren't you jealous of my view? Can't get much better than a brick wall right?!
- A yard of fabric
- Iron on hem tape
- 3 tension rods
Then, I hemmed the top of the curtain so that a tension rod could easily be inserted through. Once that was done, I hung the tension rode at the top of the window and let the fabric drape down.
Next, I hung the second tension rod and then pulled the fabric over, letting it double over like a fold. Now it's starting to look like a roman shade. Then, I hung the third tension rod about six inches apart and pulled the fabric up, repeating the fold like the first section. You can hang the tension rods any width you want, depending on how tight you want the shade to look. I prefer a more open look so my rods are spread further apart.
Here is the finished curtain. I love it so much that I'm thinking of redoing the curtain in the kitchen and adding one in the bedroom.