It’s DRAPERY. It’s a DOOR. NO, it’s a PANEL CURTAIN!

Tuesday this week was like Christmas and  I must have been a really good girl this year because Santa Apple brought me a shiny new Mac Mini.

It has been a very happy addition to the new improved office, but not the only one.

We also finally took care of the very odd 2 foot doorway/doorless-gap between the office/closet area of the bedroom and the bathroom. A door wouldn’t work because of the irregular size, so we decided to go with some sort of black curtain to at least block the light in the mornings.  I knew I wanted something more modern and clean than standard drapery — but I didn’t have any source ideas, really. I had also actually wanted something similar (but in white) for the sliding glass doors, so I took advantage of the wonderful Anna Dorfman’s (of doorsixteen) post a while back where she allowed readers to ask anything, a Q-and-A free-for-all of sorts and I asked Anna for recommended design solutions and she delivered (because she is amazing.) Her suggestion was to use IKEA’s panel curtains, they are slide along a track and are weighted on the bottom so that they hang straight – exactly the look I wanted. After some additional research we decided to go with it. It fits perfectly, we didn’t even need to cut down the curtain, although IKEA provides you with simple directions if we had needed to.

Here are the pieces required and the cost breakout in the event that you too have an odd 2 foot doorway/doorless-gap, or maybe just need/want a more modern curtain option:

One INGAMAJ black panel curtain: $14.99

One KVARTAL top and bottom rod set: $5.99

One KVARTAL single track rail: $5.99

Two KVARTAL ceiling fixture attachments: $2.50 ea/$5.00

Total: $31.97 

Not bad considering how much a custom door could have cost, and in this situation it looks much better than drapery, I would say.

We ended up going with simple white linen drapery curtains for the sliding glass doors, but mainly because purchasing enough panels to cover the length of the sliding glass doors would kinda add up, not to mention we would have to get a multi-track system so they wouldn’t run into each other if we wanted to enjoy our view. BUT, if we owned this place I probably would have gone for it. For now the white linen works fine in the still-needs-a-lot-of-work-kitchen.

Apart from needing to style the office shelves a bit and work on the cord situation, the office is pretty close to fini. Making progress on this apartment totally gives me some sort of equivalent to a runners high, without having to do that stupid exercise thing.

Oh and I need to do a THANK YOU MOM! shout out because this whole awesome office project was made possible with the IKEA gift card she gave us for our anniversary. I love you so much and Alex, Jenny, the new Mac Mini and I really, really appreciate your generous gift.

MOORE-haus STYLE

I hate the idea of confining myself to a “style” – but as everyday I (somehow) get more and more people stumbling onto this blog, I figured it was about time that I tried to explain our style, our design goals, and maybe a bit on the dream house.

While today our apartment is messy, cluttered, and makeshift, I hope to one day own and have decorated a home that I feel is refined, cultured, clean, sophisticated,  and modern.  I know that’s a lot of words, but I feel it’s more appropriate than saying “our style is mid-century modern/mad-men chic/70s palm springs” as much as any of those might be the closest to the “style” we would like to emulate.  We like (or I like and I am working to convince the man) angles and clean lines, geometry influenced art,  white or black walls (Alex here would say: “boring”), and furniture that looks like it’s been collected out of  a 70’s design book, Sweden, or a maybe a piece or two from BBC’s Sherlock Holmes – without the price tag.

We are obviously are just getting started and are still “practicing” on rentals before we buy a house but hopefully all these baby steps will lead to us one day looking at our home as a true reflection of us and the things we love.

Here are some of my favorite design photos right now, to give you more of idea of what I would love to have our place look like.. you know.. when we grow up:

(You can also follow me on Pinterest and see all my design “pins”)

via Elle Decor

via Designed for Life

via Desire to Insprire

via Malabala

via Matthew Williams

via The Brick House

There are many more that I have saved, however, I don’t want to post any photos that I don’t know the source on this blog, so deal with it.

the MASTER PLAN

Happy Almost-Weekend, Mother-Lovers!

(I love my mom, and you should too.  Today she told me she reads my blog [HI MOM!], which makes her much cooler than your mom.  I’m sure your mom is cool, just not my-mom-cool.  Best mom ever!)

Since we recently gave the bedroom some much-needed lovin’ – yay, duvet cover! – time to switch gears and talk living room!  Gosh, this blog is just riveting!  How do I not have millions of readers?!

With the help of Adobe Photoshop’s free 30-day trial, I have created the MASTER PLAN.

Ladies and gentlefolks, I proundly present to you, my future living room (and kinda dining room):

Now a few caveats:  I’m already sick of that polar bear pillow.  I don’t actually own it, I just don’t like looking at it in this photo anymore – boo on you, expired Photoshop trial!  Don’t get me wrong, its cute, but in a nursery sort of way.  I am also not 100% in love or committed to everything in here.  I do like the idea of each piece though, meaning, for example, I don’t love the rug, but I do love the idea of a kilim/turkish rug there with some red in it.  Lastly, please ignore the rough photoshop execution. I didn’t want to spend hours on this but rather make a rough outline for Alex to understand where my heads at; I guess I heard “you are all over the place” too many times.  But to his point, I totally am.. sometimes.  

I’m sure you are all dying to ask if any progress has been made yet.  Well, you will have to wait and see, won’t you?  Yes.  Yes, you will.

Who am I kidding, I can’t keep anything from you – just look at that face, who could keep anything from that face?  No one, I tell you.  Anyway, the answer is yes, but I can’t use all my good stuff in one entry, gotta spread the love.  Don’t change that dial, there is much more to come!

So what say you, interwebsters?  Suggestions?  Comments?  Gimme gimme.

Also, someone please buy me photoshop (no, not you, Mom) because my trial is now doneskies and I want it so so so bad.  The reason I cannot aquire this wonderful program is because the business people of Adobe are total jerks and understand they have something golden and marked up the price accordingly.  To like, thousands of dollars.  Basically,  it costs WAY too much and definitely doesn’t fit into the Moore budget.  I also would never let Jenny work the streets just because I want to make perdy pictures — even though she totally could because she definitely has it going on, seriously, you should see how all the boy doggies look at her at the dog park – I mean if they hadn’t already been panting..

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