inquiring minds want to know

Hey guys! I know this is a bit of a random post, but I’m hoping it will be über helpful. {Honestly, I’m still kind of impressed with myself that I know how to get those double dots over the U. Mad ninja typing skillz.+ it’s the little things.}

Just wanted to drop in for a moment and let you all know that I ADORE hearing from you. Unfortunately, because of three lil chitlins and a few insane happenings around here, sometimes I don’t have time to answer each and every one of you directly. But I’m still absolutely loving you all the same.

{Heartfelt MUAH’S all around!} Your notes make me smile. And I’ve even re-opened my comments sections again, even though it may take a while for it to catch back on. ;) I’m fine tuning my time management skills over here, along with the delicate balance of NOT neglecting my beautiful babes. Can I get a WHOOT WHOOT from all the other crazed mommies out there? Story. My. Life.

SO, in the meantime, here are some of your most recent, most burning, most intense questions answered, here. {Okay. Probably not on the burning and intense. I made it sound like an embarrassing rash.}

1. Re: window treatments:

Lisa writes: “I have always had such a hard time finding the draperies that are long enough to gather on the floor. I will be moving into a new home soon and I want to use them on all the windows. I read somewhere that you can use bed sheets. but, is making them yourself the best way to get the length? Also, is it the cheapest even with buying the fabric?”

I think this is a really great, thoughtful question. First of all, those of you who have been reading for a while will know I will answer with a resounding YES to making your own. I would much rather go for the awesome, customized look you can truly achieve with custom made window treatments any day of the week over the store bought kind.

But in saying yes, we can’t negate the other practical, equally awesome options out there. Sheets are a very clever option as well, but I think it really depends on your wallet, and the look you want. There are plenty of great stores out there, like Ikea, and Target, that offer wonderfully afforable options. But when it comes to length, I believe one of the most rewarding experiences is making your own draperies for your home. They may not be perfection, but if they make you happy, that’s all that matters. Talk about an accomplishment…someone should hide a camera and watch me attempt to wrangle some fabric – I’m tackling a much dreaded slipcover next week, and it should be pure comedy. But when I’m done…OH when I’m done. ::Bliss::

As far as affordability, I think that if you are smart about your fabric purchasing, you can always save money that way. You just have to be super choosy about what you want to buy. I don’t think I’ve ever NOT come out on top of the money game. (except the one time I was trying to be all frugal and save my fabric, so I cut it too short accidentally. REALLY? yes. Really.} I think I actually doubled up on the floor, kicking and screaming like my 19 month old.

Sometimes, your projects may even come out costing about the same, but I think you kind of up the anté (more mad typing skillz) with the simple fact that everyone and their grandmother does not, in fact, have your curtains. That point, alone, always wins for me.

I think that curtains can truly make or break a room.

Their absence can completely neglect the perfect opportunity to capitalize on your awesome design skillz and really personalize, as well as soften the space. SO, I hope that answers your question, girl! And for more on my bossy beliefs in decor and all things seamstress-y, check out my series here. and here. and…here.

2. Re: That painting

“Where did you get that painting?”

I guess you could say, I’m more of an artist/designer turned home stylist. {??}And this is truly my first love. If I could do nothing but paint, all day long…I would. But I think that would take away the charm of it all. So, I tend to dabble occasionally, when I actually have uninterrupted time, and not-so-eager lil fingers grappling wet oils and turpenoid.

“One day. One day,” I say.

And then I will miss the little fingers.

So, in the meantime, if you see it on my walls, most of the things up there were made by yours truly. I LOVE it, and will always be obsessing over the next thing I can do. I’ll be filling you in on more of this nature later, so stay tuned. ;) See a little more here and here.


3. Design Services

“Did you design your site?”


“and do you do design for others?”

Yes. And No. ;) {Click the link above to visit the fabulous Shaunna.} If there is one thing I’ve learned, over the past year, its that just because I can, doesn’t mean I should. I’m learning to say no. And that’s a VERY difficult thing for me, because I am a total people pleaser. The time suck, for me personally, that was my etsy shop, and the massive redoing of furniture, just isn’t for me. I ADORE that other people do that. But I’m a writer, and an artist, and I think it’s time for me to focus more on that. I’m learning to streamline and in the meantime, bring more resourcefulness like DIY and how-to’s, to YOU guys. The biggest professional lesson I’ve learned this year. So, I did do the design part of Shaunna’s site, because she is a wonderful friend. But it simply isn’t where my passion is, so I do not do web design for others.

If you are looking for an incredible web company, click HERE.

A breeze to work with. Design team. Years of experience. Awesome time frame. EXTREMELY knowledgeable. Need I say more? Seriously. Check them out. Even Par Solutions. They have a fabulous resume, awesome portfolio…and I couldn’t speak more highly. Check them out!

4. Where do you get your hardware and pieces from?

re: pieces:

For those of you who live locally: J & G’s in Prattville + Eastbrook is where I’ve found a majority of them. If you live anywhere near Nashville, some of my favorite finds have come from various places there, such as Nolansville, and their big monthly market. Craigslist.

For those of you who do not live locally: {you probably already know this} CRAIGSLIST! -helpful hint: always be open to a trade!

re: hardware:

{trendy + cool} Anthropologie + Hobby Lobby =very similar. HL has sales every other week, so keep your eyes peeled.

{classic glass and other timeless finds}Dlawless.

{beautiful patina + brass} Lee Valley

{my fave for vintage} violette slippers

To see more of our painting tutorial, click here. And for more of our tutorials, click here. For more on my temporary boys’ room fix, click here.

5. Re: the play kitchen

What are the dimensions of your play kitchen?

we gutted out some old furniture for the kids play kitchen for Christmas. To read more about it, click here. To read about our playroom, click here.

Oven: 23″W x 22″H x 16″D

Sink: 13″W x 23″H x 12″D

Fridge: 24″W x 36″H x 17″D

I hope all these answers help anyone who wanted to know, out there! More importantly, I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

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12 Responses to inquiring minds want to know

  1. kasey says:

    I love your style;-)

  2. Janice says:

    I love this. So glad you posted some of these questions! I know you probably are getting more and more of them. This is really great.

  3. ashley @ pure + lovely says:

    awe, thanks Kasey! LOVE yours!

    Thank you, Janice! ;) thank you for reading!

  4. Shaunna says:

    And thank you for taking on the design…could NOT be happier with it!


  5. Lauren says:

    I took some advice from one of your tutorials and used mod podge (yes, not for the faint of heart!) and some scrapbook paper and put those over some wooden letters for my baby boys room. I was very pleased with the way they turned out and I know that NO ONE else will have the same look! Thanks for all the tutorials and keep them coming :)

  6. ashley @ pure + lovely says:

    YAY LAUREN! SO glad someone is USING THEM! ;) Thanks girl!

  7. Katie says:

    You are the first blog I check daily! Love your style, you're so full of inspiration! I'm still on the hunt for metal to make the fabric covered magnet board, but neither Blue or Orange seem to carry pieces large enough to make a significant board…now it's time to search metal fabrication shops.

    Thanks again for all your ideas!

  8. Shannon R says:

    How did you get E's curtains to puff?

  9. ashley @ pure + lovely says:

    Hey Shannon. It's silk, but then I paired it with a blackout liner. So the heavier material with the super light just naturally separates and looks poofy when it puddles to the ground.

  10. Meredith says:

    I love the color of your living room and have looked on your website to find the name of the color with no luck. Do you mind sharing the color?? Thanks! I have 7 paint color samples on my wall and have yet to find the right one! Urg!!