5 Unexpected Ways to Use Curtains | Cute Beltz

The wonderful flow and feel of curtains, these simple pieces do more than just dress the windows. They’re perfect for rounding out a space and finishing a room, but in more ways than just the windows! Wispy chiffon or thick tuile, if you have some extra curtains hiding in the linen closet waiting to be used, we’ve found some wonderful, charming and different ways to use them! Take a peek!

Create a little privacy

It could be a cozy, comfy reading corner. It could be the bay window where you like to sip your morning tea and write out your to-do list for the day. Or it could be your office nook! Use some curtains to cut off the world and create a little privacy. It’s a lighter, softer way to divide a room or space than with doors or folding boards.

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Create a new table

Sometimes curtains can make the most perfect tablecloth or even table runner, depending on the size of a table and fabric. When you just can’t seem to find that most perfect color or print, look to the curtain and use your creativity. You may even save a few bucks in the process!

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Create a bit of cozy

We all love canopy beds, but using ceiling curtains creates something even more magical. It’s whimsical. It’s cozy and at a whole different level of style and design than a classic canopy. Whether it’s your bedroom or your little girls, this is a fun way to utilize some extra sets of sheer curtains.

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Create a little concealment.

For some difference in texture and a unique spin, cover your shelves with curtains. It’s a fun, more feminine way of hiding any clutter! Use this idea in the kitchen, laundry room or even in your wild and crazy craft room! And it’s incredibly easy to DIY and a lot less expensive than installing new cabinets.

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Create a tinge of doggy style.

Have a boring ole black dog create hanging out in the house? Is in an eye sore in the family room or taking up dull space in the kitchen? Well with a bit of DIYing of some leftover curtains or even just laying some down, you can make that crate feel more homey for the pup and more styled for the house! Add some bows, add some ruffles and VOILA! better looking for everyone!

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DIY Home Accents | Cute Beltz

Do-it-yourself home accents transform any space into one you can call your very own. Follow these tips to make over any room with budget-friendly projects you can complete in a weekend.

Chevron Vase

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Customize a plain vase by taping off a chevron pattern with painter’s tape (it need not be perfect). Spray-paint the exposed area with a lighter shade of the vase color. Remove the tape when the paint is dry.

Memo Board

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This magnetic memo board is as functional as it is stylish. Simply cut decorative paper to fit inside a cookie sheet and glue it to the pan. Add magnets and important papers, notes, or letters, and you’re ready for business. Place it on a desk or hang it in the kitchen to ensure your family always stays on task.

Rosette Lampshade

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Embellish a plain lampshade with paper roses. Use a compass to draw an 8-inch-diameter circle onto drawing-weight paper. Cut the circle into a swirl to create a paper coil about 1/2 inch wide. Roll the paper tightly starting at the outside end of the coil. Release the coil slightly and manipulate it until you have created a flower shape, then hot glue it at the base to retain the shape. Use hot-glue to adhere roses to the lampshade.

Ombré Dyeing

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Hot from the runway, ombré dyeing is a variation on basic tub dyeing giving fabrics a subtle, ethereal look. We put the trendy technique to work on these ordinary, store-bought throw pillows. For maximum results, always make sure you take the process slowly and follow through with each step

What you’ll need (per pound of dry fabric):

  • 1/4 cup professional textile detergent
  • 1/3 cup soda ash
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Two 5-gallon buckets or plastic containers
  • 1 tablespoon urea powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons fiber-reactive dye
  • 3 cups non-iodized salt
  • Rubber gloves
  • 2-3-cup plastic mixing container
  • Ruler
  • String
  • Two binder clips
  • Stool
  • Spring clamp

Directions:

1.Wash fabric with professional textile detergent, following manufacturer instructions. Combine soda ash and 3 gallons of warm water in a bucket, stirring until dissolved.

2. Submerge fabric in soda ash mixture. Do not overstuff; instead, soak only fabric that easily fits in bucket. Allow fabric to soak in soda ash mixture for at least 30 minutes.

3. Combine urea powder and 1 cup warm water in a mixing cup. Pour a few tablespoons of urea mixture into a plastic mixing container with fiber-reactive dye in bottom. Work the powder and urea water into a smooth paste, then stir in the rest of the urea mixture to make a concentrate.

4. Add salt to 3 gallons of warm water in your dyeing tub, stirring until dissolved.

5. To create the lightest shade in your ombre pattern, add about 1/3 cup dye concentrate to saltwater and stir.

6. Wipe the inside of dye tub to prevent unwanted dye marks on fabric.

7. Create a tool to help you hold your fabric longer by tying strings to two binder clips and then wrapping the string around a ruler. Wring out fabric and attach binder clips.

8. Dip fabric to desired point and hold for 10 minutes or until you reach preferred color intensity.

9. With clean, gloved hands, remove fabric from dye. Hold undyed end of fabric with one hand while wringing out excess dye with the other.

10. Place dyed fabric on a clean surface protected from the dyeing area.

11. To create the next intensity of dye, pour about 1/3 cup of the dye concentrate into the dye tub and stir.

12. Dip fabric to desired point (we suggest several inches below your last dip point for a noticeable progression) and hold for twice the amount of time of first level or until you reach preferred color strength.

13. Repeat steps 8 through 12, each time doubling the amount of dye you add and the amount of time you leave the fabric submerged. For more than three levels of ombre, you’ll need to make more dye concentrate. Use a spring clamp and stool or ladder to hold fabric while dyeing if desired.

14. Rinse fabric with cold running water until water runs clear.

15. Wring fabric again, squeezing out as much excess water and dye as possible.

16. Wash fabric in hot water using professional textile detergent. If you’re unable to wash immediately, lay fabric flat on clean plastic wrap and wrap completely to prevent unwanted dye marks and drying.

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5 Summer Fashion Trends We Love | Cute Beltz

Believe it or not, summer is almost here! While you’re stocking up on SPF, planning your annual BBQ and figuring out a way to maximize your “Summer Fridays” don’t forget about this season’s gorgeous summer fashion trends. Thankfully, many of the trends that were in style for spring are still going to be in full force this summer.  To celebrate the start of summer, we’ve rounded up the best looks from the fashion runways that’ we’re looking forward to seeing this season.

STATEMENT STRIPES

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These bad boys were seen pretty much everywhere and we predict will be a trend that keeps on going. Whether you wear them bold in black and white or mix things up with a few colors like at Paul Smith, one thing’s for sure – you’ll be turning heads!

MONOCHROME

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It’s this season’s it word. Giving two fingers up to whoever said black and white was boring, this minimalist trend was all over the runways including Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Roland Mouret. We adore the simple lines and cool colors for a no nonsense approach to style.

FLORALS

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If you invest in just one printed piece for this spring/summer season make sure it is a garden style floral print – be it a mirrored, oversized or ditzy, a floral print is a must to keep that wardrobe on trend. Be it a stylish trouser suit, classic shirting or romantic skirts and dresses. Wear matching florals head to toe, clash contrasting prints together or simply add a ladylike floral accessory to be in style this season.

PRETTY IN PEPLUM

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The ultra chic peplum is set to be a huge look this season. The stand-out shape creates curves on the hips, whilst nipping in the waist, creating a womanly hourglass silhouette. Featuring predominantly on classic and elegant evening dresses, the peplum is an update to the bodycon silhouette that was popular last season, the extra dimension being complimentary to all shapes and sizes

IT’S ALL WHITE

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Whilst it was all about vibrant jewel tones last season, for Spring/Summer 2012-2013 it is all about crisp, clean, classic white. Definitely one to invest in thanks to its trans-seasonal appeal, chic winter white is sure to carry through to Winter 2013. To keep the look on trend, wearing white head to toe is a must so it may be best to avoid the red wine.

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Banish Winter Blues with Pretty Pastels

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Feminine and flattering pastel statements are a definite must have for Spring 2013.  These sweet hues like turquoise, pink, lilac and powdery yellows are perfect on just about every skin tone.  The pretty, on-trend tones are super easy to wear, whether you rock them as an accessory to give a fresh pop to an existing outfit, or sport pastel as your focus piece.

There are many ways you can incorporate pastels into your wardrobe.   Check out our favorite ways to wear these cool colors!

Mix pastels and neutrals

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Adding a dose of neutral can help balance out the girly nature of pastels making it very easy to mix into one’s existing wardrobe.  Whether it’s a pair of earthy toned pants or a crisp white shirt, pairing it with pastel will give you just the right dose of color without going overboard.

Accessorize

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Unsure about stocking your closet with these candy shades? Try introducing some bits here and there.  Start with some adorable accessories first. Pastel accessories look great especially on a black dress. They sweeten up the look a little so it doesn’t appear as too vampy. Opt for a statement necklace in a pastel shade or even a pair of pastel pumps to balance the outfit out.

Pair it with Black

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Some women like the look of pastels but don’t want to seem like they’re going to a garden party when wearing them.  One easy way of avoiding this is to pair your pastels with your black pieces.   Got a favorite black leather jacket that you love to wear? There’s nothing wrong with pairing it with a pastel top or bottoms, like a pair of mint skinnies.  The combination of the softer pastels with the edgier details is a nice contrast and keeps your look from becoming too saccharine.

Keep hair and makeup minimal

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When you’ve already got sweet candy colors all over you, you’ll want to keep your makeup sweet and simple. Avoid mixing pairing it with dark smoky eyes unless if you’ve got black or deeper hues in your outfit. The best would be to go with nude or light eye shadow shades, paired with a classic red lip or a shimmery pink.

How will you wear pastel this spring?

 

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#Quote of The Day – DO YOU! | Cute Beltz

 

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” 
― Coco Chanel 

 

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