Office Upgrades + Easy Rod Pocket Panels

June 18, 2012

Hello and happy Monday everyone!   I’m on the east coast this week hanging out with my in-laws in Savannah while Coco gets some love from the house sitter back home.  We’re out here eating a lot of southern food and seeing all the sights, Tybee Island, downtown Savannah, Hilton Head, and then spending our evenings sipping cold drinks on the screened porch, I’m havin’ a great vacay!   

Before I left home, I cleaned off my desk because I prefer to come home to a clean surface.  I made a few upgrades to the home office in the last six months, including a new rug, a smaller desk, a white leather chair, and some new curtains too.  The space still has the same blue gray grasscloth wallpaper I installed a few years ago, so I was glad to finally find a great rug in the same palette to complement.   

centsational girl kate home office


I settled on a more petite desk in the hopes of avoiding the piles of papers that used to stack up.  I found it at local interiors shop and love its “x” base.  I also switched from working on a laptop to a desktop after I finally found a white monitor I liked (so hard to find for a PC!).   

new monitor and keyboard


Those are the new rod pocket panels in a fresh feminine pattern by P. Kaufmann – here are the simple steps for making lined rod pocket panels for the home!  

sew rod pocket panels

1)  Cut the length of fabric you need plus an extra 6 inches for the rod pocket on top and an extra inch for the hem on the bottom.  2)  Add a layer of basic fabric liner to the underside, pin together, then attach the liner to the length of both sides of the panel (image 1) by rolling under the raw edge and stitching them together.  3)  Measure the height of the pocket with the rod inside (image 2) allowing plenty of room for the panels to slide back and forth and pin the pocket.  4)  Sew the top rod pocket (image 3)  wrapping the raw side of the fabric underneath for a clean edge.  5)  Double check the proper height of the panel (image 4) mark the measurement and sew the bottom hem. 

office curtains centsational girl


That fabric just brightens my day and makes this space such a happy place to work.  How true is it that we should surround ourselves with the colors and patterns we love most!           

Sources:  Rug, Monitor, Chair, Fabric


*** Announcement!  The ‘Fair Weather’ Link party scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) is postponed, I’ll announce the next round soon!



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