Home {away from home} Yellow Giraffe Curtain Holdbacks

I’ll be enjoying spending time with my family in Utah for a couple weeks. While I’m away I am sharing some favorite little bits and pieces from around my home in this mini-series called Home (Away from Home). We live in a 900 square foot apartment outside of Washington DC, and I try to be thoughtful about the way we use our space and the items we fill it with. I have  a pretty eclectic style, and feel like if I love something, it will work, regardless of whether or not things “go together.”  I hope you enjoy these little glimpses of my home. xoxo

Around the time I finished Milo’s grosgrain striped curtains, I knew I needed curtain holdbacks if they were ever to remain open. I think I made the casing in the top a touch too small, so they slide very awkwardly along the rod. That, combined with the added bulk of the black-out lining, and the awkward sill-length (due to the cursed under-window air vent) make a beautiful side-swept drape impossible. I had my eyes out for something that I loved for a year, to no avail. Then one day a couple months back I was wandering World Market and I spotted these perfect little yellow giraffe coat hooks (No longer available. Similar styles here, here, and here). Although these are coat hooks, not curtain hold-backs, I thought that the length of the giraffe’s neck would enable the curtain to stay put. And I was right!

Simple as that the curtains can be open to let in the light. I adore the mini giraffe busts, and think the pop of color is great. I sort of get a little chuckle every time I tuck the curtain behind the hook, because it feels like I’m tucking the giraffe’s very long, linen hair behind her ear…sort of romantic-like. Finding a super-simple solution to this type of home-decor challenge makes me happy. And who doesn’t love a bright yellow giraffe?



  1. Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    I have that little guy hanging in my bathroom!

    • Miranda
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:22 am | Permalink

      Does he give you a little chuckle, too? :)

      • Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:45 am | Permalink

        He looks so cute holding my hand towel – like he just got out of the shower!

        • Miranda
          Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:53 am | Permalink

          haha, that does sound cute! I actually have a third one I bought in case they didn’t work as holdbacks and I wanted a little trio of hooks. Maybe I need a bathing giraffe, too!

  2. Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    This reminds me SO much of some giraffe figurines that my mom had growing up, that have somehow dissappeared. Love.
    Can’t wait to see you!!

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