After a year in our house, I have finally put up curtains in the living room and dining room. Sometimes I wish I could just design my own fabrics because I can never find exactly what’s percolating in my brain. I end up settling for something that will work, but that I’m not absolutely loving. That’s the case here. I like these curtains, but I would really prefer something with a bit more color.
I found these buffalo check panels on sale at Hobby Lobby about a month ago. The great price was enough to get me to compromise on what I really wanted. Only two panels were available at each location, so I visited three different Hobby Lobby stores to get all that I needed.
Each panel is 96 inches long, which was just right for the living room. I like to place the rods a little higher and a little wider than the windows.
I used two panels on the window opposite the fireplace, overlooking the front porch.
The fabric is sheer, the texture of a tight weave burlap, but softer. I used one panel on the window to the left of the fireplace.
I also placed one panel on the back door to balance the curtain on the other side of the fireplace. I cut the wooden rod to a length that enables me to open the curtain and not interfere with the door. Excuse the weird reflection on this picture- glare from the afternoon sun.
Since the rooms are open to each other, I decided to use the same panels in the dining room. However, thanks to the transom, this window is taller than the others. Which, of course, means that the curtains were too short.
What to do? A border would add length, but this fabric is so lightweight and sheer that a tailored border would not work. A soft fabric gathered into a gentle ruffle works perfectly. Just a bit of whimsy, not too flirty.
Did you notice the other change in the dining room? I moved the blue trunk from the guest room into the dining room. I’m not sure if I’ll keep it in here, but it works for now.
The blue hydrangeas are from a bush my mom planted years ago. I snagged a few blooms while visiting my dad last week. Mom died from ovarian cancer when she was 53- I can hardly believe it has been nearly 21 years already.
The vase was a thrift store find. To give it extra height, I placed it on a bowl turned upside down.
Can you believe I have managed to keep this peace lily alive for a couple of months now?! Ignore the fairy dust- the lily shoots an alarming amount of pollen from its blooms.
While the curtains don’t add much in color, they do add softness and texture to the spaces. One caution if you decide to buy these curtains. Each panel was slightly different in length. I had to measure each one and match up the pairs that were the closest in length. Certainly not the best quality, but the price made them worthwhile to use for now.
Do you like neutral fabric on your windows, or do you use the opportunity to add some cheery color to your space?