Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Final Curtain(s)

I realize that I'm about to make this blog pretty heavy on the curtains front. Let me tell you why I am such a fan. In my opinion, there are two things that you can do to change the look of a room drastically without having to take out a loan . One: paint it, it's relatively quick, it's easy, and it's cheap. Two: hang new curtains, which can get expensive if you let it, but it doesn't have to be! Since I have finally gotten to the point where I feel like I have painted all of the rooms in my house that I want to paint(at least for now) I have turned my focus to the windows. This weekend my mom and I pieced together and sewed some new curtains for my dining room after a visit to the fabric mecca of America:

This place was chock full from floor to ceiling and wall to wall of amazing fabrics of every color, pattern, and texture that you could imagine. It is in the middle of nowhere Maryland, but apparently the owner travels the world and brings these greatly discounted fabrics back to his warehouse. So, fabric was acquired for about $120, which is the price that you would pay for ONE curtain, minimum, and I got three out of it. I saw this fabric and I had to have it, I almost didn't care if it went with my dining room or not(luckily for me, it did). It's got a modern retro feel and I know that I will always be able to find a place for it in any space I live in.


Now, I know that not everyone is going to want to or be able to sew their own curtains, so I've done my due diligence and tried to find a few options On The Cheap. It wasn't easy, but I found two options that were relatively inexpensive and didn't give me a negative visceral reaction at first glance.

Sahara Curtain Panel


Santiago Curtain Panel


Not cheap, but I adore these curtains from Anthropologie!


I promise that I am now officially done with curtains...for now...


  1. The table and chairs look great with the curtains!

  2. I'm wondering why you decided to have your window treatments just go to the bottom of the window instead of hanging them to the floor?
    Also why did you hang your rod at the same level as the top wondow trim? Instead of closer to the ceiling?
    I have always read that window treatments should be hung high & wide.
    Love your choice in fabric. I wish I lived near the fabric warehouse.

  3. Very good questions, Mary. It was really a matter of amount of material. More material=more money. Give me a few years and I'll be able to go for the big bucks curtains, but for now I just needed something that was a) simple and b) cheap. Also, I'm a renter, so the house came with curtains hung at that height on the molding in another room so I didn't want to put holes in the wall in another room. I agree with you on curtains being hung high and wide, but if I had taken them up higher and made them longer it would have been an additional 6 or 7 yards of fabric....you can do the $ math.

  4. Nice job! Where is this wonderful location? I live in DC and would like to check this place out. I just moved into my house and all of the windows are bare. In my dreams, they are covered by a variety of beautiful shades, blinds and curtains. (And, also in my dreams, I have loads of money and look like Halle Berry!)

  5. Thanks Mrs. EJ, it is my very, very humble dining room. You should definitely try to get something on your bare windows, it will make it feel so much more "home-y"! Thanks for commenting!



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