I have a love-hate relationship with curtains. I love the character and coziness they add to a room, but the prices drive me crazy. Anyone who can sew a straight line can make curtains, and there are so many fabric stores that provide great deals. To pay a retailer $135 per drapery panel?
Stepping down from the soap box…
All this said, I have a new baby and a full-time job, which doesn’t leave much time for needlework. Although I plan to dust off my sewing machine soon, I couldn’t ignore a West Elm coupon in Dave’s inbox. 20 percent off is nothing to sniff at, so I decided to get over my pet peeve and take a look.
We took an instant shine to these cotton canvas panels in Ash Blue.
They compliment the new wall color, and the watercolor leafy pattern is fun and inviting. At $35 per panel, the price was right.
A few tips about hanging curtains:
- Familiarize yourself with important things like a laser levels and stud finders. Develop a sense of spatial recognition. In the absence of these skills, ask someone to help you. Translation: Ask Dave.
2. If your window is anything like ours, it isn’t perfectly square on the wall. Alas, we live in a world of imperfection. What does this mean? Your panels may hang differently on either side. If a quarter-inch difference at the bottom bothers you, opt for longer panels that rest on the floor (kinda romantic!) or hem them to match the same appearance length. ALWAYS level your rod with the top of the window casing. Everything else is fudgable. Yes, it is a new word.
3. We plan to chunk up the crown moulding in the near future, so our curtain rod was placed a bit lower than usual. In most cases, it’s a good idea to mount your rod a few inches above the window casing to add height to the ceilings. Optical illusions are our friends.
4. You might want to extend the rod a few inches on either side to lengthen the window as well.
5. Don’t be afraid to add blinds or shades behind curtains for realistic privacy. There are no rules; there is only what you like (and what you don’t).
As for us, we definitely liked this update.
One item down, many to go!
Dining Room Decorating List
Demolish existing flooring
Install new flooringChunk up the crown moulding
Hang wood blinds
Add crown moulding
Add casings to the entryways
Add four-inch baseboards
Paint the walls
Paint the ceiling/add some intrigue
Create a gallery wall
Build fireplace mantel and retile
Make a longer table runner
Locate a sound system that wasn’t manufactured in th mid-90’s (Aiwa in the house!)
Like this post? Don’t forget to check out Dining Room Remodel, Part 1.