Thoughts on fabric, boring decor, and lack of commitment…

I have had the same curtains in my living room for about six years. I made them not long after we moved into our house, and they’ve served our little home well.

The thing about them is that they’re… well, boring. Brown and boring. When I made them, I wanted something neutral to go with the decor, but there is just TOO much brown going on in there now. Brown couches, brown walls, brown rug, brown curtains. Seriously, what was I thinking?? Even adding accessories doesn’t de-brown the room enough.

boring brown living room

completely unstaged iPhone photo

But fabric, that can change the look of a room. Especially curtains. For the past three years or so, I keep telling myself I’m going to sew new curtains. And I never do. I look at stores to see if I find ready-made curtains that I like, but I either don’t like what I see or can’t justify spending the money, because I’m convinced I can do it better or cheaper [which isn't necessarily true!]

Since Christmas, I’ve been on a serious curtain-fabric hunt. I keep bouncing ideas off my lovely sister-in-law, emailing her fabric choices, asking her opinion [because she is MUCH more gifted at decorating than I am]. Even when we found one that we both liked, I kept hesitating. Oh, the price is too high. I don’t know if it’s “me.” If I wait, I might find something better or cheaper.

Just the other day, I found something that I really liked. And after only a day or two’s hemming and hawing… I did it. I pulled the trigger and actually bought curtain fabric. It’s a little crazy and out of the box for me, I have to admit. And especially compared to my brown brown brown room.

Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Pristine Poppy Teal
Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Pristine Poppy Teal

I don’t know why I’m so non-commital and have such a hard time sewing things like this for myself. I have had the fabric for our bedroom curtains for at least three years as well, and still it sits, unsewn. My husband and I have been staring at green nursery curtains with jungle animals on them for years. Yeah… time for a change.

But right now, my nesting is in full-force. And it’s coming in fits of re-decorating and re-organizing and re-arranging. I’m just hoping that when the fabric comes, I don’t chicken out and send it back. Because the brown is starting to give me hives. And baby needs a cheery living room to come home to, don’t you think?

Do you have a hard time choosing fabrics? What projects have you been putting off for much longer than you should? Tell me I’m not alone here!

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11 comments

  1. I think the green fabric is lovely with a nod to 70’s vintage which seems to be so instyle at the moment. I’ve been meaning to do our bedroom curtains since I moved into my boyfriends flat two and half years ago. I still haven’t! the ones we have up at the moment are two inches to small for the window…

  2. I’m having the same crisis of curtains in several of my rooms. I have white/creamish linen-type floor length curtains in my living/dining room. I think i’m going to buy just a bit of fabric and make about a 2 foot band on the bottom or the top and line the seam with some funky ribbon. I’m hoping it will look very stylish and unique but cost much less — and then I don’t have to “waste” the curtains I already have. AND the already-made curtains already have the top holes and for the drapery rod so I don’t have to fuss around with making that even.

  3. I love that new curtain fabric, just go for it, I think you will be very happy with the result (That brown is truly boring!) Perhaps you should make some exciting cushions as well!

  4. I am always nervous about redecorating. I feel so out of my comfort zone trying it. I heartily recommend the de-brownfication of a living room. I struggled with all the browns in ours for years and finally last year decided to kick it to the curb. I enjoyed the room so much more after I injected it with happy yellow curtains and a red couch.

    unfortunately, we went and moved and I have to start over. I really don’t know what to do with our new living and ugly red carpet. and nasty boring white walls…. a homemakers work is never done.

    1. yeah i can’t believe i’ve gone so long with all that BROWN! maybe it’s hard to see past all my kids…? ;) even adding a few colorful pillows makes the room so much happier. but i definitely need to kick it up a notch or five. i want to see a house tour on your blog!!

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