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.
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.
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!