curtains

The project that took a year to finish… or actually an afternoon.

Over a year ago, I posted about my ridiculously brown and boring living room. Complete with this gem of a photo:

boring brown living room

I was full-on nesting and preparing for baby number four to enter our lives. Then I realized I was nine months pregnant and a mom to three other little kids and sewing curtains just didn’t sound like fun. Well, that baby is now 11months old, and….. I just now made those curtains.

DSC_0986Such a nice change, though, right??

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Honestly, sewing curtains is still not fun to me. It’s kind of boring sewing… lots of pressing and sewing in a straight line for.e.ver. But the result is totally worth it, because my room is at least not totally brown anymore. An afternoon very well-spent!

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I also bought that lampshade to try and un-brown the room. It only helped a little. I’d love to paint the walls and slipcover our couches [did you see what Jodi did to the exact.same.chair? gorgeous!], but I don’t think I have the patience to make them.

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I was getting to the point where I hated walking into our living room. The curtains were making me angry. Now my curtains make me happy. Which is so much better. :)

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So, lesson learned: don’t wait a year to finish a project that you know is going to change how you feel about your home. Especially if it’s the place you spend 90% of your time. Okay 95%.

Oh and hey…. did you see this announcement?? Um, hold me. I’m nervously excited – and I’m up against some seriously talented ladies. I’ll be showing some sneaky peeks over on Instagram when I have them, so I’d love it if you’d follow me over there and give me some words of encouragement [or, you know, give me something to read while I'm frantically sewing late into the night....]

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!