I had the rods up for a few weeks as inspiration to finish the curtains. It definitely helped. I cursed myself a few dozen times while sewing these curtains – why didn’t I just buy curtains?! It was such a pain. I mean, A PAIN. Am I happy with the results? Definitely. Will I probably forget how much I didn’t enjoy sewing these and do it again some day? Probably.
I’ve had the curtains I put up in the dining room for about 9 years, but I updated them. I sewed two panels together and changed out the curtain backing to a fresh, crisp white.
I used the same crisp white backing on the yellow panels.
The yellow curtains I made for the living room are a gorgeous velvet. I complicated things by sewing a little border around it to make the simple panel have a little more flare. I love how it looks, but it was such a pain!
I really like these warm gold rods with the crystal globe ends. I looked a lot of places, and was surprised to find my favorite curtain rods on Amazon. I use these same rods in both the living and dining rooms.
I actually couldn’t find the hold-backs in the same warm gold as the rods, so I bought some silver ones and spray painted them. Oddly, I couldn’t find the rods I wanted at Target, but they had the curtain holdbacks that best matched the rods I liked from Amazon. The holdbacks looked a little cheap before I spray painted them, and after I thought they looked great. I taped over the acrylic ball and spray painted. It was super quick and easy.
I really like how these curtains added a little texture and warmth to these rooms. I don’t plan to do curtains everywhere, but I might add some to my room next. I’m still thinking about it. It is a constant inner battle between wanting things simple and uncluttered, and enjoying the added warmth and colors. I may need to let some time lapse so that I forget how much I don’t like sewing them.
This room is still a work in progress, but I like the cheerful direction it is heading. It may not be trendy right now, but I love color. I just always have and always will!
I finally wised up and put Cookie on a leash (I slipped it on my wrist) so that she wouldn’t end up in all the above photos. Oh, we love this cute puppy.