Yes, I finally got the curtains hung. One would think simple white grommet topped curtains would be the easiest thing in the world to source. Not so, friends. This is the third set of curtains I bought for the room. First set, too short. Second set, too heavy. Third set, too bright white. Oops, did I say I bought three different curtains for the room? Make that four.
I hung them initially over the division between the fan transom and the regular window, but that looked weird because then those curtains on that wall were shorter than the ones on the other wall. So I unscrewed all those dry wall anchors and screws in the studs and mudded over 16 holes in the wall, and started all over hanging them all just below the crown molding. This involved having them let down as far as they would go. I thought about sewing them myself, and I’m sure I could have. I’m also sure I wouldn’t have for many many months because I just can’t force myself to sew lately. So I burned through money I saved using a coupon on the curtains to have them tailored at $10 a panel. Phoo!
The curtain rod finials, which unfortunately you can’t see in this shot but will in the full room reveal, are mercury glass balls which pick up the silver candlesticks and mercury glass accessories throughout the room. I even re-changed the handles on the coffee table to nickel instead of oil rubbed bronze.
I like it infinitely better this way. The curtains are a sheer linen in an off white that looks right with the trim paint color.
So why are you getting this annoying side shot instead of the full reveal? Well I decided as much as I love the mirrors in the room that I bought in a moment when I had decided against stenciling, now that I went ahead and stenciled, they are too busy. I’m thinking of doing big white matted artwork or pictures of my kids. I would even do more simple mirrors to offset the business of the wall. The point is, I need to get my final wall together, and then I can wash my hands of this room.
I had two recitals this weekend at the house with maybe 80-100 people, and the living room was a huge hit. “I could just sit in here forever,” and “It looks like it should be in a design magazine,” are just two of my favorite comments.
I’m so ready to be done with it that I’m tempted to just throw something up on the wall. But then I would only hate it and return it and have to fill nail holes and blah, blah. I’m going to just finish it off right so I can be at peace. I think when I finish the curtains and the art will make the whole thing a little softer and more subdued–still over the top, but only by an inch or two instead of a yard.