Thursday, November 20, 2008

Yawn



OK, I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel here.  I can't think of  single thing to write about, so I'm showing you the new curtains I put up in the dining room yesterday.

Aren't I amazing?  I hung curtains!

(That was sarcasm, in case you missed it.)

Actually, there's a bit of a story involved here.  When I was growing up, my mother had curtains made for this window.  I remember picking out the fabric with her.  We chose a large red toile.  She had an upholstered cornice box made for the window.  




Over the years, the toile faded.  I took the curtains down a number of years ago, but for some reason, I left the cornice box in place.  But it looked kind of odd without the accompanying curtains.

A few years ago, we bought this painted chest and placed it under the window.  (That doesn't really have anything to do with the story, but I just wanted to put this photo in here.)

A few months ago, I bought a pair of gold curtains to cover a chair I got from the thrift store.  Well, I never got around to covering the chair, and I decided to see if the curtains would work in the dining room.

 I bought a shower curtain in a coordinating fabric to recover the cornice board.  (It's a cheap way to get some nice fabric.)  Yesterday, I took down the cornice board and hung the curtains.  But I had second thoughts about that cornice board.   I guess I could say that I didn't want that heavy piece overpowering the window.  But actually, I was just too lazy to cover it and put it back up.  That thing was hard to take down.




So I went down the road to Country Curtains and bought a scalloped valance.  Wow, that was a whole lot easier than recovering the cornice box.   :)

Are you keeping score here?  That's now two things I have not recovered:  the chair and the cornice box.




It turns out that the valance echoes the tiebacks that came with the curtains, and they both go very well with the shade on my $2. lamp.

So that's the story of my dining room curtains.  Don't get too excited.

36 comments:

  1. Dear Mary
    Your dining-room looks so harmonious!
    You show a precious material in addition. It past outstanding into this room.
    The Porcellan in the showcase inspires me.
    Best greeting from Germany.
    Take care
    ♥☼♥Barbara♥☼♥

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  2. well Mary this fabric is so beautiful! Looks perfect in your diningroom and I'm damn excited for ya! LOL!!! BTW, did your painted chest come from Homegoods, they have the most gorgeous furniture there!

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  3. Mary,

    The only thing that could make your home more cozy would be the smell of Blueberry Muffins baking in the oven : )

    Sharon

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  4. I love it when a plan comes together - even by mishap :)

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  5. wow...I LOVE YOUR DINING ROOM!!!..your whole house for that matter!!!..anyway..I've been thinking (for a very long time)..about painting my dining room 'red'..yep...that should clinch it!!..thanks for inspiring!!..Lacy...BTW..the curtains look great!!..

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  6. Mary, you failed to make me yawn with your post. I really think your dining room is lovely, and the gold looks fantastic. And, these days I am all for easy - as long as it is still fabulous.

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  7. Wow, for not having anything to post about we sure got to see a beautiful photo! Your dining room looks gorgeous!!! I love the new window treatments!

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  8. Mary - for someone who didn't have much to blog about your post was pretty darn informative :) Love the look of the dining room. You've got a decorating touch my friend.

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  9. That fabric is beautiful. I am always surprised at the great things you can find in consignment shops....

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  10. I love your dinning room table. Simple, yet elegant.

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  11. Hi Mary,

    Your dining room is beautiful! I love your new curtains and the way you made them work so perfectly. Oh, and that red chest? Gooood-nesss, that is beautiful!!!

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  12. You think it's boring because you are used to seeing your home, I love seeing the different rooms and the things you do! I love your decorating style and all the pretty things you inherited from your parents. Thanks for the beautiful pics of the dining room, I love it:>)

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  13. Your new curtains look great...and i believe this is the first photo of your complete dining room i've seen. A very pretty room!!

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  14. The golden curtains make the room even cozier Mary. Good job and excellent job avoiding recovering the chair and cornice. Don't you just love walking into a Country Curtains store..they are so well put together and make me feel very soothed..OK, maybe it is just me.

    Janet

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  15. The curtains are perfect and the painted chest is spectacular! What a find. After I hang curtains I spend an inordinate amount of time "fuffling" them..... making sure all the fold are hanging correctly, etc. It's crazy. The entire effect of your dining room is so cozy and inviting.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

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  16. Fun post!! Glad to know that someone else goes back and forth with ideas. It is a beautiful room - I know anything you do in there will look beautiful. Sally

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  17. Hi, Mary...I like the curtains! And your dining room is just beautiful! You have a talent for mixing formal and elegantly casual decor! (did that make sense?) I love that you live in the same house you grew up in, too. The memories you have of you and your mom decorating, that is good stuff. How cool is it to live so close to Country Curtains!! I'm a long time CC fan! Ball Fringe all over the house including the shower curtains! Have had some of them for 25 years and they still look great. Your house is certainly not a yawn.
    mary from PA

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  18. Very nice. It's going to beat my curtain story all to pieces. Your sarcasm was much appreciated...

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  19. LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY, Mary! You are THE decorating queen. Love your dining room.

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  20. How about charmed? On a cold and rainy day those photos look peaceful and cosy. I am not complaining about anything.

    Jen

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  21. Those are great new curtains!

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  22. The faded toile is beautiful - so vintage. thanks for sharing and nice job on the curtains. I can't even make toast! : )

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  23. What a pretty dining room. It looks great!

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  24. Okay ... I am excited. I love a story that involves some tricky thriftiness (about a year ago I made curtains for my bedroom out of shower curtains)and I love, love, love, that red chest.

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  25. Mary, the curtains are so pretty in that room. I loved the story of how that all came together. you are so lucky to have a curtain store that you can just go to. Hubby repainted our kitchen a burnt cinnamon color (which I love) but I couldn't find just the right curtains until I saw some fabric in Hobby Lobby when i was visiting knoxville. Of course, that meant that I had to make them myself. You can see them on my blog season-to-season. I'm not really a sewer (bad experience in high school_), but when it is necessary I'm too stubborn not to do it. Peggy from PA

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  26. We love Country Curtains! How lucky for you to have them so near. We make do with the catalog.
    K&K

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  27. No yawn from me...I love how they came out. What a cozy space and what a great story.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Kathy :)

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  28. Hi Mary...Great dining room. I love all the character homes up in Jersey have. My old dining room had a built in corner cabinet and knotty pine half way up the walls, it was such a warm inviting room. The fireplace also had the pine on top...A few years ago I stopped in to see the old house when it was up for sale.....Yikes, they had painted everything white! It was horrible....so I'm glad to see you left yours as is......it's lovely. And so are you curtains....

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  29. Mary~ I love your curtains... they would be something I would pick! Your wallpaper looks like paper we did in my sisters bedroom on the ceiling when I was 9. Love that you showed pictures of your dining room... the chest is to die for!

    Suzanne
    www.sugarloafcottage@blogspot.com

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  30. It all works so well together! Very nice!
    ~Tam

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  31. Only you could write a post that YOU described as boring...and have it be absolutely delightful!
    The curtains are so pretty...yourdining room has always been a favorite of mine.
    That red chest is something I shamelessly covet. There. I said it. I COVET it!

    Love,
    Sue

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  32. Hey, I think bargains are the best way to decorate. And it looks beautiful!
    *hugs*

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  33. I'm kind of that way with decorating. I take the long way home *g

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  34. I can't believe how you found the valance that matched the tie backs so well! Wow!! Love the look. The story was not in the least boring ;-) I love to hear a thrifty story. Tying the old with the new and making it allll you!! Great Job!! Jody

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