Monday, June 22, 2009

Pillows, and Curtains, and Cats, Oh My!

I've been searching for curtains for awhile and not having much luck finding the color I want and the price I can afford. I visited Old Time Pottery on Thursday and came across some tan colored curtains for $12.99 so I grabbed those along with some silk hydrangeas (only 88 cents!) and a nice table runner for $5.99. So Saturday's goal became hanging curtains. The goal became a little put off after I went to Wal-Mart in the morning and found some flowers on clearance. So I ended up buying some and by the time I got home it was getting very hot outside.After planting the flowers in ninety degree weather with what felt like 200% humidity and losing about 2 pounds of sweat, it was time to hang curtains.

Here's a reminder of what my living room looked like before with the burgundy curtains which were full of dust because I hung them up there 4 years ago and haven't touched them since. Eww!

I pulled open the first package of curtains. I turned around to take down the curtain rod and when I turned back around, I found that my new curtains had received Emma's seal of approval.

The real fun began when the old curtains came down. They were instantly transformed into a cat playground. There were cats sliding, pouncing, and burrowing underneath the sheer curtains. I think they were a little sad when I took them away.

I know I broke all the designer rules, but I didn't know about the designer rules on hanging curtains when we first put up these curtain rods 4 years ago. Now I know that you should hang them high and wide so the windows and room look bigger. We already have massively tall ceilings, so I'm not too worried about the height. I would like to move them up at some point, but then I will have to add a strip of fabric or something to the bottom or the curtains will be too short. Right now they are the perfect length. I also would like to spray paint the curtain rods black, but that will wait until another day.

So here they are in their rebel state so all the designers can go tsk,tsk. (Just kidding.)

And my wonderful mother-in-law was nice enough to sew some pillow covers for my old couch pillows using a fun paisley print fabric from Joann's. It was on sale and I had an extra 10% off coupon so the fabric ending up costing around $14 w/ tax for one yard.

The other pillow, the cream one with the brown leaves/ivy pattern I found at Garden Ridge. I love the lighter colors, I think they help brighten up the room.

The final part of my weekend mini-home makeover was adding this table runner. I'm still a little unsure on the color. I love the design and the length, but I wanted something lighter in a cream or green color. So the runner might be going back. The flowers I switched out with the red flowers I had in thier previously.

Here's the before of my dining room:

And the after:

So now I just need hubby to help me rearrange the furniture in the living room. I've never been crazy about the placement of the entertainment center where it is. It blocks too much of the window. I also am still on the hunt for a cheap rug for either the living room or dining room. It's time for the one in the dining room to go. So stay tuned for more updates.


  1. I think it looks great, love the new curtains.

  2. I like it. :) I can add a strip of fabric to the bottom when you're ready to move the rods. :)

  3. First of all, the little makeover looks great.
    Secondly, I have the same couch and can say word for word that my burgundy curtains have the same 4+ years of dust as yours did. :)
    Love all these photos you post!

  4. I think I'm ready now!

  5. Rule schmules! I think they look fabulous so far. Love the chic champagne color & silky texture!

  6. that cat is soooo darling

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥

  7. Hi Diana,
    Your home is shaping up nicely. Love the sage green color of your walls.

  8. Nice, bright and light feeling!
    You should be pleased to get a great make over for so little $.


  9. I love the new curtains. I have green walls and paprika colors curtains and have been thinking of lightening up. I like it!!
    Just found your blog while blog hopping.

  10. I am impressed! You are making some wonderful changes. I love the table runner it really adds some warmth to the tabletop. And hey--- one step at a time!

    I love seeing room transformations, thanks for sharing. Your cats are funny!

  11. Sarah @ thriftydecorchickJuly 5, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Love the kitties! Ours do the same thing. :)


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