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Hooray for curtains!

We have curtains! Yes, I’m completely thrilled! It makes a huge difference for us. Can you see them at the top of the photo above? I’m a tease, right?

I mentioned our little iDye curtain mishap here. Well, this DIY mistake helped me come around to the idea of buying fabric and having an extremely talented seamstress sew a basic panel for our windows. I gave up on the idea that I can do everything. I CANNOT SEW! I admit it. I really wish I could, but I can’t. There would be so many projects I would take on if I had that talent. Maybe someday I’ll take a basic sewing class. Anyone have recommendations on an inexpensive sewing machine I could buy to give it a try?

Anyway, my mother-in-law told me that a friend was visiting her daughter in Minneapolis for the entire summer and that she is a VERY talented seamstress. At this point, I still thought I would somehow magically do it myself. I considered painting striped curtain panels like these.

{via Reckless Glamour}

But, let’s be real! I needed 10 panels, and the idea of taping and measuring and painting 10 of them was overwhelming to say the least. And while I am no longer afraid of mixing patterns and trying different colors, I thought the bold curtains and the bold pattern on our rug would compete a bit. Honestly though, I really believe it’s worth a shot with these things. You can sometimes find a look that is all your own. Think outside the box with home design, my friends! It used to scare me, but no more. You can always change it, dye it, move it etc…

So, after the iDye situation, I swallowed my pride and went ahead. We chased down 30 yards of fabric by driving to all four of the larger JoAnn Fabrics stores in the Twin Cities. We drove more than 75 miles that day!

And we ended up with these beauties that look a lot like these.

What do you think? Actually, don’t answer that! We LOVE them. They brighten up the room. The pattern is very subtle when you walk in and the color is just what we wanted.

Here are a few more angles.

And the last one.

Besides the ridiculous cost of buying 108 inch curtain panels anywhere, the rods can get super expensive. I LOVE the simplicity of the Ikea rods we went with. The pole was $3.99 and a set of brackets was $1.99 (If I remember correctly), so for less than $6 you have a sleek wide curtain rod.

If you know of any good online stores for curtains or rugs, please let us know! I am still in need of MANY more curtain panels for the rest of our home. Help a girl out!

Have  a great week, my friends!

18 Comments on Hooray for curtains!

  1. Kristin
    August 13, 2012 at 11:10 am (801 days ago)

    Hey Jess -Great post. I often struggle with finding decent curtain panels at an affordable price. I have found that flat twin sheets can work well too. I have navy blue Ikea twin sheets in my bedroom and they have worked out great. Plus they already come hemmed so you can slide them through a curtain rod or use curtain rings.

    • Jessica
      August 13, 2012 at 11:12 am (801 days ago)

      What a great idea! I may give that a try. Thank you so much!

  2. Ann
    August 13, 2012 at 11:22 am (801 days ago)

    I would recommend trying to find an old sewing machine to test out. Mine is a Singer, circa 1975 :) I have heard that the newer and less expensive ones (like the ones you see at Target) aren’t great, since they are made of more plastic than metal, and are less sturdy (important if you are sewing thick fabrics like curtain panels!) It definitely takes practice, and in our house my husband retained his Jr. High home-ec skills better than me, so sometimes I leave the sewing tasks up to him. :)

    By the way, I love the curtains!

    • Jessica
      August 13, 2012 at 11:27 am (801 days ago)

      Thanks Ann! That’s a really helpful tip since I’m beyond clueless! I hope the house build is going well. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  3. Tiffany
    August 13, 2012 at 11:34 am (801 days ago)

    Jess, I am learning to sew…slowly! I’d LOVE to take a class though. I am not a great seamstress by any stretch. But so far I’ve completed projects where you really can’t tell. For Nadia’s room, I used drop cloths as curtains. I hemmed one but the fabric was so thick that my needle broke, so I just used no-sew tape on the other. Obviously that only works with a specific style of decor and they only come in a couple of colors but I LOVE them and have seen Nate Berkus feature that idea also (adding trim/ribbon/embellishments). It’s cheap and you can do it without a sewing machine. Just thought I’d throw that out… Lastly, I used to work with Courtney (of Reckless Glamour)- she’s a local girl who used to be a talent agent at my (former) modeling agency! I am thrilled to see her featured on your blog! Makes the big blog world seem smaller! Anyway, good luck with the rest of your curtains. I am absolutely in love with the fabric you chose for these! Great job! Oh and if you wanted to check out Nadia’s curtains (I think you already have), it’s here. http://thetastefulllife.blogspot.com/2011/10/nadias-nursery-finally.html
    Ok, I’m done! ;0)

    • Jessica
      August 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm (801 days ago)

      You are the DIY queen, Tiffany! I saw that post and loved it, but was a bit jealous. Bodhi had to settle for some plain jane curtains from Target for his little nursery. I love your idea of covering it up with trim, ribbon etc… I’m on this as soon as a friend teaches me the basics. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      p.s. Still can’t comment on your blog or another friend’s. My friend just realized it was a setting she had. I try to comment on almost every one of your posts (especially the cupcake stand one! I LOVE THOSE!!!). :)

      • Tiffany
        August 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm (801 days ago)

        You are so funny with your “DIY queen.” Hardly!! And you know how I feel about Bodhi’s nursery! It’s almost enough to make me try for a boy just so I can plan a similar nursery! ;) That is so weird about the comment issue. I thought it was resolved b/c I had been having trouble but a while ago, I did some fix I saw online and don’t have trouble anymore. I know you have better things to do ;) but if you remember, ask your friend what the deal was and I’ll check my settings. Everything looks ok on my end. That’s a bummer because I LOVE getting comments!! anyway, thanks for letting me know and totally honored you take the time to read my posts! :)

  4. Jenna
    August 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm (801 days ago)

    Love the curtains! I am actually decorating my living room in the new house with yellows and greys. Can you tell me where you got that awesome yellow pillow and your couch? Love both.

    • Jessica
      August 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm (801 days ago)

      Hi Jenna! Yes, it’s actually from the Dwell Studios for Target collection from 2010. I just did a google search and I can’t find it anywhere other than Ebay. It started off in our bedroom but has made its way to the family room. Good luck decorating!

  5. MaryBeth
    August 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm (801 days ago)

    Those looks absolutely FABULOUS!! I am so impressed. I would love to come over and give you a quick sewing lesson. I am in NO way the worlds greatest sewer but I know the basics.

    • Jessica
      August 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm (801 days ago)

      OMG MB! I would LOVE that so much. I don’t need much. I’d like to sew a fairly straight line, but even if it’s curvy, I would be SO happy!

  6. Kari
    August 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm (801 days ago)

    I never thought of Ikea for curtain rods! What a bargain! I’ll have to head there soon. The curtains look awesome, btw! =)

  7. Jen Sullivan
    August 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm (801 days ago)

    Jessica, I love the look of the curtains!! I know how to sew and I have a sewing machine so I could show you basics if you want. I have a Brother machine and it is very easy to use. I bought it at Costco. I used to sew my clothes and I sewed the boys summer outfits when they were small.

    • Jessica
      August 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm (801 days ago)

      That would be awesome! I have so many ideas that I could act on with even a little bit of sewing skill! HA! Thanks so much Auntie!

  8. Arleen
    September 1, 2012 at 1:18 am (782 days ago)

    I love your rug!!! Where did you get it? I have been looking for colors for my home….and I absolutely love yours!

    • Jessica
      September 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm (778 days ago)

      Hi! Thank you so much! The rug is from Overstock.com. We love it so far. Enjoy!

  9. Kelly
    April 11, 2013 at 8:33 am (560 days ago)

    Love the curtains. I am looking for a similar yellow pattern. Can you tell me the name of fabric and where you got it.


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