Wednesday, August 15, 2012

curtained!

after nearly five years of living in our house with no curtains (just shades) in the living room, i told thatcher i wanted curtains from him for my birthday present this year (file that one under "signs that you are getting old"). i've wanted curtains forever, but have never bought them since (1) they are expensive and (2) i was never quite sure what i wanted. 

we bought chocolate brown panels a good 5 weeks ago, but last saturday was the day we finally got them hung. we bought them at ikea and the price was right, but they were like..feet too long! my best friend kelli was nice enough to hem them for me. saturday i ironed them, which took me over an hour. confession: i don't even own an iron, i had to borrow my mom's. (embarrassing i know!). here's a picture of what my living room looked like before we hung them: 

as you can see, my house is a constant mess these days. just keepin' it real! 

and here is what it looks like with the curtains hung. such a difference! i'm in love! sorry the lighting is not great in these pictures, it really looks better in person. 



here are a couple other angles of the room...  

 from the front door

our "dining room" 

i'll be the first to admit that my living/dining room has a weird set up. it's because it's a really goofy "L" shaped space that's hard to arrange furniture in. we've set this room up like 5 different ways since we've lived here, but this one seems to be working out the best. so, there you have it! a small project, but a big impact (in my opinion). 

10 comments:

ajs {of MN} said...

wow, that made a great difference, looks great!! and whoa whoa whoa.... you dont even own an iron!?!

i think i have had my OWN since i was like 12. yup im OCD.

LOL!

~Dawn~ said...

We don't have curtains hung up in our living room yet, either....hahaha. Yours look amazing. What a difference they make. I will have to show this to my husband so that he can see that in fact curtains do..'warm up a room'.. :)

Lisa said...

The curtains look great! The whole room looks beautiful to me! You are so right about the Ikea curtains...they are FEET too long! Hemming them was quite interesting for me, I actually burned our old carpet while doing it! :)

Melissa said...

Thanks, Lisa! I'm glad I didn't have to deal with hemming them. Just paid my friend in a coffee shop giftcard :)

Syndal said...

The curtains look so good! you're right, they really do make a big difference! Also, I love the title of the post, made me think of teen girls squad! haha

Carolyn said...

I think the curtains look GREAT!! We just took ours down in the living room (random!) but I've been contemplating adding new (and modern) ones back in! Love the way you did it! :)

Becky said...

It looks great! We don't have curtains in our house, and I have considered it...might have to bite the bullet! I LOVE projects like this...like you said, not too much work, but big impact. It's even better when they have been a nagging project and then it's done!

Melissa said...

Thanks! I'm loving them. You'll have to see it in person some time soon. Curtains would look great in your living room too!

Sarah said...

Love the curtains!!!

Melissa said...

Thanks! You'll have to come over soon. The pictures don't do them justice :)

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