Yes, I'm being sarcastic.
But it is a nice change from seeing bland walls.
As you may remember, we're furnishing and decorating our first home on a $5,000 budget. So far we've been doing very well with staying on course. One way has been to sew my own curtains. I made curtains for the dining room a few months ago that came out pretty well (if I do say so myself). Since then I've also sewn curtains for the office, bathroom, and will be doing our bedroom soon. I was planning to do the same for our living room, but one day I was at Home Goods and...I couldn't resist.
Home Goods had a curtain section with an assortment of very nice quality materials that came in packs of 2-panels for $20-30. Seeing they were that great of a price, I dug in!
You can see in the pic above the two different materials that caught my eye: one of a grayish-brown for $25 (burlap-ee), another that was a wheat color and had been returned, therefore only $12 (yellow-ee). I bought both to try each in the room.
But first, here's a "before" of the living room with no curtains (this pic is also pre-rug - I was excited to hang the curtains and forgot to take the pix right before - sorry!) :
Burlap it is!
Love. It. I still am amazed at how easily something like curtains can transform a room.
Next up was the office, where I'd settled on getting something with stripes. I went to a fabric outlet and scored a yard of a navy & white striped material for $2! Here's the before pic: (Warning for neat freaks: avert thine eyes from Karl's pile of stuff on his desk)
A little over an hour later I'd sewn these bad boys and hung them up.
Note to self: Get bigger corkboard. It's not working.
Geek moment: As I was putting these curtains up, they reminded me of the character Urahara from Bleach. Methinks I shall now be referring to this room as the "Urahara".
While at the fabric outlet I also got 5 yards of a nice blue material for making curtains for the 2 windows in the bedroom (total of $13!). We'll see if I will feel productive enough to do them this weekend.
Altogether, the cost of curtains for these three rooms has been:
Living Room: 25.00
Grand Total: $40.00
Getting to have curtains for 3 rooms (or you can also spin it as curtains for 5 windows) for only $40 is my kind of deal!