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.