This post was written in collaboration with Onlinefabricstore.net.
Remember this room?
This is what the living room looked like when we moved in about seven months ago.
Here it is at Christmas.
I seriously need to send Christmas a thank you letter because it made it so much cuter.
Once you took the greenery and the tree away it looked a little forlorn.
I liked it.
The room was fine.
But in my heart?
I wanted a little color.
So I added a blue rug.
And then I asked all of you for your fabric opinions on this post.
729 of you responded with heartfelt, thoughtful, amazing, incredible advice. I read every comment.
Every. Single. One.
You gave me your opinions, but more importantly, some of you gave me a new way of looking at things. Some of you helped me change my perspective a little and gave me new thoughts and ideas.
It takes a village to decorate a room.
Let’s start with a review and looking at what I DIDN’T choose and why.
This was one of the top favorites.
I loved it because it introduced a new color to the living room and helped blend the blues.
When I looked at it in the room (through the magic of photo editing) it was too dark.
There’s more navy in the pattern and it made the room feel darker.
Not too many of you chose this one.
I don’t think that the blue is right and it’s a little too playful for the room.
The room feels a little more grown-up than this pattern.
A great option.
This was the one I was thinking about choosing.
It was in my top 2.
But I changed my mind for reasons I’ll explain a little later in the post.
When I ordered the swatches, this was my original first choice. It introduces a new color palette to the room. I actually ordered two yards of this for the dining room. But when I looked at the fabric in the room (through the magic of photo editing) it just didn’t work for where I wanted the other rooms in the house to be. It was a big commitment as an overall curtain pattern in the room.
This one was one of your top favorites, too.
It’s SUCH a pretty fabric.
This was one of my original top two.
However, when the swatch arrived, I realized that the background is a little too creamy for all the white in the room.
Which leads me to the one I was going to choose.
This was my fabric.
You loved it. I loved it. It was the right blue. It was a fun pattern that mimicked the rug. It had a white background. I was about to order it.
Out of the blue (no pun intended) I found this painting on Etsy.
Remember when I asked you about art for the stairs? You always told me when I found a piece of art that I loved I would know it immediately.
And you were right (obvi).
I was smitten.
It was PERFECT for the room.
I ordered it in a canvas print and it has to be stretched onto a frame at the framers. I was ready. The room was set. But that meant I had to change fabric directions. The painting needed an allover smaller pattern that turned into a neutral when used on a big scale.
So I chose this fabric.
It’s called Waverly in the Frame Blue Jay Fabric.
This is a close-up view of the fabric I took from a pillow I made.
It’s the perfect blue.
(total decorating aside: it also comes in Silver, Kelly, and Graphite)
The pattern is smaller.
It’s an ode to all the fabrics that have gone before. I sewed it into long curtain panels and used twin sheets as lining (more on that later in a DIY) and spray painted a set of curtain rods gold.
Drum roll, please.
CAN YOU EVEN?
These curtains MAKE ME SO HAPPY.
I wish you stop by the living room and have sweet tea.
It is even prettier in person.
And look what made it’s way to the wall by the door?
The vintage map of the platt where I live from the 1800’s. I found in the drawer of the pine dresser.
Here’s its story here.
You can see how the navy painted bookshelf fits in now.
Here’s the DIY on that project.
And when the painting is hung over the fireplace, it will pull all the blues together and give a little color to the room.
I found this bench at a yard sale a couple of weekends ago.
And here it is now in the space.
Here’s a close-up of the curtain rods.
They were silver, but I spray painted them gold with this amazing metallic spray paint.
And a full length view of the curtains.
And one more view of the space.
Thank you so much for all your advice and your help.
I cannot even put into words to let you know how much I appreciate you joining me on this decorating journey.
One curtain at a time. 🙂
PS Way more pictures of the room once I get the artwork back from the framers.
PPS Here are a few beginning sewing tutorials from Online Fabric if you are interested in making curtains for your house:
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