Friday, November 4, 2011

Clever Curtains

I discovered a long time ago that curtains make a big statement in a room.  I also learned that they are very expensive and that I could not afford to have beautiful drapes for every room in my house,  I thought.  I noticed one day that shower curtains were often made out of very substantial fabric and that there are now a larger variety to choose from.  They are also very wide, measuring 72"x 72".  I decided to see if I could make my own curtains using a few shower curtains sewn together, divided by an accent ribbon.  This way I could have a custom length drape.  There are so many options and combinations, and I must say that I am very happy with the result.  I was surprised to see a similar style drape at potterybarn which cost $100 per panel compared with the $30 per panel I spent, and mine are 72" wide as opposed to a standard panel width of 50".  I don't think anyone would guess that my drapes started out life as lowly shower curtains.
Target Home™ Cotton Slub Shower Curtain - Tan
Target shower curtain

Alessandra Drape, 50 x 63
similar curtain from Potterybarn

Sitting room off the dining room.

Dining room
Since both rooms are joined, I used the same curtains.

I decided on an emerald green accent:  I like a little pop of color with the neutral pattern.

Master bedroom.  Yup, shower curtains here too!

I just added a simple linen to complement the floral bird pattern.



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