Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Grown-Up Decorating

I'm a terrible decorator.  It's an actual deficiency.  Although I won't say that it's my mother's fault, it's my mother's fault.  She didn't really instill a love of decor in me, and I never thought it cultivate it myself.  So as I've had this home of my own and attempted to make it look more like an adult's abode and less like a college crash pad, it has been an uphill battle.  I've made some mistakes, although I've mostly done nothing which is attested to by the overwhelming number of bare, contractor-beige walls that characterize our home.

But two weeks ago, I went out on a limb.  I bought curtains.  Now, we had curtains already, but I disregarded the "do not machine wash" label and the blackout backing stuck to itself and ended up horrible.  We hung them back up anyhow, as some curtains are better than no curtains at all.  But I had some Christmas $$ burning a hole in my pocket, and I found a slew of great deals for World Market, including but not limited to: 10% off your order, $10 off orders of $30, and 10% cash back.  Oh, and the curtains I bought? 50% off.  Even with shipping, I paid less than 45% of the total price.  I was a bargain samurai.

And so I showed the curtains to handsome before I bought them.  And he says to me "Really?  You're going to go with a pattern?" and I defended my choice with a simple "Yes, yes I am."  To which he responded "Well, if you want to decorate this place like a preschool, that's your choice."  

The pattern in question?

Oh, this just <sarcasm alert> screams "preschool", doesn't it?
Good thing I ignore most of his lies.
And so the curtains arrived and I put them up and you know what?  I don't regret them at all.  I think they're fitting in quite nicely, and in the one corner of the room, it actually looks like maybe an adult or two live here!


I mean, it's no staged-window from WM, but it works for me.  In fact, I made it work for me by frankensteining an extra curtain pannel onto either side of this window's set of curtains, because my window is just so dang big.  And the patterns don't quite match up.  And maybe that is a wee bit preschooler-ish.  But whatevs.  I'm making strides towards adulthood, I can feel it.


Off to eat my milk & cookies!
<3 M.

15 comments:

  1. Ok, those are beautiful curtains. You did very good. Not preschool at all! Your husband should see my house. He'd probably say it was a step below preschool...daycare maybe. ;-)

    I painted a pallet red and hung it on my wall, so I have no room to speak when it comes to decorating.

    ~FringeGirl

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    1. I'm pretty hit or miss, but I really like these ones! And, they're washable, so it'll be a lot harder for me to ruin them like I did the others ;)

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  2. Love these curtains! And also love that couch. We are in love with the color gray and have too many things that color!

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    1. Gray is my favorite color! And thanks, I love the couch as well! We're trying really hard to make our awkward front room less... awkard :)

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  3. You make me laugh. for the record, that's what keeps me coming back, even more then your decorating skills! There is something about curtains that is very grown-up. i'm right there with you.

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    1. I'm so glad it's not my decorating skills, that's way too much pressure! :)

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  4. The sheer lack of curtains in my house condemns me. I love your new stuff.

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    1. You have no accusers, woman :) I'm glad you like them, can't wait for you to see them! <3

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  5. I love that little window corner! Those curtains are seriously the cutest. And I don't think I have decorating skills either... but I won't blame my mom because the woman actually knows what she's doing.

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    1. Thanks Julie! I will say, decorating in temporary housing (dorm, apartment you change every year, etc.) is hard! I never did it, that much I know :)

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  6. I love the curtains! and the basket and window seat! awesome job!

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    1. Thanks! I'm not always sure if I like stuff because it's awesome, or because it's ugly :) Glad this was a win!

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  7. I think you are better at this than you think, lady! The nursery is beautiful and so are these curtains! A+ :)

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    1. You know, I never thought about the nursery as decorating... Just did what I wanted. Thanks for the props :)

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  8. Curtains: truly a sign that you have arrived!

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