Thursday, August 23, 2012

curtain crazed


Blouse, Pants, Shoes & Ring- Thrifted; Bracelet- Le Chateau; Flower- Blue Eyes Bridal (won from Coffee & Cardigans giveaway)

My previous condo didn't get a lot of sun and faced a private courtyard so window coverings weren't necessary.  However our new house has many windows which let in a lot of light (which I love!) and faces a busy street so when we moved in, curtains were one of our top priorities.  All this was before we knew how stressful curtain shopping can be...  After numerous visits to various retailers; hundreds (thousands? gosh I hope not, maybe I should add up the receipts again!) of dollars spent (clearly the curtain industry is quite lucrative!) and moments of tension with my designer assistant (aka my best friend) & sales associates, curtains were finally purchased and installed.  Let's just say that Bed, Bath & Beyond no longer has ikat drapery because I got a little crazed about the pattern and bought out Ottawa's stock! I will be happy to never buy another curtain panel and will ensure that the next house I buy has windows that are exactly 54" wide & 84" long so I can keep the ikats till death do us part!



Blurry photos courtesy of my cheap point & shoot. Unfortunately I haven't yet unearthed my Canon Rebel's battery charger in the piles of moving boxes waiting to be unpacked (such a daunting task!)  So in the meantime let's just pretend that these pictures are ethereal and artistic!


Does curtain shopping/installation drive you crazy too?

19 comments:

  1. The blouse is so pretty! I love your black and white outfits :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. curtains cost a FORTUNE! - i have all my curtains done now i gotta buy all the blinds (i just have cheap one's now - i wanna get the fancy one's tho, the cheap one's drive me INSANE!!!)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yes! I dislike curtain shopping - I need to replace my living room curtains and keep putting it off because curtain shopping is sooooo daunting. Ugg.

    Love your shoes and your polka dot top!! Glad you found some curtains you liked :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Home decor shopping totally terrifies me. I am just not good at it. Now take me to a clothing store, no problem, but curtains, sheets, pillows, etc. scare the crap out of me. At least you finally found the curtains you love! Loving the flower pin on your shirt today :) Heather

    ReplyDelete
  5. I LOVE those curtains--I can see why you bought out the stock! Plus, they make a great backdrop for showing off your cute polka dots. I love this look!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. great pattern!
    my first house had many windows as well
    my mom came over and taught me how to sew basic curtains
    way cheaper back in the day
    i can sew a straight line for a curtain, but that is it! lol
    loving the polka dots today!!
    brett

    ReplyDelete
  7. Emily, I love the polka dot blouse.

    ReplyDelete
  8. So glad you guys are getting moved in and settled. I still haven't hung curtains in my current apartment, just because they are expensive and I'm indecisive. But I love the one's you've chosen! So pretty! I love the neutral color. And of course, this outfit is darling too. I love the polka dot blouse. And I recognize that flower pin - glad you are getting use out of it!

    Callie
    www.coffeeandcardigans.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I hated curtain shopping when I live in Germany. love how you pin the flower on this outfit.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Never been curtain shopping but I can't imagine it's too fun...Cute outfit! The polkadot top is so fun :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love the pattern mixing you accomplished with the polka dots and the shoes. :) Such gorgeous curtains, too - ikat in a neutral is beautiful! Definitely worth the hunt. :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. curtains aren't a big deal for me, to be honest. I buy new ones when I feel like it but when I make myself a task to buy something (curtains or anything else) then it's positive that I can't find it.
    btw, I like the combo of your polka dot shirt and those shoes.

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh, my! How elegant and attractive. You're living my dream, Emily. Enjoy it!

    ReplyDelete
  14. omg I haven't shopped for curtains and drapes in FOREVER. ACtually, I think the last time was with my mom for my parents' house a loooong time ago. I am not the kind of person to decorate for my home. Mine is filled with bits of handmade and thrifted wares ;)
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

    ReplyDelete
  15. haha, so you're the one who took all of the ikat prints! lol I love ikat as well. I actually enjoy decorating and shopping for home items and accents, but I am around loads of fabrics/measurements normally so it doesn't bother me. You look cute in the polka dotted top! Have a lovely weekend. xo /Madison

    ReplyDelete
  16. Awesome outfit! I love the pumps!

    http://theprintedsea.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  17. you are too funny! i think you should make a dress out of another one of those curtains because the fabric is oh so cute! i love the outfit. the polka dots, flower and those awesome shoes!!!

    http://spinning-threads.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. I agree with Claire about your curtains! The way you styled the polka dot blouse is great! I love the cinched waist and flower.

    Rhe
    rhestyle.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. I can't take my eyes off that amazing flower accessory! Who needs colour when you've got that??

    ReplyDelete

One of my daily joys is reading the lovely comments you leave. It may take a day or two (or three, depending on how hectic life gets!) but I will stop by your slice of the blogosphere soon! xo Emily