It was so frustrating to be in the midst of serious re-decorating energy and not be able to share the process with anyone.
Obviously a girlfriend right there with me with a fresh eye would have been the best thing, but I'm patching along using the blogdom sisterhood instead.
So first...let me post the sequence of the great glass fireplace adventure:
We have owned the area rug (pictured above) for years. It has got a very low pile, but I do like the cream, black and green design.
We have been hunting rugs for quite awhile, ordering first a bright orange and lime rug...which is no longer made as we found out later.
Turned out that while you can order it...you just will not ever get it, and will spend a ton of time demanding your money back...like four months worth of time. Grrrr....
But in the end, not getting it turned out to be a blessing!
We also were on the hunt of lamps. Fell in love with a set that we could order from California...and I could see them when I visit there next weekend.
But....for about 1/10 of the price of the "in love" lamps, we could have the lamps pictures above.They were interesting at night, and awful during the day. So back they went.
I also had tried an orange velveteen drum lampshade that was really bold.
We settled on the basic whitish colored lampshades...THEN I got this area rug.
But now I think the lampshades look blah.
I'm considering black lampshades now.
(Christopher Columbus may have thought he was on quite an adventure; he never had the chance to pull a room together with a high energy feng shui disorder woman. Laura named this syndrom: it is what they call it when a patient has to have every little detail in their room just perfect or they just can't stand it!)
Stay tuned for updates on that the lampshade detail!
I was thinking a green...and weirdly every green drape turned a hideous pea soup color by lamp light. Ewwww....
So I gave up and went with white. It looked better than the nothing we had before.
We also found that tugging the drapery close and open by hand, and trying to keep the gathers even was a pain in the neck. It took several minutes to arrange the drapery neatly, otherwise it looked like an unmade bed to me (my feng shui disorder thing again...I was tempted to get out a tape measure and adjust the pleats to exact spacing. This is not a good thing.)
JC Penneys that 1. would allow me to just tug a cord and not fiddle with pleats, and 2. that would blend in with our colors.
Thank you LORD for giving me a husband that can do the necessary math involved in hanging drapery. At one point he asked me what 175 divided by two was.
My eyes got big...my brain locked up...he shook his head and continued working without waiting for my answer.
( I never did figure it out. Scary isn't it?)
A little patching from where the barely used old rods hung.
Tall is good when hanging curtain rods.
Above it a picture of the "pinch" pleats. They go at the top of the drapery.
The hooks then get stuck into an eyelet plastic piece on the curtain rod track which allows the drapery to be opened or close with just a tug of a cord!