Of course, there are a million practical things to do. Unpack, strip wallpaper, paint walls, clean, and organize, but I have to give myself the gift of unstructured time to just play. So, I bounce between things that need to be done and things that are completely unnecessary but are creatively fulfilling. It gives me the energy to push through the things that are a bit more mundane and not exciting.
So, yesterday I gave myself some time to work on some decorating things. One of the things that are both practical and decorative are curtains and I’m looking forward to getting them made and hung for the living room. Right now, we don’t have window coverings for this room and there is quite a glare on the TV. This gave me a change to play with fabrics, which is great creative fun for me.
I have picked a blue and white plaid for the curtains in this room. It’s Logan Plaid in Navy by Thibaut and I have a pretty cool full-circle story about it. A few months ago, I picked up some retired Thibaut fabric sample books from my local paint and wallpaper store. In that book was Logan Plaid and I cut it out to add to my inspiration board. I assumed the fabric wouldn’t be available any longer, but I found it on Fabric Guru and snapped up 20 yards of it not knowing how I was going to use it. I knew I liked it and would be able to use it somewhere and it’s perfect for the living room curtains.
As a part of my decorating process, and I’ve shared this before, I tacked the fabric up on the window so I could live with it for a few days and see how I like it. I don’t need to live with it for a few days. I love it! I already ordered curtain rods and blackout liner and I just need to get my sewing room unpacked so I can get the curtains done. I’ll see if I can rope my mom into helping me. She is the best help when it comes to making curtains. I pin and sew and she irons. It makes the job go much faster.
While I had the fabric tacked up, I decided to hang a pair of antlers and a Valesquez study I painted a few months ago. I’ve had this painting leaned up on the fireplace, but it’s much better hanging here. As I’m hanging pictures, I am thinking about leaving room for the curtains.
I also played with a yard of fabric I purchased to see if it would make a nice lampshade cover and I love it! The fabric is Pedigree, also by Thibaut. It’s a lighter cotton, so it’ll be a nice, semi-transparent fabric for customizing a lampshade.
Experimenting so I can see visually how things are coming together makes me so excited to get to work!
As I’ve said before, we will paint this room eventually, but there are rooms that need a lot more attention when it comes to the walls, so I’m going to make this room feel as finished as possible as it is, so we have a place that feels done-for-now and is ready for guests and the holidays.
I also ended up ironing an 1800s document so I could frame it., but I’ll save that for another blog post…