Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Curtain catastrophe - or not!

We were able to order some new curtains earlier in the year for our lounge and dining room.  We were so excited, it was the first time we had ordered curtains, and we would have curtains that fitted the windows properly for the first time too.

We looked at lots of options.  We really wanted these, but they cost... well, you can imagine!



So, we chose this fabric.


To replace these.


We measured, ordered, and waited.  It is amazing how long a week is when you are waiting for something isn't it.

They arrived.  We hung the first pair.


We congratulated ourselves on our great choice, they looked fab, they fitted, we were so happy.

Onto the second pair, they looked great, they went all the way across the doors, no gap in the middle. 


Then we looked down.  Oh no....


If you order made to measure curtains that is it, no returns!  So, two choices, order some more, or make the best of it.

Now, when we took down the old curtains, I was horrified to see how grubby the bottoms of this pair of curtains were.  I am blaming it on the fact that we have these doors open all summer and the old curtains would blow outside and drag on the door frame (and I am sticking to that excuse by the way!).

So, a stripe along the bottom would be a double problem solver, it would cover the gap, and disguise the grub that comes in from outside.  I found this lovely soft grey fabric which went well with the leaves.

After a bit of fiddling around, voila, one grey stripe along the bottom.


Now, do I tell people that this is because I can't measure windows or because the bottoms of my curtains get filthy...


I reckon I will go with it being a deliberate decorative style choice.

Amy

42 comments:

  1. Brilliant save there...looks like they came that way! I love gold and grey together...our bedroom is that palette!

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    1. Glad you think so Betsy! I'm a bit sad now, as you can't really see the stripe now that the chairs and table are back in front of them. Oh well, I have some cushions in the works which will include a little grey perhaps! Bet your bedroom looks good in these colours. xx

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  2. I can't see some of the photos (probably my computer playing up) but I could see the all important ones and I think you did a great job, I wouldn't have thought of that and it doesn't look at all odd. I love the design you chose too. I like this style of curtain with the eyelets, I got some like that for Eleanor's room and they're great. I've got tabbed tops in my room and I like those too, they're so much easier than fiddling around with curtain hooks.

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    1. Glad you like them Jo, it is a great way to make curtains longer, and I thought it looked pretty good on this design. I'm loving the eyelet tops too, not had these before! xx

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  3. I love the fabric, and I think your solution is fantastic. It's not a mistake, it's a design feature! :)

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    1. I'm certainly planning to go with design feature if anyone asks! Too horrid to have to admit to the grub on the bottom of the old ones... Glad you like them. xx

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  4. Brilliant solution. I've added contrasting stripes to, to a pair of curtains that didn't fit a window when we moved here. These days, many curtains are made like this from scratch, it's a design thing as well as practical.

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    1. Obviously all the best people have stripes on their curtains Jessica! I hope that it will be practical too, and much cheaper than a new pair of curtains. xx

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  5. Brilliantly resolved. If you're anything like me, you'll want to tell everyone that it was totally planned that way, but will end up spilling the beans :0) No matter, cus they look fab. x

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    1. You are so right Jill, I will try and go with the design decision, but I bet I do end up fessing up! So funny ha! Glad you like them. xx

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  6. They look very nice. I can't see some of the other photos either but I get the gist. Home improvements can be trying, but it looks like you figured it out in a really good way.

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    1. Strange you can't see some of the pics, they are all appearing my my computer - are you getting the thing with the grey circle and the white line in the middle?

      I might have to load them again. xx

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    2. Yes....Amy, you need to reload...there are only the first 2 and the last 2 showing!
      But...from what I can see...they look great!

      Cheers!
      Linda :o)

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  7. Love your solution, it looks great and is practical, what more could you want? Useful AND beautiful! Chrissie x

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    1. William Morris said, have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful, so I guess these fit in on both counts! xx

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  8. They look really good, and if you hadn't told us, I would never have guessed.

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    1. So kind Tracey. I think that I even surprised hubby as he was not at all sure when I suggested it! xx

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  9. We all know your secret now :)
    Regardless it's a great idea having a darker bottom!!
    I think the curtains look great!!
    Tammy x

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    1. Yep that's me, grubby round the hem!! Glad you like them though. xx

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  10. I think the stripe anchors the curtains and brings out the colors in the fabric. I agree with your decorating choice; they look fantastic!

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  11. I can only see the first 2 and the last photo. I can see your lovely add on though, what a good idea, looks very professional too :) xx

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    1. The last pic is the most important one really! Glad you like the finished article. xx

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  12. Hey you! I think that stripe is awesome!!!! In fact I would like to do that to my curtains by the door because yes they get so darn dirty!!! I think it looks so very sleek....wonderful job here solving two problems at once friend!!! Did you sew it on????

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    1. Hi Nicole, I machine sewed a strip along the front of the bottom of the curtain, then took it round the back and hand sewed it to the hem of the curtain. It is kind of like a big piece of bias binding. If the curtains were already the right length you could probably just sew a strip along the front. Hope that makes sense! xxx

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  13. Glad it's not just me, but can't see some of these photos either. I do like your choice in fabrics ... so very close in style & colour to the pricey curtains. And I wouldn't tell anyone about the measuring mix-up because the dark grey along the bottom anchors the curtains and makes them very trendy! Great job on making it all work, and work really well ;) Wendy x

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    1. Thanks Wendy, good to know that are trendy! xx

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  14. Hi Amy,

    The new curtains look wonderful and this is such a great idea.
    You must be happy to have them up.
    Happy day
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Hi Carolyn, yes pleased to have them finished and back up, it is great to have curtains that fit the windows! xx

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  15. I have some sofa cushions made out of Dandelion Clocks fabric, so clearly, you have great taste ;). I think the second fabric option is just as beautiful and LOVE the dark trim, you would never be able to tell that the curtains were made too short. I'll come back to check if those phantom photos have loaded because I want to see what the original curtains were like :).

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    1. The Dandelion clocks is lovely isn't it! I knew that you had great taste Leanne!! I'm not sure that I want anyone to see the old curtains, they were so horrid! I think that blogger is protecting me from having to show them to you!! xx

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  16. yours curtains look amazing amy!

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  17. A brilliant solution for your curtains Amy - they look gorgeous.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  18. I think that is a brilliant idea. Your curtains are just as lovely as the ones you wanted originally.

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  19. Hello, Just found your blog by following through from your comment on The Good Life blog. I look forward to following you, your blog looks lovely. I love the handy save on the curtains too - nifty!

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    1. Thanks for coming to visit and your lovely comment.

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  20. Lovely curtains. Never a mistake just a creative opportunity! ;)

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