We are back stateside and so happy to be home! I will say our trip to Asia far surpassed our expectations on so many levels. The Philippines were not only beautiful but the people were so nice. And Tokyo, oh my gosh....we loved it. We would definitely go back to explore more of Japan, such a cool place. The pit stop in Japan shaved a few hours off our overall travel home, so our flight was only 12 hours...woo :) With world travel comes jet lag which is actually something Brent and I look forward to after trips. Typically we end up waking up at 4:00 a.m. rested and ready for the day. By 8:00 a.m. when everyone else is waking up we have already checked several things off our "to-do" list. On the flight home I thought of all the things I wanted us to tackle and imagined a clean house, laundry washed, folded and put away, reality TV caught up on, groceries bought, etc....You know what actually happened? We went to bed at 7:00 p.m. and woke up at 10:30 a.m. the next day....FIFTEEN AND A HALF HOURS OF SLEEP. Are you kidding me? My body actually hurt from sleeping so long. So much for productive jet lag, we experienced the kind of jet lag we've heard about....the kind that makes you totally useless....
So, needless to say I've been catching up on life and sleep and life and sleep, but I'm back and excited to announce we have living room curtains!!
Getting this space wrapped up has been a goal for sometime. We started making headway back in December when we finally pulled the trigger on our new rug. Around the same time we began perusing fabric stores in search of the perfect fabric for our curtains. I'm very visual so I like to take a lot of samples and then bring the options home, tape the little samples around the windows and then stand back and judge. We narrowed down our favorites and then made our final selection once the rug arrived.
If you follow me on Instagram you may of seen this sneak peek:
I loved the watercolor vibe and the mix of colors in this fabric. All of the tones played nicely off the other colors in the room, especially the Sea Haze paint (Benjamin Moore 2137-50) and the new rug. Lucky for us, our in-family-curtain-maker-extraordinaire - Cindy, Brent's Mom was willing and ready to tackle these drapes. So, we picked up our yardage and the backing, discussed the look we were going for and she got to work.
While the curtains were being made we wrestled around with what to do for the rods. We really, really, really loved the Oversized Adjustable Metal Rods in Gun Metal from West Elm. The industrial look and the finish were exactly what we were looking for but these rods were pricey. We searched around for another option, but nothing seemed as good. Then, one day something magical happened. Now, this may be a super obvious trick everyone that knows about but...Brent suggested I add the rods to my cart on West Elm's website and just leave them in there. So I did. Then, a few days later I got an email saying "We Miss You! Here's 20% off on us." Brent said he had heard it worked and I guess it does...I took advantage and ordered the rods right away.
In her typical lighting fast ways, we had the curtains in hand in a snap and we were ready to get to hangin'.
Up they went and man, what a difference!
It's like someone pushed a button labeled "COZY" and wah-lah!
I feel like this room went from zero to hero in a flash. The added textiles have done wonders for the space, making the room feels 10 times more complete. If shutters are the eyebrows of a house then I'd say curtains are the fur coat. Stylish and warm.
All photos are my own.