Not only do curtains add privacy and warmth to a room, there is a certain something that you can’t quite put your finger on. I think it is sound? A solid sound, sort of grounded I guess?
When you walk through a new home to look at the rooms, you can hear a slight echo. It doesn’t feel homey, yet.
I have a military, wife, friend who once asked me, “How long before you live in a house, until it feels like your home”?
I first thought the answer was time. Then I thought maybe cleaning. Once you clean or paint every square inch of the house or rake every single area of lawn, it feels like your home. Then, I sort of decided it was when you went away on vacation and came back to your home. We are closing in on one whole year in our new home. I think I want to add the word curtains, to my list of things that makes it feel like home.
This map fabric makes me smile every single time I see it. It is the perfect window treatment for two small windows in our library. Stacks of maps, books, a library table….. oh, I get giddy just thinking about it.
No, I did not purchase the expensive Roman shades.
These curtains are a snap. I sewed them in a giant circle.
Then used 3 inexpensive spring rods for each. (Let’s hear it for Spring Rods!! The under rated, not so glamorous piece of metal that makes curtains easy peasy.) Ta-Da!
Finished and mighty happy. A bonus, I didn’t think of the glorious warm color they throw when the sun shines behind them. Warm, beautiful and makes you want to sit a while and read a book.
Next, the great room windows. Much to my surprise, same huge open room, two different size windows. I had Mr. Right put the curtain rod up a little farther out on the right hand side…..gives the illusion of a bit bigger window. The “matchy matchy” part of my brain is satisfied.
I love Buffalo Plaid. Seriously, I SWOON over Buffalo Plaid. My grandfather had a black and red hunting jacket in Buffalo plaid. I love the boldness and yet at the same time, the traditional feel.
I did not love the prices I was seeing for plain, straight curtains to purchase. So to satisfy the frugal part of my brain, I ordered fabric ( 1/4 the cost of the finished curtains that I fell in love with.) I spent some time at the sewing machine and hemmed those beauties. (Side note: I bought the rods and curtain hangers from a big box hardware store. Simple and exactly what I had envisioned.)
Once hung (Full credit to Mr. Right, not one cuss word during the hanging of the curtain rods), they add a certain warmth & yes, by golly those curtains somehow magically make the room more like home.
I know, a home is a continual process. It is always evolving, changing, adding this or that.
However, having the curtains hung makes the “old Army wife in me” feel like it is home.
What one thing makes you house feel like a home?
In this together, friends.