Monday, November 15, 2010

Finally - window treatments!

So I have been blogging for several months now about being terrified to pick my own fabric for our living room window treatments. I have about four different fabrics in our living room currently - couch, chair and two different throw pillows - and wanted an expert's opinion on not only what would look good with those materials, but would also fit the entire feel of our house.

Lucky for me, my bff's mother-in-law (who is a utterly fabulous interior designer and all-around wonderful woman who I loved bunches BEFORE she even volunteered to help) took pity on my poor house's soul and agreed to help me with my window treatment situation.

Best of all: all I had to do was snap a few photos of the rooms where I needed treatments (and the fabrics in them), do some minor measurements and send them along to her to work her magic on the rest.

She emailed me last week saying the some fabric samples would be in the mail for me to choose - and I eagerly awaited their arrival like a kid on Christmas morning!

For our kitchen area, she selected this fabric and trim for roman shades for the three windows + door.

And she gave me four options for the living room drapes - two neutrals and two blues:

And even though Chad and I don't agree on much, we both quickly agreed we liked the top option best (choice #1). It's hard to tell in the picture but it has a beautiful sheen to it and I think it will look magnificent in our living room.

The next hurdle I had to face was getting Chad to agree to actually BUY them.

You ladies with husbands will understand what I'm talking about when I say: Men do not understand how expensive home furnishings can be... especially high-quality ones. So I have been trying to prime Chad over the past few months with the fact that custom window treatments simply aren't a small-ticket item in a house. I had friends, his own mother and even my GRANDMOTHER tell him "Window treatments are an investment... They are often one of the most expensive things in your house..." and so on.

So thankfully, when we got the cost estimate for these two rooms, Chad's head didn't blow off his body... at least immediately.

He told me yesterday, however, that he enjoyed sharing the news with one of his colleagues:

Chad: "So hey, buddy, what are you going to spend your overtime money on?" (remember, Chad and his colleagues been working lots and lots of overtime lately.)
Work friend: "Blah blah blah (something that I wasn't really paying attention to but it had to do with an Audi). What about you, Chad?"
Chad: "Two words, my friend. Window treatments."
Work friend: "What are window treatments?!"
Chad: "You aren't married, so you don't have to worry about window treatments, but once you are, you'll learn soon enough."

And truer words have never been spoken.

Can't wait to show you pictures of the finished product!

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