Don't worry Derby, we won't do this to you.
Well, I've been chipping away at the ol' list for the past few days & have come to the point where I need to decide what to do about the window treatments in our living room. For the past 5 years, all we've used are the blinds that were here when we moved in. I am not a fan of blinds, but they do function very well & if I have to have them, I am glad that they are wood slat blinds.
Our main living area has a small bay area & since we keep our sofa in there, I've never really worried about curtain panels. However, I am tired of looking at these blinds day in & day out and I want to at least partially hide them. One problem - that gorgeous, original stained glass window dating to the late 1800s. Do we really cover that? & how about picking a fabric? I would love a bit of a pattern, but don't want it to clash/compete with the stained glass. A bold color would definitely work, but I *think* I'm leaning more towards a light fabric. Again, I don't want them to just be solid white...but I can't think of what else would work with the window.
My first thought? Sheer burnout curtains. West Elm has them; Crate & Barrel, too. As I've mentioned in the past, I love Marimekko & these panels could give me that pattern I love without being too obtrusive.
There are 2 problems. #1 is the price. #2 is the length. We have really tall ceilings and need curtains that are at least 12' long! Alas, these only go to 108".
A much, much cheaper option are the Alvine Rund curtains from IKEA. At $24.99 for a pair of panels, these are more than affordable. I couldn't even buy fabric for that price (if I could even find this kind of fabric!). I don't love the pattern, but I do like it well enough. I love IKEA curtains because they are so long & hemmable, but apparently their curtains max out at 98". Funny, I really didn't think about how tall our ceilings were until the other day.
I am currently sewing drapery panels for our master bedroom, so I figured "What's another 4 - 6 panels?" and started searching for fabric. Fabric.com is one of my favorite sites, but nothing but a bunch of crushed velvet (CRINGE) came up for "burnout fabric". I am either missing the correct term or you just can't buy this kind of fabric.
Going back to the pattern idea, I also searched various sites for "pale grey on white" and needless to say, it didn't return many results. But I still really love the idea of something like this (again, price is way to high).
So please, help! Here are my questions/thoughts:
- White curtains or color?
- Does that Marimekko fabric exist by the yard?
- Should I save my pennies for them & if so, what to do about length (curtains that look like highwaters...no. Just, no)?
- Is there other sheer burnout fabric that I can get by the yard? If so, please tell me where...
- What are your thoughts?