Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Linen and Flocked Velvet Dining Room Draperies

I know it's cool to do minimalism or effortless chic, but let's be honest: Keith and I like fancy. Until last week, the dining room was all minimalist chic. But it felt cavernous and cold. Conversations actually echoed in there! So I decided to embrace the fancy and hang super-tall curtains in here. 

At first, I thought I wanted to use a brightly colored, patterned fabric. I shopped and browsed and Googled, but nothing I saw felt quite right. I love the neutral look in this room, and I didn't really want to change that. When I found this linen-like material with black flocked velvet curlicues on top, I knew it was a winner. I'm not sure what I love more: The fuzziness, or the slightly spooky pattern. In person, it looks a bit like the wallpaper in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyworld. Or like something you'd see drawn over the windows at the Addams Family's house. I dig it.


Once I found the fabric, I worked out a trade with my Mom: In exchange for her sewing services, I'm knitting a custom-made cowl for her. So Mom made the curtains, Keith hung them up, and now the room feels so much cozier. But also fancier. What do you get when you combine cozy and fancy? Fanzy? Yeah! It feels like that. The curtains absorb sound, too, so no more weird echoes in here.


One year ago, the room smelled like an ashtray and looked like this. We've come a long way!