Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tears of a Clown (The Tale of My Living Room Curtains)

Hi Everyone!

I shared with you awhile back that Mr. Bluebird and I had ordered two recliners for our living room.  As you know, I am not a recliner fan, but my doctor said it was something I needed to have.  We found a style and fabric we liked, placed our order and waited for their arrival.

Well, arrival day was last Saturday.  I love them!  The fabric is just what I envisioned and they look perfect with the other fabrics that are already in the room.  With one exception.  One big, can't ignore it exception.  My curtain panels.  Oh. my. gosh.

My living room looks like a clown threw up in it.

I do love my patterns, but adding in the new recliners with their bold floral really tipped things over the edge. Even for me!  Ready to see?  Shield  your eyes folks.....

Oh my word! Too much.  The chairs, the curtains, the lampshade......aaaagghhhh! Calgon, take me away!!!

Pardon the crummy picture, but the opposite side of the room is my settee.  I love how that fabric goes with the curtains.....

And below, I love them with the chair and our sofa (not shown) is in the same plaid fabric.

Sadly, I am in search of some new panels for this room. I may even do away with curtains altogether and keep the simplicity of the matchstick blinds. Just for grins, I pulled out some ivory sheers I had stashed away. Just to see how a lighter color would look. Better than the heavy, floral drapery!  I am leaning heavily toward taking down the rods, etc. and going with the just the blinds.  What say you?

This summer will bring a lighter paint color to this room and the kitchen adjacent (I will be retiring my Pottery Barn curtains in the kitchen as well - they aren't working with these xyz chairs either!) I also plan on changing out the yellow lampshade with a simple burlap one that I have in another room.  

Hopefully, with a little tweaking I will restore peace to this room and I can put my feet up (doctor's orders, you know!) in my new chair!

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. I can see what you mean dear Jane - I agree with changing the shade and perhaps changing your curtains to something more plain with one of the minor colors in the flower pattern in your chair? Painting the room would definitely help too. Good luck dear, and go ahead and enjoy your new chair, 'clown throwing up or not'!

  2. HI Jane! Your recliners are lovely and I love the fabric. Isn't it something how one little change leads to another little change and so on? Vel has some great ideas and I'm sure you'll come up with just the right solution.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. I like the plain curtains but think it would look equally as nice with no curtains. I don't have any on my back windows and love the look...Those chairs look wonderfully comfortable and pretty. xo Diana

  4. I like your new chairs! I see your dilmena though. What if you hung burlap panels on your windows and painted your walls a lighter color? I like the idea of using a burlap lampshade in place of the yellow one.

  5. I think no curtains are the way to go or very plain ones.

  6. Hi Jane! Are you getting closer to what you want to do about your curtains? If it's not one thing it's another! :) Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  7. You like prints, don't you? :D
    Yes, I think you need to go easy on it. But the colors are so lively.

  8. Just discovered your blog. Love it. I would go with nothing or plain on the windows. You might even check into putting wood trim around the windows to give it a finished look.

  9. It's so hard trying to make so many patterns work together. Lighter, neutral walls will help. Enjoy those comfy chairs!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

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