Thursday, July 15, 2010

dining room make over: a little progress

Several weeks ago I made some curtains for the dining room. I copied the style of my Ikea curtains and took pictures along the way so I should be able to write up a tutorial if anyone out there is interested. I found this fabric at my favorite fabric store, Mary Jo's. It is unlike what I usually buy for my home. It is a multicolor floral print. The fabric is made by Richloom, called Invigodk (sometimes labeled as Invigorate) in Confetti. It is currently available here, at Mary Jo's cloth store.


I started the curtains after I found out I was pregnant and got sick shortly after and forced myself to finish them. To this day I feel sick whenever I look at the curtains. I am hoping that one day the urge to vomit will fade. I hate wasting time and money!!


Aside from the curtains, I have painted the dining room (Martha Stewart- Cumulus Cloud) and finished painting the hutch (hint: I didn't go with aqua or green!), now I just have to paint the chairs. The bright yellow I originally wanted to do definitely doesn't go with the muted shades in the curtains. I am thinking orange?

Warning: don't look too close to the curtain rods... I hung the one on the left and many, many days passed until my husband sweetly suggested he hang the one on the right. He carefully measured but somehow the rods are so not level! Maybe some day I will find the energy to fix it. Probably the same day I find the energy to finally hem the curtains on the left!! Until then I will just keep pretending that they are perfect. :)

21 comments:

Nicole-Lynn said...

Very nice! Love the pattern!

Erin said...

Erin, The curtains look great. I love the fabric! My best friend made curtains for her living room with the same fabric in a different color pattern (earth tones). Hope that you and #4 learn to love them!

Amy Bowman said...

I love them!

dandee said...

the fabric is so pretty!

jen said...

i get the urge to vomit when i see your curtains and i'm not even pregnant. hah hah, kidding kidding. i think they really dress up the dining room. and they go very well with the color of the hutch! (i wonder if your fans are jealous that i get to see all these things in person?)
if you paint your chairs orange, i will be very jealous since that is the color jon wouldn't go for at our house. :)

alissa said...

These are so pretty Erin! I hope someday soon you stop feeling sick when you look @ them!

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

I LOVE that fabric! Is the name of the fabric Josette?? Cause it sure looks like they match this chair I've had my eye on:

http://www.pier1.com/Catalog/Furniture/tabid/519/List/0/CategoryID/157/level/a/ProductID/4424/ProductName/Josette-Chair/Default.aspx

Becky said...

Cute! I could hardly get myself dressed in my first trimester this time around. You are doing better than me.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

They DO look perfect- gosh I can't imagine having curtains that make me want to barf! I hope it goes away- The curtains are really lovely!

Sara said...

I love your curtains too. Hopefully you'll get over that barfy feeling sooner than later.

Chris said...

The curtains look great. I hope you start getting your energy back soon. Amazing how much it takes out of us to grow a new person. :) That's the most important creating you can do right now.

Hounds4HeroesFounder said...

Love them! The pattern is so great. Hope you are feeling much better soon!

Sarah said...

Erin, I know exactly what you mean about the fabric bringing back memories of the icky phase. I went on a shopping spree when our local fabric store was having a sale, now whenever I look at the fabric it makes me sick to my stomach. Maybe things will change after I have my baby, but I sure don't feel inspired right now by that stuff. Ick!
-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

Kate said...

Dear Erin,

I just went through a BUNCH of posts on your blog and came to the conclusion of a few things.

#1- You are an incredible woman and INCREDIBLY talented.

#2- Next time I come home you are really going to have to teach me the art of shopping at thrift stores and finding deals.

#3- I am so buying tons of stuff from you when I have a home of my own and have babies (Unless by some miracle I overcome my fear of sewing machines.).

#4- You have an amazing sense of style.

#5- I have tons to learn from you when I come home for Christmas!!!

Love you!

Linda J. said...

Pssst! I wouldn't have noticed the slight height discrepancy nor the missing hem had you not mentioned them.... ;-D As with everything you've done they look great!

theartfulabode said...

you're reading my mind, Erin! I just painted my living room a similar color and have been looking for fun, floral fabric for some curtains. My next step was taking a trip to Mary Jo's - I just might have to copy you on this one! :)

liz said...

nice work! I like how they match the warm colors in the floor

Nichole said...

you. are. amazing. :D i just spent a good hour looking threw your blog. :D i'm in love! i'll be movinging in to a new house soon and you bet your buttons i'll be carrying your ideas with me! :D

Kim said...

They are so fun and cheery! Love them. Can't wait to see the hutch and the chairs. This is going to be such a vibrant space when you're done. :)

Katie Connors said...

Looks fantastic! I am searching for the invigorate (invigodk) confetti pattern, any idea where to get some yards of that to reupholster an ottoman? I have the chair and really want to buy/make an ottoman for it! If so please email me at kmconnors@gmail.com....thanks!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Erin, Love these drapery panels! They are exactly what my daughter has asked me to make for her - if I can find the fabric - to match chair covers from Pier 1. I have searched and found some available online - also found remnant of 2.8 yds. @ Old Time Pottery. Matching throw pillows are available at another site. She has gotten so many compliments on the fabric design, she decided she would like to carry it through from the dining room to the living room with pillows and drapery panels. I think it will look so warm and inviting in her coastal home. Any chance you are 'bored' with these and would be willing to sell them - ready made? If so, pls contact me - sjp2044@aol.com. Certainly have enjoyed looking over your blog and some of your creations. Blessings to you and your family for sharing your ideas and talents with us dreamers.
Sherry Poe

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