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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Living Room Makeover Begins

You all saw my Idea Board for my living room makeover and I shared my Trip to Ikea to look at drapes, so I am thrilled that it is finally starting.

Seems like any kind of makeover really creates chaos.  First up was to pull the existing drapes down and pack away carefully in a plastic bin.  Then wipe down the walls carefully, clean the blinds really good, and wash the windows inside and out.



 Now that the walls and windows are really clean, I vacuumed the carpets again.  Time to press the new drapes.


 OK, one panel up.  I like the texture of the material, it does look like linen when the light shines through.


 Wow, this looks really different.  It always takes me a while to get used to something new.

Hum, I have to live with this for a few days.


This was before - - -


and now. - - -  Do these look just too plain?  I need to think about this.

I pulled all the pillows out of the family room to see how versatile this could be.  I am still a little under-impressed.  I definitely need to live with this for a while.

Ok, what do you think?  Are they too plain or do I need to do something else?  My sofa is cream and these are really white - not so sure they look good together.  I really do love the lighter feel of the room.
Be honest folks, this is really very under-whelming!!!  I need some straight talk, I am about to take these back, but like I said, I always have to live with change a while.

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76 comments:

  1. Marty, I love the lighter brighter feel of these. The other ones are nice, but heavy. I know what you meant about having to get used to a new look. I do the same thing. You could just add some trim to them down the sides since you sew. I have these drapes, too in my bedroom. Such a great price!

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  2. I love these Marty! Your old ones were beautiful too but these really brighten up the room! I love the cream throw on the leather chair....it ties in with the curtains and looks luxurious! Just my opinion but I think it's great!~~

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  3. I definitely understand it always takes awhile to grow accustomed to a new look, said Pat, the queen of move that chair here and this table over there.;-)

    I love your darker panels, always have.

    The new panels are lovely. There is a bit of contrast between the white of the new panels and your wall and carpet colors along with other warm hues in your room. Of course, light plays a big part in any situation and how the curtains actually look as opposed to seeing them in a photo.

    Having said all that, if the panels had more ivory in the color, I believe the blend would be perfect. Not an actual off white, but just a teeny bit of ivory. Still a gorgeous room whatever you decide, Marty!

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  4. Just saw Kim's note. I agree...a bit of trim with the white and a little ivory or light beige, like the walls. should do the trick as far as blend.

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  5. Hi Marty, I have the same drapes in my living room and I have a wheat colored sofas. How about some white pillows on the sofa or some white accents elsewhere in the room? They also had these drapes in beige last time I was at Ikea.

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  6. While I am FAR from a designer, I like the skirted table between the chairs...softer and a bit of interest in that corner.
    I think your old and new drapes are beautiful...your entire room is lovely. Whatever makes YOU feel good about your room is what counts.

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  7. Don't you hate when things don't come together like you had envisioned?! I love the new curtains but agree that something seems off with them. I think it's because you have a very sophisticated house and the curtains are more plain and simple.

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  8. I think they look great and as spring rolls around you will probably like the lighter look even more. It takes me awhile to get used to things in my home. I can't tell you how many times I have almost panicked and returned something (or even repainted) because I got nervous. Live with them a bit and then decide!
    -Shelley

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  9. Love. Keep, at least for awhile. And I agree with bj ^ - maybe the skirted table between the chairs would appeal to your eye and feeling in the space, connecting and blending the light/dark.

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  10. I think the drapes look great! You need to lighten up your couch with lighter pillows and than it will work. I say use the heavier curtains in Fall/Winter and then go lighter in Spring/Summer. That way you can enjoy both.

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  11. Marty,
    The new look is bright, light and inviting, dear friend!!!
    I love, LOVE, L O V E seeing the gray and golden accents in the room!!!
    I do feel the chest under the window is creating a "heaviness" in your room and too great of a contrast,
    especially under the light window treatment. Perhaps draping the top of the chest with a light piece of
    fabric would help bring a co~hesive balance to the window area.
    Whatever you do, dear friend. . .this is your home and you'll know when it feels right!!!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  12. Your new drapes look so pretty Marty, such a light and airy look for spring (which is just around the corner, can't wait!!!) I agree with Katie, some white scattered around the room would be lovely......hugs, Penny

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  13. I love it, Marty! It looks so lighter and brighter and I love the sunlight filtering through them....makes your room decor stand out beautifully! The heavier panels looked wonderful as well but more suited for winter and holiday time, I think! I like how the wall color contrasts with the new panel, especially near the window...drawing the eye towards your beautiful mirror and the chairs! I know your living room will look beautiful no matter what you decide in the end...because it always looks picture perfect:) Happy Sunday! Hugs, Poppy

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  14. Never EVER to hurt feelings - and you know me, I live in my neutral boring world and I thought I would love this change - but I like your other ones better. I think they work in your space so perfectly, you had it right before.

    Please forgive me, but you asked opinion so I gave it. I liked the richness of the other curtains, I think maybe the space needs it. I do things like this all the time. It's ok to go back. It's ok to experiment and return. But live with it and see how you feel for awhile, definately. You have such great taste, you will find a way for this, you always always do, Marty. Hugs.

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  15. The drapes look just fine....lighten the room up so much. I like the first picture with the ivory throw on the chair and I would put that round table with the checked cloth back between the chairs. Take the gold throw and dark pillows off the couch and put the light colored pillows back. Or not........whatever you decide I'm sure it will be perfect!

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  16. I have to say I like it better now. Room feels lighter and sunlight makes it very nice and bright. It might be a good idea to put on the armchairs some bright pillows or blankets. I also think that you should try it with the table under the window and cover it up with some bright cloth and lace, so make it all came together.
    Hugs,
    Vesna

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  17. I love the new drapes! Personally, I think it looks more springy! Maybe if you lighten the pillows, and put your skirted table between the chairs, it would all work for you. But, I don't live there...you do...and you have great taste. So follow your heart! ;)

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  18. OK girlfriend.....I personally don't care for the white. I like the lighter look, but I think the color is off.....you need more of a cream or ivory.....love ya!

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  19. I love, love these panels!! I think they look wonderful in your room. This way you have dark panels and light ones, and can change them on a whim. I like the white throw on the chair, and do agree that a covered table might bring it all together. Maybe with a cloth that matches some of your cushions on the sofa. I like the green print pillows. You do have impeccable taste, so you will work it out. But in my opinion, the panels look great to me, just as they are. :)

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  20. It's different because it looks much lighter, Marty. I think you are probably used to the darker color drapes you had there. I would live with them for at least a week before taking them down, just because it is a big change. I do like the way they look and I know I am the same way ~ I try to give things a little while before I totally nix it.

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  21. Hi, I like the new drapes. I think was strikes me is that everything else stayed exactly the same, which will definitely make the drapes feel more out of sync with the rest of the room. They just kind of get lost right now. My first idea with the new drapes was that a more clear line should be made between the dark and light. Before, you had a natural color scheme from deep browns in the drapes, wood, and leather, to the golds and then the lighter beige tones. I think now it needs to be a more definitive separation of color. So, perhaps something like mostly monochromatic creams in different textures, with some very strategic and bold pops of color. It could be one very bold, dark leather chair or a different set of pillows.

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  22. It really lightens and brightens your room! I say leave them up - they allow the other items in your room to "shine" a little more...

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  23. If your looking for a bit of drama....I have a couple of ideas. 1. I'd re-arrange the living room. The wingback chairs and end table go where the sofa is and vice versa. 2. Next the large gold mirror...I'd "cream or white" that frame up maybe just a "bit" and lean it against the wall (instead of hang it) behind the 2 wingback chairs that way it accentuates your tall ceilings and draws your eye upward....lastly I add one more curtain panel to your large window in the middle (if you like numbers 1 and 2). Good luck!

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  24. I think the new drapes are better right now. I might like the darker ones when going into winter, but with Spring on the way, definitely the white!

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  25. I love the fresher look of you lighter drapes. Your eye is now drawn into your lovely room and not at the windows. Great choice.

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  26. Marty, I like the lighter, brighter look. But honestly, the other ones did look good, too. Go with what YOU love! :)
    Susan

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  27. I like the lighter feel but agree with Kim as well that a trim added would liven up the look. Also someone mentioned the table with the checked cloth between the chair be added back. I think the wood table is too heavy with the dark chairs. Maybe add some color on that table. Possibly something colorful hangin on the wall to the right of the curtains.

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  28. Marty - I think the new draperies look wonderful. They really lighten the room - not just in actual light, but in the feel of the room. But then again, I loved the original ones too. I'm no help at all. lol

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  29. I love the drapes Marty...I have the very same ones in my bedroom and I added some pretty trim to the sides and it took on a new look..they are certainly a great buy for such pretty drapes!...A great look for Spring...

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  30. Hi Marty, I love the Drapes, it seems to make your room look much bigger and open. A great new look! Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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  31. I think they might need some trim. They don't look quite as "dressy" as the rest of your room, but maybe that's just me. I am the queen of the tassels and fringe! I also agree with the one who said these might be a good spring and summer look, and go back to the darker ones for the fall and winter. I used to change mine a lot with the seasons, but now I am lazy.

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  32. Two thoughts:
    I have these curtains and added a row of 3/4" trim down the inside edges. I have an almost navy color. I love how it looks.
    Perhaps you could tea dye then to cut the brilliant white or Rit dye them. If you mess them up you have not last a big investment.

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  33. Two thoughts:
    I have these curtains and added a row of 3/4" trim down the inside edges. I have an almost navy color. I love how it looks.
    Perhaps you could tea dye then to cut the brilliant white or Rit dye them. If you mess them up you have not last a big investment.

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  34. Light and bright, very pretty. I agree, the skirted table is better between the two chairs. There is a lot of dark and drama and formality in the room.......the drapes just don't cut it for me like the old ones. The old ones fit in better with your décor. But you can add some trims like others have suggested. Or sew a valance trim at the top, you've done that before. They need to connect with the rest of the room. Great fabric, great price!!!

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  35. Love the panels - but just not with all the creamy colored items in your room. I've never liked white and cream mixed together, especially when they're LARGE things, such as a sofa and draperies. I'd try something else if I were you, Marty. You hit the nail on the head when you said "under-whelming". :)

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  36. Hi Marty, I much prefer the original draperies. Your room is gorgeous and beautifully styled. The new curtains do not appear to relate to or enhance the style of the room/home in color, texture, and overall appearance. Everyone loves changes in decor, but I believe if it's not broken, don't fix it, and your living room was just perfect. Peggy

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  37. Marty, Your living room looks to very bright now. Maybe some stronger punches of color in your accessories would add some pizazz.

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  38. Hi Marty! I love them. I think they look fresh and open up your room. One thing I might change is the table between the two chairs, you have all your brown in one section of the room. Try the checked skirt there instead with a white lamp. I would eliminate the brown pillow on the couch as well. Think light and bright with all of your accessories and you are going to have a fresh Spring/Summer room. I think the room looks like it is taking a fresh breath.

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  39. Marty I love the new panels they make the room so much lighter and brighter! I agree with Kim...you could always add a little trim...but I think they look great as is too!

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  40. I love the fresh look of your new drapes. I do like the idea of adding a simple trim , but I'd make it down the inside edge and across the bottom, leaving a few inches of the curtain fabric showing before putting on the edge. How about trying a trim that is 2 or three shades darker than the couch, coordinating without being too matchy matchy? Let your eyes adjust. This look is different, but isn't that what redecorating is all about.

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  41. I would add a gold tassel trim to the curtains going down the sides of them. I would also leave the chest there with the brass lamp, it would tie in so well with the gold trim. I love the lighter look to your room and change is wonderful!

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  42. I am of the opinion that your mirror looks way too heavy. Maybe replace with some colorful art? Or lighten up the frame with a paint color. I like the light drapes much better than the darker ones. But now, my eye travels to the mirror and that is all I see.

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  43. I can definitely see that you are not loving this look, Marty. You have to go with your instincts. Personally i like the new drapes, the white breaks up some of the creams and beige. You have to make "you" happy!

    XO,
    Jane

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  44. They don't have the elegance factor that the other ones had, but they do create a new look which is what you were working towards. It took me a month to get used to my light drapes. Now they seem normal to me.

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  45. I personally like the new drapes better. They give you a brighter room and they will be more versatile as well. Maybe pull in more color with pillows, blankets, and accessories. Good luck!

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  46. Hi Marty,
    I like the lighter feel of the new drapes in the room but you are right they need a little something. Maybe some trim down the sides or up at the top to bring some dimension to them. They do let in a lot of light and are not as heavy as the other drapes so I think if you figure out some kind of addition added to them that would work really well.
    Kris

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  47. I like the lighter less formal drapes. I did go back and re-read your post with your inspiration board. You said you wanted cream colored drapes, so maybe these are too white for you. Also, if you do get a cream colored ottoman, like you said in your other post, that would help carry the color around the room.

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  48. Hi Marty,
    I love this new look for spring and summer, which will allow you to add more white, cream and grey if you wanted too.
    I am just like you I don't like new things at first but after a few days they grow on me.........you need to give it a week
    and then see what you think. It really makes your white afghan pop on that chair.............
    Love the other draperies too, but they will look great for Fall and Winter again next year!

    Blessings, Nellie

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  49. It depends what you are going for, Marty! I definitely do not find that the new ones are elegant. They seem rather casual, but they do brighten up the room.

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  50. I prefer the old drapes BUT, these do lighten up the room considerably. I might thnk about using the darker ones in the winter months then switch them out to these for the Spring and Summer. As Kim said, adding some trim might liven them up too. But YOU have to live here so do what YOU love.

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  51. Looks great to me! Last year I bought white drapes for my dining room and just couldn't get used to them so I understand your apprehension. What if you added some trim to the inner edge to add a little something to them. :)

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  52. I like the lighter curtains, but you need something lighter on that wall now...such as a lighter table or chest, or lighter chairs. Adding a darker trim to the curtains on the side would help, as well. The mirror seems a little heavy now....once you change one thing, one thing leads to another!

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  53. Marty, the room looks so much bigger & brighter! I, personally like the new look. But if it's still too light for you, how about adding a valance with the sofa color & white pattern? That way you'll be bringing the sofa color over to that side of the room.
    Sam from www.creativelysams.com

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  54. I love the lightness that the new drapes bring to your room. If I was going to suggest anything, it would be to switch out the mirror above your sofa for a more contemporary, colourful, piece of art (maybe something you could create yourself). A few white accents in a pillow or two to bring it all together and I think it would be fab!

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  55. Hmmm.... You know I think that your home is gorgeous! But this isn't my favorite switch.
    I like the lighter/brighter look and I get what your saying about the others being to heavy... But these are a tiny bit to plain. Maybe if they were a shade darker and the fabric had more body to it, I'ld be on board....

    Sorry... that's just my opinion and everyone knows I am no decorator. So take it for what it's worth. :)
    ~Liz

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  56. I purposely did not read anyone else's response for I had to keep clear of anything but YOUR inspiration board. You need the tie backs like in your board!! That's what you are missing with your eye and why the drapes seem so stark. See how you slung the tie back low and it created a hugely different mood than your straight hanging drapes?
    Also, maybe try to put NO pillows nor anything into the room from another room in your home until you start getting your mood items. Like the metallic sheen pillows. Now don't they look greatly different than what your family room style is?!! I like the white and cream. Maybe your ottoman could incorporate the richness of white and cream. But goodness, you've only just begun on your mood board list. Please do not stop yet. You're still on the lookout for lamps, the scraped wood flooring...and then after you are adding in major pieces, like the ottoman and pillows, then return. I just think its too soon. You've only just begun!!! Keep your mood board out to keep you focused on your direction!!!!

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  57. The drapes, as you said, are very plain, and add very little to the room. It looks like something is missing, but I don't know what. I'm sorry I'm not much help, I'll just wish you luck with whatever you do.

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  58. I know you would want an honest opinion and here goes . . . I love the way your living room was, but I also like the lighter draperies. When I looked at the after photo my eyes were drawn to the drapery rod and the darkness which worked with the darker draperies. Maybe all you need to do is change the drapery rod to a lighter color, move the lighter colored chair from your family room in front of the window (don't know if you have two chairs in the lighter color) and put the cream throw and the table with the checkered tablecloth back. Just a thought . . . sometimes you have to move things around several times to get a good feel. I really it's the drapery rod that's throwing it off because when I look at the photo with the darker draperies the rod blends right in with the draperies. Whatever you decide, I'm sure it will look wonderful!

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  59. Your room does look light and airy now but the "weight" of the previous drapes balanced the oversize mirror. The new drapes feel too lightweight for the corner. Remember...it's your room. Go with your gut! You have excellent taste.

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  60. I like the new curtains it makes the living room much lighter and a little more relax but I have to agree with everyone else I like the skirted table in between chairs and change the pillows for lighter ones maybe the green ones mix with white ones. I'm not an expert or decorator but I love the way the curtain bring out the paint color.

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  61. Either way, the sophistication shines through...and your poised, traditional elegance is evident. Loved the honesty in your post. Not every blogger will be so forthright. XOXO

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  62. I love the drapes, Marty; I think they lighten up the room so much. I agree with the others' suggestions about maybe adding some trim to the sides and bringing some more white and ivory accessories into your room. I think for spring and summer, this new look is really cheerful and brightens the room. I don't know if that helps you in deciding or not. :)

    Your other drapes were lovely and you could always put those back up for fall and winter. You'll know what suits you best after a few days!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  63. I always like curtains that are the same color as the wall or almost the same. It seems they make a room appear larger and the furniture sits inside the shell created by the walls and floor. I like the new look. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  64. Your new drapes freshen the look of the room. I agree that adding a bit of trim or a contrasting band of fabric at the bottom will help tie everything together (if you still think they're too plain).

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  65. The new window treatment melds right into the wall. Move the checkered covered table back and see what happens. Some
    sort of contrast at the top is needed not at the bottom as most of that is hidden. It is just a trial and error and what you can
    live with. I enjoy your blog very much.

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  66. I like the lighter look going into the warmer months, I would keep the others and hang them back in the fall for warmth thru the holidays~
    Jenna

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  67. I think the new curtains look very pretty but I think it needs a bit of detail. Not necessarily trimmed edges but, maybe an added fabric across the top. I am not sure except I know you are brilliant when it comes to making curtains or adding details to them. And you always come up with the just the perfect touch!

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  68. Hi, I'm a new reader to your blog and loving it ! I think the new drapes lighten the look for Spring. Like the idea that several
    others have mentioned and that is keep this look for Spring and Summer and the heavier ( also lovely ) drapes for fall and
    winter. That way you can enjoy both and look forward to a change each season. Did you mention that you also wanted to
    change to hardwood floors in your living room ? I may not be remembering correctly, but if that is the case then you might
    really like the lighter drapes with the change in flooring. Agree that the cream colored throw looks great with the new curtains,
    and like the plaid with the heavier drapes.

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  69. I think they both look great - but I see where you're coming from. I think they are both just different styles in a sense. It most certainly brightens up the room though... if you grow tired of them you could always consider painting on a pattern or stencil. :)
    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

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  70. I love how the old ones go with your room There is something about the white curtains and the mirror that does not seem to go together. You surely have a lot of comments!

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  71. I do like the lighter look that the drapes are giving, but.......I think the two dark chairs may be the sticking point. Is there any way you could move those to your family room and bring in the lighter upholstered chair & the wicker with the lighter cushion? I kind of think I would switch your skirted table with the dark chest. There just seemed to be an imbalance with the dark chairs, dark chest and then the very light drapes. I agree with everyone who said you really should live with it for awhile, but......I know that my initial reaction to a change is usually the right one. So, good luck!

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  72. Thanks so much for hosting, Marty. Lots to keep us entertained while we're hibernating here in the coooollldddd! ~Zuni

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  73. I love the new look! I always hang off-white drapes up in spring/summer for a cooler look and hang dark drapes up in late fall/winter because it gives the room a warmer, cozy look.

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  74. Actually, Marty, our styles of decor are very different..yours is more traditional and elegant..and mine..well, you KNOW what mine is! :) So...that being said, all I will say is that it looks light and airy and summery. I don't see anything wrong with it except the need for a bit more color. The other drapes had drama. Ok...I just went back and looked again. I agree with you. They don't grab you, but I just think these would be great for summertime..or even Springtime. You took away that lovely white afghan..I loved it with the drapes. You didn't? I just think you need some spring time colors such as soft yellow or..
    I have NO idea! I think by the time Spring arrives you will be happy with your choice. Shhhh...this is me backing quietly out of the room. Pretend I was never here. I think you have enough advice without mine. :) With Springtime colors..leaf greens, butter yellows and the creams...I think you have a winner. (pretend I didn't say that..ok?)

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  75. Love them Marty...clean and crisp! I know what you mean, sometimes it takes a bit to warm up to changes...even when for the better...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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