Curtain Call

Back in April I bought 2 sets of canvas drapes from Ikea for the family room. At $39 per set I thought that was the mother of all deals for window coverings, so imagine my delight when I scanned the 2010 Ikea catalog last week and saw them with an ever better everyday price: $29!
Definitely in the budget.

I had bought some window coverings previously for the living room, but I have felt lately like they are just a smidge too white, and a little too sheer.
Case in point:

So I swapped them out yesterday with the new ones and Voila! instant improvement:

ps: you can see a little bit of my wallpaper project taking shape to the right…

Another steal of a deal I just couldn’t resist recently was a trip to a rural library near our cabin. Rural libraries are amazing! They have a pretty great collection of older books, and like many city libraries they have an ongoing book sale to sell old books to raise money for new books. Over the years I have found this to be the easiest and cheapest way to get your hands on neat, old books. Well this library in particular REALLY wanted to get rid of some books. They sell reusable shopping bags for $4, and for an extra $1 you can fill the bag with as many books as you like! That’s crazy talk to a book lover like me, so of course filled it, I did!
About 85% of the books on the table came from that sale.
My favorite find was a book called “Queen of Hearts”. It is about Marie Antoinette and is filled with lovely prints. Perhaps I will scan them and do something fun later on…
Curtain Call

24 thoughts on “Curtain Call

  1. Awesome deals all around. I may have to check out Ikea for some curtains.

    I like libraries for magazines, too. Our local one has great choices. I scored ten or twelve Martha's from the 90s…. great craft ideas. Plus, when I'm done – I just donate them back. =)


  2. Thanks so much everyone!!

    Steph, the rug isn't from Ikea, but I actually can't remember where it came from. Sean found it and picked it out. I haven't bought one from ikea before, but I have bought cheap ones at home goods, etc. Those ones really do shed! So far the ones I've seen that are a little more (in the $100-$200 range) definitely don't shed much. I haven't had any issues with this one.


  3. Your house looks great! Did you make the sofa slipcover yourself or buy it? I desperately need one and this looks so much nicer than the ones I have seen in stores.


  4. Your living room looks so calm and relaxing! Perfect to curl up and read one of those books! I really like the curtains…its hard to find full length white panels…I found mine at Jysk but I still have 3 windows to get curtains for so I might need to take a trip out to Ikea! Can't wait to see your project you are working on with the wallpaper!!


  5. You've gotta love IKEA!! I love how just the slightest change can make a big improvement. Well done – and what a great tip on the books. I'll have to be on the look-out next time I'm driving through the Indiana/Ohio countryside visiting family.


  6. Hi, I'm a new reader and totally enamored with your white decorating.

    I thought I spied the Queen of Hearts on your table even before you mentioned it. The prints are wonderful, but the book itself is a delight. It's truly readable and academic at the same time, you should give it a shot.


  7. I have the same question as Arzu. Any tips for finding white slipcovers? Any good websites to custom order slipcovers from? I had someone come out to give an estimate and the quote was appx. double what I paid for the couches. Didn't seem realistic. I'm still considering the Ikea Ektorp sectional but am thinking it would be nice to find a way to slipcover the couches we already have…


  8. Looks great! Do you know the Ikea name of the curtains? I've been looking for curtains for months but the only affortable ones i find are see-thru. I'm on the Ikea website now trying to find them, but i'm just not sure which exact ones they are…


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