I've been thinking about new curtains for a while now. My navy blue velvet ones are very pretty, but they're not quite right. They're a bit too heavy, a bit too dark, and a bit too blue. I mean, in the picture below they practically look black. Overall, I just don't think they're the look I'm going for in my living room.
The velvet was very nice in the winter for keeping the cold out and will be nice in the summer to do the same for the heat, but I think I'm willing to sacrifice a little comfort for something prettier. And besides, I'll probably just stash the velvet ones in the attic so I can pull them back out when I change my mind again.
These new curtains that I saw in the Pottery Barn catalog are what inspired this blog post:
Pretty, right? Here are a couple of close-up pictures so you can better see the pattern:
Last year when I checked out couches at Mitchell Gold, I fell in love with a tea-stained floral pattern. It was pretty and dreamy and romantic and I've dreamed about it all winter long. But I can't seem to pull the trigger on a new couch and then who knows how well that fabric would wear. It might be better to get a super sturdy canvas and pillow it up, you know? I think I could deal with a solid couch if I had more pattern elsewhere. Like my curtains.
I've also thought about solid green. These linen/cotton ones (also from Pottery Barn) are the grass-y/avocado-y/light olive shade that I've been craving lately. But then it's still a solid and therefore safe. I think I'll be disappointed if I go safe - and I already did that with the blue velvet.
But would the tea-stained floral go with all my white accents? That's what I can't decide. Part of me thinks yes - it will be a fun contrast, make the room a little more me and not a copy of Jonathan Adler. Though I do love me some JA and often think how fun my living room would be if it was as playful as one of his. But then considering my recent cravings of brown, perhaps I'm moving away from Jonathan and not realizing it?
Picture it. Light brown floral curtains. My mess of pillows on the couch (post coming about that later). My orange chair painted (yes, painted - saw a blog post about that a few days ago) a dark avocado-ish color. My coffee table either replaced with a glass & brass version or possibly just painted gold (yeah, still thinking about this one). A couple of gold or brass sconces flanking the quilt. Right? Right?
My homework: reread Jonathan Adler's book. Possibly order curtains (PB graciously sent me a 10% off coupon with the catalog. Damn enablers).
side note: I've also checked out curtains elsewhere, especially Anthropologie and they seem almost TOO fun and cutesy. These in yellow seem like the best option, but yellow & turqouise is just too preppy tropical for me, at least in a semi-permanent position like curtains.