DINING ROOM: Finally – (LONG!) Curtains!

I wanted to call this entry “Curtains At Last” but I’m going to end up with so many “At Last!!!” posts in this blog, so I figured I’d paraphrase.

Anyway, it always seems like an eternity before I finally get this or that for the house, because I quit working for a big law firm, people! And drastically cut our income in half. Sure I have more time for the kids which I love – but it also means I have to save save save and budget better before I can buy things like new curtains!!!

I first got these thick but sheer curtains by this brand Pauline’s which I found in Uratex of all places. It was only  Php 400 something, almost Php 500, which I thought was cheap compared to some other curtains I checked out, so I patted myself on the back for my great find and happily took the curtains home. Only to discover that they were TOO SHORT and looked absolutely awful:

Not only were they too short, but they weren’t wide enough too. Well, of course they were all wrong – I didn’t measure my windows!  Such a rookie mistake.  Both panels only cost around Php 1,000 total but of course I didn’t run out to get new ones or add fabric to lengthen them like I saw in Pinterest. Some other task or item for the house just needed to be tackled first. So I actually lived with those ridiculous curtains for a couple of months.

Since I had to prioritize expenses (mostly on the kids’ rooms), I at least did my research: measured the curtains (what was I thinking) and I decided I wanted to get my curtains from Arq Living in Magnolia. I found lovely pure white sheer curtains and they were LONG. After three trips to Arq Living, it was finally time to buy my two panels. (And I did, on my 3rd visit to the store. And I measured the curtains for the 3rd time too, just to be sure).

The one on the left is linen but it’s an off white, almost dirty white color in person. I got the one on the right, which is made of chiffon and in the crisp pure white I wanted (though not so obvious in my crappy phone photos). Both curtains cost the same. And both are 96″ long – longer than what I needed, but after my silly short curtains, I figured I’d welcome the puddling.

And puddle they did. Here are my new curtains after we hung them:

They’re more sheer than my previous curtains (that it was thick and white but sheer was what I likedl about those short curtains), but these are wide and long. Hurray! Now I don’t get annoyed every time I sit down to eat and see my cropped curtains.

I’m still trying to decide if I’ll get them hemmed so the curtains are “kissing” the floor or I’ll leave them puddled. For now, I am just so happy the new (and longer) curtains are finally here.

I’m only allowing myself 2 sets of white curtains, and for the other set I think I want linen. I found some linen ones in H&M Home but they don’t have curtain rings, which I really prefer because it makes pulling the curtains back much easier. I will probably have the other set customized this time.  (My former boss gave me the number for the woman who does her curtains; they’ll come to your home to measure the window but I’d have to source my own fabric. I also checked Larry’s Curtains for customized curtains also; it’s more expensive there but they have available fabrics so it’s convenient. I forgot to ask though if Larry’s will come to your house to measure, or if you have to bring your window measurements to them – I didn’t think all this was possible, having someone over to measure, until Grace told me!).

I never realized until now how expensive it is to change your window treatments! Not just curtains but the rods as well. Curtains are my waterloo for the living room as well. Now it’s time to save up for the living room windows – 2 rods and 6 curtain panels.


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