Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dressed for Dinner

When we started a little (crown moulding, new upholstered bargain chairs, plantation shutters ~ see previous posts) re-do in the living room and dining room back in October,

one thing led to another. 

Isn't that the way it always goes?  I started by taking down the matching drapes in the living and dining rooms.  I decided to have shutters put up at the living room window and considered using shutters in the dining room also, but really wanted a softer look and enjoy the open window.  After considering making new drapes, I went fabric shopping and found a few options I really liked.  Then, when shopping with a Sister Chick, I found these ready-made panels and fell in love with them.  When all was said and done, I came out with something less expensive than I would have if I made them myself - AND!!!!! a whole lot easier, and ~ 

I'm pleased as punch!!!

So, here is a boring picture of the naked window.

~ Needs dressin'~
doesn't she?

My Sweet Handy Dandy Hubby had knee surgery nearly two weeks ago and his days of climbing ladders and doing honey-do projects are on hold for the time being.  But, patience isn't one of my virtues and thinking I need to start learning to do a few "handy" things myself  (which I have never done - he always is ready and willing to do it for me) I began the install.

I've got the power,
I can do this,
I think I can,
I think I can,
I think I can!

He gathered the tools I would need.
Girls, I learned to change a bit in this
POWER screwdriver/drill.
I was also instructed by the supervisor
(sitting close by)
to measure, mark and re-measure.
I followed those instructions to a capital T.

Here they are up and looking so pretty.

So far, they haven't fallen.

KEEP your fingers crossed!!!

You must know by now that I like
and use it through out my house.

I have several textures and patterns of reds and gold.
and now - Checks

I need to have a dinner party,
since she's all dressed up.
Maybe I'll make a
for dessert!!!

The rooms seem to flow better now.

Gotta go ~
Gotta think up another project!
I think I survive on projects!
I like to stay busy!

Have a blessed day!

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  1. Love your drapes, they look fabulous. I am crazy for plaids and checks and these are just wonderful. Your living room and dining room is beautiful. Hugs, Marty

  2. Very pretty! I have almost the same ones in my house! I love red too...your home is beautiful. Kristen

  3. Beautiful new panels! They really do dress your room up! *Becca*

  4. Your rooms are beautiful- I think the drapes are just perfect!

  5. Well done! I love red! Your home is lovely. :)

  6. Hi Martha, those are so lovely. They look perfect! Thanks for joining me for the newbie party. I would love if you added my link and joined me as a friend as well. Thank you so much.

  7. Hi Martha, I popped over from Debbie's blog. You drapes are what caught my eye. I love the pattern, the color and texture. They look awesome in you beautiful dining room. The view of your home from the living room is great. Love what you have done. Looks like you have busy.
    I am your newest follower. Please come by and follow me as well. While there be sure to look at my post on "Granny's Silk Draperies"
    Hugs, Ginger

  8. I love reds and oranges, so I love your decor! I found you through Debbiedoo's and am now a follower. I would love for you to come check out my blog as well!


  9. I received the Versatile Blogger Award last week and now I’m passing it on to you! I’m so glad I found your blog. Please come visit me at to see all the details. Have an awesome week!

  10. They look great. What a transformation. What a cute idea. I'm your newest follower. I would love it if you linked your project up to my link party.
    More The Merrier Monday.

  11. looks great, and you should be so proud for doing in by your self. that's more than i can say i've tackled! good for you!

  12. Great drapes and they do have a nice flow with your living room, too! Love this pattern.

  13. All of your elements came together so beautifully. No wonder you fell in love with those draperies, the fabric is so pretty. Go you - I started using a power drill a few years ago and I'm so glad I did!

  14. Great job, don't we love it when we get to use our "power' tools, I'm thinking about my next project, can't wait to get back out to the shop.

  15. Martha, it looks great and I have to tell you, red & gold are big with me too. Can't help it, always attracted to them. Red especially, but that is ok because its a power color!!