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The new drapes

25 Aug

The drapes I ordered from Factory Direct Drapes online are FABULOUS. The fabric is a nobby silk in a diamond pattern, very heavy and high quality. They’re lined perfectly in heavy black out fabric, and they’re pinch pleats. I’m doing something wrong with the traverse rods (that I aim to fix), but they hang really nicely. They’re a smidgeon long, but that’s okay. These were a great deal, and really finish off the look of the room.

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I hope the photos look better than the older ones — I got a new iPhone this week and it has an 8 megapixel camera (my old one was a 4 megapixels) and it takes great pictures — and so easy to deal with without all those wires. I have a few more projects to go before the festival….


Drapey drapes

14 Aug

About six weeks ago, I ordered some custom pinch-pleat drapes from Factory Direct Drapes (.com).

They said they’d take about six weeks to arrive, and voila — here they are.

They were certainly very carefully packaged! They look great and well made. Very crisp in the pleat department. I haven’t gotten traverse rods yet (have to look this weekend), so I can’t hang them yet. Grr, but I think they’re going to look super! And they came on a funny little mini-hanger, too. Oh la la!



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Dining room carpet installed — love it!

13 May

The dining room carpet was installed yesterday. I LOOOOOOOVE it!

It’s really soft and feels great under my bare feet, and it looks great. Ahhh…..what a relief to have a nice floor in there!

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Carpet prep

12 May

Well, I got a call from the carpet installation guys yesterday saying they had a cancellation for today (Saturday), if I’d like the dining room carpet installed today instead of next Thursday. Seeing as this meant I wouldn’t have to take a day off work, I quickly assented.

Liz was kind enough to help move the stuff out and has offered to help move the stuff back in after they arrive.

I had already planned an Indian food dinner (full of reds and greens and browns) for tonight. I had initially thought that we’d all move into the dining room if it wound up being too cold to eat outside, but no way are all those colors going to be eaten on top of my cream colored rug on day one, so all guests will have to cram into the kitchen if it starts raining. Or wear booties and bibs.

Here’s what the room looks like empty (it echoes!) and the living room looks a LOT like an estate sale with the dining room contents in it. Oh, and I cleaned and caulked the marble.

Carpet decision

1 May

I was dithering about what to do for carpeting in the dining room for weeks (or months really). I originally wanted leopard wall-to-wall. It turned out to be very expensive (around $2500). I then thought I’d get an area rug, but none of the ones I looked at really worked. But one of the rugs I brought home to try out was very light and that made me think of light colored (not leopard) wall-to-wall.

So I returned the light colored area rug to the home depot and picked up about a million carpet samples. The guy at the checkout noted that if I got a few more samples, I’d have enough to carpet the whole room. They were all in the beige and ivory family, and I finally decided on one (after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing) and it has been ordered. Hurrah!

Now I’m awaiting my install date, but before they come to install it, I need to fix the cracks in the marble hearth (and give the whole mantle a good polish) and paint the pocket door floor track (white).

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Ordering white carpet for the dining room may have been ill-advised, but I’m planning to serve only cauliflower, butter, and cream of wheat for the first few years.

I think I’ll satisfy my leopard craving by finding some nice fabric and making leopard drapes to replace the old and tattered ones that are there. I wonder if the person I bought them from on eBay would like to buy them back from me?

Rug progress

1 Apr

I’ve been driven to distraction by the rug situation in the dining room. There’s a rug available locally that I quite like for $1500, but that’s way out of my budget. I also looked into wall to wall carpeting with a leopard motif and that is going to cost around $2000, so also too much. I happened to find myself at Home Depot today (getting a doorbell, among other things, which will make many people happy, since I often miss callers), and came across a GORGEOUS silk and wool rug in the clearance area. It was about 8×11, which I knew was too small for the dining room, but it was such a bargain and so beautiful that I brought it home anyway.

So there it sits, prettily. I’m going to sleep on it before I decide whether to keep it, but I really, really like it. And I’m thinking of getting one of the 12×15 bound carpet “rugs” that they sell at the Depot to install as a makeshift wall to wall because the floors in that room are really awful. I loooooove how light it makes the room. I think the black drapes look really drab and shoddy with the rug there and am thinking about replacing them with something creamy and white. I must be turning a corner in my decor taste, because I’ve never liked light and bright rooms before, but I’m really digging the lightness of this room.

Wallpaper and rug in dining room

26 Feb

So I’ve just gotten a call back from my local carpet company — $2758.19 to install the Stanton Royal Dutch wall-to-wall carpet in the dining room with foam underpadding. Take off $150 if I do my own furniture moving (I would).That’s at a discounted rate of $6.45 per square foot.

I found the same carpet for $5.10 per square foot at another carpet store in Springfield (here, where I live), and also for $3.33 per square foot (plus a $200 delivery charge) online in Georgia.

So I think the bottom line is that I could get it done with padding/installed for about $1500 at the lowest. I think the w2w is going to look the best, but I don’t know that I have a spare $1500 hanging around. More thinking….. Why aren’t I rich?????