Unlike the Forstyth Saga
The Curtain Saga
is not about a family
But rather about windows
The windows of Linderhof . . .
And what hangs in front of them!
When we bought Linderhof 28 years ago
it came with curtains
Aqua semi sheer drapes in the living and dining room,
the downstairs hall, the guest room
white priscillas in the front bedroom
Some sort of curtains in the sunroom
And I think plastic curtains in the bathroom
Well, I had to change all of that!
And I felt that all of the windows in the whole house had to match!
So up went white lace curtains
(very reasonable at Wal Mart)
on all of the windows!
I somehow thought that all of the windows in the whole house
had to match!
The lace let in light but kept us private!
Kept us safe from prying eyes!
Then came Chapter Two of the Curtain Saga
We put drapes or "scarves" on top of all the lace curtains
Creating a layered look at the windows
A heavy layered look
Each room's drapes or scarves were more colored cued to the room decor
I thought it rather "elegant"
But then our Daughter, Sarah, reminded me that the look was rather "outdated"
Drapes and sheers (thought they were lace)
And so I took down the lace curtains
(and carefully boxed them up and put them in the attic)
Then we had the "color coordinated drapes"
in every room
Like these in the Master bedroom
Or these in the dining room
But then I decided that they were too heavy
And decided that I liked the look of blinds
White blinds to match the white woodwork
Bought and installed one room at a time
The blinds in the Master Bedroom
The blinds in the guest room
As much as I do like the blinds,
I found out that I was not a good blind cleaner
And as much as I like blinds,
I like clean blinds
Not dirty blinds
And since I felt that each room had to be the same . . .
My next "every room the same" curtains were the linen ones from Ikea
A natural color linen that went with "everything"
Very good quality for the price
And they came per pair not per panel!
The linen curtains in the master bedroom and dressing room
Then I decided that each room really had its own personality
And "drapes" belonged in the living room
While the other rooms had "curtains"
Lace ones in the dining room
Short ones in the bedrooms and bath
I kept the Ikea linen curtains in the living room
Put lace curtains back in the dining room
Kept the Ikea curtains in the downstairs hall
Since it opens into the living room
I moved the master bedroom linen curtains to the sunroom
(where the windows had been bare before)
It's the yang to the Master Bedroom's yen!
I brought the white Priscillas back to the bedroom
(not the original ones, though, I seem to have gotten rid of those
somewhere along the line)
And even though the bedroom is open to the sunroom,
I like the mix of frilly ruffly curtains with the linen and leather of the sunroom
The guest room got some Battenberg lace curtains that go up about 2/3 of the window
It's the guest room and more "casual"
The casement windows
(which are in the upstairs hall and sunroom and kitchen)
were left bare when I bought the linen curtains
I decided that I wanted curtains at those windows
(the Ikea linen curtains in the sunroom)
and these lace curtains in the upstairs hall
The kitchen windows still remain "necked"!
(But I'm thinking . . . . )
And just this week, I put up the final set of curtains
White dotted Swiss in the bathroom!
For the most part, curtains are much easier (in my opinion) to take care of
than blinds, stay cleaner than the floor length linen curtains (dust gets in their hems)
and basically are wash and hang!
I like the old fashionedness of the lace in the dining room
(For that is what both my mother and grandmother had in their dining rooms)
Whomever picked out the Master Bedroom Wallpaper thought that white priscillas were perfect for that room and so I'm paying homage to their design
The more "formal" living room and sunroom
have the linen floor length curtains
As I go from room to room on a daily basis
Whether tidying or just getting something from a closet or drawer
I like the fact that the windows are different.
It makes me smile!