Pain, Misery, and a Side of Crap

I apologize for today's post right up-front.  I wasn't going to even attempt to write anything, but then I figured what the hell.  It's Friday and readership is traditionally lower on Fridays. If you're reading today, you might (?) already like me.  Hopefully if you do, you'll forgive me for posting crap.

Over the last two weeks The Torturer has been rapidly building the amount of torture he inflicts on me during our sessions together.  I've been spending longer and longer periods of time each day at PT and my pain levels are through the roof.  He tells me this is something I "have to go through."  I recently ran out of pain meds and I'm not planning to renew them if at all possible. (Honestly, it's a minute by minute test of my fortitude right now.)  Wednesday and Thursday of this week were particularly brutal PT sessions.  

Brutal is, I think, too mild of a description.  

All I really want is for everyone to leave me alone for a few days so I can curl up in a ball and cry.  And when I say "everyone," I especially mean The Torturer.  

Since it's very difficult to have an ounce of creativity or funny in me when I'm clenching my teeth and trying to remember to breathe, I'm just going to share a lot of pictures today. 

Several readers have expressed interest in my house and the projects I'm taking on this year.  My house is basically a disaster area.  However, I'm finally working towards completing some long overdue improvements.  

Lately I've been working on my dining room.  My living room and dining room are what a person sees first upon entering my home.  The two rooms are actually one big room.  You see this a lot in California.  It's an "open and airy" look, or so I've been told.  The ceiling in these rooms is vaulted and at least twenty (?) feet high.
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Right before my car accident I decided I hated all my draperies and I took them down and tossed them.  Nothing's changed with the windows since.  I currently have Silhouettes up, and nothing else.  I desperately need to get working on drapes.  (But remember?  Fabric phobia!  I need help!)

I'm probably going to be replacing the big couch you see in our living room, but it's not an immediate priority.  

I like my house to be casual.  I like it warm, inviting, and livable.  I do not want a showcase house.  I'll pick a comfortable couch or chair any day over a formal one.

I generally don't buy super nice furniture because our house gets a lot of wear and tear. The exception to this rule, was when I found our dining room table a few years ago.  It will be an heirloom piece for our family.  Photos don't really do it justice.  It's solid walnut, hand carved in Italy, and has beautiful hand carved in-lays of lemonwood.  
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The table is truly a piece of art.  The intricacies of the hand carving amaze me.  I, literally, had to wait for months while this table shipped here on a container from Italy.  There's also some wrought iron underneath which is why we hung a wrought iron/crystal chandelier over the table.

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It looks like pretty dusty wrought iron.  I guess I need to crawl under there and do some cleaning.

Doesn't it make you feel special to see someone else's dirt?

When I purchased the table, I knew there was a hutch (a buffet, actually) that matched.  I couldn't afford to buy both pieces at the same time.  (Shipping costs from Italy to California?  Ouch!) 

At the time, I thought I'd go back and buy the other piece in a few months.  And then I was in the car accident.  Furniture, even beautiful furniture, has not been a priority for me these last few years.  In November, however, I started researching whether or not it would be possible to find the missing piece.

It arrived from Italy last week.

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Like the table, it's hand carved walnut with intricate designs of inlaid lemonwood. 

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I'm still waiting on two end chairs for my dining room table.  They are going to be beautiful once they arrive.  They are also hand carved and being made in Italy at this very moment.  They should arrive in March.

The rest of my furniture?  Pure crap.  It makes me enjoy the nice pieces even more.

Of course, now I need to find a painting, or mirror, or something, to hang over the buffet. (By the way, the delivery man told me he had my buff-it in his truck!)  In addition, I need some accessories to go on top.  

Also?  Draperies!  Lots and lots of draperies because the whole room is filled with windows.  Are any of my readers experts with window coverings?  I'd like to find something beautiful, warm, non-frilly and not over the top expensive.  

69 Responses to “Pain, Misery, and a Side of Crap”

  1. Di

    Well, most of our furniture is crap too. It’s hard to find well built pieces anymore. Your dining room furniture is lovely and the layout of the room reminds me of our home in Arizona which was also light and airy with high vaulted ceilings, tray ceilings in dining, family and master bedroom. AND, the older we get the more important comfortable furniture becomes. Good luck with window coverings. They are always a challenge for me as well… fabric phobe here too!.
    DI
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  2. Di

    Well, most of our furniture is crap too. It’s hard to find well built pieces anymore. Your dining room furniture is lovely and the layout of the room reminds me of our home in Arizona which was also light and airy with high vaulted ceilings, tray ceilings in dining, family and master bedroom. AND, the older we get the more important comfortable furniture becomes. Good luck with window coverings. They are always a challenge for me as well… fabric phobe here too!.
    DI
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  3. Di

    Well, most of our furniture is crap too. It’s hard to find well built pieces anymore. Your dining room furniture is lovely and the layout of the room reminds me of our home in Arizona which was also light and airy with high vaulted ceilings, tray ceilings in dining, family and master bedroom. AND, the older we get the more important comfortable furniture becomes. Good luck with window coverings. They are always a challenge for me as well… fabric phobe here too!.
    DI
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  4. Lisa

    Love, love that table and hutch. It’s fantastic. I’ve spent the past 4 years hunting for “the” sofa that apparently only lives in my mind, so I’m not going to be a lot of help on the decorating part. I am excited to see what you come up with.
    Oh…. and just so you know, dust on furniture ONLY exists in photographs, it’s not there in real life. Hey, that’s my excuse and you are welcome to use it anytime!

  5. Lisa

    Love, love that table and hutch. It’s fantastic. I’ve spent the past 4 years hunting for “the” sofa that apparently only lives in my mind, so I’m not going to be a lot of help on the decorating part. I am excited to see what you come up with.
    Oh…. and just so you know, dust on furniture ONLY exists in photographs, it’s not there in real life. Hey, that’s my excuse and you are welcome to use it anytime!

  6. Lisa

    Love, love that table and hutch. It’s fantastic. I’ve spent the past 4 years hunting for “the” sofa that apparently only lives in my mind, so I’m not going to be a lot of help on the decorating part. I am excited to see what you come up with.
    Oh…. and just so you know, dust on furniture ONLY exists in photographs, it’s not there in real life. Hey, that’s my excuse and you are welcome to use it anytime!

  7. Jan

    Good heavens, woman – if your house is a disaster, mine needs to condemned. Just sayin’.
    It’s also nice to know I’m not the only person I know that is not really inclined to crawl under the dining room table and dust (ours is solid oak).
    I also LOVE the dining room table and sideboard! They are gorgeous! I, too, am through with buying crap furniture (which is what most of ours is), which is why I had our new curio and wine hutch made by hand in Amish country. Next is book cases for the living room, then I’m getting a bedroom suit. I HATE our bedroom suit (long story).
    Shall I come bitch-slap The Torturer for you?

  8. Jan

    Good heavens, woman – if your house is a disaster, mine needs to condemned. Just sayin’.
    It’s also nice to know I’m not the only person I know that is not really inclined to crawl under the dining room table and dust (ours is solid oak).
    I also LOVE the dining room table and sideboard! They are gorgeous! I, too, am through with buying crap furniture (which is what most of ours is), which is why I had our new curio and wine hutch made by hand in Amish country. Next is book cases for the living room, then I’m getting a bedroom suit. I HATE our bedroom suit (long story).
    Shall I come bitch-slap The Torturer for you?

  9. Jan

    Good heavens, woman – if your house is a disaster, mine needs to condemned. Just sayin’.
    It’s also nice to know I’m not the only person I know that is not really inclined to crawl under the dining room table and dust (ours is solid oak).
    I also LOVE the dining room table and sideboard! They are gorgeous! I, too, am through with buying crap furniture (which is what most of ours is), which is why I had our new curio and wine hutch made by hand in Amish country. Next is book cases for the living room, then I’m getting a bedroom suit. I HATE our bedroom suit (long story).
    Shall I come bitch-slap The Torturer for you?

  10. sometimessophia

    Sorry to hear that you’re in such pain. It is impossible to be witty and write with gusto when you feel lousy. It’s really admirable that you’re trying to give up the pain meds, however, and so tough, too. Good luck.
    Lovely dining room set (from my favorite travel destination, btw) and pretty, pretty home. Before you pick the drapery fabric, that wall over the couch is crying out for art. Consider what’s going there before you choose the drapes. Also that corner window looks like a tough one to deal with… Personally I love shades vs. a lot of flowing fabric. Try smith+noble windoware, if you haven’t already (smithnoble.com for catalogue). They have 8 styles of fabric covered shades, and in the back of the catalogue they have coordinated fabric samples (7 to 8 fabrics in a grouping). You can buy fabric separately for slipcovers and pillows, etc. Very nice. (They’ll send you samples, too.)

  11. sometimessophia

    Sorry to hear that you’re in such pain. It is impossible to be witty and write with gusto when you feel lousy. It’s really admirable that you’re trying to give up the pain meds, however, and so tough, too. Good luck.
    Lovely dining room set (from my favorite travel destination, btw) and pretty, pretty home. Before you pick the drapery fabric, that wall over the couch is crying out for art. Consider what’s going there before you choose the drapes. Also that corner window looks like a tough one to deal with… Personally I love shades vs. a lot of flowing fabric. Try smith+noble windoware, if you haven’t already (smithnoble.com for catalogue). They have 8 styles of fabric covered shades, and in the back of the catalogue they have coordinated fabric samples (7 to 8 fabrics in a grouping). You can buy fabric separately for slipcovers and pillows, etc. Very nice. (They’ll send you samples, too.)

  12. sometimessophia

    Sorry to hear that you’re in such pain. It is impossible to be witty and write with gusto when you feel lousy. It’s really admirable that you’re trying to give up the pain meds, however, and so tough, too. Good luck.
    Lovely dining room set (from my favorite travel destination, btw) and pretty, pretty home. Before you pick the drapery fabric, that wall over the couch is crying out for art. Consider what’s going there before you choose the drapes. Also that corner window looks like a tough one to deal with… Personally I love shades vs. a lot of flowing fabric. Try smith+noble windoware, if you haven’t already (smithnoble.com for catalogue). They have 8 styles of fabric covered shades, and in the back of the catalogue they have coordinated fabric samples (7 to 8 fabrics in a grouping). You can buy fabric separately for slipcovers and pillows, etc. Very nice. (They’ll send you samples, too.)

  13. Lori

    Oh I think we “might” like ya…lol. Love the dining room table and your new Buff-et. Good luck with finding window coverings…I would be of no help to you. Hope your therepy stops kicking your ass soon…but, maybe that’s a good thing? Hang in there!

  14. Lori

    Oh I think we “might” like ya…lol. Love the dining room table and your new Buff-et. Good luck with finding window coverings…I would be of no help to you. Hope your therepy stops kicking your ass soon…but, maybe that’s a good thing? Hang in there!

  15. Lori

    Oh I think we “might” like ya…lol. Love the dining room table and your new Buff-et. Good luck with finding window coverings…I would be of no help to you. Hope your therepy stops kicking your ass soon…but, maybe that’s a good thing? Hang in there!

  16. Sarah

    Those are beautiful pieces of furniture!! I am an IKEA addict until my kids get big enough for me to justify spending some money on furniture!! : )

  17. Sarah

    Those are beautiful pieces of furniture!! I am an IKEA addict until my kids get big enough for me to justify spending some money on furniture!! : )

  18. Sarah

    Those are beautiful pieces of furniture!! I am an IKEA addict until my kids get big enough for me to justify spending some money on furniture!! : )

  19. Linda

    Sophia beat me to it. I love smithnoble.com! Very reasonable and they send swatches.

  20. Linda

    Sophia beat me to it. I love smithnoble.com! Very reasonable and they send swatches.

  21. Linda

    Sophia beat me to it. I love smithnoble.com! Very reasonable and they send swatches.

  22. Donna in VA

    Sorry! While I do “like” you, I’m just NOT the one to be handing out decorating advice. I’m THE slowest decorator on the planet. It’s like I have a vision in my head of what I want of the perfect sofa or the perfect something for the walls, then I walk around for years keeping my eyes peeled. Then out the blue sky, I’ll see the perfect piece of artwork that I want to hang. After that, things usually fall into place pretty quickly. But I’ve been known to have bare walls for years and a 20 year old sofa.
    Good luck!

  23. Donna in VA

    Sorry! While I do “like” you, I’m just NOT the one to be handing out decorating advice. I’m THE slowest decorator on the planet. It’s like I have a vision in my head of what I want of the perfect sofa or the perfect something for the walls, then I walk around for years keeping my eyes peeled. Then out the blue sky, I’ll see the perfect piece of artwork that I want to hang. After that, things usually fall into place pretty quickly. But I’ve been known to have bare walls for years and a 20 year old sofa.
    Good luck!

  24. Donna in VA

    Sorry! While I do “like” you, I’m just NOT the one to be handing out decorating advice. I’m THE slowest decorator on the planet. It’s like I have a vision in my head of what I want of the perfect sofa or the perfect something for the walls, then I walk around for years keeping my eyes peeled. Then out the blue sky, I’ll see the perfect piece of artwork that I want to hang. After that, things usually fall into place pretty quickly. But I’ve been known to have bare walls for years and a 20 year old sofa.
    Good luck!

  25. thistle

    I start PT for an arm issue next week also, i’ll let you know if it goes badly…your experiences are making me a little nervous 🙁

  26. thistle

    I start PT for an arm issue next week also, i’ll let you know if it goes badly…your experiences are making me a little nervous 🙁

  27. thistle

    I start PT for an arm issue next week also, i’ll let you know if it goes badly…your experiences are making me a little nervous 🙁

  28. Margie

    Wow, awesome furniture. I agree with the commentor that said the wall over the sofa is screaming for a piece of art or maybe mirror. But with as many windows that you have in there, a mirror might be just a little much. Thanks for sharing your dust bunnies with us, I have some too. 🙂

  29. Margie

    Wow, awesome furniture. I agree with the commentor that said the wall over the sofa is screaming for a piece of art or maybe mirror. But with as many windows that you have in there, a mirror might be just a little much. Thanks for sharing your dust bunnies with us, I have some too. 🙂

  30. Margie

    Wow, awesome furniture. I agree with the commentor that said the wall over the sofa is screaming for a piece of art or maybe mirror. But with as many windows that you have in there, a mirror might be just a little much. Thanks for sharing your dust bunnies with us, I have some too. 🙂

  31. EricaB

    I do not own a single piece of NEW furniture aside from my mattress. Our kids destroy EVERYTHING (did I tell you about the time Andrew painted my couch with PEANUT BUTTER?!)…
    But on the PT, I am really feeling for you. Just remember that you want to be done by summer…the work is going to be hard. I have two clients right now who have recently had shoulder surgery (NOTHING in comparison to you, of course) and every week when I see them I hear their horror stories from PT. Just know you are not alone! You can do this! I have faith!!

  32. EricaB

    I do not own a single piece of NEW furniture aside from my mattress. Our kids destroy EVERYTHING (did I tell you about the time Andrew painted my couch with PEANUT BUTTER?!)…
    But on the PT, I am really feeling for you. Just remember that you want to be done by summer…the work is going to be hard. I have two clients right now who have recently had shoulder surgery (NOTHING in comparison to you, of course) and every week when I see them I hear their horror stories from PT. Just know you are not alone! You can do this! I have faith!!

  33. EricaB

    I do not own a single piece of NEW furniture aside from my mattress. Our kids destroy EVERYTHING (did I tell you about the time Andrew painted my couch with PEANUT BUTTER?!)…
    But on the PT, I am really feeling for you. Just remember that you want to be done by summer…the work is going to be hard. I have two clients right now who have recently had shoulder surgery (NOTHING in comparison to you, of course) and every week when I see them I hear their horror stories from PT. Just know you are not alone! You can do this! I have faith!!

  34. phhhst

    Your dining room furniture is beautiful. I love it.
    And it looks like your walls are almost the same color as ours inour dining and living rooms.

  35. phhhst

    Your dining room furniture is beautiful. I love it.
    And it looks like your walls are almost the same color as ours inour dining and living rooms.

  36. phhhst

    Your dining room furniture is beautiful. I love it.
    And it looks like your walls are almost the same color as ours inour dining and living rooms.

  37. Kelly

    Drooooooooooling over your dining room! Hope the pain decreases. Damn that torturer ….

  38. Kelly

    Drooooooooooling over your dining room! Hope the pain decreases. Damn that torturer ….

  39. Kelly

    Drooooooooooling over your dining room! Hope the pain decreases. Damn that torturer ….

  40. Liz C

    @thistle – I hear ya. I start PT for a frozen shoulder in two weeks. But I’m betting we’re going to have it much easier than Ms. 24.

  41. Liz C

    @thistle – I hear ya. I start PT for a frozen shoulder in two weeks. But I’m betting we’re going to have it much easier than Ms. 24.

  42. Liz C

    @thistle – I hear ya. I start PT for a frozen shoulder in two weeks. But I’m betting we’re going to have it much easier than Ms. 24.

  43. Sandra

    I’m sorry you’re in such pain. I hope you get through it quickly and your body either adapts fast or Mr. T eases off you.
    As for your furniture. Wow! I LOVE that dining set. My parents have the dining room set my mother grew up using as a child. They had the table top refinished and it’s gorgeous. Walnut I think. The matching chairs she has are in bad shape (literally falling apart) but she refuses to upgrade them. She’s only recovered the seats at this point.
    Someday I hope to get the table and buff-it 🙂 but for now I don’t have a dining room. I just have a kitchette. So I’m all for heirloom pieces being handed down. Good choice on your part!
    As for what you should do in that room, I love the wall color. I’m in agreement about that empty wall. Maybe a collage of artwork if not just one large piece? Since your dining set is Italian, maybe go with a Tuscany theme as far as colors and fabrics.

  44. Sandra

    I’m sorry you’re in such pain. I hope you get through it quickly and your body either adapts fast or Mr. T eases off you.
    As for your furniture. Wow! I LOVE that dining set. My parents have the dining room set my mother grew up using as a child. They had the table top refinished and it’s gorgeous. Walnut I think. The matching chairs she has are in bad shape (literally falling apart) but she refuses to upgrade them. She’s only recovered the seats at this point.
    Someday I hope to get the table and buff-it 🙂 but for now I don’t have a dining room. I just have a kitchette. So I’m all for heirloom pieces being handed down. Good choice on your part!
    As for what you should do in that room, I love the wall color. I’m in agreement about that empty wall. Maybe a collage of artwork if not just one large piece? Since your dining set is Italian, maybe go with a Tuscany theme as far as colors and fabrics.

  45. Sandra

    I’m sorry you’re in such pain. I hope you get through it quickly and your body either adapts fast or Mr. T eases off you.
    As for your furniture. Wow! I LOVE that dining set. My parents have the dining room set my mother grew up using as a child. They had the table top refinished and it’s gorgeous. Walnut I think. The matching chairs she has are in bad shape (literally falling apart) but she refuses to upgrade them. She’s only recovered the seats at this point.
    Someday I hope to get the table and buff-it 🙂 but for now I don’t have a dining room. I just have a kitchette. So I’m all for heirloom pieces being handed down. Good choice on your part!
    As for what you should do in that room, I love the wall color. I’m in agreement about that empty wall. Maybe a collage of artwork if not just one large piece? Since your dining set is Italian, maybe go with a Tuscany theme as far as colors and fabrics.

  46. jill prettyman

    I know you have fabric phobia but Big-Y yardage in Orange (on Tustin Ave) is great, they have everything there and they also have people that will make them for you. Also,their prices are pretty good. Love your table, my dining room table belonged to my grandparents, they bought it used when they got married, It is so beautiful, they just don’t make things like that anymore!

  47. jill prettyman

    I know you have fabric phobia but Big-Y yardage in Orange (on Tustin Ave) is great, they have everything there and they also have people that will make them for you. Also,their prices are pretty good. Love your table, my dining room table belonged to my grandparents, they bought it used when they got married, It is so beautiful, they just don’t make things like that anymore!

  48. jill prettyman

    I know you have fabric phobia but Big-Y yardage in Orange (on Tustin Ave) is great, they have everything there and they also have people that will make them for you. Also,their prices are pretty good. Love your table, my dining room table belonged to my grandparents, they bought it used when they got married, It is so beautiful, they just don’t make things like that anymore!

  49. Lo

    le sigh. that is so gorgeous i am officially asking you for it’s hand in marriage so that we may make multiple buff-it babies and live hapily ever after in a cottage on the beach. my husband will understand. he can sleep inside.
    i love that you love the lived-in feel. i am the same way. i LOVE traditional pieces (like these) but i must have comfort. i love fabric. i also love drapery… i always have a double-layer drapery goin’ on. something heavy and sumptuous to frame the window and then something light and sheer to cover the entire window. thank you for sharing 🙂 and i know how it feels to be crapped on medically. SUCKS!!! i got yer back sista!!!

  50. Lo

    le sigh. that is so gorgeous i am officially asking you for it’s hand in marriage so that we may make multiple buff-it babies and live hapily ever after in a cottage on the beach. my husband will understand. he can sleep inside.
    i love that you love the lived-in feel. i am the same way. i LOVE traditional pieces (like these) but i must have comfort. i love fabric. i also love drapery… i always have a double-layer drapery goin’ on. something heavy and sumptuous to frame the window and then something light and sheer to cover the entire window. thank you for sharing 🙂 and i know how it feels to be crapped on medically. SUCKS!!! i got yer back sista!!!

  51. Lo

    le sigh. that is so gorgeous i am officially asking you for it’s hand in marriage so that we may make multiple buff-it babies and live hapily ever after in a cottage on the beach. my husband will understand. he can sleep inside.
    i love that you love the lived-in feel. i am the same way. i LOVE traditional pieces (like these) but i must have comfort. i love fabric. i also love drapery… i always have a double-layer drapery goin’ on. something heavy and sumptuous to frame the window and then something light and sheer to cover the entire window. thank you for sharing 🙂 and i know how it feels to be crapped on medically. SUCKS!!! i got yer back sista!!!

  52. Amy in StL

    Okay, this may be too simple but I love Bed Bath and Beyond for draperies. They have everything from cheap crap to nice silk drapes. Maybe it’s just that I like shopping in the Beyond! But I’ve always had good luck there.

  53. Amy in StL

    Okay, this may be too simple but I love Bed Bath and Beyond for draperies. They have everything from cheap crap to nice silk drapes. Maybe it’s just that I like shopping in the Beyond! But I’ve always had good luck there.

  54. Amy in StL

    Okay, this may be too simple but I love Bed Bath and Beyond for draperies. They have everything from cheap crap to nice silk drapes. Maybe it’s just that I like shopping in the Beyond! But I’ve always had good luck there.

  55. Kristan

    “Doesn’t it make you feel special to see someone else’s dirt?”
    Actually yes! 😛

  56. Kristan

    “Doesn’t it make you feel special to see someone else’s dirt?”
    Actually yes! 😛

  57. Kristan

    “Doesn’t it make you feel special to see someone else’s dirt?”
    Actually yes! 😛

  58. MLS

    That is a beautiful buff-it you got there, missy….and the table is awesome too. Our home is a very eclectic mixture of antiques, modern, and flea market finds. It’s homey and the second I walk in the front door I exhale…..and say….ahhhhh because it’s so calming. I’m not a curtain type person and while I put silhouettes on every window because they fold to nearly nothing, a few of the bigger windows of the gazillion we have, needed something. I had a lady come tell me what I needed and quote me a price. I nearly fainted when just one window was quoted at over 1500.00. I politely thanked her and paid my 100.00 for the consultation and bought my own fabric and had a lady make some simple panels about 50″ wide and 20″ long and had my son make some hooks out of horseshoes (based loosely on her suggestions) and did the 4 windows in our bedroom and bathroom for less than 200.00. Our biggest window in the master bedroom is 110″ wide by 84″ tall and that “topper” was the perfect treatment for a curtainaphobe such as I. I’m cheap. What can I say?

  59. MLS

    That is a beautiful buff-it you got there, missy….and the table is awesome too. Our home is a very eclectic mixture of antiques, modern, and flea market finds. It’s homey and the second I walk in the front door I exhale…..and say….ahhhhh because it’s so calming. I’m not a curtain type person and while I put silhouettes on every window because they fold to nearly nothing, a few of the bigger windows of the gazillion we have, needed something. I had a lady come tell me what I needed and quote me a price. I nearly fainted when just one window was quoted at over 1500.00. I politely thanked her and paid my 100.00 for the consultation and bought my own fabric and had a lady make some simple panels about 50″ wide and 20″ long and had my son make some hooks out of horseshoes (based loosely on her suggestions) and did the 4 windows in our bedroom and bathroom for less than 200.00. Our biggest window in the master bedroom is 110″ wide by 84″ tall and that “topper” was the perfect treatment for a curtainaphobe such as I. I’m cheap. What can I say?

  60. MLS

    That is a beautiful buff-it you got there, missy….and the table is awesome too. Our home is a very eclectic mixture of antiques, modern, and flea market finds. It’s homey and the second I walk in the front door I exhale…..and say….ahhhhh because it’s so calming. I’m not a curtain type person and while I put silhouettes on every window because they fold to nearly nothing, a few of the bigger windows of the gazillion we have, needed something. I had a lady come tell me what I needed and quote me a price. I nearly fainted when just one window was quoted at over 1500.00. I politely thanked her and paid my 100.00 for the consultation and bought my own fabric and had a lady make some simple panels about 50″ wide and 20″ long and had my son make some hooks out of horseshoes (based loosely on her suggestions) and did the 4 windows in our bedroom and bathroom for less than 200.00. Our biggest window in the master bedroom is 110″ wide by 84″ tall and that “topper” was the perfect treatment for a curtainaphobe such as I. I’m cheap. What can I say?

  61. goodfather

    Wow! I love the horseshoe hook idea, that’s great! $200 bucks for four windows is an awe-inspiring budget, no matter what the windows are. Nicely done.
    I’m so sorry you are going through so much pain. My heart aches.

  62. goodfather

    Wow! I love the horseshoe hook idea, that’s great! $200 bucks for four windows is an awe-inspiring budget, no matter what the windows are. Nicely done.
    I’m so sorry you are going through so much pain. My heart aches.

  63. goodfather

    Wow! I love the horseshoe hook idea, that’s great! $200 bucks for four windows is an awe-inspiring budget, no matter what the windows are. Nicely done.
    I’m so sorry you are going through so much pain. My heart aches.

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