Here’s what I did with the breakfast nook!
I already had green chairs and a blonde convertible table with a blue sheer to cover the window: plain, basic and serviceable. Very plain. I wanted to find a way to spice up the area and make the green chairs and blue sheer work together.
I selected three possible oilcloths for the table cover, each with a blue and green design. The Hub was asked to make the final decision. He chose a blue gingham background with yellow and green sunflowers.
To coordinate I bought some yellow gingham in a sunny flower print and some green gingham ribbon for the tie-backs. As usual, everything came from fabric.com.
Unfortunately, the person who cut my fabric did so at a super sharp angle. I had to trim about three inches from each end to get it straight all the way across. This made my curtains about six inches shorter than I’d intended. Oh well. I just had the Husband install the curtain rod a little lower. No big deal.
Making the curtains was easy as pie. I simply cut the fabric down the center so that I had two long strips. I made a rolled hem on three of the sides and left the fourth one alone as I liked the fuzzy look of the selvage edge.
I made a casing for the curtain rod and slipped the curtains on with the selvage sides facing each other. Then I bunched the fabric together and tied on the gingham ribbons.
The Husband says it looks weird with the sheer over the top. I don’t think he’s wrong, exactly, but the sheer is here to stay. Fogville is always kind of grey and that tends to make me feel a bit droopy, so the curtains must be open at all times. I neeeed as much light as possible! The sheer is the only thing between the sun and my vintage cookbooks which live on the counter across from the window. Even though the sunlight is weak it does tend to fade things rather quickly. I like to think the sheer helps slow it down.
So it’s still a little funky but a ZILLION times more interesting than before. It's bright and cheery and I rather like it.