November 12, 2017:

Hola!

It's hard to believe, but winter has arrived early in my hometown. One week it was in the 70s and gorgeous outside, the next week it dropped down into the 40s and then boom, less than a week later, into the 30s. We've already had several hard freezes, the earliest that's happened since I moved here in 2014. Anyway, the trees had not even begun to turn color yet in the neighborhood - and now most of them are bare due to the many hard freezes and strong winds that blew most of the days last week. Wowsers! Today, however, the sun stayed out all day, there was no wind to speak of, and the temperatures felt positively balmy outside. I was very glad because I had to be out and about today.

So, the poor trees did not have a "fall" this year but we did get enough rain to ease my mind that my pines and shrubs will have enough moisture in the ground to survive the winter. The squirrels are SO fat and SO furry, I can't help but think they know we're in for a bad winter. Sigh. I'm way behind in everything including lots of garden clean-up that now I won't get to unless we get a few days of "Indian Summer," which doesn't seem likely this year. I did, however, get everything outdoors pretty much put away, except for the area rug (it needs to be "washed" with some soap and rinsed off) and the mosquito net curtains on my Shezebo. Now I'm already thinking about Christmas, and soon it will be here, before we know it! So, I figured it's about time I put up my "autumn" photographs from prior years as the seasonal header here at Maison Newton. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, that will be here soon and then it's into full-tilt Christmas decorating. Take care, everyone!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Curtains for my French Campaign Style Canopy Bed

Hola everyone!

I'm starting early because it's going to get busy around here around 9 a.m.  My handyman is coming to put together two bookcases and my fireplace, woo woo!  Then I'll be putting up the Christmas tree and start decorating.  It's 6:18 a.m. and still pitch dark outside. Time for my coffee and putting some nuts and bird seed out for the squirrels and the birds.

While looking for inspiration on the internet about whether to drape my new bed, I can across some stunning rooms at Cote de Texas, including this room decorated by Mimmi O'Connell:


After going over and over the photos in the Cote de Texas post, I made up my mind: I wanted to try and add some kind of bed curtains to my bed!

Confession:  I had been stumped about how on earth to put curtains on my bed since I did not see any way to take the top apart to put curtains on the canopy.  Would I have to sew them on?  Would I have to make curtains with snaps to hang them from the canopy top?  Then it occurred to me as I studied image after image that in many photos (like the one above) the curtains were TIED ON.  Revelation!  And boy, did I feel stupid.  And relieved that I wouldn't have to try and jerry-rig some curtains!

I opted to stay conservative with my color choice in tie-on curtains.  I figured if I didn't like how they looked on my bed I'd be able to use them in another room, so I wanted something really neutral.  I chose white.  I found what I was looking for at Amazon:


I ordered the 95" length because I wasn't sure if the 84" length would be long enough to run from the top of the canopy to the floor.  I chose very light material (these are voile) because I don't want to add too much bulk to the bed, more the "idea" of draped bed curtains.

They arrived yesterday (really fast!  I ordered them the evening of November 25).  I'll iron them today and put them up on the bed and experiment to see which way works best.  I'm thinking right now that I'm going to drape only the headboard "poles" and leave the foot of the bed open.  We'll see.  I'll take pictures, success or failure.  Wish I had some of those fancy tie-on swags.  Wow, I wonder how those stay on and don't slip down the bed frame?  Another mystery to try and figure out...

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