Orange you glad you chose Thomas Paul? (My dining curtains are done!)

Fourteen months ago I discovered Thomas Paul and his Aviary Fabric.

I saw the fabric in a model home and was smitten at that very instant.

Later I was tickled pink orange when I found out the same fabric also came in tangerine. At that moment, my dining room’s fate was sealed.

Well, the day has come. The fabric has been purchased, and the dining room Thomas Paul Aviary curtains are D-O-N-E.

Wanna see my newest most-favoritest-accessory in the whole wide world?


I can’t stop grinning from ear to ear. And honest to God, they look about fifty bagillion times more awesome in person. Can you even image more awesomeness than this?!


When I finished them last week I stood in the dining room just staring and grinning like a kid on Christmas morning. I think I stood in there a good 20 minutes with a stupid grin on my face.


You guys know I love me some orange. You don’t have to look far (my blog layout!) to realize I’m a little obsessed with the color. So FINALLY, finally I now have some orange incorporated into my home decor. And it’s lookin’ mighty fine if you ask me.


I’m seriously so thrilled to bits about these new curtains. Like, as in, these curtains are of EPIC AWESOMENESS. Yes, I said EPIC. You know I’m excited when I bust out the word EPIC.


I’m breaking these curtains into a 3-part series here on the ol’ blog. The first post (this one) I’m just going to show you EPIC AWESOMENESS (there’s that EPIC word again…). The 2nd & 3rd posts I’m going to actually break down the sewing of the curtains and the making of the curtain rod with full-blown tutorials. They both are detailed posts and need their own spotlight.


Isn’t that orange just so yummy? I literally want to go up and lick the curtains. They are THAT. GOOD. I may or may not have stood in the dining room hugging the curtains. I have considered taking them to bed with me.

I’m going dive into a curtain rod post very soon, but here’s a shot of the darling finial I found at ikea. Did you know they now sell finials? And they are only $7 for the 2-pack! Woot!


And when I bust out the how-to-make-your-own-curtains tutorial, they will come with full instructions on how to line the curtain fabric as well.


I busted out the big guns for these curtains. I figure if I’m going to spend $120 on the Aviary Fabric (ya, that number made me choke too), I should actually take my time making professional quality curtains.


I’d never made curtains before, much less lined ones, but let me just say, they are not hard! I made these in an afternoon.

How can I make a dining room post without pointing out my two most favorite accessories in the room (and in my whole house)?!


I’ve been watching a lot of design shows lately, and one thing they harp on all the time is to go big and bold and do things that make a statement. Sometimes your idea totally flops, but if you can pull it off, it will set you apart from everyone else.

I was terrified to go as bold as birds and orange, but I decided to take their advice and just do it. This could have ended up a total train-wreck, but I took the risk anyway. I think it paid off in a big way! Now I have these fabulous bright curtains that are obviously the focal point of the room.


These curtains are the most bold decision I’ve ever made in my home. And, my goodness, they were so worth the risk.

No dining room post of mine can truly WOW anyone without a before and after. The room is still not done (ahem, chairs, ahem), but I’m getting so close!



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It’s hard to believe they are even the same room! Isn’t it amazing what a little paint, a few accessories, and a lot of hard work can do to a space?

Check back very soon for the posts about the DIY curtain rod (you’ll never guess what I made it from!) and the tutorial for making your own curtains.

Are you totally obsessed with this fabric too or is it just me?

Are you an orange person?

Oh, and PS, I can now check “Project 2: Make and hang curtains” off my to-do list. :)

** Click here to see how to DIY the curtain rod **

** To learn how to sew the curtain panels, click here. **

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