Well, actually, it not the man…it’s what he brings me on a regular basis that makes me all excited. And what is that, you ask? It’s fabric!!
Anyone who has worked with me on a decorating project knows that I love fabric…and lots of it. I could never be a minimalist. It just doesn’t suit me. Bare windows? NEVER!! And it’s not just the fabric that gets my heart all a-flutter, but it’s all of the passamenterie that goes along with it–from a simple gimp to an elaborate tassel trim, and everything in between.
So when the UPS man shows up at my door with those tall, glorious, plastic-wrapped rolls of goodness, I get all giddy inside. Here’s what he brought me yesterday:
That bottom fabric is so gorgeous, I just want to drape myself in it, sit in a beautifully-decorated room, while watching Marie Antoinette and eating bonbons. Okay, maybe that was too much information. (But seriously, if you never saw Marie Antoinette, you simply must, just for the set decorations and costume designs. It’s a feast for the eyes!) Anywhoo…
You may recognize that these fabrics are for Gwen’s bathroom. The one on top will be a valance for her window, and the bottom one will be a shower curtain. I’ve never been a “shower curtain” kind of person…you know, the kind you buy at Target with the patterns on them that come in a standard 74″ x 74″ size? Yeah, I don’t like those at all. They’re too short, and they’re way too skimpy on fabric.
If I’m going to do a shower curtain, I’m going to do it right! It’s going to be out of quality fabrics, it’s generally going to have the fullness of a drapery panel, it’s going to include some sort of passamenterie (if appropriate for the room and style), and it’s going to be hung close to the ceiling. I’ve made a few, but my favorite to date is still this one I made for the Waco Symphony Designer Showhouse a couple of years ago. This bathroom was for a six-year-old girl.
But this one would be a close runner-up. The tassel trim just makes this one!
Now of course, in Gwen’s bathroom, the shower curtain is not really going to serve a purpose other than reducing the effect of the harsh brass on the shower enclosure frame.
It would have been cost prohibitive to install a frameless enclosure, so the gorgeous fabric will draw your eye away from the brass and to the custom shower curtain. That’s the plan!
Well evidently, I have much work to do today! I’ll show you the finished products as soon as they’re installed.
Have a beautiful day!