Inspiration: Stripes......and how I changed the feel of my Living Room

I have to start this post by saying YES, I know everyone and their dog has used stripes in some shape or form in their home by now. But, is it really trendy or just re-manifesting itself as a classic making a comeback? You can agree or disagree with me but I believe stripes are a classic and always will be :) I LOVE stripes.......in home design and fashion alike.

Aaaaaaand, I just HAD to show off my gorgeous brown/white striped curtains I finally hung in my living room.

See this is what I was working with before:




I sorta throw up in my mouth a little when I see the gold walls and heavy green and gold curtains......not to mention the ugly leather club chair.....oh dear, what on earth was I thinking!?! Since this is an inspiration post, I took to heart what The Nester had to say about changing the feel of a room.........so I decided to simply take down the green/gold curtains that had hung on my wall for 5 years and that I paid a ridiculous amount of moola for (fabric + seamstress....this was back when I didn't sew) and the room felt quiet. I left it like that for a few weeks to see if I continued to have the giant-brick-sitting-on-my-chest-was-now-gone-feeling. And it was. And it stayed.


Here is the {lovely} and refreshing change:
and yes, I know the green chair doesn't exactly fit in the mix......it will be recovered very soon with something a little more neutral. But do you see where I'm going with this?


Who says you need to keep something because you paid a ton of money for it or you've had it forever and it means something now or it was a gift or you can't afford anything else. I dispelled most of the above reasons by justifying that I DID enjoy the ridiculously expensive curtains for a whole 5 years, I picked out the fabric (yes, I admit it:) so I had only myself to blame, I wasn't hanging on to them to please anyone, and I knew I could makeover the space for half or even a quarter of the money I had spent. And if that wasn't enough I felt like I was suffocating everytime I walked through that dark room.......who wants to feel like that in their own home.


So, back to the stripes......I knew I wanted something different, pattern-wise and something that would draw the eye to the light in the room (aka: my huge double windows) and I was completely smitten with the thought of a horizontal stripe......like this one here.....


The black and white ended up being more than the room could handle so as I was blog-stalking one night I found this:


I thought ~ perfect ~ subtle but still makes an impact! I purchased my panels from IKEA for $24.99 and found 3 yards of brown fabric at Wal-mart for $2.49/yd. There is a very detailed tutorial that I did loosely follow to make my curtains. And wa-la!! a new look! Well, not completely.....I did paint the room and furniture and changed up the accessories to reflect a more neutral feel {I will go into more of the transformation later on, trust :}


So, back to my little piece of inspiration.....what started as a thought, an idea, an inkling turned into actual execution and a completely different perspective......one that I truly enjoy!


Here are a few more bits of 'stripey' inspiration......

via House of Turquoise

Oh the places we could go.......


via Lisa Mende Design

Or how's this for an attention grabber.....love these colors too :)


via Lisa Mende Design

And lastly, an ensemble that inspires me everyday......it doesn't always have to match, right?


via Life Made Lovely

What has inspired change in you or your home lately? Do share :)



42 comments:

  1. I love the stripes!! Unfortunately, I am not a sew-er (yet anyway). Could you share your wall paint color? I love the blue/grey and and am very tempted to bring that color into my livingroom and foyers. Thanks! PS I am a new follower.

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    1. Thanks for following along Diana....it's good to have you!! Our wall color is 'Uncertain Gray' by Sherwin Williams. It really is the perfect blue/gray. Good luck with your project!

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  2. Oh my gosh! I love the curtains! I have been hoping to find curtains already made like that - but I guess I'll just have to follow your tutorial! And I'm already planning a trip tomorrow morning to Ikea!! :) Loving your blog! I'm a new follower! I'd love if you could check out my new site! Thanks!

    Sarah
    beyondthegradebook.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Sarah! Yes, I'd been searching for curtains like this for a while and when I couldn't find them I decided to make them (for much cheaper than buying them too:) Thanks for following.....and I will definitely check out your blog as well!

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  3. Love the curtains and the whole room! I've been wanting to do stripes on zoe's curtains-I think I've just been inspired to do a pretty project of my own!! Thanks- Jill

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    1. Thanks Jill!!! I love striped curtains......in any room :) I'll come see your curtains when their done ;) Thanks for following my friend!

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  4. Its lovely! I love the stripes! We'd love to have you link it up at our "Home is Where the Heart is" Link Party!
    http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-2/

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    1. Thank you Erika! I will definitely head over to your party.....thanks!! :)

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  5. Those look fabulous! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  6. Love this post! Love your curtains and now I really, really wish that I could sew! I love when a room comes together that makes you smile! Isn't it all about our homes making us happy? Love this post and your whole blog. Glad that I came across it. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Have a happy week!
    Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.com

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    1. Thanks Tausha! You said it perfectly!:)

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  7. Wow that brown & blue is sooo pretty together. I love the striped curtains. Won't you stop by Totally Transformed Tuesday and share? I know my readers would love to see your post. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you there and I'm a new follower. Peggy

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  8. I've come across your blog on several link parties and really love it! These striped curtains are beautiful. I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check it out:
    http://homemademodern.blogspot.com/2012/07/have-you-heard-of-liebster-award.html

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    1. That is really such an honor.....thanks for taking the time to read and nominate me! Heading to your post right now :)

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  9. Wow! These curtains bring a whole new look to the space! Also, I love the way you have decorated your home. Very calm, homey, and refreshing. :)
    Jessica @ http://joyfulhomekaing.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much Jessica....that's just the look I was going for :)

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  10. I love your makeover! I think it looks light and airy and chic!

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    1. Thank you Jenny.....what a sweet compliment! :) Love your blog!

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  11. LOVE the striped curtains! They look gorgeous! I've been thinking about adding some to my bedroom. Your makeover is fabulous! And I don't use that word often ;) I'd love to have you link up to my Thursday Throwback link party! http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-2/

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much Britni! What a nice comment and happily linking up to your throwback party :)

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  12. Love the curtains! I might have to do the same thing with gray. I ordered some drop clothes online and I want to embellish them, maybe some stripes would look great. I think the chair looks great in the room too!
    sewfabulous-now.blogspot.com

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    1. Gray would be really pretty! Good luck with your curtains :)

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  14. Beautiful! You did an amazing job on the curtains - love them! Great collection of inspiration too! ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  15. Brooke, I adore stripes!! Your curtains look amazing!! Featuring them tomorrow night at the party! Thanks bunches for linking up!
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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    1. Thank you Kristi.....just saw the feature and am so honored to be a part of it! :)

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  16. I love the look! I would love to invite you to share this on Saturday Show and Tell: (www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-20/). I know that my readers would appreciate this and some of your other posts. Thanks and have a great weekend.
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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    1. Thanks Mackenzie! I will definitely link up at your party....thanks! :)

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  17. I love the new look. Nicely done! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! Loved reading your blog :)

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous curtains at my Throwback Thursday party! I hope to see you again this week!

    P.S. I'm featuring you at this week's party! :)

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  19. Gorgeous! Im trying to investigate all the info out there on hoe to: stripey curtains and so far Im lovin what Im seeing but due to budget constraints it looking like drop clothes and paint:)

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  20. I love all of the stripes. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. You can find it at

    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/natural-translucent-face-powder-update.html

    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  21. Hey! Visiting from TDC. LOVE your style. I think you might have inspired me to finally get some stripes up in my guest room. Your curtains turned out great!

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  22. Like you I think stripes are classic. The are a great way to make a room look bigger, add drama, and great for mixing patterns. I don't think I could say enough about stripes.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/08/pintastic-monday-link-party-3.html

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  23. Goodness, I am getting completely lost in your fun blog. I love your style!! We've all made..regrettable design mistakes. It just happens. Fortunately we learn from those mistakes :). But, I have to say, your original curtains are THAT bad. I've definitely seen worse ;).

    I've pinned this too!

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  24. Love the new drapes!! really beautiful and yes.... I too love that last outfit...sigh... Thank you so much for sharing at uncommon!! :) Bonnie

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  25. Your striped curtains caught my eye but I would never have thought about doing them myself until I read your bit about not being emotionally attached to the current ones. You see, I AM emotionally attached to some nice cream damask curtains in our bedroom. It was one of the last things my sister and I did together a month before she passed away. The thought of getting rid of them upsets me to no end but in all honesty they look horrible!!! BUT - why couldn't I add strips of contrasting fabric to them to give them a little more design flair? That way I could finally get them all the same length (nope - they are all different and it really looks stupid!) I can't thank you enough for sharing on the Sunday Spark!!!

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