Unlike every “reality” television show, I have concluded that unless you are extremely well-heeled, creating a home in a decor that you love takes a very long time. In our old home, I never bothered because we had always planned to reno the place and I didn’t want to invest in something only to find it didn’t work after the reno. But now, Hubby and I are in agreement that with this home, we will take the time to invest and surround ourselves with things that we really enjoy. We are making progress.
Sometimes the progress is more dramatic than other days, though. For instance, if you walked into our home and we had a beautiful new sofa, you’d notice. But if you walked into our home, and we had installed a new curtain rod, you wouldn’t. However, now that I have grown this new-found love for interior decor, a new curtain rod brings me just as much satisfaction as a new sofa.
So, here, without further adieu, I am going to share our new curtain rod. I think it does far better justice to our new curtains in the front sitting room than the old one. But maybe you’ll care to disagree.
Here is the old rod. I came with the house when we moved in and I didn’t really mind it at all. But it was missing a bracket and drooping in the middle, so we needed to replace it with a new one.
I went around to Bouclair Homes and a few other go-to spots for this kind of thing with no luck. Then I met my brother at Lowes one Sunday when he was picking up drywall and decided to look there.
I went a different direction from the old rod’s tarnished bronze and got a tarnished silver rod. The plan is to have grey as a main colour in this room, so I thought it might work. Or at least I hoped it would since I stood in Lowes trying to decide on it for ages and ages, while four kids ran around the store.
I think the older rod took too much attention away from my gorgeous new drapes, which I had custom-made for the room by Tonic Living. (You can read about the whole process here.) With the new white walls, the silver doesn’t stand out as much but still adds a finishing touch.
The ends of the rod, have some bronze blended into the silver. I like that too. Since it helps coordinate them with the curtains in a subtle way.
So, it’s official. A $60 curtain rod can make me happy.