These Are THE Curtains

The Library

They look better than my mockup (as I had a feeling they would). I haven’t been this pleased with a purchase in a long time! It took two and a half years, but I finally have curtains for the library that I love.

The Library

The Library

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  • marlene
    October 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    glad you finally found THE one. they really do look wonderful in that space :)

  • dawn
    October 22, 2009 at 12:02 am

    the curtains look perfect! :)

    October 22, 2009 at 12:09 am

    looks great!

  • Jasmine
    October 22, 2009 at 12:14 am

    wow. your library is amazing!

  • southern hostess
    October 22, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Such a gorgeous room! They look great!

  • danyelle
    October 22, 2009 at 12:48 am

    oh, they’re just so pretty!

  • robin
    October 22, 2009 at 1:07 am

    wow! they look great. such a gorgeous room. congrats on finding THE ones!!

  • Paula
    October 22, 2009 at 1:14 am

    They look amazing – just perfect!

  • :::Lyzz:::
    October 22, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Great addition! I’m curious as to where you get those billy’s buttons and whether they are dried or fresh? I’ve always loved them but can never find them.

  • alivicwil
    October 22, 2009 at 1:57 am

    they look fab!

  • Cherish@My Cup of Tea
    October 22, 2009 at 2:08 am

    I LOVE them!!!!

  • Anna
    October 22, 2009 at 2:11 am

    ooh, they are lovely. I WAS on the ‘keep the old ones, they look great!’ train… but these are pretty perfect.

  • Catherine
    October 22, 2009 at 2:25 am

    They are gorgeous! I was a bit skeptical because I really did love the previous curtains and wasn’t so sure about the mock up. Well done!

  • Kylie @ All Things Lovely
    October 22, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Oh they are FANTASTIC!! I’ve always loved your library but those curtains just really make it! Yay!

  • priscilla
    October 22, 2009 at 3:13 am


  • Aprill
    October 22, 2009 at 5:14 am

    They look fabulous. Great job. :)

  • Carolyn
    October 22, 2009 at 6:27 am

    They look so good. I love your book shelves, the chaise and the animals! Love the dried flowers too! Beauty!

  • Viv
    October 22, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Just perfect.

  • Sarah
    October 22, 2009 at 6:42 am

    LOVE the curtains! Wow!
    Would you mind telling me where the chair and ottoman are from? I SO want to curl up in that room with a good read!

  • sarah pjs
    October 22, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Wow! Those look amazing! Now I’m second-guessing the ones I just bought…

  • Jess
    October 22, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Those are fantastic! I love them! Are those bookshelf’s from Ikea? We are planning to do a library room eventually and I am keeping notes!

  • heather
    October 22, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Beautiful! I love graphic drapery panels! I’m doing graphic panels in my living room/dining room!
    What type of camera do you use? Your photos always look great!

    • Making it Lovely
      October 22, 2009 at 8:50 am

      Thanks! I use a Canon Digital Rebel XT.

  • Jenn
    October 22, 2009 at 7:17 am

    They’re fantastic. I love the room! Great job.

  • Kerri
    October 22, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Wow, they look great!! And I love your kitty. :)

  • Kerri
    October 22, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Oh no, I missed the black kitty and the dog in your second photo – love them too!! I could not leave them out. :)

  • Jessica @ Black.White.Yellow
    October 22, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Way to be persistent, they really do look perfect.

  • dawn
    October 22, 2009 at 7:44 am

    WOW! The curtains are fabulous- well worth the wait!
    Love the cats and dog too- adorable. You are brave to have two cats, a dog AND a baby!

    • Making it Lovely
      October 22, 2009 at 8:50 am

      We actually have a third cat too!

  • amyrks
    October 22, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Those look fantastic, as does the rest of the room. Wow!

  • RisaJ
    October 22, 2009 at 8:00 am

    They look sooo good! Great choice!

  • Catty
    October 22, 2009 at 8:08 am

    It DOES take a long time to find the right curtains/window treatment. I am so glad you are please with your choice. They look great!

  • Melissa
    October 22, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Love them! They look perfect and so rich.

  • Alisha
    October 22, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Wow! That last shot is fabulous. Especially with your perfect model of a cat. :)

  • Scientific Housewife
    October 22, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Wow, I absolutely love your library! It’s so beautiful and warm! The curtains are gorgeous!

  • sarah h.
    October 22, 2009 at 8:34 am

    oh my goodness, i LOVE them! such a strong, fun statement.

    question: where did you get the little yellow things that are coming out of that fun vase? i’ve been on the hunt for something similar. and does your cat have no interest in them? :) pretty much anything i stick in a vase, my cat wants to snack on, whether it’s real or not.

  • Rebekah Coleman-Brahler
    October 22, 2009 at 8:42 am

    LOVELY!!! the yellow and chocolate look so great together in this room.

  • In Honor Of Design
    October 22, 2009 at 8:46 am

    They are a perfect match!! gorgeous

  • Lisa
    October 22, 2009 at 8:46 am

    They look great! Really pulls the whole room together.

  • Jeannine @ Small and Chic
    October 22, 2009 at 8:53 am

    They look so lovely! Your photography is wonderful, too. :)

  • Morgan
    October 22, 2009 at 9:00 am

    WOW! You’re not kidding – they look fantastic! I don’t remember your walls being so dark in there but they are sharp! Is that black or brown on the walls? I’m guessing its brown…

    • Making it Lovely
      October 22, 2009 at 9:08 am

      They’re a rich dark brown – “Afternoon Tea” by Pittsburgh Paints.

  • Sara
    October 22, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Stunning, absolutely stunning. You have great taste.

  • Diane James Home
    October 22, 2009 at 9:47 am

    We love your library and the color brown. Is there anything that doesn’t go with chocolate?? It looks like even pets do!

  • Vanessa
    October 22, 2009 at 9:48 am

    OMG, They look amazing — right out of a magazine! :) *Swoon!

  • Jessica at Lavender and Lilies
    October 22, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I love them. They are perfect for that space.

  • Jen Caputo
    October 22, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Stunning choice! That room is spectacular! Right down to my favorite black & white accessory – the kitty!

  • micah
    October 22, 2009 at 9:53 am

    They are perfect! Love it!

  • Tessa
    October 22, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Wow those are the perfect curtains! They compliment the room so well in terms of design and tone. Congratulations :) I’m going to be moving into my own apartment soon (without roommates!) so I think I’ll be spending a lot of time looking through your archives!

  • Allison
    October 22, 2009 at 9:55 am

    The library looks great! I love that your cat is posing perfectly and that (s)he matches the curtains!

    I’m glad to see mine aren’t the only ones that think ALL the furniture is for them :)

  • Lindsey
    October 22, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Nicole, those curtains look great! They really look perfect in the room…congrats on finally finding your perfect curtains!

    { Lindsey }

  • Cristina
    October 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Do the pets normally hang out up there or did they join you because they knew you were taking photos? My cats seem to hang out in the room I am getting ready to take photos of, hehe.

  • Jane
    October 22, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Those curtains look amazing! I also love the Billy Buttons in the Orla Kiely vase (right?!). Anyways, well done. The room, per your usual, looks perfect!

  • Alaina
    October 22, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I’ve been eyeing those curtains for some time…and they look lovely in your home!

  • Nuit
    October 22, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Nicole! this is PERFECTION. I love’em. There’s nothing better than knowing you’ve made a smart purchase, congrats!

  • Mefi
    October 22, 2009 at 11:09 am

    oooo. lovely. what an eye you have for things like this.

  • young
    October 22, 2009 at 11:29 am

    So great! Looks very nice.

  • Dasha
    October 22, 2009 at 11:36 am


  • oneshotbeyond
    October 22, 2009 at 11:39 am

    dynamite impact!

  • Nikki
    October 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Decor is art – if it has aesthetic value to you than it’s worth its investment value. You obviously love them, so that’s what counts. Excellent!

  • Suzanne
    October 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Those curtains look great!! I absolutely love this room. Everything looks so perfect, yet comfortable and useable. Clearly the pets like it too!

  • Cassie
    October 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Oh wow, they are so pretty! I always go with neutral solid colours for my curtains but you have inspired me to try prints! I think they look perfect in your library. :)

  • Amnah
    October 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Gorgeous. Such a lovely corner.

  • Miss B
    October 22, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I just love your eye, I would have NEVER chosen these, probably would have walked right by them and then BANG you make perfection. You are such an inspiration Miss Nicole!

  • attygreen13
    October 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    love ’em! where’d you get the mustard yellow throw on the chair? i’ve been hunting down one …

  • Silviamagnolia
    October 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    oh wow!! double wowww these curtains are great! I love your tastes :-) fantastic so simple and so classy

  • kate "the proprietress"
    October 22, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    i ADORE them! you make we want to redecorate my whole house!!

  • tracie @ {tsj} photography
    October 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    gorgeous!!! breathtakingly gorgeous!

  • Kariane
    October 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I thought you were slightly crazy for not liking the past two options, BUT after seeing these new ones, I see that you were right to hold out. They. Look. Perfect.

  • Heather Carr
    October 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I would say those are pretty perfect.

  • Holly @ Lucitebox
    October 22, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Nice curtains!

    I have a question–where did you get your “etc.” thingy?
    My mother had that (in plaster) in an olive green during the ’70s. I’ve been trying to find one for awhile. It’s not very easy to search “etc.” on eBay, as you might imagine.

  • Natalie
    October 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    WOW those curtains are amazing!! They seriously look perfect in here. Great find :)

  • mybluesofa
    October 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    definitely amazing, better than the mockup…thanks for the inspiration.

  • daily decorator
    October 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Anthropologie has such great finds! Is that library a converted attic space?


  • Amanda
    October 23, 2009 at 2:12 am

    They look fantastic! Great choice.

  • Rebecca
    October 23, 2009 at 8:41 am

    they look amazing!

  • Down and Out Chic
    October 23, 2009 at 9:39 am

    WOW! just beautiful.

  • Sara
    October 23, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Wow, these kind of took my breath away, they are so gorgeous!

  • red lipstick style
    October 23, 2009 at 11:12 am

    They are lovely!

  • jbhat
    October 23, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I think they look simply perfect. Your vision was right on…as usual!

  • gwen
    October 23, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Did you already say where you got these and I missed it?

  • Terri
    October 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    The curtains are gorgeous and your library is absolute perfection. How do you manage to always get it just right? I’m so envious (in a friendly way, though). :)

  • natalyn
    October 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Those are gorgeous.

  • Karen
    October 23, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Fabulous, as usual! Love the graphic choice, especially in brown and white!

  • Nycia
    October 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I love them!!

  • Montanna
    October 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I just love the “etc” in your bookcase! It makes me want to get a bookcase just to put something like that in it! <3


  • Jeanee
    October 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    YAY!!! Finally.

    So worth the wait.

  • Bundled
    October 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Wow … the curtains look fabulous!! I would love to know the name of the dark paint color in the library :)

  • Christina
    October 23, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    It’s amazing that two architects living in the same house (my husband and I) don’t have our apartment looking half as nice as yours! Any time you want to visit San Francisco for a lesson in fabulous decorating I’d love to have you! Our place is just so white I can’t stand it anymore. Thanks for all of your inspiration.

  • Leslie
    October 23, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    WOW! I don’t usually post, but just loved this. What a great find – the room looks just fantastic!

  • Sharon
    October 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    They are PERFECT. Love them … and glad you are so happy after the wait.

  • katrina
    October 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I live in Notre Dame country {fairly close to you}
    would you please, OH PLEASE come decorate my house!

    Seriously, It is georgeous!

  • Sandi
    October 24, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Love them! I must visit the new Anthropologie store in London to have a look for myself. Lovely room!

  • Christina
    October 24, 2009 at 6:06 am

    They look fantastic!. I was very Meh about the mock-up version, but they just look so good in your room. :O)

  • Lisa
    October 25, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I must admit, I was skeptical when I saw the mockup, but they look awesome! It really ties the room together nicely.

  • .amanda.
    October 25, 2009 at 9:54 am

    yeap, you said it! They are perfect! I adore them. Enjoying gazing at them!

  • Amanda
    October 25, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Those are fabulous, I agree!

  • A Merry Mishap
    October 25, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Can I ask where you bought your chair?

    The curtains turned out great!

  • Down Pillow
    October 25, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    They really do look fabulous! I love the bold fabric you chose :)

  • susan
    October 26, 2009 at 8:03 am

    You know, as much as I loved the other ones you had up I have to agree; these are perfect for the space.

    I just love your house

    Good job :)

  • Jenn from The Home Decorating Company
    October 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    These curtains work perfectly!

  • katelynjane
    October 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    You’ve inspired me to keep buying something till it just WORKS. These are amazing curtians, much better than the other attempts. They look like they belong. In a comfy, cozy, creative way.

  • Nancy
    October 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Love it! This room could be in a magazine!

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