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The Nailhead Linen Curtains Are Up

Nailhead Linen Curtains

I’ve put the nailhead curtains up in the living room. The color is perfect with the couch, but it may be a little too perfect (bordering on matchy-matchy). And I actually miss the zip of the yellow curtains! It looks like Brandon may have been right after all. What do you think?

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  • LeeAnn
    December 1, 2009 at 10:04 am

    The curtains look great, but I think anything you decorate with is awesome. Add yellow back into the room with a yellow lamp or inexpensive throw pillows, or better yet $4 yellow carnations from the grocery store. Ever think about some artwork in that corner? I don’t comment on here as often as I should, but thanks for continuing to be inspiring!

    PS. Your daughter is such a cutie!

  • Gracia
    December 1, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Not too matchy-matchy! I say keep them all Winter and bring the yellow back in Sping. They make the room look so calm and pretty.

    • Nicole P.
      December 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm

      Thats exactly what I was going to say! I think they’ll be nice with the holidays coming up also. It’ll be a more subdued back drop for holiday decor.

    • Making it Lovely
      December 1, 2009 at 8:37 pm

      Yep, I’ve been thinking about doing that. If I’m going to have a pink tree, it may be nice to have a little less color behind it!

  • The Design Slice
    December 1, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I’d have to agree with your man on this one. While I too adore the nailhead curtains, they dull down your room because they are dead-on with the couch. Hand up the yellow ones and it adds vibrancy back, creating a cheerful space during the upcoming chilling Chicago winter.

  • Kim @ Yellow Brick Home
    December 1, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Love the nailhead curtains! Love the yellow ones, too. It’s just one of those things – if you never knew the other existed, it would seem perfect.

    Oh, decisions.

    • Making it Lovely
      December 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

      Exactly. Either option would have been fine had I not seen the other! Now I can’t decide.

  • Christian T
    December 1, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I prefer the nailhead ones. They are different and you could always throw some yellow in with art, flowers, or pillows. I say keep the nailhead curtains up for a while and see how you feel after the holidays. If you are still torn, put the yellow ones back up and see how you feel about them.

  • Cassie
    December 1, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I love those curtains! The yellow ones were nice too, but these could work if you put some yellow (or another colour) around the room in decor pieces.

  • Laura
    December 1, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I love the nailhead curtains, but I liked the yellow ones more! These definitely make your room more calm, I like Gracia’s idea of keeping them for the winter…

  • Brandi H.
    December 1, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I love the curtains; however, I did like the look of the yellow a little better. Could you use them in another room? Or… you could get a new couch in a fun color ;)

    • Making it Lovely
      December 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

      Oh, that’s just what I need… a new couch! ;)

  • Jillian
    December 1, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Your living room looks so serene and peaceful. The curtains are a wonderful addition.

  • abby
    December 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

    swoon! I too have been watching those curtains for a while now. I say keep them. Why not bring the yellow ones out for spring and summer and go with the nailheads for winter and fall!

  • susan
    December 1, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I have to agree with Brandon. The yellow really works better. Those nailhead curtains are gorgeous though. Maybe somewhere else in the room?

  • beth@321home
    December 1, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I’ll have to agree with Brandon. I like the yellow better. The room felt more alive with those.

  • cherryblossom
    December 1, 2009 at 11:14 am

    hm… to be honest- i agree with brandon. so sorry ;-)

  • cassandra @ coco+kelley
    December 1, 2009 at 11:33 am

    i absolutely love them – i think they pull the space together and the nailheads are a great ‘hard’ balance to your pink! KEEP THEM!!! the yellow with the pink was too much warm color for me… this is perfect. Add a pop of pillow and art, and voila! done.

  • Carolyn
    December 1, 2009 at 11:56 am

    yellow although i really quite love those curtains!

  • Amy
    December 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I think Brandon was right on this one…the yellow adds more color and isn’t so matchy-matchy. But since you can return these curtains, you can spend the money on another fun item in the room.

  • hishouse;herhelp.
    December 1, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    i like these curtains. what about changing up the tassel curtain wrap to something that is more substantial and intersting??

    • Making it Lovely
      December 1, 2009 at 8:56 pm

      That would probably help. I felt like the tassels were too wimpy next to the nailheads.

  • Kathleen
    December 1, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I love the zip of the yellow curtains – but I love the masculine contrast of the nailhead curtains. Maybe you should just nailhead the yellow curtains yourself?

  • Audrey
    December 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    those curtains are pretty, but I do have to agree with Brandon on this one. The yellow ones looked great!

  • Amy Kelly
    December 1, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    While I like the look of both curtains, I definitely prefer the punch of color from the yellow curtains. I think there was something a bit more breezy and playful about the yellow curtains that really worked in the space. The nailhead curtains, while absolutely amazing, just seem a bit too heavy and stern for the whimsy of the room.

  • Audrie
    December 1, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I like both of them so it’s hard to say… maybe change them every six months or so to correspond with the seasons?

  • amyks
    December 1, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I like the yellow ones better…the other ones just seem a little drab

  • katiedid
    December 1, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I miss the yellow….but perhaps a seasonal change would be nice as suggested? But lovely as usual!!

  • Jay
    December 1, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    The yellow curtains add a lot more POP. My vote is for the yellow ones.

  • Jessica
    December 1, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I love those curtains. I wish they were hanging in my den right now. So just go ahead and mail them to me will ya? :))

  • Averill
    December 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Pretty and cozy, but I think I prefer the yellow. Maybe go with the nail head for fall/winter and swap them out for the yellow ones in the spring and summer?

  • gretchen
    December 1, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve never posted, but love reading your blog! The nailhead curtains by themselves are gorgeous. However, I LOVE the yellow ones. In fact, those yellow curtains behind your daughter’s monthly pic, made me want to go out and buy similiar ones. GO FOR THE YELLOW!!!

  • Nicole
    December 1, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I think Brandon’s right. The yellow curtains really do bring the room together!

  • Jules
    December 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I think they look very nice. Your living room looks calm, serene, and very tasteful. The thing is, though, that it’s not really you. Not that you aren’t serene and tasteful, it’s just that your decorating is more interesting. I mean, how many people do we know who paint the main of their house pink? Not many.

    The nail head curtains are very pretty, but in the room they don’t do much to make it interesting.

    • Making it Lovely
      December 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm

      Exactly. I think they’re gorgeous, and I’d recommend them to anyone, but I just don’t know if they’re right for ME.

  • Eileen
    December 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Looks awesome! I can’t wait to see them with your pink tree.

  • kristin jo
    December 1, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Nicole,
    I vote for the yellow ones.

    Did you buy the 96″ long ones? I like how they pool a bit on the floor.


    • Making it Lovely
      December 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm

      They’re 108″ long. The living room has higher ceilings than the rest of the rooms in my home.

  • Tory
    December 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    The curtains are nice but I have to go with Brandon on this one. You recently talked about how little light your living room get in the winter. I say add the sunshine back in with those gorgeous yellow curtains.

  • MaNailah
    December 1, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I love both, I agree with d majority, keep the nailhead up for the winter and the yellow for spring and summer. OR use the nailhead in your bedroom…

  • Beth
    December 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I love the new curtains, but I think your instinct is right. The yellow curtains did have a nice “zip” to them. :)

  • Fiona
    December 1, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I hate to say it, but I agree with Brandon about the yellow curtains. I like these, but in a Kelly Hoppen-type house, and yours is more lively.

  • kat
    December 1, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    love the nailhead curtains…but I think brandon was right. The yellow had a bit more contrast – these actually make me a little sad in that room – though I would love them elsewhere! maybe brandon’s office?

  • Adrianne
    December 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Love them! I have linen curtains but they just blah’d out my living room more because I have linen-colored walls (rookie mistake, I know).

  • amyjk
    December 1, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    they do look a little flat, but i would save the yellow curtains for the spring/summer. what about a pattern– even tone-on-tone? something a little splashier than a solid but not too loud.

  • LeAnn
    December 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Well first of, anything you do is simply amazing. I like the nailhead but I tend to agree with those who liked the yellow ones better. I’m all about the punch of color and I think they looked fabulous in there.


  • Danielle
    December 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I think they look great next to the pink walls. Matchy matchy didn’t even come to my mind! I would leave them up for now.

  • Your mother
    December 1, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Actually, the nailhead curtains would coordinate nicely with my couch :)

  • GINA
    December 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I love the yellow. but the tan is good for winter… but i gotta say the yellow wins :)

  • Renee
    December 1, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    linen for fall/winter, and yellow for spring/summer.

  • jbhat
    December 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I’m too torn on it to register an opinion here, but I cannot wait to hear/see what you end up doing. Nailhead trim on the yellow curtains, perhaps? : )

    Good luck!

  • Kylie @ All Things Lovely
    December 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Sorry to say but I really love the yellow ones. Was looking at them with Eleanor’s photo and love the ‘pop’ they give in the room.

  • Nem
    December 1, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I have to confess that I prefer the yellow ones. They make the room brighter and happier. :) It is such a pretty room!

  • Jessica
    December 1, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    the yellow ones gave the room that beautiful vintage feel. they were timeless, effortless and calming…almost unnoticed.

  • Janny A.
    December 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Definitely the yellow ones look better there. The linen are also pretty but maybe in another room.

  • Melanie
    December 1, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    My vote is for the yellow curtains. More punch.

  • Amanda
    December 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    eeek! Not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet but please watch the kitties around those lillies. Lillies are extremely poisonous to cats:

  • Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life
    December 1, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Love the nailhead curtains… They are a little matchy matchy, but I think as long as you don’t coordinate any of your other accents to them (and the couch) you’ll be golden!

  • Erin T.
    December 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I agree with the yellow curtains. They added such a brightness to the room!

  • Amanda
    December 1, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Bring back the yellow!

  • Barb F (Australia)
    December 1, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I loved the punch of colour with the yellow, however love the nail detail with these. You could add some interest to these by sewing a panel of contrasting fabric along the bottom 1/4 or 1/3rd?

  • Marti
    December 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Yep. Gotta say I like the yellow better. Love contrast, and that’s what the yellow brings to the room.

  • Shasta
    December 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I usually don’t like yellow, but I think the former curtains were a better choice for the living room. I do LOVE those nailhead linen curtains though! Maybe then can go in another room? Or you could add yellow somewhere else in the living room to bring back that zip?

  • Kate Z
    December 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Ok, I’m a bit biased because I adored your yellow curtains. Loved and coveted them. These curtains are ok. The details are nice, and the color does really match, but I though the yellow curtains added an extra shock of femininity, color, and just downright loveliness to the room.

    ps. I just saw your wreath pictures on flickr! Would you consider posting a how-to on here?? Because I, personally, would be freaking estatic!

    • Making it Lovely
      December 1, 2009 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks! I’ll show the wreath tomorrow morning.

  • Erika
    December 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I think the nailhead curtains are beautiful, but I love the yellow ones the best :)

  • Hal
    December 1, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Hate to say it but I think Brandon got you on this one.

  • Peg
    December 1, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I vote for the linen. Love them.

  • ShocktheBourgeois
    December 1, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I’m torn between my allegiance to the nailhead curtains (which I bought for myself!) and the bright bursts of color which I think are more characteristic of your style.

    Here’s a new concept- have you thought about keeping the nailhead drapes and replacing the sheer white curtains that you have behind them? Might be rather cheeky to have a bright but sheer fabric (even a floral) peeking out from underneath…

  • corrin
    December 1, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I’m a fan of the yellow curtains.

  • ABBY
    December 1, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I say go back to the yellow curtains but add the nail heads to them! The best of both.

  • Katie
    December 1, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I think we’d all like the nailhead curtains more if there was some punch of color somewhere else in the room. One thing I really like about the yellow curtains is how it goes with the painting which brings out the floral pillow that goes with the rug and makes the whole room more interesting. Makes you notice things you might not otherwise notice. Now everything is too calm. It isn’t that it isn’t beautiful. It is that. It’s just no longer interesting.

  • Jen P.
    December 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I hate to say it, but I like the yellow better! Keeping the more neutral ones up for the holidays (with your pink tree) sounds like a good idea though.

  • Tammy
    December 1, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I think the linen curtains are so beautiful! I think you should just put up a framed piece of art to add a little color. Maybe just go with a yellow frame, with some subdued art.

    I LOVE this room. It’s peaceful and adult and really beautiful!

  • April Johnson
    December 1, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Personally, I liked the yellow better, but I think both fit in this room. I think the issue is just needing a change based on the post you made when you purchased these cutains. Once I get everything exactly how I want it, a month or so later I want to rearrange this or buy that. I think having both curtains would give you something to change out.

  • Anna
    December 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I have to say I liked the yellow better, too. Without them, there’s almost (don’t hate me for this) a little too much pink. Which was previously negated by the yellow curtains. Also, I just love yellow, yellow is great. :)

    • Making it Lovely
      December 11, 2009 at 10:31 am

      Agreed! There is such a thing as too much pink, even with me. ;)

  • Renee
    December 2, 2009 at 1:08 am

    I agree with the first comment, to use both at different times of year. The yellow is nice and zippy for spring/summer and the nailheads are a nice peaceful backdrop for the holiday hubbub of the fall/winter (especially with that swanky pink tree).

    Options are always a good option.

  • Maia
    December 2, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Yellow was better. This is too mono.

  • Anna
    December 2, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I like the new curtains – they are beautiful and so versatile. You can always change the look a little by changing the ties too. What about putting the pillows that used to be there (in the yellow curtain pic) back on the couch?

  • shelley
    December 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I like the yellow better too.

  • Tracy
    December 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I definitely like the new curtains better! It ties the room together better than the yellow one’s did.

  • Franziska
    December 2, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I like it. It creates a calm area. Sometimes I need that.

  • Béa
    December 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Ah non! non! Keep them. They’re perfect.

  • Barbara
    December 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    While I like the new curtains, the yellow curtains gave a more “luxe” feel and wasn’t so matchy. The nailhead curtains are very predictable.

  • Bordeaux
    December 2, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Anything looks perfect if there is a cat on furniture in the picture. I’m envious.

  • Blondie
    December 3, 2009 at 12:52 am

    I love the nailhead curtains. I had a similar dilemma to you when I was doing my family room. The room was reading whimsical but I wanted a change to more of SHAG-like 60’s vibe. I changed out the curtins and in my case I painted one wall (fireplace wall) the same colour as my new curtains (Benjamin Moore Agave) All of sudden they read as neutral and now my vintage 60’s psychedelic art just pops, I’ve added touches of purple as accents (vintage marimekko fabric)

    Anyways I digress, LOL. I love your new curtains. Change the tassel pullback.

    xxx Blondie
    PS Your daughter is so beautiful!

    December 3, 2009 at 2:35 am

    i agree with the holiday strategy – mild color background for holiday color! but the yellow is fun. nice to have options. another note – how do you like your couch?

  • Amanda
    December 3, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Nailhead curtains all the way! After all, “Pink Loves Brown”—not yellow! ; )

  • Helena
    December 3, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I like both (which I’m sure really helps your decision!). However, I agree with the posters who suggested using the nailhead curtains for the winter and then changing in the spring.

  • Nichole
    December 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    What about doing something to the sheers to give them some zip? I don’t know what that would be, but you are so creative, I know you’ll think of something.

  • Jill
    December 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Yellow is my vote, I am a self confessed yellow-junkie, so I might be a tad biased…but I do love the unexpected whimsy they bring to your room!

  • Kat
    December 3, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I definitely think that the yellow drapes worked a lot better! In fact,
    I thought so the very moment that I saw the picture of your new drapes…
    there is just something missing!

  • Nicole RJ
    December 4, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I love the nailheads, but would agree with Brandon on this one!

  • Christine - Handmade Evolution
    December 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Nope! I love those curtains, don’t change a thing. If you’re really missing the yellow, a throw pillow would be perfect. That way you can change it anytime.

  • down pillow
    December 6, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    These look really great & polished, but I did like the pop of color in the room. Either way, the room looks amazing :)

  • Josette
    December 7, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Love them! Very sophisticated – and I really like that perfect amount of “pooling” on the floor.

  • Melanie
    December 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I see you change your curtains a lot and I don’t even have any! I want to hang them, but I am too scared. I don’t know where to begin… Any advice on measuring, etc.?

    THANKS – anyone!?

    • Making it Lovely
      December 11, 2009 at 10:30 am

      Melanie, I like curtains hung high, close to the ceiling, and a little wider than the window.

  • Making it Lovely
    December 11, 2009 at 10:29 am

    OK, I have returned the linen curtains. I liked them, but I didn’t love them, so back to the store they went.

  • hope
    January 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Any chance you could tell me where you found your curtain hardware? I’ve been looking for something exactly like it but haven’t had luck… getting desperate…

    • Jessica
      February 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      Hope- I don’t know if you’ll ever read this, but I’ve seen similar curtain rods at Target for years. I’m sure they’ll have something close.

  • hope
    February 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for responding Jessica! I looked at Target but couldn’t find a double rod like this… so I broke down and bought one at Pottery Barn. More than I wanted to spend, but it looks good.

  • Camilla
    August 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I need 6 of those…anyone know where I can get hold of them???? I am desperate!!!

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