The Final Curtain on the Living Room Curtains

When we moved into this apartment, we were lucky enough to already have window shades.  And fancy shades at that (especially in comparison to the blinds I purchased for the bedroom)!  They’re cordless, cellular shades – something I think would be great to have at our forever home… you know, whenever that happens.

Since these shades were so nice, we didn’t feel the need to rush out and buy new curtains. The windows looked okay enough while we were reorganizing and trying to figure things out, but curtains were always in the back of our minds.


When I realized that the curtains I DIY’ed for our last apartment would be too short (not to mention look ridiculous), I really started thinking about possible alternatives.


Not too long ago, I shared the fruits of our most recent IKEA trip.  One of the items we purchased were the Vivan curtains because at $9.99 per pair, it was definitely the best price we were going to find, especially for the length we wanted.  Joe and I opted to get white because the other color options just weren’t doing it for us… not to mention that we can reuse these white curtains anywhere.

Let me be the first to tell you that these new curtains are amazing and they make such a difference in our living room.  They’re sheer enough that light still gets into the room but opaque enough that the sun isn’t in your eyes.  Since they’re a polyester/cotton blend, they’ll be easy maintenance and will probably look nice for a while.

I think my favorite time is when they windows are open and the wind lightly rustles the curtains.  It makes me feel like I’m on vacation.


These curtains inspired us to do things: try a new furniture arrangement and paint.  As of now, we’ve only accomplished the former and I think that this layout is going to stick for a long, long time.  It wasn’t a major reorganization but it made a big impact.  Trust me when I say that the room is looking good and feels more open than it ever did before.

Joe and I are still finishing up the room – ie. trying to make the details look nice – so I’m going to hold out on an entire room shot.  II’m hoping to post that next week but until then, here’s a sneak peak I shared on instagram a couple of weeks ago (excuse the mess):


The curtains totally make it.

Anyone else out there take a few months before committing to curtains?  Have you guys made a small change that inspired a big change?

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  • Melanie

    The curtains look great!

  • annabelvita

    Ooh, they look so swanky and beachy!

  • Jess @ Little House. Big Heart

    Love the gauzy feel! They do look vacation-y!

  • Ainhoa

    We have the vivan panels in the guest room as well! They’re awesome. We paired them with the stockholm ones, the stockholm panels frame the window and we keep the vivans closed.

  • John @ Our Home from Scratch

    They look light and airy. Nice pick.

  • Michelle

    Curtains are my decorating kryptonite. I just can’t make a decision. Yours look nice and breezy. Good choice!

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    I still don’t have curtains in our guest bedroom OR in the living room because I have no idea what I want. It’s tough to find the right curtains!

  • Kelly @ Corner of Main

    Ohhhhh… love them with the breeze blowing thru! I really want some of these for our living room. For $9.99 a pair I don’t think you can go wrong!

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