(Now, we are not the type of people that need new everything. In fact, many of the objects in our house are not new. Good condition, however, does help.)
We still have quite a few sets of aged curtains hanging in our home, but last weekend, we tackled two windows: the office/playroom,
(which is now sporting clean, white blinds)
and the dining room (matching curtains, but not the same room).
In the dining room, we decided to keep (for now) the rod on which the original sheers were hanging. (The bay window curve makes finding an acceptable, alternative cover a bit of a challenge.) However, quite some time ago (read: before this photo), we replaced the aged, taupe/off-white sheers with some white IKEA sheers from a prior window covering adventure (in St. Louis). They aren't perfect, but for now, they'll do.
We still have some work to do (uh, fill holes, touch-up paint and eventually replace the windows) to get these windows exactly where we want them. For us, progress is incremental, but it does feel good.
And, I have to admit, there is a part of me that wanted to channel Scarlet O'Hara and do SOMETHING (maybe not sew a fancy outfit to go visit Rhett in prison) with those curtains (in all of their green-pom-pom-ed glory). I resisted, and they are bagged up for a trip to either Re-Store (a Habitat for Humanity organization) or Goodwill. As it turns out, I don't have a need for repurposed green pom-poms in my life.