Perfection is daunting. I strive for it, but always, always fall short. I know this, but time after time I look for the “perfect” piece of furniture, or the “perfect” fabric for curtains. Since perfection is more of an idea than a reality, I never find it.
I searched for months and months to find fabric for curtains for my living room. I’ve blogged about it before, but even when I found the “perfect” one, the price was anything but. Dropping $200 for drapes just isn’t my style. Kinda makes me a little sick to my stomach to even think about it. Yeah, I know… I’m a cheapskate.
After a billion attempts to find the perfect premade curtains or even the fabric to make them, I gave up. I used plain, cheap substitutes for a long time, just to cover the windows while I was waiting on Mr. Right Drapes. And then I finally found some chairs. Ahhhh!!! Now I was on a mission – and began my search all over again. Just as frustrated as my first round of “Find the Fabric,” my second didn’t go much better.
Then a few weeks ago, we were culling out fabric that was spilling out of my over-stuffed bins. What did I find? The perfect fabric! I purchased this aqua & cream stripe several months ago, but didn’t really know what to do with my clearance rack find, so I stuck it in a bin. (Am I the only one that buys fabric with absolutely no purpose in mind for it?)
There wasn’t quite enough to run the stripes vertical, so I turned it the other way and pieced it together to run them horizontal – ah ha! It worked. I can’t express how perfect these are for my quickly coming together space. The color is just right, the bold stripes makes such a pretty statement and it gave me the push that I needed to get more done to complete on of the last two rooms that needed a huge overhaul.
The moral of the story? Next time you think you can’t find the “perfect” thing, dig a little deeper, because the perfect fabric for my curtains was right in my house the entire time. I’d say that’s perfectly fitting, don’t you think?