Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Bedroom Curtains

New window curtains in the bedroom.When my mom came to visit, she brought us some gifts from Belarus — national crafts, some jewelery, clothing. What she really wanted to get us though is the curtains for our bedroom. I kept saying that we’re fine as is and that our whole bedroom needs redesigning and we’re not willing to spend the money at the moment, so she gave up on the idea. However, before she left, she measured the wall and the windows and said that she will get us new curtains after all.

The thing is that it’s impossible to find good European-design curtains for a reasonable price in New York. At least we were not able to. There are a few curtain stores in Brooklyn, held by USSR expats, which have a good selection of modern curtains, but the prices are over the roof. We paid something close to 1K for our living room curtains, and were not willing to spend this much money again. My mom was very surprised by the prices and the lack of choice in American stores, since in Belarus you can choose from literally hundreds of designs. She laughed — at least there is one area where Belarusian stores are ahead (she was very impressed with US stores otherwise).

Closeup of the curtains.By the way, when she was looking for the stuff for our bedroom, she actually found the ones that we have in our living room — they were selling for the equivalent of $16 per meter (so it would have cost us a bit over $100 for material + around $50-100 for work if we would have bought them over there).

So my sister and my mom went to two stores, took lots of pictures of the samples that they thought would be a good fit and emailed them to me. We liked quite a few, and chose curtains which were made in Germany. After consulting with a designer which works in curtain department of the store, they’ve decided that having only one type of curtains will be boring, and got a brightly colored solid curtains to hang in front of the walls. The total they paid for the whole deal was around $200.

OK, I think I just made too big of a post about curtains. But I wanted to say that I appreciate the gift very much. I know they spend a lot of time trying to buy something nice for us (and my mom’s monthly pension is around $200 — at least it used to be before the Belarusian ruble got devaluated a few weeks back) and wanted them too look good. I like how it all came out.
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Living Room Curtains

Living room with new curtains.One of the last touches for our new living room is a set of modern curtains. I think they look great, but we paid way too much money for them. You just know that when your curtains cost nearly as much as your whole wall unit or your new 46″ TV you’ve been screwed. But you either get something ugly, get nothing, or pay. That’s why we are sticking with blinds in the office and cheap, $90, Bed, Bath & Beyond curtains in the bedroom.

Curtain rod and curtain rings.We picked them up on Sunday and I custom cut and installed the curtain rods myself because the curtain people wanted another $120 for 30 minutes of easy work, freaking con-artists. There hasn’t been a sunny day in NYC since then, so the photo that I have has a rather gloomy look outside.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tinted Windows

Tinted windows on our 300C.It took us a bit over a month to do the first car mode. Last Friday, right before our drive to Pennsylvania, we got the windows of our car tinted1. It’s not nearly as dark as the previous car — 35% on the doors and 20% in the back. It does make it more comfortable inside though.

  1. Used a shop in Brooklyn. Total cost was $250. They did a very good job. []
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Friday, June 20, 2008

Bedroom Shades

Bedroom windows with shades installed.It took us a little over a year, but we finally ordered a set of honeycomb shades for our bedroom. The sheers were nice, but I think it’s going to be much cozier with white shades on the windows during the evening instead of the dark night outside.

Shades close-up shot.We ordered our shades from SelectBlinds.com. They often have a good promotion going, have a lot of different choices of shades and our order was delivered to us within 5 business days. Only time will show how well the cordless mechanism holds up.
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