Case in point — these beautiful Farrah Fretwork curtains in blue. I saw them in the store and had to have them, thinking they would work in our living room. I love the bold geometric pattern — a nice modern foil to our more traditional decor.
So, I bought two panels — all Target had — and took them home. Much to my disappointment, the curtains were too short for our gargantuan living room windows. I toyed with the idea of buying 95-inch panels online for the living room, but I think even those would have been too short for our tall transom-style windows. I also realized Target doesn’t sell this color online, only in stores.
But I loved those curtains, and I wanted to keep them. [Insert decorating temper tantrum here!]
Thankfully, I had a stroke of brilliant inspiration. I could use these beautiful curtains in our bedroom, which is done up in blue and gray and birds. I’d just need 6 more panels for the windows in our bedroom and sitting room.
Did I mention these curtains aren’t sold online?
But I wasn’t worried. I live in a three-Target town, and there’s another one just down next door in High Point. But when I went online trying to locate the curtains, I found that they were sold out at all three Greensboro locations. Apparently, I’m not the only person who has encountered this problem. These curtains are pretty darn hard to come by.
No problem, though, I was heading to Raleigh the next day for a family get-together. A store on our way had the curtains in stock, according to the Target’s website. The nearby High Point store also showed them as in stock, so I dispatched my friend Boni (who designed our fabulous Atta Girl logo) to look for them on her next trip to her neighborhood Target. We both came up empty-handed! The curtains were sold out at both stores.
Now, I was even more determined to have them.
[Insert even louder decor temper tantrum here.]
So, I put out a plea on Facebook because I know that many of my friends live in Target, just like I do. “Anyone — especially you out-of-towners — going to Target? If so, will you pick me up some curtains? Buy all you can find. I’m good for them.”
No luck there, either.
Luckily, my husband sometimes works out of town. And it turns out that a Target store in the city where he was going to be working showed the curtains in stock. A little sweet talking, and I convinced him to spend his lunch break chasing down my much coveted Farrah curtains. I might have flipped my hair like the iconic Farrah to convince him.
And what do you know? He scored a jackpot. Three panels! Yippee.
Almost enough, but not quite.
So, I went back to my computer and punched in our ZIP code again. Curtains located at the Hickory, N.C., Target store.
“Honey, will you be driving through Hickory when you go to visit your parents this weekend?” I asked.
“Yes,” Bruce answered.
“Could you stop by Target…” He already knew where this conversation was going, and so he agreed.
A few days later, I sent my boys off on their road trip, and got a text midway through Saturday telling me that they’d been successful in finding one more curtain panel.
Seven stores later, and we finally had all the curtains we needed.
The very next weekend, my husband and I set aside our Saturday morning to hang the new curtains in our bedroom. He hung the rods, while I ironed.
We got the first window hung, and it was beautiful. Even more perfect than I imagined.
Then we moved onto the sitting room. One window dressed, and then another.
“Where are those other 2 curtain panels?” I asked. “Are they still in your car?”
Nope. Not there. Not in mine either. Not in the living room. Not upstairs in my office. Not in the kitchen. Not anywhere.
What happened to the other two curtain panels?
Math, that’s what.
We bought 2 + 3 + 1 = 6.
We have 4 windows.
2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 4.
I thought I would “freak out,” as my son often says. I went back to the computer to Target’s website to try to locate two more curtain panels. No way was I taking down these beautiful curtains that we’d spent all morning hanging and several tanks of gas hunting down.
By this point, I would have driven to another state to get them. But, I lucked out. Two stores within a half hour’s drive of me showed the curtains in stock.
I called the first store, in Kernersville, N.C., and sent an associate searching for me. She reported they had three of the panels in stock.
“Hold them for me, please,” I begged. “I’ll be right there.”
The entire family loaded up in the car for mama’s crazy curtain escapade.
At first, we couldn’t find the Target store, but the GPS finally led us there. I raced to the customer service.
“You’re holding some curtains for me.”
And the sales clerk pulled out two solid blue curtains. Not my Farrah Fretwork curtains. Just plain Farrah curtains! Like Farrah Faucette without her signature wings. A poor substitute.
[Insert REALLY BIG decorating tantrum here!]
I kept my composure as best I could and finished up some other business at the customer service desk. But I sent my boys to the curtain section to try to find the right panels. I couldn’t do it myself because I couldn’t bear the disappointment if the store didn’t have them.
My husband walked off like a condemned man.
I waited, as nervous as someone who has just peed on a stick.
Finally, my boys came back, hands behind their backs, faces hangdog.
“Well,” my husband began, “they had them!” And he offered me the two precious curtain panels that had eluded me for so long.
8 stores. 8 panels. Mission complete. There’s a mathematical symmetry in that.
Later that day, we finally got all the curtains hung.
Of course, now my husband and son insist we also need curtains on the French door in our sitting room. But I”m not pushing my luck. I’m happy with a naked door and four dressed windows. Plus, I don’t think curtains on the door are practical since we do open it pretty regularly.
Now, I’d love to take you on a tour of our master bedroom and show you the curtains that turned me into a crazy woman!
I bet you’ll agree they were worth it.
Doesn’t everyone always serve breakfast in bed? No? Well, we don’t either. But I thought this tray and the various accessories made for a nice photo. The tray was my grandmother’s, and I painted it with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue.
View of our sitting room
These French striped chairs were a consignment store find. Brand new, perfectly distressed and upholstered in this great fabric.
The hobnail vases I’ve collected through the years. They’re not all perfect, but I think they’re beautiful, just the same.