Cafe Curtains

Last week I posted a pic on Instagram requesting help/opinions on cafe curtains in our den. This is a back room that has a view of our patio area, car parking, and an alley. What I love is being able to see the ancient trees and the green that accompanies it. The alley itself lends our backdoor to acting more as a front door for neighborhood visitors. The main reason I NEEDED something on the back windows is the one too many times a visitor has come to the backdoor and I'm still in my pj's. I have to hit the deck and crawl out the room to change before getting the door or holler for the kids to get it while still laying on the floor. It's not becoming for anyone and something had to be done. I adore a good cafe curtain in a kitchen or a bath, but honestly haven't seen it done much in other parts of the house. I needed to keep my solution rather cheap with this being a rental and all. I had in my stash 15 yards of white gauzy linen from an old project that never happened. I thought I would give it a go and I am so pleased I did! A few people recommend hanging them from the top mullion, but it obscured my view of the trees too much and that is one of my favorite things about this house. Not 100% sure I made the right call, but I like the soft filtered light and just enough privacy that I can now run out of the room instead of crawl. It even became a no-sew project. One layer of the linen was still a little too sheer so I simply folded them across the top and sort of let them hang over the simple rod. I love a simple and somewhat free project coming to fruition.

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room sources: linen for cafe curtains in white | cafe rod in bronze | sofa in charcoal | black bucket chair | gray ikat pillow Lacefield {this is more budget friendly though!} | cross pillow bought locally | marble top table is an antique | metal kids chairs | bookshelves from ikea {used to be in our old office} | baskets | roses from the Mr | lamp was a Home Goods find {similar to this, just not at that price and mine may not be quite as fabulous}