During a get the hell out of the house and stop looking at the computer tour of Georgetown the other day, I was smacked in the eye with this set of curtains, displayed in the upstairs windows of the design shop, Random Harvest.
While at first glance they might appear to have nothing whatever to do with gardens ... look closely and the pattern is a free-fall blizzard of flowers. Like a bride's bouquet untied and on the fly and absolutely gorgoeus with late the afternoon sun streaming through and dappling the table top.
A charming way to soften a less than charming view.
Designed by Dutch artist Tord Boontje, the 42 x96 inch panels are made of Tyvek, a plasticized and extremely durable paper that can be cut to length with a scissor and simply tacked to a window frame or tied to a rod. Store staffers said that the curtains have been in place for at least two years and still look pristine...and clearly haven't caught fire and burned the place down.
Much as I like Random Harvest and prefer to shop locally, they've got the curtains marked at $165 per panel. A few seconds of research turned them up at yliving.com in white, lilac or black for $58, including shipping (and that would also mean no tax).
On third thought, I could make some myself....
This is a thought to which my saner self replies, "Yeah, right".
"But!" yelp my resident lunatics, "LOOK WHAT JUST HAPPENED WITH THE CURLY WILLOW!! The very next day after NOT buying it we came across those lovely dogwood branches..."
And they all join together for a chorus of Kismet.