Sunday, September 6, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday: Tinkering in the Dining Room

My name is Gollum, and my middle name is
Can't Leave Well Enough Alone,
specially when it comes to quick, no-sweat changes
that involve lots of hammering.

The dining room just cried out for a change.

What to do? I know what,

lace panels!
Here's the before picture:
And the during picture.
I was underwhelmed.

But I happened to have some ribbon from Big Lots, and I went to work with my trusty hammer.

O, Mother, said Bandwith, when will this end?

When you're messing with curtains, you just know these things. Like, it's time to stop when the curtains hang right.

Or if the color works or if the ribbon doesn't show too much.

Then you stop.

Which is totally different from

Knowing when to quit.

I don't know doodly squat about that.

So even if I stop, I might not quit.

I like seeing the outdoors, so a gentle swoop-back worked.

For now, anyway.

As Mama says, they're easy to change.


(I found an easy way to insert a signature of sorts into a blog post. Not the real thing, but still).

To visit other Before-and Afters, and to meet some of the sweetest folks in blogland, visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch

for Metamorphosis Monday:


  1. HI, Michael Lee, your house is always fun to visit! And your lace drapes are pretty too. And I always love to see your views out there in the country. Beautiful!

  2. Hello Michael Lee~ ~I have always loved your window treatments but the touch of lace, yes! I'm a sucker for lace. .anywhere. Love it~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  3. You have one of those homes, I dream about beautiful. . .and your header and collage are very striking, love the little doggie pose!

  4. Wow, what a dreamy home! I love the way you added lace to the window. Very pretty! I think I need to buy some lace curtains for me. :)

  5. Whoa, your house is beautiful!!

    and I love your blog banner!!

  6. The lace is lovely.
    Beautiful window treatments.

  7. The lace panels are gorgeous, and I love them tied back. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

  8. Love the lace panels. Love the tool talk!

  9. Michael...the lace panels are how they look with your draperies! Feels so romantic, too.

  10. I am envious of anybody who has an eye for decorating. You make it look so easy....the panels are perfect!

  11. Between having a BEAUTIFUL house AND a great eye for decorating, your home doesn't have a chance. The ONLY way it is ever going to be, is MAGNIFICENT.

  12. Wow!!! I love, love, love the rich cozy feeling they've given your room. You are simply amazing girl. Would love to sit here for hours and enjoy a visit and the view. The best to you and yours this holiday w/k..hugs ~lynne~

  13. Love the lace panels nd what you did to them, Gollum! Glad you showed my favorte dining room again...Christine

  14. The drapes were beautiful in the before picture, but the lace panels are such a pretty change.


  15. Great redo on the drapes... Mister is looking pretty sporty also...

  16. Pretty. I like the lace. Oh, and I can relate to your middle name ;)

  17. What a beautiful change! This adds so much!


  18. I love your dining room both ways! Beautiful room. Love your header and Mister too. I'll bet he's got personality!

  19. I know what you mean--we have some lace in some of our rooms that cover the whole window--I like the privacy...but I sometimes like the fuller light that comes in when they are off!

  20. Really like the addition of the lace -- they add that great "extra" .

  21. I LOVE the lace panels with the drapes!!! LOOOOVE the view too! We are kindred spirits, I find it hard to LEAVE THINGS ALONE:):):):) Hugs, Pinky

  22. There is absolutely nothing wrong with not leaving well enough alone! Look what you accomplished! I like the addition!

  23. beautiful. I couldn't imagine what you'd want to touch in that gorgeous room but I love the addition of the lace panels! :)
    Great job!


  24. They are gorgeous! The lace really softens the windows. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Very Beautiful room and lace panels!

    ~Blessings to you this Labor Day. ~Melissa :)

    PS I hope Mister is doing better. H
    His pictures are all so adorable.

  26. Michael - The lace is just the perfect touch to make those windows so inviting. Thanks for sharing all the beauty.


  27. What a great change! I loved your window treatments before, but just gives it a little something extra.

  28. What a beautiful addition to your already stunning room! But it is so fun to play around isn't it?

  29. I so love lace, it's a girl thing. I think the windows look like Autumn. I am so ready for the leaves to skitter down the lane...soon I hope. I also don't know when or how to quit.
    Your blog looks lovely.

    The Raggedy Gilr

  30. Hi Michael Lee! I love lace very frenchy! I have been following Mister's recovery and I am very relieved to hear that he is improving! My staff sends a as much as cats can hug a dog! lol I hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day! Is Fall finally coming?...hugs...Debbie

  31. You have crafted a beautiful home with care and thought. The curtains look wonderful.

  32. WONDERFUL!! But from one who adores lace and has it in every single room except the great room/family room and the bathrooms, I, of course love it. I guess I love the light that comes through them..or..perhaps it is just that it is a reminder of the past and home. They are beautiful Gollum and make a nice change!

  33. Michael--I have to say I identify with you--Susan is over there waiting patiently to get her living room just right ( and I know it will be), but I am the one who runs in full tilt! Sometimes the results are good; sometimes not so good--but seldom boring! Keep at it! Hope EVERYONE at your house is healthy and happy this Labor Day!

  34. I love it, Michael!

    I enjoyed catching up with you, this afternoon.

    Please tell Mister, I loved his update.

  35. Love the curtains, nice look...
    so how did you figure out how to put your signiture on your post's, I wanted to do it too, but can't figure it out..
    kaylee g.

  36. I love your dining room! No harm in playing around with it, and trying a few things : ) I like the lace, and love your color. What is that beautiful color on the walls?

  37. You're so funny! I love the lace and you know it is better not to ever stop! How is the book coming? It's good to take a break and tweak things! M. A.

  38. Morning, Dear Gollum! Oh, the lace panels look so lovely! It gives your already beautiful room a little more softness! You're making me want to do stuff in my house and I'm just too tired! Just returned from a cruise and I'm pooped!
    Oh, Michael - I wanted to tell you I love love loved "Mermaids in the Basement"! I think it's my fovorite so far!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  39. I have not been able to sit and enjoy blogs for a long time...because of my sugery and the meds. I am playing catch up now!

    There is nothing more elegant than lace curtains!

  40. Oh, it looks so gorgeous - so romantic. I love it. laurie

  41. And this is one reason I like you so much, Michael Lee! I love to see what you do with perfection to make it even more perfect.

    Indulge, enjoy, but most of all, have fun! I say that selfishly because I enjoy seeing what you do...


    Sheila :-)

  42. So elegant! Love the way they provide a frame for that magnificent outdoor view.

  43. Just had to say I LOVE THE HEADER=
    My blog has just been growing like a crazy weed and I haven't been able to get by for as many visits. I miss all my blog friends.
    Come for a visit and see both of my new parties for the week. They are up every week and I hope you will participate.

    Its So Very Cheri

  44. New sheers look wonderful in your dining room. The drapes are so lovely! I finally went and got some tie back hooks to hang mine on I got tired of putting them up and down with fabric. lol Now I know you love looking outdoors as I do. Hubby has the sheep in a different pasture and I barley get to see them. I took off on a mini bike yesterday and rode around the farm and watched them laying under the shade.

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  46. I think the lace curtains under the gorgeous draperies look exquisite pulled back a bit for a peak of the outdoors. What I enjoy even more is the glimpse of your very funny personality you infuse into your blog entries. I hope your book is finished soon so we can enjoy your offerings more often. Hope everyone is well and mended now. Jan (jjlmnaz)

  47. I love your ceiling medalion - would love to have a closer look.


  48. Oh how I love this look! The sunlight coming through the lace is wonderful!! Gosh it has been so long since I have been over here. After my rattlesnake bite incident in July I just cannot seem to catch up on blogging- but love your ideas so am off to catch up now!!