It was early in December, during the first cold weather spell of the season, when I realized that I wasn't looking forward to taking down our sheer summer curtain and putting up the winter one, a repurposed blanket I'd felted and dyed deep purple (here). In fact, this winter curtain, though undoubtedly effective, created a large, dark, gloomy patch in the house that in the low light months didn't lift my winter blues one bit. Yet, a curtain on this glass door to the terrace (we don't have other curtains as we have no neighbors, and the view is too beautiful to shut out) is crucial for improving insulation - and a cold house would deepen my winter blues even more.
So I decided on a whole new take on winter curtains, making one that was mood-enhancing as well as functional. I happened to have just the material: a large fabric remainder I'd originally intended to use in refurbishing our sofa (maybe in this funky patchwork style). That project will have to wait, because the new winter curtain took first priority.
I love this curtain. The fabric is thick enough to insulate well, and the gold damask pattern is bright enough to cheer my winter blues when, at 3.30 pm, it's time to draw the curtain, and shut out the cold night air.