108" or at least enough length for floor to ceiling plus a little puddling on the floor
linen or brushed silk
anything but grommets for the hooks
white painted wood curtain rod
And here's what I ended up with:
108" - sooooo hard to find, btw
white opaque curtains with chocolate sheers
white canvas, brown linen
pole pocket top
chocolate brown wood curtain rod
I think it turned out OK, but I will definitely be pickier with my next curtain purchase for the house. Honestly, I just got tired of looking at store after store and finding nothing! Everyone seems to only carry 7 foot drapes, but I've always heard on design shows and such that if you want your space to look and feel taller/bigger, you should hang them from floor to ceiling. Our master bedroom is not all that large but it has great height, so I thought it was important to play on that.
The other thing that threw me was budget. I only reserved $150 for drapes and rods. Call me naive. The ones that I really wanted were $500 per drape. There was no way I was going to double my entire room's budget for curtains, but compromise is suuuuuuch a dirty word. After two weeks of searching with no luck, I finally surrendered and went with something else but I still went over budget. I spent a total of $285 including the rods (which is GREAT compared to a lot of stuff out there). It's just fabric, though! Why is it so dern expensive?!
One thing that I DID love in the end was the curtain rods. They are sleek, not too modern, and a perfect contrast to the white canvas. Finials are sooooo gaudy normally, but I love the simplicity of these.
OK so I have a question for you - how do you iron your curtains? We don't have a steamer and the instructions say low iron...but a low iron does nothing. I'd love to know what all you curtain experts out there are doing!