At my husband's work's annual anniversary dinner, a large auction is held for a variety of items and services that have been donated by the other employees. Whether it is a gift certificate to a fancy restaurant or a hand-blown vase, just seeing the talent and generosity is a lot of fun.
The first purchase that we made was years and years ago; a gift certificate for dog training. Unusual? Yes. Extremely needed for us and our crazy dog? Absolutely. Asked to not return after the second lesson because said dog was somehow not right for the class? That's an entirely separate story...
(Except, really? It's dog training. Of course he's a little wild and un-socialized. That's why we're in dog training to begin with! Phooey.)
In the past few years I haven't gone with my husband to the dinner - partially because aside from the auction I find the evening extremely boring and partially because I stay home with the kids.
But when my husband called me a few years ago while he was there and asked if he should bid on a package wherein one of his colleagues (who dabbles in interior design) would come over, help design a room and even provide sewing for things like curtains or pillows, I told him not to come home without that prize.
Case in point: the master bedroom.
We have a large bedroom, which is wonderful, but the blah color on the walls, the bed frame from ancient times, the kids' toys in various piles, and the lack of actual decor are all things that I'm obviously not a fan of. I've long seen images like this in magazines or online...
... and wondered if main beautiful pieces like this sonax platform bed with storage drawers with the addition of an accent color would liven things up.
Thankfully, my husband won the auction and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to have someone who knows a thing or two about paint and fabrics and design come take a look at our room.
Fast-forward years later and yes, she came. We sat, we talked, we looked at photos, we sketched, and we planned. We even got started on the process, painting the walls a creamy cappuccino color, buying a huge roll of gorgeous chocolate brown fabric for curtains and pillows, and getting rid of the old bed and replacing it with a contemporary platform bed. This one:
The walls are painted, the bed is in place along with some storage drawers we bought to go along the end... but where are my curtains? The designer was originally planning her wedding and we had no problem waiting until she had more free time to make us curtains. Really, this was more of her hobby than anything else.
The wedding came and went, as well as the honeymoon.
Again, that was years ago.
Every time I bring it up my husband tries to change the subject and all I can get out of him is that he feels awkward sending her an email now after it has been so long. I see his point, but... I need curtains.
The room has one large bank of five windows on one side and sliding doors out to a deck on the other and right now they're covered with hideous vertical blinds that were attractive when? Never?
I've pleaded and I've threatened and I've told him to blame it all on me and send her an email saying that I won't stop harassing him (which wouldn't be a lie) to see about the curtains and he keeps placating me by saying he'll do it and then he never does.
I'm not out of line, right? Should I cut my losses or keep telling him that it's not too late to finish the job?