I recently scored a pair of pristine cotton 70's sheets, unopened, still in their oringinal cellophane packaging, for the princely sum of five bucks. Not sure what to do with them, rather than the obvious of putting them on the bed, I gave them a wash and waited.
I found the answer this week upon finishing the painting of CJ's room. Curtains. (Sorry this picture is not stylised, and looks a bit bare, we are still moving it back in. Also it was difficult to take a good picture as the 3 metre window goes the whole length of the room)
The thing is that we have had fourteen years of bad window dressings for this room. I have paid out big bucks for white blinds, have hung numerous curtains, roman blinds, the whole shabang. They have all look crappy and temporary.
Suddenly, I hang a five dollar pair of sheets in the room and they bring it to life. They are so fresh! (to be pronounced like Martin Short on Father of the Bride) They don't look 70's, they have more of a 40's vintage feel to them. They add a fabulous horizontal element to the room making it seem alot bigger.
Everytime I go into the room I shake my head in disbelief at the ease of these curtains. xxNick