Thank you to Blinds.com for providing the Easy Drapery Panels featured in this post.
The other day, I told you that my Dad doesn’t readily ask for help, and that I take after him that way.
If I have the skills, then letting someone else do it for me is out of the question. That includes sewing curtains.
I made most of the window treatments in my last house and this house was no exception. I’ve made valances and a window cushion for the kitchen, drapery panels for the living room and shades for the foyer.
But, my taste has changed. I sold the valance and window cushion, moved the drapery panels to the dining room, and am tired of the poofy shades in the foyer.
The idea of doing all of that sewing all over again was overwhelming. It was time to swallow my pride.
So, I bought some very inexpensive panels for the living room that I planned to “customize.” That would still count as DIY, I comforted myself.
The too-short panels hung lifeless and drab, never getting their makeover. Then, I started the House Beautiful series, determined to get the “wow” factor in each room in my home.
If my living room was going to pass muster, I had to do something about the windows.
I scoured their vast fabric selection and once again, decided I had to swallow my pride and ask for help.
Blinds.com scheduled a Face 2 Face Consultation with one of their design consultants. I showed Stephanie my home via online chat. She answered my questions and made suggestions.
A few days later, I received fabric swatches in the mail. I had so much fun playing decorator, narrowing down my choices.
Since my foyer and living room open to one another, I wanted coordinating fabrics. I loved the fretwork pattern on the Donetta Cascade, the warmth of the Wilmington Buff and the cool, earthy tone of the Dalia Stone.
Once I made my choices, Stephanie submitted the order. All the window treatments are custom-made.
Even so, I was nervous about the quality. What if the curtains were flimsy and thin and cheap looking?
I was pleasantly surprised! The window panels are not only lined, but weighted as well. The workmanship is very impressive. I couldn’t have done a better job if I made them myself.
I love that the panels are long enough to puddle, adding to the cozy factor.
The Wilmington Buff warms up the room, making it feel complete as my daughter noted.
The grommet panels add a modern touch to a traditional room.
Next on the living room to-do list:
~paint the magazine table next to the chair (What color do you recommend?)
~ upholster the coffee table to create a tufted ottoman ( What color and pattern of fabric would you choose?)
~ decide whether to slipcover the chair, couch or both (What would you do?)
~ replace the carpet with wood floors
And in a few weeks, I’ll reveal the new shades in the foyer. (They’re beautiful!)
See you in class,
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