One Room Challenge (week 5)


Hello, and thanks for coming back. Well, this is the last post before the "Big Reveal"?....I hope it is a big reveal. In case you are new here, you can start the challenge series here. This week is all about the window dressing. I was able to pick up some beautiful REAL silk drapes at Bed Bath & Beyond. Apparently, they are discontinuing their silk line. It was quite the bargain.

Here are my tips for hanging drapes; If you are buying ready-made...hang them separately.


Although they are supposed to be the same length, they were not. No worries, a custom cornice will hide all the imperfections on the top. The "L" brackets will hold the cornice (more on that next week). 

I also like when my drapes just kiss the floor. Now I know this is personal, so hang yours as you desire. Remember to measure from the floor up and not the ceiling down. Since ceilings and floors are never level, take a few measurements.


I also hang my drapes a bit outside the window frame. This gives the illusion that the window is larger than it really is. It also helps let more light into the room because the stack (bunching of fabric) is not covering too much glass.


I gave the ready-made drapes a custom look by adding a wide band of sheer gold paisley ribbon. 


The ribbon was wired, so I just pulled out the wire before I sewed it in place.

On another note, Michaels got a shipment of my metallic blue paint in so I was able to finish and hang the lanterns.


That's all I have to show you this week....I hope you come back next week for the finale. Now make sure to visit all the other bloggers and see how they are doing. For The Finale, go here.

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21 comments:

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

I have really enjoyed this series and i will mis it when it is gone.

Kim said...

LOVE the blue Lanterns! What a fun pop of color in your space! Can't wait to see the reveal!!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

I know I comment about them every week, but those lanterns are fabulous! Your new curtains will be so pretty too. I'm looking forward to seeing the cornice.

Janet said...

The lanterns look fabulous!! So glad you kept them blue. It's going to be a great room - can't wait til next week now.

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Cathy Wall said...

The lanterns are stunning and I can't wait to see how the drapes turned out! You have quite the eye!
Cathy

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Those lanterns are A.MAZ.ING!!! I love that blue! Adding fabric to pre made drapes is always one of my favorite tips! Can't wait to see the final reveal!

Tiffany said...

That's a great tip about measuring from the floor up. I never would have considered that. The ribbon you added looks very elegant. And of course, the lanterns. Love!

Nicole said...

Wow, the lanterns turned out amazing!! Great idea with the ribbon on the drapes, nice custom detail!! I CANNOT wait to see the whole enchilada!!

Danylle @NanaMoonShop said...

Looking good! Love the ribbon and curtain tip. Those lanterns are stunning!

kelly@refresheddesigns. said...

Those silk drapes make a big difference. I like them kissing the floor as well. And the lanterns look great hung up. And I'm also spying some wonderfully colourful dishes in your hutch!

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

oh my heavens, those lanterns look AWESOME. I dig the custom touch on the curtains, too. But seriously, the lanterns kick ass.

The Pink Pagoda said...

I like kissing the floor best, too. Your drapes look gorgeous. But, oh my goodness. Those Lanterns. INCREDIBLE!

Jadyn @ Dutch.British.Love said...

Your lanterns look beautiful!! And the curtains make such a difference. Can't wait to see your big reveal Linda! Thanks for getting us all together doing this - even though I am bummed that I haven't gotten as much done as I wanted, it's been so much fun!

My Crafty Home-Life said...

Thanks Kerry, I will miss it, too.

My Crafty Home-Life said...

Thanks Suzy, I was so afraid of color and went with the blue because the majority voted for it. I am happy with it now.

My Crafty Home-Life said...

Thanks Cathy, that is quite a compliment coming from you!

My Crafty Home-Life said...

I am thinking that I need a pair of blue elephant prints?

insideways said...

Haha I love that we're on the same wavelength so often! It's curtain time for my room too! Great tips - since I'm behind and haven't hung them, I'll be sure to follow your advice.

Emily said...

This is really looking great Linda! I love that Indian influenced ribbon at the bottom of the drapes! What a great way to customize. I do that a lot too...makes such a difference! Great job!

Jessie said...

I love your curtains and your lanterns. Both turned out gorgeous! I like that you add the ribbon details on the curtains for a custom look. I can't wait to see the big reveal next week!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

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