|living room - January 2005 - bare windows|
I decided the living room and dinning room would have the same drapes. On the same rods. It took a few months to even find affordable rods that would span our 10 foot windows in the living room and dining room. I also want simple drapes or curtains that hung from clip rings. I also really wanted blinds AND drapes but our windows are too shallow in depth to accommodate the big old style blinds that I would have liked. So drapes alone it was.
Since I'd already decided what color my window trim would be, it was time to find fabric to make my drapes. Also a difficult challenge since home decorating fabric isn't cheap. Even at $5.00 a yard for my fabric, it was almost $200 to cover just three windows. This did include lining. The drapery rods and clip rings totalled an additional $450!
|living room - March 2005|
First, I must confess, the drape fabric hung on the windows in the living room for a few years (5 to be exact) before I actually made it into actual drapes. I also broke every decorating rule by not making the drapes come to the floor. Since both of the windows in the living room would have furniture in front of them I didn't want drapes scrunched up behind the chair or couch. As far as the dining room, well we have 2 dogs, big labs, that pretty much have run of the house. I didn't need them skimming across the drapes every time they took a trip around the table.... either pulling on them or brushing doggy dirt and hair all over them.
|dining room - early 2005|
I did decide to add a little something at the top of the drapes. A separate piece of fabric than the actual drape, so if I tire of it I can change it out. The living room has a fabric that I also made into two throw pillows.
|living room - fall 2010|
|close up of living room "valance"|
The dining room fabric is reminiscent of barkcloth, which I love. I trimmed that separate "valance" out in a coordinating fabric. After two or three years, I still really like this addition. My husband of course prefers them plain.
|dining room - fall 2010|
|close up of dining room "valance"|
Enjoying the start to a new week,
Chris at Red Gate Farm
PS, I must admit, in full disclosure... although the living room drapes are complete, the dining room drapes are still just pieces of unfinished fabric... after 6 years. But it is on my "to do list" for March!
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