Monday, May 14, 2012

Master Bedroom Curtains

When we first built our house I was so excited about the beautiful windows we chose.  After living here for a couple of months the reality set in that the large window in the Master bedroom would not be easy to cover.  At first I chose the stylish option of sheets.  Certainly not beautiful but they did the job of providing privacy.  I would like to tell you that these sheets only stayed up for a little while as I waited on my new window coverings to come in but the sad truth is they were up for 2.5 years.  The problem you see is that I  have a very hard time making up my mind.  Combine that with the fact that there aren't that many options available to non designers.  Joni of Cote de Texas has written two very informative articles on window coverings.  After reading them several times I felt equipped to tackle the job.  I highly recommend reading them if you are working on window coverings.
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My first stop was Calico Corners to check out there window hardware.  As luck would have it my local store was transitioning from carrying hardware in the store and going to special order only.  They were clearancing out the remaining hardware they had on hand.  I found two rods by the antique drapery rod co. in antique gold for $11 a piece.  A steal.  The only problem was that one rod was 6 inches longer than the other.  Thankfully my very helpful husband was able to shorten one rod and rethread it.  I ordered the brackets and rings and we were on our way.  The next step was the actual curtain itself.  The first attempt was Restoration Hardware's Thai Silk Tonal-Stripe Drapery in silver sage.  I was not happy with this look especially for the amount of money it was going to cost.  So it was back to the drawing board.  
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I brought sample after sample of fabric home but couldn't find just the right one and I had no clue who was going to actually make these curtains once a decision was finally made.  Another year somehow passed by.  Recently I learned that a local store, Nell Hills, makes curtain panels.  I was able to find a fabric from there store that I thought would work and I placed my order about 5 weeks ago.  Kit, my installer (aka my husband) was able to hang them this weekend.  I have to say that I'm very pleased with the way they turned out.  As always there are things I would do different.  I should have installed the rod at the ceiling and had the curtains made long enough to hang from there.  I'm trying really hard to let that go.  These are double width panels made from 100% linen fabric.  I had them black out lined and I think that really helps them to hang beautifully.  In the end these panels were a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the Restoration Hardware panels and I'm much happier with them.      
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2 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

sherry, I think your panels look terrific. you have one of my favorite looks there - when curtains are very similar to the wall color. Makes the room calming and appear larger, I think. great job. donna

bluehydrangea said...

Sherry,
They look great! Isn't it amazing what a difference curtains can make? They finish off the whole room. I so need curtains in my living room and bedroom!!

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