Hanging Drapes, Choices & Possible Riots

I was in one of my plow-through-a-list-of-tasks moods today, so I took advantage of that  and finished pressing and hanging the drapes.  It took me a few tries to figure out how I wanted to hang them.  This is how they looked when you last saw them.

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They just seemed a bit awkward, so I moved the drapery hooks up higher, so the rings and rods were visible and that was it!  Soooo much better.

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I’d really love to switch to brown rods, but it was over $250 to replace the rods and rings and that seemed a little silly.  I can always paint these if the black bugs me.

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I’m still waiting for one panel, but it should be here soon.

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While hanging the other curtains, I also removed the blinds, cleaned the sills and windows and swapped out my desk.  I was using another table, but it felt a little cramped behind the wing chair and I really didn’t need that large of a work surface.

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I’m sure it’ll get swapped out again, but it’s fine for now.

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Now, on to the choices.  I have three fabric options for upholstering my French caned daybed.

Choice #1

This is the French General Fabric I purchased intending to use it for this upholstery project, but now it feels a little busy.  The colors and movement of the pattern look nice in the room, though.

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Choice #2

The buffalo check my aunt sent me.  I love this fabric and have been saving it up for just the right project.  I never intended it for this daybed, but thought I would spread it out and see.  The blue is obviously different from that in the rug, but it works well with the walls.

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Choice #3

This one was a spur of the moment thing.  I decided to see how the daybed looked in a nubby hemp sheet.  With something this simple and quiet,  I would make pillows out of the French General fabric and let those make all the noise.

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I know which way I’m leaning, but what do you think?


As I was walking around with the bolt of buffalo check, I noticed how perfect it looked in the dining room.  Would I…?  Could I…?  Dare I replace THE curtains?

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I do love these curtains, but they are the first drapes I made and I’ve learned a lot since then.  I know I could make ones that look a lot sharper and more tailored.

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Also, the print really is more Williamsburg/Colonial in style, so I like the idea of something more Swedish/French that would compliment my furniture.

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Would replacing the curtains incite riots in the blog world?  I kid, of course, but they’ve become such a trademark of my style and home.

I haven’t decided 100%, but I decided to order some swatches from Online Fabric Store.  (I don’t have enough fabric from my aunt to make all eight panels.)  Here are the swatches I’m considering (click on the fabric picture to see the details)…

Pindler & Pindler Torrington Seabreeze

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Pindler & Pindler Westmoreland Seabreeze

It’s hard for me to tell which one, if any, is the right blue.  Swatches are always a good idea when purchasing a lot of fabric for a large project like drapes.

MMS_DividerTomorrow I’m going to try to fit in some more sewing and upholstery.  I’m on a roll!

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  1. The buffalo plaids are pretty but I hope you decide to stay with your signature drapes.

  2. I really think you should stick with the ones in the photos. They compliment the room so much, and are absolutely beautiful.

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