Remember when I said the curtains were hung and they looked MA-VA-LOUS. Well I took pictures as promised a and am back to share all the details of how totally awesome and how they’ve completely changed the look of the room. I’ll be back on Friday to share all the DIY instructions how to make easy lined drapes just like you see here but for now let’s just admire them.
I’m loving the added height, color pattern and texture the curtains have added to our newly neutral bedroom. I have to say it took me FOREVER to find just the perfect fabric for these bad boys right here. But it was totally worth the wait. I was looking for something bright and bold but not too overpowering and of course I wanted some killer coordinating fabric for the pillows that tied the whole thing together all while paying homage to our inspiration room.
I must have ordered 20 samples before finally settling on the choices you see in the room. I’m so happy I took the time to order and wait for the samples it really made all the difference and is something I highly recommend. Even if it does cost a few dollars per sample it’s money well spent to ensure you get the look you’re after.
But let’s go back to the beginning so you can see how the fabric choices all came together. If you remember our inspiration room photo had the most amazing fabrics layered throughout the room.
What I wanted to take away from this room was the bold use of color, the mix of floral and geometrics and the layering of patterns and textures, all while staying away from the designer price tag. I was loving the Ikat referenced geometric fabric in the curtains from our inspiration room as well.
I found this Robert Allen Khandar fabric in Jewel and fell in love as soon as I got the sample in. It’s gorgeous fabric and perfect for drapery. I needed approximately 12 yards for the 4 curtains panels so at $14.95 per yard it would be around $45 per panel…not a steal in my mind but totally worth it when you compare the $200 per panel price tag of our inspiration room fabric.
The most amazing part was right before I went to purchase the fabric I found the very same fabric on fabricguru had a discounted selection on sale for $6.50 per yard because it had a tiny grease smudge about 3 quarters in. Yup, that works out to around $19.00 per panel which I don’t know if you’ve looked lately but i can’t EVER find designer looking drapery panel for that price ANYWHERE! If you know of some place let us know!
Oh and if wondering about the grease smudge…when we got the fabric there we 2 small (smaller than the size of a penny) slight grease marks that ended getting cut off in the end. So major score on our part for be willing to take a less than perfect run of fabric we saved over $100 off the retail price of the fabric.
The Floral pillow fabric from our easy peasy envelope pillows is Braemore Wonderland in Pearl and I also found it on eBay for around $10 per yard, another score since the fabric retails for around $30 per yard.
I’m really loving the mix of color and pattern that plays off the neutral background. The floral pillows and the stripes are a nice mix.Just so we can jog my memory because I love a good before and after, here’s what we started with.
I was pretty impressed with just the coat of paint. Now with the addition of some bright and cheery fabrics we’ve gone all the way to this
It really feels like the whole room is coming together now. So what’s next on the list you ask? Well , I’m thinking of restyling the bookshelves and adding some art to the walls. Then it will be on to reupholstering those chairs and adding some color to the end of the bed with a blanket I’m planning on sewing. But that will all come in good time. So what have you been up to lately. Do you have any tips for finding great fabric for less?
Update: If you want to learn how to make Professional Looking Lines Panels just like I did, check out the detailed step-by-step tutorial here.