For the Windowseat and the French doors
I have been staring at my newly painted dining room. Sitting on the couch in the living room looking toward the dining room – I’m amazed at the difference this beautiful blue color has created. Like bringing a picture into focus, the changes that I’ve been planning and envisioning for the dining room are coming to fruition. Now, I’m working on curtains, cushions and pillows.
The Windowseat Needed Attention
I am going to make Roman shades to cover these tall windows that face the west. I’d hoped to use blinds and a no-sew method, but the shades I’d found were too short (story of my life right now!) I’ve researched how to make Roman shades and have found it really isn’t that hard! I’ll share more soon!
From Toile to Floral
The whole idea for painting the dining room blue was was inspired by a picture of a room in a pale blue color with red toile curtains. I loved the contrast – but, the curtains I’d found were too short – I would have to add more fabric. This would take the ambiance of the room a whole ‘nother’ direction.
Inspiration from Charles Faudree
I just love to check out home decor books from the library system. You can find just about any book to preview. I’d found by Charles Faudree. As I was reading and looking at the gorgeous images, I realized there was a similarity in style in window treatments he’d used. Most of the curtains were from ceiling to floor, with clips and the fabric enhanced the colors already in the room. I loved this! So, I decided to use a floral fabric I had – most of the fabric I have I found at a semi-annual by the pound sale at a fabric warehouse. I’ve collected fabric I thought I could use somewhere in the home. This blue floral was initially meant for the blue room. One drawback from buying fabric this way – when I find a project for the fabric – I just might not have enough!
Determined and Persistent
I was 10″ short in being able to fully use this fabric for both the windowseat and for the French doors – I want curtains there for privacy. Fortunately I had more than enough solid blue fabric that I could use to top the floral fabric to extend the length for both sets of panels. I did have to also make the panels more narrow than I’d planned. I may have to add some white or lace in addition…still pondering that one.
From Curtains to Cushions and Pillows.
I love the basketweave pattern of this fabric – it gives the cushions such texture. I am delighted that I had this neutral color – it matches beautifully with the trim color that includes the inside of the windowseat. As part of the ‘swag’ gift at the Haven Conferece we were given about a yard of fabric from The Online Fabric Store. I loved the soft colors – this type of pattern is not something I would have gravitated toward – I’d consider it modern, but after sewing pillow covers for two pillows then alternating with floral fabric, I’m very delighted with the contrasts!
Not Stopping with Sewing…
The curtain rod needed a transformation – from black with amber decorative glass balls to white with silver balls and silver Fleur de Lis hold backs. Silver is becoming a lovely accent color to the blues and the creams. I also painted a dowel rod for the French Door curtains and hung them on wooden hooks.