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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Metamorphosis in the Making - Family Room Drapes

Thanks to the wonderful Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for hosting another wonderful meme. Ge sure to visit her and see a list of all the participants and take a look at their fabulous projects.

You guys are all so wonderful to come through with such helpful suggestions. It really helps to have feedback and a different set of eyes. Thank you all so much.
With all of your help the ideas and plans are almost complete. Wow, I can't believe how great everyone has been to offer critiques and suggestions. So, I think the final colors and fabrics are in tact. Tell me what you think. This may not be the professional way of putting a room together, but so far it's working great for me. Thanks for all your help.

Remember,this is the room I am going to redo. Sofa is being replaced with the beige one pictured in a later pic, and the whicker chair is being replaced with another leather one. Drapes are going to be hung straight (not tied back) and accessories and colors are going to change.

I think I have finally settled on this for the color scheme. The predominate color will be orange, the secondary color is gold and the accent will be navy.

It was suggested that I eleminate the lime green and just use it as accents in plants, candles and pottery. I think that's a great suggestion since I don't have enough room for all these pillows anyway.

So overall I think I am beginning to finalize the colors and fabrics. This is the sofa that will be going into the familyroom, and I think the colors work well with it.

Next question I had was the drapes. I need to do something since they sort of blend in with the walls. However, knowing how often I like to change color schemes, having a monochromatic room usually works quite well for me.

I have yards of this fabric that I bought to make a valance for the drapes in the family room and then never did because it wouldn't go with the plaid sofa. Now that the sofa is going to be gone, I am going to use it. It goes great with the orange print fabric and it gives the drapes a little uumph and character. Plus on the economical side, all I will have to buy is fringe, so that's a money saver. When I say valance, I actually mean a topper for each panel. I plan on just adding the fabric over the top width of the drape, and then either hanging them from rings on the rod or shirring them the way they are now, but still not tied back. I don't want a valance that will go all the way across the window, just one that will top each panel.

I took a pillow cover that I have and pinned it up to the drapes, in person it works perfectly. Hard to get a picture with the overcast day.

So, what do you think? You guys always have such great ideas and comments, so comment away. It's wonderful to have more eyes on a project.

Now I can start making pillow covers and start on the valances. There's a lot of windows in this room, so I need to make 8 valances. That will take a while. Hopefully I have them all done by the time the furniture is due to all be switched around. That's only 6 or 7 weeks, so I need to get busy.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.


  1. oooh i love that orange fabric- such a fun pop of color!

  2. Marty I absolutely love your choice of colors. The orange & gold paired with a "pop" of navy is going to look striking! And the neutral sofa is a perfect backdrop for your pillows!

  3. It's going to be fabulous with the fabrics and patterns you have chosen. I particularly like the colourful bird fabric and it will be perfect with the blue you plan to use. I'm looking forward to the final reveal.

  4. Marty, oh Marty! I can never get ENOUGH of your fabulous decor changes. You have that magical touch in elegance.

    I love to see what you could do with a feedsack ... chuckle!

    Don't miss our giveaway ~
    Have a beautiful summer's eve ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  5. I think this will look great, Marty! I love all your color choices. Just for ideas, if you need any for your valances, you might check out Pate Meadows. They make patterns for drapery and valances, but I always enjoy looking at their valance patterns more. {I think it's just}. I'd love to do a few of their valances in my own home.

  6. Marty, my dear, it looks fabulous!
    You are the queen of cloches and the queen of decorating! I love how the new drapes will look and the pillows add such a punch of color!
    You have the best ideas, love it!

  7. Marty, I think all your choices will look great together. I certainly understand about using what you have and not going into debt for this redo.

  8. I don't think you need any help at all! You are so on track with your selections for such a great look! I love that plaid material you are thinking of making the valances with. Just a thought though! If you are not going to tie back your drapes any longer and are going to keep the drapes open and seperated, have you thought of making your valances open and seperated too. What I mean is for example one window would have two smaller width valances that each hung over a panel instead of one valance whose width went all the way across the window. It keeps the window from looking too boxed in IMOP! This would look great on yours since your fabric coordinates with your drapes so well. I am sure whatever you do though will look fantastic! It always does! Can't wait to see your finished look!

  9. Wow, you will have a "smashing" room when the color combos. I as so partial to stripes and checks, I love that color combo.

  10. Marty,
    I love all your choices too. I agree the orange with the navy was a smart choice. I also agree with using what you have. I am also a huge fan of monochromatic color schemes. You can also easily change out accessories for seasons and put whatever color you want to pop. Looks wonderful! Can't wait to see the finish!

  11. Marty, you do NOT need any help ~ this room is gonna be fabulous! Well, it already is, but it is going to be even MORE fabulouso!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  12. This is a great color scheme...boy I love that green though!!!

  13. Hi Marty! I just love everything you've chosen. The room will look so fabulous just like everything you do! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. This is one of the things I love about blogging. We can't redo our own homes all the time and we get to live vicariously through others. I'm really going to enjoy watching your changes come to life!

  15. Looking forward to seeing your changes....I really "heart" your orange fabric choice!!! I wish that I knew how to sew. Need to get my mother to teach me now!!! Thanks for sharing! Now, thread that needle and GET BUSY GIRL!!!!!

  16. Marty, I also love all your fabric choices and the idea for a valance. It sounds like it will be a gorgeous room though I don't envy all the sewing you will be doing.
    Hugs, Sherry

  17. Marty, girl you don't need any help at've got it all together!!! Love the color combo, and navy is just the right color for punch.....I also like the mono color scheme for walls and drapes, that way the accessories take center stage and those are easy to change....think of adding some florals on the walls, a wreath, swag, wall basket etc.....hugs, cleo

  18. I love the orange. Can't wait to see it, but put it aside for about 4 days....we have other plans!!

  19. Holy cow, your home is BEAUTIFUL. I don't think you can really go wrong here... great choice in fabric colors and patterns. Looking forward to the end results!

  20. I look forward to the finished project. It's going to look fabulous! Love the fabric choices and colours!

  21. Your home is beautiful. I love the colors you have chosen. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I can't wait to see all these gorgeous fabrics in the room. It is going to look fabulous!

  23. This is so exciting!! I love the colors you have, but wish you'd keep the greens in the mix. It adds another layer of color dimension that brings everything together. For some reason the photo with the green pillow/fabric is more pleasing to the eye. But it could just be me (: I can’t wait to see things come together!!


  24. Howdy Marty
    Oh my how fabulous !
    I can't wait to see it all finished.
    Girl as always you just knocked it out of the old ball park !!!!
    You truly have an eye for what works well together.
    Love the orange .
    It has been such fun to look over your blog and try to catch up with you a bit.
    I am looking forward to a time when I can really get all caught up .
    Big hugs with blessings to you .
    Until next time
    Happy Trails

  25. all the new fabrics are going to be so cheerful. I especially like the plaid for the windows. This is exciting and I cant wait to see it all together,, Everything you do is beautiful..


  26. I'm positive that I will love it! Those colors are my favorites for decorating. I feel at home and comfortable in them. I said it before, but I love that orange fabric! I want to do a beige sofa too. I'm tired of my printed ones.

    This is will fun to anticipate.

  27. Marty, I echo that you don't need any help at all. I will miss the lime green but love the orange. The drapes are going to be stunning.
    hugs ♥ olive

  28. I can just see Carolyn's face the first time she walks in your new room once it's all finished. She'll probably swoon, with her love of orange!
    I really like all of it . . . I especially like the drapes. Good for you for making the valances! 2 a week and you'll be done in no time.

  29. OH Marty.... I so love your fabric and color choice's they are so pretty... and will be even more gorgeous in your room.... can't wait to see it when it is done... and I was reading the post below,,, you lucky duck,,,,such wonderful finds at the GW.... love them all...


  30. That pillow fabric will go nicely as a valance. It's similar to the fabric I chose for my living room drapes.

  31. It is going to look wonderful! You have such a good eye!

  32. Marty that orange pheasant/peacock fabric is FABULOUS! I would love to wrap a whole room around that fabric! GORGEOUS choice! I can't wait to see this all put together. It's gonna be fabulous! Thanks for sharing, and thank you so much for coming over and commenting on my Sunday Saver post. I love finding bargains - and I think that post was actually filled with some pretty good finds! :) I'm thinking of ordering that table myself! LOL! :) See you soon!

  33. I think that combination of fabrics is stunning! I love the orange and the lime green.

  34. Marty, what a beautiful update for your room. You are going to feel like you have moved and have a new room! I love, love your color choices! Thanks for your visit and comments today!

  35. Hi sweet friend...

    Ohhh...your room is coming along fabulously, my friend! fabulously a word? it is! Hehe! Anyway, I just love the pretty plaid fabric that you will use for the valances on the's perfect and will bring just the right amount of "presence" into the room!!! Not to's perfect for dressing up your drapes!!! As I mentioned before...I just love the orange, gold, and navy colors that you're bringing into this beautiful room...they really will be beautiful! Ohhh...and I love that orange toile fabric that you chose for pillows!!! I have to agree with one of your followers about bringing that pretty green into the room through plants and a few accessories! Ohhh sooo pretty! And...I love, love, LOVE your new beige sofa! Can't wait to see this room after you "pull it altogether"!!! Thank you for sharing the design process...I always enjoy that part!!!

    Love ya,

  36. WOW!
    I love it all, Marty!
    What fun choices for color!
    Orange? Who knew?!
    I can't wait to see the After (although the before is beautiful already!)
    Yes, the fabric for the window treatments is lovely--you'd better get sewing ;)

  37. Oh that is all going to look so gorgeous! Can't wait to see it all done! I think the fabric for the window treatments is perfect and adds just the right amount of depth and dimension. Love it!

  38. How exciting! I love all the new fabrics! Can't wait to see everything completed!

    I mentioned you in my Victoria post, you might like to read it:


  39. Oh my Goodness Marty, it's going to be beautiful! I can't wait to see the final room. laurie

  40. I love that orange fabric w/the birds too. I'm a fan of the navy as an accent too. Love your plans. Michele

  41. As someone who wound up with an orange-blue scheme (due to rugs) I can attest that it's not the easiest to pull off. Wondering how the wall color and drapery color will tie in. I had to repaint several times right after I went with the draperies (hope you won't). Did you ever see my pal Jamie's very helpful piece?
    Very exciting plans Marty! Jane F.

  42. Your fabrics are gorgeous. You have made some really good decisions. I still like the green pillow, but that's me. Can't wait to see what you do.

  43. look at all the awesome changes you're making! love it : ) Looking good already! I love that you will be hanging the drapes straight down, rather than tying them back. Fab-o!