Wow, this has been a whole series of trial and error to come up with new drapes for the living/dining area and for the familyroom/breakfast area. I have tried so many different colors and combinations, but I love the final outcome.
After trying all kinds of things for the living/dining area, I finally decided that the look I was going for was to simply move the familyroom/breakfast area drapes to the living room. I love the new look and it is so bright and light. Just what I wanted. You can see that whole transition here.
Then the search was on for something for the family/breakfast area. Oh my word, I tried white, beige, cream and even woven wood and then suddenly a light bulb went on. I hung this up and it is perfect.
Now there is a really fun story behind these checks.
I originally bought a round check tablecloth and then bought a long rectangular one to use to make pillows and table runner out of.
So in the process of trying everything I could think of, suddenly the check tablecloth came to mind. I think it is perfect. Beautiful fabric and the perfect camel/beige color.
So the family/breakfast area drapes went to the living room ---
and checks found their way into these areas. I love the look. These tablecloths came from Boscov's and they cost $12.99 each. They come in several colors and sizes. The ones I got were 60 x 104. You can see them here. A super savings compared to the $100 a pair price at Country Curtains for their check drapes.
(I have not been compensated by Boxcov's, just like to pass on a bargain when I can.)
Love the checks and it gives the room a great country french flair.
I did a tutorial on how to hang drapes for a professional look. You can check that post here. Having them hung properly can either make or break a room, so take the time to press and hang them like the professionals do. In my tutorial I suggest 7 rings for 54 " wide drapes, since these are 60" I used 8. No more than 8 inches between your rings and the folds will look soft and natural, but not less than 6 or 7 or they will look too bunched together.
I am loving the new change and since it cost just a little over $100 for all four windows, I can change them out any time I get tired of them. So tell me, what are you changing up and redoing?
I am joining the following parties:
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday, DIY by Design for Fall Into Fall
We Are That Family for Works For Me Wed.,Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wed.
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
The 36th Avenue for 36th Avenue Party