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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Living Room Drapes

Wow, I have climbed up and down a ladder and changed out drapes so many times, my legs feel like I went to the gem and worked out on the stair/climber.  I thought redoing the living room was going to be an easy and fun job, but this has been a real trial and error and not fun at all.  After the white drape episode, I bought cream colored panels, tan panels and beige panels.  I took them all back.  I did learn a lot about what I do and don't like and it was interesting to hear all of you guys comments.  It doesn't look anything like my idea board.  The hardwood floors are on hold for a while so for now I guess this is just a small refresher.


Let's start at the beginning shall we - -

These are the brown drapes that I've had since we moved in 8 yrs. ago.  So time to refresh things a bit and I really want something lighter and brighter.


Then I bought the white drapes from Ikea.  Not sure about these at all.  

 So, I tried some different pillows and accessories.  Still not what I think the room needs.  I like and want a light look, just not this, so back they went.

After that I tried a whole series of cream, tan, beige and even a pattern.  I took them all back.  Everything just didn't make the cut.

Then I tried one of the drapes from the family/breakfast area, they are an exact match for the beige wall color.  Kind of a really light camel and cream tiny stripe with a darker plaid header.  I like it.  Lighter, but not so stark.  These are the ones I made for the family room about 6 years go, but they still look new.
The color is perfect with the room color and the detail is elegant enough for the space.


 I think these also have enough body and weight to them.


 I love the slubbed testure of the silk plaid topper and the soft sheen of the strip is a pretty combination.


I like these.  They are formal enough for the room and yet light and bright.  You all suggested that I put the skirted table back in front of the window, so I did with a cream tablecloth and a topper that is made from the same drapery fabric.  Since I had these in the family room, I already know that I can use a gazillion colors of accessories with them and still change up this room on a whim.


Here you can see the skirted table, I used a two toned cream skirt with a topper made from the drapery fabric.  This shows the color and the tiny stripe perfectly of the drape. 

 The dining area looks much lighter and brighter too. (This is a small house, so the living and dining are all one room)

 I still love my brown drapes,


 but this is a fun change for something a little brighter and more airy looking.


Since I borrowed these from the familyroom, I did find something I am going to love in there, so I will show you that as soon as I get it all put together.

 I am joining the following parties:

 Savvy Southern Style for WOW , Green Willow Pond for What We Accomplished
 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. 
City Farmhouse for Inspiration Exchange Wed.
 Craftberry Bush for Inspiration Gallery Thursday
  The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
 No Minimalist Here for Open House Party, Posed Perfection for All Things Thursday Hop
 Katherines Corner for Favorite Things, The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things 
 A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden,  Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
 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




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48 comments:

  1. You know I think these drapes look more harmonious with the walls, mirror and furniture. They are very attractive- it's good that you could swap them from another room and have it work! You are a busy lady!

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  2. Drapes and curtains are my Nemesis, so I know what you have been going through. You seemed to have solved your problem beautifully; I can't wait to see what you put in your family room.

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  3. I think these work great and I like the skirted table here better as well, since it's beside two dark chairs. Great choice, Marty!

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  4. I knew you would make the perfect choice, and the drapes do look perfect! Light, bright and lovely.

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  5. Those are the perfect choice. They fit really nicely and you are right have a little pattern and are still light enough to let natural light in the room. Very nice Marty.
    Kris

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  6. Love these "new" curtains! They really do look elegant and perfect in there!

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  7. Shopping the house! I love them Marty. They look perfect in the living room.

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  8. You've been working hard, for sure! Your exasperation reminds me of how I feel every single time I try to change up a room. I feel excited until I get into it & then I wish I'd never started. LOL -- all & all though, decorating our space is fun even though it's challenging sometimes. I think all of your decor is beautiful. Now, why don't you put up your feet & rest a spell.

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  9. Love the curtains! Lighter in tone yet still a subtle pattern. Perfect!

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  10. They look just right Marty! Can't wait to see what you did in the family room.

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  11. The new drapes in the living room look perfect - I love all the details on them, and I love a skirted table. It looks very fresh and ready for spring time.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  12. These look perfect in your living room! Can't wait to see the family room changes!!

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  13. These look tailor-made for your room -- very pretty.

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  14. Now that works! :) I love your final choice. Funny... they were there all along. :)
    ~Liz

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  15. Wow the drapes are gorgeous! I am visiting you via Wow Us Wednesdays and look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

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  16. Thank you for your visit Marty.Love your change of drapes. The trim and the tassel on your skirted table looks fabulous.:):)

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  17. This time you've knocked it out of the park. I love the lightness of the fabric and the bit of formality at the top. I also think your round table looks completely at home between the two chairs and solves the "so many legs" look of the chest. Brava!

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  18. Now that is really lovely!!! The drapes are the perfect compliment and the little table covering ties it all together!! Perfection!!!

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  19. The drapes look great in your room and I love the skirted table in front of the window. Can't wait to see what you do in your family room.
    Kristi

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  20. I agree, these look good in the room .lighter and brighter and lovely with the style of your furniture.

    hugs

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  21. They look perfect , they give the room more warmth than the white. As usual the room is styled to perfection. Thanks visiting and your comments on my small bath.
    Sandy

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  22. Fabulous drapes, Marty! They look wonderful in your classy room, just perfect~

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  23. Those look perfect, Marty. I did love the plain white ones, too, but I know they didn't feel right to you. You have to go with what makes you feel good.

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  24. Your drapes look perfect ! You made the right choice !

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  25. They look great, Marty! So you had the perfect drapes all along! : ) Looking forward to seeing the new ones for the family room.

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  26. Very nice, Marty....I will be looking forward to seeing your living room changes!
    JP

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  27. Perfect choice…the color the texture and layers! Very Nice!

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  28. I totally agree with the switch Marty! Love it too!

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  29. Perfect Marty! They are gorgeous drapery panels and the perfect color, texture, and softness for the room. Just love them!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  30. It's perfection, your room looks elegant, bright and airy ;-)


    Smiles~
    Mari

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  31. Yes!! Those look perfect! I liked the white, but you are right, these are a better fit for the room. Nice that you could shop your house!
    -Shelley

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  32. This is just beautiful Marthy! Glad that you put the skirted table back in front of the window, it looks very nice there. Love skirt with a topper, very lovely! Enjoy your "new" loving room dear!!
    Blessing,
    Vesna

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  33. perfect match Marty! and you are ready for the hardwood floors it will look amazing ..

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  34. Everything looks just perfect, Marty! Love the table topper with the trim and tassel...beautiful! The drapes look wonderful in the living room, Marty...so elegant and absolutely perfect for the room decor, the colors work so well together with all the accessories in the room. Well done! Hugs, Poppy

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  35. Beautiful and elegant Marty!!!
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  36. The switched drapes look great in your living room and how wonderful that you had them throughout your search. I agree that they look full and elegant enough for your lovely room and give the lighter look you are wanting. Wishing you a great week.

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  37. Right decision in keeping with the elegance of that room!

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  38. I think you made the perfect decision! The lighter shade of beige in those curtains is what the room needed!

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  39. Hi Marty,
    It really looks great.............see when just need to shop our home more..........lol
    The room looks much more light and airy, so now you have a nice change for spring and summer, and you can keep your dark
    brown ones for Fall and winter.......perfect!
    Enjoy that pretty room..............Can't wait to see the family room.

    Blessings, Nellie

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  40. You know, Marty, that I am a firm believer in reuse and re-purpose whenever possible. I really love the new look and the fact that you were able to use what you already owned. It is simply gorgeous!

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  41. The "new" drapes are perfect. You are right that the room need something a bit more elegant than the plain white drapes. They are lovely. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

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  42. You sew beautifully! And that you had two drapes, right size, makes it better!! Wow. This looks so lovely!! But your home is not too small!! I have the area of your living room/ dining area as my only area!! So lovely it all looks! We are all looking forward to the family room reveal :-)

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  43. I love the curtains. They look so beautiful and perfect for your living room.

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  44. Marty I think they look perfect. I love the two tone. Your living room looks beautiful.

    Kathy

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  45. Very nice new look for your room. The overlapping fabric looks very classy. :)

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  46. The drapes are perfect for your pretty living room. Great style. Thanks for sharing at Every Room In The House.

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  47. YOU are so talented! I love the lighter brighter panels from the other room. Such a nice change for the spring!
    Your home is always so charming and inviting and BEAUTIFUL, Marty!
    xoxox
    A

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