Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kelly's Show Us Your Window Treatments

Kelly at Kelly's Korner is continuing her Show Us You Life series with Show Us Window Treatments.

Window treatments can totally make the room.  I love a pretty drape and I also like to mix fabrics, so when I made the living room drapes, of course it involved  mixing two different fabrics and a little trim.  The walls and carpet are a soft beige with just the hint of a carmel undertone.  I wanted something to frame the windows, add interest, but not be the dominate decorative feature in the room, so I chose two different fabrics, both with tones of beige and carmel.

Love them, and I think they help to ground the room and offer just enough interest without stealing the show.

When we first moved in, I had a plaid sofa that I knew I was going to replace, so I just made simple panels out of a small stripe fabric and tied them back.  I needed to figure out the furniture before I did anything decorative to the drapes.

Since I love the look of a contrasting fabric at the top of drapes, a coordinating plaid to the stripe panels is what I decided to do to change the look and update the room.

The room immediately looked brighter and the ceiling seemed taller.  Love the simple panels, always a classic.

Check out this post for a tutorial on How To Hang Drapes For A Professional Look,  and check out this post for a tutorial on How To Make Drapes, plus this post (One Down Three To Go ) that shows how I transformed the tieback drapes to designer panels.    All are super simple and will give your room such a polished and professional look.

I am also joining the following parties:

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Heather and Vanessa At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Becca at Home Is Where My Story Begins for Home and Family Friday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace At Home
Tammy at One More Time for Share It


  1. Marty.. you know I am sooooooo umm frugal:) but if I was EVER going to have custom curtains I'd want to hire YOU to make them..
    stunning and perfect in my eyes...~!

  2. Your curtains are great, love the newer look, so much lighter and fresh. I'm totally in love with your coffee table, though.. the one that you pull out, what, more tables or small benches?, I love it so much better than the Queen Ann you had before. Your entire living room is looking gorgeous and elegant, my kind of coloring. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Your window treatments are just beautiful. They are so very elegant.

  4. Your drapes are very pretty--I like the contrasting fabric at the top, too. I love the way you decorated the room, and I especially like the round mirror over the couch. Have a wonderful weekend--it's supposed to be hot here!

  5. Marty,
    I adore your drapes and how you manage to have every pleat hang perfectly!!! You have such a great knowledge of fabrics and hues that work well together! Thanks for sharing with us how "easy" it is to get a custom look in our home!

  6. Marty, I love your drapes! So elegant!

  7. I love banded drapes, Marty! These are great!

  8. I really love your pretty drapes, Marty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. I remember when you showed us these beautiful drapes!
    I clicked on the link, but I can't find the linky party?

  10. I love how your room has totally evolved. So pretty! I love your curtains!

  11. Hi Marty. I have always loved your drapes. I remember when you made these and I thought, "I want them!". Your colors, textures and notions are always perfect. Thank you for sharing at TTf. I hope you have a terrific weekend!

  12. Marty, my window treatments are all just splashes of color or texture--yours are the real deal! Such beautiful fabrics you use. Your house always looks so warm and welcoming!!

  13. Love the dark brown rich and pretty....and your room is lovely, especially that huge mirror!

  14. Looks lovely Marty! Thanks for joining me at Home Sweet Home!