Thanks so much for the great comments on my DIY Acrylic Rod Update! I have loved getting photos of what you guys have done with the idea so keep them coming!
Curtains are an easy change usually, which is good for me because I like to change mine every few years. : ) Now there are some I will not change as often because the fabric is a one-of-a-kind, or it is some amazing pattern and was more expensive, etc. I also like to get creative when changing out curtains and will use them to make pillows or cover a small bench or chair, etc. In fact, that is exactly what I did for a client in her guest room. We covered a sad bench with two panels of gray velvet drapery I used to have in my office, and it turned out great! (see the post here) I mean, seriously, would you ever know those were curtains?
I have loved this look for years, but wanted something a little softer for my living room. Brightening this room up is something I have really worked on (through changing color palette - paint, trim, etc.) because even though it has two large and two small windows, it can feel rather dark. None of the windows have direct light as the front porch presides over the two large windows, and the porte cochere hovers over the two small windows.
When I spied this neutral wide striped fabric, I knew this was just what I wanted.
However, the fabric had been discontinued, so luckily, my friend and talented designer, Emily, helped me track it down! Thanks again, Emily!
I like drapery with pleating at the top because I think it helps the fabric hang better, but I wanted the pleats to be very very minimal. Pinch pleats can look very formal and sometimes a little severe to me. Since I have an old home, and this is our living room, I did not want it to feel overly formal as these rooms can project "stuffiness". The slight pleats give it a more casual, livable vibe. I'm so happy with how they turned out.
I have long been on the quest for the perfect bamboo shade. The natural organic feel to them really grips me. I especially love them in this room (one of my favorite rooms ever) by Lauren Liess.
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I have searched for the perfect, AFFORDABLE bamboo shade for years. Seriously. I have looked through clearance racks at all sorts of stores and ordered samples from all over the place. And although it is entirely possible this secret has been out for awhile, it wasn't until six months or so ago that I discovered them.
You see, a bamboo shade has to have sort of a tortoise shell feel to them, and be light in color, but not too white and not too honey. It is a very delicate balance. The weave is also very important; not too reed-like and not too wide like blinds.
I stumbled on them quite accidentally...