I went to work an hour early yesterday, just so I could work on this post. My computer at home is dead, despite the fact that I paid to have it repaired last week. After I finished a very long and informative post on the window treatments, Typepad freaked out and I lost the whole thing. Ahhhhh... the joys of blogging. Maybe I will have success in finishing this post... and won't have to scream, stomp, and throw things at my computer in the process.
This is Chapter 6 :: Window Treatments
Queue the Rolling Stones You Can't Always Get What You Want
I've failed to show you a floor plan of the nursery. It is a little bitty room. Perfect for a little bitty girl. It does have the largest closet in the house, which concerns my husband (it was his closet, until I kicked him out to the other guest room)... he says "why does the smallest person in the house need the largest closet?" When he meets her he'll understand why she needs the big closet... the durn thing is almost full already.
I have a great handyman husband. He hung the draperies in about 15 minutes flat. My Stud hit a stud on all three of the brackets, which made the job go faster... and made him happy because he likes to complain about the weight of black-out lined draperies (which are my favorite). I would like to mention... that is my drill. Back when I started this business I used to install my own draperies and window treatments. It was a nightmare, but I didn't have someone to help me, so I just did it myself.
The natural woven shades came from Home Depot clearence rack and they cost.... drumroll please... $10.99 each. I love the warmth and natural element they bring to the room. And their color is quite nice with the gold crib. I may have them lined, but for now they are up.
I believe that I already explained that the window treatments were an ivory cotton/linen blend with a 4" border on the leading edges of the coral and ivory stripe on the bias. My seamstress did mention "it wasn't fun to sew that band on" when she dropped them off... but she did a darn good job!
The drapery style is what I call: Two-Finger Euro Pleat (tacked at top of pleat), Black-Out Lined. You may recall this is the same pleat/style I used on the cafe curtains in my design studio.
You may recall I was considering a valance/drapery combo for these windows, but as I mentioned before - the ceiling height in this room is only 8'-0" and it was just not gonna work for me. So I reverted to a standard rod and ring system.
Now in regard to the music you should have queued already... I wanted a skinny solid black iron rod - continuous (not expandable), with turned corner returns. When I priced it however, I decided I can't always get what I want. It was going to be $355.00. I despise expandable (extension) drapery rods. The rings don't ride smoothly on the rod and I find it very irritating. But again, you can't always get what you want. I found the rod below at the Restoration Hardware outlet for $45. And I keep telling myself "the $310 you saved will buy a lot of diapers".
I am reminding myself in the grand scheme of things, an expansion rod isn't the end of the world... although I was tempted to spend 4 hours in Photoshop attempting to make the rod look solid in the photo below, and not tell you otherwise. But... I'm keeping it real.
I just ordered the rings to match the rod, they had one box at the outlet, but I needed 4 more.
My seamstress tucks drapery pins in each pleat, so they are very simple to just hook on the rings and hang... need a visual? click here.
So there you have it. Those are the only 2 windows in the nursery... and I am pleased with the results. The draperies, like the crib skirt, kiss the ground. They will likely grow a little, considering the linen blend fabric and the weight of the black-out lining. This will be okay... when they have grown a little instead of "kissing the floor" I will say "I designed them to have a subtle break".
The chair is in- I'll show you in the next chapter. When I'm not working, I've been washing tiny little pink clothes, blankets, burp cloths and bibs. It's really still a little unbelievable that she will be here so soon!