Monday, July 30, 2012

Faux Roman Blinds

In much of the house, I'm at the stage where I am adding those finishing touches to a room {well, ok, lets not count the few rooms where we have BIG projects planned for this fall};  Finishing touches such as art, pillows, and window treatments that add such warmth and interest into a space. 

Take the dining area, for instance. I just refinished my sideboard {which I am leaving as is until I manage to find the perfect table/chairs, and will then decide on whether to paint or not.  Truthfully, though, the wood is really growing on me}. The space is slowly coming together, but the windows still looked bare.

Here is a before, when we bought the home:

Great 'bones' such as a coffered ceiling, and a big, bay window.

The bay window in our dining area is a bit unusual.  You see, the windows actually look out into another room, the sunroom, not to outside.  I know it sounds like an addition gone wrong, but it was built this way purposefully.

The sunroom has wonderful wooden blinds, so the dining windows really don't need a window covering for the purpose of privacy or light control.  However, they were just....lacking, boring, blah.  They needed a little something to complete this room. 

Enter Roman blinds.  I loooove floor length curtain panels, but thought it would be too much for this small space.  Romans were the ideal answer. I originally thought of having them professionally sewn, but I knew that would cost a lot, and really, I can sew, so I should just suck it up and do it myself. 

Here's the result:

At first, I planned to make 'real' fully functioning blinds.  Then I procrastinated, and waited, and made excuses.  Finally, I decided to go Faux and just get it done already! Using Richella's great faux technique, I managed to whip these up in no time.  I highly recommend this method-quick, easy, and looks like fully functioning Roman blinds. She shows a no-sew method, although I did sew all the seams for my blinds, and added lining.

Remember my plans to make a slipcover for my Granny-wingback in the Santorini Sand fabric by Laura Ashley? Well, I was draping the fabric over the chair and then realized it wouldn't work. The darker upholstery fabric showed right through the new fabric. Drats!  I also knew that deep down I would have an absolute fit whenever my sticky-fingered munchkins sat in my newly linen slipcovered chair.  New plan for that chair is a full re-upholster in a neutral, kid friendly fabric. The 'old' chair fabric was perfect for the window treatments.

Anyhoo, I digress. Back to the Roman Blinds:

Don't they just finish this space? I love the fabric, although my original intent was to go a bit beyond my comfort zone and try a more contemporary graphic print.  Alas, this {chintz?} floral won my heart, and I resorted to the safety of my more traditional tastes.

I shall not bore you with the gruesome details of my mis-measurement for my panels in the breakfast nook that I had planned to make of the same fabric.  Let's just say tears were involved as I had sewn a panel, cut all the pieces, and found out I had mis-measured and now didn't have enough fabric.

The good news was that the price had dropped from $25.95/yard to $9.95/yard, so I ordered up some more and will get those panels done as soon as it arrives. There are only a few yards left, so if you love this fabric as much as I do, snap it up here.

Linking up to my Favorite Parties!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, those look so good and I like that cabinet like it is.

Richella said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, I'm so glad my faux Roman shade method worked for you! You were smart to add window treatments to this space--they look great. Your dining room is lovely. Of course, with such good "bones" as you had with that gorgeous coffered ceiling, you couldn't go wrong, could you?

Thanks so much for linking to my tutorial. :)

Have a great day!

Pine Tree Home said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful job. I love the look of roman shades and have a long list of rooms I'd like to do this in.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...[Reply to comment]

Great job, Andrea! I love the fabric!

Pamela said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful Andrea!!! It really adds warmth to the room. I like how the sunroom is attached to the mom's house is the same way.
Love love that ceiling!!

Kelly said...[Reply to comment]

I see why you chose that style for those windows. I didn't realize that it looked into another room. I love that look! You're so lucky you can sew like that. The fabric is perfect for that space since it is so subtle and soft.

Stacy said...[Reply to comment]

Love your dining room, especially the coffered ceiling. The faux Roman shades really complete this room.

designchic said...[Reply to comment]

It looks warm and inviting. Love the shades - the perfect finishing touch!!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...[Reply to comment]

These are great, so beautiful!! Thank you so much for linking up. :)

Windlost said...[Reply to comment]

beautiful - well done. love the pretty soft fabric colour. xo terri

Linda @ it all started with paint said...[Reply to comment]

I love the afters and your subtle use of color to bring everything together!

Thank you so much for sharing at our Crazy for Color link party!



Eclectically Vintage said...[Reply to comment]

I feel the shame at still not having one window treatment in my entire house! These are fabulous and really complete the room!

So glad you joined our Color party.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...[Reply to comment]

YOur shades are lovely. What a great pattern and color! Thank for showing us and including the tutorial.
Please join me for my new linky party, TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS... this is the perfect project for my linky! Link goes live Wednesday at 8:00 pm

Roxie Tenner said...[Reply to comment]

The type of blinds you have chosen, I think, is perfect for your window. Aside from the fact that its fabric material goes well with any window; it undoubtedly complements your house’s interior. Your faux blinds actually look as elegant and stylish as the Roman blinds.

Roxie Tenner

Admin said...[Reply to comment]

All interior design of this looking better. thanks for share on your blog.

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alina victoriaa said...[Reply to comment]

These roman blinds made to measure makes the interior of the house looks even more beautiful and graceful. These blinds are specifically designed to add a decor to the entire house along with making it live.