Wednesday, October 24, 2007

window treatments

Here are a couple of close up shots on how I installed and attached the fabric panel to the two types of romans I covered, one is an inside mount and one an outside mount, the fabric shade roman I simplw sewed carefully the panle righ to it, easy enough.

This room could prove to be difficult for a drapery, luckily I found these premade ikea drapes that were extra long, I needed 14 foot long drapes so I added 4 feet of a complimentary fabric, there was a previous fabric which I recently removed and replaced with this perfectly suited stripe.Easy easy. P.S. I do not like to sew, but I like to save money more , so I sew.


I don't like the term window treatments , its sounds fussy to me, but no window is dressed without a fabulous fabric, to frame the view. This is a seersucker , double sided relaxed roman, I put it up and down five days a week , since it is double layered it blocks out every bit of light.

Straight panel drapes are simple and easy to make. I love to add trim , notice the top has a velvet ric rac trim, the bottom has the most fabulous pom pom and bead fringe, it is so bold, perfect for a child's room.
Another relaxed roman, not ever used, just strictly for added interest, notice the delicious velvet pleated ribbon edging I added. I love great trim.



My premade faux silk bedroom brown and blue striped drapes.
A simple ikea roman that I face with a beautiful striped seer sucker, and added a pleated tailored ruffle.

My patio doors, which I will some day replace with one central door and two generous side windows, these are soft robins egg blue velvet drapes I love these and Sophie my youngest encouraged me to buy them. Good girl, I love shopping with her, she always tells me" just get it" I had a simple bought rattan roman, and simply added a fabric layer to match the new bottom panel I added to my living room drapes.

14 comments:

Meredith said...

Hi Chris, Love the ratan roman with the fabric added. I am not a sewer, is that difficult to do??
May be an idea for my garden doors, thanks. Meredith

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness! Thank you, Chris!

I have always admired your gorgeous windows. What a clever idea, to simply reface store bought roman shades. I am going to have to try that. I have been wanting to make one, but my drapery abilities have so far only produced panels and tab tops. May I ask how you attached the fabric to them?

I love your robins egg blue panels, too. Are they by chance from Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware? Sophie sounds like the perfect shopping partner!

chriskauf said...

The blue panels were from Homesense, like TJ Maxx, they were $70.00 for the pair, but I am sure Restoratioon Hardware would have similar ones???
I simply finished all the edges around the panel to be attached,and stapled the fabric to the top side of the wood mechanism,and hand stitched the front panel to the shade where it folds so that they remained proper a few stitches on each outside edge, just kind of fiddled with it ,

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the tutorial. You are so clever!

andrea danielle said...

WOW, I would have never thought of adding fabric to a store bought roman. Great idea and definetly a money saver. Those are so expensive to have custom made.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Your talents are endless! I never see you around anymore and I just thought I'd pop in to get a glimpse of your wonderful projects! Never a disappointment! You are always up to something incredible! They look great, really nice!

Melissa

Mrs. Jones said...

Very clever! It never occurred to me to sew fabric on top of a roman shade.

I love your window treatments, so thank you doing a post on them!

restyled home said...

When you sew the fabric onto the roman shade, do you do so at the top and bottom? From the photos, it doesn't look like you need to at the sides. I am sewing challenged, but I think even I could do that...!!!

You are the only person I know who loves pom pom fringe as much as I do!!

Linda

chriskauf said...

Top bottom and a little to lock each fod in place,its really a no brainer.

Aimee said...

Great curtain ideas! I'm going to be redoing my bedroom soon and plan on going with blue & brown - I like those curtains you used.

The red on my door was a little tricky to choose - I didn't want anything too bright or too dark. The one I chose was just right. It's called "Poor Richards Red" by Shades of '76. www.shadesof76.com The website is not very good. I bought it at our local paint store. Good luck with your door - I say paint it red too!

Aimee said...

Oh, and I'd love to see pictures of your bedroom to get some ideas - would you mind posting some?

Jennifer said...

Chris
I just discovered your blog. WOW I love your style and can't believe you not only decorate but build, trim, install floors.... you are very inspiring. It is funny because I am currently on the hunt for roman shade fabrics for my kitchen and your last post is all about it :)
PS I hope you make it into the magazine
Jennifer

Terri said...

Gosh, you are too creative for me. Love the idea of adding a fabric panel over that simple rattan roman..

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