Dining Room Windows

We've made some real progress in the dining room this year (love saying that seeing as it's only two weeks into 2013!) and I can't wait to share it with you. 

But, patience is the name of the game because today I'm only sharing our new window treatments. Truth is they came just before the holidays, I just never had a chance to share them with you. 

You may remember that I was slightly obsessed with painting the dining room a terracotta-ish coral color and that it took me forever to settle on a paint. In the end, I had a custom color made for me. {Read more about the paint, by clicking here.} Depending on the time of day, the color ranges between rose/salmon/terracotta. We're really loving it. Phew. 

So, when most people start a room redesign with a jumping off fabric that sets the pallet for the whole room, I did the opposite. Let me be the first to tell you, it's not the best plan. Finding a fabric to coordinate with the existing rug and the new paint color was no small feat. 
After what felt like ages, I settled on this fabric. In truth, I rushed it a bit and I got inpatient. 

When we first installed them, I was nervous. Really nervous. It wasn't love at first sight. It was more of a luke-warm like. But, they are growing on me and I've got a plan up my sleeve to make them a bit more youthful. 

And, just because I know everyone loves a little before and after, here's were we started

Hope you had a great weekend.
Come back soon to check out more progress. 

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Tricky Windows plus a Fabric Decision

By now, you probably know that our home is riddled with tricky windows. 
{Mostly because I am always complaining about them.}
We've got them in the living room, bedrooms, and dining room. Below window radiators are the biggest source of aggravation, but we're also blessed to have windows that open in on the first floor.

{please excuse my dusty floors, we're in the middle of construction around here and I refuse to clean up everyday when the dust is still flying!}

In the living room, we opted for full length curtains. In the summer they hang over the radiators; in the winter, they puddle on top and kind of drape to the side. No, this is not ideal. But it works. And, long panels were definitely the look I wanted!

In the kids bedrooms, we have shorter curtains. They are kids, for crying out loud, they don't care! And neither do I.

In our bedroom, we chose faux, relaxed roman blinds over the radiators. We don't open those windows or even raise the shades really, simply because they face both neighbors homes, which are only a driveway away. Not much for privacy, but this is urban suburban living, after all.

{welcome to the construction zone}

Which brings me to our dining room. The only functioning window {the others have storm windows in place that do not have screens} in this space is over a really long radiator and, of course, opens in. To make matters worse, the new furniture layout features large pieces on either side of the window - virtually ruling out long panels. So, again, we've decided to go with a roman blind. This time of the structured variety. And, it needs to work! The 7' long, non functioning windows will have regular full length panels.

{notice the patch, more on that later this week!}

Now, you know I like to DIY as much as possible, but seeing as these treatments need to function and I've only just learned how to sew...I decided to hire out.
I know, the shock horror of it all. I can barely believe it myself.
But I know we'll be happier, in the long run, with a professional job. And fortunately for us, we were referred, by my cousin, to a wonderful and affordable seamstress in Ohio. 

{these pictures were taken outside to hopefully give a truer reflection of the color}

Mr. DD, my Mom, and I all agreed {another shock!} on this fabric and we can't wait to see the finished product!

So, here's my question to you - do you approve of mixed treatments {one roman blind, and one set of long panels} in one room? 

until next time,

Privacy Please

As the work carries on in our dining room, I've been keeping busy tackling smaller projects around the house. Like these new cafe curtains I added to our kitchen window. 

Here's how it looked before with the woven blind. 
Now, don't get me wrong, I loved the warmth and texture that the old blind brought to the space, but the privacy factor just wasn't there. 

As much as I like my neighbors, and I hope they like me, I just don't think either of us really need to see each other in our jammies pouring our morning coffee. You know what I mean?

So, after a couple of weeks staring at the tension rod I got at Lowe's, I decided to take advatage of this rainy day and get on it already.

I checked my fabric stash and decided to go with some leftover fabric from our living room curtains. For now, I think it works, but I could also see switching out the fabric after a bit.

I'm loving the pop of color in the cafe curtains, especially on this gloomy day. 

As always, when I finish one of these little projects that has been on the to-do list for awhile, I wonder why I put it off so long. 

What about you, did you get anything crossed of your to-do list this weekend?

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Jumping Off

I'm one of those people that needs a serious jumping off point when it comes to designing a room. Usually I find an image of a room that I find inspirational, like this or this. Then I turn to fabric selection to work out the color scheme. 

Kind of like how we handled the living room. Once we found this fabric {above}, the wall color and color scheme as a whole for the first floor really came together. 

So, now I'm on the hunt for new fabric for our dining room. 
Here's what I'm thinking...
I want to carry the color pallet through from my kitchen and living room, but I want to highlight a different color, so not green {kitchen} or yellow {living room}. That leaves me with the reddish rust color, which will hopefully become the wall color. Because we're planning to use a saturated wall color, I need a lighter background to the fabric to keep the room from feeling too dark.

The easiest way for me to bring all these colors together without using another stripe is a floral or paisley. Truth be told, I really, really, really want a paisley, but I just haven't found a lot of options {yet}.
Here's a sampling of fabrics that we're considering for our dining room. 
Clockwise, we have:

Now, here's the part when I ask for your advice. Tell me, which would you choose? 

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Naked Windows No More

I pulled a little pump fake on you the other week, didn't I? I teased you with inspirational problem window fixes and promises of new bedroom layouts...and then, nothing. I went on and on about our great trip to Michigan and my bloggy birthday - I mean, honestly, that is not very cool.

Rest assured, because I am back with an update that includes my new relaxed roman shades. What do you think?

You may remember that these started off as $24 panels I found at Restoration Hardware Outlet. I used about 25" of each panel to tackle the vanity skirt update and was bound and determined to use the remainder to dress our problem windows. 

Nice, right? I'm really happy with these non-functioning, purely decorative coverings. But, let me tell you, it was not all smooth sailing getting to this point.

I cut and hemmed the panels to fit within the window casing, hung them on tension rods and then the fun really began. There was a lot of muttering, pining, muttering, expletives, and more pining. And that was just the first try, which left me with the above. 
Not cute. 
Start over.  

I finally found the relaxed shape I loved, but then this happened. The weight of the fabric caused the center to pull too low, leaving nothing at the sides. 
Hmm...now what? 
Velcro, baby. Velcro. 
My new best friend. Literally. At least when it comes to this project. I pulled the panel to the edge of the shade and velcro-ed it all together. Success.

Once they were up, velcro, pins and all, I left them for a couple of days just to make sure I was happy with the results. Then I had to take them down and actually sew, by hand, all the folds together. That part was not fun. 

 Not fun at all. 
But the upside is, no more naked windows. And that has to count for something. 

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