Monday, February 23, 2009

Roman Shade Progress













One down, one to go. I think I now have a better understanding of why it costs so much to have custom roman shades made! It has been a time consuming project, but when I weigh the approximately 60% savings I will see by making them myself it seems (almost) worth it. The only downside of this product is that the shade is a bit difficult to raise and lower, with the folds needing adjustment to lay just right. Luckily these shades will not be closed often, so not a big deal. Next time I will consider using a continuous loop bead clutch system, which will add to the cost a bit, but worth it for windows where the shades will be opened and closed often. Another good source for drapery supplies is www.draperysewingsupplies.com.

The overall look of the kitchen and family room is clean lined with a limited color palette, so having this wonderful pattern on the window treatments really works. The brown and tan colors are beautiful with the flooring, cabinetry and countertops, while the pattern introduces a fun element and helps the space from getting too serious.

Next time...I hope to have the second roman shade completed and will be moving on to drapes for the patio slider as well as lighting above the kitchen nook table.

6 comments :

  1. This is beautiful! I've looked for ideas for my kitchen windows & thought about roman shades, but didn't know if I wanted to tackle making them or not. Unfortunately my kitchen doesn't have the beautiful moldings that your gorgeous kitchen has!
    Thanks for the inspiration! ♥ Diane

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  2. The roman shade looks gorgeous!! I can't wait to see what you are doing with your patio slider!!!

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  3. Love the shades. Completely agree with you the pattern makes a lovely impact.

    I think I'm going to tackle making my own shades for my living room but I'm having the hardest time deciding on a fabric. Do you have any suggestions? Ive changed around the furniture a little but here is a photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stefanier/2649024155/in/set-72157613092202987/

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  4. Mrs. Limestone...I have just looked at your home, it takes my breath away. The fabric that comes to mind is by designer Kelly Wearstler, her Imperial Trellis print found at Schumacher. Both the midnight or coffee colorways would look beautiful, and be interesting with the floral patterns elsewhere in the home. (Love the print on the back wall of the built-ins...wonderful.)
    Enjoy this special home. I've been inspired to do a blog on favorite fabrics...I'll keep you in mind!! Janell

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  5. Mrs. Limestone...I have just looked at your home, it takes my breath away. The fabric that comes to mind is by designer Kelly Wearstler, her Imperial Trellis print found at Schumacher. Both the midnight or coffee colorways would look beautiful, and would be interesting with the floral patterns elsewhere in the home. (Love the print on the back wall of the built-ins...wonderful.)
    Enjoy this special home. I've been inspired to do a blog on favorite fabrics...I'll keep you in mind!! Janell

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  6. Opps, your home so inspired me I had to answer you twice!! Janell

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