Monday, January 18, 2010

Required: A Bit Of Patience

I've said this before, but let me repeat myself. Despite rooms being put together in a matter of days, if not hours on TV design shows, in real life putting together a room can be a slow process requiring more than a little patience!

Example One: The drapes I've been making for the Home Office Redesign. While they are not that hard to make, it does take time and patience. In fact, I thought I was going to post photos of the finished drapes today, but then I remembered I shouldn't skip this step: Training your drapes. It's a step used in making high end drapes and perhaps seems like a silly thing to do. But it works.


To do this, create the folds in the panels, starting at the top, working down a few feet and tie in place. Continue the folds down and tie again. Do this until you reach the bottom of the drapes. Leave the ties in place for a couple days to allow the folds to set. What this does is basically press the folds in place so that when pulled to the side or closed, the folds fall beautifully in place.


(I know...I'm slightly crazy. About details.)

Moving on, Example Two: Look what patience brought to my door this week.


The gorgeous Carlisle print from Calico Corners.


When I posted the final photos of the Living Room Design, I claimed it was 99.9% Complete. What was missing? The pillows which are going to be made from this fabric and placed on the Derby Sofa.


While ordered in late October, the fabric didn't arrive until this past week. This is simply the way it goes sometimes, and why design can't possibly happen in a single weekend. So have patience, your rooms will arrive at their completion date...eventually.

21 comments :

  1. oooohhhh! I LIKE THAT FABRIC! So pretty. Can't wait to see the pillows. Great tip on training the drapes, too. A small detail that can make a big difference.

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  2. THNAK YOU FOR THIS POST! I started to feel bad because things are not happening as fast as I "think" they should for my master bedroom. This is a reminder that taking your time result in a space that you really want and not one that is thrown together.

    And the fabric you're using in the office...LOVE...Love it!!!

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  3. Great tip on training the drapes! Thanks for the reminder about patience, there's a huge difference between real time and TV time. Have a great week! Lisa

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  4. I never knew this - always appreciate the insight and the details that you provide.

    Thanks very much!

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  5. Oh, I didn't know about that "training" tip, but now I remember those custom panels I ordered years ago for my living room came folded just like that !!! Brilliant ! Thanks for the reminder to "train" my new dining room panels. :-)

    Kate

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  6. Great lesson, or as the Nester says, "Home wasn't built in a day".

    I'm patting myself on the back that I did know about training drapes, thanks to the great Marks and Spencer in the UK, but I had to laugh at your cute ties - I've always used a few pairs of pantyhose. As you can imagine, that makes the room look especially glamorous for a few days!!

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  7. That fabric is so gorgeous, Janell! I can't wait to see it as pillows! Good tip on the training of drapes. It's a step you might want to skip, but in the long run it looks better.

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  8. Oh girl! I feel your pain! I've been holding off on my big reveal for you until everything was in place...but I am going to at least send you family room pics today. it's like a new house!

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  9. OMG ~ I thought I was the only neurotic that trained drapes! YAY! I think it is an important step. If you go through all the trouble of making them or the cost of having them made, train them early so they look exactly the way you want them too!!! BTW ~ love the fabric for the pillows. I think they are going to add just the right touch. Sorry you had to wait so long for the fabric.
    Paula Grace ~

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  10. Training drapes...who would have thought it? Not me! Once again, I have learned so much from you....thank you! That new fabric is amazing!

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  11. Hi, Janell--
    Great post about part of the custom drapery hanging process that few people ever write about! The Calico Corners installers do this and set the ties on custom draperies--you can remove them a few days later. Glad the CARLISLE jacquard upholstery fabric arrived for your pillows--can't wait to see the final effect and how they'll rev up your room!

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  12. You are so right, patience pays off!

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  13. My sentiments exactly! I get very impatient when trying to pull everything together especially when juggling little ones. I am going to use your drapery tutorial very soon. Sewing, which requires patience, will hopefully not be the end of me!

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  14. Someday I'll have to make time and try my hand at pillow making. Then I can hide our good pillows and still have amunition when the kids come to visit. Grand-pa B.

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  15. Janell,

    Always having to remind my drapery installer to "train" the drapes as in Example 1. It makes all the difference. So glad I've discovered your blog and I look forward to following it. Hope you have a great week.

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  16. Thanks for the tip on training drapes. Seems like something I should have already heard about, but I hadn't...so I learned something new today!!! I'm going to do that with my drapes this week!!

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  17. I agree with you things take time to be put together and completed. I love Calico Corners too - I'm making pillows finally, the fabrics been sitting staring at me for weeks now

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  18. I think design is all about the details, I love that you trained your drapes- so cute!

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  19. The drapes are beautiful. Do you mind me asking what kind of shades those are and where you got them?

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  20. Great tip on the drapes! Can't wait to see your pillows!

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