I started with some pretty red raw silk pillows and then found a set of matching curtains at Cost Plus that were on clearance...SCORE! I knew that I loved those fabrics and colors and that I wanted to design something classy around them. Here's my bedroom before:
When you have curtains that are too short, or maybe you've got a stain or a tear, don't throw them out! Instead, customize them and they'll look like a million bucks!!!
I started my project by running down to Big Y Yardage, a large fabric store known for a large selection of home decor fabrics. I didn't measure what I needed correctly and I very nearly cost myself a lot of money in mistakes. DON'T FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE...in building they say measure twice, cut once...the same should be true with fabric! Thankfully, I've got the world's craftiest mom and she saved the day -- hey, it's my blog, I get to make statments like that!
Now confession here...I may like to call myself the Queen of DIY, but the freaking sewing machine scares the crap out of me. When I was little, my mom always tried to teach me to sew, but I wanted nothing to do with it...so she birthed another girl child (who incidentally asked if she could take sewing lessons when she was FIVE -- what a show off).
We began by ripping out the seams in the curtains...working with raw silk is tricky and we needed to create french seams...don't ask me what that means, even though I watched, I had couldn't freaking figure out what she was talking about...I was like hablo ingles? PS - isn't my mommy cute?!
Ooooh looky here, the BLAH BLAH BLAHger at a sewing machine...can you feel the intense concentration?
Once we got the panels stitched together, it was time to add the trim. I posted recently about how I'm hooked on Fabri-Tac. I'm telling you, this stuff is from Jesus! I also made a valance and Fabri-Tac'd some jeweled trim on and I think the finished product is delightful!!! What do you think?
Isn't this room a remarkable makeover? And for the most part, it's all about fabric tecture! I'm so glad I didn't toss those curtains out because now that I have them customized, they just MAKE the room! I really think the room's look is all pulled together because of the curtains, but hey, it's just what WORKS FOR ME.
To see what works for other people, pop on over to the Works for Me Wednesday site and give a little love to my blog pals over there!!!