Before you judge this room, please consider this the before picture.
Okay, you can judge me. Because I’m not a decorator, or a seamstress. I’m just a DIY kind of girl who believes that where there’s a will there’s a way! I know I still have to incorporate some color and accessorize in this living room, but I’m pretty excited about my start… because of the gray.
Yes, I have fallen madly in love with gray, along with a large portion of America.
I’m all about neutrals and I’ve always love black and white anything. So gray is like the best of both worlds, right? I love that the main focus of the room is the piano. So, I have to stay with a little bit of black, but I wanted a lot of gray. The wall color is “bedford gray” (Martha Stewart at Home Depot) and I love it so much, I painted my son’s room the same color. The chairs are from World Market and the little table from Pier One. But I wanted to share how easy my faker drapes were to make.
I didn’t need functional drapes because of the shutters, so I skipped the whole lining thing. I just needed some pretty fabric to frame out these windows. I used regular 44″ fabric and measured the length I needed to make the drapes reach the ground. Then I hemmed the sides and mitered the corners. I used this napkin tutorial to make napkins recently, so I basically treated this piece of fabric like a huge napkin. Is that allowed? I’m not sure, but it’s good enough for me!
My fave drape rods are allen + roth from Lowe’s. They’re chunky and easy to use. The rings come with loops that you could put pre-made drape hooks in, and they also come with little clips you can use!
What I ended up liking was when I did it this way: I measured my ginormous napkin and divided it evenly to see where I would put my 7 clips. Then I ironed a pleat in each increment to mark where I would place the clip. I placed the clip about 2.5″ lower than the top.
I have fun experimenting as an amateur designer in my home. I’ve already picked out some pillows and I’m on the hunt for fabulous accessories. I can’t wait for the finished product. The best part will be sitting in this room, listening to my kids play piano, as I look at the drapes and think to myself, “those are some cool and really large napkins.”