Sunday, October 24, 2010

Faux Window Treatment

If you are looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday night, we highly suggest Ikea! We got there around 6pm, grabbed a few hot dogs, some bottled water and a few other muchies (I am a fan of the Choklad bars), then headed into the marketplace with our shopping list.
Wren's bedding was easy to pick out and as economical as I hoped. And while I didn't find a rug for the dining room, I did grab some drapes to attempt my faux window idea. The lenda style in white looked so good in the family room that I went with it again, but this time in natural so that it would be closer to the linen slipcovers on the chairs.
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I originally picked up this drapery rod on clearance (at FabricLand) for $20 for the office, but it had yet to be hung so I decided to use it in here. While it was cheap, the color of the wood was WAYYY too reddish so I opted to spray paint it semi-gloss black. I then sawed it off to the correct lengths.
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To mount it with only 2 wall brackets I drilled a hole in the rod and inserted a double ended screw to screw it in the wall.
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It feels darker in here because it is dark and ugly outside, and I still have to hem the drapes with stitch-witchery, but I already love it!
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I was doubtful about how it would look, but with such a high-blank wall it was worth a shot and I am SOOOO happy with the result.
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Once we find that perfect rug, hang the mirror a few feet higher and perhaps find a small piece for below the painting on the left we will be close to done!
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Extra points for anyone who noticed the table was different LOL.

61 comments:

Living It At Home said...

Very clever idea! Would have never even imagined it! The results are wonderful and pulls the room together. You are so creative~ Enjoy your new look~

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Seriously, gorgeous.

Paint Me White said...

Holly whow those curtains balance the whole room perfectly. I love your choice of curtain and must say that I have an appointement with Ikea this morning. Have to take my daughter to the dentist and are planning a wonder around to see what goodies I need (want ) for my home. Your dining room is coming along beautifully. Always love coming here thanks Sandy xx

Urban Farmgirl said...

Looks fantastic, Holly! I think the faux window turned out quite well!

And don't you love those Lenda drapes? My last post was on some ruffled liners for old gym baskets. I used Lenda for those, and they were awesome! I was so happy to find the Lenda drapes last year, now I cut them up and use them for everything! If they ever discontinue them, I swear I'm gonna throw a fit! ;o)

And yes...I did notice the table was different. ~ wink... ~

Mary

Chrissy said...

I really like how the faux window turned out! Especially with the black rods that mimic the black in the chandelier. And I liked the candle arrangement on the table too! I maayyyyy be stealing that idea :)

Paige @ The Wandering Cottage said...

It looks beautiful!

Camie at "Home is where they love you" said...

So I am a new follower and you have an unbelievable eye for design...I love this idea...I actually love your whole house. Very Cool.

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Wow, your new window treatments really warm up the room. It looks so cozy and you can't even tell it's a faux window! Your dining room is really coming together... :)

Brandan said...

Holly,

What do you plan on doing for the other window on the side? Leave it naked or put some kind of covering on it?

Junk-it Junction... said...

I love that you have hung another curtain to balance the wall, it is funny they didnt install a window to compensate.
Im wondering if maybe hanging a picture behind the curtain, peeking out like the window, might brighten it to mimick a window's light...
Something in the lighter tones you have in the room?
I had to take two on the table, I was too fixed on the curtains!Lol

mariondee-designs said...

I love what you have done with yur dining room! The faux window idea is fantastic and never would have thought to do that! The whole look is just lovely and yes I did notice the different table. I much prefer it too with the overall look. I can't wait to see what rug you pick as I think the one you have in there now looks great! take care, Maryann

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

Absolutely genius!!! That faux window is brilliant and now adds balance to the room. That mirror is fantastic. WOW!

FOUR ALL SEASONS said...

What a great idea! I like the new table also!!

Stacey @ Entropified said...

Beautiful.

Hello My Pretties said...

Nice!

PaperDollMN said...

I love it! Great way to work with what others (aka me) would have considered an "impossible" space!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Holly, I love how the faux window balances out the room. The drapes are great and they look wonderful in your room. I want that mirror!
xo, Sherry

kathie said...

It looks fabulous!! I wasn't sure how you were going to pull it off but I knew you would surprise me :) Love the idea & the room is so perfectly balanced now!

Melodie said...

It looks great!

Rachel Gill said...

Absolutely love it Holly! It makes the room look so much cozier. And I love the balance of the black rod with the mostly lighter room! Perfecto!

Rachel
xoxo

mrso' said...

i was just going to say the table changed too! i love the curtains though. i never would have thought to do that!

southerninspiration said...

That looks fabulous!!! Love it!

Suzanne

Home on the Range said...

B-E-A-utiful! Oh how I miss my monthly swarays through Ikea. I now live in the middle of nowhere, and loving it, I might add, but 500miles justs seems a bit too far to travel for my "Ikea fix."
Have a Swedish meatball for me, the next time you are there!

Midwest Cottage said...

It really looks amazing. Very good idea and the mirror really brings so much light into the room. Fab. Love it.

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Fantastic!! I love the balance, beautiful job, and I love the new table.

Nancy E. J. said...

I love the drapes. The color is perfect for your space! I think it's genius that you created a faux window on the wall. I think a full wall of curtains could also look really dramatic and full. Great job!

Allison61 said...

Stunning! Love the way it is coming together! Can't wait to see the final room!

Laurie said...

Wow, that looks so good. The room looks warmer and balanced! You are amazing...

Shaunna said...

Fabulous! I really love the treatment against the angle of the ceiling...we have that loft in the writing room and I'm thinking of adding some fabric now... :) shaunna

Pine Tree Home said...

That screw idea is the BEST. My bedroom windows are just like that, close to the wall. What a great idea. Love the HUGE mirror. The room is coming together nicely.

Beth said...

Love it! And I totally don't get any extra points... I didn't notice the table until you mentioned it. :) I really love your style & your blog. I don't comment a lot, but I read & look forward to every post. Keep up the great work! :)

Pine Tree Home said...

hahaha. I just realized I was still looking for the faux window treatment. You did SO good I didn't even notice the curtain on the left wasn't covering a window. Way to trick me. Great job.

Kristen said...

looks great! i didn't read all of the text at first, and dind't even realize there wasn't a window there to begin with! hah! it's great, though. love the symmetry.

Shabby Vintage Threads said...

This looks fantastic! What a great idea! Love it!

Lois@frugaldecormom said...

Looks great! I think I just got those same curtains at Ikea. They were clearancing them out at mine so I got them for $15 a piece. I really like how you did the rod coming out of the wall! Really awesome!

MrsKBJ said...

It looks great Holly!

Pretty Little Things for Home & Life said...

Holly, that looks GORGEOUS!! I can not believe how much those simple curatins add! What a great idea to mount them to the side walls!! I am inspired to lighten up my space!

bethyoung said...

I'm going to be a super weirdo and let you know that I loved it as is! Actually, I like the second table best :) but I like the window open with no treatments as opposed to the faux window with both treatments or just one window treatment. Feel free to ignore me as I am not a designer but A BIG FAN OF YOURS :) Either way, it's simply gorgeous.

Katie said...

So cute and what a great idea!

Allison said...

Your room is gorgeous and those curtains are absolutely perfect! I noticed the table, too. Looks fabulous!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

These drapes are awesome - who would have thought of something like that?! You are a genius!

Kacey said...

It looks fabulous! Funny - I loved it before, but you've really "finished" it by adding that additional treatment. Love those Lenda drapes, too!

Anji Johnston said...

So cool! What a great idea!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Wow! I never would have imagined how much different the room looks with the balanced windows. Fabulous job!!

Krystal Wight Armstrong said...

Holly, it all looks SO good. And I love that brilliant mirror that refelcts the sunnier side of the room, making it look bigger and almost like there's another pretty room through that wall. At least in that first photo of the whole room, I think the mirror might be prettier just where it is, and not hung higher at all (but you know what looks best there in person). The symmetry really helps, and your DIY skills are amazing. Great job on the dining room!
PS-Ever thought of a short video tour of the house? (Maybe when all the renos are finished). It would be cool to see how each room really flows together, since with stills it's kinda hard to figure out which rooms are connected or lead to one another etc. Just a random idea. Happy Week! :)

Alathia said...

That was genius how you hung the rod for the corner window! My bedroom windows are right up to the corner with no room for a finial on the rod. Now to head to the hardware store for a couple of double sided screws. Thank you for the inspiration!

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

The drapes look great and I love the faux window idea here...perfect spot for one!
I didn't notice the table difference but it cracked me up because then I started to look for more stuff that was different. Kept me entertained for a few minutes!

Christine Jargick said...

I seriously love the curtain rods! And, the middle table was my favorite ;-)

Eryn said...

looks great! good idea!

christine, just bella said...

I love it! It turned out fantastic and frames that BEAUTIFUL mirror just perfectly.

JoLynn said...

Such a great idea for making the room look symmetrical! And I love the new table too. Very nice!

becki said...

When can I move in?

Teri said...

It looks wonderful!!! It makes a huge difference and balances the room so well.

I actually like the curtain puddle in this room.

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Looks great Holly! Really balances out the room and draws your eye up!! I like the pop of the black rods as well!

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Hi Holly. As a lover of all things window treatments, I think this is brilliant! Great balance, and you really have to look to notice the absence of the left window. I also love that you put the rod abutting the wall. Looks just great!

Jen of Made By Girl said...

Hello Holly, How are you? :)

WOW that's interesting...! I like this idea... :) By the way..I loved reading the email you sent me...it was genuinely nice...I appreciate it :))))
I love your blog and am looking forward to seeing your kitchen re-do! :))))))))

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Jordin said...

Gorgeous! I love the planters inside! Isn't Ikea great?

Black and White {Side by Side} said...

your dining room is amazing! i would have never thought to cut a drapery rod in half... clever! i'm a follower! :)

...love Maegan said...

LOVE the larger table ...and LOVE the curtains ...it totally frames the room.

Jay, Sherri and Ethan said...

This looks awesome! Where did you get the rug?

Sheryl J said...

I'm new to your blog and I wanted to say that I LOVE this dining room. Serene, elegant but not frou frou. Beautiful!

 
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