One Room Challenge Drapery and Around Town


It's the second half of The One Room Challenge, and I'm busy busy busy trying to put all the pieces together.  The photo above is one of my inspiration rooms and the drapery panels are very similar to what I want to do.  

Here's my family room pre One Room Challenge.  With the paneling and the vaulted ceiling, I think it goes a bit cottage.  What do you think?  I'm a former teacher, and have no education or training in interior design.  I'm just a very enthusiastic enthusiast.  And if you've been keeping up, you may be noticing that I keep repeating this.  Yes, I'm hedging.  

A trend I love is adding a header on drapery with a contrasting trim.  This is the fabric I'll be using with a trim sample I picked up at Rutherford's here in Dallas.  I love the trim with the fabric, but when I put it in the room, I got a strong feeling that it was just wrong.  Since I'm not a designer, I get feelings instead of intelligent thoughts about these things.  Putting something that goes too formal or sophisticated in here may be the problem for me.  Or, I may be wanting to keep it soft, and the trim would create strong vertical lines.  Who knows.  I think I need to not use trim, or use something very subtle, like a tone on tone idea.  Please share your thoughts.

A friend recommended that I look at the drapery panels at Restoration Hardware, so I went in Wednesday.  It would have been nice to not have to go through having panels made custom, but the colors didn't work, and the prices are so high it would be more expensive than custom.  Not good.  Also, they make you pay for fabric samples.  Each sample is $3, but you can return them.  I didn't really like having to pay for swatches, or having to run an extra errand to return them.  While I was there, I took some pictures.  I think I'm too old or not hip enough to get the Restoration Hardware thing.  See what you think.

I guess this is okay for a beach house, but not sure about it for Dallas.

Bad photo, but you can still see what they're doing.  What do you think of this concept?

This lamp was my favorite thing in the store.

Please tell me what you think about the panels for my family room and your thoughts on Restoration Hardware.  Happy Friday!!



Leah @ ThreeFites said...

I love Rutherford's - haven't been in ages! Could you buy a couple of yards of the trim to really get a feel for how it will look?

The Pink Pagoda said...

Hi Leah, thanks for the comment! That's a great idea. I need to find out if they have enough for me to make a cut. I'd hate to decide to use it and then not have enough. Maybe I could just buy all of it and return it if it doesn't work. I love Rutherford's too! You should go in. They've just done some redesigning of displays, and it's amazing. I wish I'd had time to take pics while I was in there yesterday!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

I am not a designer either and I give you bravo's for entering this challenge! My hands are tied in helping or suggesting friends because I do not have access to Trade Only shops, etc. Restoration Hardware has gone in an entirely different direction over the last two years. It is very pricey now, it was before, but more so now! I have some crystal lamps I purchased before the "change". I love their taffeta drapery panels, but simply can not afford them. Ready made panels are hard to get in the fabrics you want and when you do find them, they are very expensive. For our own home, we went to a fabric outlet that carries "designer" fabrics. I needed 18 yards of fabric to make 6 panels. We were limited to what they had, but did find suitable silk damask fabric at $7 a yard....and since neither I nor my wonderful helper, my husband can sew, we used Iron-On tape. It's amazing what you can do "for yourself" when on a budget. Have fun and I am waiting for Wednesday!

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

I am loving the look of that trim! I would like to see it in the room where you plan to use it and next to your couches. I also like the look of solid panels with the contrasting trim. And what's up with Restoration Hardware?!? Definitely not liking their new direction and decor...I dont think it is age or hipness more like good taste!

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

Hi Jennifer,
As for the trim you found, could it be the wrong blue? It could just be the colors on my monitor.Have you looked at pinks?
It's an odd source, but Ikea has linen panels in a soft white for $50 a pair. They are actually a nice weight but unlined. The only thing is that they are unhemmed. They give you iron on tape but I don't recommend that. Temperature changes can mess it up. I used to work in a drapery workshop and I love making drapes but I just don't have the time or proper setup to do them at home.

The Pink Pagoda said...

Hi Kerry! The photo may be making the blue look different, but in person it's right. I'm set on french pleats on the panels, so it looks like I have to have custom work done. That's so handy that you have all these skills -- jealous!

The Pink Pagoda said...

I'd like to see it too but the sofa and chairs are with the upholsterer! Thanks for the comment, Laura!

The Pink Pagoda said...

I'm so envious that you were able to find a $7 a yard fabric that worked! I had to get 24 yards of the linen. Yikes! Thanks for stopping by, Patty!

Kim said...

I think Restoration Hardware has jumped the shark. Half upholstered furniture? Really? And it's for REAL money! So you'll look at your tattered half upholstered chair that you paid $2k for in a few years and want to move onto the next (expensive) trend. It's just so stupid. Their stuff used to be on the more expensive side but also of great quality. Now it's overpriced and very mediocre quality. I hope they turn it around - it used to be one of my favorite stores. Now I don't even bother going in.

The enchanted home said...

I actually love the trim, I think against a simple white panel, it will "pop" and add another decorative element, and I LOVE the way a tape dresses up panels....I actually like the idea and think the tape is get my vote. IF you can order one yard I have done this when in doubt and taped it to the panel to get an idea....sometimes that is just enough. You are on a your instincts, look fowrard to seeing what you do!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

The steel, tin, or whatever that is is pure ugly to me. There is no other way to put it. I like their sofa line, and their linens are gorgeous, and some of the furniture is beautiful. I don't like the out there modern or beatup pieces.
Can't wait to see your room!
Have a great weekend.

Nancy said...

Jennifer- that Elle Decor inspiration room in my fav! I think it is so totally achievable in your space with your plans which are amazing! I love trim on linen panels. I got mine at West Elm for my breakfast room and was happy with them, but they aren't linen, just a look alike.
RH? Very few people can live with that stuff I feel. Who buys it? They have lovely quality items like lamps and leather, etc, but I am not a fan of the airplane look:)

Ann said...

As for Restoration Hardware, I think the emperor has no clothes!

5th and State said...

i am so with you, RH has gone overboard and it they stay in the current mode may sink.
i LOVE your trim, it would add another dimension/texture to the room. cannot wait for the reveal

Lindsay Hair Interiors said...

I've really enjoyed reading as you develop the re-decorating project for your living room! One source that you may find helpful for the drapery panels is The Shade Store. They have several locations here in NYC, but their website is quite useful if you're not in the area. A lot of plain fabrics and they will samples at no charge. It is a very DIY type site where you provide length, fullness, header, etc. and then within 10 business days they will mail you the finished panels. I have used them for myself and for clients and have been happy with their work. I found pricing to be reasonable given the quick turnaround and you're able to plug in the information on the site and can adjust if necessary (for example, remove inter-lining or only use 1.5 widths, not 2, etc.) ....they do have a reciprocal agreement with Robert Allen should you want a fabric that is more decorative than what they offer, otherwise, you do have to use their fabric. To my knowledge, they do not apply trim, but perhaps that is something you can have done locally (or do yourself).

As for RH, it has gone a little too industrial and the scale of furniture is rather large, especially when working on NYC homes! That being said, I think RH Baby and Child has some great furniture options for the nursery.

Good luck as you keep plugging along! Really loving my tangerine pagoda iphone cover many complements!


The Pink Pagoda said...

Thank you so much for this information, Lindsay! I've already got the fabric this time, but I know there will be a round 3 of ORC and I'll want to use The Shade Store. I'm so happy to know that you are happy with your cell phone cover and that you're keeping up with my ORC!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Ha! Perfectly said!


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