First up, curtains. I have been wanting to add long curtains to the far wall of the room. (I don't have a before picture of the wall without curtains (my bad, sorry), but trust me when I say that the wall was boring...and that it was just begging for curtains.
So here is the AFTER.
And can I just say that I love the current style of long straight curtains for window treatments? In the mid-90's I worked for a design firm that had a "signature" window treatment. No, seriously, they did. Pretty much every house that they did got the same basic window treatment....and can you say "fussy"? Of course, that was the style then. Swags, jabots, florals. Fussy. Why do I mention all that? Because there was really no way to do a window treatment like that unless you were an expert seamstress. But this window treatment? Easy-peasy.
As a matter of fact, you could totally do this no-sew. And it doesn't even require a tutorial. Here's what I did...
1. I bought about 6 yards of fabric.
2. I cut it to the proper length. (In this case, 93 inches...91 inches for length, 2 for hemming.)
3. I hemmed the top and bottom. (I didn't have to do anything to the sides...just left the selvedges. Too easy.)
4. I clipped the top edge of each panel to curtain rings.
5. I hung the rings from upholstery tacks. (Most people would use a curtain rod, but I didn't need these panels to be functional...they are purely decorative, and I have been using upholstery tacks throughout the room, so I used them here.)
That's it. And they look fabulous...just what the doctor ordered.
The other thing I finally did was change out the rug. The old rug was pretty. But that's just it. It was pretty. It wasn't at all boyish, and it bothered me. I originally put it there because it was the right color and I didn' t have a budget for a new rug. But everytime I looked at it, it said "girl-y" to me, and that just wouldn't do.
Then I lucked onto this rug from IKEA. The Kerby, for $14.99. Okay, so it's really kind of an indoor/outdoor mat. But it is very durable...and more importantly, it's the right colors. Tan and dark espresso brown. And more than that? The boys love it. It was the perfect touch.
Finally, I just had to show you were I put the "To the Moon and Back" print I got from cute Leslie at Glitter and Bliss.
Doesn't it look cute? It's just the right touch to the reading nook corner. Thanks again, Leslie!
So now the room is 99.8 % done. If I could just figure out what to do with the closet, it would be perfect. But, I'm happy with the changes I've made. And so are the boys!
Have a great Monday~