Sunday, July 12, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday: Library Draperies

When it comes to decorating, I don't mean to be such a foot-dragger.
But some projects don't fall into place. They take time, money, and luck. The library draperies, for example, just didn't work after I got a wild hair and bought a new settee. Actually, they'd never worked. I had them made before we moved in, and, well, they were a little skimpy. And the monogram just seemed a little strange. I'd done it as a joke on Dr. Gollum, but it is never wise to play jokes when draperies are involved.
That said, I loved the new settee but decided the draperies needed a new home.
Down they came, leaving the windows bare for a long, long time.
But they didn't go far. I had them re-worked (I was a home ec major in high school, but I sew about as fast as a skunk waddles across a farm, so I stick to buttons and little things). Panels were added, along with trim, and Mr. Tom hung them in the breakfast room.
This is a "before" picture:

And after:
Time went by. I found some beautiful plaid draperies at Shades of Light, but by the time I got around to measuring, they were no longer available. What to do.

One night I was looking at the online sale items at Neiman Marcus, and I spotted striped draperies. I ordered a "test" pair and waited. Normally, I shy away from stripes/stripes. The settee has muted stripes. Surely I didn't need to add more. I bought two rods at K Mart with glass finials, and called Mr. Tom. The draperies arrived--but they had very bright purple stripes. After a bit of tucking and hiding, I banished the purple, but not all of it, I rather liked it; Mr. Tom and I thought they looked great. "Order the other panel!" he said.

I went online to order the other pair--only two were left, and they were (gulp) 96 inches, not the 108 that I needed. I found the fabric online. Sadly, it had been discontinued.
Solution: I ordered two panels and tucked one into the tieback.
The rods aren't crooked, but I am. Mr. Tom measured and remeasured.
So, the library now has draperies!

Now I'm waiting for the next project--and for Mr. Tom to return from his church trip so he can hang the rods (Dr. Gollum says ladders scare him, and I am too short, and also scared).

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53 comments:

  1. Gollum/Michael
    Looks great as usual! You need to re-decorate so we have more to oooh and aaah over.

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  2. HA! NM panels and KM rods! Perfect! :)

    I love the way you switched it all out. It looks really chic!

    ~Liz

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  3. I love your innovative style! If it doesn't fit - make it fit! Your luck with draperies sounds like my luck with a bedspread a few years back. I kept ordering and reordering. Once the green wasn't the right shade, or a big unpictured purple flower was front and center on mine, and so on. Your new choice works great with your settee. I think the stripes work well together. ~ Robyn

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  4. It looks gorgeous, so lush!
    I enjoy the challenge too...sadly so many of my domestics outlets are closing down. I have found wonderful bargains there..quality things but great prices..

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  5. Wow! I love the striped draperies. No one will ever know that they are two different lengths. Good idea. Your house is beautiful.
    Rhonda

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  6. Beautiful draperies! I need to get better at moving things from one room to another. I get "frozen" when it comes to decorating.

    You have such an eye!

    Thank you for sharing.

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  7. The drapes look fabulous! I love your home.

    Jane

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  8. Hi G, they were well worth the wait, I think they are perfection.Kathysue

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  9. I'm going to stop and stay a while in here so I can drool over your home! I love the chandy over the island. So pretty!

    Oh and your draperies in your library are pretty. At my house, the library is just another name for the loo!

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  10. The curtains are beautiful! Love the dining room ones as well. Happy Monday!!

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  11. Beautiful. Your home is simply gorgeous. I love the drapes. You have great vision.

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  12. oh my goodness I'm drooling! love the drapes

    happy met monday

    Sarah

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  13. The drapes in the breakfast room are just gorgeous and the stripe ones in the library are beautiful also. Now I am intrigued by the gorgeous fabric I see on the chair in the last pic. I know those are gorgeous drapes and I can't wait to see them. Hugs, Marty

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  14. Love your new draperies and look like you had plenty of length to puddle on the floor. The panels are quite full.

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  15. Wow, those drapes are beautiful, and I love your kitchen.

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  16. Stunning new drapes... and I want to cook in your kitchen! :)

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  17. The drapes look really good. Ooooh! How I love those colors and the fabric!...Christine

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  18. I see what you did, killed two birds with one stone: gorgeous, sumptuous draperies that puddle means more storage for dishes! :O)... Girl...I'm on to you! hehe

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  19. Oh girl, they are so elegant looking. I love the puddle effect..ummmm might to rethink the draperies in the living room. Might need a bit of puddling going on in there... hugs ~lynne~

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  20. It's looks gorgeous! as usual...thank for sharing...Pat H

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  21. Like this look alot.
    Blessings from Kansas,
    ~D~

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  22. I love your home Michael! The warmth it exudes completely reflects YOU! Hope the book is coming along nicely and that deadlines aren't breathing down your neck!

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  23. So Pretty! I need you to pull off a miracle at my home.
    Glenda

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  24. The drapes are perfect! Love the richness of the fabric in that room -- and that settee -- I covet that (of course no room to put it but I can still covet).

    Martha

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  25. How beautiful. I agree that sometimes the best thing to do when decorating is just WAIT. What a great idea you had for using the shorter drapes!!!

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  26. Love the innovative reuse of the curtains. Your whole house leaves me breathless every time you share bits of it with us. It makes me want to copy everything...panel our Library ~ add trim & new hardware to the kitchen cabinets ~ replace our dark granite with a lighter version like yours ~ fabulous chandelier over the island.....and on and on.
    Seriously, I love your style and appreciate all the effort that goes into putting together and maintaining such lovelyness.

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  27. Hi Gollum... Great makeover of the library draperies.... Loved them a lot better in the breakfast nook.... and the new libray drapes are just gorgeous... Love them too... Have a great day!

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  28. Your drapes look great!

    Donna Marie

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  29. Beautiful drapes! I wish I had a "Mr. Tom" -- they come in so handy sometimes, don't they?

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  30. Your home is so elegant, yet comfortable, and that is not always easy to achieve! Window treatments - all of them - are amazing!

    I have seven yards of the fabric in your last photo ~ in deep wine red. Not certain what I'm going to do with it yet ... I just loved it and Joann Fabrics was having a great sale.

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  31. You just have fab taste. Gorgeous house and your draperies are always so rich looking.

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  32. Wow, both sets of drapes are just beautiful. I love how you used the old ones in the kitchen. They look perfect there!

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  33. I too normally shy away from stripes.. or too many of them at least... but this looks so pulled together! Plus you are much braver than I when it comes to stripes! :) Fantastic Met Monday Miss "G".
    I hope you have a fabulous week!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  34. How great they look in the library! You did good! Real good! I love the sheep painting! Just love it! The settee and chair! Be still my heart! I putting in bookshelves, Oh yours are beautiful! But my Bungalow, would never look right with them. But I do love yours so much! Mine shall be plan. Love the new project your working on! Now that is a way to get something finished! Yes! Show it and then you will have to finish! Oh, I talking to me! Yours are always finished! Lovely article I love all the rooms!

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  35. Both sets of drapes are stunning, Michael...just beautiful.
    You have the most beautiful home.

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  36. Ok, the drapes are gorgeous but seriously... I love your kitchen. No wonder you are always cooking something marvelous!

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  37. Beautiful house, and beautiful drapes. I love how you made everything work, including recycling the old drapes.

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  38. I feel inspired after seeing this post! My husband and I built our home 3 years ago and most of my windows are still bare! Mostly because the perfect idea has not HIT me yet! Seeing what a huge impact the new drapes made to the bare windows in the library has ignited a desire in me to "finish the look" of my home! Beautiful addition!

    Blessings to you!

    Karyn

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  39. Beautiful room, just like the rest of your house.
    Sandy

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  40. Absolutely flippin' beautiful! I'm sooooooooooooo jealous of your decorating talent!

    Justine :o )

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  41. Lovely Gollum! LOVELY! I'm always impressed by your design genius! :)

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  42. I love stripes and yours look lovely! I so love the colors you use in your home. The terricotas, peaches and earthy tones are my favorite. Not the ones that I have in my home now but. . .someday soon.

    I noticed the little nook below the breakfast table is bare. Do you ever fill it with goodies? I have a really hard time leaving a furniture top bare, or any flat surface.
    Oh, and are there dishes in the drapery pools on the floor? Come on you can tell us.
    Love your style~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  43. Gorgeous draperies and the colors are so nice and rich...so perfect for the library! Always love seeing this beautiful room!

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  44. Gollum, they are perfect for your room! Oh, they look soooooo good. And I LOVE the others in the breakfast area... and that neat bench in there... wonderful! You know, I really like the monos in the first post, too. They look snazzy, and to me, your met post goes from great to greatest!

    I have eyed those same drapes (in my colors) at Neiman's and similar ones at other stores, and I have thought and thought. How sheer are they? Are they lined?

    I literally loathe the drapes in our dining room (they were here), and I keep wanting something different. I keep thinking I need linen, but I love those striped silks. You've given me courage. Drapes are one thing that scare me... starting from the time that a drapery lady (who was no lady) ripped me off in terms of buying twice the amount of fabric I needed. I suspect she made some for herself with my fabric after discussing with someone else in the profession the HUGE amount she had me buy. I should have known from her weird looking French twist/beehive combo that she was suspect. She was Edith Head gone bad. ;-)

    Then I had another lady who had been the world's greatest drapery lady in Virgina (she moved to Florida) do some baloon shades, and for some reason, she got it into her head (possibly because I wasn't listening) that she didn't neat to match the pattern. So, hundreds of dollars in labor and gorgeous chintz by Mario Buatta later, I have these balloon shades in one bedroom that are... well, a mess. I didn't have the heart to tell her how awful they looked after we hung them... she was in a different city, but even my carpenter was stunned. She was in her eighties, so Mr. Magpie and I both felt we couldn't say anything. Some things you let slide. Besides, she had made slipcovers and gorgeous LR drapes for me that were absolute perfection. Alas... you have given me courage with yours. The good thing is, if they don't work, I can return them to Neiman's! :-)

    This is a great Met Monday post! Thanks for sharing.

    Applause! Applause!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  45. Wow! The "made over" drapes look fabulous in the breakfast room, and those draperies in the library are gorgeous! They look so elegant tied back that way (you'd never guess it was because a couple of them were too short). Looks like it was meant to be. All of it - Simply Fabulous! laurie

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  46. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love it all!

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  47. It is just amazing what window treatments will do to a room. You really outdid yourself. They looks wonderful:)

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  48. Dear one..another question about icing the cupcakes..I am fixing to make them for a Bridesmaid Luncheon I am hosting and wanted to make sure I know how to do this..I bought the Creamy Icing and the little decorating thingy, I'll put the icing into a plastic bag and somehow attach the tip to it ...how?...and my question is do I need to add a tiny bit of milk to the icing to make it flow thru the decorating tip better or is it ok like it is, straight from the can? I so want them to be pretty and I am just not very good at...pretty.
    Thanks for your sweet help...

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  49. You have a gorgeous home. Your drapes turned out beautifully. A great idea to remake them and recycle them to another room.
    Enjoyed my visit.

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  50. * Gigi, Y*O*U are a gal of MANY talents, MANY tastes and MANY "budgets", and that's SOOO COOL!!! ~~~ (Yessireebob, I L*O*V*E the mix of NM with WM (or was it "K"M?)~~~

    ...ANNNND, it's all just "BEAUTIOUS", gf, "BEAUTIOUS"!!!

    ~~~ "Yer the ma'am!"~~~

    Hugs,
    Linda *

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  51. I love this room...and your new drapes! Patti

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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