Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Upgrading InThe Bedroom - The Big Girl Drapes!

Alberto (the hubs) wants to know if I ever will be "done" with decorating our home, or rather will I ever be satisfied and just leave things alone. What do you think ?
You can click on images for larger unstyled snap shot style I'm in a hurry to show you this photos.

I am having my 60th birthday July 21. I tell you this so I can own it ha ha, and to let you know I have had a life long love affair with decorating each and every home I have ever inhabited. I have never had the luxury of a big budget. I am very resourceful and often make do and make it look fabulous too.

Working at Perch has afforded me the ability to get a couple of really nice things. Custom made drapes. Big Girl Drapes. No drop cloths drapes, no hand sewn pieces of fabric by me, no off-the- rack curtains masquerading as drapes, but really beautifully made drapes. The rooms that got the Big Girl Drapes are my office, our bedroom, and the guest bedroom for now.

My fabric of choice is Dupioni silk without a slub. The color is the same for both bedrooms, as is the size, to afford me the flexibility of using them as a pair in another room if I choose to do so sometime along the line. The color is called: Rain.
Jack Mayberry the head designer of Perch, and Eva Spencer our head seamstress advised me (and have been teaching me how to measure, order the fabric, and choose the finishes, etc. for our custom drapery clients).

I chose thermo suede lining, a heavy cotton lining encasing the thermo suede, and the finished silk top sewn with seven inch French pleats. There is a small puddle at the bottom. It's like getting luxury insulation for the house! Not a drop of air or light penetrates this beauty!

The rod is the return rod, meaning the ends return to the wall. Perch makes a hefty, made to measure return rod, with a custom hand painted finish that is gorgeous. A local artist who works in many mediums including metal, makes them. Even with an employee's benefits, this rod is a little pricey for me, and I wanted to have the flexibility of an adjustable rod, always keeping in mind how I move things around. I found the perfect rod at the perfect price from Country Curtains on line HERE.
Jack from Perch, painted the rings for me, in his signature color he always uses for Perch clients.

I also upgraded a couple of accessories in the bedroom. I love these metal antlers, which also look like a branch, placed on top of the old cabinet that houses the television. I like the simplicity of one unique object, as opposed to the fussy vignette I had before. The old wood lyre is a piece of found folk art.

The new metal antlers from Perch
I think it adds a "wow" factor to the old armoire

"Before" a sweet little vignette on the armoire that I found too fussy

I also painted the dark brown wood nightstands a pale turquoise (and added a cut-to-size piece of 1/4 inch thick mirror for the top). It's the same color I used to paint the accent wall in the kitchen. I like to carry at least one color from another room to the next. I also have been taking color cues from the painting over the bed. As always I combine antique, vintage, and contemporary things with touchstones of French furniture.

There's a different painting in a little nook by the door that combines the new and the old.

I also upgraded the lamps that are on the dressers. I use one lamp on each dresser. Two would be too much. I got these lamps on HSN (Home Shopping Network) HERE, from the Nate Berkus line there. They are mercury glass, and very good looking. They cost $129. each and came with the nice linen shade. I think they are great quality at any price.

Almost sold out at HSN! Go HERE to get yours now

While I'm at it I'm thinking of upgrading our bedspread. Right now it's all white with a deep 28 inch drop ruffle, and I love the look. This was another bargain basement make-do. I found two twin spreads on line at a pretty pedestrian site called Brylane Homes. I had my local seamstress sew them together to make a king size bedspread..
After a couple of washes, the cheap poly fill shifted and bunched up, so I slit a small but large enough opening in one end, and pulled all the stuffing out. Now the spread looks like it's made of vintage handkerchief fabric, and lays much better. The stitched trellis effect has grown on me, even though I prefer a plain and pattern free look.
All is well, except that there are a couple of ink blots (made by a black Sharpie) on the spread (hidden by toss pillows at the top), because my lovable school boy Alberto likes to do Sudoku in bed, and sometimes falls asleep with pen in hand. He promised me a new spread of my choice.

I like the deep drop ruffle ones from Horchow.

They are made of twill, a heavier fabric, and they look very nice. I like both colors, the white or the tan.

I also love these contemporary sets from Dwell Studio at Target.
This beige-y one is the most conservative one, and would pick up on the fabric covered wall behind the headboard, and play off the white accents throughout the room.

This shade of green is one of my favorite colors, and I use throughout the house as an accent color. If I got this spread, it would bring this color into our bedroom, thus fulfilling my philosophy of having a little color from another room travel into the next. Somehow this allows the eye to see the house as a total picture.

This turquoise blue bed covering would play back nicely to the colors in the painting over the bed.

So which do you like best? Remember I change out the bedding from summer to winter. I have a black and white contemporary duvet cover now that looks pretty good for winter.

The winter look of the bedroom with the black and white duvet
So much has changed!
The stripe rugs are gone replaced by mountain grass (a beautiful cousin of sea grass)
The nightstands have been painted
The pink lamps are now faux finished to look like alabaster

PS Stay tuned for photos of the Big Girl Drapes in guest bedroom and my office, and the kitchen where other small upgrades have happened.


Design Junkie said...

the big girl draperies look beautiful. And I vote for the white coverlet.

Amanda said...

beautiful- reminds me of the beach! I love the white with black roses coverlet!

home before dark said...

I love the BIG GIRL drapes from someone who will be 60 in October. Happy decorating till the end of time!

Linda Merrill said...

Looks great! And Happy Birthday ( a bit early!)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ooooh big girl drapes. You lucky duck! Everything looks stunning!

vicki archer said...

So much change....I love it. Can't wait for the curtains and I love your pared down antler look - very chic, xv.

Renae said...

I like the yellow/gold pattern but don't think it would go well with your scrumptious "big girl" drapes so the blue would be my next choice to mimic the color of your bedside tables. I like those return rods.

Sooo...what are you going to do to celebrate your big b'day? Cheers!

Bill said...

It must give you pleasure to open your eyes in the morning and have those wonderful drapes be one of the very first things you see.

Does Perch make Big Boy Drapes as well?

Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

Jan said...

Lovely post VV
You are so clever with your finishing touches.
As for 'the birthday' - I don't believe it !
(p.s. but happy birthday when it comes)

Hill Country House Girl said...

Happy birthday Valorie! I know what you mean - it seems in real life, for most of us, the curtains, the furniture, the rugs - all of it has to do with budget, or what we already have to work with, or what our spouse likes or doesn't like, or what we can afford - all choices, rather than just starting from scratch and choosing what we really love with no regard for budget or anything else....like we think the people in the magazines can do it! However, once you take the risk, and spend the money and go for it, like for big girl drapes, it is so much fun! so, all of that to say you go girl - congrats!!

my favorite and my best said...

i LOVE your new bedroom! the blue tables with the ochre colored fabric walls remind me of a sandy beach and blue sky. perfect for summer. and i too prefer the pared down look on the cabinet. it's a nice contrast to the fussiness of big girl drapes. happy birthday!! what are you gonna do?!??!

Velvet and Linen said...

Happy Birthday, Valorie!
Your drapes are drop dead sexy and gorgeous, just like you, my dear.
The color and texture are perfect. You'll have them forever. I also love that you did a simple rod. I hate overly ornate window treatments. Yours are classic.
I also like that deep drop ruffle.
Wish I could be there to celebrate with you.


Cote de Texas said...

Oh Val - it all looks gorgeous! the drapes are perfect. Can't wait to see the other room. ps. I like the white bedspread best!

just beautiful. Congrats - big girl!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Isn't it WORTH turning 60 to get your FABTASTIC, ELEGANT, CLASSIC "Grown-Up-Girl" drapes??? (I just can't say "BIG" girl... it just reminds me I need to lose waaay too many pounds right now!)~~~

60's not bad at all, REALLY (!) & certainly BETTER than the "alternative", kiddo!~~~ I "did it" LAST year, & next Sunday that "first year" will be over & done with, & I'll just be plain ol' 61, & I "LIKE" it... alot... (well, EXCEPT for the "little things" that accompany it, like a LITTLE loss of "memory", but just "sometimes"...)


Linda in AZ *

Angela in WA said...


Happy Birthday! What a fabulous gift. Those drapes are BEAUTIFUL. If there is one city that knows how to do drapes it is New Orleans. Love that rod, I've been contemplating the exact rod for my own project. The simplicity is perfect!

Gorgeous, gorgeous!

Southern Aspirations said...

I LOVE that you "admit" to us your birthday and your big girl drapes and that you still shop around- love the drapes, your honesty, and your fun post!

The wrap-around rods honestly didn't even occur to me (duh) so I will have to invest in some. I have a few rods that I despite the finials on.

May I ask how far outside the molding you installed the rods?

Thank you!!

Visual Vamp said...

As ever I love all of you and your comments.

Bill: There most certainly are Big Boy Drapes too. You made me smile with that!

Southern Aspirations: The rod is mounted ON the molding at the very top and very edge.

My Favorite and My Best: Going to NYC for two weeks on Tuesday, hosting a tango party this coming Sunday in NOLA, and when we get back from NYC another big party. I celebrate for at least a month ha ha.

Brooke (and Steve): You're only a plane ride away!!!!

xo xo xo xo

London Calling said...

Your big girl drapes are stunning! Happiest of birthdays to you.

Carey said...

My goodness, it is indeed time you had your Big Girl Drapes. Swirling and moving about within the design and decor world (and a few other worlds too) all these years! I love and admire your make-do ways as it always results in something personal and creative. But you deserve those wonderful silk drapes, new, made to order for you. They will set the stage and serve you well from now on. It makes me happy to know you'll have them in all those rooms! I still have drop clothes on the two biggest windows in our house, but I remember when we finally bought our first headboard and footboard for the bed - we finally felt like adults. No more pillows dropping off the top of the bed all night! As for your bedroom, loved what you had before and love all the changes too. That lime bedspread is awesome, but those Horchow deep drops are riveting. Very glamorous. Can't wait to see what you pick. (Oh, poor Alberto. You know it will never be over, now don't you dear? It's in her bones.)

Ross said...

Searching for Luxury Bedroom Furniture at reasonable prices, then log on to Spacify.com.