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Window Dressing DIY

This is Eden's room before.  I drew and painted the tree freehand-it's still present but I plan to simplify the room and paint over it.   The wall color, and the rug will stay!   I love this rug, it a wool Dwell Studio rug in pear green stripes.
This is Eden's room before. I drew and painted the tree freehand-it's still present but I plan to simplify the room and paint over it. The wall color, and the rug will stay! I love this rug, it a wool Dwell Studio rug in pear green stripes.
Here's the happy baby that went along with that room.  It's hard to believe this sweet gurgly hunk-o-luv whacked me over the head with her water squirter because she didn't want to leave the water fountains yesterday.  Ah, someday I guess I will miss those good 'ol public park  tantrums.  I think not.
Here's the happy baby that went along with that room. It's hard to believe this sweet gurgly hunk-o-luv whacked me over the head with her water squirter because she didn't want to leave the water fountains yesterday. Ah, someday I guess I will miss those good 'ol public park tantrums. I think not.
Here's Ms. Sassy now.  I know that baby is still in there, I just know it!
Here's Ms. Sassy now. I know that baby is still in there, I just know it!
Here is the 'first draft'  virtual idea board.  I loved the sporty Vespas by Mona Luna, however, it was no longer in production, so I had to revamp my design.  I introduced a dusty turquoise blue to break up the pink and green-the zing of this combo was getting to me for some reason so it was meant to be I guess!

If you love the Vespa, Jennifer from Mona Luna wrote me and said that there is a new updated version coming this fall since there were so many Vespa loving broken hearts out there once she ran out.  The version in boys colors are still available-see resources for the link!
Here is the "first draft" virtual idea board. I loved the sporty Vespas by Mona Luna, however, it was no longer in production, so I had to revamp my design. I introduced a dusty turquoise blue to break up the pink and green-the zing of this combo was getting to me for some reason so it was meant to be I guess! If you love the Vespa, Jennifer from Mona Luna wrote me and said that there is a new updated version coming this fall since there were so many Vespa loving broken hearts out there once she ran out. The version in boys colors are still available-see resources for the link!
First item on the list. I desperately needed a window treatment in here.  You name it, I have had it up here-shades, curtains, white blinds, but nothing satisfied me.  I needed some layers to lend to all functions of this window; daylight,  light filtering and complete blackout.  I have a blackout shade behind this new pelmet box I just finished.  Underneath it will also go a pair of curtains in the same fabric sliding open and shut.  This room gets all of the heat and sun from 6 am to about 1 pm.  My daughter still naps, so not ONE sliver of light shall sneak in if I can help it!  I found this adorable large -scale bird and berries fabric..  It is called Harvest Berry by P. Kaufmann.

I trimmed the pelmet box with a turquoise pom pom trim-which added just the right line to show off the pelmet's shape.  I chose to create this tiered shape pelmet rather than one straight across because I need to make it appear smaller.  If I were to make a large rectangle over the window, it would appear too top heavy (and uninteresting) for just one window in the room.
First item on the list. I desperately needed a window treatment in here. You name it, I have had it up here-shades, curtains, white blinds, but nothing satisfied me. I needed some layers to lend to all functions of this window; daylight, light filtering and complete blackout. I have a blackout shade behind this new pelmet box I just finished. Underneath it will also go a pair of curtains in the same fabric sliding open and shut. This room gets all of the heat and sun from 6 am to about 1 pm. My daughter still naps, so not ONE sliver of light shall sneak in if I can help it! I found this adorable large -scale bird and berries fabric.. It is called Harvest Berry by P. Kaufmann. I trimmed the pelmet box with a turquoise pom pom trim-which added just the right line to show off the pelmet's shape. I chose to create this tiered shape pelmet rather than one straight across because I need to make it appear smaller. If I were to make a large rectangle over the window, it would appear too top heavy (and uninteresting) for just one window in the room.
The Pelmet Box.  This is a DIY phenomenon.  It's cheap, it's easy and when you are done, it looks like you spent $500 on the window.  Get your bookmarks ready, I am sending you to Little Green Notebook for the tutorial.  Thanks LGN!  I did mine a little differently though.  I made a different design, freehand, and then duplicated it to the other half.  See LGN, you will know what I mean.  

Because my window is very large, I opted to sew (I know, I know I said the 'S' word) the side fabric to make a sharp tailored look to the corners.  I attempted to pattern match, which, as you can see,  is not my forte, but if you are working with an abstract fabric, this isn't as crucial.  A geometric pattern would be more noticeable.  Once you have finished it, simply glue gun (I tried the epoxy stuff and it didn't hold on mine)  picture hook D-rings and wrapped wire to each side, like a simple picture.  Then I merely nailed a nail over the window (about 3 inches from the ceiling) and centered it.  It hasn't crashed down yet and it has been two weeks, so I think we're safe.
The Pelmet Box. This is a DIY phenomenon. It's cheap, it's easy and when you are done, it looks like you spent $500 on the window. Get your bookmarks ready, I am sending you to Little Green Notebook for the tutorial. Thanks LGN! I did mine a little differently though. I made a different design, freehand, and then duplicated it to the other half. See LGN, you will know what I mean. Because my window is very large, I opted to sew (I know, I know I said the "S" word) the side fabric to make a sharp tailored look to the corners. I attempted to pattern match, which, as you can see, is not my forte, but if you are working with an abstract fabric, this isn't as crucial. A geometric pattern would be more noticeable. Once you have finished it, simply glue gun (I tried the epoxy stuff and it didn't hold on mine) picture hook D-rings and wrapped wire to each side, like a simple picture. Then I merely nailed a nail over the window (about 3 inches from the ceiling) and centered it. It hasn't crashed down yet and it has been two weeks, so I think we're safe.
A closer look...The fabric resembles little bird collages cut from patterned paper.  I loved the more grown-up traditional look it offered, but still being airy and happy.  My house must feel airy and happy!

Seriously! It's just duct tape, fabric, batting, foam core some staples and picture hanging hooks (D-rings) - t h a t ' s  i t.
A closer look...The fabric resembles little bird collages cut from patterned paper. I loved the more grown-up traditional look it offered, but still being airy and happy. My house must feel airy and happy! Seriously! It's just duct tape, fabric, batting, foam core some staples and picture hanging hooks (D-rings) - t h a t ' s i t.
OK, brace yourselves.  I bought this ottoman for $17.  I know EEEEK!  

Not like THIS, silly, I took off the legs, lacquered them white and reupholstered it in Premier Print's Zig Zag print in Village Blue.  I added some left-over pom pom trim because I couldn't help myself.  I go ga-ga over pom poms.
OK, brace yourselves. I bought this ottoman for $17. I know EEEEK! Not like THIS, silly, I took off the legs, lacquered them white and reupholstered it in Premier Print's Zig Zag print in Village Blue. I added some left-over pom pom trim because I couldn't help myself. I go ga-ga over pom poms.
Ok, Eden's little head over the bed.. It's my way of enjoying her still. Joking.   
This personalized cut out silouette is extremely easy and deserves it's own DIY blog entry.

 I won't even send you to Photoshop, one can do it in 5 seconds in Microsoft Word.  Buy some scrap book card stock paper and put it in an IKEA frame of choice.  Voila....stay tuned to KDLD DIGS,  I will put the DIY in this week.
Ok, Eden's little head over the bed.. It's my way of enjoying her still. Joking. This personalized cut out silouette is extremely easy and deserves it's own DIY blog entry. I won't even send you to Photoshop, one can do it in 5 seconds in Microsoft Word. Buy some scrap book card stock paper and put it in an IKEA frame of choice. Voila....stay tuned to KDLD DIGS, I will put the DIY in this week.
And now the bed. Eden has a day bed which I have finally positioned in the corner.  I have placed a series of pillows in the corner.  I have one finished so far-I just made pom poms and attached them to each corner of the pillow.  The lumber pillow will be a pom pom pillow-I am still deciding on the fabric for the pillows but am leaning toward this for two of them...
And now the bed. Eden has a day bed which I have finally positioned in the corner. I have placed a series of pillows in the corner. I have one finished so far-I just made pom poms and attached them to each corner of the pillow. The lumber pillow will be a pom pom pillow-I am still deciding on the fabric for the pillows but am leaning toward this for two of them...
Premier Print's 'Chelsea' in Bella Twill colorway.  It's an updated polka dot with block print personality.  Perfecto.
Premier Print's "Chelsea" in Bella Twill colorway. It's an updated polka dot with block print personality. Perfecto.

Now that my daughter is the Big 3, it's time to transform her nursery-like bedroom into a big girl's room.

Afterall, she dresses herself, puts the toothpaste on the brush all by herself, and hasn't worn a pull-up (even at night) since she was 26 months old.  I know, I am lucky right?  That's what I thought !  But regardless of this newfound independence, when it came to picking out colors for her room, I couldn't quite let go of those serene pastels adorning her baby room.  I don't want her to grow up too fast!    Besides, changing everything out gets expensive and it's wasteful even for a designer!  

With some creativity, patience and tenacity to find just the right fabric to marry both of these worlds together, it could be done.  Here's what I have been working on so far, and it's all affordable DIY thanks to some wonderful finds and blogs out there helping me along (what we do without them?), so, I am happy to direct you to these tutorials below in resources.

School days are almost here, so you just may have some extra time to spruce up your windows!

Hope you like!

Resources

Pelmet Box Tutorial can be found at Little Green Notebook Blog and here is another great tutorial via  My Straw is Glass Blog.

Ottoman can be found here.
P.Kaufman's Harvet Berry  Fabric is available through me.
Mona Luna Fabric found here.

 

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