much as we'd like, not every project has the budget for custom window treatments (sorry about the use of that dreaded phrase, hobac- we know you don't approve ;-), but just because our budget doesn't allow for our preferred option, it doesn't mean we can't fake it a bit, and dress up some off the rack curtains to look as if they were custom made (this way we can free up money to splurge elsewhere in the project too!) we've shared this trick with you once before but we hope you'll forgive us if we share it with you again since we just used it today for a client (one of the last finishing touches for our melrose hill bungalow living room. the curtains themselves went up a while back, but we took our time to find just the right trim- sometimes, it's worth the wait to get the details juuust right). the results look kinda great, we think; also, this really is one of our favorite fast n' easy decortin' tricks, and it's "sew easy", anyone can do it, so why not share it again?
m21 selected some pottery barn "peyton" linen grommet top curtains (on sale + trade discount = bargain). some people seem to have a deep seated hatred of grommet tops, but m21 thinks they are clean, unfussy and modern, and for the choices offered in off the rack styles, to our eye they are the best alternative for transistional to modern decor. to dress the panels, we added some vintage trim (new old-stock purchased off ebay), which we simply attached with iron-on hemming tape (the sew-easy part. no sewing= yay)! the vintage quality of the tape we selected really helps soften the straight outta the package look of the peyton panels, and we purchased enough of the tape to trim some custom pillows as well, which will help tie our ready-made curtains into the custom look of the entire room (and yes, we'll share the pillows with you too, when our workroom finishes them up, so you can see how the entire project all came together).
totally easy, yet totally chic, m21 hopes- what do y'all think?