Dayum, Guys, I’m not going to lie: I impressed myself this week. With some serious help from my amazing mother, I took some simple white Ikea curtains, fuschia Greek key trim and made myself some custom window treatments for my bay window. I just love love love the way they frame the windows and soften the room. The white is the perfect crisp pop against the teal walls and the little bit of pink is both girly and tailored.
There are three windows in the bay and 4 curtains.
Yes, they are functional, but I may just use the shades.
The curtains have Greek Trim on both long sides, but not on the bottom.
(I felt that would be too busy.)
My mom sewed the trim. She is so awesome!
Speaking of the trim, I’m OBSESSED!
I told you the room would be a little preppy and a little bohemian. This is one of my preppy touches.
First of all, I need to say that I was totally inspired by this blog post by Emily A Clark. She also has bay windows and her curtains look fabulous. Armed with the information she shared, I headed to Ikea to buy curtain rods and bendable corner units to go in between windows. I went with the thinner rods in black. In my opinion curtain rods should always be thin and always be black. Finials at the end should be petite as well. I actually don’t have any ball finials yet, but I’ll probably add some to keep the ends of my curtains in place.
Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the rods I used (it was the thinnest one) but above are the other components- brackets, rings and Racka corner units. The rings come with clips and hooks and I opted to use the hooks for a cleaner finish.
We used 4 brackets and then attached the three rods and two corner units.
For the middle curtains, I put half the rings on one side of the bracket and half on the other. This way I can open and close the curtains. Also, I used 7 rings per panel. I could have used 10, but I would have run out!
For curtains, I used Ikea Ritva. I absolutely love these curtains. They are 100% cotton and $25/pair. You really can’t beat that. Since this curtain comes in 98″ length, we also had to cut them and add a new hem. We used Stitch Witchery which is an easy no-sew option to shorten the hem. I won’t bore you with the details on that- I’m sure a million other crafty blogs have given that DIY.
I ordered 30 yards of THIS trim in deep pink from M&J Trimmings. (PS- for 6 panels I had JUST enough. I would recommend getting yourself an extra yard or two.) I ironed the panels and cut the trim into curtain length sections (plus 2″ to fold over edges) while my wonderful Mama did the heavy sewing. Had I done this alone it would have taken me days and been a crooked ugly mess. I’m very fortunate to have a helpful family. I could never do my DIYs without them!
I did steam the curtain after I hung them, though I may go back again and hit the edges. See how they don’t lay totally flat? It bugs me, but its not too bad for a DIY.
I haven’t finished the set for the 4th window yet because I’m not super human and my mom had to watch Downton Abbey. I’ll share it if we finish it up. Or maybe I’ll just never share that wall again. I kid, I kid.
And that, my friends, was a busy week! Be sure to check in with my friends below.