Last spring we finished our basement, and it's been WONDERFUL to have completed.
From a decor standpoint, I'd say we're more in a "holding pattern" with the current design, until I figure out how to reconcile my design aesthetic with Mr.V's desire for "Sports! Sports Everywhere!" without the room ending up looking like this:
or something similar.
[Am I the only gal with a husband whose idea of a "dream room" looks like a team memorabilia shop barfed all over the place? Just me? Hmm. Well then.]
So until I come up with the grand scheme for the room, I needed to tackle a project that has been bugging me from day 1 - the darned drapes.
We have 2 daylight windows in the basement, which is great for letting light in.
However, on day 2 of completed construction, I discovered one of the neighbor kiddos, peering in to the [treatment-free] window. Now, while that's pretty harmless, I thought we should probably get some window coverings up, stat, since I didn't feel like advertising this as "hey, come on in and grab these!" to people with perhaps more sinister intentions.
So, I bought some nice, simple curtains and got 'em up on that window. Since I wasn't certain exactly *how* this room would end up, I went with white, since they would coordinate with the slipcovers I made for the couch and chair.
The curtains were nice.
But one thing TOTALLY bugged me...
We rarely, if ever, close this door. So this is how it stands 99% of the time. A lovely, painted, creamy ivory door (which isn't that dark in person, by the way. But even so, there's still a definite difference between the two) and crisp, bright white curtains.
Maybe it's the pregnancy, but I couldn't deal.
So, out they came. I have plans for those curtains elsewhere in the house, so not to worry.
I found these pretty drapes at Pier 1 (and they're currently on sale!) - they're the perfect blend of the blue that I've got in the pillows on the sofa and chair, and the ivory in the door and trim. AND they're lined, which is nice when trying to keep away prying eyes.
Like most curtains, these came with the typical pole-pocket tabs on the back (which is what I used to hang the plain white ones).
No worries, just fake it.
Simply make a nice, straight "pinch" from the outside of the fabric with your fingers. To keep the even spacing, I just pinched right above each of the pole-tabs. No measuring for me! :)
Then, simply clip your rings from the outside to hold the pleat together. Done!
No sewing, no fabric fuse... perfectly faked tailored drapes.
Well buddy, what do you think?
Yep, I like 'em too. :)
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