Bold Striped DIY Drapes

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Every year when the Christmas decorations come down, it's inevitable that something big is going to happen.  The house always feels sterile after the twinkling lights and glittery ornaments are put away.  This is the time of year that I usually do something dramatic...





This year, it was the drapes.  












I wanted a bold, graphic pattern.  I love what stripes can do for a space (check out The Nester's Drapes).   I wanted a print that was geometric and large in scale.  And definitely black and cream.









 I couldn't find a fabric that I liked so, I resorted to my usual ways and made my own.  








They were originally plain off white cotton twill drapes from Restoration Hardware.  They were a bit pricey so, I didn't want to do anything permanent.









I used black twill fabric cut into 14" wide stripes 








and attached them to my plain canvas drapes with fusible fabric webbing.  












Then, using the same technique,  I covered the raw edge with black grosgrain ribbon.












Here is what they looked before...






(Before)





(Before)




and now...


(After)


These drapes could also be easily created with ready made panels cut into strips and sewn together.  The technique I used is not permanent.  Something to consider before starting this project.





(After)


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134 comments:

  1. Oh, I love it! What a stunning difference those drapes make! Love it!

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  2. Wow! They look beautiful! It's amazing how much a room can transform with one change!

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  3. love it! you have such a beautiful space.

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  4. very bold indeed! They look great with the ribbon trim.

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  5. Really graphic! I like them. Your whole house is too cute!

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  6. Love it! It looks great with the other black acccents!

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  7. Wow what a difference the bold lines make! They add so much to the room. You have a great eye.~

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  8. Wow!! Gorgeous..now that makes a statement!

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  9. I LOVE IT!!!! Such a simple solution with huge impact!

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  10. Those are FANTASTIC!!!! I love how they look in the room!

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  11. Oh wow, those are beautiful! They make such a dramatic statement, love them.

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  12. i'm in love! i've been looking for brown and white drapes the exact same color and stripe- and yours are BEAUTIFUL! maybe i'll recreate my own?!

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  13. What a difference! They look great. I found you by way of A Little Lovely and am so glad I did. Just yesterday I posted on my blog that I wanted to do curtains like this in my dining room. I was thinking of painting stripes, but this has me thinking differently. They are just lovely!

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  14. Beautiful! I have been thinking about switching up my own drapes and that is great inspiration!

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  15. What a fantastic idea! I love it. Great way to re-use something you already have to create such an impact!

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  16. I love these drapes. Great inspiration for my great room! What a striking look!

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  17. I love these nice bold stripes!
    Great decision
    Christine
    greatoakcircle.com

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  18. What a gorgeous look! I love the bold statement those drapes make in that space, and have been looking to do something similar in my master bedroom. So let me get this straight, you just fused the fabric on top of the existing drapes? Brilliant!

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  19. I came across a striped drape recently and should have picked them up at that time. Now I've been kicking myself because they are GONE. I'm just going to copy you!

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  20. Wow, I love the stripes! You did a great job on the drapes. So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

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  21. beautiful! I've been looking for duvet cover just like that for my son's room. I think you just solved my problem, thanks,
    -denise

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  22. Oh, you have so inspired me! I am going round and round with my drapes and wanting to do something new. This is wonderful. By the way . . .Cannon in D is my all time favorite song. Walked down the aisle to it and dance with my hubby to it in front of the kids all the time! hehe

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  23. I really enjoy your blog and would like to pass along the Stylish Blog Award to you! Please stop by http://CalypsointheCountry.blogspot.com/2011/01/thank-you.html to accept the award!

    Congrats!
    Shelley

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  24. I am just in awe of your gorgeous draperies!! I have a weakness for big horizontal stripes, and these are just stunning. I'd like to feature your draperies on my "Before and After" post this Tuesday morning on my Addicted 2 Decorating blog.

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  25. These are in-cred-ible!! LOVE, love love!

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  26. Wow, so dramatic. I just love horizontal stripes.

    And you made them? Awesome.

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  27. this is the perfect solution! bold statement. yet, not permanent. they look amazing in your room.

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  28. This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage as well! Have a nice Week! Mary :O)

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  29. What a big impact you made, they are stunning !

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  30. I've just popped over from Addicted2Decorating and WOW what a lovely blog you have! So glad to be following now :o)
    Your drapes are fantastic. I have been thinking of doing something similar and I think this has given me the push I needed, thanks.
    Angex

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  31. Fabulous! One question, do you know of anyway to remove the fabric if you decide you want a change in the future or is the look going to have to be permanent?

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  32. GORGEOUS! I love the new look of your drapes!!! I love that you made them!

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  33. Love it- love it- love it- they are gorgeous!

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  34. the cutains are cute. but I LOVE your couch!! I'm doing my kitchen in it right now! so pretty!
    New follower! :)

    dominiquescraftcouture.blogspot.com
    dominiquesboutique@yahoo.com

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  35. I love them! It's exactly what I've been looking for. Can't wait to try it. Thanks.

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  36. WOW!!! They look AMAZING!! I love blk & white!! I'm so impressed with your straight lines too...I think mine would be all over the place! :-)
    I'm your newest follower...come check out my blog when you have a chance :-)
    Shantel @
    www.itsapricelesslife.blogspot.com

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  37. I am madly in love with this!! :) We have the same taste. Holy moly, it's amazing!!! Can I feature this post??

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  38. Love these so much! I am totally doing these in my living room...just found your blog and loving all of it! Great job! Off to check out more and featured your beautiful drapes on my blog.

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  39. Love love love these! Great job, and so easy too! I'm going to add this to my "tutorials to do" page because I like to change out the drapes pretty often and this is a very inexpensive way to do it! Thanks.
    Anna
    askannamoseley.blogspot.com

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  40. Absolutely in love with these curtains. Featured them this morning on my blog! thehillsidehome.blogspot.com

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  41. Loving the curtains and loving your blog! I just stumbled upon it today! I also love your couch with the damask cushions. Did you cover the couch/cushions yourself? I am in love with the whole look and the way you put contrasting textiles together. Jen
    jenrdh29@yahoo.com

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  42. Wow, my interior decorator daughter loves them! Great idea with the ribbon.

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  43. These are so pretty! I have been looking for a solution to jazz up my drapes. Just might have to try your version. Thanks for sharing. =)

    goodgirlgoneglad.com

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  44. Fabulous! Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. I will be featuring you curtains becaust they are so stinkin' clever!!!! Love love love them. Don't for get to pick up a button.

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  45. soooo much better! what a transformation!! They're beautiful!

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  46. Brilliant! I have been looking for thick striped fabric to do this very same thing, and couldn't find it. I love this idea!

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  47. Holy Catfish!!! Those are stunning and SO easy!

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  48. omg i just found u and i have been missing out. love, love, your style and thx for the info. i tried to become a follower and it would not go thru, so i am trying this. ur friend and future follower in iowa. what talent.

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  49. I LOVE them!! Your style is so amazing! So, this might sound a little funny... but can I purchase your old drapes from you?!! :)

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  50. Nevermind... I just realized that you probably used your old drapers to make your new ones. I'm a little slow!! Your house is just gorgeous!!

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  51. I just found your blog and I LOVE it! I am a little obsessed with all things black, white, and red! So refreshing to see another home with the same scheme. Great job on the drapes. I'm in need of some new drapes in my living room and have been thinking of stripes ( I love the nesters stripe drapes) Thanks again for sharing.

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  52. Love the drapes, but where did you get the wooden table with the drawers and baskets in front of it?

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  53. amazing.....so going to try this! great idea!

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  54. WOW! LOVE IT! I would of never thought to just iron some fabric right on it. Clever, clever girl!

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  55. Stunning!! I want to do the same,except in chevron!! :)

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  56. These are gorgeous! I'd love to try this one mine!

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  57. OMGosh I love your blog! I just found you through Rate My Space and I'm dying over these striped curtains. If my husband wasn't sleeping next to me I might scream!

    New follower!
    Love for you to check me out at http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

    Megan

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  58. Thanks for this tutorial , I've been trying to come up with ideas this is so much easier and nicer than paint!

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  59. Your whole room is fab! Those damask pillows are awesome! I love the red, black and white color scheme and of course, your curtains ROCK!

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  60. Gorgeous! I love them! The ribbon is such nice touch as well.

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  61. These are beautiful! I'll be featuring them later today :).

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  62. What a great idea! I love these! I have resorted to cutting up tablecloths and sewing them back together to get my wide horizontal stripes! I'm gonna have to try thiss!

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  63. This is just what I needed to see. I wanted striped drapes for my bedroom makeover and these will be perfect. I will probably use green and white, though. Thanks for sharing.

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  64. Great idea! I love the punch they add to your room. Thank you for sharing your secret ;-).

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  65. a lovely improvement. I think I might apply this to some plain curtains in my teenage sons bedroom. I think he'll like the bold strips

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  66. I just found your blog and these curtains. WOW! I am so impressed and speechless right now. I'm looking for something like this for my laundry room, but not sure if it's worth the time and effort you took to make them. They would be perfect.

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  67. such a great idea and so luxurious. thanks for the inspiration!

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  68. 100% better.
    who knew?
    awesome drapes!!!!

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  69. Love it! What a huge statement they make. So dramatic!

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  70. These are simply fabulous! Thanks for sharing (o:

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  71. Love the drapes! How did you do the very bottom stripe? Is there ribbon on the edge? I'm going to attempt these today.

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  72. those are so cute! thanks for sharing!

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  73. Anonymous, The bottom stripe was folded under and "hemmed" with stitchwitchery. I would love to hear how your project turned out.

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  74. LOVE THIS!!!! Thanks for the idea!!

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  75. Thanks! Now I know how to get rid of the navy blue stripe (that no longer works) on my red Nautica tab tops!

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  76. Oh I am totally copying these for my bedroom.
    So I get that you used the stitchwitchery on the back of the black but j/w did you only use it around the edges of the black fabric? as in none in the middle area?

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  77. These look great! It gave me an idea to change out our curtains for a fresh look!

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  78. I made your curtains and blogged about it! They were a lot of work but so worth it, I totally LOVE them. I hope you will come check them out and be proud of your inspiration!

    http://chitx.blogspot.com/

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  79. Love the curtains and love the table in front of them... Where did you get that from. Just moved into a new house and it's time to accessorize!

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  80. Love the stripes. I am definitely bookmarking this for a future project!

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  81. Your drapes are fabulous. LOVE!

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  82. Stripes are my favorite! Clothing, decor, I can't get enough. You can also paint white panels from IKEA, for an inexpensive and easy update.

    http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-chevron-curtains.html

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  83. the curtains look awesome & i love them even more knowing they didn't require sewing! i agree...the house just loses it's "mojo" after the holidays, so this year i already have a few projects lined up so i'll be prepared & not as let down when i have to take down the decor! thanks for sharing your tutorial :)

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  84. i owul love to know where you got the black stand that sits infront of the windows! its exactly what im looking for! im going for a white and yellow look am im exciting to see how the drapes turn out

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  85. I love it ALL! Can you share where you found the table with the baskets underneath? Or what it's called exactly. I have been looking for something similar with no luck. Thanks

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  86. I came across your blog today... and I've been reading ever since! I love all your home transformations. Soooo beautiful! And, your b&w is exactly what I have loved my whole life, but never thought to do so much in the home with it. Thank you for all the beautiful inspiration. I think I just may try to do some replications. :)

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  87. What a transformation! I absolutely LOVE the bold stripes!

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  88. What a good idea! they look amazing.

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  89. After considering paying $150 PER PANEL for curtains for my son's room (my husband just doesn't understand why I NEED to have horizontal striped curtains for him), I will definitely be giving this a try! And I love that they are no sew!

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  90. Outstanding!

    I'm trying to figure out why these panels speak to me, but they do.

    A fellow black, white and red devotee!

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  91. you'd love my showroom.
    it's got blk & wht floors.
    broad stripes - 24" each.

    love your post!

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  92. Thank you so much for this inspiration!! I am going to try my hand at this for my front room! I am a major black, red & white fan & this is so inspiring!! Thank you, thank you!!!

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  93. I should always know when I do a google search for a design I have in mind, I am going to wind up here. :) I love your style! I am working on an update of my kitchen dining area, and this is just what I have in mind. Thank you so much!

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  94. I too would love to know where you found the table with the baskets. I've just recently found your blog (thanks pinterest) and am loving it.

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  95. Love your curtains! Inspired me to make some... check them out and tell me what you think! =) http://h2hblog.com/diy-curtain-tutorial

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  96. Will definitely have to try this. I bought custom made drapes several years ago, but I'd love to switch them out now and again -- but on a budget. Good idea!

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  97. like the curtain...it look so fresh and clean...beautiful just the way it is.

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  98. BEAUTIFUL! May I ask where you got the lamp and shad? Thanks

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  99. I am in love!! I have always been obsessed with bold striped window treatments and this is a wonderful and easy DIY!! I'm literally doing this tomorrow!! Thanks so much for the awesome post!

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  100. I made these and they look great! Thanks for the idea and guide. I changed it a little and sewed the black fabric and it looks great still.

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  101. Love it!!! I wanted the same thing, but I actually went to Target and purchased 2- 70X114 white tablecloths and 1- 70X114 black tablecloths and 2 rods up to 48"...total cost $96.00...I purchased the ribbon from Hobby Lobby 50% today....I will post pictures....Thank you so much for your inspiration. I had recently painted my fireplace black (Martha Stewart Silhoutte) and a Dark Gray above the wall...and chincilla on the outter surface....I was debating changing the wall color, but believe your inspiration may change that....We'll see...

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  102. I did the whole DIY striped curtain thing as well, but used fabric paint. Didn't come out nearly as clean & finished as yours...might have to try again! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  103. This. Is. AMAZING. I am so glad I found this, and even MORE glad that these were DIY because I have to do this! Thank you for sharing - what an easy technique too. No sewing required. Really awesome. Thank you!

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  104. I love it! Can you tell me where you got the table/cabinet furniture in front of the window? I've been looking for something just like that one! Thanks!

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  105. I want to make these and I love the black and cream! I'm going to so it just like you, except using canvas drop cloth from home depot. I want to know how you think it would look with a BROWN leather couch though???
    My dining chairs and a cute little dresser in the same area are black thoug. What do you think?

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  106. These are fabulous, and as I hate sewing (well, I think it hates me), this is perfect! I love stripes! Thank you.

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  107. FABULOUS!!!! Wow, what a huge difference.... I have to do this one. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

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  108. FABULOUS!!! Wow! I love it. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I am like you too, don't want to make everything perm. I change things too much.

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  109. Love the drapes!!! Where is the table from?

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    1. I would love to know where you got the table with bins. I love how you decorated the room!

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  110. I loved these curtains! Want to sell them to me?? : )

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  111. I absolutely love your site, so glad I came across it! I love these drapes! Do you think they would look good in a living room that is long and has about 5 Windows that run all along the front wall of the house? I didn't know if that would be too much stripes or curtain for that matter! Their floor to ceiling Windows.

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  112. I absolutely love your site, so glad I came across it! Do you think these curtains would look good in a long living room with about 5 floor to ceiling Windows running next to each other all along the front wall of the house? I didn't know if that would be too much stripes or curtain, for that matter. Thanks so much! I would love to have you decorate my home!

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  113. Hi! I absolutely love these! however, with my busy schedule, I am not able to make these. If I gave you my measurements, and paid you, could you make me two sets? These are stunning! If so, please email me at sbauer06@yahoo.com
    Thanks,
    Sarah

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  114. Love the drapes! Do you think you could tell me the name of the color on your walls as well? Looking for that perfect color for my new house and I really love this!

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  115. I really LOVE the drapes! Do you think you could tell me the name of your paint color on your walls? I've been looking for the perfect one and I love it!

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  116. Where did you get the table ? It goes great with the drapes!!

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  117. I love this idea! I just linked you to my inspiration blog post! They are the perfect solution to the PBK rugby panels i've been coveting! Do you think the heat and bond will work on thermal panels?

    molly from mollyandkate.com

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  118. Love your curtains!!! And thank you for providing inspiration for me to just make some for my self after spending WAY too much time looking some. They took a while, but I had help and they look beautiful! Check them out here!

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  119. I need these curtains <3

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  120. love these! how wide of a grosgrain did you use?

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  121. Great idea! I wanted to let you know that I included your link on my blog if you want to check it out: http://amyroachsenter.blogspot.com/2013/12/crafting-for-uncrafty.html#more

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  122. I know that this post is a few years old, but I couldn't have happened upon it at a more perfect time! This room is so similar to mine, it's eerie! Can't wait to try my hand at these tonight! Thank you!

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  123. I know this post is a few years old, but I couldn't have happened upon it at a better time. Can't wait to try my hand at these tonight. Thanks!

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