Custom made window coverings at a low price? it sounds too good to be true but isn’t when you know someone talented at sewing!
Gillian’s mom had some cute fabric on hand that was big enough to make the curtains for the main floor bathroom window. Now the bathroom can be used without worrying if anyone in the backyard can see you!
The house came with zero window coverings and zero drapery hardware (well there was one, bent, curtain rod in the living room). Luckily Chris had some drapes and hardware from his old apartment which we hung up in the living room and upstairs for a temporary solution.
Even though our house is a middle row house, there are still quite a few very large windows so getting them all covered could be expensive. To save money we commissioned Gillian’s mom to make custom curtains for us. This enabled us to reduce the cost to only materials and hardware!
We first had to measure all the windows. When you are measuring for window coverings don’t forget to:
- measure twice (or three times… our master bedroom has 2 windows side by side that are slightly different sizes so we actually measured four times in disbelief until we convinced ourselves they really were different).
- measure the distance between the top of the window and ceiling and the bottom of the window and the floor (this will help you in deciding how long to make the curtains).
- measure the distance from the side of the window to the wall or other window (this is to help you in deciding what size of finial, aka decorative thing at the ends of the rods, you can have).
To get the fabric for the rest of the windows we kept an eye out for sales. Fabricland is a great source for drapery fabric and they will cut it to measure. Gillian and her mom went bargain hunting during the end of summer sale and found some great fabric for the master bedroom. This quick picture snapped at the store doesn’t do it justice but the colour and subtle pattern are so soothing it will give the master bedroom a really relaxed feel to it. The Oshawa store didn’t have enough of the fabric but they checked around and luckily another two stores did so they had it brought in (fantastic service!).
Since we have temporary curtains up in the living room we don’t feel a rush to get those ones done, but while out looking at fabric we found this one. It is a pretty bold print but the black and off white are so neutral that it softens the effect and we think it will go really great with the overall traditional feel we want the house to have.
The other place we need a curtain for is the office. We were thinking something with a pattern that has a splash of bright colour. Nothing too overwhelming but something that has a bit of energy.
What colours go well in a home-office?