Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Breakfast Room Toile Makeover

A couple of weeks ago I decided that it was time for the paper shades in my breakfast room to go.   It's been 4 years since we moved in, and Thanksgiving is at our house this year.  Below is the "before" shot.

These windows are only 16" wide.  I have a curved wall to deal with,, so it seems tough.  I went to and looked for window treatment ideas.   

The most common choice was no treatment at all.  I would go for that, except the sun is so hot there are times when you need light control.
 The treatment below of a valance was another choice.
 The shades below gives you some light control, but I'm not sure I like the windows above not covered.
The treatment below is way too formal for me.
 I do like the woven blinds, but I don't have enough time to order anything before thanksgiving.

I love the curved rod below, but I don't have enough clearance behind my table or a place to stack the drapes on the wall.

I did notice that alot of the rooms that are curved -- are like mine, a table in them.

I have some drapes here that match the family room nearby, but I don't really like them with my painting.

You can see my solution laying on the dining room table in the next room.

I went for some toile fabric, a yellow, green, and tan.  The chicken theme may be overdone to some, but I'm sorry, I still love it!  After all, we're out in the country and much of the house is formal, so this makes the room more cozy.

The colors go so well with my painting.  The frame gold is really picked up with the colors in the drapes, and my little girl with the broken arm from 100 years ago is wearing a green dress.  It's picked up in the fabric and looks wonderful!  

Yes, that is a topiary rooster in the right window.  

I made the drapes and the shades.  I made the drapes first, and then managed to line up the design in the shades.

The shades and drapes are both interlined with flannel and blackout lining.  I normally use the cheap blackout lining, but it is so stiff I used a more expensive lining that isn't as stiff.  I am happy that the folds worked out beautifully.  

I love the shade hardware that I got at Fabric Depot in Portland, Oregon.  I can stop the shades at the exact same level on each window.  I thought about making balloon shades, but decided a simple roman shade would be less fussy-- there is so much fabric in this house, less is better here.

I finished just in time.  31 people are coming to dinner.  I am gathering chairs from all over.    I will share a photo later of the table.

ok, I am off to cleaning.   Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!


  1. It is BEYOND beautiful! The rooster is a strong symbol of the French people; their eternal vigilance, their courage and their humble origins. It can never go out of style, I think!
    Happy Thanksgiving!



    1. Thanks for the comment--I will appreciate my roosters even more. When I finish setting the table, I'll add a picture of my antique rooster paintings that you can see from the doorway to the left. xo, Simone

  2. Looks great! Being able to make curtains is a skill I wish I had!

  3. Looks fabulous, great job well done and i also envy your talents.

  4. You are SO talented! The drapes and shades look GORGEOUS!

  5. It’s amazing to see how a window treatment can make a huge difference to a room. Your breakfast room had a wonderful transformation after you installed those fabulous drapes and shades. You definitely were inspired by those window treatment ideas, huh? :)
    Roxie Tenner @ Allure Window Treatments