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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Short Curtains

First off, thank you so much for giving your opinions on the black or white issue yesterday!  I so appreciate your advice!  Although I'm still somewhat on the fence, I have started the process of taping off the doors. It's not so fun, but hopefully when I'm done taping I'll have my mind made up as far as a color goes.

Today's topic is short curtains.


For the most part, you either like them or you don't.  I for one like them, especially in a kid's space.  They are fun and casual.  I decided to go with short curtains in the boy's room.  One reason, besides liking the look, is because of the space issue.  His room is on the small side.  Dressing the windows with short panels allowed me to push the furniture up against the walls.  Even if it is just a few inches, it makes a difference.

When you saw this area last, it looked like this.



I used my no-sew hemming tape and the $9/yd. canvas fabric I found to make these panels.  The fabric is actually a vertical stripe pattern that I turned on its side.


These panels were easy enough to make except for the fact that I measured wrong and had to make a few adjustments.  Thank goodness I measured wrong on the long side rather than the short side.  To fix the problem all I did was fold down the top and clip the rings on to shorten them.  I think if you're going with a short curtain that it's best to have the panels hit right at the end of the window trim.  This was they look purposeful rather than like you just bought/made the wrong size.


For the bedside window, I had to create a border on the bottom.


The width of the fabric once turned horizontally wasn't long enough to cover this window, so I just made a border with the stripes going vertically to make up the difference.  Again just using no-sew hemming tape!  It's not super noticeable, but I do like that this window is a little different from the other one.  It sort of defines each area of the room.


You may have also noticed the red border around the Yoda quotes.  I just taped them off with frog tape and painted the border.  I chose red to tie in with the curtain panels.  

The yellow chair in the desk area is a recent $10 Restore find.  


I'm in love with it!  The desk we already had; it was purchased from Ikea years ago.  I recycled a soup can with some scrapbook paper and grosgrain ribbon to give him a pencil cup. 


Don't even try to act like you don't love you some Chewbacca!  

So what do you think?  Where do you stand on short curtains?  I'll admit the desk area feels a bit top heavy right now, but once I get the artwork on the walls I think it will balance things out nicely. 


I'm getting so close to being done with this room!  Next up artwork and then the headboard!  





*Linking up At The Picket Fence

26 comments:

  1. I think they look great! His room is coming along so nicely! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  2. You've made short curtains really work in this room! It's looking awesome! Can't wait to see what you do with the headboard.

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  3. Looks great! I love the curtains....especially the ones with the border at the hem. Chewie is my favorite (tilt your head back and mewwwahhh)

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  4. I love them! ANd I love the Star Wars room. I'm working on a similar space for my son and I'm also torn about the windows because he needs curtains, but the long panels just won't work with the layout. I'm thinking I may give short curtains a try myself!

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  5. I think short was a great call in this room! Love the fabric and your trick for making the one set longer was great. Where did you get the fabric?

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  6. Very nicely done! I am rather partial to short curtains in bedrooms. But then maybe its because that's what I grew up with... :) And the desk area.... well it is going to be spectacular when its done! (it already looks really, really nice!!!) Keep up the good work!

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  7. They look great, Carmel! I love a no-sew project! And I really like the border on the longer window - gives it such a custom look.

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  8. I'm a big fan of short curtains. They don't collect cat fur and the kids aren't tempted to play super heros: )

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  9. The short curtains are perfect in here! That yellow chair...what a score, love the bright pop!

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  10. you are going to kill me because we are so on the same page! i was planning to do red striped curtains at that length for sawyer's room, too!!!!!! one window is right above his guest bed, and the other is a dormer right over a bookcase, so the short fits much better in there and is more kid friendly. too funny! i LOVE the look, so it just confirmed the decision for me! you are the best!

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  11. Love the short curtains - did the same in my daughters room. His room is looking great.

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  12. I actually do not care for short curtains however it would really solve the problem that I am having in my sons room. So I am considering it for that. I think that the room is looking really good. I just wish that I am one of the lucky few that can do the Chewbacca(?) voice!!

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  13. I love the red striped curtains! I think short works really well in this space.

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  14. My son has red short curtains in his room! I totally agree that you have to make sure it hits the window just right so that it is obviously intentional. I love the stripes and think you did a great job! His room is looking so cool! :-)
    Vanessa

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  15. Very cute! I especially love the sign! Hopefully that will provide some inspiration!

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  16. They definitely work in his room. Great job, Carmel. The length is perfect. And I love the border. You are making mad progress.

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  17. I love the curtains, especially the border on the bottom, it makes the whole thing for me! Keep up the good work, you are almost done with this room!

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  18. I think short curtains make so much sense for a kid and in a room, like you said, where you need to move furniture around. I love the pops of yellow and look forward to seeing the headboard.

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  19. I LOVE the Yoda quote in the bedroom...I still say that to my 11 year old (despite the eye roll) when he says "I'll try)! New follower :)
    Stacy

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  20. ITs adorable! and Im with ya on the short curtains in kids rooms. Im redoing my boys room now and one of the beds is up against a window and all it does is crunch the curtain up against the wall so Im going with short panels this time.
    Love the pop of yellow with the chair as well!

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  21. I love love love the short curtains! I just tried making some for our kitchen window. My question to you, though, is how do yours look so soft and flexible?? I used no-sew hem tape as well, the iron on kind, and now the curtains hang straight beautifully but i can't just swoosh them to the sides very easily because the top and bottom are so... unbendy. Does that even make sense? Haha. How did you make them so flexible? Thanks!

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  22. Tricia - I typically fold them and lay a book or something heavy on them for a few hours. This helps to soften that hard, inflexible seam. I should probably write a post about this.

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  23. Thanks so much! I appreciate your quick response!!

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