Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dapper Dining Drapes...Done!

How's that title for some alliteration?

A few weekends ago Ray & I made a quick trip to Dallas overnight.  I went into one of my favorite fabric stores fully intenting to purchase fabric to make new solid, neutral curtains for the dining room.  

These are the curtains right across the room-

My living/dining/kitchen are all open so whatever I put in the dining room needed to coordinate with what I already had in the back.  My plan was to get a pretty, fresh solid green for the dining room.  And then I saw these at the fabric store-
(really bad phone pic but that's a smaller scale houndstooth.)

You know that I love houndstooth and could not get this idea out of my head.  I left the fabric store without making any purchases.  After returning home, I began the search for the perfect fabric.  I scoured the internet and drove all over town checking fabric stores for a houndstooth pattern that was just right.  I came up empty-handed...everything was either the wrong color, wrong scale, or too expensive.  

On a whim while there to purchase something else, I walked through the fabric at Hobby Lobby.  I look at their fabric almost every time I'm there and just knew they didn't have what I was looking for.  But then, I saw it, and birds began singing :)!  The color was perfect.  The scale wasn't too big or too small.  The price (using my coupon!) was perfect.  I bought a quarter of a yard and pinned it up on my existing curtains and loved it right away.  They next day, after trips to 4 different stores to find enough fabric, I had my 15 yards ready to go.

Although it is graphic, this pattern is surprisingly neutral.  I love how it has some personality but isn't overpowering.  

Want to know the best part about this fabric?  The back is just as pretty as the front, so I didn't have to line it!  Yippee!  Love saving money and time.  And, I love how the pattern looks from outside the window, too.

I showed you my plan for the Dining Room here, and little by little it's coming together.  One more thing is checked off of the list.

New table-leaf needs to be made
Refinish table
Purchase side chairs
Reupholster wing chairs for the ends of the table
Purchase and paint china cabinet
New drapery

Linking up with Classy Clutter, Savvy Southern Style,
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

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  1. What a great print, lucky you! I think they look perfect in the room!

  2. Your dining room looks great! Love the drapery!

  3. You know I LOVE it! It's the perfect impact and coordinates without being matchy! Btw, your shell looks fabulous, too!

  4. It looks fantastic! I would never have thought of using houndstooth, but it looks great!! (I love houndstooth too)

  5. LOVE! they are neutral without being boring - i want them for my dining room!!!
    would you mind sharing the name of the fabric you used? :)
    erincyoung (at)

  6. Jennifer, they look fabulous! You're right they do have a neutral look to them. I love how full they are. I think the graphic pattern was just what you needed to add some punch to your dining room.

    Can't wait to see the rest of your things get crossed off your list. It's going to be gorgeous!

    By the way, where in TX are you? We lived in Fort Worth for a few years, way back when.

    Take care,


  7. I love them! They're interesting but still fairly neutral, and look great in the dining room! I love how you get a project DONE! (whereas I hem and haw for a month!) I'm inspired.

  8. Okay, when I first saw that camera phone pic I was a little scared. That big band of floral freaked me out. But now I see what you envisioned and the vision and execution are perfect!



  9. They look fantastic! Isn't it amazing that you found the perfect fabric at HL? LOVE using those coupons!

    You are so very welcome to make curtains for me anytime. I'll come and cook/bake for you! :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend ~

  10. You are absolutely right, the pattern is perfect! Your drapes add just the right amount of interest and pattern to the room. I love them! Gorgeous.

  11. Hey, Jennifer! Your new window treatments look great! I've been working with houndstooth a lot lately. I love it! Glad you had a great time in Dallas.

  12. Dining room drapes look perfect. That is on my to do list once I get done with reupholstering my dining room chairs. Very pretty houndstooth - a classic pattern and they work perfectly.

  13. Love, love, love it! My HL doesn't have that fabric, though. :( I was thinking navy/white houndstooth for my little guy's room, and your pictures confirmed it! I love that it's classic, but not too feminine!

  14. I love your drapes,They look beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

  15. Love the chandy! The whole room is just gorgeous!

  16. Your new drapes are gorgeous! Love your whole dining beautiful :o)

  17. I love houndstooth, too. Your curtains are great. Will you be lining them so they won't fade from the sunlight? Just wondering. I think you made the perfect choice to coordinate with your other drapes.

  18. I love houndstooth, and your drapes are fabulous!!! I'm also working on my dining room and planning to get some wing backs reupholstered. Still searching craigslist for the perfect pair! I'm going to be so jealous if you can do upholstery, too ;)

  19. This looks fantastic Jennifer! I've always had a soft spot for houndstooth and was considering upholstering some dining chairs in it. Now I know it looks this good it is definately moving closer to the top of my fabric choices! Love your blog xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

  20. It looks so pretty! beautiful room!

  21. I love the drapes! They look lovely from the outside as well - bonus!!

  22. they are stunning! whenever I see houndstooth it reminds me of my intro to interior design teacher (she always had something houndstooth incorporated in her outfit or accessories), and she was an amazing teacher and designer, so it always makes me happy. I might need to add some houndstooth drapes of my own. I love that they almost read as a solid from further away, but have quite the personality up close. great choice!

  23. So pretty! I will be featuring it, sorry so late!

  24. How are the tops made? I can't really tell, but I love the way they bunch at the top. I am almost ready to make drapes for my woMan Cave with the fabric on the back of your chairs. I have never made them before.


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