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Tricks of the Trade: Drapery

No questions asked, drapery with out a doubt MAKES a space.  It adds warmth, height, drama, texture…I can go on and on.  Of course, this is just my opinion, but I have yet to see a space without it that wouldn’t benefit from it.  Put it over the windows, between door casings, line the walls of a whole room; there are a million applications.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts we try to live by and a few pretties to check out.


The Lining:

Absolutely, always, without a doubt, either line and inner line or black out line drapery unless its a sheer.  A simple lining without the “insides” doesn’t quite cut it.  You do not want to see any light from the window through your drapey unless it is a sheer.  If you are going to pay the money to have drapery, do it right.  (No, Pottery Barn drapery does not come inner lined or with black out lining.  But there is no shame in buying them and taking them to you local seamstress and having her add the inner lining. :))

The lining sounds like a minor detail…but it is actually pretty  major.  This is what you will see from the outside of your house when you look at your windows.  Unless you have a bright white exterior, you don’t want your lining to be white.  There are few things worse than seeing a dark painted house and you miss the beauty of the house because the white lining of the drapery in the windows is all you see.  Go with a cream, taupe, grey or even brown lining to keep it from stealing all the attention from your curb appeal.

Drapery hardware:

It makes all the difference in the world…  A major pet peeve of mine are expandable rods.  Not only does the rod sag, but it is virtually impossible to open or close a drapery panel with this type of rod.  Measure correctly and get a solid wooden or iron rod that fits exactly.

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Where to hang your drapery:

Please don’t put your rod at the top of your window molding unless the window molding touches your ceiling.  Raise that thing up as high as you can get it. It adds height to your room.  A good rule of thumb if you don’t take the rod to the ceiling is to split the distance between the top of the casing and the crown and put the rod in the center.  Also, mount the brackets at least 6″ wider than your window (where possible) to make your windows look larger and to keep from blocking the daylight.

Pleats, rod pockets, grommets, etc.:

All are acceptable in the right application.  99% of the time we go for the pleated look.  It just looks tailored and finished.  Goblet pleats, euro pleats, pinch pleats…love them all.

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Drapery returns:

Majorly important in the installation process.  Unless your husband hangs drapery for a living, hire out the installation to someone who knows how to hang drapery correctly.  Barrett can walk into a room and whisper to me, “uh, Steve obviously didn’t hang their drapery.  They didn’t get the return right.”  I’ve taught him a little too well.  Ha!  A return is the part of the drapery at the end of the rod that attaches to the wall.  It prevents the daylight from coming in through the outside of the drapery.  Generally your last drapery ring goes between the bracket and finial on your rod and then you pin the corner of the drapery to the wall right by the bracket to seal the deal.

To puddle or not to puddle:

I actually am okay with both looks.  In the right setting, a puddled drapery adds a little drama.  If you don’t sweep often or don’t have a gem of a housekeeper, you aren’t going to want to puddle your drapery.  Talk about a dust trap.  I prefer the drapery barely kissing the floor.



One last trick of the trade I all learned from our fabulous installer:

On the lead ring of the drape, twist the pin so you are pinning the drape to the ring almost backwards.  This keeps you from seeing the lining on the lead panel.

Hope this helped you out a little when designing drapery.  If you have any questions or want a little help, feel free to give us a call.  Hope y’all had a great Valentine’s Day!

Friday Favorite: Before, During and After of Ashley’s House

Although it is hard to believe that any sane person would take on this job, we actually knew what we were getting into when we bought this ole house.  Little make over?  Not quite… Quick list of a few things this 100 year ol’ baby got: COMPLETELY NEW FOUNDATION (43 PIERS TO BE EXACT TOTALLY REBUILT), WALLS OF THE BASEMENT TORN DOWN AND REBUILT, NEW BASEMENT STAIRS, ADDED BRAND NEW HVAC, COMPLETELY REWIRED, TOTALLY NEW PLUMBING, ALL FLOORS REFINISHED, NEW ROOF, NEW PAINT INSIDE AND OUT, ADDED A NEW PORCH AT THE BACK OF THE HOUSE TO MATCH THE FRONT, TONS OF ROTTEN WOOD REPLACED, KITCHEN AND BATHROOMS RENOVATED…

One of the most appealing things about this property was it had hardly been touched since it was built.  The house has beautiful stained molding and large pocket doors that we couldn’t pass up.  When we purchased the home, we knew the entire foundation would have to be replaced for the house to be level again.  Our fear was that the plaster would be irreparable after the structure was fixed.  Our fears were right on.  I was adamant that this beautiful stained molding (the whole reason behind buying the house) stay untouched.  Every contractor looked at me like I was insane.  It isn’t exactly an easy job to remove the plaster, leave the lathe, leave the molding, and then add sheet rock.  I got lots of nice looks from lots of workers. 

Here are a few pics of the process.  There are SOOOOOOOOO many pics of the progress, I have just focused on the front of the house for now.  More to come soon.

Original Pic of Front Door


Original Entry Stairway. How do you like that wall papered ceiling?


Original Fireplace

Notice all the cracks and the plastic over the windows to help regulate the temperature.  There was not any central heating and air.  My favorite is the short drapery.  :) 

Remember Meredith’s post last Friday about the green painted brick being reused on the chimney when it was rebuilt…now you see where it came from.

Original living room window. YES, that is PACKAGING TAPE holding the plaster on the wall!!


No more plaster…

 I can remember this day clearly.  My parents came from Baton Rouge to visit and walked through the house.  My ultra conservative Dad did not open his mouth.  Not one word.  I know he was thinking everything he taught me must have gone in one ear and out the other.  This was way too much risk for him!!  (Pretty intimidating for us too!)

Sheetrock begins...


Notice the new fireplace using the original bricks



Finished foyer...although I'm not ever really finished.Finished living room, for the moment.Finished living room, for the moment.


Living Room

More to come soon.  Thanks for following along our crazy project.  It’s been a long, fun ride…