In this blog you will find details on the Chinoiserie Master Bedroom Makeover – Window Treatment

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As I write this week’s post, I’m 5 days into a fabulous episode with back spasms, nothing horrible just enough to force me out of a 10 hour work day. The deadline this Thursday, however, will be met. I just have to finish one sewing project, fluff, and photograph!! Of course, the clouds have moved in so I will be waiting for the sun to reappear. You are going to get more photographs than ever, details, wide-angles, and ariel views, so check back!

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Week 7

Chinoiserie Master Bedroom Makeover – Window Treatment

Week 7 we will focus on the Chinoiserie Master Bedroom Makeover – Window Treatments. Initially, I planned to place blinds on these windows. But, I can’t do it! At least not this summer. This is like waking up in a tree house. (In case you are worried about the perverts, I do draw the drapes at bedtime. There is something so southern and regal about pulling those drapes open in the morning.

Elegant White Drapery with Turquoise Trim

The windows of the master bedroom are all located in one corner of the room in the sitting area. Although you’ll have to come back Thursday for The Reveal to see the entire shot, this is one of three of a bay window.

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Details: The Window Treatments

  • Drapery Fabric
  • Trim
  • Tassel
  • Tie Back
  • Training

Chinoiserie Master Bedroom Makeover – The Drapery Fabric

Everyone has a favorite look for window treatements and fabric. My favorite is a ceiling to floor (or as close as possible), in a substantial weight silk or faux silk tafetta.

Elegant White Drapery and Antique Marble Floor Lamp

Your budget and/or the sun exposure for the window will help you make that decision. Silk drapes will fade and disentigrate at a faster rate than faux silk. Either will need to be lined. My drapes areEggshell Blackout Faux Silk Taffeta. I used the same draperies in my family room in a different color and love them!!

Turquoise Drapes beside a white bookcase

The drapery does not come with trim. They are beautiful without the trim, but the details make them more appealing to my eye. I’ve written a couple of posts that detail the process of adding trim: DIY: Adding Trim to Curtains and 5 Steps to Customise Ready Made Drapes Be sure to check those out.

Chinoiserie Master Bedroom Makeover – The Trim

Seldom do I stop with one fabulous piece of trim. I can imagine beautiful fabric houses in Dallas, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta with rows and rows of intricate, elegant, and exquisite trims, with a robust ticket price that goes with that territory.

Pom Pom and Brush Drapery Trim on Elegant White Faux Silk Taffeta Curtain

Making my own by combining trims has been a fun solution through the years. This look was crated using simple 1/2 inch pom pom/ball fringe on a 1 inch border tape in a perfect turquoise color with a 2 and 1/2 brush ribbon fringe that can brings to my mind a thatch roof.

Chinoiserie Master Bedroom Makeover – The Tassel

In true Southern Nell form, I fixed up a beautiful tassel to match. It doesn’t do any real work, like drawing or opening the drapery. The soul purpose is just to look pretty. Some of the perfect turquoise ball trim and a little left over crystal trim was added to help her do her job.

Elegant Tassel on Gold Window Hardware

Here is a post from a few years back on customizing your very own tassels: How to Customize a Decorative Tassel

Chinosierie Chic Lilving Room with Custom Tassel on Elegant White Lamp
Customize Store Bought Tassels

Chinoiserie Master Bedroom Makeover – The Crystal Tie Back

These tie backs are a perfect example of why you never get rid of anything (so sorry Marie). I was filled with joy when I found them several years ago, and held on to them for a few years before it was time for their close up. You’ll have to admit, you don’t get much more southern than these beauties.

Elegant White Drapery with Crystal Knob  Tie Back

Chinoiserie Master Bedroom Makeover – Training the Drapes

There are tools that you can purchase to help train your drapes to hang in beautiful folds. I’ve found that tying them loosely with any ribbon you have on hand does the trick. If your drapes are more stubborn, you might try loosely tying them at the top, middle and bottom. This one pretty pink ribbon in the middle has done the trick for these.

Pink Bow Training White Drapery Panel

To say I’m excited to reveal the room to you in a few days is an understatment. I promise there will be more photos than you can imagine, so be paitent while opening the post, hehe!

Thank you for sticking with me through these eight weeks. What an eight weeks it has been for our world. Praying we will continue to grow, learn, listen and unite as the world needs all of our Light!

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Lori Nell

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Comments (10)

  1. Jamala Wallace


    These drapes are beautiful! I love the color and you chose the perfect tassel to compliment them.. can’t wait to see the finished look

    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      Thank you, Jamala! There’s something so fun about a tassel, right!

  2. acraftymix


    I’m so glad you decided to go for drapes instead of blinds, Lori. Maybe it’s just me, but blinds in a bedroom always seem to office-y and the way you’ve dressed up your drapes is so gorgeous. The tassels and pom-poms give it that rich, luxurious look.

    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      Thank you so much Michelle. I love pulling them open in morning!!

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