My installer Bill Mott is installing the beautiful rod from Design Elements that Gina and I chose for her new drapes to hang on in her dining room.
Here in the after photo in Gina’s El Dorado Hills, CA home you can see the dramatic paprika red wall color really contrasts stunningly against the cream color drapery. This Chelsea Textiles fabric Indo-chine 2047/01 is what Gina fell in love with for her dining room’s custom window treatments. It is very special, because it is all hand embroidered in India. The custom hand work makes it expensive by the yard, but I was able to make two valances and two accent pillows with only 3 yards of fabric, which is a great value. We paired it with Ground cream 2000/02 for the drapes, which made sure I had the same color die lot to match the valances. The leading edges of the draperies are accented with Trend Fabric’s 03317 / Poppy trim banding, which I purchased from Designer’s Only in Sacramento. The walls and ceiling are painted with a high gloss sheen and is such a fun way to highlight all of Gina’s Blue and white china collection.
Next I am showing you the fabric cut out for two accent chair pillows. The cording BC10003 / Rose from Calico that we selected is draped across them. Now it’s time for me to sew them.
I set up a cute staged shot of the two pillows on the arm chairs in front of the new custom window treatments. It was fun working with all of the beautiful antique heirlooms that Gina owns; like the two oriental vases flanking the window.
This shows the fabric and trim laid out on my cutting table before I started making the custom patterns and cutting the fabric for Gina and Barry’s dining room. It’s always fun to get a preview of the project before constructions begins.
Here is a close up of the coordinating valance that hangs in the adjacent hallway. To highlight the intricate hand embroidery, I designed a tailored style valance with box pleat corners that hangs on a few well positioned fluted drapery rings. The rod I ordered from Design Elements is from their Renaissance Collection in color Imperial Bronze with Gold & Gray.
Next to the dining room is the cutest butler’s pantry that I designed to flow with the dining room, but not match. Here you can see more of Gina’s beautiful antique blue and white china plates and vases. Even the wall tiles are antiques and give such richness to this special little space that new tiles never could. The fabric I made the valance out of is Scalamandre 16211-001 Chinoise Exotique and has the prefect amount of whimsy and Asian feel needed for Gina’s style. The café curtains below are made from Calico’s Dupioni / Cream silk and the red trim used on both is Phantom / Cherry. This rod looks very much like the dining room rod but, is metal from Design Elements Valencia Collection. I could purchase the same style and finish as the wood rod, but with a smaller scale and a beautiful metal finish.
Moving into Gina’s Living room where the walls are 12 feet tall I designed drapes that went from floor to ceiling making a grand statement. The drapery fabric Rhapsody / Linen from Calico has a subtle texture that you get from beautiful linen and blended in with the wall color. I made the roman shades from Calico’s Split Rock / Linen. The functional roman shades open and close for privacy and light control. I wanted the drapes to cover the wall space available into the corner, so I mounted the drapery rod touching the corner wall and extended it out over the center of the window. This Design Element’s rod is the same as the dining room, but with the Royal finial to cap of the end.
This cute valance I fabricated is in a hallway nook leading into a bedroom. Gina and I chose a tailored style with curves at the bottom to show off the beautiful print. The colors in the print and red banding go so well with Gina’s style and antiques. It is fun to take a small area and add just the right fabric to make it special. Gina and I both love these designer details.
Gina’s response when she read this blog post:
“Love your blog! (thumbs up)” – Gina