October 24, 2012

Behind the Curtains - Red Door Home


Wake Up Wednesday will be on hold this week, but will continue as normal next week.  Today we have another special guest for curtain week.  When I decided to do curtain week I did a lot of hunting to find blogs that had already posted about curtains.  Well, let's just say I hit the jackpot with this blog.  She creates and restores gorgeous things and her work has been published like crazy in magazines.  On her blog you'll find wonderful projects like THIS...


and THIS.


It's Stacy from Red Door Home.  Welcome!


Hi I am Momma Hear Me Roar Readers! I am thrilled and excited to be participating in Cheri’s Behind the Curtain Series.  Cheri has put together a fabulous group of bloggers who, over the course of this week, will be showcasing some of their favorite curtains in their homes as well as sharing the tutorials on how to make them. It is sure to be fun and inspirational!


 I am Stacy from Red Door Home, a stay at home mom who besides sewing, loves refurbishing vintage and thrift store finds, budget decorating, and DIY projects. Below you will find a sample of some of the curtains I have completed for my own home as well as projects I created which have been featured in several nationally prominent shelter magazines. Many of the curtains include links to tutorials on my blog on how to make them so if you see something you like, be sure to take a peek at the instructions.  I have also included a few pictures of curtains which I find absolutely fabulous.

Curtain panels in my living room from several years ago
Women’s Day Budget Decorating / Photographer - Michael Partentio
Stylist - Donna Talley, Regional Producer and Editor for Meredith Publications

Sewing curtains can be intimidating but the truth is if you have basic sewing skills and a basic sewing machine it really is quite easy.  Many of the curtains in my house are simple panels.  They are my favorite type of curtain because they are classic and always look great in any space. The tutorial for making them can be found HERE.

Curtain panels in my living room today

Silk curtain panels in my home office

 Pretty pink unlined curtain panels I created
100 Decorating Ideas Under $100 / Photographer - John Bessler
Stylist - Donna Talley, Regional Editor and Producer for Meredith Publications

Gray silk panels in my dining room


One of my favorite ideas for sewing curtains is to remake a store bought curtain. The curtains shown below (featured in Better Homes and Gardens’ 100 Decorating Ideas Under $100) were designed by Donna Talley, Regional Editor and Producer for Meredith Publications, and made by me. The first two are fashioned from a basic tab-top cotton panel available from Country Curtains. The third curtain was created using a plain rod top panel. Tutorials can be found HERE and HERE.

100 Decorating Ideas Under $100 / Photographer – John Bessler
Stylist - Donna Talley, Regional Editor and Producer for Meredith Publications

100 Decorating Ideas Under $100 / Photographer – John Bessler
Stylist - Donna Talley, Regional Editor and Producer for Meredith Publications

100 Decorating Ideas Under $100 / Photographer – John Bessler
Stylist - Donna Talley, Regional Editor and Producer for Meredith Publications

 Another idea for transforming store bought curtains is to simply add decorative trim.  In the first picture I used a polka dot panel from Pottery Barn Kids and added a cute ball fringe.  The second picture shows decorative trim on curtains in the master bedroom in my house.

Young girl’s bedroom with decorative trim curtains

 Decorative trim curtains in my master bedroom

 If you are a bit unsure of your sewing skills here is a great idea for making a unique roman shade from avintage feedsack. This project was also featured in Better Homes and Gardens 100 Decorating Ideas and was a collaboration between Donna Talley, Regional Editor and Producer for Meredith Publications, and me. 

100 Decorating Ideas Under $100 / Photographer - Michael Partenio
Stylist - Donna Talley, Regional Editor and Producer for Meredith Publications

As you can see there are lots of great and easy to make ideas when it comes to curtains.  I hope you found something to inspire you to give sewing curtains a try in your own home.  Before I go, I also wanted to share a few pictures of some of my favorite curtains. These pictures were all copied from a fabulous post written by Joni of Cote de Texas.

By Renae Abbott via Cote de Texas

By Lars Bolander via Cote de Texas

By Suzanne Kasler via Cote de Texas

Thanks to Cheri for allowing me to guest post today! I have had a great time gathering up lots of curtain ideas to share.  (Hope you enjoyed it too!)  If you would like to see more fabulous curtain ideas I hope you will stop by Red Door Home.

Thanks so much, Stacy.  Isn't her home beautiful?  All the photos have lots of ideas and inspiration to share.  Hopefully you've all gathered some ideas for curtains in your own homes.  Well, there's even more to come.

Thanks for reading.

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