Duvet to Window Panels

July 29th, 2013

A week ago, I spent some time working on my friend’s in progress dining room, the same one where we installed the tongue & groove wall treatment a month ago. It started with a shopping trip to World Market last week where I discovered the Sonoma Floral Ikat Duvet and thought, oh hello gorgeous fabric, you’d be perfect as curtains in the space!

I’ve always believed a fantastic fabric can be a jumping off point for an entire room’s design, so this duvet has been reinvented into window panels to do just that.

duvet to window panels

World Market has a similar window panel but the background is brown. I loved the smoky gray background on this duvet with its touches of plum, cranberry, and mustard yellow – perfect for this dining room we’re filling with mixed wood finishes, warm metallics, and more plum accents.

A duvet is 88 inches wide so you get extra fullness compared to most conventional fabrics by the yard. To line the backs of the new panels I used two flat cotton sheets from Walmart for $11 each – less expensive than two lengths of liner per panel and the exact same width as the duvet.

sheets as liners

With this project, your only limitation is height. This duvet was 92” long, but I did add 2 ½ inches to the top and bottom with a plum linen border fabric so the panels ended up at 97” in height. Here’s the step-by-step for turning a duvet into window panels!

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Weekend Reading

July 26th, 2013

Hello hello, we’re still on the road enjoying our family vacay this week but I wanted to share a few fun links for your weekend enjoyment. I’m going to need smelling salts, I’m feeling faint because how absolutely perfect is this breezy guest house by Tillman Long Interiors?

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via House of Turquoise

And a few other favorites from the week…

White kitchen appliances are white hot this year.

Martha’s prop library.

Fascinating: vibrant tales of obsolete paint pigments (also Part One here)

A cleverly designed apartment that is 380 square feet.

53 great backyard DIY projects.

An artist who designs with Microsoft Paint!

Jazz hands and lyric blunders (great comments)

Every sofa needs a beast pillow, don’t you think?

My latest article over at My Colortopia: simple summer decor.

 

See y’all back here on Monday!

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