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Eating Area Progress: Window Treatment and New Wall Color

(Note: Kimba at A Soft Place To Land has linked to this post on her Favorite Things post this week. Thanks Kimba! So for those of you who may be visiting for the first time, I’ve added a “before” picture of this eating area to the bottom of this post so that you can see how far it’s come. Thanks for visiting!)

Let me just say…I have some super intelligent readers. Some of you were able to decipher my incredibly cryptic hints on Friday to figure out that I was indeed working on my VALANCE.


Okay, enough silliness. Let’s get on to the PICTURES! And please…as you look at these photos, try to contain your jealousy of my gorgeous view. We can’t all have community bike racks right outside our window, and that good fortune goes to ME.





I still have a couple of finishing touches to do on the valance, like tacking the corner pleats so that they hang perfectly straight. Right now they look like this, and they really shouldn’t flare out like that.


Sometimes window treatments require “training” so that they’ll hang properly. But I’ll worry about those details later this week. For now, I’m just happy to finally have some of this incredible fabric up!

And did you notice my new wall color? I love it! It’s so soft and buttery, whereas it used to be harsh and lemony. Just don’t look TOO closely, or you’ll see my unpainted wainscoting…and seemingly endless amount of caulking still to be done. Those items are still on the list. Gosh…I try not to focus on the list too much, and just take one project at a time. That list can get overwhelming!!

Here’s another quick look at how this area looked on Friday (with primed walls, no valance, and unpainted grout)…


and how it looks now…


The big items still on the “to do” list include: the seat cushion for the banquette, finding the perfect dining chairs (I only need two–that can’t be too difficult, right?!), finishing my apple green chandelier, and making a handpainted floor cloth to tie all of the colors together. Phew! Like I said…I’m trying not to focus on the entire list too much. It’s amazing that there’s still so much to do in such a tiny space!

For my first-time visitors who are coming from Kimba’s, I wanted to add this photos of the “before” eating area. This was taken about five minutes after we signed the papers and got the keys to our condo…even before the electricity was turned on!


You’ve come a long way, baby! (And you’ve still got so far to go.) 🙂

I hope you have a truly blessed day!



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33 Comments

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    Scientific Housewife
    March 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Ahhh, that paisley is to die for! My favorite color combo… I didn't even notice the bike rack!

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    Craftify It!
    March 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Your fabric is GORGEOUS!! Everything is coming together so nicely! i love it! Great job, you were BUSY this weekend!

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    Jenny
    March 15, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    You did such a good job on the valance and, of course, on everything else, too. I love it! Looking forward to the DIY.

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    Azra Momin
    March 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Wow!!! This space has grown in such an amazing way! Wonderful work!
    *hugs*

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    The Wengers
    March 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I am looking for window shades similar to the one on your window. Can you give me any details on where you found yours?

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    March 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I got them at Home Depot. They're incredibly inexpensive, great quality, and they're "private" so they don't require liners.

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    Leslie @ DIY Diaries
    March 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Wow – I totally love it! The fabric you chose and the colors are so stylish. This is great inspiration for my own windows!

    I'd also love to know how you made that valance. Did you use a pattern?

    Thank you!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    March 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Leslie~~no, I didn't use a pattern. I took pictures of the process, and hope to post a DIY tutorial by this weekend. Be sure to check back! 🙂

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    Emily
    March 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I love the use of color for these window treatments. This is so creative and fun with the paisley. Thank you!

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    Bonnie @ House of Grace
    March 16, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Hi,
    I just found you at BNOTP and I really like your blog. I am your newest follower.
    Bonnie
    http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com

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    Elizabeth
    March 16, 2010 at 2:13 am

    It is really coming together. Looks great.

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    Crystal Chandeliers
    March 16, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Paisley!! I love paisley! [Then again who doesn't? ;)] I'm really enjoying following your blog, esp. this room in progress.

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    Stephanie Lynn
    March 16, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Fantastic colors! You did a great job on this – it's perfect!

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    Chandigarh Pottery Art
    March 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

    nice information thanks for sharing

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    Wendy
    March 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    WOW! it's really coming together — great job!!

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    The View From Here
    March 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I like it! I have got to start making some window treatments. I have ideas in my head. Just have to get them to the sewing machine!

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    Destination Seaborn
    March 17, 2010 at 4:05 am

    This looks great! I love the colors! Nice work. Lisa

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    Laura PARING DOWN
    March 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    You did an amazing job on that valance. WOW! Love the colors!

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    Stacey @ The Blessed Nest
    March 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I came over from Soft Place to Land….what a great eating area! I love the colors & the banquette — WOW!! Just beautiful :)!
    Blessings,
    Stacey

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    Kelli
    March 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    What a great space. I LOVE the fabric that you used for the valance. Enjoy.

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    Anna
    March 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    a really great space! I love the color and fabric!

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    Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
    March 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Very cute transformation, love the valance!

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    AM from White House, Black Shutters
    March 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Wow, looks amazing! I love how the valance turned out and that fabric is beautiful. Where did you get the fabric??

    Can't WAIT to see the apple green chandelier!

    -Ann Marie

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    March 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Ann Marie, I got the fabric locally, but you can find it online as well. It's called Somerset Jade and the company is Braemore. That pattern also comes in pinks, which would be ADORABLE in a little girl's room!!

    http://www.decorativefabricsdirect.com/Braemore_SOMERSET_JADE_Fabric_p/6609511.html

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    Stephanie
    March 20, 2010 at 5:47 am

    I chuckled when I saw how you showed your slight, and I mean slight imperfection on the side of the valance! No one will ever notice, well maybe now that you should everyone! The whole room looks awesome! I LOVE the colors. Can't wait to see the green chandelier! Saw this post on SPTL, glad I clicked on it!

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    Kimm at Reinvented
    March 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, Kristi, it's GORGEOUS! And of course if counts as Trash to Treasure, this is quite a transformation! Love the tufted seat back.

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    Rachelle
    March 21, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Still loving it to pieces!

    Rachelle

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    denver replacement windows
    June 30, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Take a look at how the light shines every day. These properties will affect your options. Right? 🙂

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    John Collier
    August 6, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Very impressive. Nice balance of color and style, and inspiring for all of us. Also a clever way to detract from your wonderful view outside!

    http://www.ideas-for-home-decorating.com

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    John Collier
    April 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Very impressive. Nice balance of color and style, and inspiring for all of us. Also a clever way to detract from your wonderful view outside!

    http://www.ideas-for-home-decorating.com

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    denver replacement windows
    April 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Take a look at how the light shines every day. These properties will affect your options. Right? 🙂

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    Kelli
    April 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    What a great space. I LOVE the fabric that you used for the valance. Enjoy.

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    Chandigarh Pottery Art
    April 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    nice information thanks for sharing

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