Only 2 weeks left to go means that we are entering the home stretch and it's finally time to begin some of the installation work! This part of any project is always exciting because you start to see all of your plans come to fruition. It's also a little terrifying because no matter how many projects you've done there is always that tiny voice in your head asking "this is going to work, right?!?".
My main focus for this week was to get two different window treatments installed. I talked a little bit about some of the challenges in this space last week, and overcoming two awkward windows was definitely one of them. Just to refresh your memory, here is a "before" photo of the space which shows both windows.
I need to make a point to say that I have the utmost respect for workrooms and am constantly amazed by the beautiful craftsmanship of the goods they produce. Both in the fashion industry and now working with interiors I have been able to watch such amazing artisans bring complex and detailed visions to life. Let me start by admitting, I am not one of these artisans. I've always been the person to create and describe a vision and watch someone else physically produce it. As I mentioned last week, I really wanted to roll my sleeves up for this ORC so I decided to take the plunge and work to create the window treatments from soup to nuts on my own. The results.......well, you be the judge.
I knew from the start that I wanted to do different treatments on each window for a few reasons. First, the windows are different sizes. The window above the radiator is very tall and skinny, while the window on the slanted ceiling side of the room is more squat. Secondly, these areas are being used for different purposes and therefore have some different space constraints. I plan on putting my desk in front of the smaller window since that part of the room has the lower ceiling, while the larger window is in the most spacious part of the room with my new layout.
I landed on the idea of doing a cornice board for the smaller window, and longer drapes for the longer window. The cornice board will be perfect above the desk because it will add structure and print without getting in the way of my office items. The longer drapes will work well on the other wall to help balance out the window shape, as well as to hide a number of unsightly problems with the room.
I wanted both windows to have a bamboo shades. This will help to unify the look and will also work well to provide privacy and defuse light. I love bamboo because it adds such a beautiful texture and brings a natural element into the space to counteract some of the other bold ideas happening in here. Best of all, bamboo blinds come in a variety of price ranges to fit any budget.
After some blood, sweat and tears (read: coffee, power tools and cuss words), the windows are fully installed and I'm loving the finished product! I even had enough time left over this week to start hanging some of the artwork for the space which will frame the window above my desk. Now that we've crossed this major hurdle it's time to move in all of the furniture and start working on finishing touches next week!
Next week I will be sharing how all of the other details are coming together. In the meantime, follow along with all of the other linking participants here.