Welcome to week three! It’s the halfway point of the One Room Challenge ™ hosted by Calling It Home and media partner House Beautiful.

Lots of progress this week! This is my official sneak-peek…The entry way is looking GOOD!

As you know, we’ve been busy making over our living room and entry way for this challenge and we are making some great progress! This is the first area that we are putting our stamp on in this old colonial.  As I glance into this space, I smile at the progress that has been made thus far.

You can see the beginning of our ORC makeover here if you missed it:



One of the biggest changes that happened this week is the installation of our custom draperies and shades. I was looking to go custom since this is a home we want to enjoy for many years to come. While visiting the Loom Decor website, I saw that they offered a great selection of drapery options and also offered new tape and trim options. This was EXACTLY what I wanted for our room.

I thought I’d take a moment to walk you through the Loom Decor custom drapery process if you are thinking about having window coverings made for your home. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds to go custom and Loom Decor made it a really easy process. It’s worth it if you are looking for high quality and something that will be loved for years to come.


MAKE YOUR FABRIC SELECTION  The first thing you are going to want to do is select some fabric samples. Loom Decor offers a wide array of high quality fabrics to choose from and they mail them out right away. I really fell in love with their new Dapper collection of heathered flannel fabrics. They have a softness to the touch and a bit more texture than the other options I was considering.

Fabric samples from Loom Decor

MEASURE YOUR WINDOW  Loom Decor has stylists on hand for you to work with to make sure you get your measurements right. They can walk you through the measuring process step-by-step. I would recommend you have your rods and hardware selected so you know how to accommodate rings, rod width, etc.

SELECT YOUR STYLE   Next, once you have nailed down your fabric choice and know your measurements, you can start designing your draperies. You can choose from several options for your draperies from Euro pleating to grommets–whatever fits your style. See the options HERE.

SELECT YOUR CUSTOM OPTIONS  Once you decide on your drapery style, you can click on it right on their website and Loom Decor walks you through every option choice with an easy to use page. They have it very user-friendly and a step-by-step layout to take you through the selection process. You select your front fabric, trim options, panel type, size, and lining.

FINALIZE YOUR ORDER  Lastly, you will work with your stylist and they will send over a mock-up of your draperies via email along with a review of all your sizing requirements and details before your order is placed. Any adjustments are made at this time and then they begin working on your custom drapes. Custom orders typically take 6-8 weeks.


One of the biggest challenges I have with the design of our living room is HEIGHT. This old colonial has lower ceilings, only measuring in at 7 ft. 6 inches, believe it or not! It’s typical for New England colonials of this era and helped with heating and cooling back in the day. I feel like we have visually added 2 feet of height with our drapery installation and millwork design.

My way of making the most of the lower ceiling is to have the drapes pool a tiny bit on the floor and hang them as close to the crown moulding as I can. This makes your eye not stop at the baseboard and makes the drapes seem longer than they actually are. This gives the illusion of more height and is mimicked in the grasscloth wall panels and moulding. Adding lots of vertical elements was a major part of the design and you’ll see more of that with the lamps and decor.

I don’t want to give too much away until the big reveal day…but here is one of our windows decked out with our new Loom Decor draperies!!!

One Room Challenge | Week Three Progress | Custom draperies with Loom Decor

Featured: Convertible Drapery with Drapery Hooks | Fabric: Dapper Fossil | Trim: Black and White Greek Key | Lining: Blackout

I am so happy with the quality and result. Having them lined on the backs with the blackout lining will help with fading from the sun. They have weights sewn in the bottom to keep them perfectly in place. Little details like that make such a big difference.

The rod and rings are from West Elm. We used the same ones in our master bedroom and love the finish and size.

One Room Challenge | Spring 2017 | Week Two Progress | Window Treatment preview

Also, our bookcase window got a little extra something-something with one of their custom shades. I love shutters, but the ones that came with this window were cheap and had seen better days. This is the same shade I used in our Illinois kitchen. It marries well with the window seat and adds a little more glam to the space.

One Room Challenge | Week Three Progress | Custom Gold Stud Muffin Shades from Loom Decor

Featured: Flat Roman Shade | Fabric: Stud Muffin in Black | Lining: Blackout


The window treatments were the star this week, but we also made some decisions and a little more progress. We said yes to the Karastan Antelope carpet for our stair runner. So excited about that! I’m hoping it arrives in time for install. That’s the only thing I am a little nervous about in regards to time frame. We also started to install the new lighting and I’ll be sharing more on that soon. Let’s check on our timeline, shall we…


WEEK ONE  Design boards, plans, before pictures, project timeline. (COMPLETED)

WEEK TWO  Share progress. Paint, grasscloth, custom millwork. (COMPLETED)

WEEK THREE  Share progress. Window covering installation. Details on custom draperies. (COMPLETED)

WEEK FOUR  Share progress. Furniture and flooring selections.

WEEK FIVE  Share progress. Art installation and picture lighting. Fingers-crossed on stair runner install!!!!!

WEEK SIX  The big reveal day! Finished space photos and complete source list.

So, next week I’ll be back with our furniture and flooring selections. We are adding in some new pieces with a couple of favorites from our last home that we bought with longevity in mind.

A special thank you to Loom Decor for sponsoring our One Room Challenge ™ Spring 2017 makeover. All images and opinions are mine.



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