New Drapes in the Den!

I think I can finally say the den is completely finished now!  Three years after getting my house, that space has certainly come a long, long way and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out.  Getting new windows made such a difference in that room and now when people walk in they say WOW, at the difference the light coming in makes in there.

Light is such a great thing to have in a house and lack of windows means lack of light, so getting those additional windows on the front of my house has truly brought the outside in for that room.

Just for fun, let’s go back to the beginning…..yes, to this dark and dreary space!


It was so cave-like in here with only one small window.  And that ugly brown paneling didn’t help either.  I immediately painted the paneling since I knew that would help this room more than anything and then we changed out the ceiling tiles to fresh white and non-saggy.

Wall color in here is Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray in a Satin finish.

Den new drapes

Yes, indeed, it is the same room!


Here’s a look at the painted paneling progress looking back towards the living room stairs.  You can see we had a long ways to go still, but progress was made and here we are today.  New windows and all!

den seating

It doesn’t even feel like the same room, believe me!  I’m so happy with how this area turned out and it’s such a nice place now.

All of my bamboo blinds are from Payless Decor and they have sponsored all the blinds in my house.  Love their products and have so enjoyed them in my home.  They are right here in Atlanta, but you can order online.

den long view

Looking back towards the stairs to the living room. Door straight ahead goes down to the garage and the door on the left is the laundry room/mudroom.

den looking to living room

Look closely and you can see Mr. Cody up there on the sofa.

den new windows and drapes

This room is so bright and fresh now and look,  did you see the drapes?!  Aren’t they so pretty?  I’m in love with this fabric.  It’s by Richloom and called Lucy Eden and I love how it adds such a pop of color to the room.  It really needed a bold floral like this to pull all the mostly neutrals together. I’ll get a couple of pillows made in the floral fabric too.

You may have noticed that I opted to do only 2 panels on those 2 skinny windows.  With the console table in the middle, it would have crowded the fabric to try to cram 2 more panels in there, so I just framed the windows with 2.  I think it looks good like this, so keep that in mind when you are planning window treatments.  You can break the rules.

Glass lamp on blue table from Kirklands.

den sofa

This room has been an evolution in progress and I’m super happy with it.  From the rug, to the drapes, sofas and chairs, it all flows together now.

den drapes Lucy Eden fabric

The drapes have so many vibrant colors in the fabric and it’s so fresh and fun.  From deep pinks to coral reds, several shades of greens and blues and even yellow and khaki on a creamy white background, this is one gorgeous fabric. I had seen the fabric online and ended up ordering mine from a seller on Ebay and got it for $14 a yard.  They had almost enough and I then ordered 3 more yards from another online shop to make it work for 6 panels.

Richloom Lucy Eden, found it here at Online Fabrics.


I had my panels sewed locally by a fabric store called Fringe Benefits and they have sewed all my panels for my house. These are deep pinch pleats and I love them. These are put on with rings and pins and I’ll show you how I did those later.  It’s easy to hang them this way.  They charge $55 per panel for labor (plus lining material), when you bring your own fabric.  I think that is very reasonable. I told them the length I wanted and that’s what I got.  I ordered 88″ in length for my windows.

den coffee table

They make such a statement in here and I couldn’t be happier with my fabric choice.

gallery wall den

The gallery wall didn’t change, it is still the same.

den corner with drapes

Another look at the fabric panels in the corner.  I got these rods from Homegoods and they are inexpensive and pretty.  Home goods is a great place to find rods. These have a crackled glass ball as finials on the ends.

den corner new drapes

A look at the painted console table behind the sofa and that wall and corner.  I bought that pretty brass planter out thrifting and will get a tree to go in there.

console table den

This map print I’ve had for a few years and it picks up all the colors in here too.  It came from Homegoods ages ago.  Lamp is from Kirklands. Ampersand is from Birch Lane.

china cabinet

I did move my china cabinet down here (switched this china cabinet with the French buffet that is now in the living room) between the windows and it’s a nice little addition in here too. This is an old piece and has been with me for many years.

china cabinet and drapes

It anchors the wall behind the sofa nicely.

ballard chair and bookcases

My Ikea Billy bookshelves are still looking great and I’m so glad my dad and I did that project. It adds such a focal point to this corner.  To see that entire project of building in the Billy bookcases, you can go to that post for all 3 parts on how we did it all. This is something that many bloggers have done and we followed their lead.

ballard coral chair and bookcases

The Ballard Designs coral velvet chair is such a great piece too, along with the ottoman.  Makes a cozy little reading nook, especially with light coming in the window now.

ballard designs coral chair

Cozy and comfy!

billy bookcases

I love having a space to display some collectibles and family pics.

chair in corner

Separating this space into 2 areas was perfect since it’s a long room.

singer sewing machine

My grandma’s old Singer sewing machine is a great side table in here.  Lamp from Homegoods, as well as the chair.

view out windows

My favorite thing?  This view coming in now!  You can’t beat that!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the new drapes.  I think they add so much to the room and I think adding real custom drapes is one of those things that can really make a difference.  I like choosing my own fabric and having them made and you’d be surprised how reasonable they can be.

Here’s a breakdown of my room.  Many of my pieces, I’ve had for several years. 

Beige Sofa – LazBoy (I was fortunate enough to get this sofa sponsored by the company a couple of years ago).

Brown Leather Loveseat – Bernhardt

Brown Leather Ottoman – Bernhardt

Blue Recliner – LazBoy (recovered in fabric from Online Fabricstore).  This is a chair I bought years ago.

Painted End table – Thriftstore piece (Ethan Allen) that I painted

Floor Lamp – Yardsale

TV console – Homegoods

Gallery Wall – All thrifted pieces

Coral Chair – Ballard Designs (big thanks to Ballards, sponsored by them last year)

Black and White Rug – Rugs USA

Ikat Rug – Rugs USA

Bamboo Blinds – Sponsored by Payless Decor (these are Tibet in the Premium shade line)




- Rhoda


  1. Love, love, love your curtains! You have performed miracles, not only in this room but the whole house. I wonder what the former owners would think.

  2. You have done such a nice job of decorating & the drapery panels really finish this room off. You have a beautiful view out of the window!

  3. What a beautiful room! I just love the way you melded all those colors and collected items together. The drapes are the crowning touch.

  4. brenda mcclure says

    can u show how u hang those curtains without the hooks showin…ty

  5. Beautiful drapes! I love all of the bright and fresh colors, they look amazing in your den! 🙂 Have a great week Rhoda!

  6. Rhoda,

    Your den is lovely. Truly beautiful. I think the reading nook with your coral chair, bookcases and new view is my favorite spot. In a perfect world I would read all day…and I would love a spot just like it. I also love the houndstooth rug. Perfection!

    Would you mind sharing the website for Fringe Benefits? I’d love to do business with them. I’m hoping if I ship fabric to them they’ll ship panels to me. If not, my sister and I may take a road trip to ATL to pick up.


  7. Love the new curtains, you’re right those colors are wonderful!

  8. Everything looks GREAT Rhoda! I still hope to see it in person one day.
    Miss you.

  9. Love how the room has come together! The curtains definitely tie it together, florals in the right colors always do! Love it!

  10. Beautiful curtain fabric! It picks up all the wonderful colors in your room. Absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Very nice transformation!

  12. I love it all Rhoda! You have transformed that space so well! I love the window additions to your home, both from the outside and the inside- you are truly an inspiration!

  13. The drapes are striking and the room looks fabulous. I love everything about it and I have to agree that the drapes make the room.

  14. The room is stunning, the drapes pull all the colors together wonderfully, they are the icing on the cake!! The windows truly make the room come alive, there is nothing like bringing the outdoors in. Please never paint that china cabinet, the wood is beautiful and adds alot to that side of the room. I like how you treated the two windows as one with only one panel.
    Now, how do you decide which room to spend your time in? they are all gorgeous!

    • Hey, Mary, I don’t have plans to paint that china cabinet. I think every room needs some natural wood to anchor it and I have some nice pieces that I’ll never paint.

  15. Lynn Rechsteiner says

    You are amazing. At first I thought the window treatment fabric was the same as my kitchen…look back. I got mine from Lewis and it was much more, you got a bargain. The room is stunning. Hugs.

  16. Georgia girl says

    Today’s blog is a “true to your roots” blog and I love the beautiful drapery panels. Love seeing what you have done to turn the basement into your girl cave.

    • It IS a girl cave! Rhoda, the drapes and window transformed this from a converted basement to a bona fide room addition. Bravo! I also must say, that while I loved the cabinet in the LR and was sad when you moved it, it looks fabulous in this room and really raised the whole design up a notch. Seeing is believing.

  17. Lovely room, Rhoda. I like a lot of light too and the windows you added opened up the room. The drapes add the finishing touch to the room. As I told you before, I painted my basement paneling “Comfort Gray” also. We added new carpeting. The room has three large windows with faux blinds and a fireplace which adds to the warmth of a family room. I grew up learning to sew on a Singer sewing machine and wish I had kept it but my mother got rid of it years ago. This past winter I made drapes for two of my bedrooms (four windows) from a diy tutorial on another blog. They turned out great. I even lined them and saved a lot of money.

  18. Love the curtains…they remind me of the patterns and colors of the 1950s. I guess Retro is popular everywhere thanks to Madmen. I love your den Rhoda. The windows make all the difference. I think I would spend a lot of time there if it were my home. Your pretty red chair looks perfect for curling up with a good book.

  19. Incredible transformation. Complete perfection! Adding the windows was genius – the interior and exterior view makes such a difference!!

  20. The room is decorated just about as perfect as you can get, but the windows are the winners here letting in natural lite and making the room look spacious and bright!

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