{Breakfast Room} Adding the Drapes

Thank you for the sweet comments about my family on yesterday’s post! I was so tempted to use Picmonkey’s airbrush tool on the extreme close-up of me (geez, back the lens up, Mr. Sugarplum!), but decided to keep it real. That topic has been hot on my mind lately as I’ve been working on answering your questions, and I hope to have more on the ‘real’ me tomorrow (unless I chicken out).

I was surprised by all the encouragement I received on the pink inspiration last week, but I guess you guys are used to me going bold with my color choices. Our weekend may have had a detour, but I still managed to get the pink drapes up in the Breakfast Room! When we arrived home, I wasted no time in reminding my Sugarplum of his promise to help me hang them.

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I picked these 98-inch panels up on clearance from Ikea ages ago, with no spot in mind, so I decided to try them here. The color is ridiculously off-balance in these pictures, as they photographed really red, instead of their true radishy-pink.

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I’ve got touches of dark pink throughout the kitchen, but added gray stripes of grosgrain ribbon to further connect them to the room. That and because I can’t let things be and always insist on zhooshing. I didn’t even bother with the cheater route of hem tape…I just hot glued those babies on! (My favorite ribbon source is Ribbon Retreat. They have every color under the sun, and will send samples for mere pennies. But for the love of Pete, do not sign up for their hourly daily emails!)

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Yes, the hem is hot-glued, too. Nothing but quality work around here.

How yummy do they look with our new rug?! I’ll answer for you….super yummy! This photo shows the closest match to their real color. And even though the hue is intense, they are still light and sheer.

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While the room is definitely improved by adding the drapes, I haven’t decided if these are the winners. Which is why I haven’t told Mr. Sugarplum that the rod is too high in the middle yet. You know, in case I take them down. And I know many of you are thinking, “Your husband lets you hang pink drapes?!” Funny enough, he loves the dark pink drapes, but is nervous about me painting the Dining Room shell pink. Men. Go figure.

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I may be on the fence about the pink, but I love the gray stripes paired with the gray and blue ikat rug! I can’t wait to see the room when all the chairs are painted. Who wants to come paint them for with me?!

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Let’s retrace our progress, shall we? First was the new wall color….

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Then we better defined the space with a rug….

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And now added color and showcased the large window with bright drapes hung high and wide (I also sprayed the old curtain rod Espresso Brown to balance with the cabinets)…

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Just so you see what a difference drapes can make when hung high, here’s the same view with shorter ones (and a barely visible rod) TWSS.

And to let you in on why I’m even thinking pink, here’s the view of the Breakfast Room from the Dining Room….with a bad mock-up of the future pink walls. My intention is to visually join the two rooms. You dig? Yay or nay?

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* Add drapes, hang them high and wide to really showcase the window
* Finish painting the chairs
* Do something to the Fig basket so it’s not so matchy with the bar chairs
* Consider amping up the drum shade

Leave a Comment


  1. Yuppers…those are some real pretty drapes lady!

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  2. They are definitely pretty and totally work in the space! What a great change from what was before. You are just a machine!

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  3. Laurie wrote:

    Pink with envy! They look fantastic.

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  4. Jenna wrote:

    I like the curtains, but I'm not sure I'm totally sold on them in your breakfast room. Maybe it's the chair cushions that don't seem to work? I do love the gray ribbon you added, though!

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  5. Susan wrote:

    Got an ad from Ethan Allen last week and it had lots of pink accents. Made me think of your pink curtains. Really like the grey ribbon.

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  6. The drapes definitely add a finished touch to the room. Love the color.

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  7. Wow – what a BAM to the space – love them! The ribbon detail adds so much too.

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  8. Love seeing how this is coming together Cassie! So pretty!

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  9. I am loving the color combo with the gray! You're such a hip, chic, lady!!

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  10. Love me some hot glue! I never would have known the trim was added – they look like they were purchased that way. I like this color against your grey walls!

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  11. Oh yes, the pink drapes are gorgeous!!

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  12. Amanda wrote:

    LOVE the ribbon trim! A girl after my own heart- glue gun it baby!
    Have you thought about using Annie Sloan Chalk paint for the chairs? Its sooooo easy to use & fast-you wouldnt even have to drag those babies out of the kitchen into the TX heat. AND they come is so many colors now.

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  13. Cherie wrote:

    Love the color and the trim on the panels. How in the world did you glue on the ribbon so straight! A radish pink stimulates senses, a keeper! Maybe your husband will see that the rod needs lowering or you could "just notice" it one day, ohmygosh, honey . . .

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  14. Love the ribbon detail and I'm a fan. The rug is gorgeous!

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  15. I'm digging the drapes and the hot-glued grosgrain! Looks great with the rug.

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  16. Cassie, they look great. Love the detail trim. I will be right over to paint your chairs if we can lounge by your pool afterwards!

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  17. I'm with Jenna. Love the curtains and color. Love the gray ribbon. Maybe it's the chair cushions that don't work. But, the two together bug me for some reason… I think the punch in the chair cushions OR curtains is just enough… with some pretty pink flowers on the table. I'd replace one or the other with a dark gray or even white. Totally just a thought. I do like them, though. They certainly add some fun!

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  18. Wow, wow, wow! Totally adore the ribbon, the rug, the punches of pink! I have been admiring pink rooms for a while lately…especially after this post.

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  19. LOVE it! And I totally know what you mean about vibrant fuchsia pink showing up more red in photographs. And congrats on hot gluing that gorgeous ribbon! What a coup! I may need to do something similar on the outdoor drapes we hung recently. 🙂

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  20. Anonymous wrote:

    I really like the color scheme…its so fresh! I feel like it needs to be pulled together a little bit…Maybe a different curtain style/shape…

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  21. You had me at ribbon. I love slapping ribbon on anything. And the color for the breakfast room looks great. Can't wait to see how it turns out as I'm thinking of a pink room somewhere and I need some inspiration!

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  22. Pamela R wrote:

    Oooh I love what you have done with this space and I LOVE the pink! You are so lucky your husband is on my board, I would never be allowed to do pink in our home! I'm curious to see what you do with the drum shade, I'm picturing a gold stencil??

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  23. I'm coming through my computer right now to punch the anon commenter in the face. Don't go talkin' trash about my girl. RUDE!

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  24. The drapes are awesome- especially with that ribbon- it looks like they came that way. And I died over the "little rod" comment. Ha!

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  25. KatieQ wrote:

    I love the ribbon trim you added.

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  26. I love your unconventional use of hot glue! Sounds like something I would do. I used hot glue for the final steps in upholstering a pair of wing chairs and wish I'd come up with the idea sooner!

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  27. emily wrote:

    The ribbon trim totally makes these drapes! They look perfect in your room.

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