I’m so excited to finally announce the launch of my new window covering and wallpaper collection with Willow Bloom Home. I have been working with Willow Bloom Home for 3 years. The gorgeous drapery in my living room, as well as the roman shades and drapes in my dining room are all from Willow Bloom Home! I’ve been so impressed with the quality of the products and how amazing my rooms look with these window coverings. In addition to launching this collection today, Willow Bloom Home is offering a special 20% off discount to you guys on all the Mytexashouse products with the code: mytexas20. The links to my new collection are below:
For the most recent project with Willow Bloom Home, which I’ve been documenting on my Instagram page, we added new drapery and roman shades to my master bedroom. We had simple wood blinds in the room prior to changing them out. I had always intended to put drapery in this space, but because of the curved bay window shape, I always thought that it would be very difficult to do ourselves. After consulting with Marina from Willow Bloom Home, we had a clear plan of how we would be able to get the look I wanted for our window coverings and install them ourselves!
Below I will take you through the steps of picking out and installing draperies and roman shades in your home! This can be a much more budget friendly way to add custom high quality drapery to your home!
DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF WINDOW COVERINGS YOU WANT
The first step in the process is deciding what kind of window coverings you want for your space. For our bedroom, I knew I wanted to eventually replace wood blinds with a more attractive window covering. We also wanted to have something that was more of a black out style covering since our bedroom gets a lot of morning sunshine. I love the look of roman shades, and how easily they can be raised and lowered. They have such a classic, polished look. Plus with a blackout liner, roman shades can give us the room darkening effect we are looking for.
In addition to the roman shades, I wanted to give the room a beautiful finished look with the addition of curtain panels between each of the windows, but I also wanted to have a curtain rod that looked like one continuous piece versus 4 smaller rods despite our curved shape window space.
SELECTING COLOR, FABRIC, AND STYLE
When selecting the colors and fabric for my space, I wanted to keep with the look fairly neutral since I change out my rugs and bedding so often. For the Roman Shade fabric I chose Austin Dune, which is a beige colored fabric with pinstripes. I love the classic look of this fabric and the neutral color. We added a blackout liner to create a darkening room effect. Check out all the beautiful fabrics in my new roman shade collection with Willow Bloom Home here.
For the drapery fabric I chose a solid white fabric called Portland Ice. Check out all the fabrics in my new drapery collection with Willow Bloom Home here. We decided to add a privacy liner to the drapery panels to give them weight and structure.
One thing you’ll need to decide when choosing your drapery panels is the style of panels. I chose the Double Finger Pinched Pleat style. Willow Bloom Home offers the following panel styles (included is a brief description of each style):
You’ll also need to decide on the break or length of your curtains. I chose to do a slight break (or puddle) on each of my curtain panels to give them a slightly more relaxed look. Other length options include a more tailored look where the curtains just brush the floor, or a more romantic look where the curtains will pool on the floor (I’m not a huge fan of this option as the curtains tend to get dirtier that way). You can order one of the standard size drapery lengths (88″, 96″, or 108″) or if you need a custom size you can email Willow Bloom Home for more information.
There are 3 types of roman shades styles. I chose the flat style for both our bedroom and dining room shades. I like the simple clean look of the flat style. The relaxed style would be perfect for a child’s room, kitchen, or for a space with a relaxed look. The classic style is a very traditional look and would work in most spaces as well! Roman shades can also be installed either inside the window frame (inside mount) or above the window (outside mount). The casing around your windows will really be what determines the style that works for your windows. For both our dining room and master bedroom shades, we chose an inside mount as we have no window casings or moulding around our windows.
Here is what each of the three roman shades styles look like…
You also must select how you want to operate your Roman shades. Willow Bloom Home offers three options: Cordless, cordlock system, and continuous loop. I chose the cordless option because these shades will remain open most of the time and wanted no cord to be visible at all. The cordless shades are really easy to use, simply pull the small sheer tab on the bottom of the shade to lower and push up to raise them.
Willow Bloom offers a large selection of hardware styles and colors including curtain poles, finials, brackets, curtain rings, and connector pieces offered on their website. Check out their hardware selection here.
For our dining room and living room, I used the matte black and for our bedroom I used satin nickel. We used the blown glass ball finial to finish off the rod in our bedroom. To create a curtain rod that looks like it’s one continuous bar in our bedroom window bay, we used 4 small curtain rods cut to size and then a matching satin nickel connector piece at the junction of each bar. This is the technique we used to create one very long continuous bar in our living room. It’s actually three separate bars connected together with a connector piece available at Willow Bloom Home. We did have use a mitre saw with a metal cutting blade in order to cut the curtain rod down to size. If you’re not wanting to do that step at home, you can chose a telescoping pole available on the website.
INSTALLATION OF YOUR HARDWARE, CURTAINS, AND SHADES
My husband was able to install the shades, hardware, and curtains himself. It took roughly two hours to put up all the curtain rods, and curtains. The shades were slightly more challenging, but it was mostly because our window frames lacked studs to connect the shades. My husband ended up having to use large anchors to install the shades. For a full installation instructions click here.
You will need the following items for installation:
In addition to the window coverings, I’m launching a gorgeous line of wallpaper designs with Willow Bloom Home! I can’t wait to pick out one to use in my house! I love all the gorgeous patterns. Here’s a peek at some of the patterns. Head to WillowBloomHome.com to check out all of the new wallpaper patterns.
I hope you love this new collection as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget the coupon code (mytexas20) on the purchase of your new window coverings and wallpaper order from Willow Bloom Home!
Erin is passionate about decorating on a budget and loves to share tips and ideas! She believes that you don’t have to break your budget to have a stylish home that you love!! Her belief in having affordable, stylish design led her to create the My Texas House line of products.