Here's a closer look at one of the photograhs from The Wall Street Journal article on "The Comback Curtain" I posted about on March 28, 2012.
"Custom drapery is extremely expensive," says Kim Chapman, whose Chicago firm,
Urban Environments, recently designed a bedroom bay window with four roller
shades and panels of a sheer polyester for about $4,500. The client could easily
have spent twice that much using more-conventional drapery fabric, Ms. Chapman
says. "People are staying as minimalist and as cost-effective as they can."
I'm pretty certain I can recreate a similar look for a lot less than $4,500. So - follow along:
1. I'm figuring curtains 95 inches long, to rougly fall from near ceiling height to just touching the floor, as in the image above.
2. I'm shopping for opaque (but not black-out) roller shades. Since I don't have the sizes of the windows, except that it appears the end window(s) are narrower than the two "center" windows, I'm going to look for standard sizes for the center windows and narrower sizes for the two side windows.
3. Not shopping for three curtains rods plus round or circular drapery clips (it appears these panels were hung from their rods with clips.)
Going to J.C. Penney online, my "go-to" store for curtains. Just about every curtain I have in my house is from Penney's.
After doing a quick scroll through a couple pages of sheer panels at Penney's, I settled on Lisette, a sheer machine washable polyester that comes in several colors, including cream and white. I chose white because that appears to be the color of the woodwork (trim) in the pictured room above. Here is an image of the Lisette panels:
Although these sheer panels have a rod pocket top, they could be hung from drapery clips. They come in lengths to 108". Five 60" x 95" panels at $15.00 each (incredible price, heh?) -- figure one panel for each side window and three across the two larger windows of the bay, is $75.00.
Lisette also comes in a pinch-pleaded style:
Two pair of 48" x 95" (only come in sets of two panels) at $33.00 each is $66.00. It is possible that one pair would be enough, using one panel on each side window, but without knowing the size of the windows better to be safe than sorry. For the two larger windows, one pair of 120" x 95" is $45.00. total price is $111.00.
Next, I priced roller shades at Penney's:
Savannah unfringed thermal roller shades in cool white fits windows up to 66" long -- no way of telling how long the windows are in the top photo. Shades are cut to the width you specify. Two shades (15" - 25 1/4") at $22.00 each is $44.00; in the top image, it appears the designer used only one large shade across the two center windows of the bay -- so, one shade of approximately 55" to 73" is $55.00 (I'm assuming the two windows are five to six feet wide). Total cost $99.00 for three shades cut to size.
Total cost for curtains and shades using Lisette rod pocket top panels: $174.00
Total cost for curtains and shades using Lisette pinch pleated panels: $210.00.
Add another extremely generous $200.00 for three rods and drapery clips.
Let's see, $374.00 or $410.00 versus $4,500.00. Even assuming I had the money to buy the $4,500.00 look, I'd buy the $410.00 look and spend the rest of the money on a 3 week vacation to London and Paris, darlings :) The look can be achieved for even less by using less expensive rods (I, for instance, would never fork over $200 for three curtain rods and some drapery clips!), and going with a hardware store standard shade rather than a department store "thermal." Hardware stores such as Ace and Tru Value, and my local go-to store for hardware and home-improvement goods -- Menard's -- will cut shades to size at no extra cost. The Jaclyn Smith sheer panels At K-Mart have the look of silk and cost less than the popular Lisette panels at Penney's.
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan