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Confession time.

I can’t believe I’m going to tell you this… and this is coming from the girl that shared how we got hit with lice earlier this summer.  It’s just so trashy… I can’t even believe it.

So… this is what the window treatment looked like in my daughters room for the last THREE YEARS!

Fancy, right?  It’s so bad, I couldn’t even bear to show this photo in my planning post for the room.

The window didn’t always look like this.  Once I made pretty drapery panels that hung on a decorative rod.

And then I got this grand idea that I was going to turn the panels into a roman shade. They needed to be lined because the room gets so much sun this time of year.  A roman shade would be a lovely solution.

I got everything measured and lined, but then I got stuck.  Maybe it was procrastination. Maybe it was fear.  I’ve never done a roman shade.  What if I screwed it up?  Because whatever I messed up would be SO much worse than this, right?

Fear is stupid and irrational like that.

Did I mention it was hanging up there with thumb tacks?  THUMB TACKS!!  Anything I would’ve done would’ve been a serious upgrade from thumb tacks.

Good grief!

Needless to say, with the planning of this room, I was personally excited to be getting rid of my own unfinished business.

For the new window treatment, I was really interested in pulling in more gray.  I thought a graphic print could be fun too.  I had seen these options at West Elm and Ballard Designs, but they were out of my price range.

The kids and I decided to check out Ikea to see what we could find.  As a side note… Ikea has the best, most affordable drapery options.  (Why am I only now discovering this?!) And coincidentally, we ended up being there on our stores anniversary day sale, scoring us bigger discounts.  I was able to buy hardware and four panels for about $70.

I originally picked up Sanela velvet panels in gray that are gorgeous! But once they were hung, they were too dark for the room.  Of course, I didn’t take any photos of them and I can’t find them online.  You’ll just have to trust me… they are rich and dramatic and I highly recommend them.

So back we went.  On a Saturday.  My husband is a saint.  We bought these beautiful Anita panels in white.  The light color works so much better in the space.

Tessa’s favorite is having them pulled back with the Renate sheers that she picked out hanging down.

She also added these sweet decorative rod caps.

I love the gather at the top.  It has such a pretty and feminine look.

The new panels are a huge improvement… which I know isn’t saying much.  But I’m so happy to have the window finished the way it’s suppose to.  And the white and purple look so elegant together.

Through this process, I am struck again by how much having this blog keeps me accountable and focused in getting things done.  So… thank you.  Because of you, our home is becoming a better place and I am having to face those projects that are LONG overdue.

So let’s hear it…  Are you as trashy as I am?  Do you have a project in your home that you are completely embarrassed that you haven’t taken care of?  What’s holding you back from finishing that “to-do”?

Oh… and in case you were concerned that I might abandon my trashy ways… no worries.  Remember my decorating helpers?

They decided to add their own personal touch to the new window.

New ventilation.  They’re such givers.  Now we have a window on the third floor that needs to be re-screened.  Hopefully this project won’t take three years.