Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Luscious Linen Balloon Curtains for Master Bedroom

 Romantic and luscious, these Linen Balloon Drapery Panels are gorgeous!
They add more of the European relaxed glamourous look that I was going for in the
master bedroom redecorating project.   Soft Surroundings is so
wonderful for their European and French home decor offerings.
I was delighted to partner up with them again on these beautiful window treatments.
  They have a large selection to choose from,
 but I really had my heart set on these linen panels for our bedroom. 
The panels are lined in white cotton which gives it extra weight and fullness.  
The bottoms of the panels are sewn back onto the lining and it creates a balloon effect. 
 These are not puddled and turned under at the floor, but instead are sewn with a balloon
bottom which is effortless to create a perfect cloud-like bottom that sits 
elegantly on the floor.  The top of the panel is a tie top created from a ruched and ruffled header, 
which feels like the essence of European glamour.  The color of my panels is ivory.  
The ivory is very soft, off white, not yellowy, and it looks nice with the white bedding.
The panels do come in white, but I was afraid it may be too white, so I opted for ivory.
Can I say......I am in LOVE!
The gauzy ivory linen with the white cotton lining sits elegantly on the floor.
I pull the curtains closed at night with a simple tug, and they don't get
 messed up on the bottom like puddled curtains do.  I couldn't recommend
these curtains more highly~they are beautifully made and look incredible!
My husband got in bed the first night they were hanging, 
looked up at the window and said, "Wow, these look very grand!"
Grand, indeed!
Another tiny thing we did to the bedroom was to add these simple wall
sconces.  They are not hardwired, and they have a pull chain to 
turn them off and on.  The cord is tucked behind the headboard, and it is
one of my favorite improvements in adding to the overall ambience of the room.
Since I love to read at night, and hubs falls asleep before me, they also are 
good at directing the light in a small pool towards my book.  I am reading 
Empty Mansions right now, and its fascinating!  True story about a rich eccentric 
heiress, with many mansions that she kept up, but never visited.  Bizarre! 
I lie in bed and look at my grand curtains and think maybe the heiress had 
something similar in her bedrooms~she was born in France, after all.  
The master bedroom is a wonderful respite at the end of a long day in the garden (me), 
or out in the excavation pit (hubs).  We love everything we selected, the mattress, 
the bedding (which is the Regency Tapestry Coverlet from Soft Surroundings), 
the tufted blue headboard, and last but not least, the Linen Balloon Panels!! 
Note that I ordered the curved bronze rod from Soft Surroundings
to hang the panels as they show in their online shop.  It is not the easiest
rod to install, and although I was able to do it myself, it really is a two 
person job.  Lets just say my 25 years of custom window treatment installations
came in handy on this pesky but alluring rod.  I like how the rod curves out
into the space of the room, and that is why I think hubby thought they looked grand.
Its an understated wow kind of look!  
Simply put, these panels are wonderful!  

I read a lot of the reviews on the Soft Surrounding site
and some were concerned about the wrinkles in the panels when they
unpacked them.  I had a simple solution to handle this issue:  give the 
panel a spritz with Downy wrinkle releaser and smooth the panel with your hands
after you have hung them up. The wrinkles came out right away, 
and it only took ten minutes for me to do both panels.  

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