Romantic Room with Rod Pocket Panels

Happy Friday, everyone!

While I still have a few more small touches for the guest room, here’s the look so far.  I’d planned to re-cover the Euro pillows, but I think this look is more true to the time period.  So, I don’t know…maybe I’ll leave the bedding as is.

Romantic Rod Pocket Panels

Then again, maybe I’ll get a burst of new inspiration for those large Euro pillows.  If you missed it, I shared the before in the First Step of a Room Redo? The Writing’s on the Wall post.

After the Gathered Bed Skirt DIY , I couldn’t be more pleased with the way these panels turned out.  I haven’t made rod pocket anything  in years!  To achieve this flounce-y waterfall effect, I gathered a double-length strip onto each panel header, and then the panels are gathered again beneath.  That’s how you get a doubly full  effect with lots of flounce.

Gathered Flounce

The treatments really needed  to be gathered on the rod to get the full waterfall look.  My initial idea for clipping them onto rings just wasn’t working for me as I pictured the finished product in my mind.

As in all things custom, plan meticulously before making the first cut into your fabric.

I had limited fabric to work with, and I used every smidgen of the twelve yards I bought two years ago for $5 a yard.  (Yes, you read that right.  Woohoo!)

The vines and flowers are machine-embroidered onto the fabric.  The flowers would look dynamite teamed with denim, but this isn’t the room for that.

Embroidered Decorator Fabric

There are several brown and taupe tones, so I’ve included lots of creams, tans and browns in the room.

I found these foot stools at my favorite antique mall that Mom 2 and I regularly visit.  I’ve got plans for painting the wood and updating the fabrics on these.

Foot Stools

You saw this baby bed rail quilt rack already.  I found it on the same shopping trip at a new antique mall we checked out.

Baby Bed Rail Quilt Rack

Remember the low seat I painted blue (above)?  The paint is holding up very well.  It looks just as good as the day I did it.

The panels have several options.  They can be closed completely, of course.

Panels Closed

Or, they can be open with the fuzzy dot shears behind.

Dotted Shears

If a guest wants to see the view more clearly, they can pull the shears back.  (During the daylight, of course.)

Shears Pulled Back

I love to have natural light coming into my rooms, so this is the way I’ll leave them most of the time.

Romantic Rod-Pocket Panels

Oh, and I should mention that PAM (Painter Artist Mom) made these dolls for me for Christmas when I was in high school.  They’ve been with me ever since.

Hand-Made Dolls

Aren’t they sweet?  They look a little romantic, too.  🙂

Tutorials for the window treatment layers to follow soon.  Be sure to sign up for email posts so you won’t miss out!

What do you say?  Do you think I should go forward with the Euro shams?

Can you see yourself making a rod pocket again?  (I never thought I would…never say never!)


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    • says

      Thank you, Pam. What a sweet compliment from you, the expert decorator. You are always invited to visit us! 🙂

  1. KarenG says

    Turned out great! I am going to Cotton Patch to find fabric for the bed skirt for daughters room and my room. So excited and ready to get that done!