One Room Challenge: The Window Treatments

By Kate Riley May 3, 2017

It’s Week Five and we’re down to the wire! This week I’m focusing on the little details that remain, hanging the art, installing the new chandelier, and layering a few decorative accessories. Another project I’m also working on is the window treatments with some help from The Shade Store, one of the sponsors of this One Room Challenge.

My favorite style of window treatment is a layered one that includes woven shades to add texture and control light paired with fabric panels on top for softness or pattern. One challenge I have in my master bedroom is that the big window faces the street where there is a very bright street light 30 feet away. It happens to be the wall I turn towards when I sleep so that light shines right into my room. I’ve wanted a light blocking privacy lined shade there for so long and now it’s on its way!

The process of choosing the material for woven shades was easy, I ordered four free samples in the colorway I wanted and they arrived from the Shade Store in just a few days with a lovely catalog to browse.



I opted for the woven shade material in the top right corner since I liked its texture and color best.




The Shade Store offers a lot of different options for window treatments on their site, from woven shades to roman shades to custom fabric panels. I like that their products are all made in the USA!

Once I knew which material I wanted it was easy to customize the shades with their online tool. Of course they also offer professional measurement services from their showrooms across the nation if you’re uncomfortable making precise measurements yourself.



For my fabric panels that layer on top of these shades, I found DKNY pale gray cotton velvet panels at HomeGoods to hang on brass rods and rings. (I’ll share sources next week). The final window treatments for the bedroom will include the new woven shades from The Shade Store with the cotton velvet panels layered on top.



I always tweak store bought panels by sewing cotton liner to the back, for several reasons. First, I think lined panels look better from the outdoors when all you see is white, so they’re more professional looking. (Unless you’re using sheers as decorative panels, then liner defeats the purpose!) I also like that liner makes a curtain heavier so it drapes better. I purchase $5/yard liner from a local fabric store and attach it to the back of a curtain with thread that matches my fabric panel. Note, you can also buy room darkening liner to turn any store bought panel into one that blocks light.



Finally, a really nice perk from sewing liner to the back is it allows you to hide the clip so when you’re using store bought rings you can’t see the clip that holds the fabric from the front, it’s hidden, this I love!





Only one more week until the big reveals on Wednesday May 10th, time to get excited! See what’s happening with my fellow participants in the One Room Challenge as they get their spaces ready too!

Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room

Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators

Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

*Woven wood blinds provided in partnership with The Shade Store, all opinions are mine.

My Travel Essentials

By Kate Riley May 2, 2017

Hello everyone! I arrived home from my 11 day trip to Scandinavia yesterday and spent the evening reconnecting with my family. I stayed up as late as I could to beat the jet lag then crashed at 9 p.m. I’ll share some highlights from my trip soon. After a full night’s sleep and a morning workout I’m feeling nearly back to normal. I’ve got to pull the master bedroom together over the next week in time for the big reveal on May 10th!

As I was unpacking I made a note of several travel essentials that made my long trip so much smoother because I had these things with me. I rounded up a few favorites in case you’re headed somewhere this summer for an extended vacay.


Since you have no control over the lighting or the sound, on a long flight I always bring a silk eye mask and foam ear plugs from the drugstore. It helps when you’re trying to catch some sleep on your long journey. Another nice perk that tucks away easy in a carry on are travel ballet slippers (with carrying case) for your feet, having them on feels much better than wearing shoes on an airplane!

I like to listen to music while I doze on the train or airplane or before bed, so earphones are key. These cute beaded ones add a bit of style around your neck.  I brought along a few different pairs of long leggings which saved the day since they are comfortable enough for the plane but stylish enough to wear out to dinner. When you’re out at about exploring a town, it’s great to have a back up battery just in case your smartphone’s battery runs out. A compact version takes up very little space and you’ll thank yourself that you packed it!

I raved about my two favorite travel shoes last year after my trip to Europe. I brought these champagne sneakers along again, I wore them almost every day and they go from day to night. Since it was April and chilly, my travel companion and I wore the same packable jacket in blue while we were in Scandinavia. If traveling to Europe in summer I’d recommend a lightweight raincoat like this for occasional summer showers.

I carried this small stylish backpack around with me each day and never bothered with a purse. It was just big enough to carry my phone, a little makeup and sunscreen, my water bottle, and it had a little extra room in case I picked up a souvenir during the day. Packing some rollup zippered tote bags in your suitcase are so handy for storing soiled laundry or extra souvenirs, highly recommended!


I’ll be back tomorrow with another update in the One Room Challenge!