Acrylic Drapery Rods from Ballard Designs for the Living Room!

My father told me that he has read about curtains (my last post) a few too many times and he wants an update.

I'm in my busy season, so I don't have much time to think about fun things, but there is some progress on the living room to share.

First of all, I ordered drapery rods at the end of August. It seems I'm destined to always wait for for back ordered items (our Pottery Barn sofa was delayed an extra month). The acrylic drapery rod sets I ordered from Ballard Designs weren't going to ship until November. The date changed a few times and they finally arrived towards the end of October (isn't it the best when backordered stuff arrives sooner than expected?!?). I opened one set and loved what I saw so much that I posted a photo on Instagram immediately.

A woman commented that her rods were bowed, so I was a little worried as I get ready to hang them.

Sure enough, they weren't perfect. They had some sort of adhesive on them, the finish on a few of the brackets was flaked off, and one of my rods was bowed. On the flip side, the sets costs much less than the most popular source for acrylic drapery rods and they were already in my house. I thought they looked GREAT. Who is going to get on a step stool to inspect the finish on your drapery hardware? No one. Let's move on.

I debated placement a lot before the rods arrived and I decided to mount them right against the crown molding. I'll need 92" drapes to go with them. I had hoped to avoid the custom route, but 86" drapes would have called for mounting the rods just above the windows and that didn't look right to me.

I love how the rods look, despite the issues with them. I wrote a review of the rods for the Ballard website and got 58 "helpful" votes. Another person had some issues with them, too. Customer service got in touch with me to apologize for the issues, which was impressive. Ballard is awesome. I think I ordered the rods when they were new, so I'm sure there are some kinks to work out in the fabrication process. I regret saying I wouldn't recommend these in my review on the site. They look great and the issues are minimal when all is said and done.

Why no rings on these rods? Those are backordered, too. I just checked and they are expected in April. That doesn't really matter since I don't have drapes yet!

I have been admiring rooms where drapes and walls matched (or were close in color) for a while now.

Designer unknown | via BH&G

Design by Jan Showers

Design by Jan Showers

I decided to try to find pink fabric for the living room drapes. It would have been smarter to know this before picking paint so everything could have coordinated. Now, I'm left trying to find fabric to match the paint that is already on the wall. Lucky, my friend Linda at U-Fab is always up for a challenge and she pulled book after book so we could find the perfect fabric.

There was one fabric that was perfect, but it was velvet and $75/square yard. Velvet isn't ideal when you have a sweet, constantly shedding golden retriever and the cost was a bit high in light of my need to make six draper panels.

When Linda pulled some faux silk (polyester, probably) moire fabric out, I wasn't so sure about it. I grew up with moire wallpaper in our dining room and it didn't feel fresh to me at first, but the pale pink grew on me.

I took home the moire samples along with some simple linens to test them out in the room. Unfortunately, my work schedule doesn't all me to take pictures during daylight, so these photos aren't true to color...

After staring at the samples for days, I realized that none had me all that excited. If I'm going to have curtains made, I should probably love the fabric, right? So the search continues...


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