|Light, bright, fun, obviously custom, obviously expensive looking.|
|Dark, drab, dull: a big ol' mess|
After putting this together, I was so bummed I just let it sit that way...I didn't even want to try to tweak it. But lately, the weather has been beautiful, the windows are open, and I decided to revisit the window seat project and see what went wrong.
The problems areas I identified:
1. The color. Now, I don't regret not getting the white one, but switching to brown did change the balance---with a white window seat, that brightness would have balanced the heavy fabrics. I didn't think to reverse it (i.e. brown seat, light fabrics) so I ended up with an overall very heavy look.
2. The draperies just didn't work. This is always a problem in trying to retro fit window treatments. I tried hanging them in front of the seat like the inspiration---they are too short to hang from ceiling and hit floor, so I had to hang them just below picture rail, but the empty space above looked awkward. I had toyed with topping that space with a shelf and books, but that seemed too heavy and busy and even more unlikely to look like a custom buit-in---so I switched to hanging them from window wall with excess length tucked. behind seat---but, they look like what they are...heavy curtains that are too big for the window and that are crushed behind the furniture.
3. Rush job---I was so excited about the project, that I rushed into the execution. When I saw problems with draperies-instead of pausing to really evaluate, I just pushed through. Same with pillows--instead of taking time during construction, I slapped them together, thinking "They won't really be seen closeup. Good enough is good enough." Of course, when you are trying to achieve a high end look, good enough never is. Good enough is the difference between d-i-y looking professional or homemade.
4. Cushion.--At first, I was thrilled with cushion. It has cording and is in nice neutral fabric that worked with orange print draperies. However, fabric looks and feels synthetic and a little cheap. Furthermore, it's just so dinky.
So I went back to inspiration photos and looked at options.
1. Problem that can be fixed...cushion looks dinky. As a first step, I've decided to slip the cover and top of the seat to create the look of a thicker cushion, hide some of the cubbies for a cleaner look, and use a brighter, more expensive looking fabric (luckily I had a remnant I've been dying to use in a project). iI short, try to make cushion look more substantial and custom..
Progress so far:
|Before final pressing|
|Compare this thin cushion and six cubby look with the above pics of the thick cushion and 3 cubbies||.|
|Cushion fabric with drapery panel.|
Now I'm off to tweak my green curtains. Hopefully I'll have pics to show you tomorrow.
*update* Here's a sneak peek: