Restored farmhouse with custom roman shades with inset tape trim and custom ripplefold draperies over patio door

Behind the Scenes: Creating Our Client’s Vision With Fabric

We were recently asked to assist one of our favorite clients to add some finishing touches to her restored farmhouse. The goal was to update the upholstery and add privacy at the windows by adding child-safe custom Roman shades. We were delighted to use our drapery, Roman shade, and upholstery skills to bring her vision to life.

Restored farmhouse with custom roman shades with inset tape trim and custom ripplefold draperies over patio door

Step 1: Design Concept

Using the old barn wood planks in the interior as the inspiration for the color palette, we were able to find some beautiful reds, taupes, and cream fabrics in various textures to complete the look throughout the space. Simple linen polyester blend fabrics from Trend were used for the Roman shades and the Ripplefold drapery in the guest room (photo above). We also incorporated tape trim from both Trend and Stout Brothers to add a little color via inset banding on the window treatments.

In the loft area, we upholstered a new cushion for the vintage Jenny Lind daybed (photo below) in a nubby cream performance fabric from Kravet. In the same area, we used a herringbone performance fabric from Duralee to reupholster this vintage chair. To top the design off, we used leftover fabric and trim and put our creative juices to work fabricate an array of comfortable pillows to complete the loft design.

A little fun fact about performance fabric- it withstands repeated use (will last for decades) and repels stains (even red wine)!

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Loft area of restored farmhouse- Jenny Lind daybed with cream colored cushion and various custom pillows- reupholstered chair with red herringbone fabric

Step 2: Fabrication in Our Workroom

This project took place in two stages. We completed the reupholstery first to set the stage for the remainder of the project. As the home renovations were completed, we stepped in and measured for the window treatments which were to be installed before a planned family gathering. Delays and backorders aside we were able to complete it with a day to spare!

Custom cordless roman shade with banding on left and right | Blinds shades shutters Impressive Windows and Interiors Hastings MN

Step 3: Delivery and Installation

We delivered items and installed them in about four hours. The walls, covered in reclaimed barn wood, made it easy to install because we did not have to try and find studs for the operable drapery in the guest room (bottom left). The treatments and upholstered pieces were the perfect finishing touches to the home. The clients had quite an amazing vision for this space from the very beginning. I just loved the creative use of materials in their bathroom (bottom right).

Not to mention, it was so fun to hear the positive feedback from various family members about the project while we were installing. We are not used to such a large audience!

restored farmhouse bathroom- blue bear claw tube and slate floor- custom roman shades with inset banding- Impressive Windows and Interiors Hastings mn

It is always such a pleasure to work with all of you creating the perfect vision for your home. We truly enjoy every stitch and staple that goes into creating something from raw materials, thank you for giving us the opportunity to be our canvas.


Do you have a custom project in mind for your home? We would love to help! Book a call with us and let’s get to know each other.

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