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May 17, 2016

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DIY Pom Pom Curtains | Chris Loves Julia

A few weeks ago, in this Casual Friday post, I mentioned I was on the hunt for some curtains for the playroom. I narrowed it down to two; these more masculine/sophisticated/slightly 90s in a good way (I think) plaid drapes or these simple and whimsical pom-pom trim curtains. I actually think both could have worked, but I had some plain white Ikea RITVA curtains so I thought I’d start there.

DIY Pom Pom Curtains | Chris Loves Julia

Once I hung them, I got a little worried because although I do love a tone on tone look (white walls + white curtains doesn’t scare me) this was falling flat. I picked up some large black pom pom trim from the craft store for $2.99 a yard (similar, for cheaper, here) and invited my friend Ellen, owner of this cute Etsy shop, over to help me sew it on.

DIY Pom Pom Curtains | Chris Loves Julia

Once upon a time, in our last home, I added smaller, yellow pom-pom trim to curtains in Greta’s room with hot glue (you can read that post here) and it worked like a charm, but it’s always fun for me to try new methods. Running it through a sewing machine seemed a little faster and possibly more secure through washing.

DIY Pom Pom Curtains | Chris Loves Julia

The last thing we added were these natural woven shades to warm the whole thing up a little bit and add a bit more texture.

DIY Pom Pom Curtains | Chris Loves Julia

DIY Pom Pom Curtains | Chris Loves Julia

It feels just right for the playroom side of the space. Still sophisticated side with a dash of whimsey and these only cost about $50 for both. Adding pom-pom trim to curtains is not anything new, and yet it still feels so fresh in here.

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  1. Julie says:

    Do you know what size the actual Pom Poms are?

  2. SimplyFinn says:

    Just now listening to your podcast from this week. I think the Pom Pom curtains are super cute – but don’t love them in the space. Just recently you inspired me to take a look around my house to things I did because I love something on Pinterest – or in someone else’s home. It is hard sometimes to say – “This isn’t working in my space”. Anyways – props to you! This is why you are so relate-able.

  3. Whitney says:

    I love the touch of whimsy they add while still looking sophisticated

  4. I been looking for how you hang your shades do you hang them above your trim? How would you handle a bay window?

    • Julia says:

      I think hanging it inside the trim works too! Maybe a few small shades? I just didn’t want to go through ordering a custom size for this window, so a little wider is easy to just mount on the outside.

  5. Esther says:

    Love this! I am sure you are super busy but still waiting for some sort of reply to my email:) would love some info even if you are backed up four months! (Crossing my fingers!)

  6. Megan says:

    These are SO cute!! They look perfect in that room. :)


  7. Erin Lang says:

    How many yards did you need total? I have the exact same curtains and would love to try this!

  8. Sayward says:

    These are so great! I’m literally planning to do the exact same thing for my nursery (I was sourcing woven shades and green pom poms right before I read this and I’m heading to IKEA on Thursday). I love seeing how well this worked out for you guys. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Melissa says:

    The pom pom’s definitely add whimsy for the playroom. I was searching tonic living’s fabric last week, for myself, and stumbled upon a fabric that shouted chrislovesjulia. It is a modern tone on tone plaid made up of gray, cream and tan. You had mentioned the pottery barn curtains leaning 90’s. These are far from 90’s and while you have your curtains finished, I still thought you might appreciate this lovely fabric. It is the Dunning Grey fabric from tonic living. Enjoy! So glad that your family is okay after the carbon monoxide scare.

  10. Allison says:

    Some of the links in here are broken (like the link to the curtains you were considering). I get an “Oops! Your offer cannot be found.” error message.

    Love the curtains though! So bright and airy for a basement, doesn’t even seem like you’re under ground :-).

  11. Brook says:

    I did the exact same thing last year with those same curtains and pink Pom Pom trim for my daughter’s room. It’s a great way to knock off some very expensive Serena and Lily look a-likes!

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