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All that said, you can see why I was thrilled to participate in Jess' (from Domicile 37) challenge this month, and it's all about how to achieve that oh-so-desireable Eddie Ross aesthetic. Think eclectic, curated, colorful perfection. I don't know how he does it, but he is damn talented (and so nice!).
I've been swooning over his collaboration with Ballard Designs, as I told you all about last week. Totally obsessed. You see, I like Ballard Designs well enough, but throw Eddie into the mix and I've reached new fangirl heights. I want everything he uses to style the spaces featured in the catalog and online, but the item I coveted the most were the coral/peony colored drapes featured in the dining room. I COULD NOT stop thinking about those curtains.
When I priced out a pair for my office, the total was about $260+. In the catalog, Eddie trims out the panels with a lovely ribbon that costs $16/yard. I love Eddie, and I love Ballard, but I was not going to fork out $400+ for a pair of curtains.
I scouted all my usual online stores to find a comparable coral/pink curtain panel that wouldn't break the bank, and I hit the jackpot on Amazon. I found beautiful coral blackout drapes for only $13 a panel. I mean, it cannot get any cheaper.
similar to this one) for $3 a roll. I needed 4 rolls, but they only had 3. Boo.
Originally I was going to use stitch witchery or heat and bond to adhere the ribbon to the curtain using an iron, BUT given that the ribbon is not all that thick...it melted. Not one to be easily discouraged, I whipped out my handy dandy glue strips (which I quickly ran out of) and my Elmer's permanent double-sided tape (which is ridiculously strong), which worked beautifully.
DIY Ballard Designs & Eddie Ross Inspired Curtain Directions:
- Decide where you want your ribbon. I placed mine about 2" inches inward on each side and used a curtain ring and measuring tape to mark my spot.
- You lay the double-sided tape on the backside of the ribbon (leaving the adhesive backing on the other side), flip it over, remove the backing a bit at a time to reveal the adhesive and smooth it into place and enjoy!
- If it goes slightly crooked you can easily move it.
- Leave about 1-2" at the top and bottom to tuck it under for a finished, polished look.
- Iron your panel (don't throw it in the dryer- trust me on this!) to ensure it hangs beautifully.
The Greek key ribbon is totally temporary, so if I find a ribbon I like better I can easily switch it out. I do love it though, true story.
curtain/drapery rings to achieve my Ballard Designs & Eddie Ross inspired look, and once the rings got a gold spray paint makeover, I was good to go. You need about 9-10 rings per panel.
I think Eddie would be proud. The pic below was taken at night, so the curtains look a bit more pink than they really are. The panels are a true coral color.