DIY Grosgrain Ribbon Curtains & Nightstand Lighting

Gorgeous brass and crystal lamp on a nightstand in front of a mirror. Also features black and gold wallpaper in the master bedroom.

I am at the airport waiting to head home from the Design Bloggers Tour that happened at High Point Market! But while I am waiting for my flight, I thought it’d be great to write about the things I accomplished last week before my trip in order to help move our One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover forward. You can catch up on week 1 (design plans) and week 2 (DIY wallpaper and mirror installation).

We’ve been living with high-water curtains and a basic satin nickel curtain rod since moving in for the sake of blocking out light at night. Our roman shades gives us privacy, but our neighbors have bright exterior lighting that makes me feel like I’m Kramer in the Kenny Rogers Roasters episode of Seinfeld…so bright! Curtains are a must to make it nice and dark.

Add some personality to plain store bought curtains by using some grosgrain ribbon and iron on tape for a custom, chic look.

I picked up two sets (four panels) of these pleated curtain from HomeGoods for $60 plus tax. I really wanted white drapery to keep it feeling simple, light and airy in the room since I do enjoy drawing up the shades and letting all the light beam in. 

While I like the drapery panels well enough for the price point I paid (essentially $15/panel), I thought they were a bit plain and wanted to spruce them up. I ended up opting to iron-on some black grosgrain ribbon towards the edge of each panel. This DIY was easy thanks to iron-on hem tape, but I will say it was a smidge on the time consuming side. 

Add some personality to plain store bought curtains by using some grosgrain ribbon and iron on tape for a custom, chic look.

It took me about 2 hours from start to finish to get the ribbon onto the panels, and I’m so in love with how they turned. We then put up our new lucite curtain rod that I ordered online, and slid the curtains onto their new home using these super affordable gold curtain clips.

I FINALLY have a lucite rod! I’ve wanted one for years and always talked myself out of splurging- because let’s face it, these are a bit pricey.

Lucite drapery rod, white curtain panels hung with warm gold curtain clips in a master bedroom.

That’s all the sneak peek of that for now until I have enough time to steam the panels fully. 

But, in addition to the drapery rod and panels getting done, I unpackaged my gorgeous new crystal and brass bedside lamps provided by Lamps Plus. They’re part of the Vienna Full Spectrum collection. 

Darcia brass and crystal table lamp- looks amazing in this black, white and gold master bedroom.

My previous lamps had a very large round shade, which meant they protruded out a lot. That’s why I wanted a rectangular shade that took up less space and could be closer to mirror. 

Darcia brass and crystal table lamp- looks amazing in this black, white and gold master bedroom.

In addition to the amazing double-shade on the Darcia lamp, I also fell in love with the the crystal rods and warm brass tone that compliments the wallpaper.

Darcia brass and crystal table lamp- looks amazing in this black, white and gold master bedroom.

I used a daytime white LED bulb, and I love the clean, crisp light it provides to the space.

Darcia brass and crystal table lamp- looks amazing in this black, white and gold master bedroom.

And with that, the One Room Challenge is officially at the halfway point! Many thanks to Linda from Calling It Home and media partner House Beautiful for organizing this crazy fun challenge. You can see the week 3 guest participant updates here.

Next week I need to get the rug from the kind folks at Plush Rugs under the bed with the hubby’s help, plus get the velvet green chair from DHP Furniture/The Novogratz in place, and work on the TV stand and TV wall, plus figure out the bedding and wall art and accessories…

Yeah, no big deal. <insert nervous laugh here>

Here’s a recap of the vision:

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Tufted Headboard/Bed  |  Blush Pink Euro Sham  

Leopard XL-Lumbar Pillow  |  Black & Gold Wallpaper

Bird Throw Pillow  |  Black Border Duvet Set

Greek Key Border Rug  |  Round Black & Gold Wall Mirror

Leaning Wall Mirror  |  Green Tufted Armchair 

Pleated White Curtains  |  Crystal Ceiling Fan  |  Lucite Curtain Rod

Green Art Print  |  Black & White Art Print  

Brass & Crystal Table Lamp  |  Pink Floor Pillow

White TV Stand  |  Furniture Overlays

 And a huge thank you to the brands who are helping make this 

makeover possible by providing gorgeous products:

Holly & Martin

Plush Rugs

Lamps Plus




DHP Furniture

Nations Photo Lab



  1. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    April 18, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    Oh wow, it's looking amazing.

  2. Theresa Beauteeful Living
    April 18, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    The lucite rods are awesome and so is that gorgeous new lamp! Loving all the glam in this space!

  3. Emily Ho
    April 18, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    It looks awesome, as always. I love those lamps!Bummed that the wallpaper isn't available, but I ordered 2 other Tempaper samples to see if they'd work on my wall.

  4. Emy Flint
    April 18, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    What is it with neighbors and their bright lights? My neighbor has one that lights up the entire forest! Your curtains look amazing and I love those lamps!

  5. Brittany Goldwyn
    April 18, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Can't wait to see the curtains, and for the record, your photography is beautiful 🙂

  6. Brittany Goldwyn
    April 18, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    For the record, your photography is beautiful (sorry if this goes through 100 times, I keep trying!)

  7. Sarah
    April 18, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Excited to see a pulled back photo of the drapery!

  8. Amanda Garvin
    April 18, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    What a great little hack for dressing up the curtains!

  9. Jeweled Interiors
    April 18, 2018 / 11:52 pm

    I LOVE your lamp and curtain choice! It's looking so very beautiful Monica!!!

  10. Kate Smith Interiors
    April 19, 2018 / 12:28 am

    That lamp is gorgeous! Love the sneak peak of the drapes too; cant wait to see the finished room!

  11. Susie @ The Chelsea Project Blog
    April 19, 2018 / 1:59 am

    EVERYTHING looks great, Monica! LOVE the drapes and lamps. Can't wait to see more. ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  12. April 19, 2018 / 2:26 am

    Monica, Your DIY trim on the drapes is a great idea to give plain panels a bit of pizzazz. I love trim on drapes. THe lamps are beautiful ~ a bit of glam and bling for your dramatic bedroom.

  13. Kristin Thompson
    April 19, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    I have never seen gold and lucite curtain rods like that…they are perfection! And that is my type of drapery makeover 🙂

  14. Garrison Street Design Studio
    April 19, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    Wow! I love the curtains! Sometimes the extra time is totally worth it 😉 And that lucite rod compliments the lamp so well! Beautiful!

  15. Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    April 19, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Monica! Those lamps are gorgeous!!!! And the lucite rod!!

  16. Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles
    April 19, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    That lamp and wallpaper combo is just TOO GOOD! This is going to be an incredible room, Monica!

  17. Danielle Gutelli
    April 25, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    I love the dark wall. We did our master bedroom last year and went with a dark wall too and I just can't get enough of