Monday, September 5, 2011

Embellished Readymade Play Tent Fit for a Princess

Customized Land of Nod Play Tent
I should be packing for Paris right now (as my husband reminds me every 5 minutes), but I just had to share this project one of my clients recently completed for her granddaughter.  The green gingham play tent is a readymade item available from Land of Nod here for $129.  This is what it looks like right out of the package:
Land of Nod play tent
I designed a cute flower power awning valance for the window in this little girl's bedroom incorporating playful trimmings from Samuel & Sons Passementerie, and suggested embellishing the readymade tent with coordinating Gumdrop Button Border and Dolce Pom Pom tassels to liven it up, tie it in with the bedroom color scheme, and give it a more custom look.  Although my drapery workroom is handling the valance fabrication, my client decided to apply the trimmings to the tent herself.  Doesn't it look fabulous?  She did such a great job, and the little princess who lives in this room was so proud to show it off to me. 
1.5" Gumdrop Button Border in Fruit Punch, Samuel & Sons
The trims used on this tent are available exclusively through the design trade, but you could get a similar look using pom poms, wide grosgrain ribbon, and multicolored plastic buttons available from your favorite local or online fabric retailer (it would just take longer to sew all those buttons on individually).  Adding trim to readymade window treatments is a great way to get a custom look on a budget, especially for young children's bedrooms that you think you'll be redecorating again in a few years.  Land of Nod sells coordinating plain drapery panels in the same ginham as the tent, and they would look great with trim added to the lead (inside vertical) edges of the panels.  Another great thing about this button trim is that it adds weight and helps the flimsy fabric to hang better.

I'll be sure to post photos of the finished awning valance after it installs at the end of the month.  


Ivory Spring said...

LOVE this! Now, go work on your packing.... ;) Just teasing.

Joann Mannix said...

That is just the sweetest, sweetest thing. I would have loved to have something like that for my girls' rooms when they were small.

I saw your photos on Facebook and I was all, "Yay! She's in Paris!" I hope you're having a fabulous time. Love the City of Lights.

Coupons said...

How cute! Can't wait to see the curtains!