When we purchased this home, my husband and I struggled with the amount of square footage. It is the biggest house we have ever owned, and we like small one-stories. We know this is where we are supposed to be though, so we have pushed that objection aside and determined to make every room as cozy and useful as possible. Now that the girls’ bathroom is checked off the list, we’re moving on to the loft, and the first project we tackled (and by “we”, I mean “I”) was installing a custom roman shade from Alva (after bathing the room in Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee).
The windows in this house aren’t my favorite but under no circumstances are we spending a penny to change them. They are only a few years old and perfectly functional. I am, however, making them more beautiful by trimming out each window and adding beautiful window treatments, including this Belgian linen roman shade. I LOVE roman shades! They add a soft sophistication to windows while still serving a purpose, and what could be better than pretty and practical in one product?
When I partnered with Alva for this beautiful shade, the ordering process was so simple. I’m very comfortable with measuring for shades because of how many woven shades I’ve purchased from big box stores. But even if you’ve never measured for a roman shade, I can assure you, Alva makes it easy to measure correctly and place your order.
Step 1: Determine if you are mounting on the inside or outside of your window frame.
Step 2: Measure in three different places across and top to bottom to ensure the most accurate fit.
Now for the fun part! Selecting which beautiful linen fabric you’ll use. Alva sends out free swatches so you can see how each color looks with the rest of your design elements. This is an important step in the process as fabrics look much different in person and in your home than they do online. If you are even remotely thinking about installing a roman shade from Alva, be sure you order your free swatches BEFORE you do anything else.
Once you’ve measured your window, received your samples and decided on the fabric you’ll use, it’s time to begin ordering. From the time you place your order, it takes about two weeks to receive your shade, which is super quick for custom anything!
During the ordering process, you’ll need to decide what type of operation you want the shade to be: corded, loop chain, cordless, or motorized (each option is a different price point).
I selected corded because as much as I would love to have a motorized shade in our loft, I knew that the remote could easily get lost with kids using that space. I also did not choose the cordless option (though I would have loved that too) because we eventually plan to put a small sectional (or my desk) in here under that window, and I guess I’m just fiercely practical, but the thought of kids’ hands touching the beautiful fabric combined with the idea of having to climb on the couch to raise the shade is what finally made me land on the corded option. For a roman shade cord, it really is beautiful and works SO smoothly! I’m used to the big box store quality, so this was a treat and reminded me that you get what you pay for.
Everything was so well made!
I love when something is packaged nicely because that means it is protected well. This came wrapped in plastic inside of a box, so I knew it was going to be in perfect condition.
They even included a nice note inside and all of the proper warnings for children. I really was thrilled to see such quality packaging.
They included the hanging hardware in a little pouch at the end of the plastic wrap so that it all stayed together and there was no possibility of throwing away a little baggy of screws when you unpack everything. Smart!
This just made me happy because it’s a hole for a screw to mount into the window frame and it looks just as beautiful as the rest of the shade. I’m telling you, the quality is outstanding.
Isn’t the perfectly wrinkly linen just beautiful? And for someone who has been sewing since the age of 9, the two seams on the front of this shade just put me over the top. Sewing can be beautiful or it can be sloppy and this craftsmanship is exactly as it should be…high quality, everything lined up, and beautiful on the front and back.
Another thing I love is how flat this shade lays when pulled up. It’s not bulky at all, which is perfect because I didn’t want it to block out any light when it’s open.
All in all, I’m very pleased with both the quality of the roman shade and the ease with which I was able to order it. It came quick, was better than I expected, adds so much subtle beauty to our loft, and helps provide privacy without blocking out too much light. I’d say this is a great starting point to what will be the cutest loft space in all the land when I’m done with it.
These before photos prove that I can only go up from where we started.
Here is the plan for the rest of the loft:
As you can see, there isn’t much to be added in the way of decor or furniture (we already have a really nice love seat in the space). There is more in the way of building, which has me very excited because, aside from the floating shelves in the girls’ bathroom (tutorial coming I promise), it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to build. I can’t wait to finally use the table saw my husband bought me on Black Friday!
We have taken a great first step in transforming this little loft into a hangout/craft room/homework space by painting it all white (BM Swiss Coffee in flat sheen), trimming out the window, and installing the custom roman Alva shade. Next, we have a little bit of drywall work for our contractor and electrical work for our electrician, I’ll be figuring out the beams, planking the desk wall and starting that build, and finally, ordering cute chairs, a rug, and having my upholsterer create a custom block ottoman for me. I love that this is nowhere near as involved as the bathroom was because I REALLY need this space for the summertime with kids home, extra kids coming over, and lots of movie nights that will no doubt take place in here.
Do you have a loft? Do you love lofts? Let me know in the comments and go order your free swatches from Alva!