Tonic Living Custom Drapery!

Jun 17, 2010 + , , ,

I've kept you waiting on progress on the master bedroom renovation, haven't I? I don't mean to, but we're still waiting on the swing arm lamps and deciding on some art and other small projects so I'd hate to reveal the room before its all done. But hopefully, this will tide you over for a bit...


The window coverings are up! And boy, do they add some personality and colour to the room. At first, I had wanted to have a single wooden blind across the three windows like I've seen in so many decorating photos but we went to RONA and the draperies lady highly recommended we don't go that route. She said that wood blinds will warp and distort over time because of sun exposure and moisture changes and given the large size we wanted, it would be very evident. Oh - and the custom size would cost us in the neighbourhood of $700!! Yeah, scratch that idea. We ended up getting three wood roman blind shades in a standard size for about $75!




And then there's the curtains... how I love them. I'd debated getting custom drapes or getting something off the shelf like this or this or this. But the colours and patterns were boring and I would have to get some of the drapes black-out lined as well. I decided to ask my seamstress who did the curtains and upholstery for the nursery and the deck but her quote was too much to swallow.

Then I remembered Tonic Living. I'd ordered fabric samples from them before and I remembered they also did custom work. So I asked for a quote:
- curtain panels for 11' wide window, 1.5x fullness
- top pinch pleat
- using their yummy Sweet William in Teal fabric
- blackout lined
- custom length of 90.5" (from the bottom of the curtain rings to just grazing the floor)

They came out perfectly.





And the quote? Less than $390 Canadian including tax and shipping :) I fell off my chair, I tell you! It would cost me much more to get an off the shelf product customized with blackout lining and shortened.

I can tell you I was a little nervous ordering something custom sight unseen (though I did order a fabric sample beforehand - only $1 per sample!) but I need not have worried. Tonic Living was an absolute pleasure to deal; their customer service is top notch and the quality of the end product is great. They're based out of Toronto so I was glad to patronize a local company to boot.


Since I was so happy with the product, I thought I'd do a little mention of Tonic Living here on the old blog. If you are in the market for fabric or custom sewing, definitely check them out!

And lucky you - Tonic Living is offering you a 10% discount off any order (no minimum)! To get the discount:
- enter the coupon code RAMBLING on the first page of the check out process in the coupon code box
- plus, Canadian customers with postal codes starting with L, M or N get free shipping on orders of $50 or more (pre-tax)

What are you waiting for? Get fabric shopping! And I'll get back to slowly putting my room together ;)

68 comments:

  1. The curtains are AMAZING.

    LOVE it. What a great choice. I'm so glad that you went for it!

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  2. these look fantastic! and i am way impressed with the price!

    i ordered some fabric from tonic living and was very impressed with the quality and selection. now i'm trying to think up a new project so i can use the 10% discount...

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  3. Those are gorgeous curtains, I love how they look with the blinds! I love your light too, so fun!

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  4. Ok, so maybe I'm going to scrap my blind project and go the route that you just did. Awesome! Did that quote include the fabric cost? I'm assuming it didn't - I'm suffering from new Mom brain, so excuse my dumb question if you addressed it in the post!

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  5. Those are beautiful curtains. The pattern is awesome. Good luck with the rest of the room.

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  6. Lindsay - the price included the cost of the fabric AND the blackout liner! Incredible, right? I just read your post on your nursery curtains and was going to send you a note about Tonic. You should definitely ask them for a quote :)

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  7. STUNNING!!!

    Iam having palpitations over that pattern and colour combo.

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  8. Those are gorgeous...can't wait to see the full room!

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  9. Love the fabric in your drapes and the finished product. Definitely adds a punch.

    Thanks for the tip on Tonic ... I love finding location businesses.

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  10. Anonymous4:08 PM

    Just wait until you see the totally rad radbox handyman is making... :o)

    hm

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  11. Those are my favorite bamboo blinds ever and I like the look better individual like you did them , and those curtains , gorgeous , I could use some of that here for new pillows looks like they did a great job too .

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  12. your curtains were sent from heaven. i'm in loveeee!

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  13. They fabric looks amazing in that room! Great choice!

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  14. I just went and bought way too much fabric , thanks for the discount , I still blame you ,:)

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  15. Those curtains look amazing! Thanks for the info about Tonic Living - I love their fabrics but haven't seen a review of them before. It's great to have fabulous resources like them within Canada!

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  16. Man, Canada has everything. Do they ship to the States?

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  17. Those are just simply gorgeous curtains. Love Love Love.

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  18. Can you tell me when the discount ends? Thanks!

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  19. Just Beachy - I'll take the blame because I know you'll come up with a fabulous way to use those fabrics ;)

    Kerry - it is great to find some local hidden gems!

    Barbara - Lol, well we don't have Target here so I guess its fair. Yes, Tonic Living ships to the US and worldwide.

    Devon - Hmm, they didn't mention and end date so I'll have to check.

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  20. Beautiful curtain pattern! Its a nice teaser, now I can't wait to see the finished room!

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  21. Your drapes turned out beautifully and at a great price too.

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  22. Anonymous11:36 PM

    Oh, I love them too. What pretty work. And hey, can't wait to see hm's radiator cover. Love it when he chimes in!

    jbhat

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  23. I just found your site and I'm totally hooked. You have a fantastic style! I am from TO living in Van so I miss the TO homes and can't wait to dig through all your posts to see what you've done with your place. Glad I found you :)
    Carol

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  24. Anonymous1:11 PM

    Beautiful! If you don't mind me asking, where are the blinds from?

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  25. Love the fabric!! And the price was fantastic, and lined! WOW!
    Have a great weekend!
    Londen

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  26. Thanks so much for the tip about Tonic Living!! I absolutely love your choice of fabric!! This is a great resource to keep in mind for future projects. My friend and I sewed all the drapes for my condo, and if I had known about Tonic we could have saved ourselves a lot of trouble!!
    Here's how my project turned out: http://bit.ly/cHcHyb

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  27. Your drapery is beautiful as is your whole home. I just stumbled across your blog and can't wait til I have more time to come back and read more! Have a great day!

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  28. I used to read your blog and somehow it had fallen off my radar until I came across it today. How the heck could I have forgotten about you and your awesome ideas. You have just single handedly solved my blackout curtain dilemma for our bedrooms!! And 10% off to boot, You are awesome.

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  29. Love love love the fabric you chose! It's lovely! Drapes are on my future to do list, but this looks like a great source and 10% off is oh so hard to turn down!

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  30. Love them! The fabric is gorgeous. I featured your room on my design blog today!

    Mandy @ Design Brew
    designbrew.blogspot.com

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  31. Everything looks fantastic. And I'm still in love with that light fixture. Can't wait to see the reveal!

    Kelly

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  32. I love them! Fabulous job and great fabric!

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  33. I came on over to say hi and thank you for your wonderful comment on my last blog post. But what a coincidence I happen to read your post about the Tonic Living draperies. I came across their website just yesterday and it was the first time I'd ever heard of them,,,I was searching for ready-made outdoor pillows and that's how I found their site. I ordered some cushions for myself as a trial run for future referrals but I'm thrilled to hear you had a great experience with them. Too bad I hadn't read this post a day earlier I could have used the 10% discount!!! However, I have to admit their prices are unbelievable! Such a beautiful fabric you selected for the draperies I was eyeing it myself as a favorite.

    Carol

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  34. jbhat - HandyMan speaks little but he does much :)

    Carol@TheDesignPages - I have lots of links to other T.O. bloggers on the left side widget. They'll give you a little taste of home!

    Anon - the blinds are from RONA. Sorry, I don't remember the brand, but it was their main line and they had about 4 sizes in 4 different finishes.

    Cherish - you did great on your project. I could never have sewn my own curtains.

    Lynda - glad you found me!

    Katherine - guess you re-found me just in the nick of time then. I'll have to check out your blog and see what you're up to.

    Hello Lover - you could always just order some samples... I have a stack of $1 samples from Tonic I keep referencing for projects.

    Mandy - thanks for the feature!

    Kelly - I love the light too though it doesn't really cast much light. Doesn't mean I'll give it up though ;)

    Carol - There's no expiry on the discount code so you can use it in future, even on samples (they're only $1 each and a good size). Hope you like your pillows!

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  35. The blinds and curtains look fabulous!!! Seriously, I need to call tonic b/c I'm in the market for some drapes in the bedroom. I'm so glad it turned out so well for you. Enjoy!

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  36. Anonymous7:24 PM

    I adore your blog, and this room is looking fantastic - though I'm hardly surprised! Thanks for the tip about Tonic, where did you get the drapery hardware, specifically the pineapple finials?

    Thank you!

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  37. I <3 those colours! That's exactly what I was looking for for my family room. And! I think for the first time ever, I actually get to take advantage of a decor blog promo, living in an L postal code as I do.

    Those look so gorgeous...

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  38. I am in love with that fabric--and the cost!!! I cannot wait to see the rest of the room. I'm positive it will be divine. : )

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  39. LOVE those curtains and the LIGHT!

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  40. L-O-V-E the fabric.
    The curtains look amazing!
    Bravo!
    Totty
    www.bootsandtotty.com

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  41. The curtains look great and Tonic Living is wonderful! But is that the Capiz Shell Floral Light from Target? I've been eyeing that forever...so jealous!

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  42. That fabric is great (so is the light fixture). I've never heard of tonic living so thanks for the heads up. i'm always on the search for affordable curtains so this is great.

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  43. Amy K1:24 PM

    You're not going to believe this - but I have a LAMP in my living room with the exact same fabric as your curtains. I bought it from Winners - because I could not pass up that fabric on the shade.

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  44. inBloom - the light is actually a vintage one I bought off eBay years ago for a steal!

    Amy K - then you should head over to Just Beachy's blog. She made a lamp using that fabric too :)

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  45. I finally got the chance to use your coupon code! I am really excited! Tonic living is an amazing source!

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  46. just linked this article on my facebook account. it’s a very interesting article for all.
    designer curtain fabric

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  47. I love the fabric you chose- great choice!

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  48. I'm in LOVE with this fabric!

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  49. Just found your blog. I am in love with that fabric and would love to do my dining room drapes in that. I didn't see on the site about them making the drapes. They did yours, right? So beautiful. And I love your blog.

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  50. Love, love that fabric. Tonic Living rocks.

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  51. I ordered pillows in this print from Tonic Living. Can't wait for them to come! I am giving you a shout out on my blog tomorrow. Hope that's okay!

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  52. Courtney, that's so nice of you! I'm sure you'll love our pillows!

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  53. WOOHOO!!! Almost a year later and the RAMBLING discount code still works!
    THANKS!

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  54. karahmia12:25 PM

    That's perfect!  Thanks again for the recommendation.  We couldn't be happier!

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  55. Emily Fox12:25 PM

    Love this room! Your MDF wainscotting is FAB!!!!

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  56. Silvia12:25 PM

    I love your blog and absolutely love your curtains, so much so that I'm thinking of ordering them for my living room. I know you said your windows were 11' wide and you ordered 1.5x fullness. Does that mean that each panel is 8.25' wide? Since the fabric is only 54" wide, did they do a good job matching up the pieces?

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  57. Thanks for the reply!

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  58. Just ordered a futon cover, pillows and a bit of fabric. I wanted your curtain fabric but it was sold out....I can see why.

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  59. What is the name of the type of drapes these are???  For example "Frech Pleat" ... I love these!... Also, where did you get your rod?

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  60. ramblingrenovators12:33 PM

    That's great to hear karahmia! I bought the curtain rings with the clips, however I didn't use the clip part... basically I was left with a big ring (that the rod goes through) with a little ring attached to it. I had tonic put the drapery hooks on the back of the curtain and then I slipped the hook through the little ring. Hope that helps.

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  61. karahmia12:33 PM

    Thank you so much for the recommendation to Tonic Living.  I just received my curtains and they're fantastic; I couldn't be happier!  Quick question for you.  Did you but the curtain rings with clips and clip them to the top of the curtain or to the lining on the underside?  Thanks again!

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  62. ramblingrenovators12:33 PM

    Hi,

    I bought the shades in store at Rona:
    http://rona.ca/shop/~shades-privacy-roman-shades-frontier-192855_!blinds_shop

    They have many colours and sizes in store. Unfortunately, I don't remember
    what colour I bought. Sorry!

    Jennifer

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  63. I love the light color of the blinds. Would you mind sharing a link for the product and shade of wood?

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  64. Sara Morris12:33 PM

    Great, thanks Janine!  I had forgot to mention before and then wasn't sure if it was valid for custom work. I let Shannon know...thanks again!

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  65. Janine Morrison12:33 PM

    hi Sara, Yes this coupon IS still active: ) and applicable to custom pillows, drapery and roman blinds etc.

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  66. Sara Morris12:33 PM

    Is the Tonic Living discount valid on their custom pillows and window treatments or only on cut fabric?

    Thanks, Sara

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  67. ramblingrenovators12:33 PM

    Hi! The drapes are a "top pinch pleat" style. I got the rod from Bed Bath & Beyond.

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  68. okay... I cannot get enough of these ... is there anyway you can take pics of the top back???  My MIL is going to try to make these for us!

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