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New Living Room Curtains & A Little Tip

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Thanks so much for the great comments on my DIY Acrylic Rod Update!  I have loved getting photos of what you guys have done with the idea so keep them coming!

Curtains are an easy change usually, which is good for me because I like to change mine every few years.  : )  Now there are some I will not change as often because the fabric is a one-of-a-kind, or it is some amazing pattern and was more expensive, etc.  I also like to get creative when changing out curtains and will use them to make pillows or cover a small bench or chair, etc.  In fact, that is exactly what I did for a client in her guest room.  We covered a sad bench with two panels of gray velvet drapery I used to have in my office, and it turned out great!  (see the post here)  I mean, seriously, would you ever know those were curtains?

photo courtesy of Sabrina Gebhardt Photography

As I’m sure you have noticed, wide,  horizontal-striped curtains with a bold color have been all the rage the past few years, although a stripe is classic and will probably never go out of style.

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I have loved this look for years, but wanted something a little softer for my living room.   Brightening this room up is something I have really worked on (through changing color palette – paint, trim, etc.) because even though it has two large and two small windows, it can feel rather dark.  None of the windows have direct light as the front porch presides over the two large windows, and the porte cochere hovers over the two small windows.

When I spied this neutral wide striped fabric, I knew this was just what I wanted.

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However, the fabric had been discontinued, so luckily, my friend and talented designer, Emily, helped me track it down!  Thanks again, Emily!

I like drapery with pleating at the top because I think it helps the fabric hang better, but I wanted the pleats to be very very minimal.  Pinch pleats can look very formal and sometimes a little severe to me.  Since I have an old home, and this is our living room, I did not want it to feel overly formal as these rooms can project “stuffiness”.  The slight pleats give it a more casual, livable vibe.  I’m so happy with how they turned out.

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Secret Sources: The Best, Most Affordable Bamboo Shades

I have long been on the quest for the perfect bamboo shade.  The natural organic feel to them really grips me.  I especially love them in this room (one of my favorite rooms ever) by Lauren Liess.

lauren liess

lauren liess

I have searched for the perfect, AFFORDABLE bamboo shade for years.  Seriously.  I have looked through clearance racks at all sorts of stores and ordered samples from all over the place.  And although it is entirely possible this secret has been out for awhile, it wasn’t until six months or so ago that I discovered them.

You see, a bamboo shade has to have sort of a tortoise shell feel to them, and be light in color, but not too white and not too honey.  It is a very delicate balance.  The weave is also very important; not too reed-like and not too wide like blinds.

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Window Treatment Ideas: Lambrequins

rowley company

rowley company

Are you familiar with lambrequins?  Pronounced lam-breh-kinz.  They are a more traditional window treatment that has been around since the medieval times, where they were used around windows as a pretty way to keep out drafts.  As with all classic design elements, the popularity of lambrequins has ebbed and flowed, but they are popping up more and more in recent years.

So what is a lambrequin?  It is similar to a cornice, but it has sides that continue to the sill or even the floor.

For example, these window treatments feature cornices;

david hicks

david hicks

whereas, these windows are dressed with lamberquins.

miles redd via elle decor

miles redd via elle decor

When lambrequins were first being used, they were typically painted or stenciled wood, or covered in wallpaper.  It wasn’t until around the Victorian Era that they became more elaborate and covered in fabric.  The photo below is circa 1850 from the book “Upholstery in America & Europe from the Seventeenth Century to World War I”.

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Walker Zanger Studio Moderne Tile

walker zanger

walker zanger

I’ve been working on a little board to show all of you our plans for the Master Bathroom redo.  (and in case you are wondering, it is still gutted, nothing is really happening yet, and we are still sharing the tiny bathroom : )  )  Everything is ordered, and now it is basically a waiting game and prayers that no other pipes will get jackhammered, and it won’t rain on the first floor again.

Oy.

We actually don’t need a ton of tile for this bathroom, as we are not going put tile on the walls like before.  And in case you have forgotten, here it is before.  (previous owner’s photo)

 

Gotta love pink and blue tile and original 1921 bathrooms!  There are things I am saving from this vintage beauty, like the opaline knobs and pulls and the giant built-in mirror, but I will go more into the actual design plan later.  Today we’re talking about tile.

I’ve been staring at tile, lots and lots of tile.  Thinking about it and staring at this room imagining all of the different ways it could be.  I needed tile for the shower, and that is pretty much it.  And we only need 100 square feet (that includes waste), so I could splurge a little if I wanted to.  Plus tile is a pretty permanent fixture, it’s not something I can change a few years from now, so I wanted it to be awesome.  I was thinking period-appropriate, fresh & modern, and classic all at the same time.

As Catherine Lowe would say, “grown sexy”.

I’m actually kidding, I have no idea what that even means.

My favorite go-to place for tile is Bottega Design Gallery.  They have a vast selection, the prices are good, and the customer service is great.  I also purchased the charcoal herringbone tile from Bottega that is in my Addition.  It was at Bottega that I stumbled upon Walker Zanger’s Studio Moderne collection.

walker zanger

walker zanger

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