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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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