Wednesday, August 27, 2014

100 Windows - #51

I love this bathroom I saw in a model home.
The window treatment is just perfect in it's simplicity.
I also think having a TV in the bathroom is a great idea, though some may disagree.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

100 Windows - #50

#50 ??!!  We are halfway through! This calls for a celebration so today I will share with you one of my all time favorite projects. It's hard to believe I did this 8 years ago.
Initially, I loved how the graphic black and white print played on the gold walls.  If memory serves me correctly, the wall color is Benjamin Moore's Dorset Gold.
I was also fascinated by the playful mix of floral, check and stripe. Not everyone can take that much pattern but using just black and white is a good way to ease into it.
The striped Roman shade can be lowered to block the evening sunlight when doing the dinner dishes.
On the same wall as the sink is a window seat which is so much fun to have in a kitchen! We duplicated the window treatment and used the black and white on the sides of the seat cushion but used a colorful print on top.
We played around with adding even MORE color and pattern with some throw pillows.  Do you like it better with or without?  You can catch a glimpse of the adjoining family room on the right side of the photo.

The family room had just one window, actually a door, so we treated it to a long drape in the same combination of floral and check.
Button detail on the drapery tieback.
More button details but this time I used the check, and placed the button at the bottom of each pinch pleat.  Details make the difference!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

100 Windows - #49

Before the walls were painted. Before the room was accessorized. Before the final choice for bedding was made, we decided on this valance.
Well actually, we decided on three!

Repetition is so much nicer than just one!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

100 Windows - #48

Let's say you have some very expensive fabric you want to use for a window treatment, but your budget won't allow you to buy too much of it. Or you have some fabric on hand, but not a very large quantity.  Here is a solution for you:
This is a great design for creating an interesting curtain.  It is basically a sheer curtain with an attached valance at the top, made with a heavier fabric.  The top part could be (and in my opinion, should be) lined. There is a row of trim inserted between the top fabric and the sheer fabric.
Here's a closer look:
Note the roped curtain rod!

This treatment is sure to show up again in this 100 Windows series. I saw it when I was a judge for the Tidewater Builders Association Homearama in 2010, but I had seen it once or twice before in previous years of judging.  That is one smart designer for reusing such a nice treatment!

Monday, August 4, 2014

100 Windows - #47

Today I give you 2 versions of the Pullup Valance. Both are shown on a rectangular window, but I have done a similar version over an arched window.
The first version shows the valance with a cute contrast band along all the outside edges.

The second shows a tassel fringe on the edges.
This is a really versatile style.  The level of formality would change depending on your fabric and trim.  I can see it in a formal living room over draperies as easily as a whimsical valance in a baby's nursery.
I wish I could give credit to the designer, but I think these photos look like catalog shots. So if you know where these came from please speak up! We like to give credit where credit is due!