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Trends: Valance over Shade

Trends: Valance over Shade

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There are tons of examples of window valances and truthfully I’m not entirely convinced that they are good…but I’ve noticed a little resurgence in valances particularly mounted over shades. Do you think the shades freshen the look of a valance? I’ll leave it up to you to decide – valance – yes or no? Alessandra Branca   Bonesteel Trout Hall

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A word on Country Curtains

A word on Country Curtains

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Let’s talk window treatments for a moment. I need a boat load of them in the new house. I’m trying to be more organized and have a narrower focus when it comes to getting things done in our house but I’m not having any success so far. I’m all over the place. I decided that I wanted to elevate the look of the master bedroom windows because we painted the room (hasn’t been revealed) and we obviously need privacy in that room and I’m beginning to get angry everyday that I have to look at dingy mini blinds from the early 1990s. So a couple of weeks ago I started hunting for some shades. I already have the Pottery Barn Peyton drapes, I’d like to layer a simple, fabric roller shade behind the Peyton drape. Sounds easy enough right, NO. Here’s a list of places I visited in search of the shades I…

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Yella

Yella

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The time has come my fair friends. We have discussed these curtains more than once. My arrival back to my Santa Monica apartment met with me with a box full of lined yellow silk curtains. I put out a help me post to see if the world could make my dreamy curtains a reality. Several of you responded including Jamie from isuwannee.com. She got the hook up! It took some time, cause as I declare over and over and over….. the pockets are shallow. Roomate Kate and I agreed that these would make the statement and we scraped our extra monies. We didn’t save much more money compared what I had imagined it might cost to start with the fabric I found in the garment district, but there was ZERO headache, and the final product is significantly more like the above photo than what I had found. I will need…

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Help Me!

Help Me!

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Remember how I found fabric for curtains…. Well, I’m over that. I did the math and it would amount to about $550 to get these babies lined and sewn, not to mention the pain in the neck of finding a seamstress, getting the materials, etc. etc. So……… I implore – any ideas for where to start shopping for a cheaper, quicker version of these yellow Belle curtains? I’ve never shopped for such a thing before.

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What I learned…

What I learned…

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I read an amazing post about window treatments on Cote de Texas yesterday, which I highly recommend reading.  I was perusing a Better Homes & Gardens slideshow about color and pattern when I came across this image, Now this was meant to be a study in the use of pastels but what I noticed was the window treatments that were used in this room.  It appears that it is one large natural shade, mounted on the outside of the bank of three windows.  If this were my room, I’m pretty sure my instinct would’ve been to hang three separate bamboo shades but after reading CdT’s post I realize I may have been chopping up that nice horizontal line of windows.  What’s your preference here? Update-CdT also wrote a great post about Restoration Hardware turning Belgian. Also a great read.

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Really digging Little Green Notebook

Really digging Little Green Notebook

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Thank you to Isuwannee who linked us up on a farewell post with several other of her Blog Favorites. They were all great reads for me. I was doing my usual quick break peruse and just loved this DIY Pinch Pleated Curtain post over at LITTLE GREEN NOTEBOOK. Check her out! Isn’t that room a really great mix of colors and textures.. Are you falling in love with everything black and white like I am…? (I’ve noticed several of my last posts have included a stripe here and there.) This room is totally giving me some tangible ideas for a now completely empty guest room that I need to put back together. (My roomates moved out this week.) A humoungo thanks to Jenny at Little Green Notebook for the ideas… Including a totally easy and inexpensive matching Bookshelf job. Your room looks great.

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Bedroom Window Treatment

Bedroom Window Treatment

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Dear Sarah, I know its not what we discussed, but I accidentally loved them too much to leave them. So I bought these curtains for my bedroom from Pier1. If they don’t work into the ModGyp scheme that we devised then I decided that they could easily translate into teeny tiny curtains in the Vintage Shasta Camper. Keep your eyes peeled for complimentary patterns.

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