Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Another Before Project

On my sidebar I have a list of projects I would like to do this year around my home.  I might not be able to conquer the entire list, especially since I won't be able to tackle most of the projects for 3-5 months, because of my healing shoulder. 

But it is fun to dream and look at inspiration pictures.

This project, is buying or making family room drapes, for both the window and the French door.

Here is my room today.

Our windows face a very private back yard, so we don't need the drapes for privacy.  I just think the room would look more finished and warm.

Here are some inspiration photos from some of my French Country decorating books and magazines.



 I will probably end up making my own, since a simple panel is easy to sew and we have a discount fabric store near me.

Do you have drapes or blinds on your windows?

Welcome Home,
Penny


38 comments:

Donnie said...

I finally got around to hanging drapes here and it did make it look much warmer. I like your choices in this post.

Darla said...

Yes, I have drapes that I also made.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

You have yourself a good list Penny! I love these inspiration pics, and so nice that you can sew.

Terri said...

I love your room. I love the idea of making a list on your blog, too! Talk about accountability!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
Your front room is so pretty and the windows give you so much light..but I know what you mean about drapes, they do finish off a room even if they are just for looks. I love the long curtains in your first photo I think they would look great in your room. I have both blinds and curtains. My curtains are just for looks to fill in the walls and to help make the windows look bigger. I have really short ceilings and so the long curtains help to bring the eye up. I love your grandfather clock!!!
I hope your feeling better. Big hugs, Elizabeth

Kim said...

Oh our room is so dreamy Penny - with or without window treatments. I have most drapes on my windows. I love the look of bamboo shades with panels on either side.
xoxo,
Kim

Pondside said...

For several years we left all windows but the bedrooms and baths with no curtains, drapes or blinds. We live in the woods so privacy was not an issue. What became an issue, though, was warmth, both physical and emotional. The rooms are just much cosier at night when drapes drawn.

Kerrie said...

I just love your beautiful room! I love seeing out but also like the warmth of drapes or sheers on the windows for a cozier, warmer look. Can't wait to see what you do!!

All That Glitters said...

Penny your home is just gorgeous!!! I really love the pics you shared today!

molly- See you downtown said...

I'm realtively drape-less, but have too been considering adding them for a softer look. Thanks for sharing your inspiration, the rod in the last picture is wonderful.

Kathleen Grace said...

I love the inspiration photos but right now I'm just a teeny bit jealous of the sunlight coming in those big windows:>)

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Penny, I think drapes would look lovely in your room. I have lace curtains as I didn't want to block too much light out and I really wanted them just to soften the look of the windows. I also have blinds so I don't need to draw the curtains. I like both the inspiration pics you showed so I think both are winners! I too have a very long list of 'to do's' this year, it's never ending is it!! take care, Maryann

Donna said...

I love your room, Penny. I do think drapes would give it a warm and finished look. I have drapes on all my windows except the kitchen. I like the warmth it gives a room plus we need them for privacy.

Hugs,
Donna

Jeanne said...

Hi Penney, I think I probably have shown way to many of my family but I was asked to show more so I did. Thank you for your sweet comment.

I hung panels on my wall of windows that are nothing but a look to warm up my great room. I think it did. They don't open or close but they are bronze silk that I loved. I have had many compliments about them so I feel I did the right thing. I like the valances for your windows and you won't lose the lovely light. I have always loved valences. They are not hard to make and if you find a beautiful fabric, I think they would add the warmth you are looking for. Dream on and get that shoulder well my friend.
Love ya, Jeanne

Victoria said...

Go with the window treatments they add so much personality to a room. If you are going for cozy cottage with a little french on the side they can only enhance the space. Every time I install some for my clients they cannot believe the difference it makes to the lived in factor. As for the light if you make sure to almost clear the window on the sides and hang high you want lose any light.
I agree about adding the bamboo shades they add another layer.

Erin@likegrandmas said...

I have blinds and a few curtains...always waiting to see if there is something I like, but I kind of just like them with blinds? Love those pics, but I love how light your room is, it's my fave:)

Blondie's Journal said...

I like the drapes in the first picture. I wish I could sew my own. We need some for the great room at the lakehouse. The windows face the water and it is private, but I get the creeps at night! lol!

Hope you are feeling better soon so that you can get at that list!

XO,
Jane

Theanne... said...

Since I live in an apartment I won't be putting up drapes...white vertical blinds were here when I moved in and management wants all apartments to appear the same from the outside...so no drapes for me.

Your room is quite lovely. I like the picture of the long drapes on that type of rod...would definitely make the room appear warmer and actually be warmer. It will be interesting to see what you choose to create!

Pat said...

Yes, I have drapes,it's a privacy issue here. I love the look of the valance in the second picture.
I made all the drapes in my daughters new house and she also has those two story high windows. In the dining room we used navy toile, which turned out lovely...but oh..what work it was to make them! I need to make my kitchen curtains, I have the fabric, I just need to get moving!

bj said...

Oh, yes, some more golds and reds to complete a french country room would be great in your pretty room. I love your inspiration photos. Those colors in your drapes would warm things up, I think.
I, myself, am not a curtain person and have blinds on my windows. Mostly it is because out here in West Texas, we have a lot of dust. Blinds are easier to keep clean than fabric.
I know that whatever you come up with will be beautiful.:)

Sandi (Meme) said...

We have blinds with a valance at the top in the living/dining room, because it's hard to see in those windows from the road. I don't like to be "closed in", so all of my windows have blinds, either vertical or horizontal, then some kind of valance, or sheer over them. I know what you mean about providing warmth for the room. My addition to the living room were a plaid valance, with lace overlay that I made. I really like the way they add that little touch, and yet aren't obtrusive. I like what you are looking at though, I think they would look great. Have fun deciding! Sandi

Brenda Kula said...

I love all the natural light you have coming into that room.
Brenda

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love long drapes to the floor! And I couldn't wait to get the blinds off these windows and drapes up! I bought some of mine from Penney's and it was less than making them (on sale, they had just what I wanted at buy one, get one for a penny). I went to the Penney's in the AVL mall. You might check just for the fun of it!

Stacey said...

Can't wait to see what you do. It makes me laugh because you and I always have the same inspiration photos in mind.

Pamela said...

I like both options Penny but I would have to say my fave are the long panels since you have suck high ceilings.I think the valances would bring your eye down and I know I would always want to be looking up and seeing your gorgeous chandy!:)

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Your room is really close to the inspiration in the first picture! Love the panels for softness. Very nice!

Sarah said...

Penny, how wonderful to have a wall of windows. I'd love to have that kind of light streaming in. So I guess the valance treatment would get my vote.
Good luck with your decision. I know whatever you decide to do will be lovely. You have a great design sense. ~ Sarah

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Penny your room is just beautiful and I love the French country look..Soooo much I would love to do just one room in my house with that look but too late now to get rid of my victorian antiques..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Miss Jean said...

Gosh, I wish I was clever and could sew drapes! On our dining room/living room long wall I had cornise boxes made and upholstered in a stripe. On the slider I had a matching solid colored draw drape hung. On the two stationary windows I had matching solid roman shades made. Sometimes I wish I would have done something different, less "heavy" but they do help insulate the room. One of these days I'll do a post if I can get Becky to come over with her good camera and take pictures. The lighting isn't good in there. Can't wait to see what you do.

Tina said...

I really enjoyed your blog and your decor ideas!
I'm happy to be a new follower and see what's next!
Hoping your arm is better soon too!

see you there! said...

We have blinds for the most part. I used to have semi-sheer tab top curtains/drapes in the living room. I might do that again for spring.

Darla (the one in CA, I see another one here)

Beth West www.northernskyart.wordpress.com said...

The drapes in your inspiration photos are beautiful and would look great in your living room. I do love the open bright look of your windows the way they are also.

I hope you're more on the mend and closer to being able to dig into all of your projects each day :)

Dawna said...

You have a great house Penny! We live in the country, so privacy with drapes etc is not a big problem either. Panels do warm up the room though...without covering up too much of your moulding etc. I want to do some changes with my dining room window when our kitchen reno is done too.

*Ulrike* said...

I have drapes up in the winter, and in the summer I put sheers/lace up as it reminds me of my German family. Besides, I love the way it moves when the windows are open! I don't have anything on my one sliding glass door which I have been meaning to do since when it gets cold you can really feel it. That's why the drapes in the winter so I can close them to keep the heat in.
I do love the photos from the French Country, and the colors!
Take care,
Ulrike

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Living in the city as I do I have both blinds and drapes on my windows. I like to allow sunshine in during the day, so the open blinds preserve some privacy. I feel the drapes make the room look more finished and help insulate against the weather

Mary said...

Penny, there seem to be great buys and choices in drapery panels available nowadays. Sewing them is sometimes more costly and definitely time consuming handling all that fabric! I love the linen blend panels from Target - I bought them in natural for living room, dining room, and master bedroom last year. Hanging from metal rings and clips they give the rooms more of a finished look than just blinds, but are not overbearing or fancy. I throw them in the washing machine, dry a bit in the dryer and then hang to finish drying, no ironing, as I like that Nordic/ French textured farmhouse look!

Whatever you choose will be beautiful dear.
Hope you are healing well.
Hugs - Mary

rozetta said...

I love the first picture!

~elaine~

Daffodil Hill said...

I have that same magazine, and I LOVE that room. Your room has a very similar feel already. Can't wait to see your exciting changes!