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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WINDOWS! Inside and Out

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This past Friday as we turned the corner we saw that we had windows!!!

Very exciting to see, to say the least. We also have a temporary door, and sheet rock was being delivered.

It looks like they are getting ready to do the plumbing, and electrical wiring inside. Of course all of this is quite exciting to us.

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With the windows being installed my mind naturally goes to window coverings. I already did a post on what I was thinking about using on my windows here.
Today I thought it would be fun to see some of the ideas that have inspired the look that I am leaning towards.

Since the Great room is the main focus of our home let’s start there.

We have two banks of windows with three windows side by side as seen in the image of the model below….

Keep in mind that the overall look I am going for is a somewhat traditional Nantucket look.

Here is a picture of my existing furniture that will be going in this room you can see I use a mix of black and white with blue and white  with blue and white porcelain and baskets…


I will continue with this color scheme and I also add more baskets for texture. With all of this in mind I think that the look of bamboo or matchstick blinds will be perfect for this look…

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I like the use of the black iron rod(another tie-in with my black and white) close to the ceiling, and the inside mount of the blinds in this image so you can see the nice window moldings.

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The drapery softens the treatment at the corners. In my new home I will have a small space of wall on each side of the windows and I think adding the side drapery panels at each corner will soften the room.

I will make sure that the drapery panel will just barely come to the edge of the molding in order to not to cover any of the window. There will only be panels at each corner, nothing in the middle. I want as much window to show as possible.

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I also like the idea of simple white cotton or linen draperies having a black leading edge trim. The black will be a nice tie in with the black and white base of my rooms d├ęcor.

You will notice in this next picture that the blinds are hung as an outside mount and closer to the ceiling…

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I discovered something about myself in my sourcing. I prefer an inside mount over an outside mount for this particular look. 

I know that many designers would recommend to go high or go home, but for me I prefer the moldings of a window to show, when possible.

I think I like it better with some wall showing above the blind

This is such a beautiful room and yet I still prefer a bit of the wall showing above the blinds.

It is important to look at all the details, and to come to grips with what works for you and is pleasing to your eye. Sometimes it will be such a small detail, but in your eyes it can make all the difference in the world.

Make sure what you know that you dislike as well as like when making your design decisions.

I would like to turn the sliding glass doors in our den into a window area like this one.
Notice how the drapes in the corner soften the whole look of these windows.

I also might decide once we are in there, that the drapes are just too much for me, since I am not that big on window treatments, but for right now they feel like they will look very nice in my minds eye.

Since you can see the dining area, and the great room when looking into this area of the house, it is important that the window treatments have something that ties them together.

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I could do matching bamboo, or matchstick roman shades, or I could do something a bit different that will still tie in the look if I do decide to use the drapery with the black trim on the leading edge of the Great rooms draperies.

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I would keep it simple, and do an inside mount so there would not be the flap valance, but I think using the same banded trim as on the drapery will be a nice tie-in, bring the black and white into the kitchen area, and break things up a bit

white living room design  Love those black trimmed Roman shades.
Simple, clean, fresh and very sharp looking. I love the high contrast between black and white.

living rooms - gray black white roman shades gray silk drapes bay window gray white striped striped pillow built-in window seat gray cushions
So there you have it, my plan, so far!!!

Of course you know all of this could change once we get in there, and live in our new environment for awhile, but so far this seems pleasing to my eye and is doable.