I’m here again, blogging in the family room again, about curtains again. Thank you all for the sweet compliments you left last week about my newly painted pale blue family room and warm white window treatments. And it was also nice to hear from some of you that I’m not the only one that has a hard time when it comes to dressing windows.
There may be 50 shades of grey, but I’m fairly certain there are a zillion shades of white. And here in this old cottage the ivories, creams, and whites are having a hard time playing together, when it comes to curtains that is. I’m trying not to let these silly little window panels get the best of me.
So I still love the blue walls, and I still love the stained wood window hardware and rings. I also still love the panels I so proudly blogged about just one tiny post back. But something still just wasn’t right to me and I couldn’t figure out what it was. Why am I still thinking about these curtains every second of every day? So I tried out a few of the panels from the other windows in our cottage here on the back sliding door.
And with all the excitement going on my sweet family of decorators also started to offer helpful suggestions. My son pointed out that I have ivory lace on many of the windows downstairs. Could it really be that simple? My favorite window treatments downstairs are the vintage lace panels in our living room. Could I simply just bring in more lace?
Meanwhile I keep reminding myself that I HAVE successfully chosen and hung window treatments in most of this little cottage of ours. And I still am happy with them years later. In the office, the windows are wearing lace valances on the top and wooden shutters on the bottom.
And in the kitchen, white Shabby Chic sheers lightly soften the windows.
So I went with more lace panels in the family room along with toile panels on each end. These toile panels have been in here before and I really think they help tie in the floral chair and ottoman with the rest of the room. At one point I was considering new chairs in here, but I like the furniture in here to be comfortable for the kids to eat and drink on with no worries. The chairs in here are both secondhand and fairly indestructible (hope I didn’t just jinx myself!). And it’s nice to have one room downstairs with more color. I always seem drawn to color on some of my favorite blogs and in magazines. Then there’s the tiny little problem of not having saved up for new furniture. Yes, I’ll be working with the floral pattern for sure.
As soon as I had this curtain situation figured out “in my mind”, a cool sea breeze blew in. The air turned fresh and we were able to pop open the windows for the first time this August. It’s unheard of around here to have the windows open in August so of course I considered this a sign. What else could it be?
I also tried the lace panels on the sun porch. If I add them in here, our entire first floor (minus the kitchen) will have lace. It really ties all the rooms together since they all open up to each other. With all this lace on the windows I’ll be sure to go easy on more lace and ruffles in the other accessories I suppose. I don’t want to go too far overboard with frills and lace!
ps The humidity is back and the windows went back down almost as fast as they went up. Wonder what that means!