Well am I ever glad I asked whether I should puddle my drapes or not. And Terreeia is even happier because she was right, haha!
When I read all your overwhelming "Absolutely not Maria, your living room is way too clean and contemporary" comments, I thought "Duh, of course". It's not like I would ever have specified puddling drapes for a client with a living room like mine, but I was stuck on the romantic feel of that image.
I am so glad I asked your opinion!
What I did not mention the other day was that I had already called my friend Nancy to talk about installing Silhouettes from Hunter Douglas on my windows.
So even though I will not be opening and closing the drapes every day, they should still be just 1/2" off the floor. I'll still get full drapes made because I love the luxurious look of drapery fabric and it feels cozy at night when they are closed.
My friend Nancy DeVries is not only a colour expert and decorator but she also specializes in drapery and hard window coverings. She exclusively sells Hunter Douglas window coverings. I knew I wanted Silhouettes and that's about it. I knew there are many options and special features you can specify so I called in the expert who sells them every single day.
Here she is with her car full of samples.
Maria Killam and Nancy DeVries
The first decision to make was whether to install a 3" or 4" vane size. When I walked outside to see the effect from the street, I chose the 3" because I have 2 1/2" white faux blinds in the two bedroom windows on the right side of the house and from a curb appeal standpoint, the 3" would relate better to the blinds.
Then we had the colour decision to make. My trim colour is Artisan White from Cloverdale Paint which is an off-white instead of a pure white because that related best to my quartz countertops from Spectrum Stone. So we chose White Diamond.
Recently Terreeia and I were at some friends for dinner on their patio. They had a large, oversize retractible awning over the dining area. As we will eventually redesign our patio, I asked about their awning.
The homeowner said the only regret she had about the purchase was that they made the decision not to add the sensor that would automatically close them when the weather turned windy or rainy. There were many times when she had left the house, it started to rain, and there was nothing she could do because she had ordered manual control instead of automatic for an extra $500.
When you think about it. $500 savings now is hardly worth it for something you would use every day during the summer months.
As you can see (below) it would be a total pain to squeeze in behind the sofa to open and close the blinds every day, so I immediately knew I wanted the convenience of a remote.
I'm such a nut about atmosphere and the light looking just right so I know I'm the only one that would fuss with it. I love to sit on the Barcelona chair with my laptop to enjoy the mountain view.
Just for fun, I thought I'd show you the real estate listing, before picture prior to the renovation last Spring which happened before we moved in.
I'm so excited to see how they will look installed! In the winter when the sun slants into the living room during the day, you can't sit on the sofa because it's too bright. And we didn't really spend any time in this room during the evenings this past winter because we felt like we were in a fish bowl without any window coverings.
The dining room windows will not be motorized because it's easy to walk over and pull them up and down. Plus, all the fabric on my dining room chairs actually happen to have Sunbrella protection, so bleaching over there is not an issue.
Silhouettes from Hunter Douglas
Nancy says that how you use a room should dictate exactly how you will cover the windows. Many people relate to personalized window coverings as a luxury and don't realize that living without the right window treatments can really limit how you spend time in a room which then prevents you from fully enjoying all the rooms in your house.
Is there a room in your home that you can't be in because the windows aren't dressed?
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