Category: window treatments

The Best of 2015

December 27, 2015

What a wonderful year 2015 was both professionally and personally! Not only was I fortunate enough to visit High Point Market but I also was able to explore different parts of the world I have never been. And thanks to all of you, I had the best year ever blogging! Here are a few favorites I thought you might enjoy reading again:

What Candice Says About Color

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Kitchen Window Treatments

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This was one of my favorite online design consults:

Nina’s Before & After Living Room

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Turquoise & Beige Color Combination

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Finishing Touches On Bath Update

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A couple of popular hints and tips in 2015:

Helpful Tip For Orchids

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Valuable Tip When Selecting Exterior Colors

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Color Swap, Part Two

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The BEST Kitchen Wall Color For Oak Cabinets

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One of my favorites was guest posting:

Guest Posting At Color Me Happy!

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A big thank you to all of you! Here’s to another great year of traveling and adventure! As most of you know, I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica this year:

Natural Beauty

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Creatures, Creatures, Creatures

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Now I have the traveling bug… for 2016 I already have Ireland and Nashville booked. Here’s to  another fun year of decorating and color! Have an amazing 2016 my friends!

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Kitchen Window Treatments

August 29, 2015

After looking for over a year, I have finally found the fabric I love to use on my kitchen windows:

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I absolutely LOVE it! I had a vision in my head how I wanted the treatments to look but it took forever to find the right fabric which I wrote about here and here. I followed my own advice and asked for a sample to be sure it worked with the other items in the room such as the rugs:

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Before:

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After with new window treatments:

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One important factor was to not cover up the view:

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Mission accomplished!

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The kitchen was pretty, but I felt it needed fabric to soften and finish the room:

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I am really happy how they came out. Budget Blinds is my secret. They come to your home to measure and then install the finished product.

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I bought an extra yard of the same fabric for a table runner and to cover a couple stools. How do you think they came out?

Thank you all who entered the Sweet Carolina raffle. The lucky winner who won an autographed copy from the author is:

Eileen Amabile!

Send me your address Eileen so I can have your book sent to you. Thank you everyone and thanks for all the good book ideas to read!

Nina’s Before & After Living Room

July 9, 2015

It took a little while for the custom window treatments to be made, but they were well worth the wait:

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Aren’t they beautiful? The window treatments completed the room perfectly. Don’t you love that mirror over the fireplace?

I posted here a peek into Nina’s living room when we were working on it. Here was Nina’s living room when we began:

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And now after:

 

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We incorporated a few of her own furnishings in our plan such as the sofa, chair and table.

The bookshelves were all custom made to our specifications. They came out gorgeous and added so much to the room!

During the process:

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Before:

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After:

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Nina is so happy and that makes me so happy!

Below was our design board:

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We worked together online and through emails throughout the entire design. A fun project for both of us. I am grateful to be doing what I love!

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Barn Sale and Kitchen Update

September 22, 2014

[pinterest]One of my very favorite restaurants closed recently. It was our special place that my husband and I loved going to. They served the best shrimp scampi I have ever had anywhere.  The name of the restaurant was The Thompson House Eatery in the little town of Jackson, NH:

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The husband and wife team recently decided to close the restaurant. I am happy for them because they are going to enjoy life more now. And, they are having barn sales every Saturday! We went this past weekend and look at some of the good stuff we found:

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What good deals we found and the prices were unbelievably low. The large blue jug above was only $5.00. I love it! The wooden box my husband found is handmade and sold for $3.00. The bag of vintage matches sold for only $1.00.

Here is our favorite treasure we found that day:

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Isn’t it beautiful? It has glass shelves and the sides are also in glass. I wish the hutch was with it, but we have a few good ideas for this piece. And the price- $30.00. Wow!

And look at this great bookshelf we found:

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It is in great shape and well made. I have been looking for the perfect idea for this kitchen wall and this is a great starter piece! Did you notice the paint sample chips already? I can’t wait to paint it. Such a great find. Oh… and it was only $15.00. I know!

Our new blinds have been installed in our kitchen that I spoke about here:

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They look great and keep that strong sun out. I think it is looking good so far. And I have decided which fabric window treatments I am going with and I am looking at fabrics now. I love fabric, do you? And my one finished little corner:

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Makes me smile every time I walk in. Have a great day everyone!

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Kitchen Window Ideas & Inspiration

September 3, 2014

[pinterest]Moving on with our kitchen redesign, it was time to talk windows. As you can see in our kitchen nook:

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It is in need of some fabric love. But of course, things are not always easy. My husband does not want to cover any of the window molding and we do not want to cover up the view:

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Tall window panels will not work here because it is too small of an area. Plus all of the molding would be covered up. So my next thought was maybe interior roman shades:

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I was pretty excited about the roman shades until my appointment with my window expert. He explained using roman shades would bring fabric to the room but when folded up all the way open, the stack would hang so low (because of the thickness of material), it would cover a lot of the window:

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Our only option for now is to hang cellular shades like we did in the living room:

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Their purpose is keeping out the sun which it does very well, without the loss of view.

As I am working through my own window challenge, here are some beautiful kitchen window treatments for inspiration and ideas:

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All so pretty! I saw a couple ideas I might be able to try on my kitchen windows. Which are your favorites?

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Making Ready Made Window Treatments Better

April 30, 2014

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I know we would all love to be able to afford custom window treatments for all of our windows. But I also know that is not practical or affordable for many of us.

A trick I have learned is when purchasing ready made curtains from the store, always buy double. Most all ready made window treatments are only 50-60 inches wide. Yes, they will cover your window according to the measurements, but it just does not look right. They will look store bought (and cheaper) because they are so flimsy:

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Do you see how thin they look?:

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But if you buy double panels for each side and sew the two panels together, you will have a nice width of 100-120 inches:

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They look soooo much better. And yes, it is a little more expensive, but imagine how much more custom window treatments would cost.

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Do you double up on your window treatments? Don’t you love the fullness of them? Beautiful!

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