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Kitchen Window Ideas & Inspiration

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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

Wednesday, April 30th, 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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Agree Or Disagree?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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I realize window treatments are tricky, but if you do not want your treatments to look out of date, do not let the curtain bottom dangle in the air like the photo above.

Or like this:

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Or this:

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The reason I am mentioning this again is because a new client I am working with did not know this. She said that she sees them in other homes! I also still see them often in homes that are listed for sale.

It might be confusing to some especially when the shorter treatments are still available to purchase:

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I think it is a disservice to homeowners to sell short window treatments!

And please do not be afraid of the fabric catching on fire. In all my years of decorating and all of my research, I have never heard of window panels catching on fire because it was on top of a heater vent.

My advice is if the window can not use full length panels, a shade might be the best solution.

Do you agree or disagree that window treatments should reach the floor or not hang at all?

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Need a Professional Window Expert? 5 Questions You Need To Ask!

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

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Do you ever wish you could easily find a window expert? Someone who will come into your home, measure, go back to their office and make fabulous custom window treatments and then return and install them?

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Most people automatically think that this professional would be a seamstress, when in actuality who you should be looking for is a an expert in sewing soft treatments. A seamstress is someone, who by definition, is a woman who sews and makes clothes. There is a big difference between sewing clothing and window treatments.

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Instead, you will want to look for an expert in sewing soft treatments, such as window panels, draperies and pillows. This person will have both the qualifications and experience to help you design and create custom window treatments for your home.

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I put a few important questions together to ask when you are considering hiring an expert to help with your windows:

1. What types of projects make up the majority of your work?

You want someone skilled in window treatments, not hemming pants.

2. How long have you been in business?

You would like someone with experience. You are paying them good money and do not want to them to practice on your windows.

3. Do you have a workshop for sewing exclusively?

An important reason why you want to know if they have a workroom just for sewing is because you do not want your beautiful fabric to be dragging on someone’s kitchen floor!

4. Do you come to the home and measure and then come back to install them?

One of my key hiring policies is that they come to my home and measure and then bring them back to install! Well worth the money paid.

5. May I please see photos of previous projects?

Most professionals have a website where you can view their previous window projects they have worked on, but if they do not, they should have photos of their work that you can look at. Make sure that you ask to see a sampling of their work, to see if it matches your personal and home style.

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These questions will help you find an experienced professional to help you with making your windows beautiful. Does anyone have other questions that would be helpful?

I love warming up and finishing a room with simple yet sophisticated window treatments, don’t you?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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