It amazes me at the things builders do to save a few dollars. Now some of these things are so subtle you don't really notice them at first, then when you start to decorate, you just shake your head in dis-belief.
To make my point you have to see what I'm talking about. Here is my living room when I was trying out the white drapes. (OK, but a little underwhelming and I already took them back. I have another plan.)
Then I decided that I really wasn't sure about the white in the living room and thought I would try it in the family/breakfast rooms.
Notice anything yet?
This is what I'm talking about. This is looking at my dining room window and my breakfast room window standing in the doorway that separates them. Now you normally don't see both of them at the same time, so until you start to hang drapes you don't notice that they used much shorter windows in the breakfast/family area than the living/dining area. (How cheap can you be.)
I deliberately added a header to these drapes in the family/breakfast area, and it sort of camouflages the fact that the windows are short. (The windows really aren't that short, we have 9 1/2 ft. walls.) Inside the windows we installed your typical wood blinds. These things are a real pain to keep clean and especially in this room since it is open most of the time to the patio and outside and there is always tons of dust on them. (We are surrounded by farmland, and they are constantly plowing and creating tons of dust.)
Ok, back to the situation. After thinking about this and looking at all sides of the situation, I think I am just going to eliminate all the drapes in the family/breakfast area and just do Bamboo Blinds.
Now this is a look I really like, the blinds are hung really high and drapes on the sides. This would definitely work and I could use the white drapes for this look.
However I love the clean lines of no drapes. I love how these are hung outside the window and hung high, that would work perfectly in my room.
Here is a picture of my previous home where I just used the shades by themselves. I loved it and they were so easy to keep clean. (I know a totally different kind of room and really high vaulted ceilings.) I think if I hang the blinds above and outside the windows I can create this same really clean look.
After searching for days, I looked at all kinds of blinds and still wasn't convinced that was the look I wanted, but I did find the perfect thing. I t hink this will be fabulous.
So what do you think? Do you try different things, or do you stick with the statis-quo.
I am joining the following parties:
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
The 36th Avenue for 36th Avenue Party