Belgian linen curtains in a breakfast room add finishing touches to large picture windows.
At the time Jane wrote her post about our Alabama Stone Cottage, we had just added Belgian linen curtains to all the bedrooms. In the past I had been quite satisfied without curtains and bare windows did not bother either of us. There are no neighbors close by. Living on several acres has its advantages. But after the curtains were hung, I realized how much cozier the rooms seemed and, the the bedroom, the full moon didn’t wake me up anymore. Even though there is a deep veranda across most of the back of the house, sunsets also can are bothersome when sitting at our farmhouse table.
This before photo isn’t dramatically different than the after. This window is large — 10 feet wide and 6 feet tall — but perfect for viewing the lake and mountain ridge. The side window [bottom] that looks onto the upper veranda is not as wide, and faces almost directly due west.
The photographs don’t show the true colors. Ssunlight, incandescent lighting and window film distort them but the panels are Flax (now called Sand), a color I pulled from the Soumak rug.
During the next big Restoration Hardware sale, I purchased enough lined panels to finish the public areas of our home. The dozen panels were stored in an armoire for two years before I found the time to buy more drapery hardware and have Mr. Shops install the. Sometimes, the demands of real life get in the way of decorating. Now, we are very pleased with the outcome. I like being able to block the sun when needed and the curtains added the finishing touch to the room.
See the rest of my kitchen in French Gray Island Kitchen.
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Jane T says
Allison, I am curious if the length of the RH panels were consistent. Seems too often I’ve read online reviews indicating that is a problem with ready-made. Be great to know RH’s are not that way.
I did not measure any of them before hanging hardware. After hanging the first group, I put the hooks in so they would be a tad higher since they do gain a bit of length after being up a few weeks – nothing major. That said, there are a few panels in the great room that need lowering but that’s as easy as moving the hooks.
I love what a little extra can do for a room; sometimes more than buying new furniture/rugs, et al. This looks so warm and cozy. Just the right touch. Way to go!
HI Allison! Oh, I just love your addition of the curtains. Looks so cozy. You always do it right!
be a sweetie,
Mary @ Ms Redo says
The curtains look really nice, and your pictures look like magazine quality! thanks for sharing. Mary
They look beautiful! I think the new panels just finished off your room! Very pretty!