Browsing Tag


before & after, decorating, setting up home

Before & After: Shades for the Dining Room


ugly curtains beforeWe’ve finally been able to take down these cheap sheer curtains from the dining room window. I may have done a little jig when that happened. I’ve never liked these curtains. In fact, I took them down and we lived with a bare window for a few months this winter. Then, during one of the arctic blasts that spread across the Midwest, I re-installed the curtains to gives us a little insulation. I can finally say good riddance to the curtains … and hello to our new streamlined shades!

Continue Reading…

decorating, setting up home

Design Dilemma: How to Dress the Dream House’s Windows


window dilemma in American System-Built home

I’ve been struggling with a major design dilemma at the Dream House. While I have a fairly clear picture of how I want most of the rooms to look, I’m struggling with how to dress the windows. My usual approach to window coverings is to go high and wide. That is, hang long beautiful drapes that will reach the floor as high as you can get, just below the ceiling or crown molding, and much wider than the window itself. This treatment frames the window beautifully and often makes the room look taller.

Continue Reading…