The home office at ‘Our House’ has recently had a makeover. I showed you what a difference the paint color can make, as well as moving a bit of furniture and changing up the accessories, today we’ll take a closer look at the window treatments I made for this room.
Because in my design business, I designed, sold fabric, trim and rodding and even sometimes constructed the window treatments myself, I would end up with extra pieces of things. Like some of the hardware I used for this window treatment.
The highly decorative wooden finials and brackets on the top valance were very expensive… but I had them leftover from when I used them for the Asian-inspired room before.
And the bottom rod and cup rings… well they were leftovers from other projects too, one was natural colored, and the others white… so I grabbed the wonderful can of Ralph Lauren bronze paint and quickly painted them… it’s a very close match to the top expensive rod! (I tell ya, I’ve used that same quart of Ralph Lauren paint for so many projects!)
I found the tassle trim from the valance, and the trim on the café panels both on clearance at Joann’s. I love the classic addition this trim offers.
Underneath the valance is a Hunter Douglas Provenance woven wood shade. I rarely close it, because there is little need to…
But it’s nice to have the option, and this Hunter Douglas shade is very good quality and because of its lining, completely room darkening for on that rare occasion. Again, because I was in the business and sold Hunter Douglas shading, I could get the best quality at discounted prices… nice benefit to being a designer!
For the overall design of this window treatment, since I have my computer desk right in front of the window, which for the most part, I love this placement… it’s wonderful to see the garden, and I love watching the birds as I work away on the computer… but in the winter, the sun sits lower in the sky here in NW Wisconsin, and can be a problem for my eyes, thus the reason for the café panels. I can pull them across the lower section of the window and give my eyes a little relief from the intense winter light.
But for most of the time, they’re open, and just adding a bit of visual softness to the window.
I wanted the window treatments to have just a soft accent to the room, so I felt if I did both the top valance and the café panels all in the motif fabric it’d get too busy looking. So instead I opted to do the café panels in a soft wheat colored linen fabric. I still wanted them to visually tie to the valance, looking like a set, so I added the little bit of fabric with decorative trim to it…
Whew, since I thought of doing this addition after I bought and cut out the valance, I was fortunate to have enough for the trim on the panels… I barely had enough, but I managed to just eek it enough.
And even though the fabric does have an occasional bird on it, it also has postal marks and leaf and flower graphics… In other words, it doesn’t at all feel like an overwhelming ‘themed’ pattern, but it does achieve the lighter feel to the room I was going for.
I absolutely love this home office space now!
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