Sep 9, 2013

Burlap Sacks on my Glass

My life is so exotic, hanging at the JCPenney Home Store on a Sat. night, discussing draperies and other important matters with the curtain lady.

It started with a glass swap.  Nuked the picture window and pair of double-hungs, supplanted by a single sheet of commercial glass.  The new feels massive, brightens the small room and is clean without the screens, frames and spiders that shacked up in the old.


Then:



Now:










Sitting here typing in my underpants by the window sans blinds, figure I'd better search out some shades. 

Linen sounded right, curtain lady suggested going au naturel to align with the jute rug and oak floor.  Tried it on the smaller window. Will repeat on the big glass if I like it.

Wood blinds before:


Burlap sacks after:







Before:


Ghetto:



Bam:


 
Burlap sacks* or blinds, which do you like? 

-Beard

*Note:  The sacks are see-through, so neighbors will continue seeing me blog in tighty whites.

34 comments:

  1. Can you leave them both up?? That way you get the best of both worlds!!

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    1. I second this- wooden blinds for privacy, but burlap curtains for aesthetics.

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    2. I was thinking the same thing, Curls took a look and said the wood blinds darken the room too much. Maybe I could do a low profile white solar shade for night privacy instead of blinds?

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    3. I third this. Maybe you could get the blinds cut down to fit inside the window frame for a cleaner look. The curtains look great! How are you coming along with your fireplace decision making?

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    4. I also vote for this. I'm more of a blinds kind of girl myself, but I also like to have the option of drapes sometimes.

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  2. Also, the blinds are in 3 parts, since there were three windows before. Prefer going one piece to keep it clean.

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  3. I would probably go with a double curtain rod so you can layer drapery panels:

    http://tinyurl.com/nhfjw59

    That link will show you a pic of what I'm talking about. You can put the more opaque panels on the back rod, and the burlap ones on the front rod -- operate them independently of each other and together to provide more options. Both closed -- double "layers" for privacy and possible added insulation from heat transfer in cold and hot seasons. Back layer closed, front layer open -- privacy with contrast of two fabrics. Back layer open, burlap layer closed -- minimal privacy with natural light filtering through.

    Just some ideas. :)

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  4. Arlene9/10/2013

    I agree with Laura, I think a double curtain rod would work very nicely!

    Can't wait to see what you choose :)

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  5. All great suggestions so far. I second the motion for a double rod with extra drapes for warmth in the winter.
    PS - Loving your ghetto photo - we are "those" neighbors right now as we have a tractor in our suburban neighborhood driveway for massive yard reconfiguration.

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    1. Takeaway is people go bananas over the double rod.

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    2. Anonymous9/11/2013

      I third....no fourth.....oh I've lost count....for the doublerod idea. I've done my entire house in doublerod action and I love it! I did my bathroom windows in 2.5" wood blinds and I HATE it! Unfortunately I really REALLY don't want anyone to see any of that so I was overly cautious in that arena. And yes, that bush needs to go......get something that flowers.

      Hope all is well with you and Pigtails!

      *B

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  6. I'm also with Laura--a double rod with lots of options. Also, I don't like blinds very much--they're kind of a pain in the neck to keep clean. The new window is great--looks gigantic!

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  7. Anonymous9/10/2013

    Either, but that shrub in front has to go. Sad.

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    1. "Maude, grab the fly swatter. We got another one obsessed with my bush."

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  8. Anonymous9/10/2013

    Also, why are the chairs set up to look at the radio... what is this, the 1940's? Is the lone ranger riding again?

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    1. You too would swivel towards the speakers if Cyndi Lauper came on the radio.

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  9. hmmm -I was all set to order me up some new (faux) wood blinds for my living room,after having a college-esque set of honeycombs up there for years (came with the house...) now this thread of comments has me thinking...thinking...thinking...

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  10. I have timber blinds, set inside the frames. We find they give enough flexibility, tilted any which way you choose. We love them, but our skirts/architraves are all stained timber not painted. I love the burlap curtains, so "Hooray for Laura" go with the double rod idea. That way you can always change out what you hang on it, when you are looking for something different. The window looks fantastic! Especially with that adorable Pigtails setting it off just nicely. On another note, I've changed my email address and can't find where on your blog I subscribe to posts now...please help? (If I try subscribe to:post comments (atom), bottom of page, I just get directed to a text, programming page)

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  11. I'd say blockout roller blinds, plus the jute. Also, the lone chair in the corner looks way out of place. Send it to South Africa.

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    1. 1950s Eames side chair, a classic.

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    2. That's why!
      ;-)

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  12. me, I like pigtails in the corner - thinking she wasn't please about the re-placement of the tv, wherever it went... - boy the single pane sure does make a difference.

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    1. Never did figure out what happened to that old TV. Now we just sit and stare at the radio.

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  13. Love the look of the single pane. I'm with Laura and the others, go with a double rod. Blinds are a PITA to keep clean.

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    1. Power wash them suckers.

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  14. I hate mini blinds in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Go with a double rod; something sheer to let in light and look pretty from the chair, but something to block underwear views from the sidewalk on the window side.

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    1. My wood blinds are not very mini, each slat is maybe 2" high. Leaning towards cellular or solar shades with burlap sacks in front. Double rod could mean a bunch of extra rods and curtains all over the place, which could get busy and mess up the clean look.

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    2. Cellulars or solar shades are an excellent "base" to build on -- I am embarrassed I didn't think of that when I posted my original "double rod" suggestion. (If you don't remember from our conversation re: the shade in your kitchen re-do, I'm the "blind gal" from Texas and do this for a living . . . ) Anyway, the cellular has minimal stack height, so when you want that sucker up and out of the way, it obscures very little of the window glass --- but when you lower it, you have complete privacy. Most brands come in lots of colors, but the side facing out is always a neutral white or off white -- which is good. The cellular will also offer excellent insulation against heat transfer regardless of season. You can get 'em in light filtering or black out -- the light filtering will still provide privacy -- the most anyone will see from outside is a moving shadow (if that) when you have the lights on at night.

      Good luck! :D

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    3. One more thing about your drapery panels, just a trivia thing you might find interesting -- I know you're going for the "lean, clean" look. But did you know that there is a reason that you see custom draperies puddled all over the floor? Back in the day, puddled drapes were how the homeowner showed off his wealth. The bigger the "puddles" under your windows, the more money you had --- because you could afford the extra yardage to be so extravagant. Isn't that a hoot? ;)

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    4. Thanks Laura, you are the Mr. Miyagi of the curtain world.

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    5. Wax on, wax off . . . ;)

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  15. Anonymous9/12/2013

    I say no to a double rod. Please consider the roll down black out shade. You can get the enviro fuzzy feeling of energy efficiency, it will tuck nicely inside the window frame, and will still let your burlap take center stage. Then when you simply pull down for the tighty whitey party.

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    1. As daughter likes to say lately, "exactly."

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  16. You have totally change the look by little change in house.

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Thanks for the note, check back for my response!