The flooring company I work for is near a lake community, so I have the pleasure of visiting beautiful lakefront homes for design consultations. One thing many of these homes have in common are lots of big windows. Why wouldn’t you build a home with several large windows when you have a view like this?
The problem (yes there is one) can be privacy. One client I’m working with has a large great room with several tall windows. It’s a pretty busy lake, and when the sun goes down, it becomes a happy hour venue with pontoon boat cruisers taking in the views, and the beautiful waterfront homes. While they don’t want to cover the windows completely and block the view, they do want to dress the windows somehow to have the privacy option.
They currently have bamboo shades for the windows, but the room feels a bit unfinished. And when the bamboo shades are drawn, the room becomes very dark. I’m leaning toward the idea of adding drapes to the windows, along with the shades, that can be drawn for privacy, but doesn’t completely block the light and views.
Here are a few inspiration photos:
I’m not usually a fan of patterned drapes when there are several windows, they can become overwhelming on a large scale. But the below picture features a subtle print which goes nicely with the decor and isn’t overpowering.
I think the drapes will make the room feel cozier as well as absorb acoustics, which is often a problem in large rooms. I like neutral fabrics for the drapes, similar to the above picture, so they won’t distract from the gorgeous view. I can’t wait to show you before and after photos of this project, which also involves new furniture and accessories!
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Happy Wednesday to you! I’ve talked about painting wood trim white vs. leaving it natural or stained in my post here. In general, I think it depends on the space. Stained or natural wood trim looks great when it enhances the architecture, is in traditional homes, or if it’s part of the design you’re going for (think rustic, country).
If you’re trying to open up a space, or brighten it up, painting the trim is a great way to do it. The trim and doors in our house are all white, but our front door and the door to our sun room (soon to be converted into an office) is stained wood. Here’s a picture of the door to the sun room right after we moved in…before we rearranged the living room.
And here’s the door after 4…yes FOUR, coats of white paint. (Please ignore the junk in the sun room, it’s been our “catchall room” until we can close it in and convert it to into an actual office.)
Here’s a side by side comparison:
Seriously…HUGE difference. Before it was painted, the door almost drew your eye over to the sun room (the last thing I want to do!) Now the whole wall is less busy and the door blends in with the room better. It’s amazing how much brighter the room is by just that small change.
So, if you’re thinking about painting your wood trim white, here are a couple things to think about:
1) It DOES make a big difference
2) It DOES require a lot of paint (and primer) so be prepared!
I’ll be the first one to tell you that decorating your home does not have to be expensive. It certainly can be if you let it, but keeping your eye out for great bargains can keep your bottom line low. And what beats that feeling after you score an amazing deal? Not much in my book, I love the excitement! Today’s Friday Faves includes items all under $100, some under $50!
1. Owens Desk Organizer- Mail (opened and unopened) causes so much clutter in our home. I love this wooden piece to keep things organized!
2. Perch Table Lamp- Such a happy lamp! Pops of yellow look great in neutral rooms.
3. Threshold Decorative Pillow- I love black and white, it goes with everything. I also love throw pillows for less than 20 bucks!
4. Threshold Woven Cotton and Jute Bench- It’s hard to believe this guy is under $100. Plus, Target is having a sale right now: 15% off $75 or more in home decor.
5. Zig Zag Indoor/Outdoor Rug- A great way to save on rugs is to purchase the indoor/outdoor variety. They’re also easy to maintain. I adore the bold pattern on this one that’s toned down in a neutral color.
See any other great bargains out there lately? Have a great weekend!