Decorating is hard for me. I love to look at magazines, and generally know what I like. But in the past, once I have landed somewhere and down some initial decorating- that's usually it. The other thing is- no matter how drawn I am to shabby, mussy, foofy stuff, I just can't do it. CANNOT. I love it, but can't pick it out. My style tends to be very streamlined and tailored. (Do you hear that Mom? Tailored. Those of you who know my Mom, know that she is very tailored. I got it from her.)
So, I have been scouting the internet for images that I like. Window treatments are hard, and our windows are so darned big (= $$$). I don't want to have anything made yet, because we hope to do the kitchen over in the next 6 months. I love this kitchen:
I love these curtains, but would need four panels for my big window ( a whopping 102 inches cross).
find this at French Larkspur
The window over the sink... I kept going for valances, but it just wasn't working. I decided that a swag of white burlap would look great. The J. fabric store in Pa. has all the colors of burlap in stock. Maine does not. So, I went with broadcloth- just like sheets. I draped it, stapled it, and viola- curtains. And the rolled up crocheted doilies for some added interest (for now anyway, I have lots of other ideas).
Now, I know, I know, simple- very simple. But you have to understand, this is BIG for me. Drapey, wrinkly fabric? Me? Well, it works for now. And the softness eases all the hard lines of the cabinets.
Next, our new chandelier over the kitchen table. Actually it's a pot rack. Not what I really wanted, but hubby kept going back to it. So I compromised. I think I'll hang some funky ephemera from it, like Kristen Robinson's wedding shade (I'll have to go find a picture of it). I don't know. But it's SURE better than what we started with.
the old one
Notice the walnut stained beams are now white. Much better.
Anyone want a brass, tennis-racket-cover looking light fixture? It's out in the barn!