I am sure you noticed this, but I never installed window treatments at the Country House. It sits facing Southeast to Southwest – and is surrounded with woods – so while it gets incredible light, it never gets super direct sunlight. There are also no neighbors, so privacy isn’t an issue. I always enjoyed looking through the black window sashes with nature changing each season like rotating artwork on our walls – just outside the windows.
Every single family in our community has to pass by our house to get in and out of our neighborhood. (This also explains why I was super particular about the color of the nearly black barn-garage and am worried about the garden coming together sooner rather than later.) Needless to say, I have been looking into window coverings and I tell you what – even the “low priced” run of the mill ones are not inexpensive! Woof.
Coming at the end of what has been an incredibly difficult and expensive home renovation, going carte blanche on window treatments is not happening any time soon. At this point the TV room, formal living room and the breakfast room are low priorities when it comes to window treatments. I do want to see gorgeous drapes in the living room for looks alone, but that can be something I aspire to after we emotionally recover from all of our renovation surprises.
Besides, there has been no action on the country house. Lots of lookie-lous and folks who “absolutely love” it but no one has said they want it. When do I take the plunge and pull apart the decor there?! Not having the pieces at the New Old Stone House makes it difficult for me to make set-in-stone decorating decisions. I love the idea of utilizing my old stuff in a new place, but I have a hard time envisioning it’s look until it is with me in the space. A lot of our mid Century pieces just won’t be right in this house.
I plan to leave the kitchen or pantry bare as both are highly protected by our newly installed privacy fence. Besides, the light in the kitchen is so lovely I don’t want to mess with it one iota. I mentioned a while back that the green guest bedroom calls for Mally Skok Designs. For now, I am going to hold off on the curtains in that space since the room faces the back of the house and only holds a single bed. There is a HUGE tree directly outside the window which baffles views into the room from adjacent properties.
So far, in the main guest room I have a Chelsea Grey trimmed bedroom with Simply White walls. The bathroom has grey tile and white herringbone marble floors. Subway tile is completely ubiquitous in interiors these days due to it’s budget friendly price point and good looks – I know. At the end of the day I needed a budget friendly good looking design, so I specified subway tile but decided to mix things up and turn the tile on it’s ear for a change of pace. In that room I am thinking about The Shade Store’s Grey Wool Flannel with a darker charcoal boarder. I is completely a ‘safe’ decision, but given that have not figured out what carpets will go where once we fully move from Connecticut, it is the right way to go.
In the Master, I am looking at blackout lined curtains in silk or wool. Ideally (if I can figure out how to order it correctly!) I want to order this turn of the century simple brass curtain hardware. I’m brining in the asymmetrical club chairs that I just reupholstered in Romo Fabric, the Russian guy painting and St. Annie. I recently inherited a fabulous chocolate brown leather Ralph Lauren bed from my sister – I think the channels will compliment the channels in the club chairs. I am still on the fence as it pertains to the rug I am going to use in our room, but it looks like the cream needlepoint may be ‘the one.’ Everything else will be cream or pale blue, I think.