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Posted by mtnrdredux
Thu, Feb 20, 14 at 8:08
|I am on a WT kick! I have a powder room on a ground floor. It does not have WT. Logistically it would be very hard for someone to look in the windows, but I think guests still find it odd to not have WT. |
I want to order something now because I am hosting an event in early May. The do not need to provide total privacy.
I do not have great photos of the windows/room, but here you go. I'd like opinions on the style you would use. I am thinking inside mount, maybe soft roman?
|Oh, lord, I am soooooo jealous! I love that vanity, and the old sink is great! Beadboard walls.. I want your bathroom! |
Do you want cheap or what? I have friends who have those same windows in their beach house and they have the white slat blinds that you just push up and pull down, no strings. They' also look great with the beadboard wall, and are rustic enough to stay with the theme of the bathroom. Or, just get less expensive ones (yeah, right!) that have the strings.
|No, I don't want cheap. I want fabric. This is mainly decorative. This is our main house, not the beachhouse. |
Thanks, I adore that sink too!
|Love your room and your corner windows. I see a gauzy muslin or linen....especially blowing in the summer breeze!|
|I am having a hard time visualizing functional romans going up and down on that short a window. I picture something real old-fashioned like white eyelet or something similar. A simple black wrought iron rod with a tier panel on each side. guests can close if they want, but can mostly be left open. Or maybe a burlap-ish something. |
country curtains might be a good source for that look.
|I'll be so excited to see where this new inspiration takes you! A treatment for every window and a chicken in every pot! |
I see a bathroom like yours and I immediately think of Andrew Wyeth and fine lace sheers.
This is hung way casual for a tree house, but it is in such a way as to see the beauty of the lace. Lace has a nice way of letting the light in while giving the feeling of privacy.
It's what I did in our outhouse too...there always was a lace curtain on that window from the time I was a wee one, and I just had to keep it going...
Or even something like the open work on the canopy bed would be wonderful....
Isn't this french lace gorgeous.
Or if lace is to fussy for you, you can go with a simple gauze to add softness.
But if it were me, I'd finally have a place to put my pick up fan valance that I've wanted for so long.....your windows are perfect for it...
Here is a link that might be useful: shutters
|I'm with Annie. Something gauzy or openwork so light shines through.|
|first question that comes to mind ... are the windows functional?|
|Wow! A range of opinions. You guys are right , operationally roman shades make no sense. I think shutters would darken the room too much. Live the thing with the buttons, Annie. I need to find just the right level if gauziness|
|Yes Arapaho though I can't recall opening them in almost 3 yrs|
|Maybe use wooden buttons instead.... |
If you go outside mount, you could go real casual with tie tops...not my thing, but others like them... or have straps that button over the rod from back to front...
You could go super rustic by using a branch instead of a rod, or go a little more industrial with the rod made out of pipe and plumbing elbows...either zinc or copper...
Otherwise do an inside mount to keep the woodwork showing, with a simple gather, buttons or not. Or you could do the gauze so it hangs longer and then gets pulled up with ties so it falls more softly at the bottom of the window.....
Or you can go more antique/rustic by making the window treatments out of antique linen tea towels...maybe use them asymmetrically on the 2 windows on rings...maybe with a little color like a red or blue stripe, or maybe with some embroidery and entredeux...
So many possibilities!
|Wooden shutters would look kewl and go with the rustic feel.|
|Aputernut! I just sat down and logged in to post the idea of small white painted shutters and there is your post. Got my idea from the new Spring issue of "The Cottage Journal" which came in my mail awhile ago. Mntrdredux - if you can you should pick up a copy of this magazine, it is really an inspiring issue. I'm only 1/4 of the way through it as I had to catch the tea kettle. |
Love your powder room.
|I think sheer. The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind... |
You do not have to use this vendor, but they have things I think would be pretty.
|I think nothing should go on them. Those windows are great and if privacy is not an issue then why mess up a good thing. If you must put something on them I like the light lace that AnnieDeighnaugh showed a pic of and those can be hung inside the frame . It looks like one of the windows is used for a shelf by the sink. Put some little knickknack stuff on the other sills and let the sun shine in :)|
This post was edited by sasafras on Thu, Feb 20, 14 at 13:43
|A different approach: wrap your windows with the same sort of graphics that are used on buses. You can see out, but no one can see in. See the Thursday NY Times Home section |
Not that I'm being serious, but wouldn't it be cool for the picture to be the inside of the vacant powder room.inside.
Here is a link that might be useful: Sticker shock
|what about a custom-made stained glass window panel that could be free-standing or hung? |
the stand is a little awkward on this one-
this is even called a 'bathroom privacy window'-
|Semi-sheer white inside mount pull blinds.|
|Antique lace or a crocheted piece would look nice, there are some beautiful ones on etsy. |
I recently came across this window veil by Kelly Lamb and am in love. Maybe a small version would work on your windows?
Here is a link that might be useful: window veil
|Anthro has a curtain with embroidery of vine & a bird that could work also though I love the gauze with buttons.|
|I could see something like this on these windows.|
Here is a link that might be useful: vintage curtains
|Those are really nice, joyce.|
|I would love lace in there. Here's another source. |
Here is a link that might be useful: Bradbury_lace
|Another resource is londonlace.com. I just recently received a bunch of samples from them and now trying to figure a way to use some in my house! |
Hold on. No mirror in the PR?
Love the off center faucet and towel hook arrangement.
|I think you need something with age and character for window treatments. I used these for my 115 year old house in Maine. We love them. If you ask them, they can make them up in other sizes. They're very soft and textural.|
Here is a link that might be useful: window treatments
|I like the idea of antique lace, linen or even a vintage washed out cotton print. I would use a suspension rod with rings--maybe in an aged brass--that way you could easily add/remove the window treatments as needed.|
|Thanks for all the super ideas! The only thing about going to wispy is the window itself is heavy looking, ie with so much wood trim around it vs glass. I think lace could look lost... |
Yaya - lovely!
SueB, I specifically did not want a mirror over the sink. I wanted it to look like an old potting shed where someone put in a w/c. I have a dark wooden vintage hand mirror hung on the side wall. It's kind of a whacky room ... I think I mentioned my the piece de resistance before, a vintage wooden toilet tank in a chippy blue that I just had to have. I'm sure the original owner would die laughing if they knew what I'd paid for such a thing! It's also a whacky shape to work around tree roots because I refuse to take them.down.
Arapaho, cool idea, but itd have to be totally custom to fit both windows.
Sassafras - I believe guests THINK that others can see in, which is not comfortable. Nothing on the shelf; you are looking at the window crank and a security system module.
|i would probably use a tension rod and some lightwt/gauzy fabric that gave the illusion of privacy but still let in lots of light...|
|The lace won't get lost, as the light from the window will make them show, but it may be too refined for the look you want. Then the gauze would be the way to go...rustic but more see thru than burlap and with a better hand. Or even almost a cheese cloth. If you do an inside mount, you can hide the modern bits....security and cranks and levers and keep the lovely woodwork showing. You might want to consider something even more casual for mounting the curtains, like stringing them on twine instead of a rod if you really want the potting shed look. Or do ties hanging off of antique nails instead of a rod. And rather than hem the gauze, just unravel to make a self-fringe. |
Or you could skip fabric entirely, mount small shelves and cover the bottom of the window with blue or green bottles...it would look very antique and potting shed. Probably need to secure them with museum putty so no one accidentally knocks them over. (Of course I'm a nut for blue glass....)
|I hung pleated sheers in my masterbath inside mounted with a custom sized cafĂ© rod from Rejuventaion. Rejuvenation has wonderful cafĂ© rods. Mine are hung half way down but I can see them working for your powder room. Had them made at Calico Corner during one of their sales.|
|I still like Annie's simple gauze curtain with the buttons best of all. But those bottles kind of look really cool. Maybe you could put a few behind the gauzy curtain if you wanted to bring some colored light into the room.|
|I like it without a window treatment. Seems more appropriate to the overall potting shed look. |
Haven't guests been using it like that for years? Why are the May guests a concern?
Well, I do too. I am totally anti window treatment, although I have softened some reading through Annie's treatise, and especially the wonderful Cote De Texas link on the subject.
We have 2 powder rooms and I notice people prefer the other one (which has a huge round window and no WT either, but it is more obvious that no one can see in). There is a stone path that goes by the windows in this PR, but not near enough to see IN the windows, but you would see someone standing (DH pointed this out).
We've been in the house 3yrs and added this PR. I think having a large party always gets you thinking about things you might need/want to do, and hence the May deadline just flows from that, KWIM? For example, I hate noisy fans and so I specifically excluded them except in those bathrooms with showers. I belatedly realize my mistake -- people want fans to drown out noise, duh -- and I either need a Japanese musical toilet or to install a fan.
Annie et all, love the bottles. Truth is, I am headed to Calico today and not coming home until I order something!
|I have an inside working Roman in my PR. Same short window. Looks really nice, I think. You could use a sheer or semi-sheer if you don't need privacy.|
|Thanks, Shadylady, that was actually what i was thinking of at first!|
|I am thinking a curtain rod running horizontal against the vertical mullions would bother me. JMO|
|OMG, Arapaho ... that is a very good point! It would bother me too. Actually, the more I look at these windows the less I like them!|
|Lightweight fabric, tension rod top and bottom. The window can be raised as much/little as possible by simply raising the bottom tension rod. The fabric can be gathered as much/little as you like. If it's simply to make your guests feel comfortable, a sheer fabric gathered lightly will be enough, maybe a lightweight gauze. |
I personally don't care for short cafe styles that 'just hang there'. Being secured on the top/bottom looks neater, as well as getting shut in the window. ;)
|How about a gauzy panel hanging straight down from the inside top edge of the window with one corner-- say the left lower corner--- pulled up towards the center of the panel and buttoned there with a wood or horn button?|
|I like the windows! If you don't want something stationary, maybe an inside-mount roller shade? Possibly in a neutral ticking stripe? |
|I love the lace idea or cotton semi-sheer. Inside mounted on a spring tension rod.|
|Sailcloth? I veto lace. It won't go with a backpack :)|
|I liked the tea towel idea -- put a hook on each of the window upper corners, grommets in the linen. Could be left hanging from one hook, but guests could "close up" if more privacy is desired. Maybe too rustic?|
|I might do something like this (maybe not this pattern) on the lower part of the window |
or the right side of this pic:
|The more I studied these windows, the more I thought the molding on them was too overpowering for the glass. So I want an outside-mount soft roman shade to help cover the trim. I will hang them above the top of the frame to add a little height, and keep the glass open most of the time. |
DH thinks the sheers and laces I brought home are old-ladyish. They can be. If I had the time and inclination to be more clever here, I would love to use horn buttons in some way. But for now, I found two fabrics that I like, both quite cheap. They are both trendy but since they are cheap, who cares!
Ultra-trendy, close up.
Picks up the blue in my toilet tank, LOL!
I think I will go with this, although all I can think of is Portlandia. Clearly this is Threeapples fault. I think I was so envious of the cranberry velvet sofa, that I needed a bit of cranberry. The birds have cranberry breasts.
PS SueB, I forgot, I do have a mirror. The woman who works for us to help with the kids and dinner collects antiques. She said she had the perfect old mirror for me. I leave it propped up on the counter. It was not in the old photos.
Here is a link that might be useful: Ive posted it before, but I still think it's spot on!
|Whoa, I see they have not improved television in the 15 years since we had it....if that's satire I want MAD magazine back, lol. |
I like the bird fabric. Unless it is linked, associated with, or in any way tainted by, that tv clip ;-)
This post was edited by kswl on Fri, Feb 21, 14 at 21:55
|The thing is, the roman blinds won't help you with day time privacy vs. a gauze which will. And those fabrics, while lovely, don't say "potting shed" to me. |
Sorry but I've got my mind onto the pretty gauze with a button tab top with inside mount. You'll keep the lovely wood trim showing and hide the modern bits and the vertical muntin...
This post was edited by AnnieDeighnaugh on Sat, Feb 22, 14 at 7:51
|Hi Annie, |
Oh now, those are lovely! Maybe for my kitchen in Maine?
The thing is, you are showing them on a much nicer window. My windows are squat and have bad proportions, unattractive muntin layout, and too much trim. Gauzy WT would be great on most of my windows, but here I think we need more coverage. You are showing bikinis and my window needs a tanksuit with a skirt! The gauze does not have enough weight for the visual weight of the window, IMHO. Plus a bit of color (yes,color) would not hurt.
See how the gauze gets lost here?
As for privacy, i don't actually think people need it, but if they feel they do they can now do something about it.
You are right that the fabric is not quintessential potting shed. However, for expediency, I confined myself to CC for fabric. I just didn't care for the few linen-y burlap-y towelling type fabrics they had.
But look, AD, you have me on a kick! I am ordering gauzy soft romans for my bathtub alcove, and looking at some panels for the DR.
|I can't explain it, it is nothing like I would normally select but I like this fabric in the natural & mist. http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/alexander_henry_house_designer/ghastlies/a_ghastlie_web_in_natural|
|I'm with Annie on this one. The Andrew Wyeth picture did it for me (strong and yet feminine), and you seem to have the perfect space for that look. I get the feeling of something soothing, rugged yet romantic, masculine yet feminine, the traveler who has come home. I like that simple sheer or a clean lace or gauze - (either gauze posted by Annie.) While your fabrics work - they definitely do - I think they may look too trendy (PB/Ballard) and/or stagey IMHO and take away from the original feel of the space. That Andrew Wyeth look is not "old ladyish" - it's rugged, strong, and freeing - even with the trim the windows now have.|
|Mtnrd, Let me take you to Osgood some time! |
I see what you're saying about the linen you picked up...it is not interesting enough...I think, despite the embroidery, it isn't textured enough, sheer enough, plus it's not a good color for the walls...
Gauze does come in colors including blue similar to your tank.
This hand-dyed stuff from etsy looks great as it has a mottled appearance.
Or you can add trim and such as in the button tab above so it adds some color and interest to the white.
You could also do a relaxed roman out of a sheer...maybe one that has some color or a vertical stripe to add height. I'm thinking a regular roman out of the fabrics you're looking at will be more formal than the look you are going for.
Or you can think about a tie up roman with a colored or contrast tie to add interest...probably in the blue or the brown....not the red like this one, but this is just for the idea.
Just let me know when you want me to quit, or I'll just keep throwing ideas at you....
Here is a link that might be useful: Hand dyed cotton gauze
|What about something more rustic, such as burlap. You'd still get the light filtration coming through, as with the linen and lace, but it would be more in character with a potting shed.|
Here is a link that might be useful: burlap cafe curtains
|And here is another without the black border and ties. |
Sorry I don't know how to embed pictures. :)
Here is a link that might be useful: burlap cafe curtains 2
|Oh (insert expletive)! You guys are right, totally right. I put a lot of thought into creating what i think is an interesting and unusual room, and now am feeling lazy and impulsive so I am choosing a very nice, but not terribly creative, solution. |
I use burlap for tree skirts but isn't it very hard to find burlap that is not malodorous? Annie who on etsy had that fabulous linen. I think id like to use that somewhere!
I have to think about this --- I was about to order it today --- because OTOH I really like the cheeriness and colorfulness of the fabric. Everything else people are showing me is totally my normal aesthetic here in my CT home. Very muted palette, no patterns, lots of interesting textures, patinas. Maybe partly I am going "to the birds" because I have gotten tired of my own shtick!
PS Annie, we should do a trip to Osgood. I know it's lazy to stick to CC for this project, but to be honest I don't like going to the DnD or even Lillian August and spending a day looking through books.
And I am pretty sure I am doing WT in my MBR here in CT and maybe the DR if I can figure out how to keep my window wall and where to fit stuff within the beams.
|Oh no, eandhl ... i know what you mean! It's perfect because IRL you have expect to find them there! |
You guys are killing me.
Oh shoot I feel bad about the CC salespeople now. They are going to think I am homeless and never actually buy anything but samples, I have gotten so many and only ever pulled the trigger on a bench cushion and the roman shade for the breakfast room!
|Have you tried Artee Fabrics on Post Road?|
|Mtn, It looks like it would fit in your PR, which I love.|
|Mtnrd, the link to the etsy gauze is at the bottom of that 11:55 post.|
|zen4d, I didn't know about them...I'm definitely making a trip there! Thanks!|
|An interesting tea towel that buttons up from the bottom? This one buttons up from the bottom edge once and then from that fold buttons up again. Directions for this are on Martha Stewart, but the picture is really self explanatory. If you have the buttons and the right sized tea towel, you're in business. This one is backed with a nice stripe, maybe you could use a pretty pattern on the reverse that shows when it is buttoned up.|
This post was edited by kswl on Sat, Feb 22, 14 at 14:49
|Way cute, but I don't think the proportions work as well with a 24" window. The more time I spend on this I am about to buy new windows, LOL. I think they were supposed to be clerestory but the architect made them too big IMHO|
|This would be cool and would work well with the wider/shorter windows you have. |
You could do this as an asymmetric treatment on each of the 2 windows which would help unite them.
I'm normally not a fan of the center cinch, but in your case it might work...esp if it is tied near the sill and hangs long beyond it...or esp if it is not tied so it hangs tight, but has more of a casual balloon to it...then you can play with the tie...rope, twine, raffia, all kinds of things.
|Check out pages 1, 2, and 14 of the linked slideshow. (1 and 2 show the treatments closed, 14 shows them open) You could leave them open.|
Here is a link that might be useful: temporary window treatments HB June 2011
|Thought I'd toss in another idea. Our last home was a 100 yr old 6500 sq ft Arts and Crafts. Quite grand, at one time, but was a wreck when we purchased it. And after putting over $400,000 into it, we sold it. Anyway, the PR on the main level had a small window similar in size to yours, and had textured glass to obscure the view, but still allowed light. This picture was taken when we purchased the house, just to give you an idea of how bad the house was when we took possession. Sorry for the poor quality of the picture, but it's the only one I have.|
|I still like the rustic gauze idea. And agree with you regarding the width of the window trim. Crossing over the wide flat trim. You could test this on the cheap by buying gauze in the paint area or a medical supply. Don't tell anyone I suggested this.|
|Okay, here's where I am, thanks to everyone's help. |
I really like the style posted by Sweet-tea. I think its simplicity and airiness work well (below).
I love the blue linen Annie posted from Etsy and have contacted the vendor for color samples.
And i love, perhaps most of all, those abalone buttons. I need to find a good source for those, decide on a size, and decide how to put them since I don't want tabs and prefer rings. Ideas on where to place buttons on a curtain that looks like this? I think they need to look as though they could conceivably perform a function.
|Annie et al, |
Thanks so much for making me put the effort into something really unique and befitting the room!
It has taken a while ... first ordering samples of the custom dyed fabric to choose color. Then waiting for the fabric, then finding the right type and size buttons, not to mention picking a design. I do not like tabs very much, and the fabric is too fine for that anyway. I am actually having the tabs made from burlap twine instead.
Here is just a sneak peak. It will look like the middle button and tab,but in a lighter grey abalone than the last button. The woman who works for our family is actually sewing them for me (she is an artist by training and very talented at such things). I should have them up this week.
|How fun! So glad it's working out.|
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