Monday, June 25, 2012

Shutters and Curtains... A Look that Works? And, a Curtain Fail!

I mentioned in a previous post that every room in my home has plantation shutters.  While I love the simplicity of the shutters, I can't help but think about the complete look curtains bring to the overall feel of a room.  I am inspired by these ideas I've found on Pinterest:

That long line of curtains is a beautiful backdrop.

The simple pattern of these curtains is a perfect accent.

Source: via rhonda on Pinterest

I love how these curtains span the entire width of the wall and how they're situated on the outside of the window frame.

You'll notice that the drapes are hung high above the window in most of these images.  I love the effect that gives to a room, almost the illusion of more ceiling height.  

Here's the part where I confess that I am working on my own combination of shutters and curtains right now... and I've hit a little oopsy.  First off, I have transom windows above my shuttered windows, in which I imagine vintage Mason jars and other finds having a home between my new curtain panels.  Wanting to showcase the transom, I had Mr. home.made. hang my curtain rods high - a little too high, in fact!

Yep, my windows are currently wearing highwaters.

Not one to be discouraged, I quickly replied "I can just add fabric to the bottom!"  This idea appealed to me much more than ripping out drywall anchors, patching holes, and repainting.  *groan*

The problem doesn't end there, however.

Trying to be frugal, I bought cheap-o cafe rods from Target, not realizing that the bracket length would be a problem.  These brackets don't project far enough from the wall for the curtain to clear the shutters.  I know my iPhone pic is not very good, but can you see how the curtain has a bump where it meets the frame of the shutter?


Live and learn... and add a couple more things to the ever-growing to-do list!

***I'm still on the tail-end of my respiratory crud, but I'm starting to get my energy back, so hope to have my latest project and tutorial up for you soon!***


  1. Oh, I hate it when that happens!! Could you maybe just sew a little fabric (burlap? dropcloth?) on the bottom to add the length?

  2. Despite of all the problems, you can see how it transformed the interior of your home. I really love the combination of good curtains and window blinds. It really makes a house more stylish and sophisticated.


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