|Our drapes when they were open.|
|We had walls of drapery when they were closed.|
|Close-up of fabric.|
These drapes were pinch pleated (triple pleats) and I cannot imagine how much fabric it must have taken to make these. The fabric was a nice imported linen--very high quality--although they were faded a bit at the edges on the east-facing windows.
I had mixed feelings about the drapes and we lived with them for 2 1/2 years before deciding to take them down. I grew to feel that heavy drapery really doesn't belong in a kitchen any more than carpet belongs in a bathroom. Ultimately, I wanted something that felt less "heavy" and showed off our beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows more in our breakfast area. I saved the drapes and I will either use them somewhere else, give them away, or use the fabric for another project in the house. Although I took them down, I really feel strongly about the love and work that went into choosing them for this kitchen. It hearkens back to a time where people really, truly cared about their homes and I greatly appreciate that. But my tastes are a bit cleaner and less fussy than that for the kitchen.
Here is a picture with the drapes taken down. The kitchen feels so much bigger now--it's amazing. I like it much better!
|We started stripping the wallpaper--subject of another post.|
At first I thought I would miss the softness of the fabric--and I do a little bit. But I just love the unobstructed window views. We need a bit of light control as our kitchen faces due east, so we will likely put something cleaner up--like shades--in the spring/summer. I'm trying to decide if I want a contemporary solar shade, or a roman blind, or a Hunter Douglas luminette shade. Shades are very pricey so I don't want to change them for a very long time. What would you choose?