Friday, May 9, 2014

Window Before and After


Wow! Two posts in one week! . .Whatever possessed me? . . .Living room inspiration. . .That's what has me full of energy. . .I couldn't wait to share the window transformation with you. . .It's Plain and Simple. . .but, oh! How I love it! . . .Look at the 'before and after' and see what you think. . .

 
A few years ago, our 1930s manager's home was part of the farm tours. . .I styled it to reflect the time period and was thrilled when I found these vintage drapes. . .They were so appropriate for the 30s. . .They are still beautiful. . .but I needed a change. . .and I needed to get the drapes cleaned. . .

I know I say this over and over, but. . .here it goes again. . .I'm 'into' simplifying and the heavy drapes didn't seem very simple. . .They felt 'heavy' to me. . .Plus, I'm not a big fan of drapes or curtains anyway. . .If you notice, the kitchen has none at all. . .I love sitting on the couch in the morning with a good cup of coffee while gazing out the window. . .From there I can see the flower beds, the garden sheds, the fields of cotton, and the birds playing in the trees. . .Every now and then a bunny rabbit will pass through. . .It's the best of both worlds. . .Enjoying the outdoors without mosquitoes or flies. . .All this to say, I was tired of drapes in my line of sight and wanted more light in the room!


From this. . .


to this. . .in less than an hour.
 

There's so much light now that it is very hard to photograph the room. . . I apologize that these photos aren't as sharp as they should be. . .I like the images, though. . .They give the impression of cool and dreamy, don't they? . .Which is exactly how they make the living room feel.

The embroidered sheers were my Mom's. . .I almost sold them in an estate sale years ago. . .I thought they were a little fancy for the farmhouse before. . .especially if we were showing the house as a 1930s manager's home. . .Now that we no longer tour through our house, they fit in just fine with my style. . .

 
I love that now-a-days we don't have all the hard and fast rules that my Mom's generation had. . .We can decorate in a more shabby and relaxed style. . .Mom and I would have had a discussion on hemming the sheers so that they didn't touch the floor. . .In fact, I can see her waiting until I was away and hemming them for me, because. . .'You can't let them drag the floor!' . . .She's probably looking on and saying the same thing right now!
 
I choose to be more relaxed and have admired others who bravely let their drapes lay on the floor. . .Since I don't plan to put anything large in front of the window. . .I can enjoy the soft effect it brings to the room. . .I was surprised, too, that John liked it! . . He grew up with all the rules and pretty much clings to them. . .I'm the free spirit in this family!
 
 
 
 
I also added a painted transom window with twill tape from the drapery pole. . .This was a hard photo to take due to the light coming in. . .but, I know you get the idea. . .A simple addition that helps tie everything together--and doesn't block my view. . .The whole setting looks rather romantic. . .It's a start. . .
 
 
More to come later!
 
Before I sign off, I wanted to ask--Are you having issues with your emails and comments? I've commented on many of your blogs the last several weeks, only to have them returned as 'undelivered' and an error that the host site would not accept it. . .Is this due to added security measures? . .Is there anything I can do about it? . . .I don't want any of you to think I'm ignoring your wonderful comments or that I'm not commenting on your blogs. . .I'm also having problems with many of your comments going into SPAM. . .Let me know if you have a solution for this! I'd much appreciate it.
 
Watch for the Giveaway Monday!
and have a Wonderful Weekend, My Friends!
 

. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .

 
 
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15 comments:

Pamela Gordon said...

The change of curtains is really nice for the hotter summer months although I do love the flowered one a lot. I can see where you're coming from though. :) They look soft and airy now. I love the stool and bouquet too. So pretty! I don't know what the problem could be with commenting. I have heard other bloggers having problems earlier this year but not lately and I haven't had any issues. I hope it clears up for you though. That is frustrating. Have a wonderful weekend. Pam

Florida Farm Girl said...

OMG, I love the new look!!! It would take some getting used to, but I like that puddled look. Now DH might be harder to convince. Got to have those wood floors, though, and I don't have a single one in this house. But, it's definitely an idea for the future.

Debby Ray said...

What a treat for the eyes...absolutely gorgeous!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm into lightening everything up right now, too. I did like the vintage drapes you had but I've started to appreciate lace for window coverings and your painted piece is the perfect gardeny accent!

Cozy Little House said...

Very dreamy, romantic and elegant. A great choice. Also love the stained glass!
Brenda

Deb said...

I love the lacy curtains and especially how they puddle on the floor. So beautiful. Deb

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

An easy enough switch for a big impact.
Very easy on the eyes. Pat

Cranberry Morning said...

Those drapes are absolutely beautiful against that wood floor. You know, having drapes lie on the floor is a sign of wealth - it means you can afford all that extra fabric. At least that's what I read about the Victorian Era once. :-)

Sherri Smith said...

Love everything about it! The way your drapes flow and puddle on the floor is so beautiful and that sweet stool with the flowers is just perfect!

Blessings...~Sherri

Old Time Cindy said...

You've been busy! I do like the lighter and lacy look. I really need to do something with my window treatments!

ANNE said...

It looks so pretty! I don't know why/how but you dropped off my blog roll. Nice to see your posts again!!

Have a happy weekend xox

cynthia lee designs said...

I love, love, love those curtains...so pretty!! I've been going for a more simple look too and have been letting go of some things.
Yes...I'm having the same problem as you with blogging. I leave comments and then get an email saying that they couldn't be delivered. Hope it gets fixed soon!!
hugs,
Cindy

Rowan said...

I love those sheers - it looks so fresh and summery. I should try for a similar effect in my dining room as it would look good with French windows I think.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

How delicate. I love your new look. I too have problems commenting. Hope we find a solution

Audrey said...

Beautiful sheers ... I love that look.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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