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« on: September 05, 2007 08:31:37 PM »

After much discussion (9 months worth) with the hubby, we have decided to go with NO curtains on our windows.  We love the original 1921 woodwork and dark stained wood...but here is the issue....I think the windows need some dressing up....we are planning on keeping shades, whether its these or new ones, but I really hate that the picture rail does not meet the window woodwork ! augh!! 

the space between the window and the picture rail...you can also see 85 yrs worth of nail holes for curtain hardware

we have 2 windows this size in the living room



this is the connected dining room, no picture rail issues here
I am also planning on painting the walls blue or lite brown...
any ideas are welcome...I would also really like to take that ruffle off

so... Huh Huh Huh
1.  What to do with the blinds?
2.  what to do with the gap between the picture rail and the window?

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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2007 08:09:10 AM »

Are those roller shades?  You can easily paint them or glue fabric (I would use spray glue) on them.  You just take them down and take them off the roller.  You then can re-staple them onto the wood dowel in the center once you have finished decorating them.  It is just important to make sure that you attach them the same way they were previously attached if they are the type that spring back up.  They look like they have a cord  to roll them up so that might not matter.  I am going to do that in my daughters room because she is two and destroyed her mini-blinds.  Have fun.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2007 12:15:58 PM »

they are rollers Smiley  that sounds like an awesome idea, thank you so much!!!
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2007 12:19:10 PM »

You could also make roman shades. I did that in a previous apartment where I had very similar windows. Actually I do now, too, and I use rice paper shades.
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2007 12:03:07 PM »

sigh- I love windows like that!

here are a lot of ways to jazz up roller shades, including doing appliques & cut outs! treat it like a really big ATC & you'll be fine ; )
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2007 12:11:27 PM »

Craftsman windows!!  I am so jealous.

I agree that you should paint or otherwise decorate the shades!  I think a simple geometric line pattern in dark brown would really accent the gorgeous wood details.
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2007 04:59:37 PM »

Craftsman windows!!  I am so jealous.

I agree that you should paint or otherwise decorate the shades!  I think a simple geometric line pattern in dark brown would really accent the gorgeous wood details.
I agree Jillie, I am going to look for a geometric patter with browns and blues, I am into those colors lately....and yep, craftsman! built in 1921  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2007 07:25:06 AM »

I've had the same issue in both of our houses, and my favorite solution (besides bare windows with really clean glass...so lovely) has been lightweight (vintage if I can track them down) lace panells on tension rods mounted inside the window frame.
And for the missing part, just get a chunk of wood and paint/stain it to match the rest of the wood as closely as possible...once it's up if you make a good match, you will never notice it (okay, you will, and it will drive you crazy, but no-one else will see it)
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2007 12:16:55 PM »

1. I'd go for lacy roman shades.

2.  If you can't find wood that you could cut and stain to match the existing rails how about using styrofoam?  If you could match the color of the existing woodwork then you could build up layers modge podge to make it smooth like the rest of the wood and then glue it to the wall with liquid nails.

Or what about a wooden medalion?  (I'm not sure what they are really called, but they are usually seen in the corners of wood casings.  If you could find one that would fit, say the top go up as high as the top of the window casing and the bottom line up with the bottom of the picture rail.

To be honest I like that it doesn't go all the way to the window frame.  I would fill in the holes though, just for esthetics.
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2007 09:03:23 AM »

I have seen a film that is applied to glass that makes it look like tiffany stained glass you could try finding that (I think I saw it on a neighbor from hell site but can't remember where or what company made it...sorry that isn't very helpful is it?
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