Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Silhouettes

When you move into a new house you find your budget is pretty much depleted.  So, sometimes you put off getting things like drapes or window coverings until you have the money.  My husband has been adamant about not having window coverings in our bedroom.  I have been pushing for them, as I like the coziness of closing off the night, the lack of my neighbors garage light shining in my face, the fact that I can dress and undress in the bedroom, and the way they can reduce heat/cold exchange.


We have lived in this house for six years now. (Oh my.)  AND I finally got my bedroom window coverings last week.  I am not a drape person and so I went with the clean lines of Roman shades. Below you can see why hubby hates to cut off the view of the river.


But there was an interesting aspect of these drapes I had not expected.  They even play nicely against the sunset.  On the window ledge are silhouettes of bottles that I collected off of a reef while living in the South Pacific decades ago.  They are probably hospital medicine bottles with one ink bottle (the largest) from a Japanese hospital that was there in the 1900s.


I am now a happy camper.

22 comments:

Betsy Adams said...

Congrats on your new window coverings. We got new blinds several years ago --and love them. They are dark brown --and can make the room dark when you want it dark. AND--you can open them totally up in the daytime for light and views... I love mine too. Glad you finally got some.

Hugs,
Betsy

Olga Hebert said...

Very pretty.

Celia said...

Gorgeous view of the river and I love your blinds. I like them way better than drapes. The shadows of the bottles are like memories of themselves while the blinds are closed.

Stephen Hayes said...

I love your window covering selection. I'm also no fan of draperies.

Rain Trueax said...

I use that kind of blind because I want the windows totally open during the day, don't care much for drapes and with cats, especially a playful young one, I like having no blind cords-- just shove them up and the whole window is gloriously open. Nice view you have

Linda Reeder said...

I have very few window covering in my house, but I do have shades in the bedrooms and in the family room where we sit on long dark winter nights. As we move into longer daylight, the shades will stay up. I hate shutting out the light.
Good choice for your windows!

Rian said...

I'm not a fan of drapes either. We have white wood blinds in our bedroom and plantation shutters on other windows. Love your Roman shades!

Hilary said...

What a beautiful choice of window coverings. I am trying to figure out what I want in my bedroom now also. I have a great view (of the lake.. and of the sunrise) and would love to take advantage of that. I do like the idea of the blinds but one of the windows is actually a sliding patio door. I wonder if that's too large an area for roman shades. Thoughts?

messymimi said...

Lovely! And no rule says they have to stay down once you've gotten dressed or whatever it was you were doing when you needed them down. They go both ways.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Can't believe you went so long! Plus you got a nice photo from it. I like those-

teflon said...

Wow.. six years!! I've never lived in any house for more than 1.5 years, except for the house I grew up in... sigh!

Lovely view.

Pauline said...

Given the choice, I'd choose no window coverings but it's not always possible and my next best choice are blinds. Reminds me I need to make roman blinds for my living area before winter but won't have much time at home in which to make them. I like yours!

Granny Annie said...

The only time Ron wanted drapes closed was when he was working crossword puzzles and the sun was in his eyes. Otherwise he could have lived in a glass house. I am a bit more modest than that.

Mage said...

Dear Superwoman, I'm just home and slightly caught up with you. You did what? You lifted what? Yes, I am shaking my head your way about all the aches and pains. After that trip south where I couldn't stand the heat, I also didn't have one pain or ache. Home now, I can point at each one. LOL

Volunteers are to be cherished. Someone at that museum needs a crash course in volunteer treatment.

Yes three, they still get dressed up at least once a week. G looks awfully good in his penguin outfit, and I hide nicely behind him.

Anvilcloud said...

I have never heard of bedrooms without window coverings although I can see not wanting to obstruct that view.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I do not like window coverings and in my last homes had shutters that I could swing back. This home was too small and I put up blinds I do not like but being isolated wanted something really closed at night. My son visiting does not like them "with this wonderful view you need nothing at the windows." After he returns to Thailand I may look for sheer shades to pull for privacy (want to be able to see through them) and leave open when all of family is visiting.
I like your choice...

Suldog said...

I don't understand why window coverings would be a problem. Can't they all be either raised or slid aside, so that a view can still be had and you can enjoy a restful night when there is no need of a view? In any case, I like the shadow effect.

Brian Miller said...

they are very cool....we need to upgrade from our slat blinds...if i had a view of the river i might object as well...smiles.

Anita said...

Yes, that IS a nice view!

We're not draperies people either - there are none in my house. We opted for 3 1/2 inch plantation shutters, though we didn't put any on the back of our house except for in the master bath room. (No houses behind us.)

I can relate to you and your husband's choices. I like a view, but I don't like the light of the neighborhood or the moon at night while sleeping.

Your Silhouettes are attractive. I hope you'll both enjoy them.

dkzody said...

Those are lovely window coverings. Very unobtrusive.

lime said...

i can't imagine no coverings on the bedroom windows. i couldn't do that. i'd be hanging up old blankets or sheets before i'd go without.

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a gorgeous view of the river!
Yes, the drapes play beautifully against the sunset.