I suggested to my client that all she really needed to do was to order a new, thick wood rod in the same black finish as her chairs. Next, let me take her valance, rip it out, flip it over so that the back side is the front side, press it, pleat it and hang it from rings. She was skeptical... very skeptical.
Seeing is believing, so that is where these pictures came from. I sent her the pictures from my workroom and let her make the choice between the red or the gold tone on the back.
Lastly, the sill length blackout curtains that were necessary to block some of the light were seriously dating the room more than anything else. The rest of the room is and was already fantastic, so I could not wait to show her how fabulous these natural woven roller shades would look in their place!
Here is a close-up of the NEW (ahem) valance with the new hardware. It looks like something that one would see on the cover of Traditional Home Magazine, no kidding. I wish I had taken these pictures with my good camera, these are all a little fuzzy, taken with my smart phone. But the very idea that these curtains are recycled and will give my clients another 15-20 years of enjoyment is very gratifying. We all need to think more like this! What can you recycle in your home decor scheme today? Perhaps all you need is to hire a professional to take a fresh look at what you have and suggest something new... out of something "old". WARNING - not all designers will want to work with you on this level. You'll want to try to find one that can be down-to-earth (like me?).
To see more valances with shades visit this post next: Layering Window Treatments
Until next time... happy decorating!
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