Saturday, August 17, 2013

Stunning London Shade in a Wide Silk Stripe

What more could this totally PRETTY New England Style bathroom need?  It has wood shutters, bead-board and the prettiest topiary wallpaper.  The background color in the wallpaper is a cool, soft, mint. Add the warm, terracotta color in the pots and grassy green topiaries...

Of course... FABRIC is what's missing!  Every room needs at least a little bit of fabric to soften it up, add a layer of texture and absorb some of the ECHO.  How about a wide striped silk?  I don't recommend using real SILK (like this) in a bathroom unless it's a powder room with no shower or tub (since silk should not get wet and is not meant to handle a lot of moisture or humidity).

I mount all of my VALANCES and SHADES by using these speaker stands that I attach a board to with wing nuts.  To that board, I have permanently attached small clamps (not shown).  I always love the way the  backs of my shades look when they're all complete.  I call this the NUTS AND BOLTS view, including the rings, fabric covered weight bar etc.  A lot of time, know-how and labor goes into the construction of a properly constructed, professional shade like this.

I always tell my LONDON SHADE clients that I sell them as STATIONARY shade valances.  Once I've installed them, I do not recommend they use them as a shade that they open and close.  So if you need privacy, you will need to order some sort of functional shade, blind or shutter to go beneath it like the one you see here.  A shade like this can take over an hour to DRESS at the install to get all the folds to look just right.  Once you (or your kids) start messing with it... trust me, you will regret it - (don't come cryin' to me - I warned you!) it will be a jumbled up MESS! To see some natural woven roller shades that I sell the most of, visit this post: Woven Roller Shades with Valances & Panels

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  1. Shelley @ Calypso in CountryAugust 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Hi Michelle! I just love the valance - what gorgeous fabric. It really finishes off that beautiful room!

  2. Thanks so much Shelley! Nice to hear from you again ;-)

  3. Wow! I absolutely love your blog! Your curtains are gorgeous. I enjoy making a quick valance every now and again, but nothing as elaborate as your pretty designs! Can't wait to peek around a bit more! Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

  4. Kim! That's SO kind of you! I so appreciate your comments and I can't wait to visit your site too!


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