Apartment Therapy on Covering Your Windows

Renovation Diary

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Name: Maxwell & Ursula
Type of Project: Light renovation of a rental apt
Location: Soho, NYC
Type of building: Two bedroom apartment

When I used to work with clients, I always struggled to get them to cover their windows with shades or curtains. "We don't want to lose any light!" they would say, or "I want my home to be modern!", or "Curtains are fussy!". Hmmmmm. Ok, here's my pitch. Windows by themselves are practical but ugly unfiltered openings in the side of your home. By adding what I consider the two essential elements to them, shades and curtains, you soften the hard frame of the window and allow for infinite variation in the light that comes into your home. I'm on a mission. 

Having shades and curtains on your windows is like having dimmers on your light switches - it gives you a CHOICE of what light you want, while creating a wonderful assortment of layers of light and textures of light across your room. 

For example, here's my living room BEFORE, which I was quite used to and liked.

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But I was blown away with how much more interesting and cozy it was after the curtains were hung on Friday. The room is still a mess from the install, but it feels totally different and better. 

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If you are thinking about your home right now and realizing that your windows are bare naked and that you hadn't noticed this before OR you realize you harbor the same resistance to covering them, please give it a second thought. 

SHADES: Shades allow you to 1/4 filter the light that comes through your windows in the same way that sunglasses help to protect your eyes. 

CURTAINS: Curtains are big, fabric friends (think of them as the sun hat, not the sunglasses) that soften the window wall, filter more light (they can also be your full block out solution when needed) AND they add so much texture that your acoustics will shift right down to a soft hum. In addition, they're totally Old World and very on trend now. 

For more info on good curtain solutions, check out the links below, and here are my go to sources for both.

SOURCES

Shades:
The Shade Store
               (Paris Roller shades in Vanilla)

Curtains: Restoration Hardware
               (Belgian Textured Linen in White - Rod Pocket with loop rings)

Hardware: Restoration Hardware
               (Weathered Oak, Large Rod with Large Ball Finial)

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