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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Blue Silk Roman Shade Details

Friday, July 6, 2018


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for the master bathroom small window 

One more thing is accomplished on the master bathroom small vanity area to-do list. The changes to the small vanity area began in March of this year, almost four months ago. The original to-do list has been tweaked with new to-dos, but replacing the cotton balloon valance with a more French country look window treatment was one of the things on the original list. 



French Country Silk Roman shade Details
I bought the multi-blue and white striped silk fabric over ten years ago with the intentions of making a gathered skirt to wear to formal events, but no longer needed formal wear before the skirt was made. 




French Country Blue and White Striped  Silk Roman Shade Details
I saved the fabric all these years waiting for the just-right project. In a reverse Gone With The Wind move, I had the skirt fabric made into this beautiful Roman shade. In case you do not know or remember the movie details, the heroine Scarlett had a gown made from her plantation's velvet drapes. 



D E T A I L S   O F   T H E   R O M A N   S H A D E 

French Country Blue and White Striped  Silk Roman Shade Details
One of the advantages of the new blue silk Roman shade over the old cotton balloon valance is the shade's length can be adjusted from very short to long. When completely extended the shade is long enough to cover the entire window when needed. 



French Country Blue and White Striped  Silk Roman Shade Details
The silk fabric has multiple blue colors with white which adds contrast to the existing blue walls. In addition, the stripes vary from large to small for a fresh take on striped fabrics. 



French Country Blue and White Striped  Silk Roman Shade Pleated Top
The shade is positioned so that it starts as high as possible, next to the large ceiling joist. 

Pleats at the top finish off the shade with a more formal, tailored look than the old balloon valance's ruffled edges. The seamstress said she plains to "steal" that design detail in the future for other Roman shades instead of no detail or a ruffled detail at the top. 

Happy to provide design ideas ;) . . .  modified from Pinterest. I could live in that gorgeous French country salon (drawing room definition, not cultural event definition.) French Country Design is the board where I Pin all my French design inspiration. 



French Country Blue and White Striped  Silk Roman Shade Soft Drape Folds
The shade has relaxed drapes instead of crisp folds. 

A self-fabric piping cover was made from one of the dark blue stripes instead of creating a piping cover from a diagonal bias length of fabric. The dark blue stripe was on one side of the fabric. 

This saved on the amount of material needed for the shade, leaving some extra fabric for another small project like a throw pillow. I do not plan for it to take 10 more years for me to find the just-perfect project for the left-over yardage. 



French Country Blue and White Striped  Silk Roman Shade Soft Drape Folds
A cord raises and lowers the shade, and the excess is wound around a clear plastic keeper. I may look for a metal keeper to replace the plastic one. I have not been a fan of plastic since childhood. Give me fabric, metal, wood, glass, leather, or any natural material instead. 



French Country Blue and White Striped  Silk Roman Shade Wood Mount
The shade is mounted onto a solid piece of wood covered in the same fabric as the shade. The wood board is screwed into the solid 4"x4" wood frame of the window. 



French Country Blue and White Striped  Silk Roman Shade With White Wood Shutters
Most of the time the shade will be drawn up high above the wooden shutters which can be opened or closed. The shutter louvers also give more options for the amount of light entering the room. 



French Country Blue and White Striped  Silk Roman Shade With White Wood Shutters
Here is the new look with the blue and white silk Roman shade in the small vanity area. 




Cat Loves French Country Blue and White Striped  Silk Roman Shade
Callie, our sweet kitty, loves being in the middle of all the changes and photos. Under the bench is one of her favorite napping spots. 



French Country Blue Balloon Valance
Here is how the fixed cotton balloon valance looked on the same window. I liked this look for an American country style, but the new shade looks more French country style to me. 

There are still more changes coming to this bathroom area to create more French country style. A new mirror and a new light fixture are on order, and will arrive in late summer. Of course, there will be photos. 

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There are always projects going on here, many of them of the maintenance variety. We are lucky to finish one before another pressing area requires attention. How about your house? 



Progress of New Stone Retaining Wall in the Backyard Yard
We are in the midst of replacing our old falling down stone retaining wall in the back yard. Naturally, we ran into a couple of Fixer Upper moments where we were on the phone calling the plumber and electrician. I think I am going to like it. 

When the new wall is finished, I will share the project for you to see. 


Hope you are staying cool wherever you are. 

13 comments:

  1. Love the tailored, pleated trim on that Roman shade! It looks fabulous in the vanity area.

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    1. Thanks, Rita. I like that little bit of trim.

      Judith

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  2. It turned out beautifully, Judith! Callie is a smart, tasteful kitty!
    Ginger

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    1. Thank you, Ginger. Callie is a sweetheart who meets no strangers.

      Judith

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  3. Talk about having something beautiful hidden in a closet or drawer! That fabric was meant to shine! I'm so glad you had the shade made from those pretty blue stripes.

    Callie is precious. There's nothing better than a sweet cat to make a place feel homey. Don't you think?

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    1. Thank you, Stacey,
      Callie is indeed a precious kitty who is so lovable to everyone she meets.

      Now to find another project where that fabric can shine.

      Judith

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  4. Beautiful! LOVE the fabric and the roman shade in your new bathroom refresh.

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    1. Bonnie,
      Thank you. It took me a long time to find just the right way to use it because I love it so much and did not want to regret using it for a project.

      Judith

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  5. That is a lovely shade - perfect fabric. I love it when I can use something I already have around the house - especially from my closet full of fabric!

    Outside projects - oh yes. I was making the front garden just a bit bigger when I noticed the sump pump drain was not draining correctly. Now there is a muddy mess in the garden till the drain is repaired. On the bright side, the person doing the repair will also finish increasing the garden and lay a small amount of paver stone for me. It has been such a hot summer - I am glad to pass the shovel off to someone else.

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    1. Lily,
      Thank you. I love it when someone else gets to do the dirty work, leaving me energy to do the pretty things. :)

      Judith

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  6. It is amazing what a change of a curtain can do for a space. Your bathroom is GORGEOUS!

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    1. Pamela,
      Thank you. Little changes over time can give old spaces a new look, like this French country look.

      Judith

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  7. oh I just *love* the new roman shade! The colors are so beautiful! I think you will enjoy it much longer as a shade as opposed to a skirt!! Love the little ruffled edge on top too!

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